The magnificent building, home to Westonbirt Schools stands proud at the end of an impressive driveway near Tetby in Gloucestershire. With over x number of rooms this impressive mansion requires a dedicated and skilled team of housekeepers to keep it looking its best. The schools are thrilled that this dedication has been recognised by an independent assessor from the Continuous Awards Programme (CAP). The housekeeping team at Westonbirt Schools has become the first School team in the South-West to gain a CAP Award. The School are celebrating the receipt of their award in recognition of the hard work and dedication of its Housekeeping department.
The building and housekeeping team underwent an extensive inspection in September this year. As a result they were awarded a Bronze award for the excellent standard of housekeeping throughout the building.
CAP awards are presented only to departments who meet the highest standards in Housekeeping and Catering in Schools. To qualify for the award, establishments undergo a rigorous one day inspection. After the inspection, each organisation is graded and notified as to whether they have met the required standards. In 2016 around 40% of organisations failed to meet these high standards.
Natasha Dangerfield, Headmistress said, “We are proud to be custodians of this fine building. It provides a caring and inspirational learning environment for our pupils and a stunning venue for guests who attend special occasions such as weddings and corporate events. It is therefore paramount that it looks its best at all times and I am delighted that the housekeeping team has been recognised for the work that they undertake to present this wonderful building.
The School www.westonbirt.org which has pupils from the Nursery at 3 years old through to 11 in the Prep School and then onwards to 18 years for the boys and girls in the Senior School. Boarding pupils are aged 11 – 18.
The independent assessor from CAP www.capaward.co.uk, which inspects schools and hospitals across the UK and Ireland, was impressed with what he saw at Westonbirt Schools. “This must be one of the most spectacular approaches to a School that I have seen creating a memorable first impression. The housekeeping team is charged with ensuring that this impression is maintained throughout the interior of the building. I was genuinely impressed by the enthusiasm of the Housekeeping Team, their commitment to the service and their real desire to continue progressing their standards”