Broadoak Mathematics and Computing College
|Specialism||Mathematics and Computing College|
|DfE URN||137840 Tables|
|Ofsted||Reports Pre-academy reports|
|Students||903 as of January 2012[update]|
Broadoak Mathematics and Computing College is a secondary school in Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset, England. The school, which has specialist Mathematics and Computing College status, and as of January 2012[update] has 903 students between the ages of 11 and 16 years. Broadoak became an academy in February 2012.
Broadoak originally opened as Weston-super-Mare Grammar School for Boys in 1922. Notable former pupils of the grammar school include Hugh Dykes, now Lord Dykes a Liberal Democrat peer; Paul Collard, co-founder of electronics company US Robotics; Nigel Hess, a composer best known for his television, theatre and film soundtracks; and Brian Rose, former Somerset County Cricket Club and England cricketer. The grammar became a comprehensive school in 1971, when it also admitted girls and changed its name to Broadoak. At the same time, the nearby Uphill Secondary Modern School in Oldmixon became the sixth form centre for Broadoak.
Following a decline in student numbers, the sixth form was taken over by Weston College in 1998. The old grammar school buildings were demolished and replaced by a new school building in 1999. The former sixth form centre was demolished by Weston College in 2006. It was replaced by a new university and sixth form campus, which included the Jill Dando Centre, named after Broadoak sixth form student and head girl Jill Dando.
In the 2002–2003 academic year the headteacher of The Kings of Wessex School in Cheddar was seconded to the school by the local education authority, after the school's governors lost control of their budget in March 2002, when they reached a £250,000 deficit.
In May 2011, the school received a grade of satisfactory from Ofsted on a four-point scale of outstanding, good, satisfactory, and inadequate. This was a drop from the previous inspection in June 2008, when the school received a rating of "good". In 2003, the school was rated as "satisfactory" by Ofsted and achievement standards were described as "well below average", although the report did note that the school was improving and praised the leadership of the newly appointed headteacher.
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