It is the Birmingham school which has earned the tag as one of the “most improved” in the country.
But the success of Broadway School doesn’t just lie in exam results – it’s in the bricks and mortar too.
The Perry Barr school was once threatened with closure after falling short of government targets.
The arrival of head teacher Ron Skelton in 2008 proved to be a turning point for the secondary, which earlier this year recorded the best exam results in its 40-year history.
But just as big an achievement, says Mr Skelton, is the school’s new £21 million campus, which was officially opened by the Duke of Kent.
Mr Skelton said the campus has become a real “asset” to the community, with more than 90,000 people filing through the doors meetings and events at the school, where almost all the students are from ethnic minority backgrounds and speak English as an additional language.
He said: “We are not just a school.
“We have something like 50 different organisations and groups using the school at evenings, weekends and the holidays, from faith groups on a Sunday to adult education and learning English as a foreign language classes.
“Part of the plan was to have something for the whole community, we are open until the evening, seven days a week, not just 9 to 5.”
The building and refurbishment programme has seen the school’s 1,400 pupils move from two sites in Aston and Perry Barr to a single Perry Barr campus.
It was built with £18 million funding from the now-defunct Building Schools for the Future programme, as well as £3 million from the Aston Pride, a Government-funded New Deals for Communities regeneration programme.
Features include IT suites kitted out with top-of-the-range computers, drama studio and classrooms with wi-fi connected to interactive whiteboards.
The project was overseen by the Birmingham Lend Lease Partnership (BLLP), a £326 million programme between Birmingham City Council and contractor Lend Lease to develop 20 schools in the city.
BLLP general manager Nick Wylie said: “We are all proud at what has been delivered for the pupils and the teachers here at Broadway. Architecturally, the school connects with the community and you feel like you are arriving somewhere. Its a place that is inviting for pupils and for the community.”
An Ofsted inspection carried out just four weeks before the pupils moved into the new building rated the school as good with many outstanding features, with inspectors noting that the school’s success was “noted by the wider community”.
Mr Skelton added the school was now set to spend a further £2 million on new playing fields as well as new facilities for sports including football, tennis, boxing and cricket for use by pupils and the wider community.
Mr Skelton added: “The Duke’s visit marks a very powerful reminder of just how far Broadway has come in the last three years, but it is only a signpost on a journey by the school’s management team, the teaching staff, and, most importantly, the pupils.
“Broadway has been turned from a failing school into a great school, but now we want to make it world-class, not just for its educational achievements, but for its contribution to its community and to the city of Birmingham.”