Broad Oak Primary wins top people management prize

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A St Helens school has become the first primary in the borough to win an Investors in People gold award for its people management.

Broad Oak Primary won the accreditation following a three-day assessment by the Investors in People.

A three-day inspection found that the school met a total of 184 evidence requirements to be granted gold status, highlighting particular strengths including:

· Staff morale, contentment and motivation

· Management support.

· ‘Effective, dynamic and inspirational leadership’

· Staff contributions

· Learning and development support

All of which have contributed to a ‘sanguine, uplifting and motivational atmosphere’ in the school where a Specialist - who visited the school over the three days -noted in their report that they were ‘blown away by the enthusiasm, dedication and passion shown by the staff at the school.’

The report goes on to say how there is an ‘immense sense of pride’ in the school, with comments from the 25 members of staff who were interviewed as part of the accreditation process, stating how proud they are to be part of the ‘Broad Oak Family.’

Writing in the accreditation report, Michael Lynch of Investors in People North of England, said: “I was privileged to talk to such dedicated staff and this can only augur well for the children of Broad Oak Community Primary School.

“Morale, job satisfaction and motivation at the school are high and people indicated that they would go the extra mile for school, parents and their colleagues.”

Headteacher Melanie Hignett said: “I’m thrilled that we have achieved this prestigious award which is a symbol of the hard work that all members of staff here at Broad Oak have put in to make this possible.

“After reading the report, I was so overwhelmed by the positive comments from the Specialist who was full of praise for our school, and members of staff who work to the best of their ability day in-day out, to enrich the lives of children in our Broad Oak family.”