Broadoak Mathematics and Computing College

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Broadoak Mathematics and Computing College
Broadoak School logo.png
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Type Academy
Headteacher Shelagh Pritchard
Location Windwhistle Road
North Somerset
BS23 4NP
Coordinates: 51°19′44″N 2°58′34″W / 51.3288°N 2.9761°W / 51.3288; -2.9761
DfE URN 137840 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 902 as of 2012[1]
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–16

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 in January 2012 had 902 students between the ages of 11 and 16 years.[1] 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;[2] 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.[3] The grammar became a comprehensive school in 1971,[4] 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.[5] The old grammar school buildings were demolished and replaced by a new school building in 1999.[6] 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.[7]

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,[8] after the school's governors lost control of their budget in March 2002,[6] when they reached a £250,000 deficit.[9]

Broadoak became a specialist school in September 2005 and changed its name to Broadoak Mathematics and Computing College.[10]

Academic achievement[edit]

In 2011, 54% of pupils achieved five GCSEs or equivalent qualifications at grade A* to C including Mathematics and English,[11] compared with 40% in 2010, and 39% in 2009.[12]

In May 2011, the school received a grade of satisfactory from Ofsted on a four-point scale of outstanding, good, satisfactory, and inadequate.[13] This was a drop from the previous inspection in June 2008, when the school received a rating of "good".[10] In 2003, the school was rated as "satisfactory" by Ofsted and achievement standards were described as "well below average",[6] although the report did note that the school was improving and praised the leadership of the newly appointed headteacher.

In 2007, the school was given the Artsmark award by the Arts Council England.[14]


  1. ^ a b "Broadoak Mathematics and Computing College" (PDF). Ofsted. Retrieved 8 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "Lord Dyke". Who we are: Peers. Liberal Democrats. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Squad: Brian Rose". Somerset County Cricket Club. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Former Weston school pupils get together". The Weston Mercury. 8 October 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "College takes over a school's sixth form". Times Education Supplement. 7 August 1998. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c "Inspection Report" (PDF). Ofsted. 16 October 2003. Retrieved 7 April 2010. 
  7. ^ "College remembers presenter Dando". BBC News. 6 August 2007. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  8. ^ "The Kings Messenger issue 44" (PDF). The Kings of Wessex School. July 2002. Retrieved 7 April 2010. 
  9. ^ "Minutes of the meeting of the council". North Somerset Council. 25 March 2003. Retrieved 7 April 2010. 
  10. ^ a b "Inspection Report". Ofsted. 5 June 2008. Retrieved 7 April 2010. 
  11. ^ "Broadoak Mathematics and Computing College". School and local statistics. Department for Education. Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  12. ^ "Broadoak Mathematics and Computing College". Education League Tables. BBC. 13 January 2010. Retrieved 7 April 2010. 
  13. ^ "Inspection Report" (PDF). Ofsted. 21 July 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  14. ^ "Artsmark Awarded Schools". Arts Council England. Retrieved 7 April 2010. 

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