Facilitated by Hay Group, who partnered the organisation, One School at a Time, the focus of the leadership programme was to build effective leaders at the school, including the principal, deputy principal and heads of department.
The culmination of a four-day leadership programme at Forte High School saw 13 Bush Willow trees - one for each participant - planted at the school to symbolise growth, sustainable leadership, and a reminder to the heads of the school to continue using their newly-acquired skills.
"While pass rates and university exemptions are used annually to benchmark schools' and the Provincial Education Departments' performance against previous years', success does not reside solely in these statistics," said Gail Lumby, senior consultant at Hay Group and former school head.
"In order for schools to achieve results, the climate in which teaching and learning takes place needs to be favourable. We have all heard the stories of schools that have little to no resources producing outstanding results, how is this possible? Through extensive research in the area of leadership and work in education, Hay Group has identified the impact that leaders in schools have on the teaching and learning environment and is intent on making a difference in South African education by focusing on sustainable leadership."
"We are absolutely delighted to be part of such a leadership programme offered to us by the Hay Group" added Bronwyn James, MD of One School of a Time, "and I look forward to seeing the growth of both the schools SMT team, as well as their newly planted trees. The data that has been generated on the programme has given them insight both into themselves and their functioning and effectiveness as a management team. I have already seen how the team has taken their discussions about the school values and the importance of identifying, communicating and living the values - by putting them into action. This can only yield a positive outcome for the school."