Tes Awards 2020: Primary school of the year

A school where nothing is a barrier: Broad Heath Primary School, West Midlands, is named the winner
13th November 2020, 8:51pm

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Tes Awards 2020: Primary school of the year

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There is a very clear mix of qualities that makes an award nomination stand out, according to Dame Alison Peacock, the lead judge for the Tes primary school of the year award.

"What I am always looking for is a combination of really great standards of achievement combined with joy," she explains.

"That's what's lovely about primary schools, when you find that combination."

And Broad Heath Primary School has both in spades.

The school, serving 675 children, some of whom come from families in the bottom 20 per cent of social deprivation, has fantastic facilities, ranging from a swimming pool to an indoor dance studio. It even has a radio station.

Broad Heath also ensures that every child experiences a minimum of three trips a year, with destinations including Japan and Spain. 

And it engages with the local community, offering its facilities to parents and providing a range of services, including English language classes.

But it is the attitude of the school that shines through the award nomination. 

"At Broad Heath, we rise above statistics and instil optimism and self-belief in everyone," the submission reads.

Dame Alison added: "This school has a motto that says 'nothing is a barrier'. I love that."

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