Dear Parents, Students, Staff and Governors
Our value of Aspiration is defined as: a hope or ambition of achieving something.
“the needs and aspirations of the people”
synonyms: desire, hope, longing, yearning, hankering, urge, wish;
Our Aspiration is that our students achieve excellent exam results and develop excellent character through a carefully developed curricular and co- curricular programme. I am delighted that Broadway students’ progress, in their exam results this year, places Broadway in the top 30% of schools nationally and above many local ‘Ofsted Outstanding’ schools – including the local Grammar School. Please see the published data from the Birmingham league table below:-
We have also been Aspirational in our drive, at Broadway, to further improve Behaviour and Attendance. In the words of our school improvement partner ‘Broadway’s attendance is phenomenal’. It currently stands at 97.7% (the national figure is 94.6%) and our Persistent Absences are (5.4%) – those below 90% attendance – (the national figure is 13.5%). Please remember that we never allow students to be taken out of school for holidays during school time.
In keeping with our school value of Inclusion (which the Chair of Governors, Joe Cahill MBE defined as ‘no child being left behind’), we have not had any fixed term exclusions for poor behaviour this academic year and we have not permanently excluded a student for over four years. We firmly believe that teachers should behave with the highest standards of professionalism and integrity and they are the authority in the classroom. Students should take responsibility for their own behaviour and do as they are told, by all staff, First Time. This has created a safe, positive and happy ethos within Broadway Academy.
In keeping with our value of generosity we are also outwards facing. We know where to source high quality help and support when we need it. Bishop Challoner Teaching School has been very helpful in advising our maths department this last year. We too are supporting other schools and helping them to achieve academic excellence and develop good character with students in their schools.
I am very grateful for being the Headteacher of such a wonderful school for the past 10 years. I serve a delightful community and look forward to coming into work every day. Ethical leadership and integrity is vitality important to us. Whilst we recognise we all make mistakes and our fallibility as human beings; its vitally important that we learn from our mistakes, forgive and move on – often easier said than done!
We have Aspirations for Broadway to become one of the best schools in the country for its work with Character Education and academic excellence and look forward to working with the whole community to make this Aspiration become a reality.
Believe it can be done.