Case Studies | Hermitage Academy

Hermitage Academy in Helensburgh is celebrating becoming the 500th organsiation to be awarded Investors in Young People (IIYP) accreditation in Scotland AND was recently announced as the first school in Scotland to gain national accreditation.

An amazing achievement 

Roseanne Mackay, Deputy Head at Hermitage is delighted with their achievements saying, “Our curricular vision states that we wish young people to achieve their potential, experience success and be well prepared for life beyond school.  The report not only reflects the work we have been doing to achieve this with our pupils, but also how we are ensuring our staff have the opportunity to achieve their potential and experience success.”

Bonnie Clarke, Interim CEO at Remarkable was there on the day to present the award and celebrate with the team. Bonnie believes that this is an amazing achievement and that this school should be seen as a role model and inspiration to others. Bonnie is proud of what has been achieved here saying, 

“The benefits of recruiting and developing young people are countless. These include the creation of a talent pool for the future, new and increased skills in areas such as IT and social media, fresh eyes and mind-sets into business operations along with enthusiasm and unique talents.”

“Looking ahead, Hermitage Academy’s achievement has inspired me and the Team at Remarkable who deliver IIYP to look at ways to stretch the IIYP programme in 2019 and beyond to meet business objectives by engaging and developing a talent pipeline for the future.”

Celebrating a huge success with staff and students.
This is a fantastic achievement for Hermitage Academy, and I and the whole team at Remarkable would like to wholeheartedly congratulate them. Bonnie Clarke, Interim CEO at Remarkable

Hermitage Academy

Hermitage Academy is a comprehensive secondary school based in Helensburgh, Argyll & Bute.  It has a large catchment area that covers an urban and rural intake. 

The school values were created following a consultation with the school community.  They are SHARE IT: Support, Hard Work, Ambition, Respect, Integrity & Thoughtfulness. As an authority, Argyll & Bute Council has been investing in “Growing our Own” so that young people in Argyll & Bute are encouraged to live, work and progress their careers within the area.  Hermitage Academy thought that Investors in Young People was an ideal opportunity to reflect on how they do this as a school. 


11% of the Scottish population are aged between 16-24 years. With an ageing population they are becoming increasingly influential. Hermitage Academy has now achieved 95.4% positive destinations for their young people leaving school.

Hermitage Academy and Investors in Young People

Developing the Young Workforce is part of the remit of the Depute Head Teacher Roseanne Mackay. Nicola Dillon, a specialist for Remarkable, contacted the school with regards to the accreditation. Meeting with Nicola, Roseanne was very enthusiastic about working with Remarkable and the Investors in Young People accreditation as she felt it made a clear commitment to their priorities.
This is Hermitage Academy’ first experience of working with Investors in Young People and it has been a really positive process.  Pupils and staff all really enjoyed speaking to Nicola and making their contribution. It has encouraged them to look closely at their evidence as to where they are now and have given them ideas and direction to help them to continue to improve.

Hermitage Academy has been through a significant period of change, this accreditation is important in to them in being able to evidence that change, moving in a positive direction and benefiting the whole school community. 

Does Hermitage Academy have any recommendations for other businesses thinking about recruiting young people?

Go for it!  Young People come into the work place with enthusiasm, passion and commitment.  Being involved in the Investors in Young People process ensures that as a business you are harnessing this, supporting your young people and providing them with the opportunity to grow.  Ideally this commitment from yourself will be rewarded with employees who are skilled at their job and happy at their work.  This creates a positive, energetic and innovative environment for all. 

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