Broomfield’s first Headmaster, Mr Norton York has developed and enhanced the school led by his mother for 32 years. While retaining the family values and traditional academic strengths of an all-round education at Broomfield, Mr York has modernised all the classrooms, created a new Science and Geography Laboratory (the Green Room), set up a successful After School Club, and instituted a range of new initiatives in science, sport, and arts. A partnership with the education and horticulture departments of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is another new development that enhances the school’s science programme.
Since 2002 Broomfield’s facilities have expanded considerably. A three storey Annexe to the original Victorian building was built in 2004. This gives Years 2, 3 and 6 spacious, modern new classrooms, as well as newspaces for the ICT suite, a new junior art room, and an additional 3D studio for woodwork and ceramics.
A new school kitchen and dining room was built in 2004 (since nominated for a RIBA award) which provides excellent freshly cooked lunches with a wide variety for the children to enjoy. The kitchen and dining room sits within the heart of a newly laid and re-landscaped playground with lots of children’s games and play facilities. This school development plan now means that Broomfield provides plenty of space to learn and exercise.
Mr York came home to his old school at Broomfield after 8 years teaching at the University of Westminster where he founded the Commercial Music Department and was Chair of the Department of Music, Film and Fashion. Since 2004, Mr York has continued his association with the University and is a Visiting Professor at Westminster. This close relationship led to the Broomfield Chamber choir being invited to sing at Westminster Abbey as part of the University’s 175th birthday celebrations in January 2014. Mr York retired in 2019 handing over the reins to Mrs Byers, who had been his Deputy since 2015.