Our staff extend a warm welcome to you here at Broomlands. Here we work in positive partnership to give your child the best possible education. Starting school is an exciting experience and we like to give every child a confident start to their school career, offering continuing help and encouragement. We aim to develop effective partnerships with parents/carers. Together we can ensure that school life is happy, interesting, challenging and promotes a sense of personal achievement.
Our positive ethos shines through. Post-pandemic, it focuses on supporting the needs of our children and families. We want all children to make the best of themselves, recognising that we need to first support their health and wellbeing, physically, socially and emotionally, equipping them to play an active, positive part in the life and work of the school and wider community. We support this with a relentless focus on the skills and strategies which help build and practice resilience. We are a compassionate school community who recognise that children have varied life experience. We help every child strive towards becoming a confident individual, fulfilling their potential and want everyone in the Broomlands family to know they are valued, accepted and respected.
At Broomlands we take a dual approach. We help children build connection with their local area, learning about, enjoying, valuing and being actively responsible citizens of a town with rich history, celebrating its place in the Borders, it’s rural location on the banks of the Tweed, celebrated through Civic week and other ‘uniquely Kelso’ traditions. We also want our children to be globally aware, mindful of the bigger picture in an ever changing world, encouraging them to take an active role in the wider-world and see their place in it.
Our curriculum is challenging and stimulating, based on high expectations of every individual in the school, building on their skills and achievements. As we implement ‘A Curriculum for Excellence’ we want members of our school community to be:
To achieve this, we promote learning that is active, collaborative, relevant and enjoyable so that children will experience a coherent curriculum suited to their needs and achieve the highest standards possible.
Our school ensures that everyone: - children, school staff, parents and other members of our community, work co-operatively and collaboratively to enable the achievement of all. We are here for your children. If you have a concern about your child, or you would like to contribute to the work of the school in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Mr Adam Lindsay
Welcome to our child-centred and inclusive ELC. Here is where our journey will begin together within the heart of Broomlands Primary School. We take pride in working closely with our families to ensure everyone feels that important connection of being valued, respected and supported at every point of our journey together. We provide a warm, welcoming and compassionate provision, where children feel nurtured, safe and included.
We provide a developmentally appropriate, play-based learning journey for all our children, ensuring our ELC is ready to welcome children each day. Each Practitioner is committed to Listening to our children, Observing them, Valuing them and Empowering them to reach their full potential. We respond to our children’s interests, engaging them deeply and building on their knowledge, understanding and skills to develop their learning. As parents & carers you are the prime educators of your children. Their daily lives offer a curriculum that encompasses all the experiences they encounter with you at home, at clubs, group gatherings and in the wider community. These activities give opportunities for lifelong learning, with the support and interactions of you and other children in their lives. This helps equip each child with courage, supporting them to develop new skills and experiences with confidence.
Your child is at the heart of everything we do. We spend time getting to know your child as an individual, discovering what is important to them, finding out about any particular interests or skills, needs and history. This will help to build up a trusting relationship, allowing us to build on what the child already knows and can do. We offer opportunities and experiences that develop skills freely through play. We offer opportunities which are safe, enriching and stimulating, but encourage age-appropriate risk taking. We ensure that our resources, environment and opportunities are well planned and equitable for all of our children. We take pride in supporting communication, self-esteem and social skills, as well as giving our children time and space to develop at their own pace. Furthermore, we work with all our families to support any needs wholeheartedly and sensitively, to help ensure the best possible outcomes for all of our children. Cultural backgrounds are respected and valued so that we can meet the diverse needs of every child. Every one of our children will feel valued and that they belong in our Broomlands family, with warm, friendly relationships that encourage and support them in our nurturing environment. We want to ensure that our children can learn self-regulation, develop resilience and are empowered to learn to the very best of their ability.
Our ELC is ever evolving and we always strive to engage parents and families in your child’s learning journey.
Mrs Agnes Anderson
Senior Early Years Officer
Our school, which is in the beautiful Scottish Borders town of Kelso, serves the north of the town and has a school roll of 242 pupils and we also have our own well subscribed nursery with 37 pupils.
Broomlands Primary School first opened its doors to the community in 1979. Having served the people of Kelso for almost forty years our old building reached the end of its life and we moved into our current facility.
Opened in January 2018 the current school is built over two floors. Learning spaces are bright and airy; offering open plan classrooms which enable pupils and teachers to work collaboratively. With eleven classrooms and a large nursery Broomlands is set within its own generous grounds.
Our playing fields, large tarmac area and 3G MUGA (Multi Use Games Area) provide our pupils with fantastic opportunities to play. Our School was announced as the winner of the 'Borders Building Awards' for best new build and the Architects, Stallan Brand, were presented with the award.
Broomlands Primary School has won several awards including the RIAS Award for Best Education Building in Scotland 2019.
Feel free to have a look at our Facebook Feed (link below) for all our latest news and photographs. If you ever visit the school, you can be assured of a very warm welcome. Much of the information about our school can be found within these pages or within the School Handbook, however, if you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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GROUPCALL XPRESSIONS APP
View your child's school information on your mobile device. This FREE service is now available for parents/carers to ensure communication between the school and yourselves is easier and more effective. The school encourages the use of this App and further information can be found by clicking this link.
NEXT PARENT COUNCIL MEETING
The next meeting of the Parent Council will be a General Committee Meeting. Date TBC - Further details to follow!
Our Vision & Values
A vision is a clear, inspirational hope for our children:
Our vision is to be a school of Courage, Compassion and Connection.
We do this: