The Glasgow Academy has become the first school in Scotland to achieve the prestigious Investors in People (IIP) Platinum accreditation.
The award is the highest accolade that can be achieved against the IIP Standard and is currently held by only 8.8% of IIP accredited organisations.
Investors in People is the international standard for people management, defining what it takes to lead, support and manage people effectively to achieve sustainable results. Underpinning the Standard is the Investors in People framework, reflecting the latest workplace trends, essential skills and effective structures required to outperform in any industry. Investors in People enables organisations to benchmark against the best in the business on an international scale.
Commenting on the award, Matthew Pearce, Rector at The Glasgow Academy, said: “It's a remarkable recognition of The Academy’s commitment to being the very best community we can be. It is a journey which started back in 2010 and we are even more motivated to continue to improve and maintain this level of recognition.
“We are proud of our people, how they support each other and what they achieve together. We are committed to investing in their aspirations and to continuously learning and improving how we can best do this. The assessment feedback tells us that our staff support one another personally and professionally, share each other’s successes, and work collaboratively with a wide range of people taking on leadership roles. It tells us that we are committed to ensuring our pupils are our focus; that we try to listen to them, their parents and to each other, and make thoughtful subsequent changes where we can.”
Investors in People, assessor, Lesley Banks said: “There is a strong identification with the importance of focusing on excellence and being aware that ‘Every Child Matters’ and particular reference was made to the need for a strong work-ethic, resilience, respect and integrity.”