New Principal at Broadlands Academy

AET are delighted to announce the appointment of Laura Stone as principal, effective as of 1 September 2024. Ms Stone joins Broadlands from Ark Putney Academy, where she worked as vice principal. Ms Stone has also worked as a senior leader and acting principal at Ark Burlington Danes, as well as leading the Ark Teacher Training programme. She has also completed an MA in Education.

When Ms Stone joins Broadlands in September, she will be focused on further building on the excellent reputation Broadlands has within the community and working towards further enhancing the performance of the school following its strong OFSTED inspection in 2023. Ms Stone is particularly committed to engaging with families and the wider community of Keynsham as Broadlands enters its next exciting phase of development as a school. 

Designate principal of Broadlands, Laura Stone: 

“I am absolutely delighted to be appointed as the principal of Broadlands Academy.  I look forward to building on the current successes of the staff and students and developing a community where academic success sits alongside sporting and creative endeavours.  I am excited to move back to the city where I started my teaching career and have the chance to lead the Broadlands community through the next stage of its journey.”

Karl Sampson, Regional Education Director at AET: 

“We are delighted to appoint Laura as the new principal at Broadlands. Laura is a fantastic school leader with an excellent record of supporting staff and students to achieve great things. We are excited by this appointment and have every faith that under Laura’s leadership, Broadlands will continue to excel.”

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Mrs H Simmons

Interim Principal

A warm welcome to those seeking information about our school from our website.

I am extremely proud of our school and of our hard working and highly motivated staff and pupils. I feel incredibly privileged to have been a part of the improvement journey that Broadlands Academy has been on since 2020 and to be appointed as Interim Principal to lead the school with effect from September 2023. I am passionate in ensuring that all our students are empowered and inspired by their educational experience providing them with the best possible toolkit for their life after Broadlands.  

Earlier this year, we received our routine OFSTED inspection and were graded as ‘Good’ once again, validating the hard work of our staff and students. Soon after, we were accredited and recognised as a ‘High Performance Learning School’ which underpins our philosophy of high expectations and aspirations for all. 


Broadlands Academy is a small secondary school with a vibrant and diverse cohort. We work hard to cultivate a ‘family feel’ and sense of belonging for our students. We acknowledge that we are a school of diversity and celebrate each child for their individualities in preparing them for their ‘Remarkable’’ chosen pathway. 

Our curriculum is broad, challenging and provides opportunities for all students to be successful, building on their prior learning from Primary School. Intertwined with our  excellent Careers advice and strong links with employers and post 16 provides means that we are to prepare our students fully for their next steps.

Alongside our supportive, yet challenging curriculum, we offer many extra-curricular and wider opportunities to support students’ development and experiences beyond the academic. We unashamedly expect the highest of standards from all members of our community regardless of their background or starting point. We expect all our students will achieve the highest academic standards and hold our students to account through our ‘Disruption Free Learning’ environment. 

We are a proud member of the wider Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) family, which is one of the largest education trusts in the UK.  As a school, we benefit directly from AET’s expertise, support and systems; we also share their four core values, which are intrinsic to our Broadlands Academy ethos:

Although we run fantastic Open Events and Primary Transition programmes, we also believe in having an open door policy all year round. Therefore, if you would like to see our vision and values in action, please do make an appointment to tour the school by contacting

We look forward to warmly welcoming you to our truly remarkable Broadlands Academy!

Mrs Helen Simmons, Interim Principal

High Performance Learning (HPL)

We use the High Performance Learning philosophy and framework in our school. This means that we believe that all the students can be high performers, and we teach with these expectations in mind.  

Using the research-based High Performance Learning approach helps us to systematically build the cognitive competencies that lead a young person to thrive in school and later life.  

We embed the HPL philosophy throughout our school. We never tell our students they cannot achieve; we reassure them that although they may not be doing it yet, with practice and perseverance it will happen.

If you want to learn more about High Performance Learning, please visit

Please see the following link for a recent HPL parent presentation: Broadlands Academy Parent Presentation - Jan 2023 

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