Heroes Stamp Design Competition


We have registered with Royal Mail to enter their exciting ‘Heroes’ stamp design competition. This is an opportunity to design a stamp to ‘Honour the heroes of this Coronavirus pandemic’. Royal Mail will be producing a set of 8 stamps of the winning entries, which is a fantastic opportunity for you all.

Full details have been sent home via schoolcomms.

Be creative, think carefully about how you decide to represent the theme of heroes and who your hero is. Printed copies of the template, are available on the noticeboard in the entrance of A02 Art room, or you can print your own.

Please hand all completed entries in, to Mrs Faluyi or in the folder attached to the A02 noticeboard, or to your Art teachers by 4pm on Wednesday 26th May. There will be 3x Culture House Points will be awarded for all entries.

We can’t wait to see all your awesome entries.

Mrs E Faluyi, Teacher of Art

GCSE Results 2020


Students at Brakenhale school have been celebrating their fantastic achievements at GCSE this morning.

After months of uncertainty they were finally able to receive their grades and get the recognition for their amazing hard work. The smiles on their faces and the sheer delight as they congratulated each other and phoned their loved ones was so wonderful to see.

We are all immensely proud of the way in which they have dealt with the pressures of this incredibly difficult period but also of the young people they have developed into over the last 5 years at Brakenhale. I would like to pay tribute to all the staff who have supported the students over their time with us and their families who have stood by our community.

Jane Coley, Headteacher

A Level and BTEC Results 2020


Students at Brakenhale have achieved outstanding results in their A Level and BTEC examinations and have been absolutely delighted with their outcomes this morning. I am incredibly proud of their resilience throughout this unbelievably difficult period of time and the support they have received from their families and our staff has been exceptional. They thoroughly deserve their amazing successes.

The grades this year we are incredibly pleased with, particularly in light of the very difficult circumstances in which they were calculated and the issues that have been advertised nationally. I am thrilled that these issues have overall not affected Brakenhale students.

Almost 50% of grades achieved were A*/A or equivalent, 70% were A*/B or equivalent, 90% A*/C or equivalent and 100% pass rate!

Brakenhale at Home


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COVID-19: Free School Meals Update 9th April 2020


Free School Meal Update 9th April

Vouchers for the period 6th April to 17th April will move over to the new Government Voucher Scheme, provided by Edenred.

As of today, vouchers have yet to be emailed to parents/carers – however all students eligible to receive vouchers were submitted on Monday 6th April for distribution.

We have requested support from Edenred and are awaiting a response.

Questions relating to Free School Meals can be sent to fsm@greenshawlearningtrust.co.uk

Further guidance on how to claim your voucher once you have received your voucher email can be found here.

Coronavirus Update: Key Workers


Dear Parents/Carers

Key Worker Request for Information

I am writing to share with you the arrangements for children eligible to continue with supervised study at Brakenhale. Please note that, if children are able to stay at home safely, they should, sending them in should only be if you have ABSOLUTELY NO possible alternatives. The fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society. The guidelines are clear that the closure of schools is in place to limit the spread of the virus.

The government has announced the key workers list this morning. This can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

In addition schools are being asked to offer provision of childcare for a limited number of children who are classed as vulnerable. These are defined as: children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, children with child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans. Please note that for children who fall into these categories attendance is not compulsory; it should still only be if it is not safe to remain at home.

Students attending school will not be taught lessons, they will be completing the same home learning as those children working from home. There is no guarantee they will be offered IT facilities and social distancing will be applied where possible.

It is very important to note our expectations around full school uniform and full equipment will still apply. Our Behaviour Policy will remain in place and, as per our Behaviour Policy, mobile phones and headphones will not be allowed to be used in school. If any student were to contravene our Behaviour Policy we would not allow them to remain on site. In addition if a student were to present with any symptoms of Covid-19 they will be immediately isolated. With this in mind any parent who is offered a place for their child will be expected to provide contact details of an adult who is able to collect their child during the school day at short notice.

In order to keep staff and students safe onsite and all their families at home, we will be taking all temperatures on arrival. Anyone with a temperature of 37.8 degrees or above will not be allowed to remain onsite.

The school will be open for those students offered a place between 9am and 3pm and access to the site will not be available outside of these times. Due to complex staffing arrangements students will be expected to remain onsite for the duration of the full school day. Access to the school will be via Main Reception through the blue tunnel.

In order for us to plan effectively for next week we have created an online form for those who need to book a place at the school which will need to be completed by 5pm today, as it would be unsafe for their child to work from home. This can be found here:

Online Form : https://forms.gle/m4Y59W8pFFM9ovho9

If you are unable to complete this online, please contact the school today.

Given the timeframes, on Monday we will allow all students who have booked a place to attend. From Tuesday children who book a place where it is unsafe from them to work from home will need to provide evidence from their parent’s employer that based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.

Many thanks for your support with this and we hope that things will go back to normal as quickly as is possible.

Kind regards

Ms J Coley, Headteacher

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