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St.Cecilia's College Awarded Gold Status

In June St. Cecilia's College was awarded Gold Status from Investors in People, putting the school in the top 3% for world class business performance through its people. 

The award was given following a comprehensive audit by Investor in People assessors who evaluated the school’s performance and approach to its people through ten key areas which include Business Strategy, Leadership and Management, Continuous Improvement, Recognition and Reward and Performance Management.  This is then evidenced across 165 sub-criteria through a series of interviews with staff at a variety of levels within the organisation.

Key areas of strength that were identified by assessors included:

•The St. Cecilia’s motto of Aspire, Endeavour and Achieve totally encapsulates the school’s culture and philosophy. Throughout the school, whether on wall mounts, twitter feeds or interactions between pupils and teachers, the many successes are acknowledged and reinforced.

•St. Cecilia’s is proactively aligning the curriculum to more accurately address the needs of local industry. The inclusion of Coding and Software Development and Engineering at A level are in direct response to the needs of local industry. Links to the local community are good and a range of effective partnerships have been established to ensure the curriculum is delivered to the highest standards.

The final report states:  

From Board of Governors / Principal and the rest of staff the emphasis is placed on hard work, dedication, and commitment with the aim of continuously improving the school. All feel valued and appreciated. There is a very strong sense of team, all working for the same cause, all moving in unison and in the same direction'

Investors in People is the UK's leading people management standard specialising in transforming business performance through people. Less than 3 % of recognised Investors in People achieve a Gold status - about 300 in total.