Gold star for Holy Family School

Holy Family Primary School classroom assistants.

Holy Family Primary School classroom assistants.

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Staff at Holy Family Primary and Nursery School in Ballymagroarty have received their second Investor in People Gold Award standard.

The award is the highest level possible in the Investor in People (I.I.P.) assessment system and is only secured by the top 5% of organisations.

The I.I.P. system assesses organisations across 10 different strands with a list of 165 requirements.

However, the forward thinking Derry school surpassed even that and met 179 evidence requirements to secure the gold award.

School principal, Garry Matthewson said the staff went above and beyond to ensure pupils at the school make outstanding progress.

He said: “The beauty of this award system is that it provides a detailed, independent and holistic evaluation of the school against criteria that are used by top performing organisations across the world. Accordingly, the evaluation outcomes that we receive are robust and evidenced based and give us great insight to what we need to do to remain at the forefront of educational provision.”

The assessor, John Mulholland, noted that “Holy Family is aptly named as there is a true sense of family with successes/ highs celebrated and a sense of spirit d’corps during the lows. Staff at all levels look out for one another and there is a very strong sense of kinship.”

Furthermore, the assessor noted that “the success of Holy Family pupils extends beyond examination performance and the many extra -curricular achievements achieved against All-Ireland/ UK competition is testament to the commitment, hard work and dedication of staff.

“These successes clearly reflect the pride staff have in their work and the extent to which Holy Family is an excellent place to work.”