Parent Support Group
Please come and meet our Family Support Worker and other parents to discuss living with teenagers on the following dates:
- Friday 12th May – 9.30-11am
- Tuesday 27th June – 1.30-3pm
Refreshments will be provided. Please come to main reception where Tracey Gosling, our Family Support Advisor, will meet you.
Student Contact Information
Please ensure that you keep the school updated with any changes to your contact details, especially email addresses and mobile phone numbers.
We use schoolcomms messages to keep you updated on information regarding your students, if for any reason you are not receiving our messages, please call the school office and we will be happy help.
If we do not hold any email contacts for you this will result in a delay to you receiving messages as paper copies will need to be sent home by post.
School Gateway App
Please see attached information on downloading the School Gateway App, this App provides you with the opportunity to be able to view your child’s achievements and check their weekly timetable. If you have any problems accessing information, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.
We use fingerprint scanning at school as a safe a secure way for students to take their books from the library and also to purchase their food from the canteen. If your child has not had their fingerprint taken, they can do this take by going to the Library during break or lunchtimes. The will need to have the attached consent form completed and signed before the fingerprints can be taken.
School Dining Hall
The School Dining Hall is open daily for all students from 7.45-8.30am for breakfast food which includes:
Fresh Fruit / Yoghurts / Cereal / Bacon or Sausage Rolls / Toast and Preserves / Danish Pastries / Hot Chocolate
Other opening times include:
11.00 – 11.25 Break-time – an outside cart is also stationed in the playground
1.00 Lunch-time service for Sixth Form students
1.25 Lunch-time for main school
3.05 Any food left over can be purchased at half price
We have a number of different meal deals and a hot school meal, which includes either a drink or a pudding, for the cost of £2.20. A selection of sandwiches, pizza slices, salad and pasta are also available daily.
Please note that the cost of meal deals/hot meals will be increasing to £2.30 from Monday 20th February 2017.
There are 3 weekly menus which are rotated in order.
ParentPay is the easiest way to make payments for your son/daughter’s lunch money and any trips your child will be attending. If you do not currently have a login for ParentPay, please contact the school office who will be able issue you with details. If you are experiencing any problems with your account, please contact us.
Please ensure that sufficient money is added to your child’s dinner money account to enable them to purchase their food.
Maps of the School
Free School Meals
The authorisation and administration procedure for Free School Meals is handled by the Admissions Department of Bracknell Forest Council. Applications can be made in a number of different ways.
You can call Bracknell Forest Council Customer Services on 01344 352 000 who will complete the application form for you. You will need to provide your National Insurance number, name and date of birth plus the name(s) of your child(ren) and the name of the school they attend.
You can contact the Admissions Department by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can apply online via the Bracknell Forest Website here.
We would like to make you aware that it is worth applying for Free School Meals entitlement even if your child does not require a school lunch because entitlement to this benefit comes with an automatic reduction in the cost of school trips (in the UK) and may also entitle you to receive financial assistance with other school related expenses.
Payments for School trips (ideally by ParentPay, or by cheque, made payable to The Brakenhale School) are handled through main reception. Copies of trip letters and Off-Site Consent forms can be obtained from the printroom.
Any change of student, or student contact, details (with the exception of student name changes) should be sent to main reception, either by letter, email or via the Schoolcomms School Gateway. Please inform us as soon as possible of any relevant changes to ensure we can always contact you should the need arise.
Student lockers are provided by ILS, available to rent on an annual basis at £22 per year.