Weekly Newsletter

Thoughts from the Study

A Personalised Approach

It was a pleasure to welcome Dr Anne Cotton, Head of King’s College School, Wimbledon, to our school this Tuesday. Each academic year, prep school heads are invited to attend various lunches, functions, and events that aim to provide insight into the ethos, vision, and educational philosophy of each school. We are blessed to be surrounded by excellent senior schools, all of which, although similar in their academic pursuits, offer different experiences, environments, locations, and curricula, which are important to understand.

Although I enjoy a good lunch or match tea, while visiting senior schools, often the best way to gain the best insight, is to speak directly with heads, one-to-one, giving the opportunity to delve into their own personal vision and motivation, both in the short and long term. I thoroughly enjoy showing people around Broomfield, not only because I am positively biased (I love our school), but because it provides me with the time to reflect on the experience that each child has with us. On our tour, we were stopped by one of our Year 2 children who asked what we were doing. I explained that we were having a good look around the school and asked her to explain what she enjoys about being at Broomfield. She said that she likes it here because, “it is cool to learn.”

I often hear online platforms, other schools, and heads talk about the importance of personalised learning, but rarely do I see anything that resembles the approach we have at Broomfield. Where some schools look to create efficiencies within their model, by bringing in algorithmic online platforms or reducing the amount of physical staff, our educational model means that we staff the school extremely well, giving us the breadth to actually do what we say we do and give children the personalised level of support, consolidation, or challenge they need and deserve across the curriculum. In my time at Broomfield, we have never had more staff in school, an intentional move to create positive resilience that the children benefit from.

We know that our approach works, with academic data showing excellent value added and a strong standardised score 120 average across the school. However, the almost unmeasurable evidence is that when you walk around school, the atmosphere is positive, with happy children, enjoying their learning, gaining confidence, and feeling able to take part in positive risk-taking with their learning because someone is always there to appreciate their efforts. On our tour, we witnessed the Year 6 class working in personalised groups, looking at the wonders of the triangle. We spoke with children who were in a small breakout group in the library enjoying a phonics session. Children in the early years were reading with staff on the beanbags and, in art, children in Year 2 were independently creating their own art, with background music playing and a genuine sense of enjoyment and purpose.

This week has been full of additional outside school experiences for some of the year groups, with children heading to the Houses of Parliament, Forest School, the ISA Cross-country, Debating, and Hampton Court Palace, all key to our purpose to give every single child the very best prep school experience. Over my time in London, I have crucially built a strong rapport with senior schools and heads, and continue to ensure that Broomfield remains in their minds as a forward-thinking school with the very best children. Time and time again, either while visiting schools or heads visiting us here, the comment I often hear is that Broomfield children arrive to them happy, confident, academically ahead of their contemporaries, and that our children are authentic, with clear values and a strong moral compass. I believe this is down to the fact that our approach to education is personalised, holistically valuing wellbeing and academics, with the resource to adapt and flex to the needs of all the children, being responsive and above all, at all times, being available to listen, nurture, and praise our children, giving them the inspiration and motivation to want to learn, not because it leads to strong exam results (it often does), but because learning is cool.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Mr Anstey

Headmaster

Reminders
and Notices

Whole School

BHS EASTER SCHOOL

A reminder that the booking form for Broomfield’s Easter School is now open. Please click on the link to complete the form if you would like your child to attend. Easter School Form

NO SWIMMING – TUESDAY 6th FEBRUARY  

A reminder that there will be no swimming for all year groups on Tuesday February 6th as the Borough Swimming Gala is taking place that day at Pools in the Park. Children have been notified if they are selected to compete in this event. Please bring the children to school at the normal time of 8:30am. 

 

FEBRUARY HALF TERM 

We are all looking forward to February Half Term which takes place from Monday 12th to Friday 16th February. School will finish at the normal time of 3:30pm on Friday 9th February. 

 

PK25 DISCOVERY DAY 

Broomfield is excited to welcome prospective parents of children who will attend Pre-Kindergarten in September 2025. Our Discovery Day will take place on Friday 23rd February. If you have any questions please reach out to our Head of Admissions Mrs Abensur on admissions@broomfieldhouse.com 

PK and K

OPEN CLASS MORNING – PK & K   

We are hosting our informal open class mornings again this spring term. Parents of children in Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten, are invited to come and view the classroom as well as have a coffee and chat to the teachers and members of the Senior Leadership Team.  We are looking forward to welcoming our Early Years parents on Friday 9th February at 8:30am – 9am. Parents can come at the usual drop off time and accompany their child to their classroom, where they can show you around. After 10 minutes, parents are invited to make their way to the dining hall to have a coffee and chat.   

 

LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS IN PK 

On Wednesday 7th February our PK class will be celebrating Lunar New Year with fun activities that have been organised by the parents. Children who celebrate are very welcome to come in wearing traditional dress. 

Year 1

LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS IN Y1 

The Year 1 children are eagerly anticipating an exciting event organised by some of our Year 1 families to celebrate Lunar New Year 2024 and the “Year of Dragon” on Tuesday, 6th February. This event will take place in the school hall at 2:15pm, followed by a delightful dance session with Ms. Maggie Chen, a dancer from the UK China Performing Arts, from 2:50pm to 3:20pm. We warmly welcome the presence of Year 1 families for both the presentation and the dance activities. If you plan to attend, kindly notify Mrs. Wu so that we can arrange seating in the hall accordingly. 

 

YEAR 1 TRIP TO SHREK’S ADVENTURE 

Year 1 are travelling to Shrek’s Adventure on Wednesday 7th February and it is an all-day trip. They will travel by coach and will leave and return during the school day.  Chef Tom will prepare a packed lunch, but they will need their water bottles in a hands-free bag. Children must be in full school uniform and grey winter coats, however they can wear their Broomfield beanies as it will be cold.  

Year 3-6

LAMDA REPLACING ESB – Y3-Y6 

For our drama students in Years 3 – 6, Mrs Brown is thrilled to share with you an exciting opportunity for our Drama Club students – the chance to take their LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) exams at Broomfield House. Unlike the ESB exams, the LAMDA exams have a strong focus on acting and are highly regarded, particularly in secondary schools and for 11+ interviews. Please see a letter from Mrs Brown attached to the newsletter email. 

 

ISA FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT – Y4-Y6 

The Broomfield Red team will take part in the ISA Football Tournament at Claire’s Court School on Wednesday 21st February. Parents in Years 4-6 will have been informed if their child has been selected to play.  The children will travel by coach, leaving school at 10.50am and we anticipate they will return to school for the pick up at 4pm.  They will need to be in their Games kit with their sports coat and a water bottle.  Chef Tom will provide them with a packed lunch. Parent’s are welcome to attend from 12:30pm.

Dukes Club

10 great places to visit this February half term

From skateboarding and music, to dinosaurs and Romans, there are masses of family-friendly exhibitions and fun events on offer in London this half term. Sophie Pender-Cudlip highlights some of the capital’s top places to visit with both younger and older children

Beyond the classroom, beyond the books

A chance viewing of classic movies on a plane led Jonathan Cuff, Director, Dukes Education, to reflect on how education approaches knowledge acquisition

Highlights

Forest School

Exploring, learning, and having a bug-tastic time at Forest School! Our little PK and K adventurers discovered a world of tiny wonders in Syon Park. After an exciting bug hunt, it was time to gather round the fire for a snack and some popcorn. We had a fantastic time together!

Thank you to the PK and K parents who joined us last Friday and today.

Outdoor Learning

Debating Competition

Exciting news! Our team of six talented Year 5 children just aced the Cicero Cup qualifying round at Dulwich Hamlet Junior School and progress to the national semi-final. This debating competition, which has doubled in size since last year, includes schools from all over the UK. We’re thrilled to be part of it, especially since we finished as runners-up in last year’s Grand Final. Well done to the children, this is a great achievement!

Report from the Y5 Debating Team

On Tuesday 30th January, a group of Year 5 children went to Dulwich Hamlet School for a debating contest and competed against three different teams.  The Broomfield House School team took part in two different debating topics. The participants of the first debate were Anushka, Victor & Arnav and the topic was “This house believes everyone should choose to be a vegetarian” and we were supporting this topic. In the cold debate, the motion was “Should schools in England stop teaching foreign languages” and we were the opposition. We succeeded in defeating the motion. Charlotte H, Zach and Tara all did exceptionally well. Finally, it was time to find out the result. All teams did amazingly, but only one team could win. In the end, our hard work paid off and we won. We would like to thank Mr Kennedy for taking us and helping us with our debating. 

Year 4 Trip to Hampton Court Palace

As part of their Tudor topic, Year 4 went to Hampton Court Palace. They enjoyed a guided tour by one of Henry VIIIs servants, who also ‘recruited’ them for various jobs in the palace; poor Alice became a Gong farmer…
The children also learnt about the structure of Tudor society, (Julian making a suitably intimidating king), and then had time to fully explore the palace.

Weekly Awards

Artist of the Week
Avni (Y1)
Music of the Week
Sophie (Y2)
Drama Star of the Week
Vera (Y3)
Sports Star of the Week
Cora (Y2)

Polite Person Award

Pre-Kindergarten: Amber
Kindergarten: Joshua

Year 1: Dheeya
Year 2: Hannah

Year 3: Frankie
Year 4: Jasper

Year 5: Lenny
Year 6: Charlie

Upcoming Events

Monday 5th Feb
Tuesday 6th Feb

No Swimming on Tuesday morning for Whole School

9am – 1:00pm: Red Team Borough Swimming Gala

2pm – 3:30pm: Y1 Luna New Year Celebrations 

 

Wednesday 7th Feb

9am – 3pm: Y1 Trip to Shrek’s Adventure  

9am – 10am: PK Lunar New Year celebrations 

 

Thursday 8th Feb
Friday 9th Feb

8:30am – 9am: Open Class Morning PK and K 

3:30pm – 8pm: Stagecoach 

Monday 12th Feb

February Half Term

Tuesday 13th Feb

February Half Term

Wednesday 14th Feb

February Half Term

Thursday 15th Feb

February Half Term

Friday 16th Feb

February Half Term

Monday 19th Feb

REVISION WEEK- ALL WEEK

Tuesday 20th Feb
Wednesday 21st Feb

10:50am – 4pm: ISA Football Tournament

Thursday 22nd Feb
Friday 23rd Feb

8:45am – 10:45am: Discovery Day for New Intake PK25 

3:30pm – 8pm: Stagecoach 

Playground Snapshots

Broomfield House School Named Among Top 15 UK Prep Schools

We are thrilled to announce that we have been recognised as one of the top 15 UK prep schools and one of the 100 leading private schools globally in the prestigious 2024 rankings by Spear’s. This accolade reflects our commitment to providing an exceptional educational experience.

Read the article here.