London Schools Gold Club
Cranford Community College was inducted into Mayor of London's
'Schools Gold Club' at City Hall on 22nd November 2013. The
London Schools Gold Club identifies exceptional practice in London's primary and secondary schools and provides a forum for the selected schools to share best practice with other schools. Gold Club members are schools that have succeeded in improving pupils' aspirations and achievements in circumstances where other schools have had less success. The scheme champions these exceptional London schools with a Mayoral Award, works with them to identify
what has made the difference for their school and helps them share this practice and their experience with other London schools.
There are more than 919 secondary schools in London - this puts Cranford in the top 3% of London schools in this honorable category
The Headteacher’s ambition of creating a first-class education for
the local community has been achieved through his passion for setting high standards and aspirations for staff and students
Cranford Group of Schools
The Cranford Group of Schools is an association of local schools
that work in partnership to coherently support the local community that
they all serve. The group’s success is built on its flexibility. It seeks to join together where this creates a benefit for schools and the community, to work in partnership to gain efficiencies, to share
best practice and encourage on-going school improvement, to learn together and to develop vision through exchange including, for example, in using ICT to aid learning. The Cranford Group of Schools operates at several levels involving a range of secondary and primary schools. However, the Management Board currently comprises Cranford Community College, Beavers Primary School, Berkeley
Primary School, Cranford Primary School, Norwood Green Junior School, Springwell Junior School and Westbrook Primary School. The group has worked on a number of initiatives including, QPR extra-curricular sports delivery, the sports apprenticeship programme, innovation projects including nurture groups and EAL holiday activity, event support, storytelling workshops and festivals. The Cranford Group of Schools aims to support all schools within the group to
be outstanding. Through educational and community engagement the Cranford Group of Schools aims to transform the community it serves.
Transforming a community
Cranford Community College is graded as 'Outstanding' and is awarded the highest possible grades in every aspect of its work. All 5 key Ofsted judgements are graded as ‘Outstanding’ for Pupil achievement & Progress, Teaching & Learning, Pupil Behaviour, Leadership & Management and Overall Effectiveness.
The school continues to go from strength to strength receiving numerous awards and opportunities in recognition of our work in school and in supporting and transforming our local and
wider community and achieving ‘Outstanding’ in all areas inspected
again by London Challenge.
Outstanding in all areas
Cranford Community College received national recognition for the value it adds to enable students’ high achievement. A recent in-depth analysis of official Department for Education data on all state-funded schools in England by SSAT, the national schools’ membership organisation for improvement and collaboration, identified Cranford
Community College’s ranked very highly in two key areas. The school now holds two SSAT Educational Outcomes Awards for progress made by pupils between key stage 2 results at primary school and GCSE results at age 16, and in the top rankings nationally for high attainment. The Executive Headteacher, Mr Prunty, received the
awards in Cambridge on 5th June 2014. Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT said ‘Cranford Community College should be congratulated for their exceptional achievement. They have proved themselves to be leading the field in improving GCSE outcomes for their students. There is so much good practice that this school could share, and I hope many schools will join us at the celebration ceremony for the chance to network and share strategies with awardwinning schools. ‘These results are testament to the commitment and hard work of the students, teachers and leadership team at Cranford Community College, and show what can be achieved when skilled teachers have high expectations and ambition for every young person. I am proud that this school is a member of the SSAT network.’
Cranford Community College should be congratulated for their exceptional achievement. I am proud that this school is a member of the SSAT network
Leading Edge Partnership Programme
Cranford is a Leading Edge school. The Leading Edge Partnership programme is a national network for high-performing
schools who are committed to working in partnership to raise
achievement through innovation and sharing successful practice and working collaboratively both within and beyond the network. Cranford Community College has gained this designation in light of its continued outstanding work as a high-performing school and is regularly invited to share best practice and support partnership schools in raising standards. In return, other schools in the national
network provide challenge and support from like-minded colleagues that may not be readily available locally.
Challenge Partners is made up of a group of schools and academies, who work together to support each other and lead school improvement both locally and nationally. The Partnership has its roots in the London Challenge programme which developed an approach to school improvement based on school-to-school support and practitioner-led innovation. When the programme ended
many of the school leaders who played a role in that work committed to developing a self-funding and sustainable way, through Challenge Partners, to continue and develop this approach nationally.
Cranford was delighted to be confirmed as ‘Outstanding’ in all areas when inspected in 2014 by an Ofsted Lead Inspector and a team from London Challenge
Cranford Community College is a National Support School designated by the National College of Education. The government has established over 500 teaching schools of which Cranford is one, working with other schools to help with their improvement. The network of teaching schools is made up of the very
best schools - those which are outstanding in their own performance and have the capacity to support other schools to improve teacher training, professional development and classroom practice.
Cranford’s skilled and experienced staff offer support to a range of schools developing teaching and learning and leadership both locally and nationally. Whilst National Support Schools do offer to support schools in challenging circumstances, support is also available for any school who wishes to seek high quality teaching and learning
support from outstanding teachers and school leaders at all levels.
Cranford's skilled and experienced staff offer support to a range of schools developing teaching and learning and leadership both locally and nationally
Investors in People
Cranford Community College has achieved the GOLD standard of Investors in People Award. Less than 1% of businesses and organisations that undergo IIP assessment achieve gold and we achieved this standard by a very clear margin. The report describes Cranford staff as ENTHUSIASTIC, PROFESSIONAL and DRIVEN. It continues ‘Particularly impressive is the range of CPD (continual professional development) activity, the use of people’s skills, the
sharing of knowledge and the fact that the school takes account of people’s different learning styles’. The report also states ‘Leadership and Management is also a real strength. All staff feel very well supported by their line managers and are committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for the school, the students and the community’.
Other strengths are social responsibility and continuous
improvement and that at Cranford nothing stands still.
At Cranford nothing stands still.
The school was awarded Arts Mark Gold in 2014.
This is in recognition for all the amazing artsbased
activities and events offered and the importance on the arts at Cranford Community College placed as part of a broad and balanced
curriculum, in shaping the lives of our students, the staff and the wider community. The arts have always made a huge contribution to the life and vibrancy of our school and Cranford has a very long legacy of opportunities for young people through the enrichment and extra curriculum programmes offered by the school.
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance
of things, but their inward significance.
The TFL STAR (Transport for London School Travel Accredited and Recognised) Accreditation Platinum Schools Award was presented to Cranford in November 2012. The school had already received the Gold Award that same year and had subsequently been nominated as one of 4 schools for the top prize, the Platinum Award. In addition
Cranford was awarded ‘Beacon School’ status for cycling initiatives. This was to recognise all the hard work that the school has done to encourage cycling for students and staff. A number of bikes have been purchased for the WFactor cycling activities as well as lending bikes out to staff to use to get to and from work. The school also offers a free breakfast every day to anyone who cycles to school.
Cranford was awarded ‘Beacon School’ status for our
The Healthy Schools Award is awarded to schools in recognition
of their achievements in supporting the health and well-being of their
pupils. The school demonstrates strong evidence of its analysis of pupils’ needs, and identify the actions that will help pupils achieve and maintain good health and wellbeing. This includes one targeted and one school-wide action, which shows the plans and actions that are now being undertaken, how they will be measured, the impact
of the changes over time. The school has shown how its action positively affects children’s health and well-being within and beyond school.
The school has shown how its action positively affects children’s health and well-being within and beyond school
Investors in Careers
Cranford Community College has been awarded the Investor in Careers Award in recognition of the whole school commitment to ICEAG (Independent Careers Education Advice & Guidance). A varied diet of in-school workshops, careers fairs, university visits
and employers presentations alongside essential subject guidance and work experience, has enabled Cranford students to make essential career decisions from a position of knowledge.
The future depends on what you do today - Mahatma Ghandi
Cranford Community College is the proud holder of the Cultural
Diversity Quality Standard ‘Diamond Award’. Cranford was
one of only 10 schools in the country to successfully achieve this
prestigious award at the highest, Diamond, level. The assessor
reported: “it is clear that the schools ethos and approach is
making a difference to the outcomes of its students and is an achievement worthy of this level of recognition”. The assessor continued: “it is evident that cultural diversity and equality objectives are fully embedded into the school ethos and that the curriculum enables pupils to understand and value diversity and equality and how people can live in a cohesive community”. The Diamond Award
represents exceptional achievement - for a school where students can achieve to their very best in an environment that celebrates diversity and nurtures respect. Cranford is fully committed to promoting cultural diversity and equality for all and continues to ensure that all its students are able to reach their potential.
Cranford was one of only 10 schools in the country to successfully achieve this prestigious award at the highest, Diamond level
National Teaching School
The former Secretary of State, Michael Gove, announced that Cranford Community College as a Teaching School which
will lead an alliance of schools from 1st September 2014.
Teaching schools have been designated because of their strong track
record in the collaborative delivery of ITT (initial teaching training),
CPD, leadership development, school-to-school support and research
and development. Teaching schools, working with their alliance, will build on their track record of successful delivery.
Teaching schools are part of the Government’s drive to give schools more freedom and take increasing responsibility for managing the schools system. As well as offering training and support for their alliance themselves, teaching schools will identify and coordinate expertise from their alliance, using the best leaders and teachers to:
• Play a greater role in training new entrants to the profession
• Lead peer-to-peer professional and leadership development
• Identify and develop leadership potential
• Provide support for other schools
• Designate and broker specialist leaders of education (SLEs)
• Research and development
Cranford Community College is a Teaching School which
will lead an alliance of schools from 1st September 2014
Science Learning Partnership
Cranford Community College is the lead partner in a newly formed Science Learning Partnership (SLP). The SLP will initially work with Roehampton University. The SLP comprises a range of other primary and secondary schools across 7 boroughs providing access to high quality science CPD with a proven impact on teaching and learning to secondary science teachers, technicians and primary teachers in the boroughs. As a Science Learning Partnership lead partner, Cranford Community College is part of the wider Science Learning Network collaborating closely with 47 other SLPs across England and the National Science Learning Centre. Each SLP is ensuring access to high impact, science-specific professional development to improve
the quality of science education in London and nationally. Independent evaluation evidence, including from the National Audit Office, demonstrates the positive impacts that teachers’ engagement with network provision has on young people’s achievement, engagement and progression, not only in science but also across the other vital areas of technology, engineering and mathematics.
The Science Learning Network works with Science teachers and technicians to inspire pupils by providing them with a more exciting, intellectually stimulating and relevant science education, enabling them to gain the knowledge and the understanding they need - both as the citizens and as the scientists of the future
International Schools Award
In recognition of Cranford’s International dimension the International Schools Award was presented to the school for a record breaking 5th time. The school’s ethos is very much outward looking with the community, local, regional, national and international at its heart. Internationalism is an integral element in embedding the global experience into the everyday curriculum at every level, through the diverse cultures, languages, religions, technologies, art, music, literature and customs that are represented within the Cranford Community. This in turn provides a rich range of opportunities to broaden the understanding, experience and knowledge of children and young people to grow into global citizens.
World Class Schools
Cranford Community College has been recognised with the World Class School Quality Mark for exceptional standard of education.
Students from the school submitted an application with written and video sources as well as going through an assessment process where they participated in the renovation of a playground and facilities at Foulds Primary School in Barnet.
The award recognises state secondary schools which have gone beyond outstanding, and are exceptional, compared to international standards, with students of a high calibre and world class qualities.
Co-director of the WCSQM, Miranda Perry, said: "This is a fantastic achievement and we're really proud to confirm their world class status. Cranford Community College is one of only 26 schools in the country to have qualified for the final stage of the assessment process, and we look forward to working with them in the coming years."
This achievement will be celebrated at the annual World Class School awards ceremony in November, to officially receive the quality mark.
Cranford Community College has been working with, advising and learning from schools, universities and education networks in the highest performing education systems around the globe for many years, including Finland, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea and China, and we are truly delighted that our students have benefited to such a degree that their skills have been rated so highly against international standards
TeachFirst Partner School
Cranford Community College has partnered with Teach First whose mission is to end inequality in education by building a community of exceptional leaders who create change within classrooms, schools and across society.
Everyone can remember one incredible teacher that made a real difference to their life. Teach First train and support committed individuals to become inspirational classroom leaders in low-income communities across England and Wales. These classroom leaders change lives. They help young people believe in themselves, and empower them to build a future they may not have believed possible.
Their training and their passion for educational equality means that they are dedicated to raising the aspirations of the young people in their classrooms. They are all dedicated to supporting young people achieve, not just in the classroom, but in life.
Educational inequality in the UK is real.
It’s happening here, it’s happening now and it’s preventing too many children from living the lives they could and should