Please find below copies of letters and other communications that have been sent 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 2017-2018

15th December: Headteacher's Report

Dear Parents/Carers
Headteacher’s Report
Please find attached the Headteacher’s end of term report.
Kind regards
School Office

15th December: Year 11 Student News

Dear Year 11
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kind regards
School Office

15th December: Year 10 Student News

Dear Year 10
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kind regards
School Office

15th December: Year 9 Student News

Dear Year 9
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kind regards
School Office

15th December: Year 8 Student News

Dear Year 8
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kind regards
School Office

15th December: Year 7 Student News

Dear Year 7
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kind regards
School Office

15th December: Sixth Form Newsletter

Dear Sixth Form
Sixth Form End of Term News
Please find attached the Sixth Form end of term newsletter along with a copy of the questions that we submitted to Dr Philip Lee, MP for Bracknell when he came to visit us last week.
Due to the fact we have the PPEs for both Year 12 and Year 13 students coming after the holiday season attached is a copy of the PPE Exam timetableso that you are aware of when key exams are likely to fall. I’ve also attached a copy of our simple guide to improving revision through the use of marginal gains.
We wish you happy holiday from all of us in sixth form.
Regards
Mr T Dale, Head of Sixth Form

14th December: School Sanctions

Dear Parents/Carers
School Sanctions
I am writing to remind you that we are very proud of our commitment to excellence at Brakenhale and the culture we have of the vast majority of students doing the right thing at all times and then frequently being rewarded for this.
As a result, we have decided that students who have let the school down should not automatically be allowed to play for the school sports team/perform in a show or go on a trip.
The sports sanction will be along the lines of:
· Thursday surgery – 1 match ban
· Internal exclusion – Whole term
· External Exclusion – Whole Year
The performance in shows and attending trips will be viewed on an individual basis dependent upon the incident itself and subsequent improvement in behaviour since the event.
I hope that you understand the reasons behind this initiative and are able to support us with it.
Many thanks
Mr H Thomas, Assistant Headteacher

14th December: Save the Children - Christmas Jumper Day - Friday 15th December

Dear Parents/Carers
Save the Children – Christmas Jumper Day
Don’t forget we are supporting the Save the Children charity Christmas Jumper Day tomorrow.  For a donation of £1 students can wear their Christmas jumpers in place of their school jumpers, all other school uniform including blazers must be worn as usual.
Kind regards
School Office

13th December: Key Stage 3 Reward Celebration

Dear Parents/Carers
Celebration for Invited Students
We are proud to invite selected students to a celebration event, for their great attitude, focus and commitment this past term.
The event will be held during period 5 on Thursday as a reward to celebrate their successes.
Kind regards
The KS3 team

13th December: Year 9 Tutor Reading Programme

Dear Parents/Carers
Tutor Reading Programme
We are really excited to be launching a brand new initiative in Year 9 from January. Our Tutor Reading Programme will be in full swing next term and we want to tell you all about it.
Key details:
When? During tutor registration time, 3 days a week
Where? In tutor bases
How? Trained tutors read to their tutees, who track the text with a ruler
Which texts? See the attached overview of each text, with brief summary
Why? There is growing evidence in the field of education to suggest that the act of reading is one of the best ways in which you can improve academic performance in the long-term.
Key benefits of reading together:
1. A social experience that builds a sense of community and belonging
2. Regular modelling of fluent, passionate reading delivered by tutors
3. Exposure to countless words and phrases not found in everyday dialogue
4. Coverage of a wealth of themes and concepts valuable for personal development
5. On-going improvement in independent reading skills
We are incredibly proud to be a leading school implementing such a worthwhile programme. We are certain that the energy and commitment invested by each member of staff will reap huge gains, both on an academic and a pastoral level too.
Texts have been selected extremely carefully to ensure that the range of narratives available address age-appropriate themes, but offer a high level of challenge too. We are dedicated to ensuring that progress is made at every stage of your child’s learning journey, and are sure that this new initiative will provide endless opportunities for that. The titles we will be using are attached in this communication.
Strategies for supporting your child at home:
– Be interested ask about the book daily – plot, characters, themes, predictions
– Be sensitive ensure students have chance to discuss delicate themes that arise
– Be aware feel free to purchase and read the book that your child is reading (as long as they don’t jump ahead in the book beyond their peers!)
– Be relaxed offer a calm, stress-free environment that cultivates enthusiasm
– Be an example let your child see you reading for pleasure on a regular basis at home
We are really excited about this adventure and hope you will join us in supporting our students with their reading journey.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact dhicks@brakenhale.co.uk
Kind regards
Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteacher

12th December: Year 11 History PiXL App

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 – History PiXL App
In order to prepare your son/daughter for their GCSEs in May 2018, the History department would like to point you in the direction of a few revision tools and guides that can be used to support their studies.
Firstly, the school has secured access to a History PiXL App which is loaded with different examination based tests. Within the app, your son/daughter will be able to complete true or false quizzes, multiple choice questions and evidence based questions, all of which develop skills needed in their examinations. Any engagement your son/daughter makes can be tracked through the app, showing areas that are strength but also areas which need further development. The History department will also have access to this data and so can also help to close any gaps that occur.
The App can be downloaded from Apple Store and is also available on Android devices and is free to download. Login details can be obtained from school.
Secondly, we would thoroughly recommend that as a Christmas present, your son/daughter is bought a set of revision guides to support their studies. We recommend the Revise Edexcel books, details of which are below.
9-1 GCSE History – Crime and Punishment ISBN: 978-1292169705
9-1 GCSE History – Weimar and Nazi Germany ISBN: 978-1292169736
9-1 GCSE History – Early Elizabethan England ISBN: 978-1292169712
9-1 GCSE History – The American West ISBN: 978-1292169774
Finally, the students have access to past paper exam questions from the Edexcel website (https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/history-2016.html ). Your son/daughter should spend time practicing these exam conditions in timed conditions, as this will develop good examination technique. We will continue to work on this in the run-up to the exams but would like your son/daughter to take ownership of their revision and complete some exam questions outside of the classroom.
Many thanks for your support throughout the year.
Please don’t hesitate to contact if you have any concerns or questions.
Kind regards
Mr N Mullett, Head of Humanities
nmullett@brakenhale.co.uk

12th December: Year 11 Geography PiXL App

Dear Parents/Carers
Geography PiXL App
In order to prepare your son/daughter for their GCSEs in May 2018, the Geography department would like to point you in the direction of a few revision tools and guides that can be used to support their studies.
Firstly, the school has secured access to a Geography PiXL App which is loaded with different examination based tests. Within the app, your son/daughter will be able to complete true or false quizzes, multiple choice questions and evidence based questions, all of which develop skills needed in their examinations. Any engagement your son/daughter makes can be tracked through the app, showing areas that are strength but also areas which need further development. The Geography department will also have access to this data and so can also help to close any gaps that occur.
The App can be downloaded from Apple Store and is also available on Android devices and is free to download. Login details can be obtained from school.
Secondly, we would thoroughly recommend that as a Christmas present, your son/daughter is bought a set of revision guides to support their studies. We recommend the Revise Edexcel books, details of which are below.
CGP 9-1 GCSE Geography AQA Guide ISBN: 978-1782946106
CGP 9-1 GCSE Geography AQA Work Book ISBN: 978-1782946113
Finally, the students have access to past paper exam questions from the AQA website (www.aqa.org.uk). Your son/daughter should spend time practicing these exam conditions in timed conditions, as this will develop good examination technique. We will continue to work on this in the run-up to the exams but would like your son/daughter to take ownership of their revision and complete some exam questions outside of the classroom.
Many thanks for your support throughout the year.
Please don’t hesitate to contact if you have any concerns or questions.
Kind regards
Mr N Mullett, Head of Humanities
nmullett@brakenhale.co.uk

12th December: Year 11 Christmas Study Programme

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 – Christmas Study Programme
Please see attached important information from Mr Gibson – Deputy Headteacher with the Christmas study programme to be completed by all students during the break.
Kind regards
School Office

12th December: Year 11 Sixth Form Application 2018/19

Dear Parents/Carers
Sixth Form Application 2018/19
Thank you to students who have already returned their Sixth Form Application Form 18 19, if they have not been returned, could we please remind students that they should be handed in by Monday 8th January, 2018.
Kind regards
School Office

1st December: Sixth Form Student News

Dear Sixth Form
Sixth Form Student News
Please see attached Sixth Form Student News.
Kind regards
School Office

1st December: Year 11 Student News

Dear Year 11
Year 11 Student News
Please see attached Year 11 Student News.
Kind regards
School Office

1st December: Year 10 Student News

Dear Year 10
Year 10 Student News
Please see attached Year 10 Student News.
Kind regards
School Office

1st December: Year 9 Student News

Dear Year 9
Year 9 Student News
Please see attached Year 9 Student News.
Kind regards
School Office

1st December: Year 7 Student News

Dear Year 7
Year 7 Student News
Please see attached Year 7 Student News.
Kind regards
School Office

29th November: Winter Music Concert – Monday 11th December 6pm – 8pm

Dear Parents/Carers
Winter Music Concert – Monday 11th December 6pm – 8pm
We would like to invite you to the Winter Music Concert in the school’s Main Hall on Monday 11th December from 6pm – 8pm. During the evening students will be performing music that they have learnt independently, and also some examples of what we have been doing in class. There are performances from students in every year, from Year 7 to Year 13. There will be a £1 per adult entrance charge.
Student’s performing in the concert have been advised and should wear their school uniform (unless they are in the Sixth Form). Please ensure students arrive at school by 5:45pm ready for the performance and make arrangements to collect your child from school at 8:00pm. Students are welcome to stay after school on the day of the performance to rehearse, or they can come in earlier to rehearse and get ready to perform if they like, but if they are with us after 5:45pm there is the possibility that their piece will be removed from the programme.
To enable us to make provision for the number of parents/carers attending this event, please click here to confirm your attendance and give consent for those students who will be performing. Replies should be received by Wednesday 6th December.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.
Kind regards
Mr J Duffy, Head of Music

24th November: Year 11 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Mr Benson – Head of Year 11.
Kind regards
School Office

24th November: Year 10 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Mr O’Donoghue – Head of Year 10.
Kind regards
School Office

24th November: Year 9 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 Student News
Please see attached Student News  from Miss O’Brien – Assistant Head of Year 9.
Kind regards
School Office

24th November: Year 8 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 8 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Mrs Howes – Assistant Head of Year 8.
Kind regards
School Office

24th November: Year 7 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 7 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Mrs Wilkins – Assistant Head of Year 7.
Kind regards
School Office

21st November: Year 11 & Year 13 2016/17 Exam Certificate collection

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 & Year 13 2016/17 Exam Certificate collection
We would like to invite all Year 11 and Year 13 2016/17 students to come and collect your exam certificates on Tuesday 12th December 2017 from 3.30pm – 5pm in the Conference Room. The event will be an informal opportunity for you to come along, collect your certificates and have a catch-up with fellow students and teachers.
If you are unable to attend the event, your certificates will be available for collection from main reception from Wednesday 13th December.
Please click here to confirm your attendance.
Kind regards
School Office

21st November: AS & Further Mathematics Pre Public Exam

Dear Parents/Carers
AS & Further Mathematics Pre Public Exam
AS Mathematics and Further Mathematics has started a new specification this year and an organisation is offering the schools a chance to sit a Pre Public Exam (PPE) for this specification in December.
We would like to participate in this as we believe that this is a fantastic opportunity for the students to assess their understanding of the course so far and be able to have practice of the new style of examination, for which there are limited practice papers.
We will be sitting the papers at the following times:

AS Mathematics

Paper 1 – Pure Core – 1 hour 30 mins – Friday 8th December Start 12:30pm

Paper 2 – Applied – 1 hour 30 mins – Wednesday 13th December Start 2:10pm

AS Further Mathematics

Paper 1 – Pure Core – 1 hour 40 mins – Wednesday 6th December Start 1:30pm

As we have not covered the whole content of the course yet there will be questions the students have not covered, a circled question number will identify this. Students are welcome to attempt these questions should they wish, we will allow the students to leave after 1 hour if they have completed the questions they can.
Any student with a lesson at these times will need to attend their lessons; we will speak to them individually about the arrangements in place for them.
If there are any issues, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Mrs C Masson, Second in Maths

17th November: Year 11 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Mr Benson – Head of Year 11.
Kind regards
School Office

17th November: Year 10 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Mr O’Donoghue – Head of Year 10.
Kind regards
School Office

17th November: Year 9 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Miss O’Brien – Assistant Head of Year 9.
Kind regards
School Office

17th November: Year 8 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 8 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Mrs Howes – Assistant Head of Year 8.
Kind regards
School Office

17th November: Year 7 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 7 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Mrs Wilkins – Assistant Head of Year 7.
Kind regards
School Office

17th November: Religious Studies Topic Information

Dear Parents/Carers
It was good to meet and talk to so many parents last night. A couple of parents have asked for a breakdown of the topics which are taught so that you can discuss some of these issues at home. We are currently on our last topic, relationships, after which we will be revising.
Many of you also expressed an interest in purchasing the RS text book for use at home – Amazon and most book shops will be able to order this, the details are:
WJEC Eduqas GCSE (9-1) Religious Studies Route A by Chris Owens, Ed Pawson, Joy White, Amanda Ridley ISBN 978-1-471-86634-0 approximate cost £16.99.
There is also a new revision guide, due to be released in January – My Revision Notes WJEC Eduqas GCSE (9-1) Religious Studies Route A: Covering Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and Judaism Paperback, cost £9.99.
And lastly, the dates for the RS GCSE’s are:

Philosophy of Religion – 2 hour paper – Monday 14 May 2018

Christianity paper – 1 hour paper – Wednesday 16 May 2018

Islam paper – 1 hour paper – Thursday 24 May 2018

Any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Lisa Baveystock, Assistant Headteacher

17th November: School Catering Surveys

Dear Parents/Carers
School Catering Surveys 2017
We would like your views about the catering services within the school.
Please take a couple of minutes to tell us what do you think by CLICKING HERE
Many thanks
Mrs C Silvey, Catering & Enrichment Manager

16th November: School Sickness

Dear Parents/Carers
School Sickness
Please be aware that we are currently dealing with a high level of absence from both staff and students due to an unpleasant sickness bug. Please can I ask that if a young person is physically ill that they stay away from school for at least 24 hours from the last point of sickness. We are also encouraging all young people and staff to regularly use antibacterial products and would appreciate your support with this.
Please see link below giving information on symptoms and ways to prevent the spread of the virus. In line with this guidance advice is a 48 hour absence from school or work.
NHS Guidance
Kind regards
School Office

14th November: Year 10 Religious Studies Exam

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 Religious Studies Exam
A reminder that Year 10 students have an upcoming RS Exam. This will be taking place on Wednesday 29th November at 11.25 in the Main Hall. The Exam will be one hour long.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further information.
Kind regards
Mrs Seymour, Exams Officer

14th November: Key Stage 3 Outdoor Adventure Weekend at Little Canada Isle of Wight Friday 6th July – Sunday 8th July 2018

Dear Parents/Carers
Key Stage 3 Outdoor Adventure Weekend at Little Canada Isle of Wight
Friday 6th July – Sunday 8th July 2018
Please see attached letter inviting your son/daughter to attend the above trip.
Should you give permission for them to attend PLEASE CLICK HERE
Kind regards
Mrs C Silvey, Catering & Enrichment Manager

14th November: BTEC Dance

Dear Parents/Carers
BTEC Dance
Miss Haley has asked that the following information be sent out:-
-Filming of solos will be taking place during Option Day on Wednesday 15th November. Students will need kit/costume and solos must be filmed by the end of the day.
-Submission of workshop plan – (happens in lesson, is supporting information) deadline for this is Wednesday 6th December.
-Writing of application letter (2 hour ICT exam) – the first hour will be completed during the PPE; P4 Thursday 7th December. The second hour will be completed in lesson on Tuesday 12th December with an allocation of extra time allocated during P1 on Wednesday 13th December.
Please do not hesitate to contact the exams team if you require any further information.
Kind regards
Mrs Seymour, Examinations Officer

10th November: Sixth Form Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

10th November: Year 11 Parent News

Dear Parents/Carers
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

10th November: Year 10 Parent News

Dear Parents/Carers
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

10th November: Year 9 Parent News

Dear Parents/Carers
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

10th November: Year 8 Parent News

Dear Parents/Carers
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

10th November: Year 7 Parent News

Dear Parents/Carers
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

10th November: Sixth Form Open Evening - Presentation

Dear Parents/Carers
Sixth Form Open Evening – Presentation
Further to the Sixth Form Open Evening on Wednesday, please see attached the presentation from the evening for your information.
Any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Kind regards
School Office

9th November: Non-Uniform Day - Friday 17th November

Dear Parents/Carers
Non-uniform Day – Friday 17th November 2017

On Friday 17th November we will be holding a non-school uniform day to raise money for the BBC Children in Need appeal.
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. 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.
Many thanks for your support.
Kind regards
School Office

9th November: Uniform - Scarves

Dear Parents/Carers
Uniform – Scarves
As the weather has turned colder, we would like to remind students that scarves may be worn to and from school but are not permitted to be worn whilst in school. Students who wear scarves during the school day in the building will have them confiscated until the end of the day.
Many thanks for your continued support.
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

8th November: Sixth Form Open Evening - Feedback

Dear Parents/Carers
Sixth Form Open Evening – Feedback
Thank you to everyone who attended the Sixth Form Open Evening, in order to help us continually improve our events for Parents/Carers, it is important for us to hear your views on your experience this evening. Please click here to complete a short survey.
Kind regards
School Office

7th November: Year 7 Information Evening - Feedback

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 7 Information Evening – Feedback
Thank you to those parents who attended the Year 7 Information Evening despite the bad weather!  You will be able to access this evening’s presentation on the school website shortly.
In order to continually improve the information we share with you, please click here to complete a short survey.
Kind regards
Mr P Gibson, Deputy Headteacher

7th November: School Photos - Years 7, 9, 11 & Sixth Form

Dear Parents/Carers
School Photos – Years 7/9/11/Sixth Form
We are pleased to advise that your son/daughter’s images are ready for you to view and purchase.
LOGIN to VIEW and ORDER your Child’s individual IMAGES
Please login via the CUSTOMER / PARENT LOGIN using the login details on your contact sheet as provided: https://www.imagojuniors.com/login/CombinedLogin.aspx
You will then be taken through to your gallery where you can view and purchase the images.
FOR LOST LOGINS – TO RECEIVE YOUR UNIQUE LOGIN
Call Imago on 01252 728457 or email enquiries@imagojuniors.com
Quote the below Safeword:
· TBHIPS*W17, along with your school name, your child’s full name and tutor group.
Alternatively
Your school has a master-list with all login details. Once you have logged on and entered your email address there is a ‘forgotten password’ facility on the website.
FREE DELIVERY PERIOD
Order by 22nd November for FREE delivery to the school (on 13th December 2017). Orders after the cut-off date will incur a P&P charge.
Unfinished IMAGES
Please note we provide five fully finished images and some unfinished ones. Any unfinished images ordered will be finished for you (backgrounds cleaned lighting adjusted if required).
Changes
If you require changes to your images, other than finishing them as above, please use the change request facility on our website.
Products
We offer a range of product from Downloads, softcopy digital images that can be received via our website in a few days, to prints and high quality frames and canvases.
Please do call us with any queries or problems, we are here to help.
Kind regards
Imago

6th November: Year 9 Science Exam - Monday 20th November

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 Science Exam Monday 20th November
The Year 9 Science exam is due to take place as part of the year 9 exams on Monday 20th November. To help your child revise, the following is a list of topics that are likely to be on the test. They cover areas from Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Biology Chemistry Physics
Photosynthesis

Respiration

DNA

Cell structure

Enzymes

 

Group 1 metals

Group 2 metals

Group 7 elements

Periodic table

Metals and non-metals

 

Properties of light

Reflection

Uses of a microscope

 

Please encourage your son/daughter to prepare for these important exams by revising these topic areas. Your child’s teacher will also provide work/revision to support their preparation.
The following websites may be helpful.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/education – The BBC Bitesize website with links to Biology, Chemistry and Physics
http://www.s-cool.co.uk – A range of activities and questions on many topics.
Youtube videos on cell, respiration and photosynthesis. There are many others on Youtube, some are better than others!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xp0o19gWX7E
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2lHztS4sMU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEhvsXG8cNs
Kind regards, Science Department

6th November: Dance Extra-Curricular Timetable

Dear Parents/Carers
Dance Extra-Curricular Timetable
Please see attached a new dance enrichment timetable. Year 7 now have a Cheer Club Monday lunchtimes – they must sign up for this, there are about 10 spaces left, the sign up sheet is on the movement studio doors.
It would be great to see Year 7 and 8 students to get involved in the Disney Show project – this is student led after school on Thursdays and is for charity
Kind regards, School Office

3rd November: Year 10 &11 Book Look Week 1st to 7th November

Dear Parents/Carers
Book Look Week
This past week, the students in Year 10 and 11 have been bringing their books and folders home to share with you the work they have been doing and the feedback they have been receiving from teachers. We hope you have found the Book Look week for your child’s year group a valuable experience
We value your views and they are important to us; please could you take a few minutes to complete the short questionnaire below regarding your son/daughter’s work and the feedback they are receiving.
Year 10 Book Look Survey
Year 11 Book Look Survey
Kind regards
Mrs Gemma Powell, Assistant Headteacher

3rd November: Year 11 Parent News

Dear Parents/Carers
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

3rd November: Year 10 Parent News

Dear Parents/Carers
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

3rd November: Year 9 Parent News

Dear Parents/Carers
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

3rd November: Year 8 Parent News

Dear Parents/Carers
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

3rd November: Year 7 Parent News

Dear Parents/Carers
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

2nd November: Year 11 Maths Exams

Dear Parents/Carers
Maths Exams
On 27th November the Pre Public Exams (PPEs) begin, students will have 3 maths papers which will cover all content in the GCSE, most of this content has been covered however there are a few topics that students will be covering after the PPEs. Attached you will find a Higher and Foundation revision checklist to help them prepare for these exams, the grades are a very rough guide of what we feel the topics are to help students plan their revision.
Students should know what tier they are studying but if not there is a rough guide of the tiers by class.
Set 1 – 3: Higher Tier
Set 4 – 7: Foundation Tier
If you have any questions feel free to contact your son/daughter’s maths teacher in the first instance.
Kind regards
Mr T Dean, Director of Maths

2nd November: Year 10 Parents' Evening - Thursday 16th November 2017 - 4pm to 7pm

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 Parents’ Evening – Thursday 16th November 2017
The Year 10 parents’ evening to discuss your child’s progress will be held on Thursday 16th November 2017 – 4pm – 7pm. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss your son/daughter’s progress and hope that you will take this opportunity to speak with subject teachers.
Families are requested to use our automated online booking system which will open on Thursday 2nd November 2017 to make appointments. This allows you the flexibility to book times directly with your child’s subject teachers. Time slots are for five minutes each and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, therefore it is in the interests of both yourself and your child to ensure your appointment schedule is completed as soon as possible.
There is limited parking available on the school site and we would ask that, should you choose to park on the road, you park with care and consideration for our neighbours.
To schedule your appointments, please follow the link below and enter the relevant information where necessary:
https://brakenhaleschool.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/
Your details should be entered in the format as shown below:

Parents' Evening online booking system log in screen image
If you do not have access to the internet, have problems using this booking system or require any further assistance, please contact the school office as soon as possible on 01344 423041. Booking will close at 4pm on Wednesday 15th November 2017.
Kind regards
School Office

2nd November: Christmas Card Competition

Dear Parents/Carers
Christmas Card Competition
We are delighted to once again be running our Christmas card competition for students.
Students who wish to take part should design a corporate Christmas card and Ms Coley will judge the competition and the winning entry will be sent out as the Brakenhale Christmas card this year.
If students are interested in submitting an entry, they will need to draw their design on an A4/A5 blank piece of paper and put in an envelope with their name and class which can be handed in to Main Reception. The design will be scanned in so needs to be a flat image otherwise we will be unable to use.
The deadline for entries will be Friday 24th November in order for us to select and print the designs.
Please see below last year’s winning entry.

Xmas card 2016 in house front cover image smaller
Kind regards
School Office

1st November: Shoe Box Appeal

Dear Parents/Carers
Shoe Box Appeal
Miss O’Brien and her tutor group (9R) will be holding a hot chocolate sale tomorrow lunch time Thursday 2nd November 2017 outside T01.
A cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows will cost £1 and biscuits will cost 20p.
All money raised will go towards the Shoe Box Appeal project that Year 9 are taking part in this year. We will be asking Year 9s to bring in items that can be put into shoe boxes that will be sent as presents to children in other parts of the world. If you wish to donate items then please look at the guidance on the below website and send any items in with your children to Miss O’Brien.
https://www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/
Please encourage your children to bring in £1 tomorrow to purchase a hot chocolate.
Many thanks for your support for this worthwhile cause.
Kind regards
Mr Hicks, Head of Year 9

1st November: Ski Trip Meeting - Attending Students

Dear Parents/Carers
Ski Trip Meeting – 9th November 2017 @ 6pm
I am writing to advise of the date of the Ski Meeting – the meeting will take place on Thursday 9th November 2017 at 6pm in room CR3 which is upstairs from Main Reception.
During the meeting I will be able to give you a full kit list which will detail all the items needed by students together with updating you on the ski resort Sestriere and staffing.
Please click here to complete student information for ski equipment sizing, together with passport details.
Thank you to everybody who has continued to make payments towards the cost. A reminder that the total balance for each student should now be at £450 (minimum). The next payment of £150 will be due by the end of November 2017.
It is important that as many of you as possible attend the meeting as this will be the best opportunity to ask any questions and for me to share information with you. There will only be one more meeting before we depart next Easter.
Please click here to confirm your attendance and don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Kind regards
Mr W Yeates, Head of PE
wyeates@brakenhale.co.uk

31st October: Religious Studies Exam - Year 10

Dear Parents/Carers
Religious Studies Exam Change – Year 10
We have changed the date of the Religious Studies Exam for Year 10.
This will now be taking place on Wednesday, 29th November at 11.25am in the Main Hall. The Exam will be one hour long.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further information.
Yours sincerely
Mrs Seymour, Exams Officer

31st October: Year 11 Options Week

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Options Week
I am writing to inform you that during week commencing 13th November all students in Year 11 will be in option subjects for a day at a time to ensure that they have sufficient time to complete coursework and prepare for examinations. This will mean that they will be off their normal timetable for a week and each of their 4 options will have a full day to work with them.
The option allocations are as follows:
– Monday 13th November – Option B
– Tuesday 14th November – Option C
– Wednesday 15th November – Option D
– Thursday 16th November – Option A
Should you have any questions about the rational for options week please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Mr P Gibson, Deputy Headteacher

31st October: Berkshire Maestros Lessons

Dear Parents/Carers
Berkshire Maestros Lessons
The Berkshire Maestros lessons will start up again next week (the week commencing Monday, 6th November) and, as a result, there will be no instrumental lessons this week.
Also, in an attempt to solve some of the ongoing issues with piano lessons, there will be a change to our allocated piano times and days. The new lesson slots will follow for those affected later on today.
Many thanks for your continued support.
Kind regards
Mr Duffy, Head of Music

31st October: PTA Clothes Recycling Initiative

Dear Parents/Carers
PTA Clothes Recycling Initiative
We are once again collecting your unwanted clothes, shoes, accessories and other household items for recycling. Please see our attached flyer for more details of items that are collected.
We will be offering bags to students to take home, or you can put your items in an ordinary bin liner or other plastic bag.
Please bring all bags to main reception. We will be collecting until Thursday 23rd November.
PTA Bag 2 School Clothes Recycling advance warning 2
Kind regards
School Office

30th October: Year 10 and 11 Book Look Week

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 and 11 Book Look Week
We have allocated each year group three separate weeks throughout the year during which all students’ exercise books/folders are sent home with them for you to see how they are getting on in their studies. This is in response to Parental feedback received that you would like to see more evidence of the marking and comments on your children’s work and how it supports their progress.
Year 10 and 11 students will be bringing their work home this week – Wednesday 1st November – Tuesday 7th November.
Kind regards
Mrs G Powell, Assistant Headteacher

30th October: Sixth Form Maths & English Resit Exams

Dear Parents/Carers
This is a final reminder that the GCSE Maths and English resits for Sixth Form students are to take place this week and next, on the following dates;
– 1/11 English
– 2/11 Maths
– 3/11 English
– 6/11 Maths
– 8/11 Maths
The Exams will all start at 9:00 in the Conference room. Students need to be there by 8:45am.
Regards
Mr T Dale, Head of Sixth Form

29th October: Food Technology for 7y Class

Dear Parents/Carers
Food Technology
Due to unforeseen circumstances 7y Food will not be cooking on Tuesday 31st October period 3, but will instead cook on Friday 3rd November period 3. Apologies for any inconvenience.
Kind regards
Mrs S Higham, Head of Design Technology
shigham@brakenhale.co.uk

29th October: MyMaths Update

Dear Parents/Carers
MyMaths Update
We have recently received an update from MyMaths regarding the issue with the purple screen showing when loading some pages. They have advised that if you are experiencing this issue you need to clear the cache on your browser.
If you are unsure on how to clear your cache then this Wikihow page will help, all of the different types of browsers are listed at the top of the page as quick link.
If you are still experiencing issues with MyMaths please contact your child’s maths teacher in the first instance.
Kind regards
Mr T Dean, Director of Maths

23rd October: Tools for Learning

Dear Parents/Carers
Tools for Learning
I am writing to thank you for your fantastic support regarding Tools for Learning. This initiative has made a real difference to the way our lessons and homework operate, allowing students to focus on their work quickly and whole classes are able to get to work without interruption.
Please can I ask that you top up and replace any missing or worn items over half-term.
Any student without any items on our Tools for Learning List should expect to receive a sanction from their tutor when these are checked on a daily basis and of course we all want to avoid this.
Kind regards
Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteacher

23rd October: James Wilton Dance – Leviathan at South Hill Park on Wednesday 8th November - Key Stage 4 and 5 Dance Students

Dear Parents/Carers
James Wilton Dance – Leviathan at South Hill Park on Wednesday 8th November – KS 4 and 5 Dance Students
Please see attached letter inviting your son/daughter to the above event.
Should you wish them to attend please Click Here
Kind regards
Mrs Silvey, Catering & Enrichment Manager

20th October: Year 9 Exams

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 End of Year Exams
The Year 9 End of Year exams will commence on 20th November in the Main Hall. During these three days (20th, 21st and 22nd November) your son/daughter will sit a number of exams under strict exam conditions.
The school day will run as normal but, instead of normal lessons, the whole year group will sit together in the Main Hall to complete these exams. Students requiring certain access arrangements will be in a smaller venue with whatever assistance they require. The teaching assistants will be on hand to work with these students as a scribe or reader depending on their needs.
You have received a communication from Mr Gibson – Deputy Headteacher and the Exams Department which outline further details about the exams. Students have been given a copy of their exams timetable today and it is attached to this letter as well. Please do attach it to the fridge or something similar.
These exams are important for a number of reasons. Firstly, they will influence the pathway your child will be put on when the school considers the best option subjects to sit at GCSE. Secondly, the exam conditions are a good opportunity for the students to get a feel for the exam conditions they will face both in mocks during Year 10 and Year 11, and in their GCSEs in the Summer of 2020. The results will portray which subjects they should give more attention to as they approach the mid-way point of Year 9.
If your child has any concerns they should speak to their subject teachers or their tutors. Subject teachers should shortly be making the students aware of what their exam paper comprise of. Students should take the opportunity of the half term break to revise what they have learned so far in Year 9.
We are incredibly proud of the students and the way they have completed the first half term. We have tried to stress that the working towards GCSEs does not start in Year 11 but now. We hope that this is a positive and eye-opening experience for all.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email either of us.
Best wishes
Mr Hicks, Head of Year 9 and Miss O’Brien, Assistant Head of Year 9

20th October: Sixth Form Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

20th October: Year 11 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

20th October: Year 10 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

20th October: Year 9 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

20th October: Year 8 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

20th October: Year 7 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

20th October: Year 11 Pre Public Exams

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Pre Public Exams
All Year 11 students will be completing PPE (Pre Public Exams) during the weeks commencing Monday 27th November and Monday 4th December.
These will be taking place in the Main Hall in exam conditions. An assembly will be taking place on Wednesday 15th November to go over the rules and regulations of exam etiquette.
The timetable is attached here and a hard copy will be issued to students during tutor.
Please do not hesitate to contact the Exams Team if you have any further questions.
Kind regards
Mrs Seymour, Exams Officer

20th October: Half Term

Dear Parents/Carers
Half-term
School finishes at 3.05pm today – have a great half-term.
Kind regards
School Office

20th October: Thames Valley Police Information

THAMES VALLEY POLICE INFORMATION
Thames Valley Police is appealing for the public’s help in tracing a man and his two young boys from Arborfield in Berkshire.
Michael John Cole, aged 43, and his two boys, Michael Lee Cole, aged 8, Harry Cole, aged 7, were reported missing to police on Monday 2 October.
Michael John Cole is a white man of a medium build with short dark hair and when he was last seen had a dark beard.
Michael Lee Cole is a white 7-year-old boy of a medium build with short blond hair and blue eyes.
Harry Cole is a white 8-year-old boy of a large build with short blond hair and blue eyes.
Local Policing Area Commander for Bracknell and Wokingham, Superintendent Shaun Virtue said: “A substantial amount of work has been carried out following the initial missing persons report to Thames Valley Police on 2 October, however a court order has since been granted allowing an appeal to be published.
“I want to make an urgent plea to anyone who knows the whereabouts of Michael John Cole or the two boys to please contact police immediately. Any information, no matter how insignificant you think it might be, about Michael John Cole or the two boys might help our investigation to ensure they are found safe and well.
“We do not believe Michael John poses any immediate risk to his sons but we do have concerns for the boys’ long-term welfare in terms of access to education and to the National Health Service should it be required in the future.
“We have had help from a number of family members, friends and local residents during our investigation but so far unfortunately we have been unable to locate Michael John and his two sons.
“Although Michael John is from Aborfield he also has links to other areas in Berkshire such as Wokingham, Bracknell and Reading. He also has links to Basingstoke in Hampshire, Ludlow and Shrewsbury in Shropshire, and Bridge End and Newport in Wales.
“Anyone with any information should call the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101 quoting reference number 43170291780.”
For more information and to view images of the missing people visit Thames Valley Police website.

19th October: Year 8 Disco - Thursday 9th November 2017

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 8 Disco – Thursday 9th November 2017
Brakenhale School Parent Teacher Association and Year 8 Team are hosting a Year 8 Disco on Thursday 9th November from 7pm until 9pm for Year 8 students only.
The disco will be held in the Main Hall and will be supervised by teachers. Admission to the disco costs £3.00, payable in advance. Refreshments will be on sale during the disco. Money raised is going towards PTA projects for the school.
Unfortunately, students who have been issued a fixed term exclusion since the start of the year and students on red report at the time of the disco will be unable to attend.
If you would like your son/daughter to attend, please complete the online permission slip here no later than Thursday 2nd November, and complete payment of the £3.00 admission fee via our online payment system.
Payment Procedures – We ask you to use the online payment system to pay for this particular trip/activity if possible. Payments can be made online by debit or credit card however, we would be very grateful if you could use a debit card as the school is charged a higher fee for payments by credit card. If you have been issued a PayPoint card please do not try to use it for this school trip, the PayPoint card will only put money onto school meals. If you wish to pay for this trip/activity by cash, please contact csilvey@brakenhale.co.uk where we will be able to issue a temporary barcoded letter for you to be able to pay via any PayPoint. If you have not previously created an online account or have any issues, please email csilvey@brakenhale.co.uk to request a ParentPay login or assistance.
I hope that your son/daughter will be able to attend what should be a thoroughly enjoyable Year 8 evening. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at school either by telephone or by email.
Please make arrangements to drop your son/daughter off at school at 7pm and collect them at 9pm. We will be ensuring that all students leave with a responsible adult.
Yours faithfully
Mr S Read-Linton / Mrs M Howes, Assistant Heads of Year 8

19th October: Business Studies over Half Term

Dear Parents/Carers
Business Studies over Half-Term for Year 11
I just wanted to clarify the previous email that you received regarding Business Studies over the half-term period.
The students that need to attend are as follows:
1. Any students who have transferred from the GCSE course to the BTEC course at the start of this year. These students need to be in school on Monday 23rd October between 10am and 2pm. This is a very important session as the students have been entered to take their actual BTEC exam on 13th December 2017.
2. Any students who are in the 11B BS1 group taught by myself who have not completed their controlled assessment task by the end of Thursday 19th October. These students need to be in school on Monday 23rd October between 12pm and 2pm.
The students have been informed and are aware if they need to attend but I just wanted to ensure that parents were aware of the situation.
Any problems, do not hesitate to contact me at the school or email me on mmorgan@brakenhale.co.uk
Kind regards
Mrs Morgan, Business Studies Department

19th October: Head lice

Dear Parents/Carers
Head Lice
Please be aware that there is a large concentration of head lice in the local schools at present. Please be extra vigilant with your children’s hair, check regularly and treat accordingly.
Please refer to NHS Choices website for further information.
NHS Choices – Head Lice
Kind regards
School Office

19th October: Year 10 Information Evening - Feedback

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 Information Evening – Feedback
Thank you to those parents who attended the Year 10 Information Evening. Please find attached the presentation from the evening , in order to continually improve the information we share with you, please click here to complete a short feedback survey.
Kind regards
Mr P Gibson, Deputy Headteacher

19th October: Appointments at School

Dear Parents/Carers
Appointments at school
As we approach half-term, we would like to take this opportunity to share with you the following information:
· Teachers are in school to teach students and have duty responsibilities during break and lunch-times whilst often attending after school meetings. If you wish to make an appointment to speak to or come in to see a member of staff, you will need to do this is by contacting them via email in the first instance.
· Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate parents visiting the school unannounced during the school day wishing to speak to members of staff.
· May we please ask that you remind students to have their bags packed with PE kit, cooking ingredients, lunch etc for the next day as it is disruptive to the day if bags are brought into reception for students during the day.
We would also like to bring to your attention that whilst we appreciate that the school is an open site, parents/carers and ex-students are reminded that they are not permitted onto the school premises without a prior appointment and if found on site will be seen as trespassing. You will be asked to leave the site immediately. If an appointment to visit a member of staff has been arranged, please ensure that you make yourself known in reception and wait there to be collected.
Kind regards
School Office

18th October: Reading Women v London Bees at Madejski Stadium: Complimentary Tickets

Dear Parents/Carers
Reading Women v London Bees at Madejski Stadium: Complimentary Tickets
On Wednesday 15th November, Reading Women are returning to Madejski Stadium for the first time in over two and a half years to face London Bees in the Continental Cup (kick off 7:30pm).
Here at Reading FC, as part of our commitment to help grow the Women’s game we see this as an excellent opportunity to invite local schools to this fixture, completely free of charge.
To register for your complimentary e-tickets, please click the link below! It will take less than a minute; https://goo.gl/forms/ba9qgbw0Kn8AjqWo2
Once registered, we will aim to send you your tickets via e-mail within 7 days.
To find out more information about this game, please click here. On site car parking will also be completely free, and unreserved.
These complimentary tickets have been sent onto local schools and a select number of grassroots football clubs.
Kind regards
Joe Manns, Women’s Marketing Officer, Madejski Stadium

18th October: Year 9 Pre Public Exams

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 Exams
Students will be completing exams during the week commencing Monday 20th November.
These will be taking place in the Main Hall in Exam Conditions. An assembly will take place the week prior to the Exams to go over the rules and regulations of Exam etiquette.
The revised timetable is below and a hard copy will be issued to students during Tutor.

  Monday 20th November Tuesday 21st November Wednesday 22nd November Thursday 23rd November Friday 24th November
Period

1 & 2

English

1 Hour 45 min

Maths

1 Hour

 

Geography

1 Hour

French

1 Hour 15 min

Spanish

1 Hour 15 min

 

Religious Studies

30 min

Normal Lessons
Period

3 & 4

Maths

1 Hour

 

Science

1 Hour

Normal Lessons History

1 Hour

Period 5 Normal Lessons Normal Lessons

Please do not hesitate to contact the Exams Team if you have any further questions.
Kind regards
Mrs Seymour, Exams Officer

18th October: Year 13 Parents' Evening

Dear Parents/Carers
Please find attached a letter inviting you to attend the Year 13 sixth form parents evening on Thursday 2nd November.
Regards
Mrs S Perryman, Sxith Form Administrator

17th October: Science Resource - Tassomai

Dear Parents/Carers
Science Resource – Tassomai
Further to the recent presentation given at our Year 11 Information Evening, please find attached a letter from Mr Radcliffe detailing how your son/daughter can now access the free resource of Tassomai.
Kind regards
School Office

17th October: Year 9 PPE Exams

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 Exams
Please see below the Year 9 Pre Public Exam (PPE) timetable:

 
Kind regards
School Office

17th October: Social Media

Dear Parents/Carers
Social Media
We are writing to you on the advice of Thames Valley Police and Bracknell Forest Children’s Social Care regarding a social media profile of concern. Please check your child’s social media accounts for communication with ‘CraigDavis1999’ or ‘James Hammond’. If there has been any contact, please ensure these profiles are blocked and contact the school safeguarding lead.
As always, please continue to monitor your child’s social media accounts and ensure these are set to ‘private’. Please ensure your child personally knows and trusts their online “friends” who can follow and interact with your child’s social media activity.
If you have any cause for concern, please contact Miss Gill cgill@brakenhale.co.uk or Mrs Manisier jmainiser@brakenhale.co.uk
Kind regards
School Office

17th October: Year 10 Pre Public Exam

Dear Parents/Carers and Students
Year 10 – Pre-Public Religious Studies Exam
Year 10 will be completing a PPE (Pre-Public Exam) on Thursday 30thy November at 14.05pm. This is in preparation for their GCSE RS Exam that they will be completing in May 2018.
The exam is one hour long and will be on Islam. Revision material for this can be found on Show My Homework. This will be taking place in the Main Hall in exam conditions.
Please do not hesitate to contact the Exam Team if you have any further questions.
Kind regards
Mrs Seymour, Examinations Officer

17th October: Punctuality at School

Dear Parents/Carers
Punctuality at School
I am writing to inform you of the procedures for punctuality that we are following in Year 11. It is absolutely vital that students are on time for school – not only do they miss an important part of the day when they are late, they are also failing to meet the high expectations that we and future employers, have.
We are keeping a track on which students are late to school. If a student accrues 5 lates across a whole term (eg Sept-December), they will be required to attend a Thursday Surgery for an hour. If a student continues to be late, every subsequent instance will be sanctioned with a Thursday Surgery, regardless of how late.
We believe this reflects the importance we place on punctuality, and the amount of staff time spent chasing students on this matter. Our fervent hope is that we will not have to put these procedures into action.
Thank you once again for your support in helping students meet our high expectations.
Kind regards
Mr P Benson, Head of Year 11

14th October: Term Dates 2018-19

Dear Parents/Carers
Term Dates 2018/19
Please see attached term dates for 2018/19.
Kind regards
School Office

14th October: GCSE Music - Year 11

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 GCSE Music
I just wanted to write to let you know some of the specifics for this year’s GCSE Music course, and let you know what you can do to support our musicians at home this year if you wish. Firstly, there are three elements to the Music GCSE; composition, performance, and the exam. The composition we will be completing mainly in school in lessons, but there are ways that you can support with the performance and exam elements.
The Berkshire Maestros lessons, and any other onside music lessons, really help develop the students’ performance skills, and have a huge impact on their overall results. If you could really push attendance at these lessons that would really help, along with ensuring that students are putting time into practicing and rehearsing their two performance pieces.
For the exam, there are set works and wider listening the students need to be familiar with. There is an anthology available to students, and if you’d like to purchase one Amazon is usually the cheapest place to buy the books.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Edexcel-GCSE-Anthology-Music-2016/dp/1292118385/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1504711205&sr=8-8&keywords=edexcel+music+gcse
It is quite expensive but will be invaluable in terms of making notes etc directly in it and understanding the set works better.
If there are any issues in purchasing the anthology, please let me know so we can try and organise a way of getting the music for you.
To access the audio, there is a specific Spotify list if you search Edexcel GCSE Music (9-1) set works. Alternatively, you can find the audio on YouTube. There is a playlist on there but be aware that the music might be slightly different to the audio selected by the exam board and that the right playlist has been found.
There will also be revision sessions and music theory sessions that students can attend.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
Many thanks
Mr J Duffy/Mrs E Hope, Music Department
jduffy@brakenhale.co.uk
ehope@brakenhale.co.uk

14th October: BTEC Music - Year 11

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 BTEC Music
I am writing to let you know some of the specifics for this year’s BTEC Music course, and let you know what you can do to support our musicians at home if you wish. There are two more units that need completing this year – Unit 3: Introducing Live Sound, and Unit 5: Introducing Music Performance.
The deadline for unit 3, assignment 1 and 2 is on 20th November, and for assignment 3 the deadline is 6th December. There are some written documents due for 20th November, and if you would like to help support out students it would be good to remind them that the deadline is upcoming when we get a little closer to the time. On 6th December there will be an evening event, where the students will need to set up the equipment and run the sound desk for the Christmas Show. If you could make sure students are available for that evening it would be a great help.
Unit 5 is a performance unit, and so any practice you could encourage at home will really help, along with encouraging students to attend their Berkshire Maestros lessons where applicable.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
Many thanks
Mr J Duffy, Head of Music
jduffy@brakenhale.co.uk

13th October: Sixth Form Open Evening - 8th November 2017

Dear Parents/Carers
Sixth Form Open Evening – 8th November 2017
Please see attached information on our Sixth Form Open Evening for our current Year 11 students.
Kindest regards
School Office

13th October: Sixth Form Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

13th October: Year 11 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

13th October: Year 10 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

13th October: Year 9 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

13th October: Year 8 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

13th October: Year 7 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 7 Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

13th October: Proposed Building Plans for Brakenhale - 17/10/17

Dear Parents/Carers
Proposed Building Plans for Brakenhale
Further to the contract for the new build of Brakenhale being awarded to Wates, we would like to invite you to come along and view the plans.  3.30pm to 7pm on Tuesday 17th October.new build info eve 17.10.17
Kind regards
School Office

12th October: Year 7 Meet the Tutor Evening Feedback

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 7 Meet the Tutor Evening
Thank you for attending the Year 7 Meet the Tutor Evening.
In order to continually improve the information we share with you and our events, please click here to complete a short feedback survey.
Kind regards
Mr M Cooper, Head of Year 7

12th October: MyMaths Issues

Dear Parents/Carers
MyMaths Issues
We would like to advise that MyMaths is currently having issues which they are working to resolve. As soon as the problem has been sorted, we will contact you further.
If students have work set on MyMaths their teachers will extend the deadline.
Many thanks
Mr T Dean, Director of Maths

12th October: Year 7 Information Evening - Change of Date

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 7 Information Evening – Change of Date
Further to our communication sent yesterday after listening to parent feedback as this date is Halloween and we understand a number of you have prior commitments, we have therefore moved the date to Tuesday 7th November from 6.30 – 7.15pm in the main hall.
We look forward to seeing you this evening at the Meet the Tutor Meeting.
Due to the capacity in our hall the evening is for parents/carers only. We would be grateful if you could click here to confirm attendance.
We look forward to seeing you.
Kind regards
School Office

12th October: School Gateway - easier, faster and more effective communications

Dear Parents/Carers
School Gateway – easier, faster and more effective communications
I am pleased to introduce – ‘School Gateway’. This app means that we can share information with parents more quickly via email, text, online and smartphone app. It will also save parents – and the school – time and money.
You will be able to view the following for your child(ren):
· Achievements
· Behaviour
· Attendance
· Lesson timetable
· Your contact details
· School details
· Student details
· Medical conditions
What you need to do now
Activate your School Gateway account. It’s quick and easy to do. All you need are your email address and mobile number that school holds on record for you.
· Download the app: If you have a smartphone, please download School Gateway from your app store (Android and iPhone). The app shows the same information as the website PLUS you can message the school for FREE – this will also save the school money when we send you a text message.
OR
· Visit the website: www.schoolgateway.com and click on ‘New User’. You’ll receive a text message with a PIN number. Use this PIN to log into School Gateway.
If you are having trouble logging in, it may be because school does not have your current email and mobile phone number on record. Please call school and we will update the details on our system.
We hope that you will find School Gateway a great way to keep up to date with what’s going on at school.
Yours faithfully
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

12th October: School Bags

Dear Parents/Carers
School Bags
We are pleased to advise that the Uniform Shop have received a delivery of back packs, if you wish to purchase a back pack the Uniform Shop is open from 3.05pm to 4pm on Monday & Thursday’s.
Kind regards
School Office

12th October: Year 11 Information Evening

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Information Evening
Thank you for attending the Year 11 Information Evening yesterday.
Please find attached Year 11 Information Evening presentation from the evening for your information.
In order to continually improve the information we share with you and our events, please click here to complete a short feedback survey.
Kind regards
Mr P Gibson, Deputy Headteacher

11th October: Year 11 Half Term Study Sessions

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Half Term Study Sessions
I am writing to inform you of sessions staff will be running over October half term for various subjects.
I am aware that Year 11 are working hard and significant demands are being placed on them but with approximately 25 weeks until the first GCSE examination, staff are working tirelessly to get them prepared.
I appreciate that some may already have plans over half term but if you could ensure your child attends these sessions whenever they are available it would be very useful. Furthermore, please could you let the relevant member of staff know if your child will not be attending to help with planning.
The sessions are as follows:
– Monday 23rd October – All day – Business with Ms Morgan in B16 (All Business groups)
– Monday 23rd October – PE with Mr Boucher in B13 – morning only
– Tuesday 24th October- English essay writing session with Mrs Cresswell, Head of English. Open to all students and will be in the main hall starting at 9am for the morning only.
The morning sessions will run from 9am – 12midday and afternoon sessions from 1pm-4pm. If you child has full day sessions then it will be from 9am-4pm, please ask them to bring a lunch with them.
If a session finished early the member of staff will release them to go home and not keep them until the end of the session.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Mr P Gibson, Deputy Headteacher

11th October: Business Studies Controlled Assessment

Dear Parents/Carers
Business Studies Controlled Assessment
I have been notified by Miss Morgan that Controlled Assessment’s for the Business Studies GCSE will be running on the following dates:
– Thursday 12th October period 4
– Monday 16th October period 4
– Thursday 19th October period 4
All students should now be familiar with the rules and regulations relating to Controlled Assessments but please find the attached document.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Miss Morgan or myself.
Kind regards
Mrs Seymour, Exams Manager
sseymour@brakenhale.co.uk

11th October: Health & Social Care BTEC Exam Resit

Dear Parents/Carers
Health and Social Care BTEC Exam Resit
There is another opportunity to sit the Health and Social Care BTEC Exam. Students have opted to take this to try and improve their grade.
The Exam will be taking place on Tuesday 9th January 2018 at 9am in the Conference Room.
If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact Miss Willimott or myself.
Kind regards
Mrs Seymour, Exams Manager
sseymour@brakenhale.co.uk

11th October: Parliament Trip for Law Students

Dear Parents/Carers
Parliament Trip, Tuesday 7th November 2017
Please see attached letter inviting you son/daughter to the above event.
If you would like them to attend please click here
Kind regards
Collette Silvey, Catering & Enrichment Manager

11th October: Annual Off-Site Form OHA2

Dear Parents/Carers
Annual OHA2 – Off Site Form
A decision has been made to hold an annual OHA2 – off site form, to avoid you completing one each time your son/daughter attends a trip across the academic year.
To complete an electronic OHA2 form please click here
Kind regards
Collette Silvey, Catering & Enrichment Manager

11th October: Year 7 Meet the Tutor/Information Evening

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 7 Information Evening
We look forward to seeing you at the Meet the Tutor Evening on Thursday 12th October however, following discussions it has been decided that we will cancel the short curriculum presentations scheduled for 4.30pm / 5.15pm / 6.00pm and 6.45pm.
We would now like to invite you to attend a Year 7 Information Evening on Tuesday 31st October from 6.30 – 7.15pm in the main hall where we will share with you information on the upcoming year and offer suggestions for ways in which you can support your son/daughter as well as keeping you informed on the support they will be receiving from the school.
Due to the capacity in our hall the evening is for parents/carers only. We would be grateful if you could click here to confirm attendance.
We look forward to seeing you.
Kind regards
School Office

10th October: Sixth Form Safe Drive Stay Alive

Dear Parents/Carers
Safe Drive Stay Alive – Monday 6th November 2017
Please see attached letter advising you of a trip your son/daughter will be attending.
Kind regards
Mrs C Silvey, Catering & Enrichment Manager

9th October: Edexcel GCSE History (9-1) Revision Guides

Dear Parents/Carers
Edexcel GCSE History (9-1) Revision Guides
To support our GCSE students in their studies below are links to the revision guides that are appropriate for the GCSE History (9-1) course. These guides cover the core content for each of the units we study, and their associated exam technique. They are all approximately £5 each which we believe represents good value.
The links below are for Amazon, but we’re quite sure they will be available from other bookshops should you wish to shop around first.
Also attached to this document is the course overview page that has been given to students. This may help you in understanding what the students are studying, and the types of questions they will be facing.
If you have any questions please do get in touch with your son/daughter’s teacher who will be happy to help.
Many thanks
Brakenhale History Department

Year 10 Crime and Punishment (inc Whitechapel)
Year 10 Elizabethan England
Year 11 Weimar and Nazi Germany
Year 11 American West

9th October: School Photos

Dear Parents/Carers
School Photos
Just a reminder that Year 7/9/11 and Sixth Form students will be having their school photos taken tomorrow.
Kind regards
School Office

9th October: Parent Governor Election

Dear Parents/Carers
Election of Parent Governor
I am delighted to invite you to apply to become a parent governor on the Brakenhale School Local Governing Body. We have one vacancy at this point in time.
As you know, Brakenhale is an academy, within the Greenshaw Learning Trust. This means that our governing body works closely with the trustees and that we are not accountable for some of the responsibilities that maintained (local authorities) schools are. Our governing body is made up of ten governors from different walks of life. We are not looking for parents with any specific skills but a knowledge of the local business community or local charities or charitable organisations or a financial knowledge would be advantageous to us.
The role of the school governor is both rewarding to the individual and invaluable to the school. You will need to be supportive of the values of the school and be able to give time and effort to further its ongoing development; support and training is provided.
As a governor you will be expected to attend meetings and take an active part in them, help the governing body make informed decisions, and get involved with the school and its students. The Local Governing Body meets once per half term, 6 times a year, in the late afternoon. You will also be asked to take part in meetings which will take place at least once per term to take on particular tasks in relation to the work of the governing body and the school.
There are rules on a person’s eligibility to be a governor, e.g. relating to bankruptcy and criminal convictions, and requirements on disclosure of interests and involvement in other bodies that could impact on the work of the Trust or the school. If you are eligible and wish to stand for election as a parent governor you should complete an application form. For further information on the role of and requirements on a school governor, please see the attached below.
If more applications are received than there are vacancies, a ballot will be held in which all parents and carers may vote. If a ballot is held the applicant’s personal statement will be made available to all parents/carers.
Should you require further information, please contact the Clerk, Mrs Deykin, on clerk@brakenhale.co.uk
Kind regards
Mrs Roche, Chair of Governors

Letter for Parent Governor Election
Application form for Parent Governor
Guides and requirements to being a school governor
Code of conduct for governors
Declaration of interest policy for governors
Greenshaw governor leaflet

7th October: School Ties

Dear Parents/Carers
School Ties
We would like to remind students that it is not appropriate behaviour to pull on other students ties (peanutting), our new uniform includes clip on ties which if pulled are not repairable.
If students are found to have broken other student’s ties, you will be required to cover the cost of a new tie and a sanction will be given.
Kind regards
School Office

6th October: Year 11 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

6th October: Year 10 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

6th October: Year 9 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

6th October: Year 8 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 8 Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

6th October: Year 7 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 7 Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

6th October: PTA AGM

Dear Parents/Carers
Parent Teacher Association – Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of The Brakenhale School PTA, will take place on Tuesday 7th November 2017. The evening will commence at 7pm with the PTA Annual General Meeting, followed by the half termly PTA meeting in the Headteacher’s office. Refreshments will be provided.
We have attached our PTA AGM letter our PTA AGM letter together with information about the committee and a nomination form if you wish to stand. Please click here to confirm attendance or to register a nomination for a role on the committee. A signed paper copy of the nomination form will need to be brought with you to the meeting.
Kindest regards
School Office

6th October: Year 11 Exams

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Exams
We will be running Pre Public Exams, PPE, for the whole of Year 11 commencing on Monday 27th November.
The timetable for this will be published shortly. If students would like some guidance regarding revision for their exams please check with subject teachers who will be delivering revision sessions.
Kind regards
The Exams Team

6th October: 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

5th October: School Lottery

Dear Year 7 Parents/Carers
School Lottery
Please see attached information regarding the School Lottery and how you can support the school.
Kind regards
School Office

5th October: Year 10 Information Evening

Dear Parents/Carers
We would like to invite you to a Year 10 Information Evening for parents and students on Wednesday 18th October 2017 from 6pm – 7pm in the Main Hall. We would like to share with you information on the upcoming year and offer suggestions for ways in which you can support your son/daughter as well as keeping you informed on the support they will be receiving from the school.
The evening will include a number of sessions in which staff can explain the best ways of supporting study, the way forward for 2017-2018. The evening will also be an opportunity to meet with the Senior Leadership and Pastoral Team members who will be working with your child.
Due to the capacity in our hall, we would be grateful if you could click here to confirm attendance.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Kind regards
Mr O’Donoghue and the Year 10 Team

5th October: Year 7 Meet the Tutor Evening

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 7 Meet the Tutor Evening
We would like to advise that during the meet the tutor evening next Thursday there will be a presentation on the Year 7 curriculum in the Conference room at: 4.30pm / 5.15pm / 6.00pm and 6.45pm, we hope that you will have time to view one of the presentations before or after your appointment with your child’s tutor.
Kind regards
School Office

5th October: Year 11 GCSE Exams Information

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 GCSE Exam Information
There are very strict rules and regulations that students must adhere to when completing any coursework or controlled assessments for their GCSE. These are set by the Exam Boards and can result in disqualification if not followed.
Please ensure that the attached documents are read and understood. If you are in any doubt or have any questions please do not hesitate to come and see a member of the exams team.
17 18 Information for candidates ~ non exam assessment
17 18 Information for candidates ~ controlled assessment
17 18 Information for candidates ~ coursework assessment
Exam information can be found on the school website.
Kind regards
Mrs S Seymour, Examinations Manager

5th October: Year 9 Exams

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 Exams
We will be running Exams for the whole of Year 9 during the week of Monday, 20th November.
The timetable for this will be published shortly. If students would like some guidance regarding revision for their exams, please check with subject teachers who will be delivering revision sessions.
Please do not hesitate to contact the exams team if you would like any further information.
Kind regards
Mrs S Seymour, Examinations Manager

5th October: Ski Trip Meeting - Thursday 5th October

Dear Parents/Carers
Ski Trip Meeting Thursday 5th October 2017 @ 6pm
We are very sorry but due to unforeseen circumstances the planned Parents Ski Trip meeting which was due to be held on Thursday 5th October in the Main Hall has had to be postponed. We will be in touch to let you know the rearranged date as soon as possible.
Apologies for the short notice and inconvenience this will cause.
Kind regards
School Office

4th October: Science Exam - Assessment Point 1 Grading

Dear Parents/Carers
Science Exam – Assessment Point 1 (AP1) Grading
I am writing to inform you of how students’ upcoming AP1 grades will be generated from the Science Department.
On Wednesday 11th October, all year 11 students will sit a 45-minute paper, which covers the content from chapters 1 – 3 for the combined Science GCSE. Their Science teacher will then use this result as well as feedback from their individual progress in lessons to make a judgement on their AP1.
Students have been sent a checklist that highlights the knowledge of the chapters that they need to know for Wednesday 11th October as well as their June 2018 exams.
If you have any questions regarding this, please contact your child’s Science teacher.
Kind regards
Mr J Radcliffe, Head of Science
jradcliffe@brakenhale.co.uk

2nd October: Year 11 Information Evening

Year 11 Information Evening
We would like to invite you to a Year 11 Information Evening for parents and students on Wednesday 11th October 2017 from 6pm – 7pm in the Main Hall. We would like to share with you information on the upcoming year and offer suggestions for ways in which you can support your son/daughter as well as keeping you informed on the support they will be receiving from the school.
The evening will include a number of sessions in which staff can explain the best ways of supporting study, the way forward for 2017-2018 and information on the new GCSEs in English, Science and Maths that your child has now started. The evening will also be an opportunity to meet with the Senior Leadership and Pastoral Team members who will be working with your child.
Due to the capacity in our hall, we would be grateful if you could please click here to confirm attendance.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Kind regards
Mr Benson and the Year 11 Team

29th September: Year 10 Options

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 Options
Firstly, I would like to congratulate Year 10 on making a fantastic start to their GCSEs. The focus they have shown is to be commended and if this continues over the next two years I have no doubt they will be rewarded in the summer of 2019.
I wanted to inform you that as of today we will not be making any further changes to options (unless we are currently in the process of doing so). Students have now had one month in their subjects and to change at this point would not only make it difficult for them to catch up but it may add extra pressure at a time when this will increase naturally.
Kind regards
Mr P Gibson, Deputy Headteacher

29th September: Year 10 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kind regards
School Office

29th September: Year 8 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 8 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Mr Read-Linton – Assistant Head of Year 8.
Kind regards
School Office

29th September: Year 7 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 7 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Mr Cooper- Head of Year 7.
Kind regards
School Office

29th September: Year 11 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Mr Benson – Head of Year 11.
Kind regards
School Office

29th September: What Career Live - London

Dear Parents/Carers
What Career Live – Olympia London, Friday 6th October 2017
Please see attached letter inviting your son/daughter to the above event.
If you would like your son/daughter to attend please give permission by clicking here
Kind regards
Catering & Enrichment Manager

29th September: Year 9 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Miss O’Brien – Assistant Head of Year 9.
Kind regards
School Office

29th September: Sixth Form Information Evenings - Presentations

Dear Parents/Carers
Presentations from the Sixth Form Parents Information Evenings
Thank you to those of you who were able to attend the UCAS/Next Steps evening and the Welcome to Sixth Form evening this week, it was great to see so many of you.
Please find attached the UCAS Evening presentation and Welcome to Sixth Form presentation from these evenings for your perusal and for those who were unable to attend.
Regards
Mr T Dale
Head of Sixth Form

29th September: Sixth Form Newsletter

Dear Parents/Carers
Sixth Form Newsletter
Please see attached the Sixth Form Newsletter from Mr Dale – Head of Sixth Form.
Kind regards
Mrs S Perryman, Sixth Form Administrator

29th September: Short Break Foster Carers - Bracknell Forest

Dear Parents/Carers
Short Break Foster Carers
Bracknell Forest Council are seeking to recruit short break foster carers to support local children and their families.
Please see attached leaflet with contact information if you think you could help a child.
Kind regards
School Office

28th September: Year 7 Meet the Tutor Evening - Thursday 12th October

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 7 Meet the Tutor Evening – Thursday 12th October 2017
The Year 7 Meet the Tutor parents’ evening to discuss your child’s progress will be held on Thursday 12th October 2017 – 4pm – 7pm. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss your son/daughter’s progress and hope that you will take this opportunity to speak with subject teachers.
Families are requested to use our automated online booking system which will open on Wednesday 27th September 2017 at 2pm to make appointments. This allows you the flexibility to book times directly with your child’s tutor. Time slots are for five minutes each and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, therefore it is in the interests of both yourself and your child to ensure your appointment schedule is completed as soon as possible. Please ensure you only book one appointment slot.
There is limited parking available on the school site and we would ask that should you choose to park on the road you park with care and consideration for our neighbours.
To schedule your appointments, please follow the link below and enter the relevant information where necessary:
https://brakenhaleschool.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/
If you do not have access to the internet, have problems using this booking system or require any further assistance, please contact the school office as soon as possible. Booking will close at 12noon on Tuesday 10th October, 2017.
Yours faithfully
Mr M Cooper, Head of Year 7

28th September: School Site

Dear Parents/Carers
School Site
Wherever possible we would encourage students to walk or cycle to school. However, we recognise there are circumstances when travelling by car is the most likely choice especially as the winter months approach. We would like to remind you that as a school, we always wish to maintain positive relations with all residents in our local community and would be grateful if this can be considered when dropping/collecting students from the school. In particular could I ask that driveways and roads are not blocked so that residents can still access their homes and vehicles.
We have been asked to advise that enforcement action will be taken against illegally parked vehicles outside schools.
Please ensure students always use the Coningsby entrance to the school and if possible arrange a suitable meeting place away from the school.
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

27th September: School Improvement Plan

Dear Parents/Carers
School Improvement Plan 2017
Please click on the link below to view the updated School Improvement Plan and share our plans for Brakenhale.
School Improvement Plan
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

27th September: Non Uniform Day - 6th October 2017

Dear Parents/Carers
Non-uniform Day – 6th October 2017
On Friday 6th October we will be holding a non-school uniform day to raise money for the Daisy’s Dream charity alongside Jeans for Genes. Daisy’s Dream is a professional support service that responds to the needs of children and families affected by life threatening illness or bereavement across Berkshire and the surrounding areas. Jeans for Genes is a charity that provides support for sufferers of genetic disorders and their families.
Please note clothing should be suitable for school, including no short tops that do not cover the midriff. We ask that all students wear jeans in support this wonderful charitable cause. 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.
Many thanks for your support.
Kind regards
School Office

26th September: GCSE Media Studies

Dear Parents/Carers
GCSE Media Studies
With the students three weeks into their Year 11 course of study, the majority of work is progressing really well.
Please be aware that all of the research and planning (analysis of chosen magazine genre; mood board; questionnaire with results and analysis of results) for their final piece of Media Studies coursework should be completed by: Friday 20th October 2017
This will allow students to have the maximum amount of time available for the incredibly challenging second element of the coursework, where they will need to produce their own magazine front cover, contents page and double page article.
I ask that any students that are struggling to reach this deadline need to speak to me at the earliest opportunity.
Kind regards
Mr I Anderson, English/Media Teacher

26th September: Loom Bands

Dear Parents/Carers
Loom Bands
A number of students have brought large quantities of loom bands onto the school site in the last few days. These small pieces of elastic have been used to flick and fire at other students. They have ended up on the floor in classrooms and on the playground in large quantities which has been problematic.
We would like to make it clear that loom bands are not allowed on the Brakenhale School site and any students found in possession of them will be sanctioned as a result.
Kind regards
Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteacher

26th September: School Shoes

Dear Parents/Carers
School Shoes
I am writing to you regarding our dress code. In our guidelines it states that shoes must be black and polishable. We have noticed that some girls in particular are wearing suede shoes. Please can we ask that this is rectified as soon as possible.
Kind regards
Head of Year

26th September: PTA Cheese & Wine Meeting - Reminder

Dear Parents/Carers
Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) – Cheese & Wine
The first PTA meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday 3rd October at 6pm. This is a really good opportunity for Parents and Carers to meet the key PTA leaders along with the Headteacher Jane Coley and members of her Senior Team.
This first meeting will take a slightly different format as we will be having a cheese and wine reception before the meeting itself.
All Parents/Carers are warmly welcome to attend and we would be grateful if you could confirm your attendance by clicking here.
Kind regards
School Office

26th September: GCSE English

Dear Parents/Carers
English GCSE
In English, we have started reading A Christmas Carol. It is strongly suggested that all students have their own copy of the text. This will make getting to know the text, analysing and revising much easier. Please let me know if this will be difficult and I will help where I can.
Kind regards
Mrs D Lewis, English Teacher

25th September: GCSE Photography

Dear Parents/Carers
GCSE Photography
I am writing to you as your son/daughter has recently started studying GCSE Photography with me and may have mentioned to you that they will need access to a digital camera for their studies. I thought you may find it helpful to have some information about purchasing a camera and what is actually required.
As part of the GCSE Photography programme, I would anticipate that students have access to a digital camera at home, especially for photographing outside of school. This is not essential in the first term of Year 10 as initially we will be concentrating on mobile phone photography and also using the school cameras. However, it would be very helpful to the students if they could have access to their own camera by the end of the Autumn term if possible. We currently have 5 school cameras that are suitable for GCSE and A Level Photography, which with a permission letter from home can be loaned out; however it is worth noting that there are nearly 50 students studying the subject so our supply cannot always meet the demand.
I have attached a handout ‘What to consider when buying a digital camera’ that may be useful for you to help consider which camera is the best option. Clearly, the decision always starts with budget but I have suggested that for a GCSE, a Bridge camera is probably the most suitable option. If your child is likely to carry on photographing beyond GCSE and funds permitting, a DSLR camera may be the better choice.
Your son/daughter will need to be able to control Shutter Speed and Aperture for the GCSE and depending on where their interests lie, they may wish to be able to zoom out and to use macro functionality, hence my recommendation for a Bridge camera which will provide all of these functions. The following link provides recommendations for the best Bridge cameras currently on the market – http://www.techradar.com/news/photography-video-capture/cameras/best-bridge-camera-1259503 – I have always found Canon to be a great option and the Panasonic Lumix brand always produces excellent cameras. Please do not feel that the more you spend, the better the camera!
Finally, I would suggest going somewhere where you can actually have a look at the cameras before you buy – John Lewis, London Camera Exchange and Jessops in Reading are a good place to start and usually have a good stock in store. You then may choose to buy online as often this option is cheaper.
I hope this is useful information but please do get in touch if you do want to discuss further.
Kind regards
Miss T Wilhelmy, Teacher of Photography
twilhelmy@brakenhale.co.uk

25th September: 10R Welcome

Dear Parents/Carers
I am pleased to inform you I am continuing as your son/daughters tutor for Year 10 supporting them academically and pastorally for the year. They have made an excellent start to their GCSE’s through returning to school focused and prepared, it has been wonderful to see them come back this September ready to learn and challenge themselves.
Each member of the tutor group is following the high expectations set by the school and I have been complimented on their behaviour both in and out of the classroom in the last few weeks. I am highly invested in the tutor group and want to see each individual reach their full potential, during tutor time we have spoken about how important this time is and how we need them to make the right start now that will set them up for the next two years.
To help students make this positive start there are some areas that I will need your support with. Please can you continue to ensure students have the correct Tools for Learning, especially the clear pencil case – this is going to be important when they come to do their exams at the end of year 11. Uniform is a high priority for the school and preparing the students for the workplace, please can we ensure they are wearing the correct full school uniform each day. No jewellery is allowed other than a single gold or silver stud in the bottom lobe of each ear and a wrist watch (but not a smart watch). I thank you for helping me maintain the high standards of the school and simply ask that this continues until the end of Year 11.
Another key area for achievement is attendance. It is my job to ensure students meet our school benchmark of 95% attendance for the year – of course I would love it if 10R could surpass this target and the students have made a fantastic start. To allow this to happen, I must ask for medical appointments to occur outside of school hours and that you encourage students to be in school if there is not a major illness. We do understand that some absences are unavoidable, however this makes it even more imperative that students attend school when an illness is not severe. If you do have any concerns about this, please contact myself of our attendance officer, Mrs R Evans, as we all know that great attendance leads to great results. Please ensure students are on time to school, students who are regularly late miss valuable learning time impacting on their final grades.
The welfare of each student in 10R continues to be my priority and if you have any concerns about your child please contact me, the most effective way to do this is via email: chaley@brakenhale.co.uk
Miss C Haley, Tutor of 10R, Head of Dance and Drama

25th September: 10K Welcome

Dear Parents/Carers
It’s hard to believe that another academic year is already underway. This time last year, I wrote to you introducing myself as your son/daughter’s new tutor. This year I am writing to you to share just how proud I am of our 10K students and the excellent start that they have made in Key Stage 4.
Overall, they have come back to school focused, with a willingness to learn and challenge themselves academically. I hope this positive attitude and mind-set continue throughout the course of the year. Every member of the tutor group is also following the high expectations given to them by the school and myself. I absolutely feel that success is inevitable in this tutor group!
To help students on their way to these successes, there are some areas that I will need your support. Please can you ensure students have the correct Tools for Learning, especially the clear pencil case – this is going to be important when they come to do their exams at the end of year 11. Uniform is an issue raised every tutor time, please can we ensure the members of the tutor are wearing the correct full school uniform. No jewellery is allowed other than a single gold or silver stud in the bottom lobe of each ear and a wrist watch (but not a smart watch). I thank you for helping me maintain the high standards of the school and simply ask that this continues until the end of Year 11.
Another key area for achievement is attendance. It is my job to ensure students meet our school benchmark of 95% attendance for the year- of course I would love it if 10K could surpass this target! To allow this to happen, I must ask for medical appointments to occur outside of school hours and that you encourage students to be in school if there is not a major illness. We do understand that some absences are unavoidable, however this makes it even more imperative that students attend school when an illness is not severe. If you do have any concerns about this, please contact myself of our attendance officer, Mrs R Evans, as we all know that great attendance leads to great results!
Lastly, I wish to say that the welfare of 10K is one of my major priorities. Your son/daughter has just embarked on the toughest, but most rewarding years at Brakenhale. I am here to support them in any way I can. That being said, if you ever do have any concerns about your child, please do not hesitate to contact me. It is usually best to contact me by email: cloj@brakenhale.co.uk
Many thanks and best wishes
Miss C Loj, 10K Tutor, Year 7-11 History Teacher

25th September: Worlds of Opportunity Post 16 Conference

Dear Parents/Carers
Worlds of Opportunity STEM Post 16 Conference – Wednesday 4th October 2017
Please see attached letter inviting your son/daughter to the above event.
To give permission for them to attend please CLICK HERE
Kind regards
Catering & Enrichment Manager

24th September: School Uniform Orders

Dear Parents/Carers
School Uniform Orders
Could we please remind you that the Uniform Shop is open on Monday and Thursday from 3.05pm – 4pm if you have ordered any uniform to be delivered to the shop, please collect as soon as possible as there are a number of items currently waiting for collection.
Kind regards
School Office

22nd September: 10H Welcome

Dear Parents/Carers
Firstly, I would like to introduce myself; I will be your son/daughter’s tutor for their toughest but most rewarding years at Brakenhale. I will be here to support them not only academically but pastorally as well.
They have made an excellent start to their GCSEs, they have come back to school focused and have a willingness to learn and I hope this continues. Every member of the tutor group is following the high expectations given to them by the school and myself. I absolutely feel that success is inevitable in this tutor group!
To help students on their way to these successes, there are some areas that I will need your support.
– Attendance. It is my job to ensure students meet our school benchmark of 95% attendance for the year- of course I would love it if 10H could surpass this target! To allow this to happen, I must ask for medical appointments to occur outside of school hours and that you encourage students to be in school if there is not a major illness. We do understand that some absences are unavoidable, however this makes it even more imperative that students attend school when an illness is not severe. If you do have any concerns about this, please contact myself of our Attendance Officer, Mrs R Evans, as we all know that great attendance leads to great results!
– Please can you ensure students have the correct Tools for Learning, especially the see-through pencil case – this is going to be important when they come to do their exams at the end of year 11.
– Uniform is an issue raised every tutor time, please can we ensure the members of the tutor are wearing the correct full school uniform.
– No jewellery is allowed other than a single gold or silver stud in the bottom lobe of each ear and a wrist watch (but not a smart watch). I thank you for helping me maintain the high standards of the school and simply ask that this continues until the end of Year 11.
Lastly, I wish to say that the welfare of 10H is one of my major priorities and if you ever have any concerns about your child, please do not hesitate to contact me. It is usually best to contact me by email: tharding@brakenhale.co.uk
Kind regards
Mr T Harding, 10H Tutor, Science Teacher

22nd September: 10E Welcome Letter

Dear Parents/Carers
As we are a few weeks in to the new academic year and the students are getting deeper into the learning of their new GCSE courses. I thought this would be an appropriate time to contact you to let you know how very impressed I have been with 10E. They have come back revitalised with a positive and mature attitude towards their learning, they have had impeccable uniform and the correct tools for learning and I hope that this will continue.
The next two years will be challenging as we have high expectations of all of the students, but I will be here in school to support my tutees both academically and pastorally.
To help students on their way to success, I will need your continued support in some areas. As I have already mentioned, equipment and uniform have been excellent and I thank you for helping me maintain the high standard of the school and simply ask that this will continue.
Another key achievement is attendance; this is of particular importance over the next two years as good attendance links directly to good results. It is my job to ensure students meet or exceed our benchmark of 95% attendance for the year. Last academic year 9E managed this and had the best attendance across the year group. In order for us to achieve this again, I must ask that medical appointments are made outside of school hours where possible and that you encourage students to be in school if there is not a major illness. We do understand that some absences are unavoidable but this makes it even more imperative that students be here when an illness is not severe. If you have any concerns about this then please contact myself or Mrs Evans, Attendance Officer.
I have thoroughly enjoyed working with 10E since becoming their tutor at the end of last academic year and I feel that they will be incredibly successful if they continue with the positivity and hard work they have demonstrated so far this year. If you have any queries or concerns, I am always available so please do not hesitate to contact me araby@brakenhale.co.uk
Kind regards
Mrs A Raby, 10E Tutor, Teacher of Drama and Dance

22nd September: Year 10 Student News

Dear Year 10
Year 10 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Mr O’Donoghue – Head of Year 10.
Kind regards
School Office

22nd September: Year 9 Student News

Dear Year 9
Year 9 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Miss O’Brien- Assistant Head of Year 9.
Kind regards
School Office

22nd September: Year 7 Student News

Dear Year 7
Year 7 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Mr Cooper – Head of Year 7.
Kind regards
School Office

22nd September: Year 8 Student News

Dear Year 8
Year 8 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Mr Read-Linton and Mrs Howes – Assistant Heads of Year 8.
Kind regards
School Office

22nd September: Year 11 Student News

Dear Year 11
Year 11 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Mr Benson – Head of Year 11.
Kind regards
School Office

22nd September: Welcome 10A

Dear Parents/Carers
Firstly, I would like to introduce myself; I will be your son/daughters tutor for their toughest but most rewarding years at Brakenhale. I will be here to support them not only academically but pastorally as well.
They have made an excellent start to their GCSE’s, they have come back to school focused and have a willingness to learn and I hope this continues. Every member of the tutor group is following the high expectations given to them by the school and myself. I absolutely feel that success is inevitable in this tutor group!
To help students on their way to these successes, there are some areas that I will need your support. Please can you ensure students have the correct Tools for Learning, especially the see-through pencil case – this is going to be important when they come to do their exams at the end of year 11. Uniform is an issue raised every tutor time, please can we ensure the members of the tutor are wearing the correct full school uniform. No jewellery is allowed other than a single gold or silver stud in the bottom lobe of each ear and a wrist watch (but not a smart watch). I thank you for helping me maintain the high standards of the school and simply ask that this continues until the end of Year 11.
Another key area for achievement is attendance. It is my job to ensure students meet our school benchmark of 95% attendance for the year – of course I would love it if 10A could surpass this target! To allow this to happen, I must ask for medical appointments to occur outside of school hours and that you encourage students to be in school if there is not a major illness. We do understand that some absences are unavoidable, however this makes it even more imperative that students attend school when an illness is not severe. If you do have any concerns about this, please contact myself of our Attendance Officer, Mrs R Evans, as we all know that great attendance leads to great results!
Lastly, I wish to say that the welfare of 10A is one of my major priorities and if you ever have any concerns about your child, please do not hesitate to contact me. It is usually best to contact me by email: lwillimott@brakenhale.co.uk
Miss L Willimott, Tutor of 10A, Lead Girls PE Coordinator, Teacher in Charge of Health & Social Care

22nd September: Welcome 10B

Dear Parents/Carers
It is with great pride that I write to you. This year I will continue to be your son/daughter’s tutor in what will be their toughest but most rewarding years at Brakenhale. I will be here to support them not only academically but pastorally as well. In addition to being their tutor, I will continue my role as assistant head of year 10 working with Mr O’Donoghue to help guide their way through the next two years.
An excellent start has been made to their GCSE’s with them coming back to school focused and with a great willingness to learn. There is a real sense of pride and respect in their ethos to schooling this year, long may this continue! Every member of the tutor group is following the high expectations given to them by the school and myself. I absolutely feel that success is inevitable in this tutor group!
To help students on their way to these successes, there are some areas that I will need your support. Please can you ensure students have the correct Tools for Learning, especially the see-through pencil case – this is going to be important when they come to do their exams at the end of Year 11. Uniform is an issue raised every tutor time, please can we ensure the members of the tutor are wearing the correct full school uniform. No jewellery is allowed other than a single gold or silver stud in the bottom lobe of each ear and a wrist-watch (but not a smart watch). Homework will be posted on ‘Show My Homework’ and written in the planner, please remind your son/daughter to check their SMH and emails daily. Furthermore, Mr O’Donoghue and I send out a weekly newsletter and plan for the commencing week, vital information and key dates are always on here, please ensure that this is read each week. I thank you for helping me maintain the high standards of the school and simply ask that this will continue until the end of Year 11.
Another key area for achievement is attendance. It is my job to ensure students meet our school benchmark of 95% attendance for the year- of course I would love it if 10B could surpass this target! To allow this to happen, I must ask for medical appointments to occur outside of school hours and that you encourage students to be in school if there is not a major illness. We do understand that some absences are unavoidable; however, this makes it even more imperative that students attend school when an illness is not severe. If you do have any concerns about this, please contact myself of our Attendance Officer, Mrs R Evans, as we all know that great attendance leads to great results!
Lastly, I wish to say that the welfare of 10B is one of my major priorities and if you ever have any concerns about your son/daughter, please do not hesitate to contact me. It is usually best to contact me by email: lrushby@brakenhale.co.uk
Miss L Rushby, Tutor of 10B, Assistant Head of Year 10

21st September: Dance Extra Curriculuar Timetable

Dear Parents/Carers
Dance Extra-Curricular Timetable
Please see attached the Extra-CurricularTimetable for Dance which starts on Monday 2nd October, 2017.
Kind regards
School Office

21st September: Year 8 Information Evening - Feedback

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 8 Information Evening – 13th September 2017 – Feedback
Thank you to everyone who attended our recent Year 8 Information Evening, please click on the link below to view some of the presentation information from the evening.
Year 8 Information Evening
In order to continually improve the information we share with you, we would be grateful for your feedback. If you attended the evening, please click here to complete a short survey.
Kind regards
Ms S Douse, Head of Year 8

20th September: Welcome 10N

Dear Parents/Carers
After a very successful start to KS4 and the start of Year 10, I feel the need to contact you all to share just how proud I am of our 10N students.
Every member of the tutor group has come back to school fully prepared with the necessary tools for learning; looking impeccable in their uniform and with an amazing attitude to the challenges that lie ahead of them. I have heard from so many subject teachers commending the mature approach that students from 10N have started the year with – it is fantastic to see the students maturing into such a sensible and responsible group of young adults.
This year signals the start of two extremely challenging years for 10N. Each student will need to overcome hurdles in order to reach their full potential and whilst there may be tough moments, I’m confident that sustaining their current approach will see them all achieve the best possible results in the Summer of 2019!
To help students on their way to these successes, there are some areas in which I will need your support. As I have already mentioned, equipment and uniform have been irreproachable and I thank you for helping me maintain the high standards of the school and simply ask that this continues until the end of Year 10 and beyond.
Another key area for achievement is attendance. It is my job to ensure students meet our school benchmark of 95% attendance for the year- of course I would love it if 10N could surpass this target (last week they had the highest attendance across the whole school, 99.3%, which is a brilliant achievement). To allow this to happen, I must ask medical appointments occur outside of school hours, wherever possible, and that you encourage students to be in school if there is not a major illness. We do understand that some absences are unavoidable but this makes it even more imperative that students be here when an illness is not severe. If you do have any concerns about this then please contact myself or our attendance officer, Mrs Evans, as we all know that great attendance leads to great results!
Lastly, I wish to say that the welfare of 10N is one of my major priorities so if you ever do have any concerns about your son/daughter, please do not hesitate to contact me. It is usually best to contact me by email: ianderson@brakenhale.co.uk
Kind regards
Mr I Anderson, 10N Tutor, Second in English

20th September: Living with Autism Talk

Dear Parents/Carers
Living with Autism – parenting strategies – how to cope
Further to previous correspondence below, there are some spaces available, if you would like to attend please click here.
We are delighted to invite parents/carers to come to Brakenhale on Monday 25th September from 6pm – 7pm to listen to our inspirational speaker Dean Beadle speak about Living with Autism.
Dean Beadle has toured the UK for ten years sharing his experiences of life on the autism spectrum. In recent years he has also spoken in Denmark, Belgium, Guernsey and Ireland as well as undertaking four annual seminar tours of Australia and New Zealand. Through his humorous and insightful speeches Dean outlines his positive outlook on his diagnosis. In 2011 Dean’s speaking was brought to a wider audience, as a clip of one of his speeches was viewed across the world on Youtube.
He is also an experienced journalist, having been published in local, regional, national and international publications. Between 2008 and 2011 he worked freelance for Greenwich Time Newspaper, a local newspaper in London. As part of this he did everything from fitness columns and celebrity interviews through to concert reviews and news reports. Between October 2012 and December 2013 Dean edited the Network Autism ‘Autism in Practice’ newsletter which was sent to subscribers in over 90 countries. He has also written for The Guardian, Londonpaper and NAS Communication magazine.
Between 2012 and 2014 Dean sat on the judging panel for the NAS Professionals Awards. An interview with Dean is featured as a key resource in the Autism Education Trust training programme which has just celebrated training 100,000 schools staff.
Dean is also a singer and in 2017 he will be performing at charity balls and various events across the country.
Dean is honorary president of ‘Autism Puzzles’- a parent led charity in Cardiff, Wales and patron of SPACE, a parent led charity in Hertfordshire.
– e-mail: dbmotivationalspeaker@yahoo.co.uk
– twitter: @deanbeadleuk
– facebook: Dean Beadle Speaker
Kind regards
School Office

19th September: Winter Coats

Dear Parents/Carers
Winter Coats
As the weather turns a little chillier we thought it would be timely to remind you of our dress code regarding coats. For the past few years we have insisted on plain black coats with no prominent logos. This policy has been in place since before Ms Coley took over and has been enforced consistently throughout the last two years.
We have noticed in the last few days students arriving in non-black coats. Please can we ask that these are not worn to school and if this occurs the students will be asked to remove these garments and they will be kept by the Head of Year until the end of the day. Plain black coats are available in the town centre from £15 so I hope are affordable to all families. However, if this proves problematic we are always happy to lend students a coat from our ‘collection’.
Kind regards
Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteacher

19th September: Year 6 Open Evening - Early Closing - Thursday 21st September

Dear Parents/Carers
Reminder – Year 6 Open Evening
The Year 6 Open Evening will be held on Thursday 21st September and in order for the school to be thoroughly cleaned, classrooms to be fully set up and for staff and student volunteers to be ready to show visitors around, we will be closing the school early. Students will be finishing at the earlier time of 1.05pm and will therefore be missing period 5. Lunch will be available at 12.30pm.
If parents/carers would like their child to remain on site until 3.05pm, please contact their HOY and provision for private study will be made.
On Friday 22nd September, we will be starting at 9.40am in order to ensure that the school and classrooms are ready for learning.
Thank you for your support and if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

19th September: GCSE - Year 11 Art Information

Dear Parents/Carers
GCSE – Year 11 ART Information
With your son/daughter entering Year 11 and the 2nd year of their ART GCSE, I thought it would be useful to write to you with some information, guidance and deadlines to allow you to support them through this year.
-Exam Board: AQA
-Component 1: Portfolio Unit/Coursework – 60% of overall grade
-Component 2: Externally Set Assignment/Exam – 40% of overall grade
-Grade Range: 1 (lowest) to 9 (highest)
In Year 10, students completed a number of workshops expanding their knowledge of a range of media. These exercises formed the basis of their first coursework project titled ‘Natural Forms’. All students have received feedback on this project detailing tasks to complete and if necessary how to improve the final piece. Students then started the second coursework project in the summer term titled ‘Culture’ which we are currently working on with the intention of bringing this to a conclusion by October half term.
After October half term to Christmas students will be able to re-visit both projects and complete any outstanding work or extend them further. This process is invaluable as it enables students to re-visit their work with better understanding and better skills.
The deadline for these 2 coursework projects is 15th December.
I would expect students to be completing a minimum of 2 hours homework each week on their coursework. I am running an extra session after school every Thursday for GCSE students to use the facilities and resources as well as more one to one time. This will run from 3.05p.m – 4.30p.m. In order to support your son/daughter in their Art GCSE, I would ask that you strongly advise them to attend these extra sessions.
EXAM
At the beginning of January 2018, your son/daughter will receive the Externally Set Assignment (exam paper). Students are to choose one question from the paper and only work on the exam preparatory work until the exam days in early May 2018 (date to be confirmed). They will follow the same process as they have done for the Year 10 & 11 coursework projects.
I would expect students to be completing a minimum of 2 hours homework each week on their exam preparatory work. Again attending the after school sessions is strongly advised. This is a practical exam of 10 hours, across 2 days of 5 hours each. The preparatory work and final piece are submitted at the end of the exam (date to be confirmed). If you would like any further information or to discuss your son/daughter’s progress, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Regards
Mrs A Hemmings, Art Teacher

18th September: Tour Guides for Opening Evening - Reminder

*** REMINDER *** Please do not reply if you have already done so.
Dear Parents/Carers
Tour Guides: Thursday 21st September 2017 – YEAR 6 OPEN EVENING – 5.45pm – 8.30pm
Thank you to all students who have volunteers to act as Tour Guides at our Year 6 Open Evening which takes place on Thursday 21st September. In order for the evening to be a success, we require the assistance of our existing students to help out and represent the school as Tour Guides for the evening. If your son/daughter would like to help and you give your permission please click here.
Please ensure that students are smartly dressed in full school uniform for the evening.
Students will need to be in school for 5.45pm and must register in the school canteen and they will be involved until 8.30pm. At the end of the evening they must sign out in the school canteen before leaving. Please make sure you have made appropriate travel arrangements for your son/daughter’s journey home at the end of the evening. If you are picking up your son/daughter by car, please remember the school site will be extremely busy and it would be a good idea for students to have their phones with them (turned to silent during the event) so that you can make contact at the end of the evening.
Thank you in anticipation for allowing your son/daughter to help at such an important school event.
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

18th September: Department Update

Dear Parents/Carers
I am writing to make you aware that unfortunately Ms Douse is having to undergo a significant operation later this week. As a result we will not be expecting her in school for the remainder of much of this term. We are however, extremely fortunate to have a very strong team of committed Maths teachers who have agreed to take on Ms Douse’s teaching in her absence, to ensure continuity for the students and no negative impact on their Maths learning. I would like to express my huge thanks to our Maths team for working to maximum capacity in order to achieve this.
Mr Beukes will be overseeing Year 8 during Ms Douse’s absence in addition to retaining his role as Head of Key Stage 4 and Mr Thomas will continue to be the SLT lead in this area. In addition Mr Read-Linton and Mrs Howes will also be supporting the Year 8’s in their role as Assistant Heads of Year.
I know you will join me in wishing Ms Douse and speedy recovery.
Regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

18th September: Sixth Form Biometric Data Authorisation

Dear Parents/Carers
RE: 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 – 21-07-2017
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

17th September: Year 9 Information Evening - Postponed

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 Information Evening – Postponed
The Year 9 Information Evening scheduled for Monday 18th September has been postponed, a new date will be advised as soon as possible.
Apologies for any inconvenience.
Kind regards
School Office

15th September: Year 8 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 8 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Miss Douse – Head of Year 8.
Kind regards
School Office

15th September: Year 7 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 7 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Mrs Wilkins – Assistant Head of Year 7.
Kind regards
School Office

15th September: Year 10 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Mr O’Donoghue – Head of Year 10.
Kind regards
School Office

15th September: Year 9 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Miss O’Brien – Assistant Head of Year 9.
Kind regards
School Office

15th September: Year 13 UCAS and Next Steps Parents' Information Evening

Dear Parents/Carers
Please find attached a letter inviting you to attend a Year 13 UCAS and next steps parents’ information evening on Monday 25th September.
Please either send us the reply slip at the bottom of the letter or click here to confirm/decline your attendance.
The Sixth Form team look forward to seeing you.
Kind Regards
Kind Regards
Mr T Dale, Head of Sixth Form

15th September: Welcome to Sixth Form Parents' Information Evening

Dear Parents/Carers
Please find attached a letter inviting you to attend a welcome to the Sixth Form parents’ information evening on Thursday 28th September.
Please either send us the reply slip at the bottom of the letter or click here to confirm/decline your attendance.
The Sixth Form Team look forward to seeing you.
Kind Regards
Mr T Dale, Head of Sixth Form

15th September: Year 11 Student News

Dear Year 11
Year 11 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Mr Benson – Head of Year 11.
Kind regards
School Office

15th September: GCSE Resistant Materials - Year 11 Information

Dear Parents/Carers
GCSE Resistant Materials – Year 11 Information
This is an exciting year for your son/daughter, with the coming together of their studies in RM. At present the students are undertaking their coursework, which is 60% of their grade. You will hopefully have seen their assessment material, which includes the grading criteria, tick list of tasks to be undertaken together with detailed feedback so they can maximise their success. The students have very focused tasks to complete under a variety of criteria. Your son/daughter will be able to talk you through this.
A reminder of the exam details:
Exam Board: AQA
Unit 1; External exam – 2 ½ hours
Unit 2; Coursework 60%

Hand in Date Assessment Objective GCSE RM 2016/17
20/09/17 Criterion 1 – Investigating the Design Concept
18/10/17 Criterion 2 – Development of Design Proposals (Inc. Modelling)
11/01/18 Criterion 3 – Making
21/02/18 Criterion 4 – Testing and Evaluation
On going Criterion 5 – Communication

In order to support your son/daughter in their GCSE Resistant Materials, I would ask that you ensure they are spending at least 2 hours a week outside of school on their studies, including coursework and exam revision. There will be another PPE in November, where the students will be sitting a theory paper. I am offering support after school on a Monday, where students can come in and use the facilities and I can support them further.
It would be very beneficial if students purchased the book below to support their learning.
AQA Design and Technology Resistant Materials by Ian Fawcett, Roger Smith and Mick Whittle.
Students can also access www.technologystudent.com.
I really look forward to supporting your son/daughter reaching their full potential.
Please contact me if there is anything I can support you with.
Kind regards
Mr M Long, Design Technology Teacher

15th September: GCSE Photography - Year 11 Information

Dear Parents/Carers
GCSE Photography – Year 11 Information
With your son/daughter entering Year 11 and the 2nd year of their GCSE Photography studies, I thought it would be useful to write to you with some information, guidance and deadlines to allow you to support them through this year.
-Exam Board: AQA
-Component 1: Portfolio Unit – 60% of overall grade
-Component 2: Externally Set Assignment – 40% of overall grade
-Grade Range: 1 (lowest) to 9 (highest)
In Year 10, students worked on a series of photographic exercises through the Autumn and Spring terms which have formed the foundation of their Portfolio unit. All students have received feedback about their work, along with checklists of any outstanding items. They have a deadline of 15th December 2017 to complete any outstanding work. If you would like a copy of the checklists and the feedback, please send me an email and I will forward this to you.
In the Summer term of Year 10, students completed an individual project based on previous exam papers in order to provide them experience of the process and an opportunity to practice independent study. Students received individual and class feedback, which focussed on time management, documentation of all stages of the project process and the need to take more photographs outside of school.
At the end of Year 10, students received their Year 11 project theme: ‘To Colour or not to Colour’. They have now started work in earnest on this project, which will continue throughout the Autumn term. This project, along with the photographic exercises from Year 10, forms the entire submission for their Portfolio unit. My expectations for students is that they are working on this project for at least 2 hours each week outside of school plus additional time on improving their Year 10 work; this should include the taking of photographs relevant to their ideas. The deadline for this project is 12 January 2018. This gives me the opportunity to provide individual feedback to each student and give him or her time to improve their Component 1 submission.
At the beginning of January 2018, the Externally Set Assignment paper will be given to your son/daughter and they will start work on their response to one of the chosen themes in the paper. They will follow the same process as they have done for the Year 11 project and again, I would expect students to be completing at least 2 hours of homework each week on their response. Their final exam will be in early May 2018; this is a practical exam of 10 hours (2 days of 5 hours) and they will submit their Unit 2 at the end of the exam (date to be confirmed).
In order to support your son/daughter in their GCSE Photography, I would ask that you ensure they are spending at least 2 hours a week outside of school on their studies. I am usually in school until at least 4.30pm each day, so they are more than welcome to stay behind to work if they wish to use school facilities. I would also be very grateful if you could encourage them to be photographing at least once a week in their own time and if possible, provide them with opportunities to visit different locations to take pictures.
If you would like any further information or to discuss your son/daughter’s progress, please do not hesitate to contact me. My email address is twilhelmy@brakenhale.co.uk and I am more than happy to telephone you at a convenient time.
Kind regards
Miss T Wilhelmy, Photography Teacher

15th September: GCSE Food, Preparation and Nutrition - Year 11 Information

Dear Parents/Carers
GCSE Food, Preparation and Nutrition – Year 11 Information
I have the pleasure of taking your son/daughter through their final year of GCSE, an exciting time for us all. At present the students are undertaking their coursework, which is 50% of their grade. The coursework consists of two assessments:
-Assessment 1: An investigation assessment and
-Assessment 2: Food Preparation Assessment
We are currently working on the investigation, all students have an exemplar to work with and the subject area from the exam board has been shared with them. Once this has been completed, we will then focus on assessment 2.
A reminder of the exam details:
-Exam Board: WJEC EDUQAS GCSE
-Written Exam: 50% 1 hour 45 minutes
-NEA (non- examination assessment)
-Assessment 1 – The Food Investigation Assessment 15%
-Assessment 2 – The Food Preparation Assessment 35%
-Grade Range: 9 – 1
In order to support your son/daughter in their GCSE Food, Preparation & Nutrition, I would ask that you ensure they are spending at least 2 hours a week outside of school on their studies, including coursework and exam revision. There will be another Pre-Public Exam in November, where the students will be sitting a theory paper. I am offering support after school on a Wednesday, where students can come in and use the facilities and I can support them further.
It would be very beneficial if students purchased the book below to support their learning. It will support them in all aspects of the course.
-WJEC EDUQAS GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition by Helen Buckland and Jacqui Keepin
I really look forward to supporting your son/daughter in reaching their full potential.
Please contact me if there is anything I can support you with.
Kind regards
Mrs S Higham, Head of Design Technology

15th September: GCSE Graphics - Year 11 Information

Dear Parents/Carers
GCSE Graphics– Year 11 Information
This is an exciting year for your son/daughter, with the coming together of their studies in Graphics. At present the students are undertaking their coursework, which is 60% of their grade. You will hopefully have seen their assessment material, which includes the grading criteria, tick list of tasks to be undertaken together with detailed feedback so they can maximise their success. The students have very focused tasks to complete under a variety of criteria. Your son/daughter will be able to talk you through this. All portfolio work needs to be complete by the end of this term so they can then construct their product, after Christmas. The final deadline date is 29th March, where the portfolio and making is required to be handed in.
A reminder of the exam details:
-Exam Board: AQA
-Unit 1: External exam – 2 ½ hours
-Unit 2: Coursework 60%
-Grade Range: A – G
In order to support your son/daughter in their GCSE Graphics, I would ask that you ensure they are spending at least 2 hours a week outside of school on their studies, including coursework and exam revision. There will be another Pre-Public Exam in November, where the students will be sitting a theory paper. I am offering support after school on a Wednesday, where students can come in and use the facilities and I can support them further.
It would be very beneficial if students purchased the book below to support their learning.
-AQA Design and Technology Graphic Products by Keith Richards/John Cavill/Justin Dodd and Russel Jones
Students can also access www.technologystudent.com.
I really look forward to supporting your son/daughter reach/exceed their potential.
Please contact me if there is anything I can support you with.
Kind regards
Mrs S Higham, Head of Design Technology

15th September: BTEC Engineering - Year 11 Information

Dear Parents/Carers
BTEC Engineering– Year 11 Information
Firstly let me introduce myself my name is Mr Long and I am your son/daughter’s new Engineering teacher.
This is an exciting year for your son/daughter, with the final Units of their BTEC. At present the students are undertaking their coursework, Unit 1 (The Engineering World) which is externally assessed and unit 6 (Computer Aided Engineering). You will hopefully have seen their assessment material, which includes the grading criteria, tick list of tasks to be undertaken together with detailed feedback so they can maximise their success. The students have very focused tasks to complete under a variety of criteria. Your son/daughter will be able to talk you through this. All work on Unit 1 needs to be complete by the end of this term so they can concentrate on the last unit on computer aided engineering.
A reminder of the exam details:
-Exam Board: EDEXCEL
-Unit 1; Externally Assessed
-Unit 6; Internally assessed
-Grade Range: Pass to Distinction*
In order to support your son/daughter in their BTEC, I would ask that you ensure they are spending at least 2 hours a week outside of school on their studies, including coursework and exam revision. All my students have a google classroom account; where they can find assessment and worksheet materials for each of the units.
There will be another Pre-Public Exam in November, where the students will be sitting a theory paper. I am offering support after school on a Monday, where students can come in and use the facilities and I can support them further.
It would be very beneficial if students purchased the book below to support their learning.
-BTEC First in Engineering Student Book (Level 2 BTEC First Engineering) –  (ISBN-13: 978-1446902431)
Students can also access www.technologystudent.com and many other web sites for help.
I really look forward to supporting your son/daughter reach/exceed their potential.
Please contact me if there is anything I can support you with.
Kind regards
Mr M Long, Design & Technology Teacher

14th September: GCSE Modern Foreign Languages

Dear Parents/Carers
Modern Foreign Languages Department
I am writing to provide you with information about the forthcoming GCSE.
Students sit their French or Spanish GCSE in May/June with the exam board AQA.
This is a linear qualification, which no longer requires students to complete coursework.
Students may be entered for either Foundation or Higher however, these must be entered at the same tier for all skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking.) Each skill is weighted 25%.
Below is a list of all topics studied at GCSE:
-Relationships with family and friends
-Home, town, neighbourhood and region
-My studies
-Free-time activities
-Music
-Cinema and TV
-Food and eating out
-Sport
-Healthy / unhealthy living
-Life at school/ college
-Customs and festivals in French / Spanish-speaking countries / communities
-Travel and tourism
-Education post-16
-Marriage/ partnership
-The environment
-Charity/ voluntary work
-Career choices and ambitions
-Social media
-Mobile technology
The MFL department is providing students with a support club every Monday after school from 3:05-4:00. While this club is optional, we would strongly suggest students attend.
Students are encouraged to purchase a revision workbook: (Amazon – £5.77)
* FRENCH = ‘GCSE AQA French ’ For the Grade 9-1 Course CGP ISBN 9781782945383
* SPANISH = ‘GCSE AQA Spanish’ For the Grade 9-1 Course CGP ISBN 9781782945475
The school has also purchased access to VocabExpress – an app whereby students can revise key vocab for their exam.
If students feel they need to brush up on basics, they are encouraged to download the Duolingo App for free.
If you have any questions or would like more advice on how to support your son/daughter for their French/Spanish GCSE please feel free to contact me by email: odansetsales@brakenhale.co.uk
I look forward to working with your son/daughter in preparation for their GCSE exam.
Kind regards
Miss Danset-Sales, Head of MFL

13th September: Show My Homework

Dear Parents/Carers
Show My Homework
We are always happy to support students and parents with questions or log in difficulties with Show My Homework. Tutors and class teachers are all able to assist with this.
You may also find the following links helpful. They contains many help tutorials for all areas of the Show My Homework website and do not require a log in to view.
For parents:
https://showmyhomework.secure.force.com/help/Parents
For students:
https://showmyhomework.secure.force.com/help/Students
Many thanks
Mrs G Powell, Assistant Headteacher

13th September: Living with Autism Talk

Dear Parents/Carers
Living with Autism – parenting strategies – how to cope
We are delighted to invite parents/carers to come to Brakenhale on Monday 25th September from 6pm – 7pm to listen to our inspirational speaker Dean Beadle speak about Living with Autism.
Dean Beadle has toured the UK for ten years sharing his experiences of life on the autism spectrum. In recent years he has also spoken in Denmark, Belgium, Guernsey and Ireland as well as undertaking four annual seminar tours of Australia and New Zealand. Through his humorous and insightful speeches Dean outlines his positive outlook on his diagnosis. In 2011 Dean’s speaking was brought to a wider audience, as a clip of one of his speeches was viewed across the world on Youtube.
He is also an experienced journalist, having been published in local, regional, national and international publications. Between 2008 and 2011 he worked freelance for Greenwich Time Newspaper, a local newspaper in London. As part of this he did everything from fitness columns and celebrity interviews through to concert reviews and news reports. Between October 2012 and December 2013 Dean edited the Network Autism ‘Autism in Practice’ newsletter which was sent to subscribers in over 90 countries. He has also written for The Guardian, Londonpaper and NAS Communication magazine.
Between 2012 and 2014 Dean sat on the judging panel for the NAS Professionals Awards. An interview with Dean is featured as a key resource in the Autism Education Trust training programme which has just celebrated training 100,000 schools staff.
Dean is also a singer and in 2017 he will be performing at charity balls and various events across the country.
Dean is honorary president of ‘Autism Puzzles’- a parent led charity in Cardiff, Wales and patron of SPACE, a parent led charity in Hertfordshire.
– e-mail: dbmotivationalspeaker@yahoo.co.uk
– twitter: @deanbeadleuk
– facebook: Dean Beadle Speaker
Due to Health and Safety reasons, places will be limited, if you would like to attend this event, please contact main reception to book – 01344 423041.
Kind regards
School Office

13th September: Year 11 Reminders

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Reminders
We are several days into term and so far it’s been a brilliant start. I have seen, and heard, very positive reports about Y11’s conduct and work ethic.
Unfortunately, I have been disappointed to see so many students being logged for non-completion of homework so soon into term. I cannot stress enough just how important completing homework is. There are only 28 weeks left of time in school before exams commence – not completing homework set wastes valuable learning time, and is not what we would expect from these young adults.
This is a battle that the school cannot fight single-handed. We can set sanctions, and compel students to stay and get it done, but we need a team effort between school and home. Please can I encourage you to regularly check Show My Homework to see what homework has been set.
Ultimately, we expect homework to be done. Not simply to help meet GCSE/BTEC course requirements, but also to prepare students for their future where expectations from colleges, universities and employers will be high.
If you are struggling with your son/daughter with regard to homework, please get in touch with their tutor and we will consider what intervention can be put in place.
Our thanks in advance for your cooperation in this matter.
Mr P Benson, Head of Year 11

12th September: Show My Homework

Dear Parents/Carers
Show My Homework
We would like to advise that we are aware of Show My Homework issues who have sent out the following tweet today:
“We are aware of the issues currently affecting users logging in and are investigating this now. We will be in touch once we have an update.”
Kind regards
School Office

12th September: Year 6 Open Evening - Tour Guides - Reminder

Dear Parents/Carers
Tour Guides: Thursday 21st September 2017 – YEAR 6 OPEN EVENING – 5.45pm – 8.30pm
The Year 6 Open Evening will be held on Thursday 21st September and in order for the evening to be a success, we require the assistance of our existing students to help out and represent the school as Tour Guides for the evening. If your son/daughter would like to help and you give your permission please click here.
Please ensure that students are smartly dressed in full school uniform for the evening.
Students will need to be in school for 5.45pm and must register in the school canteen and they will be involved until 8.30pm. At the end of the evening they must sign out in the school canteen before leaving. Please make sure you have made appropriate travel arrangements for your son/daughter’s journey home at the end of the evening. If you are picking up your son/daughter by car, please remember the school site will be extremely busy and it would be a good idea for students to have their phones with them (turned to silent during the event) so that you can make contact at the end of the evening.
Thank you in anticipation for allowing your son/daughter to help at such an important school event.
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

11th September: Music Extra Curricular Timetable

Dear Parents/Carers
Music Extra Curricular Timetable
Please see the attached Music Extra Curricular Timetable for the extra-curricular music clubs available for students at Brakenhale – clubs start this week.
Kind regards
School Office

10th September: Year 7 Welcome Letter

Dear Parents/Carers
Please see the Year 7 Welcome Letter  from Mr Cooper – Head of Year 7.
Kind regards
School Office

10th September: Year 8 Information Evening Reminder

Dear Parents/Carers
Reminder: Year 8 Information Evening – Wednesday 13th September
I am writing to invite you to the Year 8 Parent Information Evening on Wednesday 13th September 2017 from 6pm to 7pm. The evening will be taking place this early in the school year as we think it is important that you meet the team who will be working with and supporting you and your child for the next few years at Brakenhale.
The evening will be informative and interactive as we will be looking at and discussing issues that affect our young people today.
Due to the large number of students in the year group and the capacity in our hall, the evening is for Parents/Carers only. Please click here to confirm attendance.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Kind regards
Miss Douse and the Year 8 Team

9th September: Duke of Edinburgh Meeting - 12th September POSTPONED

Dear Parents/Carers
Meeting Postponed
Please note the Duke of Edinburgh Meeting scheduled for 12th September has been postponed the new date and detailed information will be communicated shortly.
Kind regards
School Office

9th September: Year 10 Welcome

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 Welcome
Please see the welcome letter from Mr O’Donoghue – Head of Year 10 together with the weekly plan.
Kind regards
School Office

9th September: Year 11 News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Mr Benson – Head of Year 11.
Kind regards
School Office

9th September: Year 9 News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Miss O’Brien – Assistant Head of Year 9.
Kind regards
School Office

9th September: Year 8 News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 8 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Miss Douse – Head of Year 8.
Kind regards
School Office

8th September: Year 7 Baseline Test - Science

Dear Year 7 Parents/Carers
Baseline Test – Science
I am writing to inform you of the upcoming baseline test in Science. On Thursday September 14th all year 7 students will be completing a 1 hour written assessment during their Science lesson. The assessment will be based on material students have covered in primary school, and therefore does not require that students prepare for this assessment. This assessment will help to give us a greater understanding of the student’s prior knowledge, strengths and areas for improvement.
Once we have analysed the results from the assessments we will group the students. This will allow us to ensure that all students are in an appropriate group to allow them to meet their educational needs in Science.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact me at the email stated below.
Kind regards
Mrs Isherwood, Second in Science

8th September: 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

8th September: House System

Dear Parents/Carers
House system at Brakenhale
Further to our previous correspondence we are delighted to inform you that the new House System has been launched for the new academic year and students have been allocated houses which are reflected in their planner colours.
The four House names below have been chosen from suggestions submitted by the staff and students at Brakenhale and have been selected to celebrate the local area.

House Name Colour Head of House
Swinley Red Mr Jackson-Sankey
Jennetts Yellow Mr Duffy
Temple Green Miss Haley
Farley Blue Mr Bell

The House system will be used in every curriculum area and will become an integral part of school life at Brakenhale. It is widely accepted that a vibrant and successful House system promotes a sense of community and achievement to both students and staff in schools.
Houses will attend half termly assemblies run by their Head of House to celebrate success and enable Houses to embed their team ethos.
To make sure the Houses are clearly visible and celebrated by the school community we have ordered House badges for students to wear on their blazers to make sure their house colours are clearly visible at all times to other students and staff. Badges will be distributed via tutors in tutor time next week.
We thank all parents who have made the £1.50 contribution towards the cost of the badges, but if you have not already done so payments can be made in cash at main reception, via tutors or online through ParentPay.
We look forward to sharing the successes of the new and improved House system during the next Academic year!
Yours faithfully
Mr W Yeates, Head of PE

7th September: Year 6 Open Evening - Year 8, 9, 10 Tour Guides

Dear Parents/Carers
Tour Guides: Thursday 21st September 2017 – YEAR 6 OPEN EVENING – 5.45pm – 8.30pm
The Year 6 Open Evening will be held on Thursday 21st September and in order for the evening to be a success, we require the assistance of our existing students to help out and represent the school as Tour Guides for the evening. If your son/daughter would like to help and you give your permission please click here.
Please ensure that students are smartly dressed in full school uniform for the evening.
Students will need to be in school for 5.45pm and must register in the school canteen and they will be involved until 8.30pm. At the end of the evening they must sign out in the school canteen before leaving. Please make sure you have made appropriate travel arrangements for your son/daughter’s journey home at the end of the evening. If you are picking up your son/daughter by car, please remember the school site will be extremely busy and it would be a good idea for students to have their phones with them (turned to silent during the event) so that you can make contact at the end of the evening.
Thank you in anticipation for allowing your son/daughter to help at such an important school event.
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

7th September: Parent Teacher Association

Dear Parents/Carers
Parent-Teacher Association (PTA)
The first PTA meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday 3rd October at 6pm. This is a really good opportunity for Parents and Carers to meet the key PTA leaders along with the Headteacher Jane Coley and members of her Senior Team.
This first meeting will take a slightly different format as we will be having a cheese and wine reception before the meeting itself.
All Parents/Carers are warmly welcome to attend and we would be grateful if you could confirm your attendance by clicking here.
Kind regards
School Office

7th September: Back Packs

Dear Parents/Carers
Back Packs
We are pleased to advise that we have received the delivery of outstanding back packs. The Uniform Shop is open today from 3.05pm to 4.05pm if you would like to come purchase bags or pick up pre-ordered bags.
Apologies for the delay.
Kind regards
School Office

6th September: Year 8 Information Evening Reminder

Dear Parents/Carers
Reminder: Year 8 Information Evening – Wednesday 13th September
I am writing to invite you to the Year 8 Parent Information Evening on Wednesday 13th September 2017 from 6pm to 7pm. The evening will be taking place this early in the school year as we think it is important that you meet the team who will be working with and supporting you and your child for the next few years at Brakenhale.
The evening will be informative and interactive as we will be looking at and discussing issues that affect our young people today.
Due to the large number of students in the year group and the capacity in our hall, the evening is for Parents/Carers only. Please click here to confirm attendance.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Kind regards
Miss Douse and the Year 8 Team

6th September: Year 10 English Books

Dear Parents/Carers
English Books Reminder
Further to our earlier communication regarding the Literature texts for Year 10, we can confirm the details are as follows:
Band 1:
Macbeth (£5.21)
An Inspector Calls (£7.44)
A Christmas Carol (£1.86)
TOTAL: £14.51
Band 2:
Macbeth (£5.21)
An Inspector Calls (£7.44)
The Strange case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde (£1.50)
TOTAL: £14.15
If you would like to take advantage of the bulk discount that the school is able to secure, then a payment needs to be made via Parent Pay by 12th September 2017.
We will then be able to order the books to have them ready for students in the first week of the new term.
Kind regards
Catering & Enrichment Manager

6th September: Sniffer Detection Dogs

Dear Parents/Carers
Sniffer Detection Dogs
I am writing to you with regard to our policy of using sniffer detection dogs at Brakenhale School. We use this strategy as a proactive deterrent so that the school is drug free and students are safe and ready to make academic progress. In the two years since we began this initiative we have not found any drugs or other banned substances. We bring the dogs in on a regular basis however, the students do not know when the dogs are arriving. The dog, its handler and a member of senior staff patrol the school at break and lunch on the day the dog attends and the dog may well sniff students as it works across the playground. When the students are in lessons the dog is also used to thoroughly search the school site.
We anticipate the dog handler will be in school in the next few weeks and as new parents, we wanted to make you aware of this.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have in queries relating to this issue.
Kind regards
Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteacher

5th September: Welcome

Dear Parents/Carers
Welcome
We were delighted to welcome our new cohort of Year 7 students to Brakenhale today with some nervous and some excited faces all looking very smart in their new uniforms and we hope that they all enjoyed a great first day with us.
If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact us.
Kind regards
School Office

5th September: Community Award for Trampoline Club

Dear Parents/Carers
Community Award for Brakenhale Trampoline Centre
Please see the message below sent on behalf of the Brakenhale Trampoline Centre.
In order to create a healthier and more hygienic environment in the trampoline centre the club has ordered £4.500 worth of ‘pit socks’ to cover the foam in the foam pit to prevent the build up of foam dust which can aggravate eyes and lungs.
The club as a charity applied for a community award to cover this cost (link below) and the only way to win the award is for us to gain the most votes. We are currently lagging behind in 6th place.
As all students at Brakenhale use the trampoline centre for PE lessons and voting ends tomorrow night, we could really do with the support of all parents and staff. Please see the link below and vote for us in order to improve the facilities at the trampoline centre.
https://foundation.onefamily.com/projects/bracknell-trampoline-centre-essential-safety-equipment/
Thank you very much.
Sue Lawton
Edgbarrow Trampoline Club

5th September: Year 6 Open Evening - Early Close and Late Start

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 6 Open Evening
The Year 6 Open Evening will be held on Thursday 21st September and in order for the school to be thoroughly cleaned, classrooms to be fully set up and for staff and student volunteers to be ready to show visitors around, we will be closing the school early. Students will be finishing at the earlier time of 1.05pm and will therefore be missing period 5. Lunch will be available at 12.30pm.
If parents/carers would like their child to remain on site until 3.05pm, please contact their HOY and provision for private study will be made.
On Friday 22nd September, we will be starting at 9.40am in order to ensure that the school and classrooms are ready for learning.
Thank you for your support and if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

5th September: Safe Cycling Reminder

Dear Parents/Carers
Safe Cycling Reminder – Please do not duplicate requests if previously submitted
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

5th September: Attendance

Dear Parents/Carers
Attendance
Please find attached a letter regarding Attendance from Mrs Evans, our Attendance Officer.
Kind regards
School Office

3rd September: Dance Class

Dear Parents/Carers
Dance Classes
We would like to advise that on days that students have Dance class PE kit will be required.
Kind regards
School Office

2nd September: Parent Pay

Dear Parents/Carers
Parent Pay – Alerts
Please be ready for the start of term and top up your son/daughter’s ParentPay account so that they are ready to enjoy some great meals from our canteen this term. The canteen is open for breakfast, breaktime snacks and lunchtime meals. See attached information from ParentPay on how to set up low balance alerts.
If you need to request a ParentPay activation code, please contact mainreception@brakenhale.co.uk
If your son/daughter has not had a scan of their fingerprint taken, ask them to come to main reception where we can scan their fingerprint. If you have not previously completed the biometric consent and now wish to give consent please click here.
We now have scanners available outside of the Heads of Year office and in the library where students can check their canteen balance.
Kind regards
School Office

2nd September: School Gateway

Dear Parents/Carers
School Gateway
Please see instructions below and attached on how to download the School Gateway App, please use the app to check that addresses and mobile phone numbers we hold for you are up to date.

School Gateway 3 Step Set-Up photo
Kind regards
School Office

2nd September: Back to School on Tuesday

Dear Parents/Carers
Back to School on Tuesday
Just a reminder that school is open on Monday from 10am – 3pm for uniform and tools for learning. Please ensure that all uniform is named.
Kind regards
School Office

1st September: Year 11 Geography Fieldwork Trip

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Geography Fieldwork Trip to Windsor on Thursday 14th September 2017
Please see attached letter inviting your son/daughter to attend the above trip.
If you would like your son/daughter to be allocated a place on this trip please click here.
Kind regards
Catering & Enrichment Manager

31st August: Year 8 Information Evening

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 8 Information Evening – Wednesday 13th September
I am writing to invite you to the Year 8 Parent Information Evening on Wednesday 13th September 2017 from 6pm to 7pm. The evening will be taking place this early in the school year as we think it is important that you meet the team who will be working with and supporting you and your child for the next few years at Brakenhale.
The evening will be informative and interactive as we will be looking at and discussing issues that affect our young people today.
Due to the large number of students in the year group and the capacity in our hall, the evening is for Parents/Carers only. Please click here to confirm attendance.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Kind regards
Miss Douse and the Year 8 Team

31st August: Year 7 New Starters

Dear Parents/Carers
Reminders:  Please note change of start time from Information Booklet – students start at 8.30am on Tuesday 5th September
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

6th October: Year 7 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 7 Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

30th August: Back to School - Tuesday 5th September

Dear Parents/Carers
Please see attached a few reminders for back to school on Tuesday 5th September @ 8.30am.
* Tools for Learning letter
* Haircuts letter
* 2017-18 Term dates
* School Uniform List / School Uniform Price List
Our school uniform shop will be open on the following dates from 10am – 3pm:
– Thursday 31st August
– Friday 1st September (Inset Day)
– Monday 4th September (Inset Day)
Parking – Could we take this opportunity to remind you that as a school, we always want to maintain positive relations with all residents in our local community and would be grateful if this can be considered when dropping/collecting students from school. In particular could we ask that driveways and roads are not blocked as residents still need to access their homes and vehicles. Your support in this matter is much appreciated.
Cycle permits – will be required for all students wishing to cycle to school and lock their bikes in the school bike sheds, if you have not already completed the request sent previously, please email for further information.
Kind regards
School Office

Communications 2016-2017

29th August: Free School Meals

Dear Parents/Carers
Free School Meals
We would like to advise that the Admissions Department of Bracknell Forest Council handles the authorisation and administration for Free School Meals.
If you think your son/daughter may qualify, please click here to complete the Bracknell Forest Council application form.
It is worthwhile applying for Free School Meals entitlement even if your child does not require a school lunch because your son/daughter may receive financial assistance with other school related expenses.
Kind regards
School Office

24th August: GCSE Results

Dear Parents/Carers
GCSE Results
Ahead of our appearance on ITV News at 6pm this evening, please click here for full details of our fantastic GCSE results.
Well done to all our Year 11 students on their outstanding examination results. We still have places available in the Sixth Form for returning students and if you are considering your options and would like to meet to discuss further, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Dale.
Kind regards
School Office and Mr T Dale, Head of Sixth Form

23rd August: GCSE Results Factsheet

Dear Parents/Carers
GCSE Results Factsheet
Please see attached a factsheet with information on the new GCSE Grading System.
Kind regards
School Office

17th August: A Level and BTEC Results

Dear Parents/Carers
We wanted to share some excellent news regarding our A-Level results. Please see below our press release:

The continued resurgence of Brakenhale School has been confirmed by the most recent A-Level and BTEC results. In every single measure there has been an increase in attainment and progress on previous years.
Key results
· At A*-B it was at 59% in 2017 compared to 43% in 2015 and 53% in 2016 including BTEC equivalents. A 16% increase in the last two years.
· At A*-C it was at 87% in 2017 compared to 60% in 2015 and 73% in 2016 including BTEC equivalents. A 27% increase.
· The A*-E pass rate including equivalents is 100% for the second year in succession which is particularly satisfying.
Headteacher, Jane Coley said, “It is very rewarding to see our students continuing to do so well, and all the hard work of students, staff and parents paying off. I have been delighted with the way the new systems and structures we have implemented in the last two years have paid off. The Sixth Form team and the student body have responded so positively to our very high expectations and these results bear testimony to this. On results day our sixth form team continue to provide excellent support for students as they make decisions about their next steps”.
These results compare incredibly well to other local schools. In fact our students gained the highest A*-C score across all the local authority state schools and we were second in the authority for our A*-B score.
A link to the information released by the local press can be found below:
http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/reading-berkshire-news/bracknell-level-results-2017-find-13480458

Kind regards
Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteacher

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

pdf      9th March History & Languages Paris Trip – July 2017

pdf      6th March Year 7 News

pdf      6th March Year 9 STEM Trip

pdf     27th February PTA Bingo Evening

pdf     27th February School Lottery Launch

pdf     24th February Sixth Form News

pdf     21st February Year 11 GCSE PE Student Conference Trip

pdf     21st February Year 11 Parents Evening invite letter

pdf     21st February Year 9 MFL & History Paris Trip Information Evening presentation

pdf     7th February Year 9 Parents Evening Invite letter

pdf     6th February Year 11 News

pdf     6th February Year 10 News

pdf     6th February Year 9 News

pdf     6th February Year 8 News

pdf     3rd February Sixth Form News

pdf     3rd February Sixth Form PP Exam Timetable