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!

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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.

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

 

GCSE and BTEC Results 2019


We are absolutely delighted to report our outstanding 2019 GCSE results, the best in the history of Brakenhale School! Improvements have been made this year across ALL performance measures again.

The percentage of students achieving a Grade 4 (equivalent to an old C grade) in English and Maths has increased to 60% and those achieving a Grade 5 in English and Maths has increased by 2%.

In English, 75% of students achieved the Grade 4 and above – 5% higher than last year and in. In addition, following our constant focus on ‘High Expectations and Challenge’, almost 20% of the year group gained the equivalent of an A/A* in Maths; a phenomenal achievement. In History 22% gained the A/A* equivalency.

Due to the changing nature of qualifications, no school is able to publish an accurate and official progress 8 figure until the Department of Education releases this in December. However, we have seen an improvement in the initial figure that has been calculated on last year’s data. This gives us a positive score again showing that students who study at Brakenhale School make more progress than other students do from similar starting points nationally.

These results are a testament of the impact that Brakenhale School has on the outcomes and life chances of its students.

In addition there have been some exceptional individual student outcomes. We are absolutely delighted that hard work, dedication and fantastic teaching has enabled our students to achieve the very best grades across the board. The students below have achieved 5 or more A and A* equivalencies (7-9).

Hannah FRANKLIN 10
Rajal BHATTI 9
Isla PRINGLE-KIRBY 9
Faye TALAVERA 9
Jodie CRACKNELL 9
Ella HAMMOND-BAVEYSTOCK 8
Sophie WALSH 7
Yanni DRAKOS 6
Charlotte BURGE 6
Amy PATTIMORE 6
Dragos POPA 6
Tyler PETFORD 5
Rachel THOMAS 5

Our GCSE results along with our A Level results clearly show the sustained progress that Brakenhale School continues to make. We would like to congratulate all our students on their well-deserved success and thank the teaching staff, the governors and of course the parents, who have guided and supported them. I continue to be incredibly proud to be the Headteacher of such a progressive, positive and successful school.

A-Level and BTEC Results 2019


Brakenhale School A-Level and Level 3 BTEC results have, for the fifth year in a row shown significant increases in all measures. The school has illustrated exactly why Ofsted graded its Post 16 provision as Outstanding earlier this year.

Key results

  • The A*-B score achieved was 75% a phenomenal score and an increase of 14% on last year including BTEC equivalents.
  • The A*-E pass rate including equivalents is 100% for the fifth year in succession.

Headteacher, Jane Coley said, “I am, as ever, incredibly proud of our students who have achieved a truly amazing set of results for the fifth consecutive year. I continue to be astounded at their capacity year on year to work alongside our talented and dedicated staff to take advice, listen and then work so hard to achieve what they have. These outcomes also demonstrate how the hard work of and support of parents have really paid off. The design of our bespoke curriculum, specifically to match the aspirations and skills of our students is clearly paying dividends. The Sixth Form team and the student body have responded so positively to our very high expectations and these results bear testimony to this. It has also been a year of records being broken by individual students and notably Jordan Penn, the first ever Brakenhale student in memory to gain a place at Oxford University, where he will read Physics.

Deputy Headteacher, Andy Hartley who leads the Post 16 team said, “It was incredibly pleasing to see the increasing number of students secure high grades and in turn secure excellent university places and higher apprenticeships. Brakenhale Sixth Form is a place where young people are given so many opportunities to realise their potential and gain the qualifications they need for their next steps. The huge increase in our A*-B pass rate at A-Level along with our consistently high BTEC performance is the culmination of several years hard work in embedding a culture of hard work and study amongst the student body along with the wonderful work of our Sixth Form teaching and pastoral teams who have inculcated the culture of high expectations across the Sixth Form”.

Head of Sixth Form, Jonathan Duffy said, “I am just so proud of our students here at Brakenhale Sixth Form. Not only have the outgoing year 13 performed incredibly well in their exams, but the group of young adults they have matured into is a testament to the hard work of the parents at home, the students themselves, and the Sixth Form teaching staff who work tirelessly to support our students both in and out of the classroom. It is exciting to see what this group of students go on to achieve with their next steps.”

It has been a huge team effort and I am so grateful to the teaching staff, tutors and parents who have all pulled together, endured the stress and provided the support and encouragement necessary to make these fabulous results a reality.”

Notable A Level students include:

  • Jordan Penn A*A*A*A – Oxford University
  • Heidi Cracknell – A*AB – Surrey University
  • Jodie Leivers AAB – Employment
  • Ella Brigden ABB – Royal Holloway University
  • Abitha Mahabathalage – A*BBB – Manchester University

A special mention also goes to Kai Arndell, Ellis Day, Taylor Radcliffe and Allan Bacol who all achieved three Distinction * grades at BTEC Level 3.

Ofsted Report 2019


Dear Parents/Carers

Ofsted Report 2019

I am delighted to be able to share with you our Ofsted report, which will go live on their website in 5 days.

Overall the School was graded as “Good” however, across the five categories inspected, three were graded as Outstanding. This is an incredible achievement particularly in such a short space of time. It is an absolute testament to the hard work and dedication of staff, students, parents and governors and everyone involved with the school should feel incredibly proud of the result.

Please do read the report in full as it is absolutely packed with positive comments and amazing feedback about our students.

Ofsted Report 2019

Our journey now continues, we will never be complacent and we are always looking to improve, to be even better than we already are!

Kind regards

Ms J Coley, Headteacher