Harold Hill school wins prestigious national award

PUBLISHED: 12:00 01 July 2016 | UPDATED: 12:00 01 July 2016

Teachers at Broadford Primary School celebrate winning the Community and Collaboration Award at the TES Awards 2016. Photo: Peter Searle

Teachers at Broadford Primary School celebrate winning the Community and Collaboration Award at the TES Awards 2016. Photo: Peter Searle

Peter Searle

Teachers celebrated a prestigious award win on Friday, last week, following the success of a pupil volunteering programme.

Broadford Primary School, Faringdon Avenue, Harold Hill, won the Community and Collaboration Award at the national TES Awards 2016 at a glamorous event at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane.

The judges said: “Broadford Primary School provides a moving example of a school influencing not only the character of its pupils but the character of a whole community.”

Headteacher, Malcolm Drakes, said: “We set up Team Broadford to encourage all pupils to give up their time to make our community a better place.

“The aims were to inspire the next generation of volunteers, connecting pupils with our community and give pupils the skills and experiences they need for future success.”

Pupils organised a Youth Summit which brought other children together to create social change, including exploring issues and creating plans of action to address, picking up litter, food collections for and food sorting at the community foodbank.

They also collected donations from local businesses and created care packages to support people facing housing problems and domestic violence and care homes to spend time with vulnerable elderly people.

Mr Drakes added: “The Youth Summit inspired 90 pupils from eight schools to volunteer for 2160 hours over eight weeks.

“Together, they collected over half a tonne of ambient food, made 500 care packages and visited more than 270 elderly members of the community.

“Observing these students working collaboratively proves the African proverb ‘If you want to go far, go together’.

“Team Broadford volunteers also created and pitched a campaign idea to a panel resulting in them being awarded a Unilever bright futures grant.”

Ann Mroz, editor of TES - formally the Times Educational Supplement - praised the school.

She said: “Broadford Primary School has a lot to be proud of. In so much of what this outstanding school does, there is an enduring determination to succeed and create a positive and supportive environment.”

The programme helps connect pupils with their community and equip them with skills.

– formerly known as the Times Education Supplement –

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