Year 8 Welcome Letter


Dear Parents and Carers,

I would first like to welcome you all back to the new year at The Brakenhale School.  Your child has just started what should be a very exciting time for him/her as the school enters a new phase.  It has been pleasing to see how, in the first two weeks of term, your child has settled into the rigours of Year 8 and has already begun to develop his/her study skills.  Year 8 is a very important time for your child as he/she builds on what they learnt in Year 7 and move closer to starting their GCSE’s. The recent changes to the GCSE exams mean they are much more rigorous and it will be important that your child is fully prepared for them.

All students in the year have been told of the high expectations we have of them with regard to standards of behaviour, uniform and work.  It is vital that every child abides by these expectations.  As a year team we will work with you to support your child’s learning to enable him/her to make the best progress possible.  We will monitor the performance of all students and identify those who need intervention and support if they fall below the expected levels of progress.  This will be done both on a pastoral and curriculum level.

Attendance in Year 7 was good with few students falling below the 85% threshold for persistent absence.  This year however the threshold level has been moved to 90%.  It is vitally important that students attend school regularly and on time and I would like to ask for your support in this.

There are a number of key dates for Year 8 that I would like to draw your attention to.  They are published on the school calendar but I have included some of the key dates in this letter.

I hope your son/daughter continues to work hard in all his/her subjects and makes excellent progress over the course of the year.  If you have any questions, please contact myself by phone or by email.

Yours faithfully

Mr J Swynford-Lain
Head of Year 8
Phone 01344 423041 ext.358

Date Year Group Event
Friday 25th September 2015 Whole school Euro Languages Day
Thursday 1st October 2015 8.9,10 Parents Evening for Ski Trip in Main Hall
Monday 5th October 2015 Whole school Eco Bags Collections Week
Thursday 15th October Whole school School close early
Thursday 15th October 6 Open Evening for Year 6
Friday 16th October Whole school Late Start for staff and students
Thursday 22nd October Whole school Expressive Arts Evening
Monday 26th October 2015 Whole school Autumn Half Term Monday 26th October – Friday 30th October 2015
Monday 2nd November 2015 8 Year 8 Target Setting
Monday 16th November 8 AP1
Thursday 26th November 2015 Whole school PTA Christmas Market
Monday 14th December 2015 Whole school Music Show
Friday 18th December 2015 Whole school School closes at 12.05 Last Day of Term
Wednesday 20th January 2016 8 Year 8 second HPV Injections in main hall
Monday 1st February 8 AP2
Thursday 11th February 2016 Whole school Acoustic Music Concert in dining hall
Monday 15th February 2016 Whole school Spring Half term Monday 15th -19th February 2016
Monday 22nd February 2016 8 Year 8 Parents Evening
Thursday 17th March 2016 Whole school Dance Show
Saturday 19th March 2016 Whole school PTA Quiz Night
Wednesday 23th March 2016 Whole school Whole School diversity day Year7-11 TBC
Wednesday 23th March 2016 Whole school Last Day of Term – school closes at 12:05
Friday 1st April 2016 8,9,10 Ski Trip 2nd -9th April
Monday 11th April 8 AP3
Monday 2nd May 2016 Whole school Bank Holiday – school close
Tuesday 3rd May 2016 Whole school PTA Meeting
Monday 30th May 2016 Whole school Summer Half Term Monday 30th May -Friday 3rd June
Monday 6th June 8 Year 8 assessment fortnight
Saturday 25th June 2016 Whole school PTA Race Night
Monday 27th June 8 AP4
Tuesday 5th July 2016 Whole school Dance Show
Thursday 7th July 2016 Whole school Art Show
Monday 11th July 2016 Whole school Sports Day
Tuesday 12th July 2016 8 Year 8 Drug Awareness
Tuesday 12th July 2016 Whole school Music Show
Wednesday 13th July 2016 8 Year 8 Drug Awareness
Wednesday 13th July 2016 Whole school Reserve sports day
Thursday 14th July 2016 8 Year 8 Drug Awareness
Monday 18th July 2016 Whole school Enrichment trip day
Tuesday 19th July 2016 Whole school Last Day of Term – school closes at 12:05