Wates Building Update


Brakenhale School

Newsletter – March 2020 – Distributed to close neighbours

I wanted to provide you with an update with the current progress here at Brakenhale School. The new building was successfully handed over to the School at the end of 2019 and since January 2020 the students and staff have been settling into their new building and my understanding is they are thrilled with their new facility to which we are very proud of our efforts.

The new building was known internally as Phase 2 which is now complete. Our last phase of works (Phase 3) has commenced and will consist of the demolition of the existing School to provide a new staff car park, sports pitches and soft landscaped areas. Prior to any demolition the existing building has been subjected to detailed surveys which have included identifying the full extent of asbestos containing material. Naturally for a building of this age asbestos is known and present within the building and in the coming weeks a specialist licensed contractor will be appointed to begin the task of removing this material. I would like to emphasise that this will be undertaken with the building very much in-situ, under controlled conditions and will be subject to professional independent inspection to ensure the area is clear before any further work is commenced.

I completely understand that the task of demolishing the building will be of concern to you. The demolition will likely commence in May 2020 and will continue for approximately 12-14 weeks. Concerns regarding noise and airborne dust are understandable and I would like the opportunity to explain this task in more detail. The attached aerial shot of the site identifies 12 zones. The building will be demolished in sequence so in essence will be demolished working west to east (right to left). Works will only take place in line with permitted planning conditions which are currently Monday to Friday 8am – 7pm and Saturdays 8am – 1pm. I am sympathetic to the impact this may have on residents near the site particularly with the warmer months approaching and currently I have no intention of working beyond 6pm of an evening and Saturdays will be by exception and not the norm.

With advancement in demolition technologies i.e. silencers fitted to all machinery and superior dust suppression controls our aim is to ensure this task is undertaken with the minimal impact to the local community. My contact details are at the bottom of this letter and you are welcome to visit the site office where I can hopefully answer any further questions you may have should the need arise.

Finally, with the ever-increasing concern regarding the Coronavirus/Covid-19 we currently remain open as a site and will continue to operate whilst implementing the advice given to us all from Government. If there is anything we as a site team can do to help for example a trip to the local convenience store to assist with the purchase of some essentials, then please do not hesitate to ask and we will try our best to assist where we can.

I would like to place on record our thanks for your cooperation throughout the construction phase and should you wish to discuss any of the works further with me please do not hesitate to get in contact.

Kind Regards

Paul Quinnell
Project Lead for Wates
paul.quinnell@wates.co.uk / 07734 781423

Fundraising: Clothes Sale


Dear Parents/Carers
Why are we raising money for our new building?
I know that many of you saw the article on the BBC News last week but if not, you can watch it by clicking on the link:
BBC News Video
We have a new fundraising page where you can donate money and/or create a fundraising activity. You can find it by clicking on the following link:
Virginmoneygiving.com/fund/BrakenhaleSchool
This replaces any of the fundraising pages that we have used previously (eg MyDonate, Just Giving, etc). On the page, you can click on the furniture pictures to donate, or donate any amount by clicking on the ‘donors’ tab.
Please contact me if you are willing to organise an event or take part in one that is organised by a local/national group (eg sponsored bike ride, running race, car wash, etc). I can help you set up the page, publicise your event, etc. The contact e-mail address has not changed and remains as fundraising@brakenhale.co.uk
CLOTHING SALE – Thursday 14th November 4pm – 8pm
We need people to donate clothes and help at the event!!! Please e-mail me at the fundraising address above if you can help on 14th November (setting up in the afternoon or selling during the sale).
Tell your friends and family to donate and/or come along
We are going to hold a second hand clothes sale, selling several categories of clothing, including:
• Jumble
• School uniform
• Designer items
• Shoes, and
• Home textiles
In order to support us, please could you put aside any clothes, shoes (women’s, men’s and children’s), or home textiles (curtains, bedlinen, cushions, etc) that you no longer wear or use. The items should be wearable, without holes or broken fastenings – the type that you would donate to a charity shop. You can bring sacks of clothing in to the school reception from Monday 11th November. If you have items that you are willing to donate, but are unable to store until then, please e-mail me and I will arrange to store elsewhere. Similarly, if you have items to donate but cannot bring them in, please e-mail me as we may be able to arrange collection.
I have already been given some evening wear that you will want for Christmas parties.
ROTARY CLUB CHRISTMAS DRAW
We are going to take part in the draw again this year, after being so successful last year. The prizes have increased in value to
1st Prize £500 2nd Prize £250 10 prizes of £100 5 prizes of £50
We will send one book (5 tickets) home with each pupil in Years 7, 8 and 9 and hope that you will support us by selling to friends and family. If you do not want your child to be issued with the books, please let me know by e-mailing fundraising@brakenhale.co.uk, naming your child and tutor group. If you are a parent of a pupil in the older year groups and are willing to help, please e-mail me with your child’s name and tutor group and the number of books that you think you could sell.
Let’s make this run up to the move to the new building very successful with our fundraising!!!
With thanks,
Karen Roche, (Chair of Governors)
fundraising@brakenhale.co.uk

Fundraising: Welcome


Dear Parents/Carers
I wish to welcome new families to our fundraising information, and remind parents/carers who have been working with us to raise money for some time of the purpose of our activities. The new building, which is now well on the way to completion, has been funded by the government with a grant of around £20 million. The money can only be used for the building itself and none may be spent on equipment and furniture.
We have to replace the IT equipment as it is not compatible with the new technology that our new school will have. In addition, we are keen to purchase new furniture for our staff and pupils, rather than transfer the old items from the current classrooms.
We have been working hard to engage parents, with some success but we are still a long way from our original target of £50,000. Please contact me at fundraising@brakenhale.co.uk if you are able to help in any way.
CLOTHING SALE – Thursday 14th November 4pm – 8pm
Tell your friends and family to donate and/or come along
We are planning an event that will take place later in the term. We are going to hold a second hand clothes sale, selling several categories of clothing, including:
• Jumble
• School uniform
• Designer items
• Shoes, and
• Home textiles
In order to support us, please could you put aside any clothes, shoes (women’s, men’s and children’s), or home textiles (curtains, bed-linen, cushions, etc) that you no longer wear or use. The items should be wearable, without holes or broken fastenings – the type that you would donate to a charity shop. You can bring sacks of clothing in to the school reception from Monday 11th November. If you have items that you are willing to donate, but are unable to store until then, please e-mail me and I will arrange to store elsewhere. Similarly, if you have items to donate but cannot bring them in, please e-mail me as we may be able to arrange collection.
I have already been given some evening wear that you will want for Christmas parties.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me if you have fundraising ideas or can offer to help with the clothing sale.
fundraising@brakenhale.co.uk
With thanks,
Karen Roche