Former Year 11 Student becomes World Class Assessor
Two years ago, our college gained World Class School status, and I was one of six students gathering the evidence to prove that we deserved it. For World Class Student Ambassadors, though, our involvement with the organisation does not have to end there. Every year, with the introduction of another wave of schools to the World Class roster comes the training of the next group of Assessors, and this year, that group included me.
In your first year with the organisation, you train as a Shadow Assessor, working alongside your Lead Assessor to determine whether a school will gain that coveted World Class status. The process is double-faceted; first, you assess the school, and then you focus in on its students. To begin, you're assigned a school and receive their video exhibition of their strengths, as well as their more formalised portfolio, both of which you must examine to ensure that the school’s ticking all the World Class boxes. Then comes the exciting bit, the Assessment Centre, where you closely monitor the efforts of three students as they strive to complete a creative and challenging project for a World Class school.
Having gone through the Assessment Centre as a student, suddenly finding myself on the other side of the clipboard felt disconcerting, but also unexpectedly empowering. I think it's partially because, despite my youth and absolute inexperience, I was treated like an adult, like a peer, by the WCS staff. Sticking close as a shadow, as the title of the role suggests, to three students for a whole day does also feel somewhat peculiar, but I became so invested in their work and in my conversations with my fellow Assessors-to-be that I swiftly forgot the potential awkwardness, and entirely enjoyed the day.
Becoming an Assessor is the best way to become a part of the WCS organisation, which is really worth something, because, not only does it put you into contact with intelligent, enthusiastic, like-minded people, but it gives you countless opportunities to develop your skills of leadership and cooperation. The thing that really inspired me during the training process was meeting three individuals, only a few years older than me, who had been World Class School Ambassadors in 2015 and in three short years had risen to the top of the organisation, now acting as the chair people of the Alumni Association. I think it made me realise how rewarding being a part of this organisation could be, so I can now say that I wholeheartedly recommend doing what I have now managed to do, and becoming a World Class Schools Assessor.
Lucia Guzy Kirkden
Former SJN Student