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Please find below copies of letters and other communications that have been home.

We are very keen that you are kept well informed of what is going on in school and in touch with all activities affecting your child.  Communications are sent to parents through a number of electronic channels: we email parents directly; post notices here on the school website and tweet @brakenhale information on a regular basis.  We have found that communicating with parents in this way is very effective and avoids the problems of letters lost in the bottom of school bags!

We use a service provider called Schoolcomms to send email and text alerts to parents.  The Schoolcomms system draws information directly from the data management system we use in school.  It will automatically upload the e-mail addresses and mobile phone numbers of the first two contacts provided by parents. Personal communications about your child can only be received by you and your email and mobile details will not be shared with anyone else and will be stored securely.

If you do not have an e-mail address your mobile number will be used for emergency messages.  For letters you will receive a paper copy. Paper copies of communications are available on request from the school office at any time.

It is very important to keep the school up to date with any change to contact details such as address, telephone number or email address. 

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Communications 2016-2017

21st July: Year 6 Starters

Dear Parents/Carers
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you an enjoyable Summer Holidays.
If you have not received any of the following information, please do not hesitate to contact us:
· ParentPay login information
· MyMaths login details
· Summer Curriculum Activities Booklet (available on website)
We look forward to seeing you all on 5th September @8.30am.
Kind regards
School Office

21st July: Headteacher's End of Term Letter

Dear Parents/Carers
Headteacher’s End of Term Letter
Please see attached letter from Ms Coley, Headteacher.
Kind regards
School Office

21st July: Job Vacancy

Dear Parents/Carers
Job Vacancy
Please see attached Job Vacancy
Kind regards
School Office

21st July: Sixth Form Biometric Data Authorisation

Dear Parents/Carers
Sixth Form Biometric Data Authorisation
From September 2017, sixth form students will be using the Biometric data system for registration purposes, signing in and out of school via the finger scanner which is currently in place for cashless dining here at Brakenhale.
The biometric identification system uses the finger and its image to uniquely identify each student and member of staff. The system measures many aspects of a finger and then translates the measurements into a unique identification code which is entered into the system. The image of the fingerprint itself is not recorded or stored. This is not fingerprinting and the data stored cannot be used to recreate an image of the fingerprint. When a student uses the biometric identification systems, they are identified by their identification code. This form of identification is called biometrics, which translated means measurements of human characteristics. We will comply at all times with Data Protection Act and with the provisions of the Protection of Freedoms Act regarding the use of biometric data.
Please click on the link below to submit your authorisation
Sixth Form Biometric Data Authorisation
Should you have any further questions or concerns about this please email me tdale@brakenhale.co.uk
Regards
Mr T Dale, Head of Sixth Form

21st July: School Lockers

Dear Parents/Carers
Locker Letter
Please see attached information on booking a locker for September.
Kind regards
School Office

20th July: BTEC Qualifications

Dear Parents/Carers
BTEC Qualifications
As a school, we deliver lots of BTEC qualifications, which have less of a focus on examinations, and more of a focus on preparing young people for the work place through concentrating on vocational skills. With this in mind, from September, we think it would be really useful for our students to engage with professionals in certain industries so that they have a good idea of what working within that industry looks like. The students will be undertaking either a GCSE equivalent (aged 14 – 16), or an A Level equivalent (aged 16 – 18) qualification.
We would like to invite anyone with experience in the industries outlined later in this communication to come in and deliver something to our students. That can be a 15 minute chat to the students in one of our lessons, an hour long lesson, or a series of lessons; whatever you would feel comfortable coming in and delivering. The teachers of the subject will be more than happy to work with you to help plan whatever you have in mind.
The industries we are looking for specifically are:
Health and Social Care,  ICT,  Business,  Engineering,  Media,  Sport,  Music,  Dance,  Drama
If you would like to be involved in any way, then please email JDuffy@brakenhale.co.uk or Pgibson@brakenhale.co.uk, and we will have a look at what we think could work and take it from there!
Many thanks
Mr J Duffy, Head of Music
jduffy@brakenhale.co.uk

20th July: New Starters - September Information

Dear Parents/Carers
New Starters
We hope your child is looking forward to joining Brakenhale on Tuesday 5th September.
A few reminders for the first day at school:
– School starts at 8.30am for registration at 8.40am. All Year 7 students should go straight to the main school hall where an assembly will take place, led by Mrs Coley. If parents/carers would like to attend you will be more than welcome to hear key messages and introductions to members of the Year 7 team. After the assembly parents will need to exit school via the main reception. On this occasion, please be aware that there will not be an opportunity for further discussions with students or teachers as the students will be going straight to lessons.
– From Wednesday morning onwards, all students should enter and exit the school via the Coningsby entrance or the pedestrian entrance of Rectory Lane. We would appreciate it also if parents are dropping off and picking up they do so via the Coningsby entrance.
– If your child is cycling to school, the bike shed is open at the beginning and end of the day and students should bring their own padlocks to securely lock their bikes up – helmets must be worn and a request for a cycle permit should be made.
– Students should be in full uniform – please ensure all items are clearly named.
– Students should have all their’ tools for learning’ ready for lessons.
– Packed lunch should be provided or ensure that money is available on Parentpay for students to buy food in the school canteen as cash is not accepted.
– As the weather will still be warm it is also a good idea for your child to bring a refillable water bottle to school to keep hydrated.
– Details of extra-curricular activities will be communicated at the beginning of term.
The Year 7 Meet the Tutor Evening will be Thursday 12th October from 4pm – 7pm. This will be an opportunity for you to meet your child’s tutor and to hear about the progress they have made during this time.
We hope that the transition to Brakenhale is a good experience for all students but if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Kind regards
Miss L Baveystock, Assistant Headteacher i/c Year 6 Transition

19th July: Admissions

Dear Parents/Carers
Admissions
We currently have significant waiting lists in all of our year groups. If your son/daughter will not be returning to Brakenhale after the summer holidays, please complete the attached form in order for us to be able to allocate places to students for September.
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

19th July: Accessing Emails from Home

Dear Students
Accessing Emails from Home
Please see attached information on how to access your emails from home
Kind regards
School Office

19th July: Tools for Learning

Dear Parents/Carers
Tools for Learning
I am writing to you with regard to our Tools for Learning initiative. In September Tools for Learning will continue to be compulsory in order to support this initiative our school equipment shop located in the Print Room will be selling equipment on a daily basis. Students who do not have the items on the list will be required to go to the print room and obtain the missing items. Payment will be taken in cash. In order to support you in acquiring those items between now and 5th September the School Reception will be selling complete pencil cases for £3.70 without the calculator and £9.70 including the calculator and £10.70 including the Year 7/8/9 Art Sketch Book.
We insist on a clear pencil case for the older years this is absolutely outstanding practice as they are required in the examination rooms as part of the examination regulations. For the younger years this keeps things transparent and it allows us to support the students more easily and to keep them safe.
The Tools for Learning initiative is designed to reduce the amount of time lost in lessons looking for equipment and supporting students who do not have the right equipment. As you can imagine this can be very frustrating and leads to a lot of lost learning time which over the course of weeks, months and years can reduce the amount of teaching time quite considerably. Any student who does not have the correct equipment will be given a short sanction by their tutor on the same day as a reminder to obtain the items.   To assist the smooth running of the school, students lacking the correct equipment and cash to purchase any missing items will be lent a basic kit for the duration of the school day. This must be returned to the tutor at the end of the day. Any student who loses or damages this basic equipment will be given a community detention as a sanction.
The items in the school shop are sold at cost price and are bought in bulk and are therefore cheaper than can be obtained in local supermarkets and High Street stores.
Please can I ask that you support us with this initiative and ensure that students are all fully equipped before they come back to school in order to avoid those awkward conversations. However, if any student is in receipt of pupil premium, we are happy to support with one complete pencil case of equipment at the start of the school term.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to discuss this matter further.
Thank you for your ongoing support with this issue this has helped to improve classroom progress and learning within the last year.
Yours faithfully
Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteacher

18th July: Sixth Form Transition Materials

Dear Parents/Carers
Sixth Form Transition
Sixth Form transition was a great success and many thanks for attending the event. Below is a link to the website with all of the subject materials for you to peruse. Please make sure you look at this for any subjects you wish to study in September.
Thank you once again, your feedback was incredibly positive and I have shared your comments and ratings with staff.
Good luck for results day and we will see you all in September.
Sixth Form Transition Information
Yours
Andrew Hartley, Deputy Headteacher

18th July: Safe Cycling

Dear Parents/Carers
Safe Cycling
At Brakenhale we welcome our students cycling to school. It is good for the environment and also for their health. In addition, Bracknell has numerous safe cycle paths that students can use to avoid busy roads as much as possible.
We have a secure area to keep bikes but also ask students bring a lock to offer further security. However, one aspect we are concerned about is the lack of bike helmets worn by a number of our students.
We are now looking to implement the ‘Brakenhale Safe Cycle Scheme’ where all students will need a pass to be able to ride their bike to school and also to use the bike store. A pre requisite to gain and keep hold of the pass is the mandatory wearing of a bike safety helmet. In addition, any student seen riding their bike in a dangerous manner will have their pass revoked. Furthermore, all bikes ridden into school must be deemed road worthy and safe with working brakes. This will mean that they are not allowed to bring their bike onto site at all for a set period of time and parents will be notified via email. This also applies to scooters. This initiative will be implemented from September.
I hope that you welcome this initiative and I do urge you to become familiar with the content of the national bike safety scheme below.
Cycle Safety Information
If you would like to request a cycle pass, please click on the link below to submit your request. Once your request has been approved, your son/daughter will be issued with a pass.
2017 Cycle Permit Request
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Yours faithfully
Mr H Thomas, Assistant Headteacher

18th July: Year 10 Science Exams June 2017 - Improvement

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 Science Exams June 2017 – Improvement
Please see attached letter from Mr Radcliffe – Head of Science with a list of suggested resources to help Year 10 students make the improvements highlighted from their Science exam results.
Below is a link to our website where students can access papers, mark schemes and data sheets.
Year 10 Science Exams June 2017 – Improvement
It would greatly help students’ achievement in Year 11 if work towards these improvements continues over the summer break in preparation for September 2017 and the start of Year 11.
Kind regards
School Office

18th July: Sixth Form Work Experience

Dear Parents/Carers
Sixth Form Work Experience
Our Work Experience placement advisor will be in tomorrow and the students must have their completed forms including a parental signature ready for this meeting. The forms were given out two weeks ago. However just in case any have been mislaid, hard copies were handed out in assembly this morning and there is an electronic copy attached.
If you wish to complete the form electronically this is acceptable but it must be e-mailed back to me Mr Dale at tdale@brakenhale.co.uk by 9am tomorrow morning.
Best wishes
Mr T Dale, Head of Sixth Form

18th July: Year 6 - Summer Curriculum Activities Booklet

Dear Parents/Carers
Summer Curriculum Activities Booklet
Please note there has been a change to the English Study of a longer novel to “A Monster Calls” by Patrick Ness. This book contains some sensitive themes regarding death of a parent.
Kind regards
School Office

17th July: GCSE Exams Results Day - Thursday 24th August

Dear Parents/Carers
GCSE Exams Results Day – Thursday 24th August
We would like to remind you of the Exam Results Day on Thursday 24th August.
School will be open from 9am – 11am for students to collect their results from the Main Hall.
If students are unable to come into school to collect their results and would like someone else to collect on their behalf, we will require a signed letter from the student authorising that person to collect. Please note that this letter must be signed by the student, not the parent as results are the students. Email requests are not accepted.
If students would like the results posted, please could they provide us with a stamped addressed envelope with enough postage to cover a large letter up to 100g.
Kind regards
Exams Team

17th July: Medication in School

Dear Parents/Carers
Medication in school
Medication is not permitted to remain on the school site during the summer holidays. If your son/daughter has medication in school, it will need to be collected by Friday 21st July at 12.05pm. Any medicines not collected will be disposed of at a local pharmacy.
Please see attached Medical Consent Form which will need to be renewed for the autumn term if your son/daughter will require medication in school.
Kind regards
Ms A Ball,
Health Co-ordinator
aball@brakenhale.co.uk

17th July: A Level Results Day - Thursday 17th August

Dear Year 12 and Year 13 – A Level students
Re: A Level Results Day Reminder
This is just a reminder that on results day, Thursday 17th August 2017, results will be available in the sixth form common room as follows;
Year 13 – 9am
Year 12 – 11am
Staff will be available should there be any problems or queries
Wishing you all the best of luck
Mr T Dale, Head of Sixth Form

17th July: Cyber Bullying

Dear Parents/Carers
Cyber Bullying
Please find attached the latest government guidance regarding how parents and carers can prevent and respond to cyber bullying aimed at children and young people.
In addition, we will be hosting another ‘internet safety for parents’ evening for parents in the next academic year to follow up the one we held last February. Invitations will be sent out nearer the time.
Preventing and Tackling Bullying
Yours faithfully
Mr Hartley, Deputy Headteacher

16th July: Dance Show Monday 17th July

Dear Parents/Carers
Dance Show Monday 17th July 2017
Just a reminder of the Dance Show tomorrow from 6pm to 7pm – cost £1 per adult, payable on the evening.
Kind regards
Miss C Haley, Head of Dance
chaley@brakenhale.co.uk

14th July: GCSE and A-Level Results Enquires and Fees

Dear Parents/Carers
Results Enquiries
Please find attached a document which explains the different types of results enquiries and how much the enquiries cost.
If you wish to make an enquiry the attached form must be signed by the student, as a request cannot be accepted without the student’s signature.
We also have to make you aware that the mark could go down.
Enquires about Results
Kind regards
Mr P Gibson, Deputy Headteacher

14th July: Student Runners

Dear Parents/Carers
Student Runners
Please see attached letter regarding your son/daughter being a student runner when they return to school in Year 8 in September.
Student Runner Letter
Kind regards
School Office

13th July: Year 9 GCSE English Language and Literature

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 GCSE English Language and Literature
Next year, your son/daughter will begin studying for their GCSE English Language and Literature. In order to help students have the best possible opportunity of reaching their potential in English Literature, we are asking that all students purchase their own copy of the three set texts that they will be studying.
In having their own copy, students will:
– Be able to annotate the text in lesson to help their understanding
– Find revision significantly easier
– Be able to take responsibility for their own learning
In order to facilitate this requirement, the school will purchase copies for students to buy directly from us (this will be at the same price that the school is able to secure for bulk orders). The provisional total for each student will be £15.59.
If your child is allocated a pupil premium fund, then they will be able to use some of their allocation in order to help them purchase these books.
The specific texts that your child will require is dependent on which class they will be in next year, but across the whole cohort the only variation will be on the 19th Century text. So students will have a copy of:
– An Inspector Calls (modern text, play)
– Macbeth (Shakespeare text, play)
– A Christmas Carol or The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde (19th Century text, novella)
If you have any questions, please contact either:
Mrs T Cresswell (Head of Department, September 2017): tcresswell@brakenhale.co.uk
Mr I Anderson (2nd in Department): ianderson@brakenhale.co.uk
Mr P Gibson (Deputy Headteacher): pgibson@brakenhale.co.uk
Kind regards
The English Department

12th July: Year 8 Team Structure

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 8 Team Structure
I am delighted to let you know that I will be leading the Year 8 Team as of September 2017. The team and I are looking forward to working with you as we continue to support your children through various phases of their secondary school tenure.
I was recently Head of Year 11 and had led the year group from Year 7 through to Year 11. Whilst no two year groups are the same, I believe that the experience gained will prove invaluable in working with your children.
I would also like to introduce Mr Read-Linton and Mrs Howes who will both be Assistant Heads of Year. Both members of staff are also experienced in leading a year group.
The rest of the year team will remain unchanged, with tutors remaining with their tutor groups except in the case of members of staff who are moving on.
– 8B: Mr M Kingston: mkingston@brakenhale.co.uk
– 8R: Miss O Danset-Sales: odansetsales@brakenhale.co.uk
– 8A: Mr S Read-Linton: slinton@brakenhale.co.uk
– 8K: Mrs M Howes: mhowes@brakenhale.co.uk
– 8E: Mr H Smith: hsmith@brakenhale.co.uk
– 8N: Mr M Jones: mjones@brakenhale.co.uk
– 8H: Mr S Bell: sbell@brakenhale.co.uk
I will be in touch regarding upcoming events throughout the year.
Please feel free to contact me on 01344 465007 or sdouse@brakenhale.co.uk
I am looking forward to working with you for the next few years.
Kind regards
Miss S Douse
sdouse@brakenhale.co.uk,  01344 465007

12th July: Year 7 Book Look Week

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 7 Book Look Week
Parents have fed back to us that they would like to see their child’s work and how they are making progress in their subjects. Each year group is allocated a different week, during which exercise books/folders are sent home with students for parents to see how they are getting on in their studies.
As part of this process, this is also an excellent opportunity for you to look at your son/daughter’s work and see if they are working to the quality that you would expect from them.
Book Look Week for Year 7 has been now been completed and we hope that you had the opportunity to view your children’s work. Your views are important to us and we would be grateful if you could take a few minutes to complete the survey that was emailed to all Year 7 parents/carers.
Kind regards
Ms Baveystock, Assistant Headteacher

11th July: End of Term Arrangements

Dear Parents/Carers
End of Term Arrangements
We would like to confirm our end of term arrangements on Friday 21st July 2017 – school finishes for students at 12:05pm. If you would like your son/daughter to remain in school until the end of the school day, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Coley – Headteacher.
Please be reminded that the first day back of the autumn term is Tuesday 5th September where all students will be expected in school at 8.30am will full uniform and tools for learning.
Kind regards
School Office
Term Dates 2017-18 / School Uniform / Uniform Price List 2017 / Brakenhale School Uniform Shop

11th July: Year 6 Parents' Coffee Morning

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 6 Parent’s Coffee Morning
Just a reminder that you are all welcome to attend our Year 6 Parents’ Coffee Morning on Thursday 13th July from 9.30am to 11am where you will have an opportunity meet with other parents and key members of staff. Please come into school via our Main Reception.
Kind regards
School Office

10th July: House System

Dear Parents/Carers
House System at Brakenhale
Please see attached information regarding the new house system.
House System
Kind regards
School Office

10th July: MFL Trip - Return

Dear Parents/Carers
MFL Trip – Return
Just an update that students are safely back in the UK and the estimated time of arrival back to school is 7.15pm.
Kind regards
School Office

10th July: Haircuts

Dear Parents/Carers
Haircuts
I am writing to you as a reminder regarding haircuts. Last year we made the guidelines for haircuts a little more precise when we published our ruling that hair must not be shorter than a grade 1. This decision was taken in consultation with a number of students and parents and was a compromise that all sides felt allowed self-expression and fashion to be followed but at the same time maintained business like standards of appearance. However, in the last week we have noticed a few students who have gone shorter than this with a 0.5 or even a zero.
Please can I ask that as parents you support us in this as it helps to maintain our excellent standards of dress and appearance and it also avoids those very difficult conversations between staff, the student and home.
Thank you for your support in this matter.
Kind regards
Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteacher

10th July: Year 11 Year Book

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Year Book
We would like to advise that the deadline for payment for the 2017 Yearbook is Friday 14th July.  Please place orders by making payment on ParentPay.  The full cost of £17.50 must be paid by this date.
Regards
Miss Douse, Head of Year 11

9th July: MFL/History Trip Update - Day 3

Dear Parents/Carers
MFL/History Trip Update – Day 3
Very busy day.  We visited Brie market, went on a boat tour of Paris and Montparnasse deck.  Everybody had a brilliant time.
Kind regards
Brakenhale

8th July: MFL/History Trip Update - Day 2

Dear Parents/Carers
MFL/History Trip Update – Day 2
Day 2 and students and staff have enjoyed a brilliant day at Parc Asterix with the sun shining all day.
Kind regards
School Office

7th July: MFL/History Trip Update

Dear Parents/Carers
MFL/History Trip Update
A quick update on today’s trip, although we are sure most of you will have had contact with your son/daughter during the day. After an early start to the day, the students had a good ferry trip over to France. After arriving in Calais the first stop was to Vimy Ridge, a WW1 monument. They arrived at the Chateau at 6pm, sorted out the rooms, ate a good dinner and had a rounders match before bed – very tired students, as we are sure you all are as well after your early morning!
Kind regards
School Office

7th July: Multi-Gym Facility

Dear Parents/Carers
Multi-Gym Facility
We are looking at ways to provide our students with a Multi Gym facility at Brakenhale. The aim of which is to allow students to exercise both in PE lessons and in their free time in a safe and practical environment.  In order to provide this facility we are asking if parents have any old gym equipment, which is in good working order that they would be able to donate to the school.  Alternatively, if you have any contacts in the fitness industry who could help us out with purchasing equipment at an affordable price, it would also be appreciated.
Any equipment donated would be tested to ensure that it complies with health and safety regulations.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you can help in anyway.
Many thanks
Mr W Yeates, Head of PE
wyeates@brakenhale.co.uk

7th July: Ski Trip to Sestriere, Italy - March/April 2018

Dear Parents/Carers
Ski Trip to Sestriere, Italy – March/April 2018
Thank you to everyone who has paid the deposit towards the 2018 Ski Trip, we now have 21 students confirmed. The trip will go ahead with these numbers with currently no change to the overall price. Our original price was calculated on 30 students with hoodies included in the price.  We may lose the hoodies if we only take 21 students but I will make the hoodies optional at a cost of £20 for those students who want them (hopefully all the students will choose to buy one as they are brilliant for identifying the group quickly whilst travelling!). We will update you on this after the summer break.
In the meantime, please make payments when convenient. The next minimum payment of £150 will be due before the end of July, followed by £150 by the end of September.
I will be sending a list of suggested items for the trip at the start of the Autumn term with another parents meeting in early March 2018.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Many thanks
Mr W Yeates, Head of PE
wyeates@brakenhale.co.uk

6th July: Year 6 New Student Induction Days

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 6 New Student Induction Days
Further to our recent induction days, we hope that your son/daughter had a good experience with us.  In order for us to continually improve the transition experience, could we please ask that you complete the short survey that was emailed to you.
If you have any concerns regarding your son/daughter joining us in September, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Kind regards
School Office

6th July: History/MFL Trip to France 7-10th July

Dear Parents/Carers
History/MFL Trip to France – 7th to 10th July
I hope everyone is packed and feeling excited for our trip tomorrow.  A couple of reminders:
– Students must arrive at school at 6.30am
– Students must bring food for breakfast if they have not eaten and a packed lunch or money for food on the ferry
Please ensure you make a note of the school mobile number for your reference and also ensure that students have the number stored on their phones:
Emergency mobile no.: 07484 322719 (France)
If you need to contact the school over the weekend, please use the mobile number below:
Emergency mobile no.: 07947 148168 (UK)
Kind regards
Mr H Thomas, Assistant Headteacher

6th July: Year 6 Induction Days

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 6 Induction Days
We would like to advise that students will today be bringing home with them the following:
– Summer Curriculum Activities Booklet – which can be found on our website Summer Curriculum Activities Booklet
– ParentPay login information
– Data Collection Sheet
You will have received a login for MyMaths, if you experience any difficulties accessing, please contact us.
Could you please advise if you have any changes to your contact information shown on the data collection sheet by emailing (please provide student name).  If forms could be signed and returned to the main reception it would be appreciated.
Please also find attached information on accessing school gateway which will enable you to view information regarding your child.
If you have any queries regarding any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Kind regards
School Office

6th July: Year 10 Mock Interviews

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 Mock Interview Day – Friday 7th July
On Friday 7th July 2017 all Year 10 students will have a mock interview experience to help prepare them for their future. The interviews will be an opportunity to practice presenting themselves to a professional, and will take place at school. We have 25 volunteers who have agreed to share their time and expertise from various local, national and global businesses such as Thames Valley Police, Microsoft, OfSTED and QA Training, as well as members of our Governing Body.
Students will receive feedback on the way they present themselves, the responses they give to open questions and on their body language and confidence. We expect that students’ attitude and behaviour will be exemplary.  Students may wear full school uniform or business professional clothes (skirts should be on the knee).
Please let us know if your son/daughter will be absent from school on Friday so that we can cancel their appointment.
Interviews are always nerve-wracking but we hope this experience will challenge our students in a way that will be beneficial.
Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Yours faithfully
Mr P Benson, Head of Year 10
pbenson@brakenhale.co.uk

5th July: Year 10 English Literature

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 English Literature
Our Year 10 cohort will be sitting an additional Pre-Public Exam (PPE) this coming Monday 10th July, for English Literature.
It will be conducted under normal exam conditions, with students in the main hall or other locations dependent on their access arrangements.
The paper they will be sitting is 1 hour 45 minutes long and they will be answering questions on their Shakespeare text and their 19th Century text.  Please help to support them in revising for this exam in the coming days.
Many thanks
The English Department

5th July: Sports Day

Dear Parents/Carers
Sports Day – Wednesday 12th July
Next Wednesday 12th July is our Annual Sports Day.
Field events will take place during normal lessons Period 1 to 3. Field events include High Jump, Long Jump, Shot and Javelin.
We will have an earlier lunchtime on the day at 12.25pm until 12.55pm and then meet as a whole school on the Field at 1pm. Tutors will register students in tutor groups on the Tennis courts at 12.55pm.
Track events – all the running events plus the Tug of War and ‘Welly wanging’ events will take place from 1pm to 3.05pm.
Students and staff will be coming into school in their House colours for the day, making sure they are wearing suitable clothes to compete in. Face paints etc. to show off your colours are allowed but we would ask students and parents to not go overboard with these please especially if it is a hot day!
Students need to bring enough water for the day, sunscreen and money for the PTA stall.
Last year the winners were Nightingale! Good luck!
– Brunel – Green
– Rowling – Purple
– Austen – Yellow
– King – Red
– Einstein – Royal Blue
– Nightingale – Navy Blue
– Hawking – Orange
Kind regards
Mr W Yeates, Head of PE
wyeates@brakenhale.co.uk

5th July: Sixth Form Learning to Work - Work Experience

Dear Parents/Carers
Sixth Form Learning to Work – Work Experience in October
This morning the students were given a presentation regarding work experience that will be taking place in October.  It is not compulsory but highly advisable for anyone planning on not going to university.
Around 20 students attended the presentation and took away application forms.  The forms need a parental signature and are to be returned to the school by Wednesday 19th July.  Students will then be given a brief interview to confirm their preferences for work experience.
If any students missed the presentation but are interested in work experience, please see Mrs Perryman or their tutor to pick up a form.
As an aside from this, one student from the current year 13 who attended work experience  in a solicitors office last year is just about to start a higher apprenticeship in the same company. Clearly, these opportunities can be very beneficial!
Kind Regards
Sam Perryman, Sixth Form Administrator

4th July: Sixth Form Alternative Curriculum Day - Thursday 13th July

Dear Parents/Carers
Sixth Form Alternative Curriculum Day – Thursday 13th July
Please see attached a letter from Mr Dale, Head of Sixth Form.
Sixth Form Alternative Curriculum Day
Kind regards
School Office

4th July: Hot Weather

Dear Parents/Carers
Hot Weather
As the weather forecast is that temperatures will be very high this wee, we would like to advise that school uniform will continue with no blazers and no ties until the end of term.  However, all other uniform will remain as usual and students must have shirts tucked in.  Please remind students to bring in a refillable water bottle to keep hydrated during the day and sun cream particularly when outside for PE.
Kind regards
School Office

3rd July: Changes to GCSE Grades - Government Guidelines

Dear Parents/Carers
Changes to GCSE Grades – Government Guidelines
Over the course of the year I have been at various information evenings to explain the changes to GCSEs and the grading of these.
The government have now released a document which explains the new qualifications and I want to share this with you to help you understand school results going forward.
The link for this information is:
New GCSE Grading
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Mr P Gibson, Deputy Headteacher
pgibson@brakenhale.co.uk

3rd July: Reminder - Year 6 Inductions Days - 5th and 6th July

Dear Parents/Carers
REMINDERS – Year 6 Induction Days – 5th/6th July 2017

Please see below reminders regarding drop of and pick up on induction days:
Students should arrive via Coningsby entrance and gates will be opened at 9.00am for a 9.15am start, they will be met by staff and student ambassadors and taken to the Main Hall for an introductory assembly with Mrs Coley Headteacher, Mr Cooper – Head of Year 7 and Miss Baveystock, Assistant Headteacher.
Students will be dismissed at the end of the day at 2.50pm via Coningsby.  The area around the school gets very congested and we would encourage parents not to park close to the school.  However, if it is necessary to pick students up by car then please arrange a convenient pick up point away from the school.  We have approx. 1,000 students leaving the school site at the end of the day at 3.05pm and if you have not made arrangements with your child of where you will meet, you may have difficulty in locating each other.
During the day students will have their finger print taken for library authentication and for students to purchase refreshments in the school dining hall.  If you have any concerns regarding your son/daughter’s finger print being scanned, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Kind regards
School Office

3rd July: Year 12 Attendance

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 12 Attendance
We would like to take this opportunity to emphasise the importance of attending Sixth Form for the next three academic weeks until the end of the Summer term.
Regular attendance allows our students to gain a head start in their Year 13 A-Level studies, allowing them to access and prepare for the more challenging and demanding curriculum delivered in the second year of Sixth Form. At BTEC there is some vital work taking place in finishing the Year 12 modules off to the highest possible standard. Teachers are planning lessons and it is extremely frustrating if students are not present nor have communicated their absence in advance as they would do for work. Learning at Post 16 is often sequential and thus subsequent lessons may make little sense after an absence if no attempt has been made to catch up.
Since students returned on 19th June, Year 12 attendance has not met the same high standards the students set before the examination period. We were incredibly proud of the 95% figure the students collectively achieved and would like to continue this until the end of term.
Students are required to be in school at 8.40 prompt, ready for tutor time and assemblies and a school communication will be sent home to those who are not registered.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or queries.
Kind regards
Mr Boucher, Assistant Head of Sixth Form

3rd July: Art and Photography Exhibition - Today

Dear Parents/Carers
Art and Photography Exhibition – Today
The Art and Photography departments would like to invite you to come and celebrate the wonderful work that has been created this year by our very talented GCSE and A-Level students.  Work will be displayed in the main hall on Monday 3rd July from 5pm to 7pm.  All students and their families are welcome to attend so please come along and view the talent we have at Brakenhale.
Kind regards
School Office

3rd July: Year 11 Prom

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Prom
We were delighted to see so many of our students enjoying their Prom at the end of the exams at St Anne’s last week, they all looked wonderful and behaviour during the evening was exemplary.  We hope they all enjoy a great summer holiday and look forward to seeing them to collect their exam results on Thursday 24th August.
Kind regards
School Office

30th June: Charity Day

Dear Parents/Carers
Charity Day
Thank you to everyone who contributed today towards our Thames Hospice charity day in memory of Helen Gennery.
Final amounts raised to follow but I know it’s well over £1000 which is fantastic!
The FC Ewan v FC Toby match was played in great spirit and it was great to see so many students and staff coming down to support.
Thank you to everyone who played and contributed.
Final score:
FC Ewan 1 (P Gibson)
FC Toby 5 (M Nower 2, T Nower, T Gennery, N O’Donoghue)
Kind regards
Mr W Yeates, Head of PE

30th June: Drug Detection Dog

Dear Parents/Carers
Drug Detection Dog
Today we were visited by the drug detection dog. The dog performed a thorough sweep of the school site, including a walk around the perimeter and an inspection of bins and hedgerows surrounding the school. The students were incredibly positive towards the dog and were keen to make its acquaintance!   We are pleased to report that nothing was found by the dog.
As we have communicated previously this initiative is part of our robust zero tolerance policy of no drugs on the school site.   It is pleasing to see that our student community is responding so supportively to our stance on this issue.
Thank you for your continued support with this matter.
Yours faithfully
Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteacher

29th June: Art & Photography Exhibition

Dear Parents/Carers
Art & Photography Exhibition
The Art and Photography departments would like to invite you to come and celebrate the wonderful work that has been created this year by our very talented GCSE and A-Level students. Work will be displayed in the main hall from 5pm to 7pm on Monday 3rd July. All students and their families are welcome to attend so please come along and view the talent we have at Brakenhale.
Kind regards
School Office

29th June: Free School Meals - Year 6 Students

Dear Parents/Carers
Free school meals
We would like to advise that the authorisation and administration for Free School Meals is handled by the Admissions Department of Bracknell Forest Council.
It is worthwhile applying for Free School Meals entitlement even if your son/daughter does not require a school lunch because you may receive financial assistance with other school related expenses.
If you think your son/daughter may qualify, please complete the Bracknell Forest Council application form online via the link below.
Bracknell Forest – applying for free school meals
Alternatively, complete and submit the attached PDF.
Kind regards
School Office

28th June: Non -Uniform Day

Dear Parents/Carers
Non-uniform Day – Friday 30th June
Further to previous correspondence regarding the non-uniform day on Friday 30th June, we would like to confirm that students may bring a school bag of their choice but they must bring all books and tools for learning for the day.  The cost for the non-uniform privilege is £1.00 and will be collected by Tutors.
Kind regards
School Office

28th June: Year 10 Science Exams

Dear Parents/Carers
Science Exams
Further to the Science exams your son/daughter completed at the beginning of May 2017 I would like to confirm how the results will be delivered.
Over the next week, you and your son/daughter will receive an email with a 5 page attachment which details the result from each paper (Biology, Chemistry and Physics).  The attachment shows (over pages 1, 2 and 3) the topics and skills from each paper with an associated colour that indicates confidence.  These colours will be Red, Yellow and Green and imply the following.
RED – indicates that this skill/topic has not been met in full and is the weak area.
YELLOW – indicates that this skill/topic has been partially met but there are still some weak areas.
GREEN – indicates that this topic/skill has been successfully met.
At the end of page 3, there is a table which shows the scores from each paper, a total for all 3 papers and a percentage (this percentage is their score out of 180).  Please note at this stage, we are not able to give a grade on the 9 – 1 scale.
Pages 4 and 5 then summarises the areas that need the most improvement.  As a department over the remaining weeks of this term we will be tackling some of those areas with our Science groups to build towards year 11.
It would greatly help your son/daughter’s achievement in year 11 if work towards these improvements continues over the summer break in preparation for September 2017 and the start of year 11.
I will be writing to you again before the summer break with links to resources that can be used to support this.
Thank you for your continued support.
Kind regards
Mr J Radcliffe, Head of Science
jradcliffe@brakenhale.co.uk

27th June: Non-Uniform Day

Dear Parents/Carers
Non-uniform Day
On Friday 30th June we will be holding a non-school uniform day to raise money for the Thames Hospice. This event is in memory of Helen Gennery, who was one of our school Governors who was looked after so well during her battle with cancer by the Hospice.
Helen’s sons, Ewan and Toby, are organising a charity football match after school on the same day. Spectators are welcome to come down to the astro turf at 4pm to cheer on the Ewan XI v’s the Toby XI, teams made up of both students and teachers (for a small contribution to the charity!)
The match will also be the first opportunity to see the brand new Brakenhale Football kits in action.
Please note clothing should be suitable for school, no shorts or skirts may be worn that are above the knee and no short tops that do not cover the midriff.
Many thanks for your support.
Kind regards
Mr W Yeates, Head of PE
wyeates@brakenhale.co.uk

26th June: PTA Clothes Recycling Initiative

Dear Parents/Carers
PTA Clothes Recycling Initiative
You will have noticed that we have been advertising our clothes collection in Parent News and we would like to remind you that this is the last week for bringing in your unwanted clothes, shoes and accessories for recycling as the bags will be collected from the School on Friday morning.
Bags have been offered to Year 7 and 8 students to take home, please bring your filled bags to main reception before Friday, clothes can also be brought into school in bin liners or other plastic bags.
Kind regards
School Office

PTA Bag 2 School Clothes Recycling June 2017 b smaller

26th June: Year 10 PE Kit

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 PE Kit
Please be reminded that unless students are sitting an exam, they will need their PE  kit in school for their PE lesson as usual.
Kind regards
School Office

26th June: Public Service Message

Dear Parents/Carers
Please see message below from the Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Service.
INCREASED RISK OF WILDFIRES
Due to the current dry, hot weather we are experiencing, we are at a heightened risk of wildfires.
To minimise the potential risk, we are asking all schools across Berkshire to disseminate our wildfire messages to pupils before the end of term, to help keep young people and their families as safe as possible during the summer holidays. We would also ask that all young people are reminded of the dangers associated with fire and the consequences of playing with matches and lighters.
Thank you for your assistance.
Kind regards
Kasia Jaworski, Risk Reduction Practitioner
Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Service
Contact No – 07771608434 | Email – jaworskik @rbfrs.co.uk

26th June: School Uniform

Dear Parents/Carers
School Uniform
Further to previous correspondence, we would like to advise that school uniform will continue with no blazers and no ties until the end of term.  However, all other uniform will remain as usual and students must have shirts tucked in.   Please remind students to bring in a refillable water bottle to keep hydrated during the day and suncream on hot days.
Kind regards
School Office

23rd June: History/Languages Trip to France - 7th July

Dear Parents/Carers
History/Modern Foreign Languages Trip to France – 7th July 2017
Please be aware that all students attending the above trip will not need to bring bedding with them.  However, they will need to bring towels and toiletries.
Kind regards
School Office

23rd June: Year 11 Transition Day

Hi Year 11
Subject: Transition Day
Just a quick final reminder that Transition Day starts on Monday 26th June 2017 for all applicants to Brakenhale Sixth Form.
Join us in the Sixth Form common room at 8:40am for registration/assembly starting with Bacon sandwiches and refreshments.  We look forward to seeing you all there.
If you didn’t apply to Brakenhale but would like to come and experience Sixth Form with us, please contact a member of the Sixth Form Team.
Regards
Mr T Dale, Head of Sixth Form

22nd June: Year 10 Revision

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 Revision Information
Please see attached a Revision Information Guide for students.
Kind regards
Mr R Beukes, Head of KS4
rbeukes@brakenhale.co.uk

Year 10 Revision Booklet

22nd June: History/Languages Trip to France

Dear Parents/Carers
History/Modern Foreign Languages Trip to France – 7th to 10th July, 2017
Further to the trip meeting this week, please see attached powerpoint with further information regarding arrangements for the trip.
Kind regards
School Office

Brakenhale French Trip Presentation

22nd June: World Challenge Information Evening

Dear Parents/Carers
Years 9/10/11 – World Challenge – Croatia – Reminder
We would like to invite you to attend an information evening on Thursday 22nd June @ 6.30pm in the Main Hall where we would like to share with you details of our World Challenge expedition to Croatia in July 2018.
Kind regards
Mr N O’Donoghue, Head of Year 10

21st June: Dance Show

Dear Parents/Carers
Dance Show – 17th July 2017
We would like to invite you to the Brakenhale Dance Show on Monday 17th July. This will be in the Main Hall from 6pm and is estimated to last until 8pm.
Further information will be sent out to participating students nearer the time.
We apologise for the change of date from the school calendar and any inconvenience this may cause.
Any students who wish to sign up for the show can do this using the sign-up sheets in the Movement Studio.
Kind regards
Miss C Haley, Head of Dance & Drama
chaley@brakenhale.co.uk

21st June: Parent Support Group

Dear Parents/Carers
Parent Support Group
Please be advised of the change of date of the next Parent Support Group meeting from Tuesday 27th June to Friday 7th July from 9.30am to 11am all are welcome to come along and meet our Family Support Advisor and other parents to discuss all aspects of living with teenagers.
Kind regards
School Office

20th June: Staffing

Dear Parents/Carers

Staffing

We are in a very positive position regarding staffing for next year. I am sure you will have heard in the national press about the significant difficulties in recruiting nationally for teachers along with the significant pressure on funding. We do, however, have a part time Spanish teacher post from September and we would appreciate it if you could share this vacancy with anybody that you feel might be interested.

Over the past 18 months we have also developed very strong links with local universities and as a result we are focused on in house training of colleagues who wish to go into the teaching profession.

Once again if you know of anybody who is considering a career in teaching please do encourage them to get in touch with us.

Kind regards

Ms Coley
Headteacher

20th June: Bike Sheds

Dear Parents/Carers

Bike Sheds

Unfortunately, we have had a spate of vandalism in the bike sheds sporadically over the last few days.  We believe that this is coming from outside the school community but during the time that the bike sheds are open for students to lock their bikes away.  We have purchased new CCTV which will be up and running on Monday so I am hoping that this will stop the problem.

In the meantime, I am shortening the amount of time the bike sheds will be open and whilst they are open they will be manned with staff.

As of tomorrow morning and for the remainder of the week they will be open from 8.15 am – 8.45 am and 3.05 pm – 3.25 pm.  Access to the bike sheds outside of these times will need to be made via a request to reception.

Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

19th June: Year 6 Induction Days

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 6 Induction Days
We are looking forward to welcoming students to the Brakenhale Induction Days on Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th July.
Please see the information below for more information.

19th June – Year 6 Induction Days Letter and Information

19th June: Year 10 Qualifications

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 Qualifications
Please find attached to this email a complete list of the qualifications your son/daughter may be studying. Additional revision resources, such as past papers and exam specifications, can be found by Googling the subject and the relevant examination board, and checking it is for examination in 2018.
You may also be able to find specific revision guides and other resources by searching the web- Amazon is also particularly helpful.
If you are unsure as to anything to do with exam qualifications or boards please contact your son/daughter’s teachers who will be able to help.
Many thanks
Mr P Benson, Head of Year 10

Year 10 Qualifications

19th June: PE Uniform

Dear Parents/Carers
PE Uniform
As the weather is extremely hot this week, could we remind students if they have PE to apply sunscreen before coming to school, bring a large refillable water bottle to stay hydrated and ensure that PE t-shirts are worn and not rugby tops.
Kind regards
School Office

19th June: Year 11 Leavers' Assembly

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Leavers’ Assembly
Year 11 Leavers’ Assembly will be on Wednesday 21st June.  Students should arrive at 0900 for a 0930 start.  Students will have the opportunity to say goodbye to friends and teachers an opportunity will be provided for shirt signing at the end of the Assembly.
Please bring any donations of unwanted school uniform including ties.
For students wishing to order a Leavers Book, this will be your last opportunity to submit your request.
Kind regards
School Office

19th June: Year 10 Mock Interview Day

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 Mock Interview Day – Friday 7th July
On Friday 7th July 2017 all Year 10 students will have a mock interview experience to help prepare them for their future. The interviews will be an opportunity to practice presenting themselves to a professional, and will take place at school. We have 25 volunteers who have agreed to share their time and expertise from various local, national and global businesses such as Thames Valley Police, Microsoft, OfSTED and QA Training, as well as members of our Governing Body.
Students will receive feedback on the way they present themselves, the responses they give to open questions and on their body language and confidence. We expect that student’s attitude and behaviour will be exemplary.  Students may wear full school uniform or business professional clothes (skirts should be on the knee).
Students will be issued with an appointment card for their interview. Please let us know if your son/daughter will be absent from school on Friday so that we can cancel their appointment.
Interviews are always nerve-wracking but we hope this experience will challenge our students in a way that will be beneficial.
Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Yours faithfully
Mr P Benson, Head of Year 10
pbenson@brakenhale.co.uk

19th June: World Challenge Information Evening - Years 9, 10 and 11

Dear Parents/Carers
Years 9/10/11 – World Challenge – Croatia
We would like to invite you to attend an information evening on Thursday 22nd June @ 6.30pm in the Main Hall where we would like to share with you details of our World Challenge expedition to Croatia in July 2018.
Attached is a sample itinerary of what the students will be doing. It will be an extremely challenging experience for them, but from challenges comes growth.
Kind regards
Mr N O’Donoghue, Head of Year 10

World Challenge sample itinerary

18th June: School Uniform

Dear Parents/Carers
School Uniform
As the weather is forecast to be increasingly hot this week, may we please remind students to bring in a refillable water bottle to keep hydrated during the day.  For this week, students will not be required to wear ties or blazers but all other uniform is to remain as usual.
Kind regards
School Office

16th June: Year 12 Start of School

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 12 – This is a quick reminder that school starts again for all year 12 students on Monday 19th June 2017.
All students that intend to stay on into Year 13 are required to attend the next 5 weeks in school.
This will enable the students to get a head start in their studies, ready for the more challenging year 13 course content.
Privilege Passes
From the 19th June students’ privilege passes will not be active. Instead students will be able to leave school at lunch time if the following has been done:

  1. Their Tutor is made aware in AM registration
  2. They have no lesson period 5
  3. They are up to date with all work
  4. They sign out at main reception.

Regards
Mr T Dale & Mr J Boucher

16th June: History/Languages Trip to France - 7th to 10th July 2017

REMINDER
Dear Parents/Carers
History/Modern Foreign Languages Trip to France – 7th to 10th July, 2017
You will be aware of the exciting opportunity for Year 8, Year 9 and Year 10 students attending the above trip.  To ensure that you have all the information you need regarding this trip we have organised another information evening on Tuesday 20th June at 6pm.
On the evening we request that you bring in your child’s passport and EHIC card which will be kept locked securely until departure.
Kind regards
Mr H Thomas, Assistant Headteacher

15th June: Year 11 BTEC Business Studies

Dear Parents/Carers
Completion of BTEC Business Studies
As you are aware students transferred to the BTEC Business Studies qualification at the beginning of Year 11.
The current state of play with students is that most have completed units 2, 3 and 8 of the qualification and only have unit 1 to complete.
The Business Department have not been pushing students to complete the work for unit 1 as we considered that at present it is best for your child to concentrate on revision for the GCSE exams that they are studying for.
Most students will have completed the majority of their exams by the 16th June 2017.  It has therefore been decided that the following sessions will be held to help your child complete their outstanding coursework:

  • Friday 16th June 2017    –  11.25am – 4.05pm – B15
  • Monday 19th June 2017  –  10.00am – 4.05pm – B15
  • Tuesday 20th June 2017 –   9.00am – 4.05pm – B15

Most students should be able to attend at least some of the sessions above.  Students are welcome to come to the business department at any time that they are free after half-term to work on any outstanding coursework but these will be the final sessions that will be run before grades have to be sent to the exam board.
Your assistance in encouraging your child to attend these sessions would be greatly appreciated as time is now limited for them to complete outstanding work.
If you have any concerns regarding this message please do not hesitate to contact me at school.
Kind regards
Miss M Morgan, Head of Business Studies
mmorgan@brakenhale.co.uk

15th June: Osmington Bay Trip

Dear Parents/Carers
Osmington Bay Trip
Useful information to help Friday run smoothly

  • Non-school uniform
  • No need for PE kit
  • Try not to bring a school bag. Pen and other essentials only
  • Leave luggage in A04
  • Lessons only Period 1, 2 and 3
  • Early lunch at start of period 4, canteen open
  • 12:45 meet on patio
  • 13:00 leave on coaches

Kind regards
School Office

14th June: Year 10 Pre-Public Exams

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 Pre-public examinations
To support our students in the run up to their pre-public examinations, we would like to create a safe study space for them in school.
I will run a supervised revision session in C15 from 3:05pm to 4:30pm. Students are welcomed to come and work on homework or prepare for their exams during this time. They will be expected to sign in and out and it will be a silent environment.
This will begin from Thursday 15th June. If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact the year team.
Kind regards
Mrs A Duddy, Assistant Head of Year 10
aduddy@brakenhale.co.uk

14th June: History/Languages Trip to France Information Meeting 20.06.17

Dear Parents/Carers
History/Languages Trip to France Meeting
Please see attached a letter from Mr Thomas regarding the France trip meeting.
Kind regards
School Office

History/MFL Trip Information Evening Letter

14th June: Year 12 University of Surrey Trip

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 12 University of Surrey Trip on Friday 30th June
Please see attached a letter from Mr Dale and Mr Boucher regarding the University of Surrey trip.
Kind regards
School Office

University of Surrey Trip Letter

14th June: T20 Cricket Match Trip

Dear Parents/Carers
T20 Cricket Match Hampshire v Middlesex
Please see attached a letter from Miss Willimott regarding the T20 Cricket Trip for selected students.
Kind regards
School Office

T20 Cricket Match Trip Letter

13th June: Misuse of Mobile/Electronic Devices Consequences

Dear Parents/Carers
Misuse of mobile/electronic devices consequence procedure
For the vast majority of students the issue of mobile phones is not a concern as phones are kept tucked away and off for the duration of the school day. However, for some students despite clear sanctions and procedures regarding the use of phones in school it remains a problem. As a school the consequences of image sharing and malicious messaging are time consuming and distract from our core purpose of education and self-development.  Therefore, we would like to take this opportunity to remind students and parents of our sanctions for the use of mobile phones within school.
Kind regards
Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteacher

Misuse of Mobile Electronic Devices

13th June: Year 11 End of Year Assembly

Dear Parents/Carers
End of Year Assembly
On Friday 16th June Year 11 students will be receiving their hoodies after their physics exam.  Students should not sign each others shirts on Friday.  The final assembly on Wednesday 21st June will be non-uniform and students should bring in a spare shirt for students and staff to sign if they wish.
We would greatly appreciation donations of good quality PE kit and uniform (especially ties) that students no longer require and this can be brought into Main Reception anytime after their final exams.
Kind regards
School Office

13th June: Year 10 Exam Revision Information

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 Exam Revision Information
We would like to thank everyone who attended the Exam Revision Evening yesterday, we hope the information shared with you will enable you to support your students in the upcoming exams.
As discussed, please see attached a copy of the presentation for your information.
Kind regards
School Office

Year 10 Revision Evening Presentation

12th June: Year 10 Drama

Dear Students, Parents/Carers
Year 10 Drama
On Thursday 15th June we would like to invite you to a short sharing of work from Year 10 Drama. Students have recreated two short scenes from Grease the Musical to perform as part of their Unit 4 mock assessment. The sharing will start at 5:30pm in the Drama Studio and is expected to last 15-20 minutes.
Thank you
Miss C Haley, Head of Dance & Drama
chaley@brakenhale.co.uk

12th June: Year 11 Art Project

Dear Year 11 Art
Art Project
Hope your exams have been going well!
I am writing to you as I have been asked to paint a mural at Wildridings Primary School with an underwater theme and would like to know if any of you would be interested in getting involved with painting the mural? It will be a great project, you can add to your CV and it will be good fun!
Let me know as soon as possible if you would be interested in this opportunity.
Many thanks
Mrs Hemmings, Art Teacher
ahemmings@brakenhale.co.uk

12th June: Year 11 Maths Exam

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Maths Exam
Tomorrow is most students last maths exam and a number of students have already decided that they do not wish to continue with maths post-16.
At this time, we understand that students may no longer require their maths equipment and we will be happy to accept donations of the following items:

  • Protractors
  • Compasses
  • Rulers

We will also be accepting calculators but students will require these in their exam on Friday for Physics, after the Physics exams we will collect these should they wish to donate them.
Kind regards
Mr T Dean, Head of Maths

12th June: Osmington Bay Weekend Trip Programme

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 7, 8 and 9 Outdoor Weekend at Osmington Bay
Please see attached the programme for the coming weekend.
Kind regards
Catering & Enrichment Manager

Osmington Bay Programme for Weekend

9th June: Year 11 Study Support

Dear Parents/Carers 

Year 11 Study Support

Following on from my email yesterday with the study support timetable I would like to enlist your support in encouraging students to attend the revision sessions. Today, following the Science exam, there was a significant number of students who made the decision to leave to study at home despite there being two sessions timetabled for English ahead of this vital exam on Monday.

Teachers have prepared resources and were very close to predicting the exact question on the previous exam meaning the skills gained in these sessions would significantly improve their grade.

It is a shame that many are deciding to dismiss this opportunity and those that are staying are giving themselves a fantastic opportunity ahead of their remaining examinations.

Kind regards

Mr P Gibson, Deputy Headteacher

pdf      9th June Year 10 GCSE Photography Trip Letter

pdf      8th June Brakenhale Music Evening

pdf      8th June Year 10 Revision Evening

pdf      8th June Exam Reminder

pdf      8th June Lego Mindstorms Trip

pdf      8th June Donations to Drama

pdf      8th June Ski Trip Information Evening

pdf      7th June Year 10 Business Exam

pdf      7th June Year 10 Economics Exam

pdf      7th June Year 11 Study Programme

pdf      7th June Maths Exam

pdf      6th June Osmington Bay Trip Kit List

pdf      6th June Year 11 Leavers’ Year Book

pdf      6th June GCSE Science

pdf      5th June Summer Uniform

pdf      26th May Year 10 Exams

pdf      26th May Year 11 Study Programme Timetable

pdf      26th May Year 11 Study Leave

pdf      26th May Year 11 Half Term Revision Reminder

pdf      26th May Year 11 English Practice Papers

pdf      26th May Head Lice

pdf      26th May Year 11 News

pdf      26th May Sixth Form Half Term Revision

pdf      26th May Sixth Form News

pdf      25th May Year 11 BTEC Business

pdf      25th May Year 11 Business Studies

pdf      25th May Eat Well for Less

pdf      25th May Maths Higher Practice Paper

pdf      25th May Maths Foundation Practice Paper

pdf      25th May Year 11 Maths Practice Papers

pdf      23rd May Year 12 Science Museum Trip

pdf      23rd May Year 10 Uniform Expectations

pdf      23rd May Summer Uniform

pdf      23rd May PixL University Conference Trip

pdf      22nd May Year 11 Half Term Study Support Sessions – Revised timings

pdf      22nd May Year 11 Catering Revision

pdf      22nd May Year 11 History Half Term Revision

pdf      22nd May Year 11 English Literature Exam

pdf      22nd May Lego Mindstorms Trip

pdf      20th May Year 11 Marginal Gains

pdf      20th May Year 11 Exam and Study Timetable w/c 22.5.17

pdf      20th May Sixth Form Marginal Gains

pdf      19th May Year 11 May Half Term Revision

pdf      18th May Year 8 Book Look Week

pdf      20th April Sixth Form News

pdf      17th April Welcome Back to School

pdf      21st March Dance Trip Letter – 27th April

pdf      20th March Year 11 News

pdf      17th March Year 10 News

pdf      17th March Year 11 Hoody Letter

pdf      13th March Year 10 News

pdf      13th March Year 9 News

pdf      13th March Year 8 News

pdf      13th March Year 7 News

pdf      10th March Sixth Form News

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3rd July: Year 11 Prom

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Prom
We were delighted to see so many of our students enjoying their Prom at the end of the exams at St Anne’s last week, they all looked wonderful and behaviour during the evening was exemplary.  We hope they all enjoy a great summer holiday and look forward to seeing them to collect their exam results on Thursday 24th August.
Kind regards
School Office