Benchmarking existing in-house provision

Discreet appraisal of in-house staff including the following:

  • Motivation
  • Loyalty to School
  • Skill level
  • Ability to benefit from training
  • Safety awareness
  • Personality clashes
  • Awareness of the benefit of up-to-date equipment
  • Vision (mainly Head Groundsman)

Experience has shown that around 60% of existing school grounds teams can raise their game if they are assisted with sympathetic guidance and judicious purchase of key elements of new equipment. Clearly, this approach does not always work and when there is resistance to “modernising” the key reasons behind it have to be assessed, again sympathetically, and the issues discussed with the Bursar.