Tuesday 27th January 2009 by C. Freeman
Buildings Manager Barry Gibb has just been awarded his certificate of School Business Management after completing a ten-month course. The Certificate, which supports school leadership and management, covers seven key areas including facilities, human resources, ICT and financial management.
Mr Gibb, who has worked at Brooke Weston since it opened, planned and oversaw the recent refurbishment of the DT department and he used that as his case-study for the course, which comprised weekly tuition and some residentials.
He said: 'To complete the course effectively took a commitment of about 20 hours a week, so it took up a lot of my spare time; I actually wrote my 7,000 word case-study while I was on holiday in Majorca! There were also online scenarios to make sure you have an understanding of negotiation skills, project management, financial issues and benchmarking how successful Brooke Weston is against other schools of similar sizes with similar funding. It all added up to a very interesting course.'
Mr Gibb is the second member of Brooke Weston staff to gain the CSBM with Business Manager, Mrs Chris Stewart completing it last year. Mr Gibb studied at the National College for School Leadership in Northampton with 32 other educational professionals from both the primary and secondary sectors. Nationally around 500 people study annually for the qualification, which is awarded by Manchester Metropolitan University, and they also contribute to an online community to share knowledge and experience.
Mr Gibb, who may continue his studies to diploma or degree level, said: 'This course just underpinned all the knowledge I have and it's given me confidence that I now have the qualification to go along with my experience. Brooke Weston invests a lot in students and staff. I joined when it was still a building site and they have invested time and resources in me.'