Harold Hill school scoops prestigious ‘primary of the year’ TES award
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Teachers cheered with delight after they beat entrants from across the country to win two top accolades.
Broadford Primary School, Faringdon Avenue, Harold Hill, was crowned primary school of the year at the TES Schools Awards (TES) on Friday, and overall school of the year.
Now in its ninth year, the awards recognised the outstanding contributions made by schools and teachers, and Broadford was lauded for its achievements.
“To achieve this level of national recognition for the effort that has gone into transforming our school is incredible,” said executive headteacher, Malcolm Drakes.
“Our staff, pupils and parents have worked tirelessly to go from the bottom 10pc of schools to in the top 1pc in under six years.
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“This is a stunning way to celebrate that journey and I couldn’t be prouder of them all.”
Judges remarked that it was “no easy feat” to combine exciting education experiences with the opportunity to achieve academic potential.
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“But this is something that Broadford Primary School has managed to do with style,” said a spokeswoman for TES.
The school goes the extra mile to provide children with the opportunity to visit museums, galleries and sporting events.
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A book club and reading leagues were set up at the school to raise the number of youngsters attaining the expected standards for reading.
And every Friday children spend an hour learning new skills, from knitting to languages which have helped to improve engagement and get pupils excited about going to school.
Judges were also impressed by Broadford’s support of other primaries in the area.
In July last year, Broadford formed a learning federation with Mead Primary School, Amersham Road, Harold Hill, which saw its results also improve dramatically.
The judging panel said: “The submission from Broadford Primary School inspired us because of the wonderful range of experiences children receive.
“Broadford is clearly a school where every child and teacher is encouraged to do the very best they can within a rich, imaginative environment for learning.”
Mr Drakes continued: “Every school shortlisted had an inspiring story, so to get the unanimous approval of the judges was amazing.”