|The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School in Ealing is one of London’s leading comprehensive schools, following three successive Ofsted and Westminster Diocese inspection reports that have judged it as outstanding. The school encourages and motivates students to achieve high academic standards alongside enjoying a wide ranging programme of enrichment activities.
Cardinal Wiseman has been an Insignia customer since 2001. Paul Walton, Assistant Head Teacher in charge of Pupil Care, appreciates the nature of the professional relationship. He says, “I have a personal contact at Insignia who always deals with our orders and our specific requirements. She knows what we like and she’ll get all the artwork together for us – nothing is too much hassle. She gives us good advice too, and will tell us if something we’re interested in isn’t suitable for any reason.”
The school’s biggest orders each year are for student awards evenings, which they call “Celebration of Success”. These are run for years 7, 8, 9 and 10 and around 170-180 prizes are awarded on each evening. Over the years, most of the school’s prizes have come from Insignia; stationery sets, USB memory sticks and other similar gifts, all branded with the school’s logo. Whilst these have gone down well, a change was desired. The school approached its own Student Council for their views and it was the students who came up with the idea to award medals.
Insignia sourced a selection of medals in presentation cases for the school, engraved with the Cardinal Wiseman achievement award branding. Says Walton, “The quality was superb and they were beautifully presented – and the students themselves were highly motivated by receiving medals.” Walton was delighted with the outcome, adding, “Everybody liked the medals; all around, they gave us excellent value.” Several parents have since reported they are taking pride of place on display at home.
When asked what he would say about Insignia to prospective customers, Walton concluded, “There’s an honesty and integrity about the way they work at Insignia. They provide a high quality personal service and can source top quality goods at the right prices, even to very tight deadlines; they’ve always met our timescales. I’d recommend Insignia every time.”