Sports College gets gold

Hodge Hill Sports and Enterprise College has been awarded Investors in People Gold status, meaning that the school has gone beyond the nationally recognised Standard and achieved the highest award possible for the way it trains and develops its staff.

The school, which has 170 staff, caters for 1170 pupils from some of the diverse communities in East Birmingham and recently received a ‘Good’ in its last Ofsted Inspection. It is now one of just ten companies in every thousand to be recognised at this level.

Headteacher Marie McMahon said “we are committed to investing in our staff and to seeing them develop. The sense of ownership and commitment at all levels here at Hodge Hill is very important to us. Achieving gold status is recognition of the hard work and endeavor shown by all our staff”.

Associate Headteacher, Andrew Burns explained that Hodge Hill’s main objective for implementing the Investors in People Standard has been to improve performance at all levels, to review their practices and, of course, to add value for their pupils.

Marie and Andrew feel that engaging with Investors in People has helped ensure that “there is a high level of understanding amongst all staff of the school’s vision and goals. Consequently, the school now has a workforce which expects and copes with new initiatives rather than resists change.”

Staff at Hodge Hill feel that the impact of all this on the school has been profound, and has been a key factor behind the transformation that has taken place. Being an Investor in People has contributed to the quality of staff recruitment procedures; to team building and to the development of strong and effective leadership at all levels and to high levels of employee satisfaction and engagement.

Commenting on the school’s achievement, the Investors in People assessor said, “This is a fantastic achievement. Congratulations are due to all the staff at Hodge Hill, not only for achieving Gold status but also for their recent excellent Ofsted report.”

Hodge Hill is now an NPQH placement school and has links to other schools both nationally and internationally through the Local Leader of Education network and contacts made via the senior management team. Spurred on by this latest award, the school is looking forward to sharing best practice, and some of the lessons learned along the way(!) with other schools.

Source: WM Regional Newsletter & Matthew Wheeler