Rockwood Standard wins Gold, again!

Friday 23rd April 2021

We are really happy to announce that Rockwood Academy has once again won a Gold accreditation.

We gained the award from Investors in People, who assess how good organisations are at supporting their staff and helping them grow. Only 17% of organisations which go through the IIP process achieve an accreditation at gold level.

To win this prestigious award, the school was assessed against nine criteria: building capacity, developing continuous improvement, leading and inspiring people, leading values and behaviours, empowering and involving people, structuring work, recognising and rewarding performance and structuring work.

As a school we were told that our culture is one where students always come first, ensuring they can apply themselves with diligence and enthusiasm in all that they do every day. We were awarded gold because the school plays such a central role in its community.

It was obvious from the feedback from Investors in People that our staff are proud of our students and their progress. It was also made clear that there is a high standard of teaching and learning at the school, based on a genuine partnership between staff, students and the community. Some key quotes from the report include:

  • “Staff who are dedicated to the success of the school and students.”
  • “Teamwork, supporting each other and information sharing is embraced.”
  • “Staff enjoy the work they do and are committed to the students and the school.”
  • “Staff are proud of the job they do.”
  • “Your culture is one of students first with support for all of your students ensuring they can apply themselves with diligence and enthusiasm in all that they do every day.”
  • “During the assessment we learnt of the high standard of teaching and learning within the school which is based on a genuine partnership between staff, students and the community.”
  • “You have high aspirations for your students, for the school, staff and the community.”
  • “Through your values you have established a culture whereby staff and students respect themselves, their peers, their school and their community and each other.”
  • “Students are supported in understanding they are responsible for the choices they make and in knowing that they make the right choices through self-belief, personal high expectations, and working hard which will empower them to shape the future they want.”

Through our values of collaboration, opportunity, respect and excellence, we have a culture in which staff and students can flourish. We were already aware of how much of a community spirit there is here at Rockwood, but to have it confirmed by an independent body is a brilliant feeling.

We just want to say a massive well done to every one of our employees, students and parents for helping us to achieve such a fantastic award. We could not have done so without you.