A primary school in Croydon has received an Ofsted rating of 'good’ for the first time after inspection.

Ofsted came to inspect in November 2023, and they reported that Broadmead is a school where “pupils and their families feel welcome” and where pupils “enjoy their learning and achieve highly.”

Leaders were praised for being ambitious about what their pupils can achieve and for ensuring that all pupils have the same opportunities to take part in everything the school organises.

Broadmead Primary School became part of The Pioneer Academy Trust in April 2017 and the school has made significant progress since its previous inspections.

Other highlights from the report include:

●       The school encourages pupils to be kind and treat everyone equally and with respect.

●       Staff offer a range of support to meet the needs of all pupils and pupils talk to staff or use ‘worry boxes’ if they have any concerns.

●       The school reviews the curriculum regularly to make sure that it meets the needs of pupils and that teaching is adapted carefully for pupils with special education needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

●       The school successfully promotes a love of reading and pupils in all classes enjoy daily story time.

●       Pupils “spoke enthusiastically” about ‘ticking off’ experiences that they have gained through the Pioneer Passport. The Pioneer Passport gives pupils access to experiences ranging from theatre and museum visits to cooking a healthy meal and going on a picnic.

●       The school encourages pupils to develop leadership roles: the members of the ‘green team’ help protect the environment through activities such as recycling and litter picking in a local park, for example.

●       Staff are well supported to ensure that their workload is manageable, and the trust and the school provide regular support and training for staff.

●       The school’s expectations of behaviour are clear and consistently followed and the school has also worked hard to improve attendance.
Sarah Hunter, Head Teacher at Broadmead Primary School, said: “I am very proud that the hard work and dedication of our staff and pupils is reflected in this report.

“Well done to everyone and thank you to all our parents and carers for all their support.

“At Broadmead, our aim is to put children first and provide high-quality teaching and learning in a happy and nurturing environment. We will continue to stay true to this mission.”

Lee Mason-Ellis, CEO at The Pioneer Academy, said: “Congratulations to everyone at Broadmead Primary School.

“Everyone at The Pioneer Academy is so proud of our children, staff and whole school community and we are so pleased that they are getting the recognition they deserve.

“We look forward to supporting Broadmead to continue this brilliant progress.”