Parents News 23/11/2015

Main EntranceMonday 23th November 2015: Year 11 Parents Evening
Thursday 26th November 2015: PTA Christmas Market
Monday 14th December 2015: Music Show
Wednesday 16th December 2015: Presentation Evening

For full lists of dates please see the calendar page

important info Important Message

As parents and carers you should be aware that at some stage in the future we will be using drug detection dogs on the school site. This follows unanimous backing from the governing body at the recent Full Governing Body meeting on November 10th 2015. The Brakenhale School operates a zero tolerance policy to drugs on the school site and the use of dogs underlines a clear message that drugs on the school site are not acceptable.The consequences of drugs upon a young person and their well- being and academic accomplishments are profound.

All of the students have had recent assemblies with the Headteacher regarding the use of dogs and the school’s attitude to drugs and drug paraphernalia on the school site. The dog will make its patrol during break and lunchtimes on the day of the visit and pupils will be expected to stand still when the dog is in the vicinity. We will also continue with our ongoing programme of drug education so that the pupils may understand the risks of taking drugs. The Brakenhale School is committed to keeping the school site as a safe place to study and develop and therefore any student found in possession of drugs or using drugs on the school site faces permanent exclusion.

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Year 11 Parents Evening on 23/11/2015

Parents’ Evening for students in Year 11, which will be held between 4.00pm and 7.00pm in the school. This is an opportunity for you to meet your child’s teachers, discuss their school progress report and review progress towards student targets.

pdfYear 11 Parents Evening Letter


PE News

The House captains had a great morning with Toby Garbett on Thursday 19th November 2015, our GB Olympian & Athlete mentor worked on their plans to increase our participation in house sporting competitions at The Brakenhale School. The groups worked on a schedule for the next two terms and brainstormed ideas to maximise student uptake.

The captains will be meeting early next week to finalise their plans and will be seen in assemblies and tutor groups before the end of term promoting their events.
Well done to all of the students and thank you to our mentor, Toby Garbett for an inspirational morning.

More pictures and updates available at

After School Clubs

An exciting opportunity open to all students from beginners to elite! We are now able to run a basketball and athletics club after school for all year groups. The clubs are taken by professional coaches with extensive experience and success within their sports.

  • Basketball club on a Thursday after school 3.05-4.15

Training is taken by Creon Raftopoulos who is the head coach of the professional club Surrey Scorchers as well as the Cobras . He was also captain of the Zimbabwean National Team.

The club costs £1 to attend and is open to all year groups and abilities

  • Athletics club Friday after school 3.05-4.15

Training is taken by Ken Spencer an experienced Level 3 UK Athletics Sprints & Hurdles Performance Coach with 16 years coaching experience at Bracknell Athletic Club working with Under 11 to Senior Age Groups.

Ken has been awarded England Athletics “South East Region Development Coach of the Year 2013” and is a member of England Athletics NCDP (National Coach Development Program).

The club costs £1.50 to attend and is open to all year groups and abilities

Attendance Matters poster Nov 15 (2)

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Next week we will be having an Attendance Focus Week.

Punctuality and good attendance at school are essential to a pupils’ education and establishes a positive working ethos early in life. It is important that all students are in school at 08:30 in order that they are on time for registration at 08:40.

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Duke of Edinburgh Awards

Congratulations all our students received their Duke of Edinburgh bronze awards on Thursday 19th November 2015.

PTA News

Thursday 26th November PTA Christmas Market 7-9pm

The annual PTA Christmas Market is next Thursday and will be held in the main hall. There will be a large variety of different stalls for you to browse and purchase Christmas presents from as well as the usual Tombola, Mystery Bag stall and Xmas Raffle. Year 7 students will be running games stalls so there will be something to keep the children entertained including a hoopla, higher or lower card game, lucky dip and many more. One of the World Challenge students will also have a stall. We do not make a charge for entry to the event we only request a donation from those people who are able to give something to the PTA.

There will be refreshments available to purchase: hot dogs, mince pies, tea, coffee, and squash

The Berkshire Sing Healthy Choir from the Open Learning Centre will be singing Christmas carols at the event and you will be welcome to sing along as you shop.

Book a stall
If there any last minute request for a stall please email me at: before the day and we will try to fit you in.

If you have any new unwanted gifts or could donate items suitable for the tombola or mystery prizes we would be very grateful. Please leave donations at main reception for the attention of the PTA.

We hope this will be an enjoyable event for the whole family and that we can build on the success of the previous years. We look forward to seeing you and your family at the Christmas market on Thursday.

Please visit out PTA page for more information.

PTA xmas flyer 2015