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Welcome from The Executive Headteacher

Steve Ackerley ExecutiveHead

Whether you are an existing member of our school community, a prospective student or parent, or whether you are simply visiting the website for further information, I hope you will find it informative.

Our aim at Broomhill Bank School is to prepare our students for life. School is obviously a key element of our students’ life-long learning journey and we believe they should be as well prepared as possible for their next steps by the time they leave us - whether this be to further or higher education, an apprenticeship or on to the world of employment.  We believe education should prime our students to live as independently as possible as good citizens who work hard and contribute to their community, but who can also enjoy and make productive use of their leisure time. We hope they will leave school as aspirational young adults, with a place in their hearts that is inspired to seek out learning and self-improvement throughout the course of their lives.

A strong, secure and broad academic grounding supports the best outcomes for our students. Central to this is the rich curriculum opportunities they are given, underpinned by specialist classroom interventions and learning programmes. To achieve this it is crucial our students can be healthy, safe and have their emotional needs met and therefore we also focus closely on wellbeing via our therapy and therapeutic provision, including for some students the opportunity to access the 24 hour curriculum in our residential houses. We believe that parents are also critical in ensuring the wellbeing of our students via the support they provide at home and their contribution to the life of the school when they attend meetings and support special events.

We have a duty to forge a staff team of the very best practitioners to work with our students and we invest relentlessly in the ways in which we recruit and develop staff. We recruit staff who share our philosophy of life-long learning and we foster potential by actively seeking out talent from within our staff team. In this way, we can contribute to the succession planning not only of our school but the wider education system as well. Our membership of the Kent Collaborative Learning Alliance of Special Schools (CLASS) Teaching School enables us to realise these ambitions.

Critically, we know through years of experience that learning, improvement, support and cooperation doesn’t end at our school gates. In a multicultural and multi-faceted society we have an obligation to share with and benefit from others, whether this be participating in activities with other schools, sharing training, fund-raising for others, interacting with the local community. This is what enables our students to grow into tolerant, inclusive and egalitarian adults. As a school we have strong links via the SEND provision we make to local schools and early years settings and our membership of the Kent Special Educational Needs Trust.

Although our website can provide you with some key information, there is no substitute for seeing the normal daily life of the school. We are very proud of our students and we welcome visitors to either of our two school sites. Thank you for taking the time to read about Broomhill Bank School. Should you need any further information or wish to pay us a visit, we would be very pleased to hear from you.

Steve Ackerley
Executive Headteacher

 

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