Brooke Weston is delighted to have been reaccredited with the Gold Investors In People Award following a recent inspection. Melanie King and Lisa Toohey conducted extensive interviews with our staff about their professional development, working conditions and career aspirations before making their judgement. More than 30 senior leaders, teachers and support staff were interviewed as part of the process, which was co-ordinated by Head of Modern Foreign Languages, Mrs Melanie Navarro-Marin.
She said: ‘It was a rigorous and exacting procedure. In order to retain our gold accreditation, we had to evidence 126 requirements in addition to the 39 basic ones. Thank you to all the staff who took part in the interviews which had a wide ranging focus and shone a spotlight into every department of the Brooke Weston operation, taking into account how the organisation meets the needs of every employee.’
Brooke Weston has held the Investors In People award for nearly 15 years, but it was only at the last reaccreditation in 2011 that companies could strive to achieve the Bronze, Silver or Gold standards.
IIP specialist Bob Morrison said: ‘The traditional model of the head teacher leading alone, supported by only a deputy is a thing of the past. Now, there’s a real need for heads to devolve accountability and develop leaders at all levels. For teachers it’s about being people leaders as well as taking the lead on an area of the curriculum and for everyone in a school or college, whatever their role, it’s a matter of understanding the part they play in whole school development.’
Principal Trish Stringer said: ‘We are delighted to have retained the gold award. It is a renowned benchmark that demonstrates Brooke Weston is committed to staff development and training. This leads to a motivated team of professionals that are committed to providing the best for our students. I would also like to thank Mrs Navarro-Marin for compiling the mass of evidence required by Investors In People to achieve this top award.’