Brooke Weston has been awarded the ‘Every Child Matters’ Gold award after an intensive assessment. The accreditation was made after Brooke Weston showed evidence it fulfils criteria in seven key areas of student care including health, safety, enjoyment, achievement and leadership.
In each category there were 25 sub-objectives and evidence on how Brooke Weston fulfils each was collated and shown to the awarding body who visited for both a mini-audit and a day-long assessment.
Teacher Miss Bailey co-ordinated the Every Child Matters application. She said: ‘Two assessors came in for a very rigorous day, they both had a school tour, one of them examined three folders of evidence while the other conducted one-to-one interviews with senior management, members of staff and a student forum.
'The visitors were really impressed with the student forum group who were very positive about the school. One of the questions they asked the students was “what would you change about the school?” They all sat in silence and didn’t know what to say which was really nice. The Gold award is quite difficult to gain, the assessor said they had failed quite a few schools because they don’t have the evidence, so we did very well to achieve it.’
The final assessment report stated: 'Brooke Weston’s high profile success is based on a very strong vision and ethos that are encapsulated in ‘The Brooke Weston Way’, articulated by both staff and students. Strong and positive relationships and a focus on student wellbeing are at the heart of everything the academy does.
'There is a highly individualised and personalised approach to learning and progress with multiple layers of support. Students clearly feel safe and supported. As one said, Brooke Weston has an “ethos of pushing us and not settling for second best”. The tour of the school revealed a high quality and extremely well cared for learning environment with a systematic focus on high expectations of learning and achievement.'