Our Vision, Value and Aims
Our vision, values and aims are set in the context of the Education and Lifelong Learning Improvement Plan and the school improvement publication from the Scottish Government, How Good is Our School? The vision, values and aims below came about as a result of consultation with pupils, staff and parents.
At Broughton School our vision is to provide a safe, secure and happy environment from within which a challenging curriculum can be taught by friendly supportive staff, to create an atmosphere of openness and equality which allows pupils to fulfil their
The vision is embodied in our school’s aims to:
Our values are embodied in our school motto – CAN – At Broughton we have a CAN culture (Challenge, Achieve, Nurture).
Broughton in a non-denominational school which has strong links with the churches of Upper Tweeddale. The Rev R Milne, our school chaplain, takes services in church at Christmas, Easter and summer. Assemblies are held each week and the focus of these is to celebrate success. In some assemblies, religious observance may take place. Any parent who wishes their child to be excluded from religious observance should contact the Headteacher.
Broughton Central Primary School was built in 1875 to provide Primary Education for the children of the area. It was extended in 1937 and 1953 to include Secondary Education under the title Broughton Junior Secondary School. In 1968 on the centralization of Secondary Education in Peebles, it reverted to the role of Primary School and was renovated. In the course of its life it has taken over the duties of Glenholm, Drumelzier, Tweedhopefoot, Tweedsmuir, Stobo and Skirling schools, all of which have closed. Broughton Primary School now provides education for children in the 5 - 12 age group within the parishes of Broughton, Drumelzier, Glenholm and Kilbucho, Skirling, Stobo and Tweedsmuir.
In 2000, due to the increase in the numbers attending school, Scottish Borders Council build the area which is currently used by Playgroup to provide pre-school education and is used to house After School Club each evening. The school presently has a roll of 98 pupils with a teaching compliment of 5 class teachers. Broughton Primary, along with Newlands Primary, is part of the Shared Headship Initiative introduced as a pilot in 1997, being made permanent in 1999. The headteacher has responsibility for both schools, but has no set teaching commitment.
Due to the numbers of pupils we have in Broughton, most pupils will be educated in composite classes – classes with more than one year group. However, they progress through the school at their own level. In addition, because of its small pupil numbers, it is occasionally necessary to split a year-group to make up composite classes of reasonable size. This is done in line with Scottish Borders Council Composite Class policy.
In 2009, after much hard work from parents, pupils and staff, the school applied for Green Flag Status as an Eco-School. In March of 2012 we were awarded a second green flag and in 2013 we were awarded a third– quite an achievement. We are also a Fair Trade School offering a weekly tuck shop of Fair Trade produce.
We are very proud to have a ‘House’ system in school. Each child will be allocated a house when they enter school. The Captains and Vice-Captains of each house – Cardon, Dreva and Rachan – are appointed each year following election campaigns and voting. House points are allocated by staff for effort, application and attitude to name a few reasons; the house points are counted each month and a house trophy is awarded. Each year at our annual Sports Day, pupils participate to earn points for their house and there are a number of inter-house competitions organised throughout the year. The house captains and vice-captains are the pupil council who hold house meetings to gain pupil views and pass on information. The pupil council meet with a senior member of staff to take forward priorities.