We have had a very busy and productive term. Attendance and punctuality have improved; our fixed term exclusions (which were high due to us raising our standards and expectations of behaviour) are falling and all years, including the Year 11’s, are making very good progress.
This year we have focused on EXCELLENCE in all aspects of Academy life in: Teaching, Behaviour and the students Experience of daily life at Broadway through the wonderful curriculum and the extra-curricular programme.
Parent surveys (please see response from Year 8 parents last week) show that you are overwhelmingly positive about all aspects of the Academy and all students say how safe they feel at Broadway. We are also very heavily over-subscribed and have long waiting lists for all years.
I often tell visitors, parents, staff, students and governors that Mahatma Ghandi once said that one of the seven deadly sins is ‘Knowledge without character’. At Broadway we work on both developing ‘good character’ through our excellent curriculum (values for children programme) and extra-curricular activities; we also ensure ‘good knowledge’ through excellence in teaching and excellent outcomes.
I am passionate and my team are relentless in ensuring that all students, particularly our disadvantaged students who make up 50% of our school, are given every opportunity to excel. We put students at the heart of our decision making and all that we do at Broadway.
Whilst our core purpose is to provide an excellent education, we also have a strong sense of community responsibility. Anyone acquainted with Broadway cannot fail to recognise the excellent work the Broadway team does to serve the community. We run a world class community centre and during half term, on Wednesday 21st February from 1pm -4pm, we will be working with the West Midlands Lord Mayor, Andy Street to host a ‘Job Fair’ for the Perry Barr and Aston Community.
I was at a Teach First (a charity that puts the best graduates in inner city schools) meeting in the Quaker meeting rooms in Birmingham today and came across the following poster which I thought I would share with you.
It is so important for our students that we work together as a team. We must jettison and be ruthless in disregarding anything which disrupts the learning and opportunities available for our students. I look forward to ensuring ‘Team Broadway’ goes from strength to strength; ensuring that Broadway students and students across the Midlands have character and knowledge and the inner confidence to ‘Believe it can be done!’