Do cleaner schools achieve higher grades?

The link between a clean, hygienic environment and productivity is gaining more and more recognition. Here at Julius Rutherfoord, we’ve known for some time that meticulous cleaning standards set the scene for the perfect teaching and learning environment, and we know this goes a long way to helping pupils achieve their goals.

Anecdotal evidence certainly suggests this to be true – one of the schools that we are proud to clean (Ark King Solomon Academy) reached the top 5 in the national league tables for GCSE results!

We’re not detracting from the extremely hard work that the pupils and teachers put into achieving such fantastic results, but our expert, thorough and environmentally sensitive approach to cleaning this school has certainly helped create a healthier, more productive environment.

We know the laser-targeted approach we take to cleaning schools helps reduce sick days by preventing infections from spreading. For instance, we are celebrating a remarkable seven norovirus-free years at the Merton Council Schools and Families premises that we also clean.

The debilitating and highly-infectious Norovirus, or Winter Vomiting Bug, was a serious issue for Merton in the winter of 2007/08 with a high number of cases, followed by further outbreaks in 2008/09. We began cleaning the Merton’s Schools and Families premises in April 2009, and are extremely proud to have eradicated the virus for the past seven consecutive years.

The winter of 2016/2017, when the Norovirus is typically at its worst, has once again revealed a remarkable 100% success rate of eradication, with not one outbreak in any of the schools, libraries or social services establishments covered by our cleaning contract.

Nationally, the number of laboratory reports of Norovirus in this season stood at 3,329 at the start of February – 4% higher than the average number for the same period in the five preceding winters, according to Public Health England.

We are passionate about improving the health and well-being of the people who use the facilities that we clean, and this meticulous cleaning extends to every facility that we work on, including our own buildings. In fact, Julius Rutherfoord is a winner of the Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Healthy Workplace Award for our own home – The Tramshed in Battersea, London.