We appreciate that moving to a new school is a huge adjustment for parents and students, if you have any queries on any of the information in this section or any questions about your child joining The Brakenhale School, please do not hesitate to contact us. We very much look forward to meeting all new starters and working together with you and your child throughout their education.
Our aim is to encourage and develop excellence in our students in all aspects of their school life, from their experiences in lessons to the wide range of extra curricular activities on offer. In recognising our students as individuals we offer a ‘personalised learning approach’ that involves setting high expectations and individualised subject targets for each student. Progress towards these targets is tracked throughout the year and achievement recognised and rewarded.
We welcome prospective students and parents to our Open Evening in September for starting school the following September. Tours of the school are also available during certain days in September and October to see the school at work. During the Summer term we usually hold two induction days for Year 6 students, during which they will take part in various activities and sample lessons to allow them to get to know us and we them. For students starting in the September the induction dates will be confirmed during the year.
During the visit students will meet their tutor group and be involved in a varied programme including sampling lessons and team building activities.
There will be a meeting during the summer term for parents/carers and students to meet the Senior Leadership team, Head of Year and tutors and other key adults who will be supporting your child during their education.
Year 7 Intake September 2022
We look forward to welcoming you to Brakenhale in September 2022. We are a school where students wear their uniform with pride, they behave extremely well and where teachers teach lessons so that students can succeed with their learning.
We hope to be able to visit primary schools during the summer term to meet students and will be holding Year 6 transition days on Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th July. Parents will also have the opportunity to attend a parents’ evening on either day to meet the Senior Leadership team, Head of Year and tutors.
We appreciate that moving up to a new school is a huge adjustment for students and their families. Please find more information in our booklet below and if you have further questions please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to meeting your and working together.
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Open Evening for Year 7 Intake September 2022
Please see the talk below (given in September 2021) by our Headteacher Mr Tailor.
In Year Applications
Brakenhale School is part of Bracknell Forest Local Authority’s Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme for In-Year Admissions. Applications for admission to Year 7 after 1st September and for admission into Years 8 to 11 must be made to the Local Authority in which the school is situated on an In-Year Application Form. If you wish to apply for a place at Brakenhale School, you must name the school as one of your preferences on the application form and return the form to Bracknell Forest Local Authority.
Where there are more applicants than places available, the school will maintain a waiting list according to the oversubscription criteria detailed in the school’s admission arrangements without regard to the date the application was received or when a child’s name was added to the waiting list.
Positions on the waiting lists may go down as well as up. This is because other children might be added to the waiting list who have a greater priority for a place against the school’s admission criteria; for example, when new families move into the area or when other families who had not previously named Brakenhale School as a preference, ask to go on the waiting list after the initial allocations date.
All admissions are processed through Bracknell Forest Council.
The admissions process usually starts in mid September the year previous to starting at secondary school and closes at the end of October. Offers are sent in March of the following year. On the Bracknell Forest admissions website you will be invited to complete an online form; you can alternatively fill in a paper application form. You will be required to submit supporting documents such as a birth certificate and social/medical information if pertinent.
Please visit their ‘Starting Secondary School’ web page for more information about how and when to apply: Bracknell Forest ‘Starting Secondary School’ and Admissions Here you will find all the information you need including key dates.
When do I apply:
For September 2022 entry – Applications opened 12 September 2021 and closed 31 October 2021
Please see below for further admissions procedures and criteria.