Brooke Weston has been awarded the Gold Investors In People standard, becoming only the third secondary school in the Midlands to gain the award.
Assessor, Melanie King interviewed 55 employees including senior management, cleaners, teaching staff, restaurant and support staff. Each spoke about their jobs, training and the way their role fits into the organisation as a whole.
Brooke Weston has held Investor in People status for the past 10 years, but a new grading system introduced since the last assessment three years ago, means that companies can now aim for bronze silver or gold levels. The standard IIP award is given if companies achieve the initial 39 requirements whereas gold awards are accredited to organisations that meet 165 out of the possible 196 standards.
The documentation and planning for the award was carried out by Mrs Navarro Marin. She said: ‘I started putting the paperwork together in January as the bid was supported by extensive documentary evidence. The assessor asked employees about their work/life balance and how effective their training has been. People have come out of the interviews really happy and everybody has been really positive about the process.’
Principal Trish Stringer said: ‘I am delighted that Brooke Weston has attained the Gold IIP status as we realise that any organisation is dependent upon happy, well trained and fulfilled employees. This assessment recognises how much we value all those who contribute so much to Brooke Weston.’