Headteacher's Welcome 2021
Welcome 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 nearly twenty five 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 engaging, 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 is having a positive impact and is moving us in the right direction.
Our last set of pre-Covid assessments from 2019, show that our progress data for 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 four years up to 2019 and our attainment figures are now in line with and in some areas above, attainment nationally.
To help our pupils with their learning, we introduced our Core Learning Values, (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).
Unfortunately, our plans for school development were curtailed due to the Covid lockdowns and when the children return to school this September, a few of the routines established over the last two years will still be in place to ensure that the school environment is as safe as possible. However, we are hopeful that many regular features, such as performances, events, class trips, a full breakfast club and afterschool provision will be able to start as guidance restrictions for primary schools have eased significantly over the summer.
Broadstone Hall is now one of the largest primary schools in Stockport with over 500 pupils on roll 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. Now that restrictions are easing, we will be hoping to run learning events for our parents and carers to become involved in and opportunities to come and see what happens in classrooms during 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