Willoughby School recognised for investing in staff

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A special school has been accredited with the highest level of award by Investors in People following a recent inspection.

Staff at Willoughby School, in South Road, Bourne, which teaches about 70 pupils of all ages with learning difficulties and special needs, received the news last month that it had achieved the gold award.

Investors in People is the UK’s leading people management standard and shows that firms and organisations given the accreditation adopt good policies to make sure people are trained and happy in their work.

More than a third of the UK’s workforce now uses Investors in People.

Delighted headteacher Adam Booker said: “As a small school we are doubly proud as it validates what we do to support and develop our team, our pupils and those in the wider area.

“It is more importantly recognition of the work put in by my dedicated and inspiring team.

“We have proved that by supporting and developing people you do have a collaborative approach that breeds success, not for us isolation and demands of a workforce which I feel is becoming more prevalent in education.”

He said that former staff had mainly moved on because of promotions and said Willoughby School had a small turnover of staff.

Mr Booker added: “Our aim now is to be recognised as an Investors In People In Champion, and be able to share our practice and ideas widely.”

The school was judged against a criteria of 180 points .

Willoughby School employs a about 90 staff including managers, teachers and support staff.

The report said staff morale is extremely high.

It praised the management of the school and said staff are inspired by the management.

It went on to say that staff feel rewarded and recognised by the praise they receive.

Staff also recognise the consultation arrangements which are in place are “first class” and they know they are able to challenge the ways in which the school works.

They also have enormous pride in working at Willoughby School.