Parents News 21/09/2015



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School Calendar

Wednesday 23rd September :Welcome to the Sixth Form in Sixth Form Area at:17:30
Friday 25th September :Euro Languages Day
Monday 28th September : Year 11 Core Science Day
Tuesday 29th September :Year 6 Information Evening in Main Hall at 18:30
Wednesday 30th September : Year 13 Geography Field Work Day
Thursday 1st October : Year 11 Careers Day
Thursday 1st October: Year 8, 9 and 10 Parents Evening for Ski Trip in Main Hall at 19:00

For full lists of dates please see the calendar page



Welcome Letter from Mrs Coley 

A very warm welcome back to you all.

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New SLT Team

Deputy Headteacher – Mr P Gibson 

As Deputy Headteacher here at The Brakenhale School, I am thrilled to be part of it’s rapid improvement and I am already enjoying the interactions with a wonderful bunch of young people. I have oversight of the curriculum, KS4 standards and the It strategy as well as helping Mr Beukes with the running of year 11. I truly believe that this school is on course to become one of the best in the area and I will endeavor to ensure all students achieve their true potential.

Deputy Headteacher – Mr A Hartley

My main duties as Deputy Headteacher  are to have  overview of the Pastoral system and Key Stage 5 here at Brakenhale. I am also working with Mr Swynford-Lain – supporting Year 8.  I am delighted to be a part of a new and exciting senior leadership team  and it exciting to see the potential of so many of the students being unlocked over recent weeks. The future for Brakenhale School is very exciting!

Assistant Headteacher – Mrs G Powell

I will be overseeing the Careers Education program and Enrichment activities for our students as well as guiding staff through continual professional development opportunities and improving learning and teaching in the classroom. I will also be working with Mr Benson and the Year 9 pupils through this important year of options and choices. Taking the post of Assistant Headteacher at The Brakenhale School is already proving to be an exciting and rewarding challenge; the school, the staff and our students have achieved great things recently and I am delighted working among them as we move forward.

Assistant Headteacher – Miss L Baveystock

My name is Lisa Baveystock and I’m the one of three assistant headteachers.  I’ve been teaching for over 30 years, the past 17 of which have been teaching at Edgbarrow.  So moving to Brakenhale I was ready to face new challenges and change of responsibilities.  I oversee the Year 7 students and have responsibility for primary/secondary transition.  I also support newly qualified  and trainee teachers.  I care passionately about teaching and as a person who also lives in the local area, feel I have a vested in interest in developing the quality of education at The Brakenhale.

Assistant Headteather – Mr H Thomas

I have been at Brakenhale for a little while now, I worked as Head of the ICT and Business department before becoming a member of the SLT team. I am overseeing data, timetabling, exams and working with Miss Douse with year 10. I really enjoy working with the students here and I am thrilled with the improvements we have seen recently and feel the school is now going from strength to strength

Year 13 Next Steps Evening
On Wednesday 16th September parents of Year 13 students gathered in the new common room to hear talks about future choices for their children’s future. Mr Dale spoke about the possibilities of apprenticeships and the requirements needed to access these opportunities. He also spoke to students about some of the key dates for the UCAS process and the structure of the application system. Mr Hartley then spoke about the requirements for a strong personal statement and the levels of preparation and endeavor needed to ensure this is to the correct standard. Mr Dale then finished the evening with some key points regarding student finance and applying for loans. The presentation will be e-mailed home for anyone who could not attend the event.

governor buttonSchool Governor’s  Vacancies

‘We have some vacancies on our school’s governing body, after three very long-standing governors left at the end of the term. We particularly need people who have skills in finance or PR (or are prepared to train to gain these skills) and, if possible to have good knowledge of the local business community. In addition, later this month there will be an opportunity for a parent to become a parent-governor with us.
If you, or anyone you know might be interested in finding out more about governance, please contact our clerk at

Karen Roche
Consultant Chair of Governors
The Brakenhale School

PE News

PE Department are putting in place for our Year 11 students in the run up to the student’s summer 2016 examinations.

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Success News

At the start of the summer, Lynford Sackey  competed in the South of England Athletic Games.
Lynford came 2nd in his heat knocked out of 1st place by 0.1 of a second. Overall Lynford came 3rd in the South of England.

Our own ‘Brakenhale Bolt’ did us proud!

Year Groups Welcome letters

Year 7Year 7 Welcome letter

Letter from Head of Year 7 for parents



year 8

Year 8 Welcome letter

Letter from Head of Year 8 for parents


year 9

Year 9 Welcome letter 

Letter from Head of Year 9 for parents


year 10Year 10 Welcome letter

Letter from Head of Year 10 for parents

Year 10 info


year 11Year 11 Welcome letter

Letter from Head of Year 11 for parents