Friday, 21 July 2017

Weekly Newsletter - 21.07.2017

Dear Parents and Carers,

As we reflect on what we have achieved this year I am extremely grateful to the staff, pupils and parents for all of the hard work they have put into making it so successful. Though I am sure our collective efforts have left us all in need of some rest, I wanted to take some time to reflect with you, it’s the little things that matter and they can direct us to the larger things. I would like to thank all of our pupils for their diligence and achievements this year. The Maths ‘count on us’ team were ranked 10th out of 120 schools in London. The sports team were overall winners at the Drapers’ primary sports day. Year 6 performed a brilliant production as well as achieving amazing SATs results. The choir performed fabulously at the O2 and the Queens’ Theatre. And, of course Broadford Primary won the prestigious title of Primary and Overall school of the year. This is just a very short list of our accomplishments which I hope each and every one of you feel proud of as everyone played an instrumental role in these successes.
As we look towards the future, there is no doubt that the 2017-18 academic year will be a difficult one. The looming budget cuts will be painful. At this point, we don’t have answers. What I can promise is that we will address this problem collectively, lead by our shared academic values, morals and vision. What I can promise is that we will continue to deliver an excellent education for your children which will result in excellent outcomes.
I recently read that our ambitions need to be big. If I have learned anything over the past year, it is that if we set small goals, we get small results. If we set big goals, sometimes we are disappointed, but more often than not, we get big results. As we continue on this journey together, we need to have the ambition to become an even better school and an even stronger federation. Outstanding schools are innovative, that is for certain. But the best of them combine that innovation with superior execution. They do what they say they are going to do, and deliver superior results for their pupils. They find new ways to engage their learners. They have passionate and committed staff who continue to develop and grow. They do a fantastic job, not because they must but because it is the right thing to do. This is Broadford. By working together we have made this ambition become a reality. I hope that you are as excited about the future of this school as I am.

The circulation of the newsletter on the blog and via facebook has been extremely successful and has made an significant impact on our carbon footprint as a school. Last week the newsletter reached 1069 people with 5 shares on facebook and was read 496 times via the school blog. We will continue circulating the newsletter in this way next year. However, if you would like to continue to receive a paper copy or an electronic copy of the newsletter via email please come into the office and inform Mrs Taylor. If you do not make a specific request you will be able to access the newsletter on the school blog and facebook page every Friday. Thank you all for your support with this new system.

Return to School: Tuesday 5th September
Year 1 - Year 6 pupils are expected back at school for 8.30am on Tuesday 5th September. Breakfast Club will be open as usual that day from 7.45am

Summer Reading Challenge & Activities
Each summer Mrs Mcfarlane runs the reading competition where you have to get caught with a book in an unusual place. We've seen children reading in: airports, on sun loungers, in trampoline enclosures, on the beach and by a palace! All you need to do is snap a photo of your child reading their book and message it to us via the school Facebook page, or email it to

Mrs Mcfarlane will judge the winning entries on the return in September, with the best photos earning a prize and certificate… so get reading!

If you are stuck for ideas on what to do this holiday, take a look at the ‘50 things to do this summer’ list. A lot of the ideas are free, simple and can be carried out with friends, siblings or even on your own. If you manage to complete one or more of the activities make sure you take a photo and send it to us via the school Facebook page, or email it to Look out on the blog to see what all of your friends are up too this six weeks!

Term Dates 2017-18
5th September - Return to School
Friday 20th October - Break up for half term
20th December - Last day of autumn term

All that leaves me to do is to wish you a relaxing and enjoyable summer break. For those of you moving on to secondary school we will miss you but we know you are well prepared for the challenges you will face and you go with our very best wishes for the future. If you are travelling, then I wish you a safe journey and we look forward to seeing you rested and refreshed for the start of the new school year on September 5th.

Yours sincerely,
Mrs L Nicholls


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