Headteacher’s Welcome 2019-20
Wecome to the Broadstone Hall Primary School Website. I hope that you will find it a useful and informative tool that enables you to find out what you need to know about our school. It is a great honour for me be the Headteacher at Broadstone Hall Primary School and I enjoy the challenge that every new day brings.
I have been a teacher at this school for over twenty years now and I have taught classes from Y2 to Y6 during that time. I became Deputy Headteacher in 2006 and I have been Headteacher since 2015.
Broadstone Hall is all about children and we work very hard to ensure that they have enagaging, challenging, purposeful and enjoyable learning experiences each day to develop their social skills, emotional resilience and academic capabilities. This can be a challenging but rewarding job for our staff, particularly in the light of the very demanding educational expectations that are in place at the moment for schools and children.
I am very proud to say that our "Good" rating from our last Ofsted inspection in March 2017, gave us validation that what we are doing to improve the school his having a positive impact and is moving us in the right direction.
Our most recent set of school results also proves that we are improving academically. The 2019 results show that our progress data for last year's Y6 pupils in Reading, Writing and Maths, was in the national average bracket, which means we are in line with national progress data. We have also improved our attainment figures each year for the last four years and our attainment figures are now in line with and in some areas above, attainment nationally.
To help our pupils with their learning we are introducing our Core Learning Values this year (Resilience, Independence, Co-operation, Confidence) as we feel that these are attributes which will help the children on their learning journey, not just at Broadstone Hall, but throughout their lives. They will form part of the curriculum and daily lessons, as well as awards and annual reports this year and in the future (please view the power point below).
There are a few other changes for 2019-20 and we will be updating the website across the year as new events come up each month. For example, we have now extended our wrap around care for children by offering a martial arts club to KS2 pupils before school on a Tuesday morning and extending our after school care provision up to 6pm at The Broadstone Hub(details on the website). We are also changing our menu at breakfast club to make sure that there are healthier options for the children to choose from, which are in line with the national school food standards.
This year we are introducing a pre-booking online system for school lunches, in partnership with our lunch providers Taylor Shaw, so that you can choose which meal your child has in advance so that you know they are having a balanced a nutritious meal. Details are on the website.
We have also introduced regular visits to school by Obi, our school companion dog, which has been fully risk assessed by Stockport Local Authority. Obi visits once a week to interact with pupils who may suffer from anxiety, reluctance to attend school or have other specific needs. Obi also listens to children read who may be reluctant to read to adults. There are more details about Obi on our information page.
Broadstone Hall is now one of the largest primary schools in Stockport with some 530 pupils on role and over 80 members of staff and we will be doing our best to ensure that the school is managed as effectively as possible.The school is split into 4 areas; Early Years, Key Stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2.
Each section consists of five classes and has their own phase leader, who is responsible for ensuring that school policies, practices and procedures are carried out to the highest standard.
To make our intake number work effectively in terms of class sizes, we have a mixed age class in each phase, apart from Early Years. This means that each phase contains 150 children, split into classes of around 30 pupils, including mixed age Y1/2, Y3/4 and Y5/6 classes. Pupils are carefully chosen for the populations of these classes and we work hard to ensure that they are both socially and academically effective for the children in them. There is a full explanation of how they operate in our parents section of the website.
We also have superb facilities and an excellent and dedicated staff team who have supported the school for many years.
I see our school as a learning community that not only includes the children, staff and governors, but all of our parents and carers as well. Over this year, there will be learning events for our parents and carers to become involved in and opportunities to come and see what happens in classrooms duiring lesson time.
Broadstone Hall Primary School is a school that I firmly believe in and I will do my best to see that it continues to develop, improve, offer the best education that it can for your children and be a caring, respectful and co-operative learning community.
Simon Langley, Headteacher