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Roedean scoops third gold award for housekeeping

Brighton's Roedean School has won a major national award for housekeeping for the third year running

Posted by Stephanie Broad | February 12, 2016 | Facilities & buildings

Roedean was awarded a Gold CAP Award for its exceptional standards following an unannounced inspection.

The CAP (Continuous Advancement Programme) Awards recognise excellence in housekeeping and are regarded as the highest measure of quality.

Award inspectors were particularly impressed with the attention to detail which the housekeeping team brought to the everyday cleanliness of the school.

The school was also praised for its team spirit and the close working relationship between the housekeeping team and other heads of department.

Kate Hawley, Domestic Bursar at Roedean, said the housekeeping team was delighted to win a Gold Award for the third year in a row.

She said: “To win three Gold Awards back to back is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the housekeeping team – they consistently go above and beyond to make the school a clean, attractive place in which to learn and work.”

Ian Jackson, Director of the CAP Awards, said the housekeeping team at Roedean had once again impressed him with their constant innovation.

He said: “The housekeeping team are always looking to work in smarter and better ways to ensure the school is beautifully clean and welcoming to everyone.

“Housekeeping can often be overlooked but that’s not the case at Roedean, they are an essential part of the school. That is probably best reflected in the NVQ training system created to give staff the opportunity to grow and develop as housekeepers.

“Congratulations to the team and the wider school. Roedean is a worthy winner of the triple Gold CAP Award, which puts them in a very elite group of schools in the UK.”

During the inspection all areas of the school were inspected from the boarding houses through to the dance studio and on to the classroom and dining rooms. 

Each area had its score recorded according to the cleanliness; for instance sofa cushions having been removed for cleaning under and around, skirting boards under desks free from dust and common rooms being clean at low, medium and high level.    

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