THE BROXBOURNE SCHOOL
                                                  GENERAL INFORMATION

Achievement & Opportunity
         For All

             THE SCHOOL

             The aim of the school is to raise pupils' expectations and standards of achievement in a
             secure and supportive environment. At Broxbourne we try to engage and involve all
             pupils, to enable all pupils to achieve up to and beyond their potential, to care for all
             pupils, to support and guide all pupils and to give all pupils opportunities to participate in
             a broad and varied enrichment programme. We wish to provide achievement and
             opportunity for all.

             The Broxbourne School was inspected by Ofsted in December 2007 and graded as
             ‘outstanding’ in all 38 areas of the inspection. In 2011 Ofsted carried out an interim
             assessment of the school’s performance and found that its ‘outstanding’ performance
             has been sustained.

             The school is a High Performing Specialist School with specialisms in three areas:
             Business and Enterprise, Languages and Science. In 2011 the school was awarded
             Leading Edge Status by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust.


             In 2011 97% of pupils achieved five or more A*-C grades; 89% achieved eight or more
             higher grades. 64% of pupils achieved 5+ A*-C (including English and Maths).
             Significant progress is made by pupils. Our ‘Every Child Achieves’ project has identified
             pupils at risk of underachievement and has had a marked effect on raising GCSE
             examination performance for all pupils. In 2010 KS2-4 CVA including English and Maths
             was 1022 and the school was in the top 13% of schools nationally for progress made
             between KS2 and KS4. Sixth Form students achieve extremely well - in 2011 the
             average points per subject entry was 222 and the average points score per student was
             933 .


             Broxbourne is situated in Hertfordshire close to the A10 about 5 miles north of the M25.
             The school occupies a twenty five acre attractive site in the Green Belt. The school is
             about a fifteen minute walk from Broxbourne Station from where there are trains to
             London Liverpool Street, Cambridge and Hertford. The school receives pupils from
             Broxbourne, Wormley, Hoddesdon and Cheshunt and the surrounding villages.


             The school's planned admission number is 206. The school is held in very high regard
             in the community and is always considerably oversubscribed. Although the majority of
             our students come from four partner schools we admit students from over twenty local
             primary schools. 878 parents stated a preference for a Year 7 place in September 2011.
             There are currently 1250 pupils on roll with an A-Level Sixth Form of 220.

             Pupils are generally friendly and well-behaved and are proud of the school. Ofsted
             described their behaviour as ‘excellent’. Many visitors compliment us on the quality of
             relationships in the school. The atmosphere in the school is such that teachers can
             teach and pupils can learn.

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        In Years 7, 8 and 9 pupils are placed into two broad bands of ability: an upper band of
        five classes and a lower band of two classes. Ofsted described the range of curricular
        provision as ‘outstanding’. At Key Stage 4, which begins in the summer term of Year 9,
        the school offers pupils considerable choice. The compulsory core consists of English,
        Maths, MFL, Science, RE, PSHCE and PE. Pupils then choose four option subjects
        from a wide range which includes vocational courses. In Years 12 and 13 the school
        offers 23 A-levels. About three quarters of Sixth Form students enter Higher Education
        each year.


        The school converted to Academy status in January 2011. We do not expect this
        change of status to affect our strong relationship with the Local Authority. The school
        operates its own admissions policy for September 2011. Priority will be given to siblings.
        Children will be admitted who live nearest to the school. In addition 10% of pupils will be
        admitted on the basis of their aptitude for languages.

        The school adopts a systematic approach to self-evaluation and our work was included
        in the Ofsted document ‘Good Practice in School Self-Evaluation’. The Governing Body
        demonstrates a high level of commitment to, and support for, the school. In addition,
        Governors bring to the school considerable specialist expertise. The school is in a very
        strong financial position and as a result finance is available for curricular and other


        The Senior Leadership Team consists of Headteacher, two Deputy Headteachers and
        three Assistant Headteachers. There are opportunities for areas of responsibility to
        change to provide opportunities for professional development. We currently have two
        middle leaders seconded to the senior team.


        There are 86 teaching staff and 56 support staff. Teachers are well qualified and teach
        their subject specialism. There is an attractive balance of age and experience with a
        large proportion of teachers in their twenties and thirties. Staff enjoy working at the
        school. We recruit excellent staff and retention is high. Ofsted described the quality of
        teaching as ‘outstanding’ and stated ‘a key driving force underpinning teaching quality is
        the staff’s own teaching and learning group, comprising many staff members and
        reflecting the culture of teamwork that pervades the school’. The school provides
        support for NQTs and newly appointed staff and provides excellent staff development

        There is an exceptional sense of team work. The recent Investors in People report
        commented on ‘an extremely friendly, well-managed organisation which is founded on
        effective teamwork with a huge pride in the school’. Ofsted commented ‘the reason the
        school is so successful is that accountability operates within an atmosphere of openness
        and trust throughout so that all feel they can contribute and support each other’.


        Most teachers are form tutors. There are five Heads of Year and a Director of Sixth
        Form. The school places great emphasis on good behaviour, the encouragement of
        self- discipline and upon uniform and appearance. Parents are in general supportive.
        Ofsted graded pastoral support and guidance, attendance and behaviour all as

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        The school is the result of an amalgamation, over forty years ago, of two adjacent
        schools. There are therefore two halls, two gymnasia, two dining halls etc. Specialist
        facilities include nine science laboratories, an excellent library, six art rooms, business
        studies accommodation and ten ICT rooms. A new Performing Arts Block opened in
        September 2001 containing a drama studio, dance studio, music recital room, large
        music classroom and four music practice rooms. Eight laboratories have been
        completely refurbished. A new £2.4 million Design Technology block opened in
        September 2006. There is a major need for a Sports Hall.


        The school offers pupils a wide range of clubs and activities both at lunchtime and after
        school. Ofsted described it as a ‘wonderful range of additional activities’. There are
        strong programmes in sport, drama and music. The quality of performance and music is
        very high. The sporting programme is exceptionally strong with school teams achieving
        success at both county and national level. Our girls, for example, have won the National
        Netball Championships at Under 14, 16 and 19 level. Pupils engage in community
        service. The school has very high numbers of pupils in the County participating in the
        Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze and Gold Award and in the Vinvolve Scheme. The very
        strong House system involves pupils in over seventy sporting and cultural competitions.
        Staff organise many visits during term-time to places of interest in this country and
        abroad including annual French and Italian study visits, German exchanges and ski and
        water sports holidays. Sporting teams tour Canada and the West Indies.


        The school has ArtsMark Gold, SportsMark Gold, Investors in People status, The NACE
        Challenge Award for Gifted and Talented Pupils, DfE School Achievement Award,
        Healthy Schools status, a British Council International School Award, The University of
        Warwick Excellence in Enterprise Education Award, Hertfordshire Quality Award for
        Careers work and DfE Financial Management Standard in Schools status. We do not
        merely wish to achieve these awards but to be seen by assessors as exemplary in our

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