May 2020

With Broadstones School currently teaching online lessons, staff are taking the opportunity to undertake maintenance and the adaptation of classrooms and offices to allow for social distancing. Staff are working hard to make sure each of our sites are prepared for when students are allowed to return.

February 2020

Week commencing 10th February

In Health and Social Care this week, one student has been looking at how play styles develop with age. Another has been looking at legislation surrounding Health and Social Care.

In Construction this week one of our students has designed and created his own stain glass window.

At The Salon Academy this week we have gone Valentine crazy.

In Science this week students have used sweets and cups to model an electrical circuit. Whilst some students have been sorting words and meanings associated with drugs.

In Business this week students have demonstrated their use of office equipment. Identified administration tasks and functional areas associated with businesses as well as identifying types of communication.

Week commencing 3rd February

Another busy week in Science, students have been: Investigating magnetic field lines. Reacting metals and acid. Playing chemical bingo. Investigating properties of metals. Measuring upthrust and Measuring density.

At The Salon Academy this week an Entry Level 3 learner has worked on a client’s nails, undertaking a file and polish displaying good communication with the client. A Level 1 student has been working on a block, sectioning application of a conditioning treatment, whilst using fine motor skills.

In Progression this week students have been exploring the local area identifying different types of shops and what they sell.

January 2020

Week commencing 27th January

This week in Art student visited Reddish Vale Farm and completed work based on the theme ‘nature’.

In Sport this week students have been studying the bio-mechanics of the human skeletal system.


In Science this week it has been very busy. Students have done a number of investigations that have included: Matching names and symbols of scientific units. Measuring density using a balance. Measuring density using a displacement can. Measuring upthrust. Measuring mass to help work out density. Measuring volume with a displacement can , to work out density. Investigating the properties of metals.

At The Salon Academy this week students have been working on their creativity and fine motor skills incorporating a Valentines theme for nail designs.

In Business this week students have been annotating their product designs and gathering feedback for their Presenting Business Ideas Unit. Students have also been gathering evidence for their Using Office Equipment Unit. Whilst others have been looking at sources of information for jobs.

Week commencing 20th January

At The Salon Academy this week students have been very busy. Some have been working on their motor skills creating Valentine window decorations. Other students have been detangling hair and preparing work stations for their next client, as well as fine tuning their social skills and team work.

This week in Science students have been: Building a circuit to show how a variable resistor works. Investigating if the size of a beaker effects how long a candle burns for. Investigating if increasing the number of cup cake cases increases the time they take to fall.

Week commencing 13th January

This week at The Salon Academy students have been working on our regular Wednesday client Mrs Cooper.  Having her nails done. Students have also been shampooing and conditioning a client as well as blowdrying hair below shoulder length.

This week in Progression students have been looking at the number of units and alcohol % in different beverages as well as the affects of alcohol.

Week commencing 6th January

This week in Science, some pupils were building circuits for the first time. Other students used practical activities to identify elements on the periodic table.

A series of photos to show how to make the fungicide copper sulfate (used to kill fungi and bacteria on fruit and vegetables). Adding copper oxide to Sulfuric acid. Filtering copper sulfate so that the excess copper oxide is removed. Pouring copper sulfate into the evaporating basin. 
This week at The Salon Academy students have been working on completing units in Blowdrying (Level 1)  and Styling (Curling Entry Level 3). Students have also been practicing Creative Styling through plaiting and twisting

December 2019

Week commencing 16th December

In Construction this week we are incredibly proud of one of our students that has finalised his Christmas grotto project.

In Science this week, students have been measuring upthrust – measuring the force in air followed by measuring upthrust, the upwards force from water. Students have also looked at reactivity of group 7 elements and writing equations of metals and metals.


It has been very busy in The Salon Academy this week. Students have been out for their Christmas meal, they have created festive calendars for clients and families. Students have been working on shampoo and conditioning as well as Peer training. A L1 learner demonstrated Shampoo & Conditioning to an Entry L3 learner, demonstrating the correct positioning and massage movements. Students have also practiced style and finishing on gents, using a flat brush. Plaiting and twisting to create a design style, as well as style dress, using thermal styling equipment to create a look.

Week commencing 9th December

In Science this week students have been measuring upthrust, the force that pushes upwards in water. As well as investigating clues to tell us when we have a chemical reaction : colour change, gas/bubbles produced, temperature change.

In Business this week students have been finalising their product designs.

In Music this week a student has been manipulating and recording vocals.

In Maths this week students have been solving quadratic equations and factorising.

In The Salon Academy this week one of our clients, Mrs Cooper has enjoyed her regular salon visit with a glass of Sholer and mince pie. Another  regular client enjoyed a chocolate or 2 whilst having her toe polish done. Students have also been working on Creative nails designs.

In Progression this week students have been identifying different types of alcohol, researching volume % and units, as well as looking at how alcohol can affect individuals.


Week commencing 2nd December

This week in Construction students have been making Mortice and tenon joints Finger joints and a Dovetail joint. Another student has continued to construct his Christmas Grotto, constructing the clock tower. Another one of our students has been working on their bricklaying skills making a twisted brick pier.


This week in Health and Social Care a student has been looking at principles and values in the care sector, as well as different types of legislation.

In Bikes this week a student has been carrying out maintenance.  He fixed brakes, realigned the handlebars and fixed a new seat to the bike.

In Maths this week students have been working through past exam papers looking at areas they would like to develop, with the teacher identifying possible tasks to complete.

In Progression this week Students have been looking at how drugs and alcohol can affect the mind and body. Students have also been investigating where support for addiction can be found.

This week at The Salon Academy learners are planning and designing their own bauble for The Salon Academy’s tree as well tree as designing decorations for the Academy.


This week in Science one student has investigated if more cup cake cases are stacked do they fall faster? Another student has been investigating the properties of metals and non metals: Where they appear on the periodic Table. Do they conduct heat and electricity and measuring their density.

November 2019

Week commencing 25th November

In Health and Social Care this week one student has been identifying local service providers in the Health and Social Care Sector.

This week at The Salon Academy one student created a mood board for a personal presentation, he then planned his Christmas Bauble design. Another student worked on one of the Salon’s regular clients; Mrs Cooper, blowdrying her hair and applying a nail polish

This week our students and staff from Construction and Art have finalised the annual Christmas tree for the St George’s Christmas Tree Festival.

If you would like to attend the festival opening times are:
Wednesday 27th November:   11:30am* – 6pm
Thursday 28th November:      12 noon – 7pm
Friday 29th November:            11:30am* – 8pm
Saturday 30th November:       10am – 6pm
Sunday 1st December:              12 noon – 4pm
Please note that Wednesday and Friday between 11:30am and 12:30pm have been designated quiet times. The lights will be dimmed and we will not be having music. This is for anyone with hidden disabilities.

This week in Construction one student has designed and started to construct a Christmas cabin decoration, another student has been making a desk organiser for a member of staff. The reconstruction of the stain glass window has also be continued.


In Maths this week a student has been looking at a past GCSE question, where he had to identify the mistake made. To do this he used his mathematical skills to work backwards from the answer.

In Progression this week students have been identifying the effects of drugs and alcohol on health, mind, family and life situations.

In Life Skills this week students have been identifying the effects of stress.

In Science this week students have been looking at what can affect speed. An experiment using cupcake cases being dropped from a controlled height has been used to investigate changes in speed, based on the number of cupcake cases being used.

In Business this week one student has been investigating cereal brands as part of his market research. Another student has been researching football boots. This will then be used to design their own products.

Week commencing 18th November

In Construction a student has been cutting plywood with a band saw to create compartments in a box. Another students has continued to renovate a stain glass window. 


In Maths this week one of our students has been carrying out activities on expanding double brackets

In Science this week, one student has tested different dissolving rates of vitamin C tablets. Another student has: Measured the current and how the brightness of a bulb changes when you add more bulbs to a series circuit. Explained how a parallel circuit works with lego. Looked at leaf specimens with a microscope to work out the appropriate magnification.


 In Progression this week students have been testing reaction times, to see if they are influenced by a drug (caffeine).

At The Salon Academy this week students have been practicing their massage technique when washing clients hair. Another student has been using thermal styling equipment to create spirals.


Week commencing 11th November

In Art this week one student has created a M sculpture and another has been designing one of his own characters.

At The Salon Academy students have been learning how to section hair in preparation for straightening and blow drying as well as learning how to blow dry above the shoulder with a flat brush to create a smooth look. Some students have also been exploring colour and painting samples perfecting their nail design technique.


At The Vale this week students in Construction are refurbishing a stain glass window that has been stripped and cleaned and sanding wood in preparation to construct a bird table. Whilst in Bikes students have been fixing gears and building a bike from spare parts.

In Science this week some students have been matching circuit symbols, names and functions of components. Some students have been investigating how the size of a beaker can affect the length of time a candle burns.

Congratulations to students at The Salon Academy who have received this letter from a happy customer.

Letter from client at The Salon Academy

In Maths this week students were learning how to expand brackets

In Progression this week students have been testing reaction times, in preparation for seeing if reaction times are influenced by a drug (caffeine). Student have also watched a video on the physical and mental effects of drugs.

In Business this week students have looked at roles of different business departments and how to categorise administration tasks.


Week commencing 4th November

At The Vale this week in Construction, students were chiselling wood to fit door locks, fine tuning plastering skills, re-puttying stain glass window edges and in Bikes they stripped a bike down for parts. In the afternoon students went for a walk down to Reddish Vale Country Park to feed the ducks.

In Science this week students have carried out experiments looking at: Does speed change with weight?  Using a variable resistor to change the brightness of bulbs, measuring voltage and measuring  conductivity of heat.


In Progression this week students have watched clips on the classification of various drugs and looked at grouping different types of drugs based on how they affect the body.


October 2019

Week commencing 28th October

In Progression this week students started their Alcohol and Drug Awareness Units. Students were asked to brainstorm and list any drugs they were currently aware of. This was then built upon by students being asked to match names, pictures and definitions of various types of drugs.

In Business students were asked to match various entrepreneurs with their pictures, and what business they had started.

In Construction students have been learning plastering skills.

In Hair and Beauty students have worked with a client completing a shampoo and blow dry using a round brush. Worked on sectioning on a training head. All learners have been working on the social skills within the kitchen – helping to make lunch and cleaning up the Academy after a session.  Great team work demonstrated.


At The Vale students also participated in a game of Pictionary to work on their team working skills

Week commencing 14th October

To celebrate Halloween students at The Vale decorated pumpkins to take home.


In Hair and Beauty students have been working within the community and building good relationships. Student’s have been learning massage techniques for shampooing, practising smooth blow-drying using a flat brush and creating movement in the hair with thermal styling equipment.

This week in Progression, students and teachers used their questioning and thinking skills to play Who Am I?

This week in Bikes students were realigning a bike wheel, fixing punctures and fixing breaks on a child’s bike.

In Construction some students were cutting glass to make a stain glass window. Another student made a Dowel, Miter and Butt joint, as well as Corner Halving.



Week commencing 7th October

In Science this week, student have been learning about how electricity flows, measuring currents and the use of variable resistors.


September 2019

Week commencing 30th September

We have been creating an electricity model in Science this week.

The cups represent the electrons, Claire is the battery, the pupil is a bulb and the sweets the energy transferred.

In Progression students took part in a game of charades. This looked at developing our non-verbal skills and well as team working skills. Students also had some fun whilst having a competition of who could keep a feather in the air the longest.


In Art this week students have been creating work based on healthy eating.

Week commencing 23rd September

Students in The Salon Academy have been busy this week, practising techniques of how to blow dry hair straight.

In Sport this week we had a student become a real life hero. During a routine walk around Reddish Vale Country Park student J spotted an injured bird. As he tried to approach the bird, it fled into the water where it struggled to swim due to a broke wing. 

Student J without hesitation went into the water (after checking with his teacher) to rescue the bird. Student J proceeded to dry the bird using his coat and took it to the visitor center where he arranged bedding and food whilst the experts could be consulted. Here at Broadstones we are so proud of Student J.

This week in progression students have been working in teams playing ping-pong cups. This allowed students to work with their peers to try and get the most points by bouncing their ball into cups labelled with points. Everyone had lots of fun with some staff dancing thinking it would help the balls get in the cups.

Week commencing 16th September

This week in Science students have been learning about circuits and how to build their own.

The second week of progression involved teachers and students completing an obstacle course blindfolded.

This task allowed the development of communication as well as trust whilst having a lot of fun.

Week Commencing 9th September

In the first week of progression lessons students were given the task of creating an imaginative structure, using straws and sello-tape that was able to support an apple off their chosen surface.

Teachers were not allowed to talk and could touch the materials. Students had to give instructions without touching anything.

This allowed students to develop skills in team working, communication and resilience.



February 2019

We are proud to announce that Broadstones School will begin the process of becoming a part of The National Nurturing Schools Programme. 

The National Nurturing Schools Programme is a programme  that allows staff to develop and embed a nurturing culture  throughout their schools, enhancing teaching and learning, promoting healthy outcomes for children and young people,  all by focusing on emotional needs and development as well  as academic learning in a whole-school environment. And for schools to gain recognition for achieving a higher level of nurturing provision, there is The National Nurturing School Award – assessed and awarded by NGN.

January 2019

We are delighted to announce our new training Salon has been completed! The pupils are as excited as us. Big thanks of course to they have really taken us under their wing and gone the extra mile for us.

Broadstones School is becoming a nurture school!

In March 2019 Broadstones school will begin the process of becoming a nuture school The process lasts two years and we are so excited to have this opportunity.

July 2018

Reddish Vale High School hosted an exciting summer fair on the 15th July 2018 12-2pm at Reddish Vale High School. They had lots of things going on from dog shows, sports and bouncy castles to crafts, food and live music!

We were excited to have been involved with this event. where we showcased students work within construction We are still taking orders for a range of wooden garden products which will be created by our wonderful vocational students.

for further details or to order wooden garden products please email