Letters Sent Home

Communication

 via schoolcomms – keeping you informed

Please find below copies of letters and other communications that have been sent home.

We are very keen that you are kept well informed of what is going on in school and in touch with all activities affecting your child.  Communications are sent to parents through a number of electronic channels: we email parents directly; post notices here on the school website and tweet @brakenhale information on a regular basis.  We have found that communicating with parents in this way is very effective and avoids the problems of letters lost in the bottom of school bags!

We use a service provider called Schoolcomms to send email and text alerts to parents.  The Schoolcomms system draws information directly from the data management system we use in school.  It will automatically upload the e-mail addresses and mobile phone numbers of the first two contacts provided by parents. Personal communications about your child can only be received by you and your email and mobile details will not be shared with anyone else and will be stored securely.

If you do not have an e-mail address your mobile number will be used for emergency messages.  For letters you will receive a paper copy. Paper copies of communications are available on request from the school office at any time.

It is very important to keep the school up to date with any change to contact details such as address, telephone number or email address. 

Off Site Activities Form for Trips   Download PDF

20th June: Year 7 Sponsored 10K Walk

Dear Parents/Carers
RE: Brakenhale Annual Sponsored Walk
It is with great pleasure and much excitement that we can at last announce that Brakenhale’s first Annual Sponsored Walk is to take place this year on Monday 8th July.
The 10K Brakenhale Ramble will involve all Year 7 students in order to help raise funds for new school resources and forms a key part in promoting the importance of physical activity to our students.
The walk will take place during periods 3, 4 and 5, and students will walk with members of their Tutor Group and their House. There will be teacher supervision at all times with regular marshalled checkpoints on the route and First Aid facilities; students will be allowed to leave once it is completed.
Attached to this letter is a permission slip which should be signed and returned to Tutors by the 28th June. We have a fundraising page with justgiving.com for donations, please follow the link. Please click here for the justgiving page.
We will be awarding a £10 Love to Shop gift voucher to the first 10 students that raise £100, please mention the student you wish to sponsor in your message when you donate and ask the student to make a note of your donation on their personal sponsorship form. All students will receive a certificate to commemorate their involvement. More detailed information regarding clothing, lunches and drinks will be shared nearer to the time.
We thank you as always for your continued support of the school and look forward to sharing the highlights of the day with you.
Year 7 10K Walk Sponsorship form
Permission Slip for Sponsored Walk
Kind Regards
PTA

20th June: Year 11 Leavers - Reminders

Dear Parents/Carers
Reminders – Year 11 Leavers
We have a few major events coming up in the next few weeks and I thought it would be a good idea to condense it all into one email.
24th and 25th June: Sixth Form Transition Days – Mr Duffy has sent the email out to the students who have applied to Brakenhale Sixth Form about this so please refer to this.
25th June: Leaver’s Assembly – This will commence at 15:05 and will run for approximately 1 hour. If you have not been at transition day, please enter via main reception and sign in for fire safety purposes. The assembly is for students, but parents feel free to attend if you would like to. We will have a shirt signing after the event so bring a shirt with you as you will be able to come in casual clothes. Your Prom tickets will also be available to collect on this date. If you cannot make it, they will be available from Main Reception.
27th June: Prom – Arrival time for prom is 19.00. The event finishes at 23:00 so please make sure your chariots are awaiting you at this time or earlier if you want a good night’s sleep.
22nd August: Exam Result Day – Your Exam Results will be available to pick up from the Main Hall on Thursday between 10:00 and 11:00. If you would like your results to be posted to you, please provide a stamped addressed envelope, then clearly mark it for the attention of Mrs Seymour. Please ensure that this is received in school before the end of term – Friday 19th July. If your results are going to be collected by someone else, please provide us with a signed letter stating who we may release your results to. When collecting your results this person will also require some form of photographic ID.
Year Books will be available for collection on Results Day.
Extra Reminders – Please can you return any text books, unwanted uniform, house badges and locker keys (if you haven not cleared out your locker, this must be done ASAP)
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
See you all soon
Kind regards
Mr N O’Donoghue, Head of Head of Year 11
nodonoghue@brakenhale.co.uk

19th June: Sports Day - Wednesday 10th July

Dear Parents/Carers
On Wednesday 10th July we have our annual school sports day. This is a whole school event which brings together both staff and students for a day of sporting celebration. To be able to replicate what the many sporting events around the world stand for, predominantly the Olympic games, our students are privileged to take part in this annual school event.
The day will be based around a morning and afternoon session. Field events will take place during the morning session where those students participating will come out of their lesson, for a short period of time, to participate.
Students will then have an early lunch from 11:00am -11:45am.
The afternoon session is where the event comes alive. Students and staff from the whole school will come out onto the field to take part in and support the track events, starting with a grand opening ceremony put on by the Performing Arts department and students.
The day will be based around the school’s strong House system, with students competing in their events to win points for their Houses. The House system plays a vital role in the school joining students and staff from across tutor and year groups.
Students are encouraged to attend school dressed in their House colours and with this in mind, I write to gain your support and help for the day.
Please ensure that your son/daughter wears appropriate sporting clothing for the day. The attire which must be worn are: trainers, PE or white sports socks, black Brakenhale PE shorts, skort or tracksuit bottoms and finally a plain coloured t-shirt to represent their House, see below.
Swinley – red
Jennetts – yellow
Temple – green
Farley – blue
The day is about participating in a sporting event which brings the whole community of the school together. All uniform and kit for the day will be checked during AM registration and must be appropriate to both wear for the day and to wear to compete in.
Sports Day will still be counted as a normal school day, so attendance is compulsory and the school’s high standards of behaviour and conduct remain in place.
If any student has a medical/injury note, please ensure that we are already aware as your son/daughter cannot take part in the day; a written note from you, signed and dated, would be appreciated.
All being well, the weather will be sunny and participants in good spirit and we will have a superb day.
Please check the school and PE twitter handles for regular updates and photos.
Many thanks
Mr M Potter, Head of PE

18th June: Year 10 Summer Revision Camps

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 Summer Revision Camps
Please see attached information on Maths/English and Science Summer Camps at Blue Coat School for Year 10 students.
Winchmore Camps at Reading Blue Coat School
Kind regards
School Office

18th June: PGL Bawdsey Manor Trip Information

Good Evening
Bawdsey Manor Trip Information
Thank you to everyone who attended the Bawdsey Manor Trip meeting this evening. If you were unable to attend, please find attached the presentation with trip details.
Please ensure that the kit list is checked carefully. Students can also pack a swimsuit and it is important they bring their own bedding and pillow.
Students must arrive at school at 7.30am on 5th July ready for the trip and we aim to return to school at 6pm on 7th July.
We hope that students are as excited as we are for the trip and we look forward to it being a great weekend. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Welcome to Bawdsey Manor
Kind regards
Mr R Beukes, Assistant Headteacher
rbeukes@brakenhale.co.uk

18th June: Year 7 PSHE Programme

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 7 PSHE Programme
As part of your son/daughter’s PSHE Programme this year, Year 7 students have a lesson on the topic of Puberty scheduled for Tuesday 25th June. During this lesson boys and girls will be taught about the changes in their bodies and how to prepare/care for themselves during this stage of their development. The lesson will be delivered very similarly, to how it is taught in their Science lessons.
If you do not wish your son/daughter to participate in this lesson, please do not hesitate to contact us so that alternative arrangements can be made for $him/her$ during this session.
Kind regards
Mr Hilton & Miss Turner, Head & Assistant Head of Year 7

17th June: Sixth Form Transition - Information for Year 11 Students

Good afternoon,
We are really looking forward to welcoming you to our Sixth Form transitions days on the 24th and 25th of June. Here are some bits of information that we felt might be helpful to send through now in preparation for the day, and so that you know what to expect more specifically.
Please arrive to the Sixth Form common room for 8.30am, here you will get something to eat and receive your timetables with your lessons and tutor groups on. The canteen will be open as usual for lunch or you can bring a packed lunch or something with you to eat. We finish our school day at 3:05pm, but if you would like to stay on a bit longer with the people you have met here, or to ask any questions then please feel free to.
On the second day we will be walking down to South Hill Park for some team building and to get to know each other – this is always a really lovely part of the day, and we will be back in school before period 4 at 12:25pm. The rest of the day will be spent in transition lessons.
I also thought it might be useful to copy the dress code we use for our Sixth Formers below as well;
At Brakenhale Sixth Form, we do not have a specific uniform. We do need to, however, ensure that students are coming to the Sixth Form dressed appropriately. Our Sixth Form students are role models for the school, and will also need to understand what is appropriate to wear in different circumstances and settings. We would ask that no offensive language or slogans are displayed on clothing, and low-cut tops and low-cut trousers are avoided. Shorts and skirts are permitted, but the length of these items needs to be at least to mid-thigh. Midriffs should be covered, and the top of the shoulders should also be covered.
I hope that has helped, and has given you the information needed for the day – if you do have any questions, please feel free to email us on sixthform@brakenhale.co.uk.
Many thanks,
Mr Duffy, Head of Sixth Form

17th June: School Uniform

Dear Parents/Carers
School Uniform
Please note if you wish to purchase school uniform it is recommended that you wait until the Induction Days on 3rd and 4th July or during the opening times in the Summer Holidays. Due to some recent changes to uniform, not all items are yet available.
Students will be advised of their tutor groups and houses on the first induction day of 3rd July.
Kind regards
School Office

17th June: Year 10 Revision

Dear Parents/Carers

Year 10 Revision
Last week, I held a Year 10 assembly on the importance of time and stress management in the build up to their end of year exams starting on the 24th June. For some students, this will be the first time they will sit more than two exams in a day. I emphasised the importance of being prepared for the week in terms of revision prior to and during the exams and also management of their well-being.
I have attached the revision booklet which was handed out to all Year 10s on Tuesday. Within it contains useful tips on how to maximise revision time, ideas on how to revise but also a link to www.getrevising.co.uk. This website allows students to input all of their exams and the times when they know they cannot revise due to external commitments ie. dance club, art club, music lessons etc. The website creates a revision timetable which distributes the amount of time to be spent on each subject.
In addition to this, I spoke to students about the importance of speaking to their subject teachers for advice on topic areas to cover and to also collate past exam papers to use as part of their revision. The majority of subject teachers have already emailed or handed out revision material for your $son/daughter$ to use. Please encourage them to check their emails regularly for updates from subject teachers.
We are looking for your support at home in providing a quiet, distraction free place for your $son/daughter$ to revise in. If this is not possible, Brakenhale is open in the morning from 7.45am until 4.30pm for your child to use the LRC. Please look over the revision booklet with your child and if they are not coping with stress or anxiety around the exams, please do not hesitate to contact their tutor or myself.
Year 10 Revision Booklet
Kind regards
Miss L Rushby, Head of Year 10

17th June: A Level Maths Paper Exam

Dear Parents/Carers
Maths A Level Paper 3 Examination
As you may have heard over the weekend, there was a leak of the A-Level Paper 3 examination. This was sent over twitter and the matter is currently being dealt with by Pearson and Qfqual.
Pearson and Ofqual are currently investigating the matter and have issued a statement saying that no students will be at a disadvantage for not seeing the paper.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Mr T Dean, Director of Mathematics
tdean@brakenhale.co.uk

14th June: Student News : Year 10

Dear Parents, Carers and Students
Please find Student News attached:
Year 10 Student News
Kind regards
School Office

14th June: Student News : Year 9

Dear Parents, Carers and Students
Please find Student News attached:
Year 9 Student News
Kind regards
School Office

14th June: Student News : Year 8

Dear Parents, Carers and Students
Please find Student News attached:
Year 8 Student News
Kind regards
School Office

14th June: Student News : Year 7

Dear Parents, Carers and Students
Please find Student News attached:
Year 7 Student News
Kind regards
School Office

14th June: Year 10 Geography Fieldwork Trip - Windsor Monday 8th July

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 Geography Fieldwork Trip to Windsor on Monday 8th July 2019
As part of the geography exam syllabus, it is essential that the students taking geography experiences field work first hand. Fieldwork is seen as beneficial to the student’s learning as it encourages them to work with their fellow students as a team, applies the learning in the classroom to the environment and builds a rapport between the student, group and teacher in a different setting.
The cost of this trip is £8.00 per student, which includes the travel and insurance. Payment and consent to be made via ParentPay by Friday 28th June.
Itinerary
Time Activity
9.00am – Coach leaves Brakenhale School
9.30am – Arrive at Windsor
9.45am – Activity 1- Land Use modelling around Windsor
11.30am – Activity 2- Pedestrian and Traffic Counts around Windsor
12.45pm – Packed lunch- eaten in Alexandra Gardens, Windsor
1.15pm – Activity 3- Environmental Quality Survey at 10 different points.
2.15pm – Meet at coach and leave for Brakenhale
2.45pm – Arrive back at Brakenhale, parents to pick up students
In order to ensure the success of the trip, the students will need to have the following items:

· To be in full school uniform
· Packed Lunch with plenty to drink
· Pen, Pencil and eraser
· Warm/appropriate clothing (students may need a waterproof coat in case of bad weather)
· Comfortable shoes
· Clipboard (if possible – the school has a limited supply)
Payment Procedures – We ask you to use the online payment system to pay for this particular trip/activity if possible. Payments can be made online by debit or credit card however, we would be very grateful if you could use a debit card as the school is charged a higher fee for payments by credit card. If you have been issued a PayPoint card please do not try to use it for this school trip, the PayPoint card will only put money onto school meals. If you wish to pay for this trip/activity by cash, please contact finance@brakenhale.co.uk where we will be able to issue a temporary barcoded letter for you to be able to pay via any PayPoint. If you have not previously created an online account or have any issues, please email csilvey@brakenhale.co.uk to request a ParentPay login or assistance.
This trip is an optional visit and the school asks that the payment is made as a voluntary contribution to cover the cost. In the event that we are unable to cover the costs the trip may have to be cancelled and all money received will be returned to those who contributed. If you are experiencing difficulty in paying for this visit a written request for support should be submitted to the school office. Parents are responsible for the prompt collection/return home of students after the visit.
If you would like your son/daughter to be allocated a place on this trip, please complete the consent form and make payment on ParentPay.
The trip will be closed on Friday 28th June
Many thanks in advance.
Yours faithfully
Miss B Byers, Geography Teacher
bbyers@brakenhale.co.uk

13th June: Second Hand School Uniform

Dear Parents/Carers
Second-hand School Uniform
We would like to advise that if you are buying second-hand school uniform, it must be current stock items as the school logos have recently been updated.
Various websites including The Bracknell School Uniform website are not affiliated to the school and are currently selling incorrect uniform.
Please see attached information on the Summer Holiday opening times of our Uniform Shop who can assist with any queries you have on school uniform.
Uniform Shop Summer Opening Hours
Kind regards
School Office

13th June: Term Dates - Bank Holiday Date Change

Dear Parents/Carers
Term Dates – Bank Holiday change
We would like to advise of the Government’s announcement to move the early May Bank Holiday from Monday 4th May 2020 to Friday 8th May 2020 to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, please see attached new term dates including the relevant change to the bank holiday dates.
Term Dates 2019-20
Kind regards
School Office

13th June: Year 9 Personal, Social, Health AND Economic Programme

Dear Parents/Carers
Personal, Social, Health & Economic Programme
As part of your $son/daughter$’s PSHE Programme, Year 9 students have a lesson on the topic of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) scheduled for Tuesday 25th June. During this lesson they will look into definitions, current issues in society and recognise past and present figures.
If you would prefer that your $son/daughter$ does not participate in this lesson, please do not hesitate to contact us so that alternative arrangements can be made.
Kind regards
Ms Douse & Mr Kingston, Head & Assistant Head of Year 9
sdouse@brakenhale.co.uk, mkingston@brakenhale.co.uk

13th June: Key Stage 3 Outdoor Adventure Weekend - Parent Meeting

Dear Parent/Carers
Key Stage 3 Outdoor Adventure Weekend at Bawdsey Manor, Woodbridge, Suffolk
Friday 5th July – Sunday 7th July 2019
As the above trip is fast approaching we will be holding a parent meeting regarding the trip on Tuesday 18th June 2019 from 6pm in the Main Hall to discuss kit, sleeping arrangements etc.
If you are unable to attend all information will be emailed to you via schoolcomms.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at school by telephone or via email at rbeukes@brakenhale.co.uk
Yours faithfully
Mr R Beukes, Head of Key Stage 4

12th June: Police Notice

Dear Parents/Carers
Police Notice
It has been brought to our attention by the local neighbourhood police team that a local shop is selling lollies that are labelled as ‘cannabis flavoured’. Whilst these lollies do not contain any actual cannabis and are therefore legal the police are concerned that they are both glamourising and trivialising the use of cannabis. The police have asked the shop to stop their stocking of these lollies, however, we wanted you to be aware that they may be on sale in your local shops.
Kind regards
Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteacher
ahartley@brakenhale.co.uk

12th June: Year 10 Thorpe Park Trip - Reminder

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 Thorpe Park on Wednesday 17th July 2019 – REMINDER
As recognition for the hard work of year 10 students this year we would like to invite Year 10 students to an end of year rewards trip to Thorpe Park on Wednesday 17th July. This is an exciting opportunity for the students to enjoy time together outside of the classroom before the start of year 11.
Students will be travelling by coach and will be supervised throughout the day by Brakenhale staff. The cost to students for this trip with admission, coach and insurance will be £35.50. For those students that have Merlin or Thorpe Park passes the cost is £13.50 in order to pay for coach travel and insurance.
The students will be leaving school at 9.30am and return to school approx. 5.30pm.
It would be recommended that students bring a packed lunch with them, alternatively they can bring money with them to purchase food at the park. Students will not be expected to wear school uniform on the day, however appropriate standards of dress are required by all students.
Those students that have a valid Merlin/Thorpe Park pass should check that it will be in date at the time of the event and tick on ParentPay that they have a valid pass. On the day, the students will be responsible for these passes.
As this is a rewards trip acceptance onto the trip is determined by your son/daughter(s) behaviour between now and the trip. Students who have had poor behaviour throughout the year will be issued with a park passport. The passport will be signed by teachers at the end of the lesson and myself at the end of each day. More than 3 strikes will be an automatic refusal onto the trip.
Payment Procedures – We ask you to use the online payment system to pay for this particular trip/activity if possible. Payments can be made online by debit or credit card however, we would be very grateful if you could use a debit card as the school is charged a higher fee for payments by credit card. If you have been issued a PayPoint card please do not try to use it for this school trip, the PayPoint card will only put money onto school meals. If you wish to pay for this trip/activity by cash, please contact csilvey@brakenhale.co.uk where we will be able to issue a temporary barcoded letter for you to be able to pay via any PayPoint. If you have not previously created an online account or have any issues, please email csilvey@brakenhale.co.uk to request a ParentPay login or assistance.
This trip/activity is optional and the school asks that the payment is made as a voluntary contribution to cover the cost. In the event that we are unable to cover the costs the trip may have to be cancelled and all money received will be returned to those who contributed. If you are experiencing difficulty in paying for this visit a written request for support should be submitted to the school office. Parents are responsible for the prompt collection/return home of students after the visit.
If you would like your son/daughter to be allocated a place on this trip please complete the consent form and make payment on ParentPay.
Amended date for full payment is by 19th June 2019
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me by telephone or email.
Yours faithfully
Miss L Rushby, Head of Year 10
lrushby@brakenhale.co.uk

11th June: Eco Club Bake Sale - Tuesday 18th June

10th June: PTA Bingo Evening - Cancelled

PTA Bingo Evening Cancellation
Dear Parents
This email is to inform you all that unfortunately, due to low ticket sales we have been forced to cancel Thursdays PTA Bingo evening.
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and we look forward to greeting you at the next PTA fundraising event.
Anybody who has purchased a ticket will receive a full refund.
We would like to thank the parents and staff who helped organize and support the event and bought tickets, we really appreciate your time and support. We hope that with your continued support the next event will be a big success.
Kind Regards
Brakenhale PTA

7th June: Year 11 Reminders

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Reminders
As we approach the end of term for students completing their exams, we would like to remind Year 11 students that lockers must be cleared out and keys returned to main reception. Any text books students have finished with must be returned to Tutors/Departments. If students have any unwanted uniform/PE kit especially ties and house badges that you would like to donate to the school for spare uniform, please drop into main reception. Medication held in school should be collected from Ms Ball First Aid Co-ordinator.
We would like to wish students best wishes for the remainder of their exams and look forward to seeing them for their end of year assembly on Tuesday 25th June @3pm together with celebrating with them at the Prom on Thursday 27th June.
Exam Results Day – Thursday 22nd August.
Kind regards
School Office

7th June: Standards Week

Dear Parents/Carers & Students
Standards Week
I am writing to you as a reminder that we have our next Standards Week on Monday.
Uniform has been excellent this week and Tools for Learning has been similarly strong from the vast majority of students. However, please can I ask that you ensure that uniform and Tools for Learning are outstanding for next week. When everyone has their equipment, it allows for lessons to run more smoothly, for more learning time to take place and less disruption to occur. Similarly, when uniform is to the required standards it allows the school to be more a harmonious and positive place. As I mentioned in a previous communication can I make a plea that skirts are the correct length and worn correctly i.e. not rolled at all.
Thank in advance for ensuring that everyone is fully equipped and well turned out for next week
Kind regards
Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteacher

7th June: Year 10 Mock Interviews

Dear Parent/Carers
Year 10 Mock Interviews
I am writing to share with you how proud I am of the year 10s on their interview day. Despite a few nerves all students who were interviewed conducted themselves in a professional and mature manner.
This was a great opportunity for students to gain an insight into the interview process and gain valuable feedback from their interviewer. All students on the day received written feedback which covered first impressions, body language, question content and how to improve.
Please have a look over these as they can help your son/daughter improve ready for their part time job/Sixth Form/College/Apprenticeship interviews.
The feedback from the businesses involved was very positive with all saying that they were impressed by the confidence the students displayed. It was very clear who had made a lot of effort in their CV and with their professional business dress.
Please pass on my congratulations to your son/daughter and thank you for all your help behind the scenes in the build up to the day.
Kind regards
Miss L Rushby, Head of Year 10
lrushby@brakenhale.co.uk

7th June: PTA Bingo Evening Reminder

Dear Parents/Carers
PTA Bingo Evening – Thursday 13th June – 6.00pm for 6.30pm
Brakenhale’s PTA is hosting its popular Bingo Evening at the school on Thursday 13th June and we do hope that you will support us and the school and come and enjoy what is always an exciting evening. The PTA has previously successfully raised money to purchase a school minibus and is continuing to raise money towards the next project of sustainable seating for the outside spaces in the school.
Doors will open at 6.00pm and the first game will start at 6.30pm. The evening will finish by 9.00pm. There will be a raffle on the night, a cash bar and tickets include a jacket potato dinner (please let us know of any special dietary requirements on the reply slip). Tickets cost £7.50 per adult (16 and over), £5 per child (under 16) and £22 for a family of 2 adults and 2 children; entry will be by ticket only. If you would like to purchase tickets, please download and complete the reply slip attached, and return it and your payment to Main Reception as soon as possible, and no later than Friday 7th June. We will also have hard copies in reception for you to collect to make it easier.
We would prefer payment by cheque, made payable to The Brakenhale School, but, if payment by cash is necessary, parents should personally bring this to main reception. The venue has a limited capacity so please book tickets early to avoid disappointment.
If you have any further questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us on the main school telephone number, or via email admindept@brakenhale.co.uk.
We look forward to seeing you at the Bingo Evening with friends and family.
Yours faithfully
Mrs Lategan, PTA Chair

5th June: Year 10 End of Year Exams Timetable

Dear Parents/Carers and Students
Year 10 End of Year Exam Timetable
Attached is your End of Year exam timetable. These will be sat in exam conditions in the Sports Hall and C26.
Please speak to your subject teachers regarding revision guidance.
If you require any further information do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Mrs S Seymour, Exams Manager
exams@brakenhale.co.uk

5th June: Year 11 Students - GCSE English

Dear Year 11 Students
GCSE English
With your final English Language exam this Friday morning, it is really important that you take the opportunity tomorrow – during period 3 – to attend your last English lesson.
We will be giving you: guidance on how to answer the questions; advice on timings; writing practice and help on clearing up any uncertainties or misconceptions.
As you are all in school for your Math’s exam in the morning, it makes perfect sense to get that last bit of revision with your teachers.
There will not be a period 6 for English tomorrow, but your teachers will be available in their classrooms from 8am on Friday morning before the exam.
We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible tomorrow.
Kind regards
The English Department

5th June: PE Extra Curricular Timetable

Dear Parents/Carers and Students
PE Extra-Curricular Timetable
Please find attached our updated PE Extra-Curricular Timetable.
Kind regards
School Office

5th June: Year 9 Religious Studies Exam

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 Religious Studies Exam
Year 9 students will be completing a 2-hour Religious Studies exam on Friday, 28th June, P3 and P4. This will be full exam conditions in the Sports Hall.
It is planned to help prepare students for their actual GCSE which will be taking place in May next year.
The paper will include the following topics: Life and Life After Death, Human Rights, Christian Beliefs and Muslim Beliefs.
Students should refer to their subject teachers for revision advice and guidance.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further assistance.
Kind regards
Mrs Seymour, Exams Manager

4th June: Year 11 Afternoon Exams

Dear Parents/Carers and Students
Year 11 Afternoon Exams
Please can I remind you that for all afternoon exams students need to be lined up outside their exam venue by 13:10 at the latest.
Many thanks
Mrs S Seymour, Exam Manager
sseymour@brakenhale.co.uk

4th June: Year 10 Mock Interviews Reminder

Dear Parents/Carers
Reminder of Year 10 Mock Interview Day Suitable Dress – Wednesday 5th June
On Wednesday 5th June all Year 10 students will have a mock interview experience to help prepare them for their future. The interviews will be an opportunity to practice presenting themselves to a professional, and will take place at school. We have 32 volunteers who have agreed to share their time and expertise from various local, national and global businesses such as Thames Valley Police, DHL UK , Waitrose…… etc as well as members of our Governing Body.
Students will receive feedback on the way they present themselves, the responses they give to open questions and on their body language and confidence. We expect that student’s attitude and behaviour will be exemplary. Students may wear full school uniform or business professional clothes (skirts should be on the knee) no training shoes…… heels are to be of a sensible height, and school shoes will be required for the rest of the day.
If any attire is deemed unsuitable students will be required to borrow a uniform.
Students will be issued with an appointment card for their interview. Please let us know if your son/daughter will be absent from school on Wednesday 5th June so that we can cancel their appointment.
Interviews are always nerve-wracking but we hope this experience will challenge our students in a way that will be beneficial.
Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Yours faithfully
Ms L Rushby, Head of Year 10
lrushby@brakenhale.co

4th June: PTA Bingo Evening Reminder

Dear Parents/Carers
PTA Bingo Evening – Thursday 13th June – 6.00pm for 6.30pm
Brakenhale’s PTA is hosting its popular Bingo Evening at the school on Thursday 13th June and we do hope that you will support us and the school and come and enjoy what is always an exciting evening. The PTA has previously successfully raised money to purchase a school minibus and is continuing to raise money towards the next project of sustainable seating for the outside spaces in the school.
Doors will open at 6.00pm and the first game will start at 6.30pm. The evening will finish by 9.00pm. There will be a raffle on the night, a cash bar and tickets include a jacket potato dinner (please let us know of any special dietary requirements on the reply slip). Tickets cost £7.50 per adult (16 and over), £5 per child (under 16) and £22 for a family of 2 adults and 2 children; entry will be by ticket only. If you would like to purchase tickets, please download and complete the reply slip attached, and return it and your payment to Main Reception as soon as possible, and no later than Friday 7th June. We will also have hard copies in reception for you to collect to make it easier.
We would prefer payment by cheque, made payable to The Brakenhale School, but, if payment by cash is necessary, parents should personally bring this to main reception. The venue has a limited capacity so please book tickets early to avoid disappointment.
If you have any further questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us on the main school telephone number, or via email admindept@brakenhale.co.uk.
We look forward to seeing you at the Bingo Evening with friends and family.
Yours faithfully
Mrs Lategan, PTA Chair

3rd June: Year 11 Medication in school

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Medication in School
As Year 11 approach the end of term, we would like to remind you that if they have medication in school, it will need to be collected before their last exam.
Any medication not collected will be returned to the Pharmacy.
Kind regards
Mrs A Ball, First Aid Co-ordinator
aball@brakenhale.co.uk

31st May: School Lockers Reminder

Dear Parents/Carers
School Lockers
Please see attached locker information letter from ILS outlining costs for school lockers for September 2019. The cost of £25 will cover the period from September 2019 to July 2020 (1 term in our existing building 2 terms in the new building). Online bookings open on 1st June 2019 via ILS www.ilsschools.co.uk
Please note that in our current building we have a limited number of lockers. However, when we move to the new site in January 2020 there will additional lockers available to rent and students who are not allocated a locker in September and are on the waiting list will be contacted at that time.
Kind regards
School Office
Locker Letter 2019 – 2020

24th May: GCSE Half Term Revision Update

Good afternoon
Year 11 Half-Term Study Support
A great week for all Year 11 with excellent behaviour and commitment to their exams. In view of the attendance at extra Science sessions this week, Wednesday’s holiday session has been cancelled. The hard work students put into their revision over half term will determine how successful they are in their remaining exams.
Year 11 Half Term Study Sessions

Date Time Subject
Tuesday 28th May 1pm – 3.30pm Business Studies (Invite only)
BTEC Dance (Invite only) B11
Friday 31st May 9am – 12pm GCSE Music
9am – 3.00pm History -C25

Kind regards
Mr R Corry, Deputy Headteacher
rcorry@brakenhale.co.uk

24th May: Year 10 End of Year Exams

Dear Parents/Carers and Students
End of Year 10 Exams
Please be aware that End of Year exams will be taking place the week commencing 24th June. A timetable will follow shortly.
Your subject teacher will be able to offer revision advice and guidance.
Kind regards,
Sarah Seymour, Exams Manager

23rd May: PTA Bingo Evening

Dear Parents/Carers
PTA Bingo Evening – Thursday 13th June – 6.00pm for 6.30pm
Brakenhale’s PTA is hosting its popular Bingo Evening at the school on Thursday 13th June and we do hope that you will support us and the school and come and enjoy what is always an exciting evening. The PTA has previously successfully raised money to purchase a school minibus and is continuing to raise money towards the next project of sustainable seating for the outside spaces in the school.
Doors will open at 6.00pm and the first game will start at 6.30pm. The evening will finish by 9.00pm. There will be a raffle on the night, a cash bar and tickets include a jacket potato dinner (please let us know of any special dietary requirements on the reply slip). Tickets cost £7.50 per adult (16 and over), £5 per child (under 16) and £22 for a family of 2 adults and 2 children; entry will be by ticket only. If you would like to purchase tickets, please download and complete the reply slip attached, and return it and your payment to Main Reception as soon as possible, and not later than Friday 7th June. Hard copies of the letter will also be available from Main Reception. We would prefer payment by cheque, made payable to The Brakenhale School, but, if payment by cash is necessary, parents should personally bring this to main reception. The venue has a limited capacity so please book tickets early to avoid disappointment.
If you have any further questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us on the main school telephone number, or via email admindept@brakenhale.co.uk.
We look forward to seeing you at the Bingo Evening with friends and family.
Kind regards
School Office
PTA Bingo Letter

22nd May: Year 10 Mock Interviews

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 Mock Interview Day – Wednesday 5th June
On Wednesday 5th June all Year 10 students will have a mock interview experience to help prepare them for their future. The interviews will be an opportunity to practice presenting themselves to a professional, and will take place at school. We have 32 volunteers who have agreed to share their time and expertise from various local, national and global businesses such as Thames Valley Police, DHL UK , Waitrose…… etc as well as members of our Governing Body.
Students will receive feedback on the way they present themselves, the responses they give to open questions and on their body language and confidence. We expect that student’s attitude and behaviour will be exemplary. Students may wear full school uniform or business professional clothes (skirts should be on the knee).
Students will be issued with an appointment card for their interview. Please let us know if your son/daughter will be absent from school on Wednesday 5th June so that we can cancel their appointment.
Interviews are always nerve-wracking but we hope this experience will challenge our students in a way that will be beneficial.
Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Yours faithfully
Ms L Rushby, Head of Year 10
lrushby@brakenhale.co.uk

22nd May: Uniform Expectations

Dear Parents/Carers
Uniform Expectations
Thank you for all your support this year with uniform and appearance. The students continue to look very smart and corporate and we are proud of how well turned out our students are, in almost all cases. As ever, we do have to fight some battles and in particular with rolled skirts, skirt length and non-polishable shoes. Can I ask that you check your son/daughter’s uniform in the morning and ensure they are compliant with our dress code.
As we approach the holidays can I also remind you that when the students are on vacation next week they do not return to school with piercings that don’t comply with our uniform expectations – students may only wear 1 gold or silver stud in each lower lobe, haircuts that are extreme, nothing less than a grade 1 and no lines or logos shaved in their hair, or hair colours that are un-natural. We will be doing a big push on uniform in the week beginning 10th June and I want to ensure that everyone is ready for this date. Skirts are proving problematic and it is worth stating that we ask that the skirt is ‘on the knee’ as we often see students in unrolled Brakenhale skirts but they are well above the knee. The uniform shop is open each Monday and Thursday after school if anyone wishes to purchase any new items of school clothing and in particular any skirts that have become too short.
Kind regards
Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteacher
ahartley@brakenhale.co.uk

21st May: Year 11 Exam Assembly

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Exam Season
On Friday 24th May during period 5 there will be a short assembly for Year 11 after which students will be released from school early at approx. 2pm.
If you require your son/daughter to remain in school until the end of the school day, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Kind regards
Mr R Corry, Deputy Headteacher
rcorry@brakenhale.co.uk

21st May: Year 10 Thorpe Park Trip - 17th July

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 Thorpe Park on Wednesday 17th July 2019
As recognition for the hard work of year 10 students this year we would like to invite Year 10 students to an end of year rewards trip to Thorpe Park on Wednesday 17th July. This is an exciting opportunity for the students to enjoy time together outside of the classroom before the start of year 11.
Students will be travelling by coach and will be supervised throughout the day by Brakenhale staff. The cost to students for this trip with admission, coach and insurance will be £35.50. For those students that have Merlin or Thorpe Park passes the cost is £13.50 in order to pay for coach travel and insurance.
The students will be leaving school at 9.30am and return to school approx. 5.30pm.
It would be recommended that students bring a packed lunch with them, alternatively they can bring money with them to purchase food at the park. Students will not be expected to wear school uniform on the day, however appropriate standards of dress are required by all students.
Those students that have a valid Merlin/Thorpe Park pass should check that it will be in date at the time of the event and tick on ParentPay that they have a valid pass. On the day, the students will be responsible for these passes.
As this is a rewards trip acceptance onto the trip is determined by your son/daughter(s) behaviour between now and the trip. Students who have had poor behaviour throughout the year will be issued with a park passport. The passport will be signed by teachers at the end of the lesson and myself at the end of each day. More than 3 strikes will be an automatic refusal onto the trip.
Payment Procedures – We ask you to use the online payment system to pay for this particular trip/activity if possible. Payments can be made online by debit or credit card however, we would be very grateful if you could use a debit card as the school is charged a higher fee for payments by credit card. If you have been issued a PayPoint card please do not try to use it for this school trip, the PayPoint card will only put money onto school meals. If you wish to pay for this trip/activity by cash, please contact csilvey@brakenhale.co.uk where we will be able to issue a temporary barcoded letter for you to be able to pay via any PayPoint. If you have not previously created an online account or have any issues, please email csilvey@brakenhale.co.uk to request a ParentPay login or assistance.
This trip/activity is optional and the school asks that the payment is made as a voluntary contribution to cover the cost. In the event that we are unable to cover the costs the trip may have to be cancelled and all money received will be returned to those who contributed. If you are experiencing difficulty in paying for this visit a written request for support should be submitted to the school office. Parents are responsible for the prompt collection/return home of students after the visit.
If you would like your son/daughter to be allocated a place on this trip please complete the consent form and make payment on ParentPay.
Full payment to be received by 30th June 2019
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me by telephone or email.
Yours faithfully
Miss L Rushby, Head of Year 10
lrushby@brakenhale.co.uk

20th May: Year 11 Study Support

Good morning
Year 11 Study Support
Year 11 students are required to attend the Maths Revision session today Monday 20th May from 5pm to 8pm and Science revision on Tuesday 21st May from 3.05pm to 4.05pm
In order to acknowledge the significant extra hours that students have studied, both in and out of school this week, we will allow all students who attend both sessions to leave school at 1:25pm on Thursday 23rd May.
If students wish to remain in school then they will be in their normal timetabled lesson and will finish school at 3.05pm.
Kind regards
School Office

18th May: Year 11 Exams

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Exams
As we approach half term, we would like to take this opportunity to remind you that students are expected to attend school each day until the exams for that subject are completed. We are running intensive revision session when students are not in exams to ensure they are provided with the maximum opportunity to succeed. I am sure you agree, time with expert practitioners in subjects, is the best place for students to be pre-exams.
Kind regards
Mr N O’Donoghue, Head of Year 11
nodonoghue@brakenhale.co.uk

17th May: Walk with Us

Good Morning
Walk with Us! – New Build Fundraising
As part of our fundraising endeavours to equip our new building, we are participating in the Easthampstead Rotary Club Bracknell Family Walk Together on Sunday 7th July. We are hoping that as many of our parents, students, staff and their families, friends and neighbours will participate and gain sponsorship for our school. You can walk between 9am and 2pm and there will also be some fun activities going on during the day.
If you are willing to take part, you will need to register by following the link:
https://uk.patronbase.com/_SouthHillPark/Productions/Q160/Performances
Registration costs £5 per adult and is free for children under 14.
I can organise a sponsorship page for you, providing you with a link that you can share with family and friends – you will not need to fill in forms, or collect money. You will just need to e-mail me at fundraising@brakenhale.co.uk to let me know that you have registered.
The Rotary Club will award monetary prizes to the charity that has the most participants and the individual that raises the most money.
We are hoping it will be a great day and that many of you will join us.
Kind regards
Karen Roche, Chair of Governors

17th May: Social Media Evening

Dear Parents/Carers
Social Media
Further to our information evening on Wednesday regarding “responsible teenage technology use”, I am pleased to attach the presentations.
Prevent & React
Social media evening 2019
The evening focussed upon giving parents practical tips for supporting their teenagers to use social media and other online platforms safely. Of particular interest was Mike Murray our Network Manager’s presentation where he provided step-by-step guidance in setting parental controls on a range of different media.
At the end of the evening we sold “brick phones” loaded with £10 credit. We sold over half of our stock on the evening, our remaining stock will be available to purchase from main reception for £15 cash/cheque payment.
Kind regards
Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteacher
ahartley@brakenhale.co.uk

17th May: Combined Cadet Force CCF

Dear Parents/Carers
Combined Cadet Force – CCF
Following our CCF information evening this week, we would like to share with you the presentation from the evening.
If your son/daughter is interested in getting involved, please complete the attached application form and return to the school office, the deadline for completion of these is Monday 20th May, applications will not be accepted after the deadline.
If you would like further information on CCF, please click the link below to view the youtube promotional video.

If you would like to discuss this opportunity further, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Mr R Beukes, Assistant Headteacher
rbeukes@brakenhale.co.uk

15th May: KS3 Outdoor Adventure Weekend

Dear Parent/Carers
Key Stage 3 Outdoor Adventure Weekend at Bawdsey Manor, Woodbridge, Suffolk
Friday 5th July – Sunday 7th July 2019
We have been given the opportunity to extend our numbers on the above trip, should your son/daughter wish to attend can you please contact csilvey@brakenhale.co.uk
The original letter with full details is attached and full payment to be received by Friday 28th June 2019.
PGL Bawdsey Manor Letter
Kind regards
Mr R Beukes, Head of Key Stage 4
rbeukes@brakenhale.co.uk

15th May: Brakenhale Water Bottles

Dear Parents/Carers
Brakenhale Water Bottles
As the weather is warming up, we would like remind students to stay hydrated during the day and bring refillable water bottles into school. Brakenhale Water Bottles are available to purchase for £2.00 using cash from the Print Room or Head of Year Office or alternatively you can pay via ParentPay and students can collect from Main Reception.
Kind regards
School Office

15th May: Reading University Research Project

Dear Parents/Carers
Research project by Reading University
Along with a large number of other young people, your son/daughter has recently taken part in the study at school and completed some short questionnaires of common symptoms of anxiety and depression. The project aims to help the university develop an accurate short screening questionnaire of anxiety and depression, it is important that they include the parental view which is why we collect information from parents as well as young people themselves. We are therefore asking you to now complete some short questionnaires about your son/daughter and to provide some background information about your family.
Please click on the link below to complete the survey:
https://reading.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/iat-ada-parent
For more information on the project and sharing data, please see the attached leaflet.
We appreciate your support in completing the survey.
Kind regards
School Office

13th May: Reminder: “A Parent’s Guide to responsible teenage technology use” - Wednesday 15th May, 6.30pm

Dear Parents/Carers
REMINDER – “A Parent’s Guide to responsible teenage technology use”
We would like to remind you that we are hosting a parents information evening entitled “A Parent’s Guide to responsible teenage technology use” on Wednesday 15th May at 6.30pm.
If you answer yes to any of the following questions this evening is designed for you:
· Do you feel confident in using Snapchat?
· Do you know how to put privacy settings in place on social media?
· Are you comfortable setting parental controls on different devices including the household Wi-Fi?
· Are you worried your teenager is addicted to their phone/Playstation/Xbox?
The purpose of the evening is to help and support parents and carers keep their teenagers safe when using technology such as phones, tablets, game consoles and the internet.
We will be covering topics such as image sharing, internet grooming and internet friendship all of which will help to keep your teenager safe online. Alongside this, Mike Murray, our IT Network Manager will be present and will be demonstrating how to enable parental controls to improve sleep patterns, restrict access to certain sites and to most importantly to maintain a degree of parental ownership on how the child’s technology use is being managed. Mike will also be covering the use of Xbox and Playstation within his presentation.
We hope this evening will give you the knowledge, confidence and awareness to work with your teenager to keep them safe and also allow them to make informed decisions about matters such as sleep, messaging and internet safety.
On the evening we will be offering ‘brick’ phones for sale that offer text and call facilities for the price of £15 (this includes £10 of credit) as we feel these phones will offer parents and students an alternative device for days where a digital detox is being enacted but for safety reasons a phone is still a good idea.
We look forward to seeing you on 15th May. Tea and biscuits will be provided!
Yours faithfully
Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteacher
Miss C Gill, Director of Safeguarding

12th May: Fundraising: Running in Half Marathon

Good morning
Brakenhale Fundraising
We would like to wish Dawn Godwin good luck this morning as she is running in the Bracknell Lexicon Half-Marathon today to raise money for our new build through sponsorship. She will be wearing a green vest with ‘Dawn’ on it and her number is 294. If you are watching, Dawn will be very pleased if you give her a cheer. If you wish to sponsor her, you can do so by clicking on this link: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/dawngodwin
Kind regards
School Office

10th May: September 2019 New Admissions Information

Dear Parents/Carers
New Admissions Information
Please find a copy of our Information Booklet attached, which was previously sent home with students in March.
We would like to take this opportunity to refer you to the school uniform section, where you will find a full list of uniform requirements, together with a price list, links to order online and the opening hours of our Uniform Shop, during both term time and the summer holidays.
House ties for Year 7 students are a new item and will be available to purchase as soon as Houses have been allocated.
Tools for Learning are available to purchase from main reception which is open daily from 8am to 5pm and you can pick up stationery items for a cash payment only during term time. Alternatively, you will be able to buy on induction days and at the parent information evenings as well as the inset days at the beginning of term.
We look forward to meeting students at our induction days on 3rd and 4th July.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish students every success with their SATs next week.
If you have any queries regarding transition to Brakenhale, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Kind regards
School Office, mainreception@brakenhale.co.uk
Year 7 Information Booklet 2019-20

10th May: Year 11 May Half Term Study Sessions

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Half Term Study Sessions
I am writing to inform you of sessions staff will be running over May half term for various subjects.
The exams will be in full swing and these booster sessions will really help students prepare for the examinations after half term. Whilst these cannot be made compulsory, we strongly advise students attend.
The sessions are as follows:
# Tuesday 28 May – 1pm – 3.30pm – Business Studies & BTEC Dance (Invite only) B11
# Wednesday 29 May – 10am – 1pm – Science (Invite only)
# Friday 31 May – 9am – 3.30pm – History
The morning sessions will run from 9am – 12midday and afternoon sessions from 1pm-3.30pm unless otherwise stated. If your child has full day sessions then it will be from 9am- 3.30pm, please ask them to bring a lunch with them. If a session finished early the member of staff will release them to go home and not keep them until the end of the session.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Mr R Corry, Deputy Headteacher

10th May: Year 9 Immunisation Survey

Dear Parents/Carers
Immunisation Survey
The Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust have requested families’ feedback on the recent delivery of the Tetanus/Diptheria/Polio, Meningitis ACWY and Targeted MMR Year 9 immunisations given in the Spring Term of 2019.
The survey was sent out by schoolcomms. We would ask that you complete this by Thursday 23rd May.
Thank you in advance.
Kind regards
Mrs M Ball, Health Coordinator

10th May: Ofqual Blog and Exam Timetable for Exam Students

Ofqual Blog and Exam Timetable
This is our last blog before summer exams start on 13 May and we’re using the opportunity to talk to those at the heart of it all – students. As we want every student to achieve the grade they deserve, here are our final hints and tips for you as the exam series starts:
· Check, check and check again your exam timetable; make sure you know what equipment to take to each exam and arrive in good time. Our checklist is a good reminder if you’re not sure.
· Follow all the instructions you are given about what to do with your phone. Every year some students have marks deducted or are disqualified altogether from an exam because they didn’t follow the instructions they were given about where to leave their phone. Don’t be caught out.
· Don’t be surprised if there’s a question in the exam that isn’t what you expected. Questions are often designed to test how students can apply their knowledge to an unfamiliar situation. Stay calm, think about the question and apply your knowledge to the scenario given.
· Don’t expect to be examined on all that you have learned. The exams would have to be much longer if they included questions on everything you had covered during your course.
· It’s fine to share your feelings about an exam on social media, but if you have a genuine concern about an exam, for example, you think there might have been an error in a question, you should raise that with your exams officer or teacher. They can decide whether to raise it with the exam board.
· The exam boards have tried and tested ways of spotting whether an exam or a particular question was more (or less) demanding than previous years. If this is the case, they will take that into account when they set their grade boundaries. This is one of the many steps we and the exam boards take to make sure exams are fair for all.
· It’s normal for students to be anxious during the exam period and in the run up to it. Take a look at our guide for advice on how to manage such feelings.
· If you see or hear about something that doesn’t seem right – for example, you think someone isn’t following the rules – raise it with your invigilator, your exams officer or a teacher.
· Just in case it’s needed, make sure you could be available to take an exam on and up to the contingency day of 26 June. This is in case exceptional circumstances mean an exam has to be re-timetabled.
· If you are ill or injured or if something happens beyond your control that might affect your performance, talk to your teacher or exams officer as soon as possible about your options.
Wishing all students taking exams this summer every success.
If you would like to talk to Ofqual about any of the issues raised in this blog, please contact us at public.enquiries@ofqual.gov.uk.

10th May: Student News : Year 10

Dear Parents, Carers and Students
Please find Student News attached:
Year 10 Student News
Kind regards
School Office

10th May: Student News : Year 9

Dear Parents, Carers and Students
Please find Student News attached:
Year 9 Student News
Kind regards
School Office

10th May: Student News : Year 8

Dear Parents, Carers and Students
Please find Student News attached:
Year 8 Student News
Kind regards
School Office

10th May: Student News : Year 7

Dear Parents, Carers and Students
Please find Student News attached:
Year 7 Student News
Kind regards
School Office

9th May: Sixth Form Study Leave

Dear Parents, Carers and Students,
Subject: Study Leave Information
Please find attached a letter outlining the summer term and study leave information for Sixth Form. Study leave information letter
If you have any further questions, queries, or issues, please do let us know on sixthform@brakenhale.co.uk
Regards
Mr J Duffy, Head of Sixth Form

9th May: School Lockers

Dear Parents/Carers
School Lockers
Please see attached locker information letter from ILS outlining costs for school lockers for September 2019. The cost of £25 will cover the period from September 2019 to July 2020 (1 term in our existing building 2 terms in the new building). Online bookings open on 1st June 2019 via ILS www.ilsschools.co.uk
Please note that in our current building we have a limited number of lockers. However, when we move to the new site in January 2020 there will additional lockers available to rent and students who are not allocated a locker in September and are on the waiting list will be contacted at that time.
Locker Letter 2019-2020
Kind regards
School Office

8th May: Brakenhale Combined Cadet Force CCF

Dear Parents/Carers
Brakenhale Combined Cadet Force (CCF)
We would like to remind you of the Brakenhale Combined Cadet Force (CCF), Army Section, information evening being held at school on the 14th May 18:00 – 19:00 in the Main Hall.
If your son/daughter is interested in joining our CCF or you would like more information, we would encourage you to attend the evening.
Please see attached information sheet. Please note some of the dates have been changed from those originally published.
Information Sheet
Kind regards
Lt Beukes, The Contingent Commander, rbeukes@brakenhale.co.uk

8th May: Brakenhale Ski Trip 2019

Dear Parents and Students
Brakenhale Ski Trip 2019
I am writing to you to offer you the chance to send your child on an unforgettable educational experience in the Italian Alps this Christmas. We are organising a Ski Trip to the resort of Passo Tonale, which lies between Lombardy and Trentino. The resort is situated at approximately 1800m above sea level features the Pressenna Glacier, guaranteeing skiing. We will be leaving on Thursday 12th December and returning on Wednesday 18th December 2019.
Tonale is linked to the resort of Ponte di Legno, which offers a more traditional Alpine experience with wood lined slopes, but is slightly lower. We will be staying at the Piandeneve Hotel, which provides some of the best accommodation available in the area. The Hotel is 200m from the Ski School meeting point and a short walk from the village centre.
The cost of this trip is £1100.00 per student, which will include:- all Coach transfers, return flights from a London Airport (TBC), all ski, ski boot and helmet hire for the trip, 5 day lift pass, 5 hours per day of ski lessons with fully qualified English speaking instructors, travel insurance, 3 hot meals a day in the Hotel’s buffet style restaurant and a full programme of evening entertainments (to include some if not all of the following – night skiing, pizza evening, bowling, tubing, swimming, disco – dependent on availability, these will be confirmed nearer the time).
I have included a couple of links to specific websites so you can view for yourselves: –
https://www.skiclub.co.uk/italy/resorts/passo-tonale
https://www.skiclub.co.uk/italy/resorts/ponte-di-legno
https://www.piandinevetonale.it/en/home-page-piandineve-hotel-official-website
I have run over 20 ski trips in the past and stayed here with School parties on at 2 previous occasions and in my humble experience it is the best Hotel in Europe. I am a qualified Ski Course Leader (Snowsport GB) with over 20 years’ experience, and this is a really exciting opportunity to take students’ learning outside the classroom and is something we are delighted to be able to offer.
We have put together a payment plan, as full payment to be received by 1st October 2019.

Date Amount
Deposit

31/05/19

200
30/06/19 220
31/07/19 220
31/08/19 220
31/09/19 240

Payment Procedures – We ask you to use the online payment system to pay for this particular trip/activity if possible. Payments can be made online by debit or credit card however, we would be very grateful if you could use a debit card as the school is charged a higher fee for payments by credit card. If you have been issued a PayPoint card please do not try to use it for this school trip, the PayPoint card will only put money onto school meals. If you wish to pay for this trip/activity by cash, please contact finance@brakenhale.co.uk where we will be able to issue a temporary barcoded letter for you to be able to pay via any PayPoint. If you have not previously created an online account or have any issues, please email csilvey@brakenhale.co.uk to request a ParentPay login or assistance.
This trip is an optional visit and the school asks that the payment is made as a voluntary contribution to cover the cost. In the event that we are unable to cover the costs the trip may have to be cancelled and all money received will be returned to those who contributed. If you are experiencing difficulty in paying for this visit a written request for support should be submitted to the school office. Parents are responsible for the prompt collection/return home of students after the visit.
If you would like your son/daughter to be allocated a place on this, trip please make payment and agree to the terms on ParentPay.
Will require a non-fundable deposit payment of £200.00 to be received by Friday 31st May.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school by telephone or email.
Yours faithfully
Mr J Spaul, ICT and Maths Teacher, jspaul@brakenhale.co.uk

8th May: Bracknell Half Marathon - Volunteers Urgently Needed

A quick reminder that we are in drastic need of volunteers for the Half Marathon this Sunday 12the May. The event helps raise much needed funds for the school and is a great community run event.
You do not have to commit to stay for the whole morning but any help from 8am till 12pm would be much appreciated. There will be one water station that we need to man which will include pouring water and handing out cups. We will also have a few marshal stations which will need to be manned, which will just include cheering on the runners and being there in case any runners require assistance.
The first 16 volunteers will receive a free t-shirt. Please if you can give any time at all please fill out the this form Click here and we will see you Sunday!
Kind regards
School Office

3rd May: GCSE Maths Revision

Dear Parents/Carers,
GCSE Maths Late Revision
As we are fast approaching the GCSE exams I am writing to update you on how we are preparing students for their exams.
Your son/daughter has been invited to a Google Classroom Revision room for them to access revision resources. I have shared an invite link with them via their school email but if they have misplaced this they can access the classroom by going to https://classroom.google.com/, they may need to sign in with their Brakenhale login details. When they are logged in they will then be able to add themselves to the classroom by clicking on the ‘+’ symbol and entering a code. We will also post notifications in there each time we find a new resources that may benefit their revision.
In addition to this, as a maths department will be offering revision sessions. Before each of your son/daughter’s maths exams, we will be offering a morning revision session from 7:30am until the exam. In addition to this, we will also be offering an evening revision session the day before, this session will run from 5pm until 7:45pm in the maths department.
These sessions are not compulsory but historically we have found that students have benefited from the evening session as they can go home, then return in their own clothes and do some revision for a few hours. We would really appreciate it if students bring their maths equipment with them. After the revision session, we encourage them to relax when they get home as they have a big day the next day. We feel that it is beneficial for them to get an early night prior to their exam then come into school for the morning session. In the morning session, we will be looking over some key skills with them.
The dates of the ‘Late Maths’ sessions are:
· Monday 20th May – In preparation for Paper 1 (Non-Calculator);
· Wednesday 5th June – In preparation for Paper 2 (Calculator);
· Monday 10th June – In preparation for Paper 3 (Calculator).
I hope that you will encourage your son/daughter to attend these sessions.
Kind Regards
Mr T Dean, Director of Mathematics

3rd May: Detection Dog

Dear Parents/Carers
Drug Detection Dog
I would like to advise that we were today visited by the drug detection dog. The dog performed a thorough sweep of the school site, including a walk around the perimeter and an inspection of bins and hedgerows surrounding the school. The students were incredibly positive towards the dog and were keen to make its acquaintance! We are pleased to report that nothing was found by the dog.
As we have communicated previously this initiative is part of our robust zero tolerance policy of no drugs on the school site. It is pleasing to see that our student community is responding so supportively to our stance on this issue.
Thank you for your continued support with this matter.
Kind regards
Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteacher

3rd May: School Uniform

Good morning
School Uniform
We would like to remind students that as we are now in the summer term scarves are not permitted in school, they are not part of our school uniform and are only allowed in school during the winter months.
We would also like to remind girls that tucking jumpers into skirts is not acceptable and if students persist in doing this they will be issued with a sanction.
Your support in upholding uniform standards is appreciated.
Kind regards
School Office

3rd May: Home School Communications - New Starters

Dear Parents/Carers
Home School Communications
We would like to advise that all correspondence is sent out via schoolcomms our home school communication software. We use schoolcomms to send communications and produce online reporting as it is an easier, faster and more effective way for us to communicate with parents/carers.
Please note that we have sent a copy of this message via schoolcomms so that new users can check that they are receiving messages from us.
If you do not receive the message via schoolcomms, please check the following:
· Your “SPAM/JUNK” folders, the email may have gone straight in those folders – if this is the case, you will need to accept us as a “safe sender”. Thereafter, messages should go straight to your INBOX.
· Your email provider’s firewall maybe preventing the messages from being received into your mailbox, if you could add our email address sc8674000a@schoolcomms.com to your “address book” this may resolve any issues
We would also encourage all parents to download the “School Gateway” App on to your mobile devices. This will mean that we can share information with you quicker via email, text, online and smartphone app. It will also save you – and the school – time and money.
You will be able to view the following for your son/daughter:
· Achievements
· Behaviour
· Attendance
· Lesson timetable
· Your contact details
· School details
· Student details
· Medical conditions
What you need to do now
To activate your School Gateway account is quick and easy to do. All you need are your email address and mobile number that school holds on record for you.
· Download the app: If you have a smartphone, please download School Gateway from your app store (Android and iPhone). The app shows the same information as the website PLUS you can message the school for FREE – this will also save the school money when we send you a text message.
OR
· Visit the website: www.schoolgateway.com and click on ‘New User’. You’ll receive a text message with a PIN number. Use this PIN to log into School Gateway.
Once you have downloaded the Gateway App, we would be grateful if you could check your contact information is correct and advise of any changes/amendments.
If you are having trouble logging in to the App, it may be because the school doesn’t have your current email and mobile phone number on record. Please call us on 01344 423041 and we will update our system.
We hope that you will find School Gateway a great way to keep up to date with what’s going on at school.
If you have any questions regarding communications, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Kind regards, School Office, Tel : 01344 423041

1st May: Bracknell Half Marathon

Dear All,
Volunteers for Bracknell Half Marathon
There is just under 2 weeks to go before the 2019 Lexicon Bracknell Half Marathon which takes place on Sunday 12th May 2019. This year is the second year that the half-marathon will start and finish at the Lexicon. We are looking for volunteers to help set up and for volunteers to Marshal and hand out water from 8.30am to 12.00pm. It is always a lovely community event, if you have helped in previous years please come along and help us again this year. If not, all students and parents would be most welcome to come along and help hand out water/sponges, it is great fun.
It would be really helpful for organisation of the day if you could let me know if you intend to help by completing our online form by clicking here, emailing me on ksingleton@brakenhale.co.uk or calling and leaving a message with your name and the number of helpers coming with you on my direct line 01344 464791.
Brakenhale School is water station 5, this is between miles 8 and 9. We have been asked to be set up and ready by 8.30am and at our stations by 8:45am. The last runners will be through by approximately 12pm.
In addition to volunteers for the water station that will be outside the Coningsby Gate we will need Marshals for:
· 64: the underpass at Ingleton
· 65: the underpass at the Downside Hotel
· 66: the Bus link from Crowthorne Road to Downshire Way.
· 67: Brakenhale water station
· 68: the footpaths at the rear of KFC
· 69: the footpath/cycle way south of the underpass
If you would specifically like to volunteer to Marshal at one of these points please let me know.
The runners will be running in an anti-clockwise direction, so will be approaching your marshal point/water station from Rectory Lane and heading towards the Sports Centre.
It is very important that Marshals are in place and that drink stations are ready to go in plenty of time, by 9.00 am at the very latest. There will be official course marshals driving round to check all is in place ready to go.
All marshals will be issued with a fluorescent tabard which they should wear during the race (we have to return these). There will also be a limited stock of souvenir T Shirts available which volunteers will be able to keep.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Kim Singleton, on behalf of Brakenhale PTA, ksingleton@brakenhale.co.uk, 01344 464 791

1st May: Assemblies for Year 10 and 11 Exams

We will be completing final Exams Assemblies on Thursday 9th May for Year 10 and on Friday 10th May for Year 11. This will enable students to know where they will be seated and where their bags will be stored for their GCSE Exams.
It will also be a final opportunity to ensure that they are all fully aware of the rules and regulations as failure to follow these can result in disqualification.
Students must have all their tools for learning and these can only been taken into in the exam room in a clear pencil case.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further information.
Kind regards,
Sarah Seymour, Exams Manager

30th April: Sixth Form UCAS/Apprenticeship Event

Dear Parents and Carers,
UCAS/Apprenticeship Event at Reading Blue Coat School on Friday 3rd May 2019
The Brakenhale School has been given the opportunity to take part in the above event, between 1.30pm and 2.30pm at Reading Blue Coat School in Sonning, Reading.
They will be travelling by coach and a member of the Brakenhale staff will supervise students throughout the trip.
There will be no cost to students. We will be leaving at 12.25pm to be there for our slot at 1.30pm and will return to school at approximately 3pm.
As this is part of a normal school day and is deemed a local trip we will not require you to complete a permission form, however if you would prefer your son/daughter not to attend or you have any dietary requirements please contact csilvey@brakenhale.co.uk
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the school by telephone or email.
Yours faithfully
Mr J Boucher

30th April: Youth and Community Team

Dear Parents/Carers and Students
Youth and Community Team
We would like to advise that we have been lucky enough to be selected and supported by the Area Youth and Community Team who will be coming into school fortnightly on a Wednesday lunch-time starting tomorrow. The team will be bringing in a bus which will parked on the quad outside the Head of Years Office and students will be able to pop in for a chat during the lunch period. The aim of this initiative is to engage and promote ongoing offers for young people outside of school.
Kind regards
School Office

29th April: Vending Machines

Dear Parents/Carers
Vending Machines
We are pleased to inform you that following feedback from parents and students, we have purchased two vending machines, one is ready to use and the other one will be available from Friday. The machines are stocked with drink and snack items currently available from the canteen. We hope that this will reduce queuing at both break and lunchtime. The machines have restricted use and cannot be used during lesson time or after school.
Please note that the vending machines operate on a cashless basis and work in exactly the same way as our till system. We would be grateful if you could ensure that your son/daughter is fully aware that items purchased from the machines will be deducted from their ParentPay meal balance.
Students who are entitled to Free School Meals may spend their allowance either in the school canteen or by using the vending machines but will not be able to exceed their daily limit.
If you wish to set a daily limit for students spending, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Kind regards
School Office

27th April: Safe Cycling

Dear Parents/Carers
Safe Cycling
As we start a new term, we would like to remind you that at Brakenhale we welcome our students cycling to school. It is good for the environment and their health. In addition, Bracknell has numerous safe cycle paths that students can use to avoid busy roads as much as possible.
We have a ‘Brakenhale Safe Cycle Scheme’ where all students will need to be issued with a cycle pass to be able to ride their bike or scooter to school and use the bike store.
Students who wish to cycle to school must have a roadworthy bike with working brakes and must be prepared to wear a safety helmet at all times. A cycle pass may be withdrawn if a student is seen riding their bike in a dangerous manner.
We have a secure area to keep bikes but would ask that students bring an individual lock to offer further security.
If your son/daughter would like to cycle to school, please ensure they have read and are familiar with the contents of the attached:
· Cycle Safety Information
· Department for Transport – National Standard for Cycle Training
To request a cycle pass, please click on the link below. Once your request has been approved, your son/daughter will be issued with a pass via their tutor.
Cycle Pass Request
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Yours faithfully
Mr H Thomas, Assistant Headteacher

26th April: New Build - Extra Closure Dates

Dear Parents/Carers
New Build Project – Extra Closure Dates
Further to previous correspondence, I would like to share with you again the information regarding the extra school closure days we will be taking in December 2019/January 2020 in order that we can transition to our new building in January 2020:

December 2019
Friday 13th December School closes for students @ 12.05pm
Monday 16th December INSET DAY (closed to students)
Tuesday 17th December Extra moving day 1
Wednesday 18th December Extra moving day 2
Thursday 19th December Extra moving day 3
January 2020
Monday 6th January Extra moving day 4
Tuesday 7th January Extra moving day 5
Wednesday 8th January Extra moving day 6
Thursday 9th January Students return to new building @8.30am

During this period, examination groups (Year 11 and Sixth Form) will be set home learning, which will include past papers and extensive revision material to ensure their progress is not detrimentally affected.
We fully understand this extended period of time when the school will be closed to students, is not ideal for some, but unfortunately, we have very little control over this. Prior to the Christmas shut down the builders will need to transfer all of the equipment into the new build and, for Health & Safety reasons the site must be closed for this purpose. At the start of January the additional days are needed to unpack all of the equipment and carry out Health & Safety checks and to ensure that all staff are fully orientated with the running of the new building. This will mean that when the students return on Thursday 9th January there will be no disruption to their learning.
Please see attached information on our Term Dates for 2019/20: Term Dates 2019-20
Thank you in advance for your support as we enter this exciting new phase for Brakenhale School.
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

26th April: Research Project by Reading University

Dear Parents/Carers
Research project by Reading University
Brakenhale are going to be working with a team of researchers from Reading University on a research project designed to improve treatment access for adolescents with anxiety disorders and/or depression. Full details about the involvement of parents/carers and students are provided in the attached leaflet. Should you agree for you/your child to participate you do not need to do anything at this time to participate. If you do not want your son/daughter to take part please click on the link to opt out Opt Out Form
The project has been reviewed by the University of Reading Research Ethics Committee, and this committee has given the study favourable opinion to conduct. All researchers involved in the project have been through the enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checking process and received approval by the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Studies for working with children and adolescents.
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

26th April: Rescheduled Event “A Parent’s Guide to responsible teenage technology use”

Dear Parents/Carers
“A Parent’s Guide to responsible teenage technology use”
I am writing to you with information regarding an exciting evening we are hosting for parents entitled “A Parent’s Guide to responsible teenage technology use”. This evening will take place on Wednesday 15th May at 6.30pm. If you answer yes to any of the following questions this evening is designed for you!
· Do you feel confident in using Snapchat?
· Do you know how to put privacy settings in place on social media?
· Are you comfortable setting parental controls on different devices including the household Wi-Fi?
· Are you worried your teenager is addicted to their phone/Playstation/Xbox?
The purpose of the evening is to help and support parents and carers keep their teenagers safe when using technology such as phones, tablets, game consoles and the internet.
We will be covering topics such as image sharing, internet grooming and internet friendship all of which will help to keep your teenager safe online. Alongside this, Mike Murray, our IT Network Manager will be present and will be demonstrating how to enable parental controls to improve sleep patterns, restrict access to certain sites and to most importantly to maintain a degree of parental ownership on how the child’s technology use is being managed. Mike will also be covering the use of Xbox and Playstation within his presentation.
We hope this evening will give you the knowledge, confidence and awareness to work with your teenager to keep them safe and also allow them to make informed decisions about matters such as sleep, messaging and internet safety.
On the evening we will be offering ‘brick’ phones for sale that offer text and call facilities for the price of £15 (this includes £10 of credit) as we feel these phones will offer parents and students an alternative device for days where a digital detox is being enacted but for safety reasons a phone is still a good idea.
We look forward to seeing you on 15th May. Tea and biscuits will be provided!
Yours faithfully
Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteacher
Miss C Gill, Director of Safeguarding

5th April: Year 11 Exam Revision Information Evening

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Exam Revision Information Evening
Many thanks to everyone who braved the British weather last night to attend the Information Evening, it was great to see so many of you.
In order to continually improve events at Brakenhale, we appreciate your feedback and would be grateful if you could click here to complete a short survey.
If you were unable to attend the meeting students have been given a revision pack by their tutors today, which we hope will be of great use to them over the coming weeks.
We look forward to seeing students during the Easter break at the various revision sessions.
Kind regards
School Office

5th April: Public Exams

Dear Parent/Carers and Students,
The Summer term is when all Public exams are sat. The Exams team will be running assemblies to ensure that all students understand the importance of following the Exam Board rules at all times and that failure to do so can result in disqualification.
Please find the relevant JCQ information on the School website. I suggest that these are read and if you have any further questions that you do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Sarah Seymour, Exams Manager

4th April: Back Pack Stock

Dear Parents/Carers
Uniform Shop – Back Pack Stock
We would like to apologise that back packs have been out of stock, we have been advised by suppliers that new stock will be available from Monday 3rd June.
Kind regards
School Office

3rd April: Reading FC Grassroots Ticketing Scheme

Dear Parents/Carers
Grassroots Ticketing Scheme
Thank you for all your support in purchasing tickets for Reading Football club for the match that was held on 12th March under the Grassroots scheme. In an effort to continue to raise funds for the school I would like to encourage you to book tickets for the Brentford match on Saturday 13th April through this scheme.
Please see the attached poster for booking details.
Thank you again for all your support – fundraising like this helps to provide extra educational tools for our students.
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

1st April: Easter Holidays

Good afternoon
Easter Holidays
We would like to remind you that we break for the Easter Holidays on Friday 5th April at 3.05pm and return on Tuesday 23rd April at 8.30am.
We wish you all a happy holidays.
Kind regards
School Office

1st April: School Uniform

Dear Parents/Carers
School Uniform
Firstly, I would like to say a thank you to all of our students who are upholding and supporting the high standards of uniform we expect at Brakenhale. It is a pleasure to note a reduction in sanctions being issued for uniform infringements. As we approach the end of term, I would like to take this opportunity to share a few reminders with you for over the holidays:
Skirts – length is really important and the Brakenhale standard issue skirts have improved the appearance of students considerably. However, can I remind you that skirt length should be on the knee. If your daughter has had a growth spurt and is taller than when their skirt was purchased, please ensure that a new skirt of a longer length is purchased from the school uniform shop as soon as possible. Girls who roll their skirts will face a sanction and if they continue to do so will be requested to wear trousers to school. We accept that Year 11 girls only have a few weeks left at school and if their skirts are shorter than the required length, they will be able to borrow one from our school supplies until their leaving day.
Shoes must be black and polishable – this means leather rather than suede and they must not display any logos. Please can you ensure that you have a good supply of plain black socks to go with the shoes.
Piercings – the holidays are a time where some students will get piercings, be it in the nose, upper ear or as seems to be the fashion, in the small piece of cartilage that sticks out from the front of the ear known as the tragus. Can I remind you that we will insist this piercing is removed rather than taped up. These sorts of piercings are best left to the start of the summer holidays, which will allow the hole to become established without fear of healing over when the earring or stud is removed for the school day. Tongue studs, eyebrow, nose, lip and facial piercings are not allowed at school. Students will be required to remove the facial jewellery. Refusal to remove the jewellery may result in internal exclusion.
Hair – Extreme hairstyles, such as Mohicans, words or symbols shaved into the side of a student’s head, grade tracks and extreme dyed hair colours which are not in keeping with an educational establishment, should not be worn to school. No students should have their hair shaven any shorter than a grade 1. Any student with a hairstyle which is deemed to be offensive or disruptive to learning will be asked to modify that hairstyle.
Tools for Learning should be replenished over the holidays or before the end of term from the print room. It makes such a difference to the amount of learning time in lessons when students have all of the correct equipment and can support themselves with their learning and progress without several minutes of each lesson being disrupted handing out rulers, glue sticks or highlighters for example.
Uniform Shop is open on Monday and Thursday from 3.05pm – 5pm or alternatively you can order items online. Price list is attached for your information.
Please can we ask that all students return to school at 8.30am on Tuesday 23rd April 2019 with great uniform and a full stock of equipment.
Thank you for your support in all of the above matters.
Have a great Easter break with your families.
Kind regards
Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteacher
ahartley@brakenhale.co.uk

29th March: Student News - Year 10

Please see attached Student News:
Year 10 Student News
Kind regards
School Office

29th March: Student News - Year 9

Please see attached Student News:
Year 9 Student News
Kind regards
School Office

29th March: Student News - Year 8

Please see attached Student News:
Year 8 Student News
Kind regards
School Office

29th March: Student News - Year 7

Please see attached Student News:
Year 7 Student News
Kind regards
School Office

29th March: Year 11 Parents' Evening and Revision Information Evening

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Parents Evening
Thank you to everyone who attended yesterday’s parents evening. We hope that you had positive conversations with teachers and your son/daughter’s have the feedback they need to work towards success in their exams.
If you did not return your feedback forms, we would be grateful if you could click here and complete a short survey.
Year 11 Revision Information Evening
We would also like to take this opportunity to remind you of the Year 11 Revision Information Evening on Thursday 4th April at 6pm in the main hall. As always parking on site is very limited and we would ask that if you are using roads close to the school that you are considerate of our neighbours drives and public pathways. The Coningsby gates will be locked and we would ask that you enter the school via main reception.
Please find attached the latest Easter Revision Programme.
Kind regards
School Office

28th March: CANCELLED “A Parent’s Guide to responsible teenage technology use”

Dear Parents/Carers
“A Parent’s Guide to responsible teenage technology use”
Due to unforeseen circumstances the above information evening has been cancelled, it will be rescheduled for next term.
Apologies for any inconvenience.
Kind regards
School Office

27th March: Combined Cadet Force at Brakenhale

Good morning
Combined Cadet Force CCF (Army) at Brakenhale School
We are pleased to share with you information on the CCF (Army) at Brakenhale School.

Combined Cadet Force


Kind regards
School Office

26th March: Year 10 and 11 Work Experience

Dear parents/Students
We have just been made aware of some new Work Experience opportunities via the S4SNextGen.org online portal that are looking for students to apply. We would encourage you to apply ASAP to give yourself a great chance of securing high quality Work Experience at a top employer and give yourself a boost for your future career aspirations.
What’s on offer?
See below for the exciting placements we have available in your area (you will first need to sign in/register to be able to view these links):
· READING – Cisco Systems – IT/Tech Firm TECHNICAL STREAM (15 – 19 July)
· READING – Cisco Systems – IT/Tech Firm BUSINESS STREAM (15 – 19 July)
A full list of opportunities including further details can be found via the portal – sign in here to search and apply: http://www.s4snextgen.org/students/signup
How do I apply?
Follow the steps below to apply – it only takes 5 minutes!
1. Register/Log in. (You should already have an account but if you’ve forgotten your details, feel free to setup another account).
2. Click on ‘OPPORTUNITIES’ or the relevant link above when signed in or scroll through the list on the website to look for the opportunity you’re interested in.
3. Click apply and complete the application form, don’t forget to look at our ‘Top Tips for Students’ which includes advice on making applications and will help to give you the best chance of success.
To give yourself the best chance of success we strongly encourage you apply ASAP. If you have any queries about the process, have forgotten your login details or are having technical issues, please get in touch with info@s4snextgen.org or call 02075 493 690 and they’ll help you out.
Good luck
Kind regards
School Office

26th March: Sixth Form STEM Event

Dear Parents/Carers,
Please find attached some information about an Open Evening at Jacobs’ Engineering in Winnersh on 4th April.
The event is aimed at current students aged 13-18 that are interested in Engineering, Environment, IT, Geography, Science, Technology, Maths or Design. Parents are also welcome.

We hope you find this information useful.
Regards
The Sixth Form Team

22nd March: PE Inter-house Competition

Dear Parents/Carers
PE Inter-House Competition
Students will be taking part in the termly inter-house competition in PE next week.
The boys will be playing football and the girls will be playing bench ball.
This is a fantastic event which promotes both participation and competition in intra-school sport at Brakenhale.
Your son/daughter needs their full PE kit on the following day:-
Tuesday Lesson 3 – Year 8
Thursday Lesson 5 – Year 7
Friday Lesson 5 – Year 9
If this is a lesson when your child does not have PE, then please ensure their kit is checked the night before as it is vital they have it for the lesson.
If they cannot take part due to a medical or injury issue, then as per school policy, please write and sign a note stating this.
If your child does not have a note and does not bring their PE kit, they will complete written work in a classroom for the lesson.
Many thanks for your support and we look forward to another excellent round of house matches.
Kind regards
Mr M Potter, Head of PE

22nd March: Easter Raffle Basket

Good Morning
Easter Raffle Basket
Raffle tickets are still available from Main Reception or Head of Year Office for the Easter Basket shown in the attached photo 50p per ticket. All proceeds go towards the fundraising for the new build project. The draw will be made on Wednesday 3rd April.
The lovely basket was donated by Bracknell Forest Lions.
Good Luck!
School Office

19th March: “A Parent’s Guide to responsible teenage technology use”

Dear Parents/Carers
“A Parent’s Guide to responsible teenage technology use”
I am writing to you with information regarding an exciting evening we are hosting for parents entitled “A Parent’s Guide to responsible teenage technology use”. This evening will take place on Tuesday 2nd April at 6.30pm. If you answer yes to any of the following questions this evening is designed for you!
· Do you feel confident in using Snapchat?
· Do you know how to put privacy settings in place on social media?
· Are you comfortable setting parental controls on different devices including the household Wi-Fi?
· Are you worried your teenager is addicted to their phone/Playstation/Xbox?
The purpose of the evening is to help and support parents and carers keep their teenagers safe when using technology such as phones, tablets, game consoles and the internet.
We will be covering topics such as image sharing, internet grooming and internet friendship all of which will help to keep your teenager safe online. Alongside this, Mike Murray, our IT Network Manager will be present and will be demonstrating how to enable parental controls to improve sleep patterns, restrict access to certain sites and to most importantly to maintain a degree of parental ownership on how the child’s technology use is being managed. Mike will also be covering the use of Xbox and Playstation within his presentation.
We hope this evening will give you the knowledge, confidence and awareness to work with your teenager to keep them safe and also allow them to make informed decisions about matters such as sleep, messaging and internet safety.
On the evening we will be offering ‘brick’ phones for sale that offer text and call facilities for the price of £15 (this includes £10 of credit) as we feel these phones will offer parents and students an alternative device for days where a digital detox is being enacted but for safety reasons a phone is still a good idea.
We look forward to seeing you on 2nd April. Tea and biscuits will be provided!
Yours faithfully
Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteacher
Miss C Gill, Director of Safeguarding

18th March: PTA Events

Dear Parents/Carers
Please see attached leaflet from the PTA for your information about events.
PTA Events Leaflet
Kind regards
School Office

15th March: New Uniform - House Scarf

Good morning
[New] Uniform – House Scarf
We are pleased to advise that new House Scarves have arrived and will be available to purchase from the Uniform Shop from Monday 18th March at a cost of £11.00. Scarves are an optional item.
Kind regards
School Office

14th March: Sixth Form STEM Summer Placements

Dear Parents, Carers and students,
Please find attached information regarding in2scienceUK 2019 free STEM summer placements. in2scienceUK 2019 Flyer
in2scienceUK is an award winning organisation that organises summer placements for year 12 students studying STEM subjects who come from a disadvantaged background.
Interested students can apply here – in2scienceuk.org/apply-now/
Kind Regards
The Sixth Form Team

14th March: Year 8 Girls Only - HPV Injections

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 8 Girls ONLY – HPV Vaccinations
We would like to advise that Year 8 girls will be bringing home consent forms for their HPV vaccinations which will be distributed via tutors. Included with the consent forms will be an explanation of the vaccination.
Vaccinations will take place on Wednesday 24th April 2019.
Please ensure that the consent form is returned to the medical room, even if you decline consent as soon as possible.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email me.
Kind regards
Mrs A Ball, School Health Co-ordinator
aball@brakenhale.co.uk

13th March: Year 11 Easter Revision Programme

Good afternoon
Year 11 Easter Revision Programme
I am writing to inform you of sessions staff will be running over the Easter break for various subjects. With the summer examinations fast approaching, it is vital that our students get as much information, subject knowledge and exam technique delivered to them as possible. Furthermore it will allow students an opportunity to complete controlled assessments if required by department.
I am aware that Year 11 are working hard and significant demands are being placed on them but staff are working tirelessly to get students prepared.
I appreciate that some may already have plans over the break but if you could ensure your child attends these sessions whenever they are available it would be very useful. Furthermore, please could you let the relevant member of staff know if your child will not be attending to help with planning.
The sessions are as follows:

Date Subject Time Room
Monday 8th April GCSE Music 9am – 12pm LR1
English 7/8/9 9am – 12pm Main Hall
Maths 4/5/6 9am – 12pm M13
English 4/5/6 1pm – 3.45pm Main Hall
Maths 7/8/9 1pm – 3.45pm M13
Tuesday 9th April Media 9am – 12pm B14
GCSE Music 9am – 12pm LR1
Health & Social Care 9am – 3.45pm B11
History 9am – 12pm or

12.30pm – 3pm

C25/26
Science 1pm – 3.45pm S21
Wednesday 10th April Product Design 9am – 12pm T04/Workshop
BTEC Sport 9am – 3.45pm B11
Thursday 11th April GCSE Drama 10am – 12pm L01
Photography 1pm – 3.45pm B17
Art 1pm – 3.45pm A02
Friday 12th April IT 9am – 3.45pm B12
Computing 9am – 3.45pm B11
GCSE Business 10am – 12pm B15
BTEC Business 12.30pm – 2pm B15
Wednesday 17th April BTEC Dance

GCSE Dance

9am – 3.45pm Movement Studio
Thursday 18th April Geography 9am – 12pm G01

If your child has a full day session, please ask them to bring a lunch with them.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Mr R Corry, Deputy Headteacher
rcorry@brakenhale.co.uk

13th March: Comic Relief - Friday 15th March

Good afternoon
Friday 15th March – Comic Relief
We would like to advise that on Friday, students will be permitted to wear “official accessories” (not clothing) eg. red noses / glasses / hair bands in support of Comic Relief. All other uniform and bags should remain as usual. Please note that no red make-up is allowed.
The Sixth Form will be holding a cake sale as well as running a netball match against staff in fancy dress, students are welcome to come along and watch for a 50p donation.
Kind regards
School Office

13th March: Year 7 Sex and Relationship Education Sessions - 3rd / 4th April

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 7 – Sex and Relationship Education Sessions – 3rd and 4th April
We are writing to advise that there will be a Sex and Relationship Education Session in school run by Bracknell Forest Council Youth Service for Year 7 on Monday, 3rd April (for tutor groups B, R, A) and Tuesday, 4th April for tutor groups K, E, N and H).
If you have any concerns or do not wish your son/daughter to take part, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Kind regards
School Office

13th March: World Challenge Expedition 2020 - Morocco

Good morning
World Challenge Expedition 2020 Morocco
Please find attached information on next year’s World Challenge, meeting to be held on Wednesday 27th March at 6pm in the Main Hall, all welcome to come along and see what this fantastic trip has to offer, no obligation required at this stage.
World challenge letter 12-3-19
World Challenge – sample itinerary
Kind regards
School Office

12th March: Sixth Form Apprenticeship Information Evening - 21st March

Dear Parents, Carers and Students,
Subject: Apprenticeships Information Evening – Garth Hill College
Please find attached information regarding an Apprenticeships Information evening on Thursday 21st March at Garth Hill College.
Apprenticeships Event invitation 2019
Brakenhale staff members will be present at the event. If you wish to attend, please inform us via email sperryman@brakenhale.co.uk by Friday 15th March.
Kind Regards
Mr Duffy, Head of Sixth Form

11th March: Updated Sixth Form PPE Timetable

Dear Parents/Carers and Students
Subject: Updated Sixth Form PPE Timetable
Please find attached the latest version of the timetable for the Post 16 PPE’s, week commencing 18th March.
Updated Post 16 PPE Timetable March
Regards
Ms S Seymour, Exams Manager

11th March: Thames Valley Police - Operation Sceptre

Dear Parents/Carers
We have received some enquiries about the recent increase in the Police presence around Brakenhale during the last few days and wanted to update you.
Unfortunately, there have been some unsavoury characters hanging around Bracknell Town Centre in recent weeks and there was an unsubstantiated report about some of these youths carrying knives. As a result the police have increased their patrols in the local area, particularly around schools. There have also been a number of plain clothes officers around the town and local areas. Based on this level of awareness and police presence I would urge you not to be overly concerned. This is a proactive not a reactive strategy.
In light of this and the situation in the press about the increasing knife crimes taking place across the country, Thames Valley Police have launched Operation Sceptre in conjunction with the National Knife Crime Awareness week. Correspondence is attached from Thames Valley Police, please take time to read it and be aware of this campaign.
If you have any queries or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the school.
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

8th March: Year 11 Parents' Evening Thursday 28th March 2019

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Parents’ Evening Thursday 28th March 2019
The Year 11 parents’ evening to discuss your child’s progress will be held on Thursday 28th March 4pm – 7pm. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss your child’s progress and hope that you will take this opportunity to speak with subject teachers.
Families are requested to use our automated online booking system which is open now to make appointments. This allows you the flexibility to book times directly with your child’s teachers. Time slots are for five minutes each and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, therefore it is in the interests of both yourself and your child to ensure your appointment schedule is completed as soon as possible. Please ensure you only book one appointment slot per teacher.
There is limited parking available on the school site and we would ask that should you choose to park on the road you park with care and consideration for our neighbours.
To schedule your appointments, please follow the link below and enter the relevant information where necessary:
https://brakenhaleschool.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/
If you do not have access to the internet, have problems using this booking system or require any further assistance, please contact the school office as soon as possible. Booking will close at 1pm on Wednesday 27th March 2019.
Kind regards
School Office

8th March: Student News - Year 11

Please see attached Student News:
Year 11 Student News
Kind regards
School Office

8th March: Student News - Year 10

Please see attached Student News:
Year 10 Student News
Kind regards
School Office

8th March: Student News - Year 9

Please see attached Student News:
Year 9 Student News
Kind regards
School Office

8th March: Student News - Year 8

Please see attached Student News:
Year 8 Student News
Kind regards
School Office

8th March: Student News - Year 7

Please see attached Student News:
Year 7 Student News
Kind regards
School Office

7th March: Brakenhale does Countdown #1

Good afternoon
Brakenhale does Countdown #1
Please see attached information on how you could gain some all important achievement points.
Brakenhale does Countdown #1
Kind regards
School Office

7th March: Year 11 Study Programme

Good afternoon
Year 11 Study Support Programme
Please see attached the after-school study support timetable for Year 11 students.
Year 11 Study Support Programme 18-19 March 19
We appreciate your support in encouraging students to stay after school and attend these sessions.
Kind regards
School Office

7th March: Year 9 Options

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 Options
Thank you all for completing the options process on time and once again, I would like to apologise for the issues using the online platform. We are now creating next year’s school timetable and will then allocate students to the options classes. This process takes a long time to complete as it involves the staffing for next year, Year 11 moving into the Sixth Form, and we have to change or amend certain courses. Whilst we would like to get this completed as soon as possible the allocated options are unlikely to be confirmed until early in the summer term.
Kind regards
Mr R Corry, Deputy Headteacher
rcorry@brakenhale.co.uk

7th March: Sixth Form Transition Year 12 into Year 13

Dear Parents/Careers,
Subject: Year 12 into Year 13 arrangements
Please find the attached letter outlining the requirements for the Year 12 students going into Year 13 in September 2018.
Transition Letter: Year 12 into Year 13
Kind regards
Mr Duffy, Head of Sixth Form

7th March: Easter Raffle

Good Morning,
We are delighted to have received a fabulous Easter basket kindly donated from The Bracknell Lions Club.
Raffle tickets are available priced at 50p each and can be purchased from Main reception.

Kind regards
School Office

6th March: Autism Event - 23rd March 2019

Autism Event
Please see attached flyer about an upcoming Autism event.


Kind regards
School Office

6th March: Year 11 Revision Information Evening - 4th April

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Revision Information Evening
We would like to invite all Year 11 Parents/Carers and Students to an information evening on Thursday 4th April at 6pm in the Main Hall.
The evening will be “One Last Push” as students approach their exams. We will share with you strategies for revision together with tips on coping with stress and how to succeed in their exams.
We look forward to seeing all our Year 11 families working together to support students at this important time.
Kind regards
Mr R Corry, Deputy Headteacher
rcorry@brakenhale.co.uk

4th March: Careers Convention - July 2109

Dear Parents/Carers
Careers Convention – Tuesday 9th July 2019
Brakenhale School will be holding a Careers Convention on Tuesday 9th July, 9am-4pm. Our aim is to provide a variety of different stalls and inspirational outreach opportunities for our students.
We are currently seeking people in industries, careers, professionals who would be willing to set up a stall or an engaging activity to enlighten our students for prospects beyond school.
You yourself may be in a position to contribute or you might know someone else who could run a stall for this careers event. Please could you reply at your earliest convenience if you or someone you know are able to participate.
This is a unique opportunity for both Brakenhale students, local businesses, industries and future employers to reach out to our young people and inspire them into the world of employment for a progressive future.
Kind regards
The Careers Team, rlowe@brakenhale.co.uk

4th March: Ofsted Report

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.
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

4th March: Maths Puzzle of the Week

Dear Parents/Carers
Maths Puzzle of the Week
Please see attached the Maths puzzle of the week – good luck.
Maths Puzzle of the Week 5 1.3.19
Kind regards
School Office

4th March: Year 11 Prom

Dear Parents/Carers
Please see attached letter regarding the Year 11 Prom.
Year 11 Prom letter 2019
Kind regards
School Office

1st March: Year 11 Year Book

Dear Parents/Carers
Please see attached letter regarding the Year 11 Year Book.
Year 11 Leavers Year Book 2019
Kind regards
School Office

1st March: Year 11 Leavers' Hoody

Dear Parents/Carers
Please see attached letter regarding the Year 11 leavers ‘Hoody’.
Year 11 Hoody Letter
Kind regards
School Office

1st March: PSHE: National CSE Awareness Day

Dear Parents/Carers
National CSE (Child Sexual Exploitation) Awareness Day
Brakenhale will be supporting the National CSE Awareness Day and, as part of this, the students will be learning about what Child Sexual Exploitation is, the dangers of it and how to stay safe. Students will be focusing on this in their PSHE lesson on Thursday, 14th March.
If you have any concerns with your child taking part in this topic for PSHE, please contact your child’s Head of Year.
Kind regards
Mrs Lowe, Head of Product Design, STEM and Co-ordinator for PSHE

1st March: Year 7 Parents' Evening Thursday 14th and Tuesday 19th March

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 7 Parents’ Evening Thursday 14th March 2019 (x half of year group)
Year 7 Parents’ Evening Tuesday 19th March 2019 (y half of year group)
The Year 7 parents’ evening to discuss your child’s progress will be held on Thursday 14th March 2019 between 4pm-6.30pm (x) and Tuesday 19th March between 4.30pm-6.30pm (y). We welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss your son/daughter’s progress and hope that you will take this opportunity to speak with subject teachers.
Families are requested to use our automated online booking system which is open now to make appointments. This allows you the flexibility to book times directly with your child’s teachers. Time slots are for five minutes each and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, therefore it is in the interests of both yourself and your child to ensure your appointment schedule is completed as soon as possible. Please ensure you only book one appointment slot per teacher.
There is limited parking available on the school site and we would ask that should you choose to park on the road you park with care and consideration for our neighbours.
To schedule your appointments, please follow the link below and enter the relevant information where necessary:
https://brakenhaleschool.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/
If you do not have access to the internet, have problems using this booking system or require any further assistance, please contact the school office as soon as possible. Booking will close at 5pm on Tuesday 12th March for Thursday and at 1pm on Monday 18th March for Tuesday.
Kind regards
School Office

28th February: World Book Day - Year 7 and 8 Fancy Dress - Thursday 7th March

Dear Parents/Carers
World Book Day – Year 7/8 Fancy Dress – Thursday 7th March
We are excited to inform you that the English Department are celebrating World Book Day on Thursday of next week throughout the day, both in the lessons and at lunchtime. To mark the occasion the students in Year 7 and Year 8 are invited to come to school in fancy dress as a character from a book of their choosing instead of wearing their uniform. We will have a fancy dress competition at lunchtime in which prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.
Students must agree their character with their tutor beforehand if they wish to dress up; they are not allowed to duplicate a character who would usually wear normal dress so no ‘Muggles’ or ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’.
For those students who do choose to dress up we would ask them to bring in £1 which will be donated to the Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Thank you for helping to bring these amazing characters to life.
Kind regards
Donna O’Brien, English Department

28th February: Year 10 Exams

Dear Parents/Carers and Students
This is a reminder that there are exams on Thursday 14th March and Friday 15th March.
Please check with the teacher for any revision material.
If you have any further questions do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Sarah Seymour, Exams Officer

27th February: Sixth Form Pre Public Exams

Pre Public Exams
Dear Parents/Carers and Students,
Post 16 will be completing another week of Pre Public Exams commencing on Monday 18th March.
Please find attached the Exam Timetable and if you have any further questions do not hesitate to contact me.
Post 16 March
Kind regards,
Sarah Seymour, Exams Manager

26th February: Internet Trend Warning

Please see information below from Bracknell Forest Council regarding an internet trend.
Dear Parents/Carers
Internet Trend Warning
We are aware of a concerning internet trend called the MOMO challenge.
Similar to the Blue Whale Challenge in 2017, the Momo Challenge is a viral social media trend with children and young people. The challenge encourages children to contact an unknown person called “Momo” via social media.
What is the Momo Challenge?
• Throughout the challenge, children are sent violent and graphic images and texts. If children want to stop the challenge “Momo” threatens to leak their personal information
• Then, the stranger asks children to share photos and videos of themselves completing certain tasks
• At first the tasks are small. For example: face a fear, wake up at weird hours throughout the night
• The tasks escalate until the final task which encourages children to kill themselves
• WhatsApp, YouTube, and Facebook are the primary networks for the challenge
Why should we be concerned?
• Children who partake in the Momo Challenge are actively communicating with unknown persons and may be encouraged to self-harm
• The Momo Challenge is not specific to one country, it is global
• The Momo Challenge can feel real for children and may push them to harm themselves
• Children are exposed to violent and graphic images throughout the challenge
• Some children have reported that it’s easy to come across “Momo” on Facebook and YouTube and that it’s easy to connect with the character on WhatsApp
What can parents do?
• Ensure they know what their children can access online
• Ensure children understand the importance of not giving personal information to anyone they do not know
• Tell their children no-one has the right to make them do anything they do not want to do
• Use parental controls to keep children safe
• If children do receive a Momo message, remind the child Momo isn’t a real person, Momo doesn’t exist. The message is computer generated and is most likely an app ‘phishing’ for information. Tell them not to respond, at all. Then block any number that may appear.
Remember:
As with the Blue Whale Challenge most of the concern arose through the media hype that surrounded the Challenge rather than children actually being exposed to risk.
However, the constantly evolving digital world means a steady influx of new apps and games and can be hard for parents to keep track of. That’s why it’s important for parents to talk regularly with children about these apps and games and the potential risks they can be exposed to.
The NSPCC publishes advice and guidance for parents on discussing online safety with their children, as well as Net Aware – the UK’s only parental guide to social media and gaming apps https://www.net-aware.org.uk/
Regards
Mrs D Smith
Safeguarding & Inclusion Team Manager, Education & Learning
People Directorate, Bracknell Forest Council

25th February: Year 9 Options Deadline - Thursday 28th February

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 Options deadline – Thursday 28th February
Thank you to all students who have submitted their option choices online, for those of you still considering your choices, we would like to remind you that the deadline to submit choices is Thursday 28th February.
We are aware of issues for some students and parents when trying to login to the SIMS Options online platform. These reviewed and will be rectified shortly, please see below guidance for some frequently asked questions:
· Both students and parents must register individually using their unique code emailed to them on Wednesday 30th January.
· The options email was sent by noreply@SIMS.co.uk so please check for this email. Once registered you must click on SIMS Options and not SIMS Student or SIMS Parent.
· Until students have registered parents will not be able to edit any option choices. Students need to login on their own individual school email account to be able to register and cannot select options using parents login.
· All students who have discussed alternative arrangements with Mr Corry will have the changes applied after the process has closed. Please be assured we have a record of all of these so that students do not miss out.
For those still having difficulty accessing SIMS Options we will be using tutor time over the next few days to ensure all students can access the site and we are aware of those who are experiencing issues.
There is no priority list for student’s options and all choices will be considered after Thursday 28th February.
We trust this resolves any issues, but please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries.
Kind regards
School Office

25th February: Schools Will Rock You

Dear Parents/Carers
“Schools will Rock You”
A massive thank you to all parents who have booked tickets to attend Schools Will Rock You this Wednesday and Thursday. Students are busy with final preparation and we really hope that you enjoy the production.
Tickets already purchased will be available to collect on the evening of the performance from main reception from 5:45pm onwards.
You can still purchase tickets via parentpay which will remain open until Wednesday. After this, tickets will need to be purchased on the door and this will be cash only.
Please note parking on site is limited – the tennis courts will be open for additional car parking as it is expected to busy due to the production and the schools usual lettings taking place. Please be considerate to our neighbours and the local community if you are not parking on site.
Kind regards
Mrs C Duffy, Head of Performing Arts

25th February: Mother's Day Daffodil Sale

Good morning
Mother’s Day Daffodil Sale
The PTA are raising funds for furniture for the new building and are holding a daffodil sale for Mother’s Day – please see attached poster – orders can be placed via Main Reception.
Poster_Mother’s Day Daffodil sale
Kind regards
School Office

25th February: Year 8 Sex and Relationship Education

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 8 – Sex and Relationship Education Sessions – 11th and 12th March
We are writing to advise that there will be a Sex and Relationship Education Session in school run by Bracknell Forest Council Youth Service for Year 8 on Monday, 11th March (for tutor groups B, R, A and K) and Tuesday, 12th March for tutor groups E, N and H).
If you have any concerns or do not wish your son/daughter to take part, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Kind regards
School Office

15th February: School Uniform

Dear Parents/Carers
School Uniform
As we reach the half term, I would like to say thank you to all of our students who are upholding and supporting the high standards of uniform we expect at Brakenhale- OFSTED certainly noticed and remarked on the outstanding appearance of our students! When we return from this break the week commencing 4th March will see the beginning of another ‘Standards Week’ where we aim to raise the profile of important personal attributes such as punctuality, politeness, appearance and conduct during lessons.
With this in mind, we attach information on uniform and ‘Tools For Learning’ and would remind you that our Uniform Shop is now open on Monday and Thursdays 3.05pm – 5pm. Tools For Learning can be purchased from school in the print room or reception and can be paid for with cash or online via parentpay.
Holidays are a time of piercings and haircuts and we would remind you of the following:
Piercings – students are permitted to wear a single plain stud ear-rings in the lower lobe of the ears. We insist that all other piercings are removed are removed rather than taped up. New piercings are best left to the start of the summer holidays, which will allow the hole to become established without fear of healing over when the earring or stud is removed for the school day. Tongue studs, eyebrow, nose, lip and facial piercings are not allowed at school. Students will be required to remove the facial jewellery.
Failure to remove piercings may result in internal exclusion.
Hair – Extreme hairstyles, such as Mohicans, words or symbols shaved into the side of a student’s head, grade tracks and extreme dyed hair colours which are not in keeping with an educational establishment, should not be worn to school. No students should have their hair shaven any shorter than a grade 1. Any student with a hairstyle which is deemed to be offensive or disruptive to learning will be asked to modify that hairstyle.
Thank you for your support in all of the above matters.
Have a great break with your families.
Kind regards
Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteacher
Tools for Learning Poster with non negotiables list and prices
Template – School Uniform Feb 19

15th February: Year 11 Half Term Study Sessions

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Half Term Study Sessions – February
I am writing to remind you of sessions staff will be running over February half term for various subjects. With the summer examinations looming it is vital that our students get as much information, subject knowledge and exam technique delivered to them as possible. Furthermore it will allow students an opportunity to complete controlled assessment if required by department.
I am aware that Year 11 are working hard and significant demands are being placed on them but with approximately 58 school days until the first GCSE examination, staff are working tirelessly to get them prepared.
I appreciate that some may already have plans over half term but if you could ensure your child attends these sessions whenever they are available if would be very useful. Furthermore please could you let the relevant member of staff know if your child will not be attending to help with planning.
The sessions are as follows:

Monday MFL (CO4, CO5)

GCSE Music (AM) (LS1/LS2)

Tuesday PE, Btec Sport (B12)
Wednesday GCSE Dance (Movement) & Drama (Drama)
Thursday Art & Photography (AM) (B17)

Science (S14)

Friday History (AM) (CR3/C26)

The morning sessions will run from 9am – 12midday and afternoon sessions from 1pm-4pm. If your child has full day sessions then it will be from 9am-4pm, please ask them to bring a lunch with them.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Mr R Corry, Deputy Headteacher

14th February: Year 11 Pre Public Exams

Dear Parents/Carers and Students
Pre-Public Exams
Year 11 will be completing their final set of PPEs starting on Friday 1st March. When they are not completing an exam they will be in their normal lesson.
Please find attached the timetable and do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.
Yr 11 PPEs March 19
Kind regards
Sarah Seymour, Exams Manager

14th February: Examinations Contingency Day

Dear Parents/Carers and Students
Contingency Day
During this term, students have been given their individual exam timetables which will highlight when their final exam will take place. The summer written exam period will run from Monday 13 May to Tuesday 25 June 2019. However, for the Summer 2019 exam series a “contingency” exam day has been arranged by the examination awarding bodies which all students need to be aware of.
This Contingency Day for GCSE and/or A Level (or equivalent) examinations has been put in place “in the event of widespread, sustained national or local disruption to examinations during the June 2019 examination series.” The decision comes following the tragic events of last summer, namely the Manchester attacks and the Grenfell Tower fire.
The Joint Council for Qualifications have decided that they need the option to postpone an exam in the event of an incident and rearrange for a later date to allow all students a fair and equal chance.
The date that has been set aside as the Contingency Day is Wednesday, 26th June 2019. This means that all exam candidates must be available to sit exams from the date of their first exam until Wednesday, 26th June 2019.
This decision is not a school decision and does apply to all candidates in all schools. Please can all students/parents/carers make a note of the new contingency exam date in the event that an awarding body needs to invoke its contingency plan as it will be common and completely understandable for many families to book holidays in June and July as prices will be lower when students have finished their exams.
If you have any queries regarding the above, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
The Exams Team

14th February: Back in Time

Dear Parents/Carers
“Back in time”
Please see information below of a new TV series being made.
The television production company called Wall to Wall produce a variety of programmes, including Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC) and Long Lost Family (ITV). They also make BBC2’s living history strand Back in Time; recent series of this include Back in Time for Tea and Back in Time for School.
For their new series they are looking for a family to immerse themselves in the world of rural village life. They will be filming the series in the region over the school summer holidays 2019 and are looking for a local family with children aged 8+. Please contact the production company if you would be interested in applying to take part, or know a family who would.
Their casting flyer is attached which has further details about the series and how to apply.

Kind regards
School Office

14th February: Fostering February

Dear Parents/Carers
“Fostering February”
Please find attached a copy of Bracknell Forest Council’s latest fostering flyer to coincide with “Fostering February”.
Make a difference this February!
Kind regards
School Office

12th February: We Will Rock You

Dear Parents/Carers
“We Will Rock You”
The Performing Arts Faculty proudly present this year’s musical – We Will Rock You, sponsored by the PTA. Students from Years 7 to 13 have been working on the production since September and hope you will join us at this fantastic event!
Performances will take place on Wednesday 27th February and Thursday 28th February at 6pm. Tickets are now available via parentpay at £5 per adult and £4 per child.
Please be aware that this production contains some adult humour and language. Refreshments will be available to purchase on the evening. Get ready to “Live Forever”, experience “A Kind of Magic” and go “Radio GaGa”.
Kind regards
School Office

11th February: Year 11 Science

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Science
Please see attached important Science exam information from Mr Radcliffe.
Year 11 Science letter
Kind regards
School Office

8th February: New Attendance Officer

Dear Parents/Carers
New Attendance Officer
I am writing to announce a change in our Attendance Officer. From Monday 11th February Collette Silvey will take over from Ellie Shill. The e-mail addresses of attendance@brakenhale.co.uk will remain as will the Attendance line number of 01344 465050 to report daily absences.
Ellie is leaving for a new career opportunity and we thank her for the work she has completed in her position. Attendance currently stands at 95.2% for this academic year which is the highest percentage ever for Brakenhale and Ellie’s input can be thanked for this. We wish her all the best.
Collette is a very experienced administrator and had successfully performed a number of roles within Brakenhale’s office team prior to her appointment to this post. More importantly, Collette is a parent and lives locally and understands both the requirements of the law and the pressures on families to meet their statutory obligations regarding attendance. We look forward to working with Collette in this new role and I am sure she will make a huge difference.
Kind regards
Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteacher

8th February: Lost Property

Dear Parents/Carers
Lost Property
We would like to remind you that with over 1,000 students in the school we receive a constant stream of students looking for misplaced items – you can help with this problem by ensuring that all uniform is named, if found we can then reunite uniform and students straight away. If unnamed the uniform takes up precious space in our Head’s of Year Office. We are currently housing a huge amount of unnamed black school coats and with the weather looking very wet in the coming week, we are sure you do not wish to purchase new coats.
If your son/daughter has misplaced a coat or any other items, please ensure they check with Mrs McCrorie in the Head of Year Office or alternatively contact lostproperty@brakenhale.co.uk
Kind regards
School Office

8th February: Year 10 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Please see attached Student News.
Year 10 Student News

8th February: Year 9 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Please see attached Student News.
Year 9 Student News

8th February: Year 8 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Please see attached Student News.
Year 8 Student News

8th February: Year 7 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Please see attached Student News.
Year 7 Student News

7th February: Drug Detection Dog

Dear Parents/Carers
Drug Detection Dog
Today we were visited by the drug detection dog. The dog performed a thorough sweep of the school site, including a walk around the perimeter and an inspection of bins and hedgerows surrounding the school. The students were incredibly positive towards the dog and were keen to make its acquaintance! We are pleased to report that nothing was found by the dog.
As we have communicated previously this initiative is part of our robust zero tolerance policy of no drugs on the school site. It is pleasing to see that our student community is responding so supportively to our stance on this issue.
Thank you for your continued support with this matter.
Kind regards
Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteacher

7th February: Sixth Form - Apprenticeship Information Pack

Dear Parents/Carers/Students,
Subject: Apprenticeship Information Pack
Please find link below to a fantastic information pack on Apprenticeships
https://amazingapprenticeships.com
We hope you find this useful
Kind Regards
The Sixth Form Team

6th February: Year 9 Options Evening - Presentation

Good Evening
Year 9 Options Evening
Thank you to everyone who attended the Year 9 Options Evening, it was great to see so many of you present and having some great conversations about your son/daughter’s future education. Please see attached Mr Corry’s presentation. Options Presentation 2019
In order to improve events, we appreciate your feedback and would be grateful if you could click here to complete a short survey.
If you have any queries regarding the options process, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Please book your Parents Evening appointments for next week as soon as possible.
Kind regards
School Office

6th February: Year 11 Revision Information

Dear Parent/Carers
Year 11 Revision Information
During PSHE today, your son/daughter has been given an individualised revision timetable, this is preparation for the lead up to the next Pre Public Exams (PPEs). Students have been given topics from each of their subject areas that their teachers would like them to revise. Each slot should equate to forty minutes revision. This is not linked to homework, it is to organise their study time.
Please see a link below to the timetable and the revision list, which has revision materials for numerous subjects on it. Many of the students will also have access to Google Classroom for some of their subjects.

Year 11


Kind regards
Mr N O’Donoghue and the Year 11 team

6th February: Year 9 Vaccination Forms Deadline

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 Vaccination Forms – Deadline
We would like to remind you that we require the return of the Vaccination Form for Diptheria, Tetanus, Polio and Meningitis ACWY as soon as possible.
Please could the form be completed even if you are declining the vaccination. Vaccinations take place on 11th February 2019.
Spare forms are available from Main Reception or the Medical Room.
Kind regards
Mandy Ball, Health Coordinator

6th February: PTA Meeting - Thursday 7th February

Dear Parents/Carers,
PTA Meeting 7th February 2019
You are invited to our first PTA meeting of the year on Thursday 7th February in Main Reception @ 6pm.
We do hope you can make it.
Kind regards
School Office

6th February: Clients Required for BTEC National Diploma in Photography

Dear Parents/Carers,
BTEC National Diploma in Photography – Clients Required!
In September 2018, we started to teach the BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Photography to Post-16 students; the course contains significantly more practical elements than the A Level and offers our students experiences that echo real-life.
In order to make their studies even more embedded in the real world, I am looking for local companies that would be willing to set a photographic client brief for my students. This is an opportunity for companies to have professional-style photographs taken that can be used for advertising and publicity purposes and with no charge!
You would receive a client brief template to complete for the students, which would set out your requirements and should take no more than 30 minutes to complete. Following this, we would arrange a set time for a client interview, either over the phone or face-to-face and then the student(s) and I would arrange a visit to come and take the photographs. Once the photographs have been produced, I would ask you to complete a form with feedback on the students’ work. Once the work has been formally assessed, you would be free to use the photographs for your own purposes.
If you own or work for a local company, or know someone who does, and would be interested in participating, I would be grateful if you could drop me an email to twilhelmy@brakenhale.co.uk and I will send you further details and arrange a convenient time to talk.
Kind Regards,
Miss Tracy Wilhelmy
Teacher in Charge of Art and Photography

5th February: NSPCC Number Day

Dear All
NSPCC Number Day
Due to school closure last Friday, I am running the NSPCC Number day tomorrow. There will be games and activities at lunchtime in M13 – all we ask is that you make a donation if you wish to participate. There will also be a competition that can be entered for a donation. The question is:
How many steps and stairs are there in and around Brakenhale School?
(This includes Sixth Form, but does not include any out of bounds areas)
Answers to tutor or straight to Mrs Harbour in M13.
The competition winner will be announced on Monday. In advance, many thanks for your support.
Kind regards
Mrs Harbour, Maths Department

4th February: School Uniform - New Price List

Dear Parents/Carers
School Uniform – New Price List
Please see attached a copy of the new price list from the Uniform Shop – prices increase slightly from 1st March 2019.
BRAKENHALE UNIFORM PRICE LIST 2019
Kind regards
School Office

4th February: Year 9 Parents' Evening - Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th February

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 Parents’ Evening – Tuesday 12th February (x half of year group) – Wednesday 13th February (y half of year group)
The Year 9 parents’ evening to discuss your progress will be held on Tuesday 12th February – 4pm – 6.30pm and Wednesday 13th February – 4.30pm – 6.30pm. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss your son/daughter’s progress and hope that you will take this opportunity to speak with subject teachers.
Families are requested to use our automated online booking system which is open now to make appointments. This allows you the flexibility to book times directly with your child’s teachers. Time slots are for five minutes each and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, therefore it is in the interests of both yourself and your child to ensure your appointment schedule is completed as soon as possible. Please ensure you only book one appointment slot per teacher.
There is limited parking available on the school site and we would ask that should you choose to park on the road you park with care and consideration for our neighbours.
To schedule your appointments, please follow the link below and enter the relevant information where necessary:
https://brakenhaleschool.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/
If you do not have access to the internet, have problems using this booking system or require any further assistance, please contact the school office as soon as possible.
Kind regards
School Office

4th February: Chinese New Year

Good morning
Chinese New Year
We are delighted to advise that we are celebrating the Chinese New Year with a themed menu in the canteen on Tuesday 5th February.
Please see attached the menu choices for the day – all other sandwiches, pizzas and pasta will be available as usual.

Kind regards
School Office

1st February: Health & Social Care Exam - Cancelled

Good morning
Health & Social Care Exam – Friday 1st February – CANCELLED
Unfortunately, the school site is not safe enough to open and therefore, the Health & Social Care exam scheduled for today has been cancelled.
Kind regards
School Office

1st February: School Closed

Good morning
School Closed – Friday 1st February
As predicted the weather conditions overnight have been treacherous and I have therefore taken the decision to close the school site today.
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

31st January: Weather Update

Dear Parents/Carers
Weather Update
We have spent much of the day keeping a close eye on the weather situation and up until now the forecasts have been fairly accurate. With this in mind, we are anticipating some significant snowfall overnight.
It is always our intention to keep the school open. However the safety of our students and staff is paramount. Therefore, I will make a decision by 7am tomorrow as to whether the school will open as normal, have a late start or is indeed closed.
Information will be communicated by schoolcomms/school gateway with updates available on our website, Twitter/Facebook, Bracknell Forest Council website – School Closures, Local Radio BBC Radio Berkshire and Heart FM.
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

31st January: Ofsted Inspection

Dear Parents/Carers
Ofsted Inspection
I wanted to write to you to express my absolute gratitude to you and your children for the way in which you have wholeheartedly supported myself and all the staff at Brakenhale this week. As I am sure you are aware we received a phone call on Monday morning to inform us that Ofsted would be arriving Tuesday and Wednesday. An Ofsted inspection is the most pressurised time for anybody working in a school and indeed for the students. I have been completely overwhelmed by the positive messages and calls that I have received wishing the school and the staff good luck, they have meant an awful lot to all of us. Furthermore, the way in which the students conducted themselves this week has been truly inspiring. They were so determined to show the inspectors the pride they have in their school and this shone through across every moment of Tuesday and Wednesday. Today, so many of them have come to ask me how the inspection went and have been so keen to hear the outcome. I will be speaking to all students in special assemblies next week to personally thank them for all of their support. They are a very special group of young people.
Every single member of staff in the school, no matter what their role, showed their utter dedication to the students in the way in which they supported them to do their very best. They showed the inspectors what an incredibly positive cohesive staff body that we have and this was evident at every moment. Unfortunately, I am not allowed to tell you what the final judgements are until the report has been quality assured and sent back to me.
Thank you, not only for this week, but for the past 4 years which have enabled us to get to this point.
Best wishes
Jane Coley, Headteacher

31st January: NSPCC Number Day

Dear Parents/Carers and Students
Number Day
Tomorrow is the NSPCC Number Day. There will be a competition question related to number and this will be launched tomorrow. Competition winners will be announced on Monday. Additionally, there will be games and activities in M13 at lunchtime. All are welcome to enter and participate in exchange for a donation. All money raised will go to the NSPCC.
Your involvement will be greatly appreciated!

Many thanks
Mrs Harbour, Maths Teacher

30th January: Year 11 Study Support Timetable

Dear Parents/Carers/Students
Year 11 Study Support Timetable
Please see attached the Year 11 Study Support Timetable which if not already started will commence from next week – Monday 4th February – we look forward to supporting Year 11 up until the summer exams.
Year 11 Study Support Programme
Kind regards
Mr R Corry, Deputy Headteacher
rcorry@brakenhale.co.uk

30th January: Year 9 Options - Postponed

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 Options Evening – POSTPONED
Due to the forecasted inclement weather – possibly including snow – tomorrow evening, it has been decided that in the interests of safety on site, we will be postponing the Year 9 Options Evening to Wednesday 6th February.
We hope that you understand this decision and apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
We look forward to seeing you all next Wednesday.
Kind regards
School Office

29th January: Year 9 Options - Thursday 31st January - 6-8pm

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 Options – Thursday 31st January 2019 – 6pm – 8pm
Please find attached the Key Stage 4 Curriculum Options Information: Year 9 Options Booklet 2019-21
Students have been given a copy of the booklet today in registration for you to discuss with them prior to the information evening.
We have looked at each individual student and placed them on a pathway which we believe have qualifications which are best suited to their learning style and ability.
We look forward to seeing you at the Options Evening on Thursday 31st January. The evening will commence at 6pm with a talk in the main hall which will be repeated at 7pm, once the hall reaches capacity for the first talk, additional parents will need to visit departments first and attend the later talk. We will provide you with information about the process of options, key information on curriculum and the core subjects, tips on supporting your child through their GCSEs and an update on the new GCSEs your child will be studying. Following on or before this you will have an opportunity to speak with individual option subject leaders and teachers.
There will be options clinics available to discuss any concerns with myself in the two weeks following the options evening – appointments can be booked via main reception. To further enhance the support we provide you and your child in this process we have placed the Year 9 parents evening on Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th February before their options are submitted, I will also be available for appointments.
Kind regards
Mr R Corry, Deputy Headteacher
rcorry@brakenhale.co.uk

28th January: Year 9 Sex and Relationship Education 4/5 February

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 – Sex and Relationship Education Sessions – 4th and 5th February
We are writing to advise that there will be a Sex and Relationship Education Session in school run by Bracknell Forest Council Youth Service for Year 9 on Monday, 4th February (for tutor groups B, R and A) and Tuesday, 5th February for tutor groups K, E, N and H).
If you have any concerns or do not wish your son/daughter to take part, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Kind regards
School Office

28th January: Ofsted Inspection

Dear Parents/Carers
Ofsted Inspection – Tuesday 29th / Wednesday 30th January 2019
Please see attached an important communication from Ofsted.
Your support over the last 4 years has been incredible and utterly invaluable. This inspection is a real opportunity for us to have validated all of the amazing hard work staff, parents, students and Governors have engaged in.
If you are able to complete the questionnaire by clicking on the link in the attachment, I would be extremely grateful.
Many thanks in advance.
Ofsted – Letter to parents
School inspections – a guide for parents
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

25th January: Year 8 Student News

Please find attached the Student News.
Year 8 Student News

25th January: Maths Puzzle of the Week

Dear Students
Maths Puzzle of the Week
We are introducing a weekly maths puzzle for students to solve. There will be a house point given for each reasonable attempt, and 2 for a right answer.
Please see the questions attached.
Puzzle Week 1 – 18 January
Puzzle Week 2 – 25 January
Answers to Mrs Harbour in M13 before the end of next Thursday please, either by email or in person. The solutions will follow in next week’s newsletter.
Kind regards
School Office

24th January: Football Ticketing Scheme

Dear Parents/Carers
Reading Football Tickets
Thank you for all your support in purchasing tickets for Reading Football club for the match that was held on 12th January under the Grassroots scheme. We were the top performing school at this game which is fantastic! In an effort to continue to raise funds for the school I would like to encourage you to book tickets for the Rotherham United match on Saturday 23rd February through this scheme.
Please see the attached poster for booking details.
Thank you again for all your support – fundraising like this helps to provide extra educational tools for our students.
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

23rd January: Year 12 Parents' Evening - Tuesday 5th February

Dear Parents/Carers,
Year 12 Parents’ Evening – Tuesday 5th February
I am writing to you regarding our upcoming Year 12 Parents’ Evening. which will take place on Tuesday 5th February 2018 between 4 and 7pm.
This evening is an important event in the calendar for students and it gives them and yourselves an opportunity to receive detailed one to one feedback. Please can I ask that parents do bring the students along to the event! If you are unable to attend the event we will endeavour to contact you and pass on the feedback although face to face contact is always preferable.
Families are requested to use our automated online booking system which is open now to make appointments. This allows you the flexibility to book times directly with your child’s subject teachers. Time slots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, therefore it is in the interests of both yourself and your child to ensure your appointment schedule is completed as soon as possible.
There is limited parking available on the school site and we would ask that should you choose to park on the road you park with care and consideration for our neighbours.
To schedule your appointments, please follow the link below and enter the relevant information where necessary:
brakenhaleschool.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/
If you do not have access to the internet, have problems using this booking system or require any further assistance, please contact the school office as soon as possible. Booking will close at 5pm on Monday 4th February 2018.
Andy Hartley, Deputy Headteacher

23rd January: Year 10 Religious Studies Exam

Dear Year 10 Students
Year 10 Religious Studies Exam
Your first exam is just over 16 weeks away. To help prepare and support you the RS department will be running revision sessions. Listed below are the first few sessions which start next week, they will take place after-school on Monday in SF12 and SF15.
Monday 28th Jan – Euthanasia and Abortion
– MEG 4, 5, 6 – Ms Baveystock (SF12)
– MEG 7, 8, 9 – Mr Vegh (SF15)
Monday 4th Feb – Creation and Big Bang
– MEG 4, 5, 6 – Mr Kingston (SF12)
– MEG 7, 8, 9 – Mr Hilton (SF15)
Monday 11th Feb – Death, Funerals, Heaven and Hell
– MEG 4, 5, 6 – Mr Vegh (SF12)
– MEG 7, 8, 9 – Mr Green-Nickel (SF15)
You should attend the session linked to your MEG.
Kind regards
Mr S Vegh, Head of RS
svegh@brakenhale.co.uk

23rd January: Year 11 February Half Term Study Sessions

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Half Term Study Sessions – February
I am writing to inform you of sessions staff will be running over February half term for various subjects. With the summer examinations looming it is vital that our students get as much information, subject knowledge and exam technique delivered to them as possible. Furthermore it will allow students an opportunity to complete controlled assessments if required by department.
I am aware that Year 11 are working hard and significant demands are being placed on them but with approximately 58 school days until the first GCSE examination, staff are working tirelessly to get them prepared.
I appreciate that some may already have plans over half term but if you could ensure your child attends these sessions whenever they are available if would be very useful. Furthermore, please could you let the relevant member of staff know if your child will not be attending to help with planning.
The sessions are as follows:
Monday – MFL, GCSE Music (AM)
Tuesday – PE
Wednesday – GCSE Dance & Drama
Thursday – Art & Photography (AM); Science (invite only)
Friday – History (AM)
The morning sessions will run from 9am – 12midday and afternoon sessions from 1pm-4pm. If your child has full day sessions then it will be from 9am-4pm, please ask them to bring a lunch with them.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Mr R Corry, Deputy Headteacher
rcorry@brakenhale.co.uk

18th January: Year 10 Student News

Please find attached the Student News.
Year 10 Student News

18th January: Year 9 Student News

Please find attached the Student News.
Year 9 Student News

18th January: Year 7 Student News

Please find attached the Student News.
Year 7 Student News

18th January: Year 11: Important Information

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Important Information
With the end of the year approaching fast we are writing to provide you with some important information to make you aware of some of the expenses that will be coming up.
Year 11 Leavers Book
The Brakenhale School, as in past years, is planning to produce a Year Book for Year 11 students as a visual memento of their time at Brakenhale. The Year Books will include photographs of students, as well as various events from the last five years, including the Year 11 Prom together with contributions from the Headteacher, Form Tutors and other members of staff.
The expected cost of the Year Book is £17.50. The price is an estimation based on expected number of orders for the Year Book.
Year 11 Leavers ‘Hoodie’
We are organising a memento for your son/daughter to purchase to remind them of their time studying at The Brakenhale School. We are producing a Brakenhale ‘hoodie’ with the Year 11 student names in a list on the back as well as the individual student’s name/nickname above the list. The names of all students in Year 11 will appear in a list on the back of the hoody.
Students will be able to select three options:
-Size of the hoody
-The colour of the hoody
-The name/nickname for the back
The cost of The Brakenhale Hoodie is £20.00.
Year 11 Prom
The finale of the school year for Year 11 will be the school leavers Prom, which is taking place at Easthampstead Park Conference Centre, Off Peacock Lane, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 3DF on Thursday 27th June 2019. Arrival will be from 7.00pm. The night will finish at 11pm.
The total cost of the event will be £35.00, which includes the venue, a welcome drink, a hot and cold finger food buffet, photographer and on site security.
We will be uploading all the payment details on your childs parentpay page to enable you to pay in instalments
Items will not be ordered until all the payments have been received.
Kind regards
Mr N O’Donoghue, Head of Year 11
nodonoghue@brakenhale.co.uk

18th January: Dressing for Weather Conditions

Dear Parents/Carers
Weather Conditions
We would like to advise that as we are now experiencing a prolonged period of very cold weather, it is important that students come to school appropriately dressed. Students should be wearing a plain black coat and we encourage them to have hats, scarves and gloves too. If students wish to wear an additional layer it must be a school jumper (no other jumpers or hoodies are permitted) which can be purchased from the school uniform shop which is open from 3pm – 5pm on a Monday and Thursday. However, if students need to borrow a jumper until one can be purchased, please ask in the Head of Year office as we do have a small number we can lend out.
It is important to keep wrapped up and warm outside to avoid catching colds and stay healthy through the winter period!
We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that should we experience excessive snowfall and the school is unsafe to open, information will be available via an email/text home together with updates on our website, local authority website and local radio. It is therefore important that your contact information is up to date and if for any reason you are not receiving communications from us, please call to check the emergency contact details we hold for yourselves.
Kind regards
School Office

17th January: Year 9 Modern Foreign Languages Exam

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 Modern Foreign Languages Exams
I am writing to you regarding Year 9 end of year exams and current actual grades.
The Year 9 end of year exams focused only on reading and translation skills, therefore when calculating the students’ current grade we took into consideration the students’ progress in writing, listening and speaking during lessons to give them an overall level.
You may therefore find that your son/daughter obtained a higher grade in their end of year exam in comparison to their current actual grade as reading and translation may be their stronger skills.
Alternatively, your son/daughter may have obtained a higher level in their current actual grade as they are stronger at listening, speaking and writing.
If you have any questions regarding your son/daughter’s results, please do not hesitate to contact me further: odansetsales@brakenhale.co.uk
Kind regards
Miss Danset-Sales, Head of Modern Foreign Languages

15th January: Change of menu on Thursday 17th January

Change of Menu on Thursday 17th January 2019
We are delighted to be offering you a change to our published menu on Thursday and will be serving the following :-
– Hot Dogs with Wedges
– Mexican Veggie Burrito with Rice
– Sweetcorn
– Carrot Cake & Custard
Kind regards
School Office

14th January: Extra Curricular Clubs Cancelled Wednesday 16th January

Dear Parents/Carers
Extra-Curricular Clubs – Cancellation
Please note that due to staff training, all extra-curricular after school clubs will be cancelled on Wednesday, 16th January, unless otherwise advised.
Kind regards
School Office

11th January: Year 11 Student News

Please find attached the Student News.
Year 11 Student News

11th January: Year 9 Options Evening - 31st January 2019

Dear Parents/Carers and Students
Year 9 Options Evening – 31st January 2019
I am writing to invite you to the Year 9 Options Evening on Thursday 31st January 2019. The evening will commence at 6pm with the opportunity to speak with individual option subject leaders and teachers. There will be two talks at 6pm and 7pm which last approximately half an hour and will be in the main hall (there is limited capacity in our hall and if reached, you will be asked to attend the later talk). We will provide you with information about the process of options, key information on curriculum and the core subjects, tips on supporting your son/daughter through their GCSEs and an update on the new GCSEs they will be studying.
Ahead of the evening your son/daughter will be provided with a colour coded options booklet which provides the list of courses that are available for them to choose from. We have looked at each individual student and placed them on a pathway which we believe have qualifications which are best suited to their learning style and ability. There will be options clinics available to discuss any concerns with myself in the two weeks following the options evening. To further enhance the support we provide for parents and students in this process we have placed the Year 9 parents evening in between the 31st January and the deadline for return of Thursday 28th February 2019.
This is an extremely important decision for you and your son/daughter and we want to support you as much as possible as well as ensure that students are able to study courses which they want to study and are able to access. Furthermore, dependent on their pathway, some courses will be made compulsory in line with Government guidance.
In the past, option blocks have been formed prior to the options process and as such limit the options available. This year we will not have option blocks and students will have free choice, however due to the constraints of the timetable we will ask you to make two reserve choices.
I look forward to welcoming you on the 31st January and will update you with further information shortly. Should you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Yours faithfully
Mr R Corry, Deputy Headteacher

11th January: Extra-Curricular Activities - Non-Sporting, PE and Dance

Dear Parents/Carers
Please see attached extra-curricular timetables for PE and Dance.
We look forward to seeing students getting involved with the range of activities on offer at Brakenhale.
Kind regards
School Office
PE Extra-Curricular Activities
Dance Enrichment
Non-sporting Extra Curricular Activities

10th January: Year 8 Parents' Evening - Booking

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 8 Parents’ Evening Booking
Please follow this link to book in:
https://brakenhaleschool.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/
If you do not have access to the internet, have problems using this booking system or require any further assistance, please contact the school office as soon as possible. Booking will close at 5pm on Monday 21st January 2019.
Kind regards
School Office

9th January: Year 9 Options Evening - Thursday 31st January 2019 - 6pm

Dear Parents/Carers and Year 9 Students
Year 9 Options Evening – Thursday 31st January 2019 @6pm
Please calendar Thursday 31st January 2019 @6pm for the Year 9 Options Evening together with Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th February for the Year 9 Parents Evenings.
We look forward to welcoming all students and parents/carers to both of these important events to discuss your son/daughter’s subject choices as they make the transition to Key Stage 4 and their GCSE studies.
Kind regards
School Office

9th January: Key Stage 3 Outdoor Adventure Weekend

Dear Parent/Carers
Key Stage 3 Outdoor Adventure Weekend at Bawdsey Manor, Woodbridge, Suffolk – Friday 5th July – Sunday 7th July 2019
We are delighted to be able to write to you to inform you of the upcoming trip to Bawdsey Manor 5th – 7th July 2019. This is an exciting opportunity for the students to bond and enjoy time together outside of the classroom.
We will be staying at an Activity Centre in purpose-built accommodation blocks around outdoor courtyards with en-suite rooms sleeping 4-6 people. Some of the activities available are: Archery, Canoeing, Climbing, Crate Challenge, Fencing, Jacob’s Ladder, Low Level Ropes Course, Raft Building, Sports and Team Games, Vertical Challenge Zip Wire and Water Sports.
The cost of the trip is £180.00 per student. The cost covers travel by coach and accommodation (which includes breakfast, lunch and dinner), activities over Friday, Saturday and Sunday 2 night’s entertainment and full insurance. However, students will need to take a sleeping bag.
We will be leaving by coach at 8am on Friday and will return approx. 6pm on Sunday.
Payment Procedures – We ask you to use the online payment system to pay for this particular trip/activity if possible. Payments can be made online by debit or credit card however, we would be very grateful if you could use a debit card as the school is charged a higher fee for payments by credit card. If you have been issued a PayPoint card please do not try to use it for this school trip, the PayPoint card will only put money onto school meals. If you wish to pay for this trip/activity by cash, please contact csilvey@brakenhale.co.uk where we will be able to issue a temporary barcoded letter for you to be able to pay via any PayPoint. If you have not previously created an online account or have any issues, please email csilvey@brakenhale.co.uk to request a ParentPay login or assistance.
This trip/activity is optional and the school asks that the payment is made as a voluntary contribution to cover the cost. In the event that we are unable to cover the costs the trip may have to be cancelled and all money received will be returned to those who contributed. If you are experiencing difficulty in paying for this visit a written request for support should be submitted to the school office. Parents are responsible for the prompt collection/return home of students after the visit.
Please be aware that as this trip has been provisionally booked, should the number of students looking to go increase/decrease then the price may change. Equally, the trip will not go ahead if there is insufficient interest for it to run.
This is an exciting opportunity to take students’ learning outside the classroom and is something we are delighted to be able to offer.
If you would like your son/daughter to be allocated a place on this trip to Bawdsey Manor please complete the consent form and make payment on ParentPay.
A non-refundable deposit of £50.00 is required by 31st January 2019.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at school by telephone or via email at rbeukes@brakenhale.co.uk
The balance of the trip will need to be paid in full by Tuesday 30th April 2019.
Yours faithfully
Mr R Beukes, Head of Key Stage 4

9th January: Safe Cycling

Dear Parents/Carers
Safe Cycling
At Brakenhale we welcome our students cycling to school. It is good for the environment and also for their health. In addition, Bracknell has numerous safe cycle paths that students can use to avoid busy roads as much as possible.
We have a ‘Brakenhale Safe Cycle Scheme’ where all students need a pass to be able to ride their bike to school and also to use the bike store. A pre-requisite to gain and keep hold of the pass is the mandatory wearing of a bike safety helmet. In addition, any student seen riding their bike in a dangerous manner will have their pass revoked. Furthermore, all bikes ridden into school must be deemed road worthy and safe with working brakes, if bikes are not safe students will not be allowed to bring their bike onto site at all for a set period of time and parents/carers will be notified via email. Please note this also applies to scooters.
We have a secure area to keep bikes but also ask students bring a lock to offer further security.
I hope that you welcome this initiative and I do urge you to become familiar with the content of the national bike safety scheme below.
http://think.direct.gov.uk/education/early-years-and-primary/parents/7-to-11s/cycle-safety/
If you would like to request a cycle pass, please click on the link below to submit your request. Once your request has been approved, your son/daughter will be issued with a pass.
Cycle Application Form
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Yours faithfully
Mr H Thomas, Assistant Headteacher

8th January: Discounted Reading FC Tickets

Dear Parents/Carers
Discounted Reading FC Tickets + fantastic prizes to be won!
Brakenhale School are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with Reading Football Club and signed up to their School and Grassroots Ticketing Scheme.
We are giving you the opportunity to purchase discounted tickets for the following fixtures:
– Reading FC v Nottingham Forest on Saturday 12th January 3pm Kick Off.
– Reading FC v Rotherham United on Saturday 23rd February 3pm Kick Off.
– Reading FC v Leeds United on Tuesday 12th March 8pm Kick Off.
– Reading FC v Brentford on Saturday 13th April 3pm Kick Off.
– Reading FC v Birmingham City on Sunday 5th May 12:30pm Kick Off.
The Reading FC School and Grassroots Ticketing Scheme also allows our School to raise much needed funds, as for every ticket you purchase, a percentage of the ticket is donated back to the school from Reading Football Club.  If our School/Club is successful, then we have the opportunity of winning some of the following prizes:
· Meet the first team players
· Play on the Madejski Stadium pitch
· Bonus towards our funding
· Free Family Tickets
· Signed items and much more!
How to Book
· Reading FC sell 4 home league fixtures at a time throughout the season, and anyone wishing to book should check on sale dates via www.readingfc.co.uk
· Once one of our chosen fixtures are on sale, phone the Ticket Office on 0118 968 1313 and quote Brakenhale School.
· Tickets must be booked by the chosen deadline for each fixture. This is 3pm on the Thursday before a weekend fixture, or 3pm on a Friday before a Tuesday night fixture. After this time, discounted tickets will not be available through the scheme.
· Tickets are only available in the Eamonn Dolan Stand including the family Area.
· Each booking must have at least one child as part of the booking.
· Madejski Stadium ground regulations and ticketing Terms and Conditions also apply, please visit www.readingfc.co.uk
Prices:
Age Band – Ticket Price – Amount Raised for your group
Adult – £15 – £5
65 and over – £10 – £4
18-24 – £8 – £3
17 and under – £5 – £2
12 and under – £2 – 50p
Kind regards
School Office

8th January: Year 9 Vaccinations

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 Vaccinations – Tetanus, Diptheria and Polio and Meningitis ACWY
Year 9 Students are receiving vaccinations on 11th and 12th February 2019. Consent forms will be sent home via students through tutors this week.
Please complete and return the forms to the Medical Room via your son’s/daughter’s tutor whether you are consenting to the vaccinations or not.
Alternatively, we have attached a PDF version for your convenience and you may email this directly to aball@brakenhale.co.uk
Kind regards
Mandy Ball, Health Coordinator
3-in-1 Meningitis ACWY pack for Year 9 parents and carers
Year 9 Tetanus Diptheria and Polio and Meningitis ACWY Consent Form
Cover Letter Year 9 Vaccinations

8th January: School Uniform Shop Extended Hours

Dear Parents/Carers
School Uniform Shop
We would like to advise you of the extended hours to the uniform shop:
As from Thursday 10th January 2019 the shop will be open from 3.00pm to 5.00pm.
Kind regards
School Office

8th January: Year 8 Parents' Evenings - Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24th January

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 8 Parents’ Evening
Wednesday 23rd January 2019 (x half of year group)
Thursday 24th January 2019 (y half of year group)

The Year 8 parents’ evening to discuss your child’s progress will be held on Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th January 2019 – 4pm – 6.30pm. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss your son/daughter’s progress and hope that you will take this opportunity to speak with subject teachers.
Families are requested to use our automated online booking system which is open now to make appointments. This allows you the flexibility to book times directly with your child’s teachers. Time slots are for five minutes each and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, therefore it is in the interests of both yourself and your child to ensure your appointment schedule is completed as soon as possible. Please ensure you only book one appointment slot per teacher.
There is limited parking available on the school site and we would ask that should you choose to park on the road you park with care and consideration for our neighbours.
To schedule your appointments, please follow the link below and enter the relevant information where necessary:
https://brakenhaleschool.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/
If you do not have access to the internet, have problems using this booking system or require any further assistance, please contact the school office as soon as possible. Booking will close at 5pm on Monday 21st January 2019.
Kind regards
School Office

8th January: Sixth Form Application Forms - Year 11

Dear Year 11 Students,
Subject: Brakenhale Sixth Form Applications
Please be reminded that all Sixth Form application forms, need to be completed and returned to school by next Monday 14th January. A copy of the form is attached or these can be collected from main reception should you require one. Sixth Form Application Form 2019-20
If you have any questions at all about Sixth Form, please send us an email via Mr Duffy – JDuffy@brakenhale.co.uk
Regards
The Sixth Form Team

7th January: Sixth Form Pre Public Exams

Dear Parents/Carers
Sixth Form Pre Public Exams
Post 16 students will be completing Pre Public Exams during the week commencing Monday 14th January. These will be taking place in the Main Hall and Conference Room.
The timetable is attached and will be available in the Sixth Form area. Post 16 Timetable
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions.
Kind regards
Mrs Seymour, Exams Officer
sseymour@brakenhale.co.uk

19th December: Incident in Crown Wood

Incident in Crown Wood
We have been asked by Bracknell Forest Council to communicate to you the message below regarding an incident yesterday in Crown Wood:
Yesterday, 18th December, at approximately 3.30pm , a primary school child was allegedly ‘grabbed’ by a male who had been hiding in a bush as the child passed by. This incident happened between the Mendip Road and Nuthurst area of Crown Wood, Bracknell. This male is described as white, age 50 years, approximately 6ft tall and with a grey beard.
Thames Valley Police are aware of this and are investigating the matter. Parents and carers are encouraged to talk to their children about personal safety.
Any further concerns should be reported to Thames Valley Police using the 101 number.
Kind regards
School Office

19th December: Operating Theatre Live - 6th July 2019

Dear Parents/Carers
Operating Theatre Live – 6th July 2019
Please see information on an exciting event Brakenhale will be hosting in the summer term.
Please click on the link below for full details on the event. The event is referred to as Operating Theatre Live Reading – although the event will be held at Brakenhale.
https://www.operatingtheatrelive.co.uk/publicevents
Students can complete a form for eligibility for a free place. There are only 5 places available and applications must be submitted before 6th June, 2019.
https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/1d2189_2bfb6edc312942c8a1b4eb20364413b6.pdf
Click on the following link for ticket availability. There is a discount code of Christmas10 available until Friday 21st December, which gives a 10% reduction.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/operating-theatre-live-reading-6th-july-2019-tickets-52398200428
As Brakenhale are only hosting this event, enquiries should be made through the Operating Theatre Live website direct or alternatively, email Brett Forbes brett.forbes@itaegroup.co.uk
Kind regards
School Office

19th December: Christmas Jumper Day tomorrow

Dear Parents/Carers
Christmas Jumper Day – tomorrow
Just a reminder that it is Christmas Jumper Day tomorrow, raising money for Save the Children. A donation of £1 will be collected by tutors during registration.
All other uniform/bags remain as usual.
School closes for students at 12:05pm tomorrow.
Kind regards
School Office

18th December: Admission Arrangements for Local Schools

Dear Parents/Carers
Admission arrangements – local schools
A number of consultations from neighbouring schools and admission authorities were emailed home. None of the attached documents refer to any changes to Brakenhale School and are provided for your information only.
Regards
Consultation Education, Education & Learning, People Directorate, Bracknell Forest Council
Tel: 01344 354023
Email: Consultation.Education@bracknell-forest.gov.uk
Web: www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk

18th December: Year 8 Student News
18th December: New Build Project - Extra Closure Dates

Dear Parents/Carers
New Build Project – Extra Closure Dates
We are delighted that our building project is progressing well and with this in mind, we would like to give you as much notice as possible of the extra school closure days we will be taking in December 2019/January 2020 in order that we can transition to our new building in January 2020:

December 2019
Friday 13th December School closes for students @ 12.05pm
Monday 16th December INSET DAY (closed to students)
Tuesday 17th December Extra moving day 1
Wednesday 18th December Extra moving day 2
Thursday 19th December Extra moving day 3
January 2020
Monday 6th January Extra moving day 4
Tuesday 7th January Extra moving day 5
Wednesday 8th January Extra moving day 6
Thursday 9th January Students return to new building @8.30am

Examination groups (Year 11 and Sixth Form) will be set home learning, which will include past papers and extensive revision material to ensure their progress is not detrimentally affected.
We fully understand this extended period of time when the school will be closed to students, is not ideal for some, but unfortunately, we have very little control over this. Prior to the Christmas shut down the builders will need to transfer all of the equipment into the new build and, for Health & Safety reasons the site must be closed for this purpose. At the start of January the additional days are needed to unpack all of the equipment, carry out Health & Safety checks and to ensure that staff are fully orientated with the running of the new building. This will ensure that when the students return on Thursday 9th January there will be no disruption to their learning.
Please see attached information on our Term Dates for 2019/20. Term Dates 2019-20
Thank you in advance for your support as we enter this exciting new phase for Brakenhale School.
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

18th December: School Uniform

Dear Parents/Carers
School Uniform
Firstly, I would like to say a thank you to all of our students who are upholding and supporting the high standards of uniform we expect at Brakenhale. It was a pleasure to note a huge reduction in sanctions being issued for uniform infringements in our recent standards week. As we approach the end of term, I would like to take this opportunity to share a few reminders with you for over the holidays:
Coats may be a necessary purchase over the holiday. Once again, please can I remind you these must be plain black coats without large logos. The school has a collection of variously sized replacements if students are unable to purchase the correct type of coat.
Shoes must be black and polishable – this means leather rather than suede and they must not display any logos. Please can you ensure that you have a good supply of plain black socks to go with the shoes.
Skirts – length is really important and the Brakenhale standard issue skirts have improved the appearance of students considerably. However, can I remind you that skirt length should be on the knee. Skirts of a longer length should be purchased from the school uniform shop as the student grows.
Piercings – the holidays are a time where some students will get piercings, be it in the nose, upper ear or as seems to be the fashion, in the small piece of cartilage that sticks out from the front of the ear known as the tragus. Can I remind you that we will insist this piercing is removed rather than taped up. These sorts of piercings are best left to the start of the summer holidays, which will allow the hole to become established without fear of healing over when the earring or stud is removed for the school day. Tongue studs, eyebrow, nose, lip and facial piercings are not allowed at school. Students will be required to remove the facial jewellery. Refusal to remove the jewellery may result in internal exclusion.
Hair – Extreme hairstyles, such as Mohicans, words or symbols shaved into the side of a student’s head, grade tracks and extreme dyed hair colours which are not in keeping with an educational establishment, should not be worn to school. No students should have their hair shaven any shorter than a grade 1. Any student with a hairstyle which is deemed to be offensive or disruptive to learning will be asked to modify that hairstyle.
Tools for Learning should be replenished over the holidays or before the end of term from the print room. It makes such a difference to the amount of learning time in lessons when students have all of the correct equipment and can support themselves with their learning and progress without several minutes of each lesson being disrupted handing out rulers, glue sticks or highlighters for example.
Finally, can I say a huge thank you with regard to attendance. Our attendance is now consistently above the national average and students will undoubtedly benefit with their academic progress. Please can we keep up the push to be in school on time, avoiding term time holidays and other avoidable absences. This stops any awkward calls from Miss Shill, our Attendance Officer or the Education Welfare Service.
Please can we ask that all students return to school at 8.30am on 7th January 2019 with great uniform and a full stock of equipment.
Thank you for your support in all of the above matters.
Have a great Christmas break with your families.
Kind regards
Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteacher

18th December: Food Bank Collection

Good morning
Foodbank Collection
Year 11 have been collecting for the local foodbank. Christmas can be a very difficult time of year for some families and we have been looking at ways we can help in our morning PSHE sessions. If you would like to contribute to this worthy local resource, please bring any non-perishable goods to the Head of Year office on Wednesday or Thursday morning.
Some suggestions from the foodbank are jam, tinned custard, tinned potatoes, tinned fruit and toilet rolls.
Many thanks for your support for this worthwhile cause.
Kind regards, Year 11 Team

17th December: Canteen Service - Tuesday and Wednesday

Dear Parents/Carers
Canteen Service – Tuesday & Wednesday
We would like to remind you that we will be serving Christmas Lunch in the canteen on Tuesday and Wednesday this week for those students who have pre-ordered and paid – no cash can be accepted on the day.
There will be usual service in the canteen on both days at break-time together with sandwiches, snacks and drinks available from the main hall at lunchtime.
Kind regards
School Office

17th December: Year 9 Inter-House Competition

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 Inter-house competition
The Year 9 inter-house competition for Half Term 1, has been re-arranged from last week and will be taking place tomorrow, lesson 2, for all Year 9 students.
The boys will be playing rugby and the girls netball.
We are looking forward to this final competition of house matches and hope to see your son/daughter taking part and competing for their house in what will be a great morning of house sport.
Please refer back to my previous email/letter for all details regarding the event and what your son/daughter needs to bring.
Many thanks
Mr M Potter, Head of PE

14th December: PE Survey

Dear Parents/Carers
PE Survey
Please can you complete the survey below by Thursday 20th December:
Click here to access the survey
IT DOES SAY GIRLS ACTIVE BUT BOYS PLEASE CAN YOU DO IT AS WELL!
I want to know what you think about PE and how we can improve it.
Please answer it as honestly as possible!
Thanks
Miss Willimott, Lead Coordinator of Girls PE and Teacher in Charge of Health and Social Care

14th December: Year 7 - A Monster Calls

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 7 – A Monster Calls
In line with our subject overview distributed last summer, our Spring Term Year 7 Unit of Study is A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. The winner of a variety of prestigious awards, as well as being the only book to win both the Carnegie and Greenaway awards, it is generally recognised by the Literary industry to be a quality piece of Children’s Literature and is a text widely studied nationally and also in the area.
As with all Children’s literature, the story provides a safe place for children to consider their emotions to some real life experiences. The general synopsis of the story is the struggles of a young boy coming to terms with his emotions as he juggles relationships with estranged parents, bullying and the death of a parent due to terminal illness. These themes are used to stimulate important discussions, creative writing, comparisons to poems and developing writing to argue skills.
Our current Year 8 students thoroughly enjoyed reading and engaging with this story last year however if you have any questions, please do contact me.
Kind regards
Mrs Cresswell, Director of English
tcresswell@brakenhale.co.uk

14th December: Year 10 Student News
14th December: Year 9 Student News
14th December: Year 7 Student News
14th December: Sixth Form Pre Public Exams

Dear Parents/Carers
Sixth Form Pre Public Exams
Post 16 students will be completing Pre Public Exams during the week commencing Monday 14th January. These will be taking place in the Main Hall and Conference Room.
The timetable is attached and will be available in the Sixth Form area.  TIMETABLE
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions.
Kind regards
Mrs Seymour, Exams Officer
sseymour@brakenhale.co.uk

12th December: Christmas Lunch Update

Dear Parents/Carers
Christmas Lunch Update
Due to overwhelming demand for our Christmas lunch we have made the decision to hold this over two days – Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th December.
Years 7,9 and Post 16 will be held on Tuesday 18th December.
Years 8,10, 11 will be held on Wednesday 19th December.
Students will receive named tickets via tutors on the morning of their lunch.
For all students who have not selected to have Christmas lunch there will be only sandwiches, snacks and drinks available on both lunchtime’s in the Main Hall. There will be a normal service at break time if your son/daughter wishes to purchase hot food.
Kind regards
School Office

12th December: Sixth Form Student News
11th December: Christmas Cake Competition

Dear Parents/Carers
Christmas Cake Competition
On Monday 17th December, the Houses are running a Christmas Cake competition/sale to raise money for rewards. Any donations of cakes for the stalls would be appreciated.
This is a house competition and the winner of the best cake will judged and receive a prize from Ms Coley. All cake donations can be brought in to the Head of Year Office on the morning of the 17th.
Any cakes to be judged for the competition should have students name and house on a label.
Kind regards
Mrs C Duffy – Temple, Mr C Maye – Jennetts, Mr A Raby – Swinley, Mr S Bell – Farley

7th December: Year 11 Student News
3rd December: PE Survey

Dear Students
PE Survey
I would like to know what you think about PE and how we can improve it. Therefore, can you please click on the link below to complete a short survey:
Click here to access the survey
IT DOES SAY GIRLS ACTIVE BUT BOYS PLEASE CAN YOU DO IT AS WELL!
Please answer it as honestly as possible!
Many thanks.
Miss L Willimott, Lead Coordinator of Girls PE and Teacher in Charge of Health and Social Care

3rd December: Standards Week - Day 1

Dear Parents/Carers
Standards Week
We are delighted with the great start to Standards Week with over 200 Golden Tickets being issued to students today.
Please see attached reminder on how to set up the School Gateway App if you have not already done so. The App will enable you to view a record of Achievements as they are issued.
Students who have provided us with their mobile contact numbers are now able to access the App themselves and we hope that this will encourage families to have some good conversations regarding behaviour and expectations at school.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Kind regards
School Office
School Gateway 3 Step Set-Up

3rd December: Year 7 - How are you doing?

Dear Parents/Carers
“How are you doing?”
Thank you to those parents who have decided to share with us your son/daughter’s mobile telephone number. This will now enable them to download the ‘School Gateway App’ through which they will receive notifications of Achievement and Behaviour points and be able to view their timetable together with receiving any alerts.
Please share with students the following information on how to access the School Gateway App:
What you need to do now
Activate your School Gateway account. It’s quick and easy to do. All you need are your email address and mobile number that school holds on record for you.
· Download the app: If you have a smartphone, please download School Gateway from your app store (Android and iPhone). The app shows the same information as the website PLUS you can message the school for FREE – this will also save the school money when we send you a text message.
OR
· Visit the website: www.schoolgateway.com and click on ‘New User’. You’ll receive a text message with a PIN number. Use this PIN to log into School Gateway.
If students are having trouble logging in, it may be because we do not have their current email and mobile phone number on record. Please email and we’ll update the details on our system.
We would like to remind you that the school policy on the use of mobile phones in school remains in force and by having the app installed does not mean that students are able to use their phone during the school day to check the app.
We hope that they will find School Gateway a great way to keep up to date with what’s going on at school.
If you have not provided us with your son/daughter’s mobile contact number but have now decided that you would like to, please click here to provide their information.
Kind regards
School Office

1st December: Standards Week

Dear Parents/Carers
Standards Week
I am writing to you to let you know that we will be holding another ‘Standards Week’ this coming week. The aim of these weeks is to raise the profile of such important personal attributes as punctuality, politeness, be a ready participant in lessons, appearance and conduct. The timing of this week is at a point where sometimes things fall away slightly and this allows us as a school to refresh and pep things up and keep our standards high until the end of term.
The previous ‘Standards Weeks’ have seen a huge upswing in positive behaviour and I have been working with staff in the meantime to ensure they do their utmost to recognise students ‘getting it right’. This could be the first students to arrive, the first students to be ready to learn or those that have put the most effort in and I hope moving forward we can further embed these practices as part of the culture and ethos of the school.
Please can I ask that you ensure that your son/daughter has all of their Tools for Learning ready for Monday. The school shop is located in the Printroom and all the equipment is available there at cost price. Secondly, please can I ask that all uniform, particularly shoes and coats, are compliant with our uniform code. As you know we insist, unless there is a medical reason, that students wear a school supplied replacement if their own clothes or footwear is not part of our dress code. Please see attachments with information on Tools for Learning and Uniform.
BRAKENHALE UNIFORM PRICE LIST March 2018
Template – Tools for Learning
Template – Uniform Expectations 2018

The school has made great strides within the last three years and overall, behaviour is hugely improved and uniform despite it being December remains incredibly smart. However, we are always keen for further improvement, hence why we holding ‘Standards Week’ next week.
We hope to see your Gateway APP notifications fill up with positives over the next week!
Kind regards
Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteacher

1st December: New Student Craze

Dear Parents/Carers
New Student Craze
We would like to alert you to a new craze whereby students are sharing videos of other students sitting down and taking rapid breaths for about 30 seconds, they then stand up and hold their breath for as long as they can, to the point of passing out.
We would like to reassure you that we have not had reports of this happening at Brakenhale but would appreciate your support in discussing the potential health risks involved in taking part in potentially dangerous behaviour with your son/daughter.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Kind regards
School Office

30th November: Anti-Bullying Team

Dear Parents/Carers
Anti-bullying Team
Please see attached poster with information regarding our new anti-bullying team available to support in school.
The fully trained team will be available every day in the Student Support Centre and can be contacted by email antibullying@brakenhale.co.uk
If your son/daughter should have any concerns please refer to Head of Year in the first instance. However, we understand that students may feel more comfortable discussing any issues with trained peers.
Kind regards
Mr M Cooper, Head of Year 8

30th November: Christmas Lunch

Dear Parents/Carers
Christmas Lunch on Tuesday 18th December
Please see attached our menu for Christmas Lunch being held in our Canteen.
If your son/daughter wishes to attend can you please complete the selection form by CLICKING HERE
Christmas Lunch Menu
Kind regards
Mrs C Silvey, Catering & Enrichment Manager

28th November: GCSE Maths Advent Calendar

Dear Parents/Carers
GCSE Maths Advent Calendar
As December is nearly upon us, we thought that some of the students may want to have a Maths Advent Calendar.
We have put together 24 questions for students to complete daily to test a number of skills required for their A Level in Maths.
We hope that your son/daughter finds this useful. Answers are also attached.
Revision Calendar GCSE       Maths Advent GCSE Answers
Revision Calendar GCSE H       Maths Advent GCSEH Answers
Kind regards
Mr T Dean, Director of Mathematics

28th November: A Level Maths Advent Calendar

Dear Parents/Carers
Maths Advent Calendar
As December is nearly upon us, we thought that some of the students may want to have a Maths Advent Calendar.
We have put together 24 questions for students to complete daily to test a number of skills required for their A Level in Maths.
We hope that your son/daughter finds this useful. Answers are also attached.
Maths Advent Calendar       Maths Advent A Level Answers
Kind regards
Mr T Dean, Director of Mathematics

27th November: Sixth Form Extra-Curricular Calendar

Dear Students,
Subject: Sixth Form Extra Curricular Activities Calendar 2018-19
Please find attached the extra-curricular activities that are currently taking place during break, lunch or after school.
If you wish to sign up for any of these clubs please contact the relevant member of staff.
Kind Regards
The Sixth Form Team

26th November: Mentoring Project

Dear Parents/Carers
Mentoring Project
We are pleased to announce that in partnership with Adviza a charity that specialises in helping young people across the Thames Valley we will be offering a mentoring project called ‘Captain of My Ship’ to some students in Years 9 and 10 from January.
To become a mentor on this project the only requirements are to have an interest in helping young people and to be in employment.
Once recruited, all mentors receive a free one day of training and get a DBS check. Commitment is for one hour a week (during the school day) where each mentor will work with 2 mentees. Over 150 volunteers are already working on the project and the success of their involvement has been impressive.
Mentors can come from all types of occupational sector and be in part, full or self-employment.
If you are interested in supporting this exciting opportunity please contact Jan Champney by email: janchampney@adviza.org.uk
Kind regards
Mr R Beukes, Assistant Headteacher

26th November: Year 9 Science Exam Week Monday 3rd December

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 Science Exam Week beginning Monday 3rd December
The Year 9 Science exam is due to take place as part of the year 9 exams on the week beginning Monday 3rd December. To help your child revise, the following is a list of topics that are likely to be on the test. They cover areas from Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Biology Chemistry Physics
Photosynthesis

Respiration

DNA

Cell structure

Enzymes

 

Group 1 metals

Group 2 metals

Group 7 elements

Periodic table

Metals and non-metals

 

Properties of light

Reflection

Uses of a microscope

 

Please encourage your child to prepare for these important exams by revising these topic areas. Your child’s teacher will also provide work/revision to support their preparation.
The following websites may be helpful.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/education
The BBC Bitesize website with links to Biology, Chemistry and Physics
http://www.s-cool.co.uk
A range of activities and questions on many topics.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xp0o19gWX7E
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2lHztS4sMU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEhvsXG8cNs
Youtube videos on cell, respiration and photosynthesis.   There are many others on youtube, some are better than others!
Kind regards
Mr C Bailey, Science Teacher

26th November: Extra Curricular Clubs Cancelled - Tuesday

Dear Parents/Carers
Extra-curricular Clubs – cancelled Tuesday 27th November
Due to staff training there will be no extra-curricular after school clubs running tomorrow.
Kind regards
School Office

23rd November: Year 7 Student News

23rd November: Year 8 Student News

23rd November: Year 9 Student News

23rd November: Year 10 Student News

23rd November: Year 11 Student News

23rd November: Discounted Reading FC Tickets

Dear Parents/Carers
Discounted Reading FC Tickets + fantastic prizes to be won!
Brakenhale School are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with Reading Football Club and signed up to their School and Grassroots Ticketing Scheme.
We are giving you the opportunity to purchase discounted tickets for the following fixtures
Reading FC v Nottingham Forest on Saturday 12th January 3pm Kick Off.
Reading FC v Rotherham United on Saturday 23rd February 3pm Kick Off.
Reading FC v Leeds United on Tuesday 12th March 8pm Kick Off.
Reading FC v Brentford on Saturday 13th April 3pm Kick Off.
Reading FC v Birmingham City on Sunday 5th May 12:30pm Kick Off.
The Reading FC School and Grassroots Ticketing Scheme also allows our School to raise much needed funds, as for every ticket you purchase, a percentage of the ticket is donated back to the school from Reading Football Club.
If our School/Club is successful, then we have the opportunity of winning some of the following prizes:
· Meet the first team players
· Play on the Madejski Stadium pitch
· Bonus towards our funding
· Free Family Tickets
· Signed items and much more!
How to Book
· Reading FC sell 4 home league fixtures at a time throughout the season, and anyone wishing to book should check on sale dates via www.readingfc.co.uk
· Once one of our chosen fixtures are on sale, phone the Ticket Office on 0118 968 1313 and quote Brakenhale School.
· Tickets must be booked by the chosen deadline for each fixture. This is 3pm on the Thursday before a weekend fixture, or 3pm on a Friday before a Tuesday night fixture. After this time, discounted tickets will not be available through the scheme.
· Tickets are only available in the Eamonn Dolan Stand including the family Area.
· Each booking must have at least one child as part of the booking.
· Madejski Stadium ground regulations and ticketing Terms and Conditions also apply, please visit www.readingfc.co.uk

Prices:

Age Band Ticket Price Amount Raised for your group
Adult £15 £5
65 and over £10 £4
18-24 £8 £3
17 and under £5 £2
12 and under £2 50p

Kind regards
School Office

22nd November: Year 10 Drugs Workshop

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 Drugs Workshop – Wednesday 28th November and Thursday 29th November
We are writing to inform you that there will be a Drugs Workshop in school run by the Bracknell Forest Council Youth Service focusing on safe partying on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th November for Year 10.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school office on the number below.
Kind regards
Mrs G Powell, Assistant Headteacher

22nd November: Year 9 Exams

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 Exams
I would like to advise that Year 9 will be taking internal exams during the week commencing Monday 3rd December.
Exams will be sat in Department classrooms. Please remind students the importance of revising for these exams.
Students should ensure that they have Tools for Learning and replenish any missing items in time for the exams.
Kind regards
Ms S Douse, Head of Year 9
sdouse@brakenhale.co.uk

15th November: Cycle Safety

Dear Parents/Carers
Cycle Safety
We have become aware that some students have been riding to school in the morning without a helmet. We would like to remind students that if they are seen riding without a helmet they risk losing their permit . If your son/daughter does cycle to school, could you please remind them of safer cycling and ensure that they always wear their helmet.
Kind regards
Mr H Thomas, Assistant Headteacher
hthomas@brakenhale.co.uk

13th November: Sixth Form Open Evening

Dear Parents/Carers
Sixth Form Open Evening
Thank you for your attendance at our Open Evening last week. Over 75% of the year group attended and it was great to witness the wonderful conversations you were involved in and the way so many students enthusiastically got hold of teachers to ask questions. If anyone was not able to attend Open Evening but would like to discuss staying with us, please send an e-mail to Mr Duffy who will arrange to have a chat. Prospectuses are still available from Main Reception.
We just wanted to take the opportunity to remind you of the information regarding Option Blocks for September. The blocks on the application form are our attempt to respond to the Google Form the students filled in in early October. However, please record any clashes you have with your choices on the application form. We will be happy to look at this and consider any changes after the 14th January deadline. The main clash raised on the evening regarded Further Mathematics and Physics. We can assure you that we will separate these two subjects for September and put Further Maths in a ‘spare block’ used for things like Sports Leaders and GCSE re-sits.
Moving forward, the students will be having a ‘Taster Day’ on Friday 30th November which will help to select subjects. More details of this day will follow next week. Students should use their experience from this day, their Open Evening conversations, career plans and PPE results all together to make their final choices. The deadline for the submission of the form is 14th January, 2019. Please submit application forms to Main Reception. Following this, students will receive an appointment for an interview with one of the Sixth Form team to discuss their choices further and ensure they are on the best possible courses.
Finally, if you have any concerns or questions regarding Sixth Form at Brakenhale please do not hesitate to e-mail Mr Duffy jduffy@brakenhale.co.uk or myself who will be able to answer your queries.
Kind regards
Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteacher
ahartley@brakenhale.co.uk

13th November: Year 13 Parents' Evening Wednesday 21st November

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 13 Parents Evening – Wednesday 21st November
Please see attached letter with information regarding the Year 13 Parents Evening which will be held between 4pm and 7pm on Wednesday 21st November 2018 in the Sixth Form Centre. Year 13 Parents’ Evening Letter
Kind regards
School Office

12th November: Year 10 Parents' Evening Thursday 29th November

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 Parents’ Evening Thursday 29th November 2018
The Year 10 parents’ evening to discuss your child’s progress will be held on Thursday 29th November 2018 – 4pm – 7pm. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss your son/daughter’s progress and hope that you will take this opportunity to speak with subject teachers.
Families are requested to use our automated online booking system which is open now to make appointments. This allows you the flexibility to book times directly with your child’s tutor. Time slots are for five minutes each and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, therefore it is in the interests of both yourself and your child to ensure your appointment schedule is completed as soon as possible. Please ensure you only book one appointment slot.
There is limited parking available on the school site and we would ask that should you choose to park on the road you park with care and consideration for our neighbours.
To schedule your appointments, please follow the link below and enter the relevant information where necessary:
https://brakenhaleschool.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/
If you do not have access to the internet, have problems using this booking system or require any further assistance, please contact the school office as soon as possible on 01344 423041. Booking will close at 5pm on Tuesday 27th November 2018.
Regards
School Office

12th November: Do Your Thing for Children in Need

Dear Parents/Carers
“Do Your Thing” for Children in Need
The charity fundraiser has earned more than £972m since it was first broadcast in 1980 and organisers are optimistic they can surpass last year’s impressive £60.7m total this time around. Please click on the link below to view more information on this worthwhile charity.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/corporate2/childreninneed
Brakenhale are pleased to be supporting Children in Need on Friday 16th November with a Cake Sale. If you are able to bake/buy cakes to sell or just bring some money along to buy a cake to enjoy, your support would be very much appreciated.
Donations should be taken to the Heads of Year Office on Friday morning and will be sold from there at break-time.
Happy Baking!
Kind regards
School Office

9th November: NEW Extra Curricular Textiles Club

Dear Parents/Carers
[NEW] Extra-curricular Textiles Club
We are pleased to advise of a new Textiles extra-curricular club starting next Tuesday in C06 from 3.05 – 4pm – all years are welcome.
Kind regards
School Office

9th November: Year 11 Pre Public Exams

Dear Parents/Carers and Students
Pre Public Exams – Year 11
Year 11 students start their Pre Public Exams next week. They have all been issued with a timetable and have had an assembly on behaviour and expectations during these exams.
Please may you ensure that your son/daughter comes to school with a complete set of tools for learning as there will be no spare equipment available.  If for any reason you are unable to provide them with these tools, please let me know.
The exam timetable is attached. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Timetable
Kind regards,
Mrs Seymour, Exams Officer

8th November: Rotary Club Raffle

Dear Parents/Carers
BRAKENHALE IS SELLING RAFFLE TICKETS TO RAISE MONEY FOR OUR NEW BUILDING
A new initiative for our fundraising efforts is joining the Easthampsted Rotary Club Draw.
The reason for us getting involved is simple. We will receive every penny that is raised back to spend on the equipment and fittings that is desperately needed for our new building. We hope to raise about £7,000.
We are therefore, selling raffle tickets which have been sent home with KS3 students and are available to any other students who would be able to assist in selling them, on request from Main Reception. If you are able to get involved by either buying tickets or selling on our behalf your help would be hugely appreciated.
The cash prizes include:
1st Prize £500 – 2nd Prize £250 – 3rd Prize £100 – 4th Prize £50 + 10 Prizes of £10
Thank you very much for your support and I hope that you will be among the lucky winners.
With thanks,
Karen Roche, Chair of the governing body
fundraising@brakenhale.co.uk

7th November: Edgbarrow Proposed Admissions Arrangements 2020/21

Dear Parents/Carers
Edgbarrow School – Proposed Admission Arrangements – 2020/21
We have been requested by Bracknell Forest Council to share with you the following information:
Edgbarrow School is consulting on making some changes to their admission arrangements for 2020/21 entry.
We would appreciate your comments and responses to this by 21 December 2018. All of the information and documents relating to this can be found on the school website at https://www.edgbarrowschool.co.uk/latest-news/admin/
Please note this does not affect Brakenhale’s admissions arrangements.
Kind regards
School Office

6th November: Esteem Group

Dear Parents/Carers
Esteem Group
We would like to remind students of the Esteem group on Thursdays in LS1 from 1.30pm. We have a regular turnout, but it would be lovely to have some new faces join the group, it is a chance to chat, have a laugh, switch off for a bit and plan any more cake sales!
Kind regards
School Office

6th November: Year 11 National Citizen Service - Assembly Cancelled

Dear Parents/Carers
National Citizen Service
Further to previous communication regarding the National Citizen Service (NCS), a government-funded programme for 15-17 year olds, who were due to be in Assembly on Wednesday 7th November, we are sorry to inform you that unfortunately this is cancelled for Wednesday and a new date will be scheduled shortly.
Kind regards
Mr R Beukes, Assistant Headteacher

5th November: Admissions Consultation

Dear Parents/Carers
Admissions Consultation for Brakenhale School
In accordance with the School Admissions Code 2014, The Greenshaw Learning Trust is currently consulting on the admission arrangements for The Brakenhale School for entry in September 2020/21.
Please click here to view the proposed admission arrangements https://www.greenshawlearningtrust.org.uk/page/?title=Consultation+on+admission+arrangements+2020%2F21&pid=119
The consultation period lasts from Monday 5 November until Monday 17 December 2018 and all responses must be received by the date specified. Responses should be sent to;
Post: Head of Admissions
The Greenshaw Learning Trust
Grennell Road
Sutton, SM1 3DY
OR
Email: mfrancis@greenhsawlearningtrust.co.uk
Kind regards
Marlene Francis, Head of Admissions
Tel: 0208 715 1078 ext 249
Greenshaw Learning Trust, Grennell Road, Sutton, Surrey, SM1 3DY

5th November: Year 10 Parents' Evening - Thursday 29th November

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 Parents’ Evening Thursday 29th November 2018
The Year 10 parents’ evening to discuss your child’s progress will be held on Thursday 29th November 2018 – 4pm – 7pm. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss your son/daughter’s progress and hope that you will take this opportunity to speak with subject teachers.
Families are requested to use our automated online booking system which is open now to make appointments. This allows you the flexibility to book times directly with your child’s tutor. Time slots are for five minutes each and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, therefore it is in the interests of both yourself and your child to ensure your appointment schedule is completed as soon as possible. Please ensure you only book one appointment slot.
There is limited parking available on the school site and we would ask that should you choose to park on the road you park with care and consideration for our neighbours.
To schedule your appointments, please follow the link below and enter the relevant information where necessary:
https://brakenhaleschool.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/
If you do not have access to the internet, have problems using this booking system or require any further assistance, please contact the school office as soon as possible on 01344 423041. Booking will close at 5pm on Tuesday 27th November 2018.
Regards
School Office

5th November: Lost Property

Dear Parents/Carers
Lost Property
It has come to my attention that there have been some social media conversations regarding lost property and our policy not to allow parents to come into school to check for lost items themselves. Whilst this may be frustrating, we must fulfil our safeguarding duty to students on the school site at the end of the day.
Every half term, we offer an afternoon where parents can come in to look through lost property and although only three parents took this opportunity, we will continue with this arrangement. One of the main issues we continue to have is that so much of the lost property is unnamed. Any uniform handed in which is named is returned to the students.
I would like to advise that we have a member of staff who has a specific role in overseeing lost property and as a result of your feedback, we have set up an email address lostproperty@brakenhale.co.uk for all queries.
Thank you for your continued support.
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

5th November: Christmas Market - Thursday 6th December, 7-9pm

Dear Parents/Carers
Christmas Market – Thursday 6th December 7pm – 9pm
We are looking for people to help us with the Christmas Market. The next PTA Meeting to discuss the Christmas Market will be on Wednesday 14th November at 6:30pm if you can make it, alternatively, please email to let us know if you can help us with any of the following:
Event set-up:
Can you help us to set up from 3pm – 6:30pm or part of the time?
It will involve: Setting up tables and showing stall holders to their place
Car parking:
We need a few people who can help us manage the onsite traffic. It will involve showing the stall holders where to park to drop off and park to prevent a traffic jam during setup.
We have two slots:
5:30pm – 6:30pm and 6:30pm – 7:30pm
PTA Cafe:
Mince pies and hot drinks
We are looking for people to help us at the stall
7pm – 8pm and 8pm – 9pm
Clearing up:
We are looking for a few people who can help us with clearing up.  It involves folding tables and ensuring that everything is back in its place.
Can’t help on the day
We are also looking for: People who can drop off leaflets before the event. Ideal for when you walk the dog
Funding Match
Do you know if your company does funding match?
Funding match is where a company matches the funds we raise at an event. It is a great way to increase the funds we raise for the school.
It’s an easy process all you need to do is ask your company and we will supply you with everything you need.
Kind regards
Anne-Marie Lategan, Chair – Brakenhale PTA
PTA@brakenhale.co.uk

2nd November: Year 11 Student News

2nd November: Year 10 Student News

2nd November: Year 9 Student News

2nd November: Year 8 Student News

2nd November: Year 7 Student News

2nd November: Year 11 Options Week

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Options Week
Please be reminded it is Year 11 Options week next week:
Monday 5th – Option A
Tuesday 6th – Option D
Wednesday 7th – Option E
Thursday 8th – Option B
Friday 9th – Option C
During your son/daughter’s usual PE session, they should bring with them revision material.
Kind regards
School Office

31st October: Year 11 National Citizen Service

Dear Parents/Carers
National Citizen Service
Please see attached letter with information regarding the National Citizen Service (NCS) a government-funded programme for 15-17 year olds who will be coming in to share information at an Assembly for Year 11 on Wednesday 7th November.
Kind regards
Mr R Beukes, Assistant Headteacher
NCS Assembly Letter

31st October: Extra Curricular Clubs - Cancelled

Dear Parents/Carers and Students
CANCELLED – All Extra-Curricular Clubs – Thursday 1st November
Please note that due to staff training ALL extra curricular clubs tomorrow are cancelled.
Kind regards
School Office

30th October: Year 11 PPE Exams

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Exams
Year 11 students will be sitting Pre Public Exams the weeks commencing 12th November and 19th November.
These will be taking place in the Main Hall, unless your son/daughter has Access Arrangements and they will be in the Conference Room or C26.
There will be an Exams Assembly tomorrow morning to explain exam behaviour and expectations.
Students will be expected to register in their normal class and then make their way to the Science Garden, to line up in Tutor Groups, for 8:50. After break, at 11:25, they are required to again line up in their Tutor Groups in the Science Garden.
Please find attached the timetable for the 2 weeks. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards,
Mrs Seymour, Exams Officer
Year 11 PPE Exams2

30th October: Sixth Form Privilege Pass System

Dear Parents and Carers,
Today is the day that we launch our new Privilege Pass system in the Sixth Form. The idea is that we reward the students who are getting it right with further privilege, in order to develop maturity and independence. The levels of privilege will be based on attendance, homework, and attitude to learning grades. If students are awarded a gold privilege pass, it will mean that they can coordinate with their tutor permission to come into school late if they don’t have a lesson p1 or 2, and can leave after PM registration if they do not have a lesson period 5 or 6. A silver pass will allow students to leave at PM registration, but they will still need to be in school at the normal time of 8:40am. A bronze pass will allow students to leave the school site at break and lunch, but must be in school from 8:40am until the end of Period 5 (or period 6 where appropriate). Unfortunately, there will be students who are not achieving the minimum attendance target of 90%, or who are getting 3’s in their attitude to learning grades and/or homework grades. This will mean that students will not be allowed off the school site at break or lunch, as well as needing to be in school from 8:40am until the end of Period 5 (or period 6 where appropriate).
Privilege passes will be reviewed by the Sixth Form team weekly, and all medical cases have been considered on an individual basis. Where attendance data cannot be used, we have used attitude to learning/homework grades. Students who are late to school will also lose their privilege passes.
We would really appreciate your support in this, with the long term aim that students’ attendance, attitude to learning/homework grades improve, and in turn, progress and overall outcomes. I see this as a real #TeamBrakenhale effort, and if we all pull in the same direction, I believe we can use this tool to help us take the Sixth Form to the next level. If you do have any questions then please do feel free to be in touch through my email: jduffy@brakenhale.co.uk
Many thanks,
Mr Duffy and the Sixth Form Team

29th October: PE Extra Curricular Activities

Dear Parents/Carers
PE Extra Curricular Activities
Please see attached the new PE Extra Curricular Activities timetable for this term #getinvolved
Kind regards
School Office

25th October: WhatsApp

Dear Parents/Carers
WhatsApp
I would like to advise that an inappropriate use of WhatsApp with very offensive messages has been brought to our attention.
The group seems to be a Year 7 group called Peeps. It has been reported by a parent to WhatsApp but we would encourage you to be vigilant if your son/daughter is using WhatsApp so they are not subjected to the language and sentiments being expressed…..
Please see below information on WhatsApp’s minimum age use:
Does WhatsApp have any age restrictions?
As of May 2018, WhatsApp’s minimum age of use is 16 years old if you live in the European Union, or a country that has adopted the GDPR, as the UK has. It was previously 13 and WhatsApp has not yet said what will happen to users between 13 and 16 who already held accounts under the old terms and conditions. By using WhatsApp, a user agrees to provide certain personal information such as their mobile phone number, billing and mobile device information.
If WhatsApp learns that identifiable information of a child under 16 has been collected on the WhatsApp Site or WhatsApp Service, then WhatsApp may deactivate the account.
https://parentinfo.org/article/whatsapp-a-guide-for-parents-and-carers
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

21st October: Year 11 Half Term Study Support

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Half Term Study Support
Please see below the half term study support sessions for this week:

Day Subject Staff Room Time
Monday 22nd October  

Science Sets 1-3

Mrs Powell 11xy1

Miss Young 11xy2

Miss Turner 11xy3

S11

S24

S14

10am-1.30pm

 

Wednesday 24th October Health & Social Care Miss Willimott Sixth Form 9am – 3pm
Thursday 25th October Photography Miss Wilhelmy B17 10am-3pm

drop in

BTEC Business Studies Mr Bell B15 10am – 12noon
Friday 26th October BTEC Dance Mrs Duffy MS am
GCSE Dance Mrs Duffy MS am

optional drop in

Kind regards
School Office

19th October: Sixth Form Student News

Dear Sixth Form
Sixth Form Student News
Please see attached Sixth Form Student News.
Kind regards
School Office

18th October: Head Lice

Dear Parents/Carers
Head Lice
Please be aware that there is a large concentration of head lice in the local schools at present. Please be extra vigilant with your children’s hair, check regularly and treat accordingly.
Please refer to NHS Choices website for further information.
https://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Head-lice/Pages/Introduction.aspx
Kind regards
School Office

18th October: Drug Detection Dog

Dear Parents/Carers
Drug Detection Dog
We have today been visited by the drug detection dog. The dog performed a thorough sweep of the school site, including a walk around the perimeter and an inspection of bins and hedgerows surrounding the school. The students were incredibly positive towards the dog and were keen to make its acquaintance! We are pleased to report that nothing was found by the dog on the school site. However, on an area of waste ground between the school and KFC the dog discovered two used laughing gas canisters. Please see below an extract from the BBC website on the effects of laughing gas. We would like to stress that this was some considerable distance from Brakenhale and there is nothing to link this finding with our students but we felt that as parents you should be aware of this drug being consumed within the local community.
Nitrous oxide
§ Effects: Feelings of euphoria, relaxation and calmness, dizziness, difficulty in thinking straight and fits of giggles/laughter, sound distortions or even hallucinations
§ Risks: If gas is consumed in an enclosed space or if a plastic bag is used, it may cause lack of oxygen; heavy regular use can lead to severe vitamin B12 deficiency and anaemia; it may also depress formation of white blood cells
§ If someone collapses after using nitrous oxide, call an ambulance immediately, turn them on to their side to avoid choking and stay with them until the ambulance arrives
As we have communicated previously this initiative is part of our robust zero tolerance policy of no drugs on the school site. It is pleasing to see that our student community is responding so supportively to our stance on this issue.
Thank you for your continued support with this matter.
Kind regards
Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteacher

17th October: Sixth Form Bursary

Dear Parents/Carers,
Re: Sixth Form Bursary
The government allocates further education providers with an amount of money each year to support students in their studies, and this is called the ‘Bursary Fund’. We receive the funding each year, and a lot of the time students do not apply for it even though they are eligible to do so.
The Sixth Form Team are currently looking into the Bursary Fund in order that students, which are eligible to receive it, know that they are eligible, and then apply to us for the money.
We currently have a section in the Registration Form that was recently sent home, but we are looking to change this and wanted to ensure parents and careers are aware of the Bursary fund the school has allocated, and that this is used by the students who are eligible.
Eligibility Criteria is a household income of £30,000.00 or less. We will need to see some sort of evidence to prove the income, such as a P60 or Tax credit award letter for example.
If you think you may be eligible but haven’t already applied, or have any questions at all, please contact us with an email to sperryman@brakenhale.co.uk as soon as possible to discuss this further.
If you’ve already applied, thank you for doing so and you will hear from us soon with regards to your application and the allocation for 2018-2019.
The Bursary money allocated to the students is to be used to support them with their Sixth Form studies. This covers a wide range of items from books and stationary, money towards laptops or tablets, travel costs for university visits and/or school trips.
Once the Bursary allocation is confirmed and your application is approved you will receive a letter with more information on how and what purchases can be made with this. If you think the student in your care is eligible, then we really would encourage you to get in touch. It is money that is ring-fenced for student support and we would like to be sure that all of our eligible students are receiving this support.
We thank you for your continued support
Regards
The Sixth Form Team

16th October: Admission Arrangements 2020/21

Please see information below from Bracknell Forest Council regarding admission arrangements for Ascot Health CE Junior School and Winkfield St Mary’s CE Primary School
Dear Parents/Carers
Admission Arrangements 2020/21 – Ascot Heath CE Junior School and Winkfield St Mary’s CE Primary School
Bracknell Forest are currently consulting on the admission arrangements for 2020-21 for the community and voluntary controlled schools within the area.
We invite you to comment on this consultation via the following link:
http://consult.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/portal/sch/school_admission_arrangements/admission_arrangements_2020-21/admission_arrangements_2020-21_1
Thank you
Consultation Education
Strategy, Resources & Early Help
Children, Young People & Learning
Bracknell Forest Council
Tel: 01344 354023
Email: Consultation.Education@bracknell-forest.gov.uk
Web: www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk

16th October: Sixth Form Safe Drive Stay Alive

Dear Parents/Carers
Safe Drive Stay Alive – Tuesday 6th November 2018
As part of our programme within Sixth Form to promote healthy lifestyles to our students, we will be taking the Sixth Form students to attend a presentation, run by Thames Valley Police, called Safe Drive Stay Alive. The presentation takes place on the morning of Tuesday 6th November at the Hexagon in Reading.
We will be leaving school at around 9.15am, travelling by coach, to arrive at the venue at approximately 10am. We will be returning to school at 1.45pm (depending on traffic). There is no cost for this trip.
This Presentation is designed to make our students aware of the dangers connected with driving. As many of our students have either just started driving or will be looking to learn in the next year this will be an informative and interesting event.
As this is part of a normal school day, we do not need permission from you but if you would not like your son/daughter to attend please contact csilvey@brakenhale.co.uk
Should you have any further questions or enquiries, please contact me on the main school telephone number, or via email jduffy@brakenhale.co.uk
Yours faithfully,
Mr J Duffy, Head of Sixth Form
jduffy@brakenhale.co.uk

15th October: Your School Photos

Your School Photos
Don’t forget to place your order by 19th October to take advantage of FREE DELIVERY to your school.
If you order after this date, a delivery charge may apply.
Please login here to access the images, using your login details on your contact sheet:
https://www.imagojuniors.com/login/CombinedLogin.aspx
You will then be taken through your gallery where you can view and purchase the images.
LOST LOGINS FROM SCHOOL:
Your school has a master list with all login details should you lose the contact sheet before logging in.
LOST LOGINS FROM IMAGO:
If you lose, or do not receive your login details for any reason, please call or email us at Imago:
01252 728457 or enquiries@imagojuniors.com
You will need to quote TBHSPW*W18, along with your child’s full name and form.
Once you have logged in there is a ‘forgotten password’ facility on the website.
Queries
If you have any other queries, please do not hesitate to contact Imago directly:
enquiries@imagojuniors.com
Imago Juniors BUSINESS AS A FORCE FOR GOOD helping disadvantaged children to help themselves
Kind regards
Lynda Theal

15th October: Year 11 Options Week

Dear Parent/Carers
I am writing to inform you that during week commencing 5th November all students in Year 11 will be in option subjects for a day at a time to ensure that they have sufficient time to complete coursework and prepare for examinations. This will mean that they will be off their normal timetable for a week and each of their options will have a full day to work with them.
The option allocations are as follows:
– Monday 5th – Option A
– Tuesday 6th – Option D
– Wednesday 7th – Option E
– Thursday 8th – Option B
– Friday 9th – Option C
These weeks have been hugely successful in previous years and we hope you will encourage your child to make the most of this opportunity.
Kind regards
Paul Gibson, Deputy Headteacher

12th October: Year 10 Student News

12th October: Year 9 Student News

12th October: Year 8 Student News

12th October: Year 7 Student News

12th October: Poppy Appeal

Dear Parents/Carers
Poppy Appeal
We are delighted to be supporting the annual Poppy Appeal, if students wish to donate to this worthwhile cause and wear a poppy, they are available from Main Reception or the LRC.
Remembrance Sunday falls on 11th November 2018 and is a day for the nation to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom.
If you would like any information on Remembrance please click on the link below:
https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/remembrance/how-we-remember/remembrance-sunday/
Students and staff will show their respect and observe 2 minutes silence at 10.58am on Friday 9th November.
If any students attend cadets and would like to wear their uniform to school on Friday 9th November they are welcome to do so.
Kind regards, School Office

21st September: Tutor Reading Programme

Dear Parents/Carers
Tutor Reading Programme
We are really excited to be continuing with our tutor reading programme this year across Years 7-10. Last year saw a real success in the initiative and we are keen to keep this going!
Key details:
-When? Every day during tutor registration time- unless there is an assembly
-Where? In tutor bases
-How? Trained tutors read to their tutees, who track the text with a ruler
-Which texts? See the attached overview of each text, with brief summary
-Why? There is growing evidence in the field of education to suggest that the act of reading is one of the best ways in which you can improve academic performance in the long-term.
Key benefits of reading together:
A social experience that builds a sense of community and belonging
Regular modelling of fluent, passionate reading delivered by tutors
Exposure to countless words and phrases not found in everyday dialogue
Coverage of a wealth of themes and concepts valuable for personal development
On-going improvement in independent reading skills
We are incredibly proud as a school to be implementing a programme on such a scale as this. We are certain that the energy and commitment invested by each member of staff will reap huge gains, both on an academic and a pastoral level too.
Texts have been selected extremely carefully to ensure that the range of narratives available address age-appropriate themes, but offer a high level of challenge too. We are dedicated to ensuring that progress is made at every stage of your son/daughter’s learning journey, and are sure that this new initiative will provide endless opportunities for that.
Strategies for supporting your child at home:
-Be interested ask about the book daily – plot, characters, themes, predictions
-Be sensitive ensure students have chance to discuss delicate themes that arise
-Be aware feel free to purchase and read the book that your child is reading
(as long as they don’t jump ahead in the book beyond their peers!)
-Be relaxed offer a calm, stress-free environment that cultivates enthusiasm
-Be an example let your child see you reading for pleasure on a regular basis at home
We are really excited about this adventure and hope you will join us in supporting our students with their reading journey. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.
Overview Year 7
Overview Year 8
Overview Year 9
Overview Year 10
Kind regards
Mrs A Duddy
aduddy@brakenhale.co.uk

21st September: Year 7 Meet the Tutor Evening - 11/10/18

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 7 Meet the Tutor evening – Thursday 11th October 2018
The Year 7 meet the tutor evening to discuss your child’s progress will be held on Thursday 11th October 2018 – 4pm – 7pm. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss how your son/daughter is settling in at Brakenhale.
Families are requested to use our online booking system which is open now to make appointments. This allows you the flexibility to book times directly with your child’s tutor. Time slots are for five minutes each and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, therefore it is in the interests of both yourself and your child to ensure your appointment schedule is completed as soon as possible.
There is limited parking available on the school site and we would ask that should you choose to park on the road you park with care and consideration for our neighbours.
To schedule your appointments, please follow the link below and enter the relevant information where necessary:
https://brakenhaleschool.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/
If you do not have access to the internet, have problems using this booking system or require any further assistance, please contact the school office as soon as possible. Booking will close at 5pm on Tuesday 9th October 2018.
Kind regards
School Office

21st September: Year 11 Student News

Please see this week’s
Student News

21st September: Year 10 Student News

21st September: Year 9 Student News

Please see this week’s
Student News

21st September: Year 8 Student News

Please see this week’s
Student News

21st September: Year 7 Student News

Please see this week’s
Student News

20th September: Jeans for Genes Day

Dear Parents/Carers
Jeans for Genes Day tomorrow
On Friday 21st September, we will be holding a jeans day to raise money for the Jeans for Genes day appeal.
Jeans for Genes is a national charity, which raises money for the care of children and families who are affected by genetic disorders. They hope to raise essential funds for projects that provide nursing care, equipment, activity weekends, support and counselling to those in need. For more information on this great charity, please click on the link below:
https://www.jeansforgenesday.org/
Students may wear their jeans with trainers, all other uniform and bags must be worn as usual. Students should bring all books and tools for learning for the day as usual.
Donations of £1 for this worthwhile charity will be collected by tutors.
Many thanks for your support.
Kind regards
School Office

20th September: Year 13 - UCAS and Next Steps

Dear Parents/Carers,
Re: Year 13 UCAS & Next Steps Parents Information Evening – Wednesday 26th September 2018
We would like to invite you to attend a Year 13 Information evening with regard to UCAS and the next steps after Sixth Form
The evening will be an opportunity for us to provide you with information about UCAS and the next steps as your students make the transition into young adults and consider their choices for moving on towards successful careers in the workplace and university choices.
The meeting will begin promptly at 6pm and will be due to finish at 6.45pm on Wednesday 26th September 2018 in the Sixth Form Centre.
Regards
Mr J Duffy, Head of Sixth Form

20th September: Year 12 - Welcome Evening

Dear Parents/Carers,
Re: Year 12 Welcome to Sixth Form Information Evening – Wednesday 26th September
We would like to invite you to attend a Year 12 Welcome to Sixth Form Information evening.
The evening will be an opportunity for us to provide you with information about the Sixth Form experience and what it will entail over the next two years.
The Sixth Form is different to the main school and in many ways the support of parents becomes more important, as your students make the transition into young adults and consider their choices for moving on towards successful careers in the workplace and university choices.
The meeting will begin promptly at 7pm and will be due to finish at 8pm on Wednesday 26th September 2018 in the Sixth Form Centre
Please click here to confirm/decline your attendance
Regards
Mr J Duffy, Head of Sixth Form

20th September: Year 7 - School Lottery

Dear Parents/Carers
School Lottery – Year 7
Please find attached letter regarding our School Lottery.
School Lottery Letter
We would be grateful for your support with this Charity.
Kind regards
School Office

20th September: Welcome to Year 11

Dear Parents/Carers
Welcome to Year 11
Welcome to the 2018/19 Academic Year.
At this point, your $son/daughter$ is midway through their GCSEs and BTEC courses. While this is an accomplishment in itself, they still have a long way to go before reaching the finish line. Whilst Year 11 is an exciting time, it can also be stressful for many students.
With this in mind, I would like to reassure you as Parents/Carers that we have a strong tutor team who is there to support your child in any way they can. We also have the benefit of having two new Assistant Heads of Year, Miss Loj and Mrs Raby.
In order to start the year on a successful grounding, I would like to highlight the importance of collaboration. While Year 11 will see your $son/daughter$ become a more independent student at Brakenhale, the importance of home support cannot be understated. This can come through providing a quiet place to complete homework and providing reminders to check Show My Homework. By working together in this way, we can ensure that your child achieves their greatest potential whilst at Brakenhale.
On a similar note, please ensure that your child is fully equipped with their tools for learning, is dressed in the correct Brakenhale uniform and is punctual every day. These small everyday checks can ensure that they start their day prepared and that they are ready to learn when they go to their lessons. As is the case every year, attendance is also a top priority. If your child is severely unwell and unable to attend, please ensure you call into school before 8.30am. If your child is not feeling 100% but is able to come into school, please encourage them to do so. Our school nurse is available to support them if your child becomes worse during the day.
I had the opportunity to see many of you this past Tuesday when the Year 11 Information Evening was held. Alongside Mr Gibson and Heads of Department, we went over GCSE expectations and provided helpful tips that can be applied at home which will allow your child to progress. If you were unable to attend, the PowerPoint presentation has been emailed out so that you still have the opportunity to go over its content.
As a school, we have demonstrated our excellent progress with exam results again this year. This progress is based upon hard work and commitment by teachers, parents and students. The current Year 11’s are a very capable year group and I know that with hard work and commitment, they have the ability to achieve the best results in Brakenhale history.
Finally, if you have any concerns about your $son/daughter$, please do not hesitate to contact any member of our tutor team.
-Head of Key Stage 4 – Mr R Beukes
-Head of Year – Mr N O’Donoghue
-Assistant Head of Year + 11K Tutor – Miss C Loj
-Assistant Head of Year + 11E Tutor – Mrs A Raby
-11R – Mrs C Duffy
-11A – Miss L Willimott
-11N – Mr I Anderson
-11H – Mr J Swynford-Lain
I’m looking forward to what I anticipate will be a wonderful school year.
Kind regards
Mr N O’Donoghue, Head of Year 11

17th September: Year 11 Science - The Year Ahead

Dear Parents/Carers
The Year Ahead, Year 11 Science Information 18/19
Please see attached letter.
Kind regards
Mr J Radcliffe, Head of Science

Communications 2017-2018

19th July: Year 10 and 11 GCSE Results

Dear Year 10 and 11 Students
GCSE Results
Your GCSE results will be available to pick up from the Main Hall on Thursday 23rd August from 9:00am for Year 11 and between 10:00 and 11:00 for Year 10. Please note NOT Thursday 16th August, this is A Level results day.
If you would like your results to be posted to you, please provide a stamped addressed envelope, then clearly mark it for the attention of Mrs Seymour. Please ensure that this is received in school before the end of term – Friday 20th July.
If your results are going to be collected by someone else please provide us with a signed letter stating who we may release your results to. When collecting your results this person will also require some form of photographic ID.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer and look forward to seeing you on results day.
Kind regards
Mrs Seymour, Exams Officer

17th July: #LetThemTeach

Dear Parents/Carers
#LetThemTeach
Please click on the link below to see Ms Coley and Miss Loj being interviewed today.
TES Interview
Kind regards
School Office

3rd July: Petition: Remove shortage occupation codes and Teaching roles from Tier 2 Visa cap

Dear Parents/Carers
Petition: Remove shortage occupation codes and Teaching roles from Tier 2 Visa cap
Time is running out for Miss Loj to stay with us – please sign and share the petitions below:
https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/219457
https://www.change.org/p/uk-parliament-stop-teacher-having-to-leave-due-to-visa-issues
https://www.tes.com/news/letthemteach-please-dont-force-me-leave-my-pupils-behind
Kind regards
School Office

2nd July: Staff Member of the Year

Dear Parents/Carers/Students and Staff
Staff Member of the Year
Following on from the great responses received for our fabulous staff members of the week this year, we are now delighted to open voting for the Staff member of the Year.
Please click on the link below to submit your vote:
Staff Member of the Year 2017/18
Voting closes on Friday 13th July at 12 noon.
The staff member receiving the highest number of votes will announced at the End of Year Assembly.
Kind regards
School Office

2nd July: School Uniform

Dear Parents/Carers
School Uniform
Further to our message regarding the wearing of tailored shorts to school during this period of extremely hot weather, I understand that some parents may be finding it difficult to source shorts due to high demand.
I have therefore agreed that if students wish to wear their Brakenhale PE shorts (no other shorts permitted) they may do so. However, shirts, black socks and polishable black school shoes must be worn with the shorts. If students do not comply with the uniform advised, they will be requested to change into uniform provided by the school.
I can confirm that ties and blazers are not compulsory during this hot period.
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

26th June: School Uniform

Dear Parents/Carers
School Uniform – Girls too!
Further to my previous message below – of course it’s not only the boys this applies too but girls as well.
School Uniform
In light of the incredibly warm weather, I have taken the decision to allow boys to wear tailored black school shorts instead of trousers for the rest of this term. Shorts must be bought from a retailer that sells them as ‘school wear’ and must be black with a crease down the front in the same style as the school trouser. If a different style is worn students will be required to change into trousers from our stock.
I hope this will help those who wish to wear shorts keep a little cooler.
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

26th June: Parent Support Group Meeting - Wednesday 27th June

Dear Parents/Carers
Parent Support Group Meeting
Just a reminder that the next Parent Support Group Meeting is tomorrow Wednesday 27th June from 9am – 11am in the Conference Room, an opportunity for you to meet key members of staff within the school.
Kind regards
School Office

26th June: Red Carpet Request

Dear Parents/Carers
Red Carpet
Random request – we are holding a Teacher Awards Evening on Friday 13th July and we would really like to welcome our staff on a red carpet – if you have or know anyone who has a red carpet and would be prepared to lend to us for the evening, we would be so pleased to be able to make our evening extra special for our hard working members of Brakenhale staff.
If you are able to assist, please email sbest@brakenhale.co.uk
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

25th June: ParentPay Guidance for Prospective Parents

Dear Parents/Carers
Please see attached instructions for using our parentpay system. Unique login details will be sent separately.
Kind regards
School Office

25th June: Year 6 Transition: Wednesday 4th & Thursday 5th July

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 6 Transition: Wednesday 4th July and Thursday 5th July 2018
I write to you with some general reminders about the up-coming Transition days for your son/daughter, as well as the Information evenings for you.
Over the past few weeks, I have had the real pleasure of visiting many Year 6 students in their Primary Schools to introduce myself and talk to them about their move to Brakenhale. I have a few more visits to make but I will have met every student before they join us in September – they have all positively welcomed me and were very keen to ask lots of questions – which I was equally delighted to answer.
Please find below a few organisational reminders for the transition days; in particular, please note the slightly earlier start to each day, to enable students more time in lessons.
For both days:
Students should wear casual clothing suitable for a school environment (shorts must be to the knee). If the weather is hot, please apply sun cream and provide a hat for the day.
Students should bring with them:
– a suitable change of clothes and trainers for PE and other active lessons
– a packed lunch or cash to purchase lunch and a refillable water bottle
– a pencil case and reading book
Parking – due to the new build, parking on-site is restricted to staff only please, find alternative parking and ensure that our neighbour’s driveways are not blocked if parking nearby.
Day 1: Wednesday 4th July 2018
Students to arrive at 9.00am, in the Main Hall; arrive via the Coningsby entrance and follow the signs around the front of the school, towards reception.
At the end of the first day, 2.50pm, students will be dismissed from the tennis courts – just past the trampoline centre. Please wait outside of the tennis courts. If the weather is wet, you will be informed of where to collect your child(ren).
Day 2: Thursday 5th July 2018
Students to arrive by 8.45am via the Coningsby entrance and to make their way to their tutor base from the day before. Students and staff will be on hand to support.
At the end of the second day, 2.50pm, students will be dismissed from the Main Hall. Please, either, wait outside or feel free to stand at the back, space permitting.
School Meals
At lunchtime (1.05pm) students will have an opportunity to visit the school canteen and purchase food with cash. The cost of a hot school meal is £2.30 which includes a drink or a pudding and a selection of sandwiches, pizza, pasta and salads will also be available. Alternatively, students may bring a packed lunch. Primary Schools will advise us which students are entitled to free school meals and we will issue a voucher accordingly. In order to help us plan for the induction days, we would be grateful if you could click here to indicate your child’s lunch preference. Please be assured selections are not binding and changes can be facilitated on the day should your child change their mind.
Hot meal choices will be:
– Wednesday Roast Chicken
– Thursday Beef Bolognaise & Pasta
Parents/Carers Information Evening
Wednesday 4th July, 5pm – 6pm or Thursday 5th July, 6pm – 7pm

May I reiterate that you only need to attend one evening per family, as the same information will be shared at both. Equally, if for example, one parent is working and wishes to attend the other evening, whereby as a family spanning both evenings, we of course understand and welcome this. Your child(ren) is/are not expected to attend but again, we will welcome their attendance if it is not possible to leave them at home or with a friend.
Finally, if you wish your son/daughter to walk home on their own, or with another Brakenhale student at the end of either or both days – you must write a note stating which day and who they will be leaving with or that you give permission for them to walk home on their own; this will ensure all students leave safely. This note should be passed to me, or your child’s tutor, on the day.
If you have any questions, please contact do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Mr B Coley, Head of Transition
bcoley@brakenhale.co.uk

25th June: Year 10 End of Year Exams

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 End of Year Exams
As the weather is extremely hot this week, it has been decided to move some of the Year 10 exams as shown on the attached timetable. This will enable the exams to take place at the beginning of the day before the temperatures increase too much.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Kind regards
School Office

25th June: BBC Filming Live Today from Brakenhale #LetThemTeach

Dear Parents/Carers
BBC Filming Live Today from Brakenhale #LetThemTeach
We have the BBC on site all day today interviewing students, staff and myself regarding visa applications for overseas teachers. You may have read in the national press of the difficulties being faced by teachers who require a visa to stay in the country.
This year we have had two teachers in that position and very sadly after four months of applying Miss Meier had to return back to Australia in February. We are now in the same position with Miss Loj, who has been with us for two years as a teacher of History and Religious Studies. I was so incensed and frustrated by this that I made contact with the BBC on Friday and they were so interested in the story that they agreed to run it. The first broadcast will go out live at 1.30pm from the school and the news editor has just requested that the crew remain on site to broadcast live at 6.15pm. In addition, myself and Miss Loj will also be interviewed live at 7.20am tomorrow morning on radio Berkshire.
I have posted a piece on twitter this morning which has received attention from many educationalists and the leaders of all main teacher unions have written to the Home Secretary as part of a campaign led by The Times called #LetThemTeach https://www.tes.com/news/letthemteach-our-letter-full
Any support that you are able to give by sharing this story and of course watching and listening to the broadcasts, would be hugely appreciated.
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

25th June: Year 11 Farewell Assembly Tuesday 26th June

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Farewell
Just a reminder that the Year 11 Leavers Assembly is tomorrow Tuesday 26th June @ 3.30pm.
We would like to remind you that donations of school uniform including PE kit, ties and house badges are all gratefully received and can be left at main reception. Students are welcome to bring in their shirts to be signed. Dress code for the assembly is casual but please remind them that it should be school appropriate.
We hope all students are looking forward to Prom on 28th June, which is at Easthampstead Park Conference Centre from 7pm – 11pm.
Lastly, the all important Results Day is Thursday 23rd August from 9am.
Kind regards
Mr P Gibson, Deputy Headteacher

25th June: Year 7 Drama Club - Week 8

Dear Parents/Carers
Drama Club – Week 8
Please see attached update from Drama Club: Drama club – week 8
Kind regards
School Office

22nd June: Year 10 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Year 10 Student News
School Office

22nd June: Year 9 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Year 9 Student News
School Office

22nd June: Year 8 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Year 8 Student News
School Office

22nd June: Year 7 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Year 7 Student News
School Office

22nd June: Year 10 End of Year Exams

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 – End of Year Exams
This is a reminder that Year 10 End of Year Exams start on Monday. Students have been informed that their morning tutor will not take place in their tutor rooms. They are to go straight to the Sports Hall and wait outside in their tutor groups.
It is looking like next week is going to be very warm so please ensure students are coming in with water. Tools for learning will be required for all exams.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further information.
Wishing them all the best of luck for their exams.
Kind regards
Mrs Seymour, Exams OfficerExam Timetable

21st June: New Items on ParentPay

Dear Parents/Carers
New items on ParentPay
We are pleased to advise that we have now added the following items to ParentPay to make purchasing easier.
– Tools for Learning (filled pencil case) – £3.70
– Scientific calculator – £6.50
– KS3 (Years 7 to 9) Art Book – £1.00
– KS4 (Years 10 and 11) Art Book – £2.25
– Replacement house badges – £2.00
– Refillable water bottles – £2.00
If you pay online, please ask your child to collect the items from reception.
Kind regards
School Office

21st June: Summer Uniform

Dear Parents/Carers
Summer Uniform
There is very warm weather forecast for next week and therefore we have decided to relax the uniform rules for the final four weeks of term. From Monday, students will not be required to wear blazers or ties both on their journey to school and once in school. However, shirts must remain tucked in at all times. All other uniform regulations still apply.
We hope this adjustment will allow the students to remain comfortable whilst at school and therefore remain focused upon the academic rigour of lessons.
In addition, we will be providing water stations around the school to enable students to fill up bottles and remain hydrated. However, it would be incredibly helpful if students could bring with them larger water bottles to minimise the time spent refilling. Your help in this would be very much appreciated.
Kind regards
Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteacher

21st June: Head Lice

Dear Parents/Carers
Head lice
Please be aware that there is a large concentration of head lice in the local schools at present. Please be extra vigilant with your children’s hair, check regularly and treat accordingly.
Please refer to NHS Choices website for further information.
https://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Head-lice/Pages/Introduction.aspx
Kind regards
School Office

20th June: Drug Detection Dog

Dear Parents/Carers
Drug Detection Dog
Today we were visited by the drug detection dog. The dog performed a thorough sweep of the school site, including a walk around the perimeter and surrounding environment. The students were incredibly positive towards the dog and were keen to make its acquaintance! We are pleased to report that nothing was found by the dog.
As we have communicated previously this initiative is part of our robust zero tolerance policy of no drugs on the school site. It is pleasing to see that our student community is responding so supportively to our stance on this issue.
Thank you for your continued support with this matter.
Kind regards
Mr A Hartley,
Deputy Headteacher

19th June: Year 7 and 8 End of Year Science Exams

Dear Parents/Carers
End of Year 7 and 8 Science exam arrangements
Please see attached correspondence from Mr Rees regarding the upcoming Science exams for Years 7 and 8.
Kind regards
School Office

19th June: Year 8 End of Year Exams

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 8 End of Year Exams
All Year 8 students will have End of Year Exams in their Core subjects, Maths, English and Science.
These will be taking place in lessons during the week commencing Monday, 2nd July.
If students would like some guidance regarding revision for their exams, please check with subject teachers.
Kind regards
Mrs Seymour, Exams Officer

19th June: Year 7 End of Year Exams

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 7 End of Year Exams
All Year 7 students will have End of Year Exams in their Core subjects, Maths, English and Science.
These will be taking place in lessons during the week commencing Monday, 9th July.
If students would like some guidance regarding revision for their exams, please check with subject teachers.
Kind regards
Mrs Seymour, Exams Officer

18th June: Year 10 History Revision

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 History Revision
In preparation for the upcoming Year 10 History exam there will be a revision session available for all students to attend on Thursday 21st June from 3.30 – 4.30pm in classrooms CR3/C25/C26.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Miss N Gibbons, Head of History

18th June: Sixth Form Transition - Reminder

Dear Students,
Reminder – Sixth Form Transition Days
Just a quick reminder that the Sixth Form Transition Days are only a week away!
We are looking forward to welcoming you all on Monday 25th June. Please come to the Sixth Form common room at 8.30am, where there will be some breakfast items available before we head into the two exciting days we have planned for you
See you there!
Mr T Dale, Head of Sixth Form

18th June: End of Year 11

Dear Parents/Carers
End of Year 11
Finally, after five years, we’re there! With the exception of just a few students the class of 2013 have finished their GCSEs and are ready to make the next step in their lives, whether that be remaining here at Brakenhale, or moving onto pastures new.
I can’t express how much I, and the whole team, have appreciated your support over the past 1756 days (!). Without that support it would have been impossible to safely navigate the treacherous waters of the teenage years. We have been very fortunate to have parents and carers who understood that our sole focus was always on ensuring the best outcomes, both academically and pastorally, for their sons and daughters. Through all the issues and tears, break ups and make ups, we’ve always been able to rely on you, and we thank you for that.
Of course I’ve been lucky in having a great team behind me. Mrs Duddy has been a fantastic Assistant Head of Year for three years, and a superb tutor for the whole five! Mr Beukes and Mr Gibson have been invaluable throughout KS4 and have helped to get all students over the line. Lastly, but by no means least, the tutors (past and present) deserve huge recognition for all they have done for the cohort.
I simply couldn’t have wished for a better group of students to lead over the last five years. They have set a new standard, and a high bar, for Brakenhale and will leave a legacy that will last. They have achieved so much, in and out of the classroom, and I hope they will remember their time here fondly. As their time ends, and indeed so does mine, I and the entire team will always hold a special place for these, now, young men and women who have been such a credit to you.
One small piece of admin before I finish:
Leaver’s Assembly is on the 26th June at 15:30. Parents are welcome and it would be lovely to see you!
Prom is on the 28th June from 7pm-11pm.
Results Day is on Thursday 23rdAugust and we look forward to celebrating with the students and their parents/carers.
For the final time I wish you all the best and thank you once again for your support.
Mr P Benson, Head of Year 11

15th June: Year 10 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Year 10 Student News
School Office

15th June: Year 9 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Year 9 Student News
School Office

15th June: Year 8 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Year 8 Student News
School Office

15th June: Year 7 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Year 7 Student News
School Office

15th June: Standards Week

Dear Parents/Carers
Standards Week
I am writing to you to let you know that we will be holding another of our ‘Standards Weeks’ next week. The aim of these weeks is to raise the profile of such important personal attributes as punctuality, politeness, be a ready participant in lessons, appearance and conduct. The timing of this week is at a point where sometimes things fall away slightly and this allows us as a school to refresh and pep things up and keep our standards high until the end of term. I have discussed with the students our expectations and been precise with what is required of them.
The previous two ‘Standards Weeks’ have seen a huge upswing in positive behaviour and I have been working with staff in the meantime to ensure they do their utmost to recognise students ‘getting it right’. This could be the first students to arrive, the first students to be ready to learn or those that have put the most effort in and I hope moving forward we can embed these practices as part of the culture and ethos of the school.
Please can I ask that you ensure that your son/daughter has all of their Tools for Learning ready for Monday. The school shop is located in the Print Room and all the equipment is available there at cost price. A list of the required equipment and prices is attached. Secondly, please can I ask that all uniform, particularly shoes, are compliant with our uniform code. As you know we insist, unless there is a medical reason, that students wear a school supplied replacement if their own clothes or footwear is not part of our dress code.
The school has made great strides within the last three years and overall behaviour is massively improved and uniform despite it being well into June remains incredibly smart. However, we are always keen for further improvement, hence why we holding ‘Standards Week’ next week.
We hope to see your Gateway APP notifications fill up with positives over the next two weeks!
Kind regards
Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteacher

14th June: School Site

Dear Parents/Carers
School Site
We would like to remind you that due to the ongoing building works access to the school site is for staff only. We have a number of cars coming on to site to drop off and pick up students, this is causing considerable issues for our staff to park. Could we ask that if dropping students to school by car that you do so in one of the roads away from the school so that they can walk onto site. There is parking behind the Co-op at Easthampstead Shops and also spaces at the Community Centre opposite.
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

14th June: Year 9 GCSE Religious Studies Exam

Dear Parents/Carers
GCSE Religious Studies Exam
Year 9 will be completing a Religious Studies internal examination on Wednesday 27th June at 9:00 in the school sports hall. This is in preparation for them completing their Religious Studies GCSE in June 2019.
This will be the 2 hour paper on Philosophy. Students should speak to their teacher regarding guidance on revision.
Please do not hesitate to contact the exams team if you require any further information.
Kind regards
Mrs Seymour, Exams Officer

13th June: Year 6 Transition - 4th and 5th July

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 6 Transition: Wednesday 4th July and Thursday 5th July 2018
I write to you with some general reminders about the up-coming Transition days for your son/daughter, as well as the Information evenings for you.
Over the past few weeks, I have had the real pleasure of visiting many Year 6 students in their Primary Schools to introduce myself and talk to them about their move to Brakenhale. I have a few more visits to make but I will have met every student before they join us in September – they have all positively welcomed me and were very keen to ask lots of questions – which I was equally delighted to answer.
Please find below a few organisational reminders for the transition days; in particular, please note the slightly earlier start to each day, to enable students more time in lessons.
For both days:
– Students should wear casual clothing suitable for a school environment (shorts must be to the knee). If the weather is hot, please apply sun cream and provide a hat for the day.
– Students should bring with them:
– a suitable change of clothes and trainers for PE and other active lessons
– a packed lunch or cash to purchase lunch and a refillable water bottle
– a pencil case and reading book
– Parking – due to the new build, parking on-site is restricted to staff only please, find alternative parking and ensure that our neighbour’s driveways are not blocked if parking nearby.
Day 1: Wednesday 4th July 2018
– Students to arrive at 9.00am, in the Main Hall; arrive via the Coningsby entrance and follow the signs around the front of the school, towards reception.
– At the end of the first day, 2.50pm, students will be dismissed from the tennis courts – just past the trampoline centre. Please wait outside of the tennis courts. If the weather is wet, you will be informed of where to collect your child(ren).
Day 2: Thursday 5th July 2018
– Students to arrive by 8.45am via the Coningsby entrance and to make their way to their tutor base from the day before. Students and staff will be on hand to support.
At the end of the second day, 2.50pm, students will be dismissed from the Main Hall. Please, either, wait outside or feel free to stand at the back, space permitting.
School Meals
At lunchtime (1.05pm) students will have an opportunity to visit the school canteen and purchase food with cash. The cost of a hot school meal is £2.30 which includes a drink or a pudding and a selection of sandwiches, pizza, pasta and salads will also be available. Alternatively, students may bring a packed lunch. Primary Schools will advise us which students are entitled to free school meals and we will issue a voucher accordingly. In order to help us plan for the induction days, we would be grateful if you could click here to indicate your child’s lunch preference. Please be assured selections are not binding and changes can be facilitated on the day should your child change their mind.
Hot meal choices will be:
– Wednesday: Roast Chicken
– Thursday: Beef Bolognaise & Pasta
Parents/Carers Information Evening – Wednesday 4th July, 5pm – 6pm or Thursday 5th July, 6pm – 7pm
May I reiterate that you only need to attend one evening per family, as the same information will be shared at both. Equally, if for example, one parent is working and wishes to attend the other evening, whereby as a family spanning both evenings, we of course understand and welcome this. Your child(ren) is/are not expected to attend but again, we will welcome their attendance if it is not possible to leave them at home or with a friend.
Finally, if you wish your son/daughter to walk home on their own, or with another Brakenhale student at the end of either or both days – you must write a note stating which day and who they will be leaving with or that you give permission for them to walk home on their own; this will ensure all students leave safely. This note should be passed to me, or your child’s tutor, on the day.
If you have any questions, please contact do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Mr B Coley, Head of Transition
bcoley@brakenhale.co.uk

13th June: School Day Timings

Dear Parents/Carers
School day timings
Please be advised that from Monday 18th June 2018, we will be returning to our original school day timings. See below.
Kind regards
School Office

Arrive in School 8:30
Morning Registration/Assembly 8:40 – 9:00
Period 1 9:00 – 10:00
Travel Time 10:00 – 10:05
Period 2 10:05 – 11:05
Break 11:05 – 11:25
Period 3 11:25 – 12:25
Travel Time 12:25 – 12:30
Period 4 12:30 – 1:30
Lunch 1:30 – 2:00
Afternoon Registration 2:00 – 2:05
Period 5 2:05 – 3:05
Extra-Curricular Activities 3:05

12th June: Year 10 End of Year Exams

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 End of Year Exams
A reminder that all Year 10 students will be sitting exams in the Sports Hall the weeks commencing Monday 25th June and Monday 2nd July. Please find the timetable attached. Year 10 End of Year Exams Timetable
All students will need their tools for learning during these exams.
Kind regards
Exams Team

12th June: Sixth Form Presentations

Dear Parents/Carers
Please find attached for your information copies of the two presentations that were given to the students during yesterday’s assembly.
Thank you for your continued support.
Regards
Mr T Dale, Head of Sixth Form
Welcome to Year 13
UCAS

11th June: Cycle Incident

Dear Parents/Carers
Cycle Incident
Unfortunately, we would like to advise that after school today a bike was stolen from the school site. The bike was locked to the outside of the cycle enclosure. The incident was recorded on CCTV and was carried out by 4 males aged between 18 and 22. The theft has been reported to the police, if you have any information you have on this incident, please do not hesitate to contact us as soon as possible.
We would like to remind students that all bikes should be locked up within the cycle enclosure.
Kind regards
School Office

11th June: Medication in School

Dear Parents/Carers
Medication in School
We would like to advise that if your son/daughter has any medication in school it will need to be collected before the start of Summer Holidays.
Any medication left in school after 20th July will be disposed of at the local Pharmacy.
Kind regards
Mrs A Ball, First Aid Co-ordinator

11th June: Year 10 Mock Interviews - 27th June

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 Mock Interview Day – Wednesday 27th June, 2018
On Wednesday 27th June, 2018 all Year 10 students will have a mock interview experience to help prepare them for their future. The interviews will be an opportunity to practice presenting themselves to a professional, and will take place at school. We have 35 volunteers who have agreed to share their time and expertise from various local, national and global businesses such as Thames Valley Police, Romans Estate Agency, DHL UK …… etc as well as members of our Governing Body.
Students will receive feedback on the way they present themselves, the responses they give to open questions and on their body language and confidence. We expect that student’s attitude and behaviour will be exemplary. Students may wear full school uniform or business professional clothes (skirts should be on the knee).
Students will be issued with an appointment card for their interview. If your son/daughter will be absent from school on Wednesday 27th June please advise as soon as possible so that we may cancel their appointment.
Interviews are always nerve-wracking but we hope this experience will challenge our students in a way that will be beneficial.
Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Mr N O’Donoghue, Head of Year 10
nodonoghue@brakenhale.co.uk

8th June: Year 11 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Year 11 Student News
School Office

8th June: Year 10 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Year 10 Student News
School Office

8th June: Year 9 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Year 9 Student News
School Office

8th June: Year 8 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Year 8 Student News
School Office

8th June: Year 7 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Year 7 Student News
School Office

7th June: Dance Extra-Curricular Timetable

Dear Parents/Carers,
Dance extra-curricular timetable
Please see attached the new Dance Extra-Curricular Timetable, please encourage Year 9 students who are studying dance next year to attend ‘Free Fall’ on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Kind regards
School Office

7th June: Year 10 End of Year Exams

Dear Parents/Carers,
Year 10 End of Year Exams
There will be End of Year Exams running during the weeks commencing Monday 25th June and Monday 2nd July. The timetable for this will be published shortly.
If students would like some guidance regarding revision for their exams please check with subject teachers.
Please do not hesitate to contact the Exams Team if you require any further information.
Kind regards
Mrs Seymour, Exams Officer

7th June: Free Schools Meals & GDPR

Dear Parents/Carers,
Free School Meals & GDPR
The Local Authority would like to inform you that the law on how data is kept, stored and used changed on 25 May when GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) came in to force. We would like to advise you that if you have ever made an application for Free School Meals or Pupil Premium through Universal Free School Meals, then we hold your personal data in order to comply with the statutory duty to provide a free school meal service. This data is stored and used in accordance with GDPR.
If you would like to make an application for Free School Meals, please follow this link.
Free School Meals Apply
Kind regards
School Office

6th June: Year 11 Leavers' Year Book 2018

Dear Parents/Carers,
Year 11 Leavers Year Book 2018
A letter has been sent home regarding the Year 11 Leavers Book should you wish to purchase.
Kind regards
Mrs C Silvey, Catering & Enrichment Manager

6th June: Year 10 Revision Evening

Dear Parents/Carers,
Year 10 Revision Evening
After further consideration, we have decided to postpone the Year 10 Revision Evening scheduled for Tuesday 12th June as it has been agreed that it will be more beneficial for us to meet with you at the beginning of the Autumn term as students start Year 11.
Apologies for any inconvenience.
Kind regards
Mr P Gibson, Deputy Headteacher

5th June: Year 11 Study Leave - Uniform

Dear Parents/Carers,
Year 11 Study Leave – Uniform
Further to previous correspondence regarding Study Leave, I would like to remind students that if they are on the school site for revision sessions or exams, they must be in full school uniform.
Kind regards
Mr P Gibson, Deputy Headteacher

5th June: Year 11 Study Leave

Dear Parents/Carers,
Year 11 Study Leave
After consideration of how hard the Year 11 students have been working over the past 4 weeks and the pressures they are all currently facing, we have reviewed our study leave period and have made the changes below.
After the Year 11 Maths exam on Thursday 7th June, students will have English revision periods 3 and 4 which is compulsory and following this their official study leave will commence at 2.05pm.
There will still be compulsory revision sessions being run prior to exams as listed below:

Date Subject Revision Session (Compulsory) Exam if same day
Friday 8th June English 8am – 8.45am 9am
Friday 8th June History 11.25am – 12.25pm 1.30pm
Friday 8th June Science 2.05pm – 3.05pm
Monday 11th June Science 8am – 8.45am 9am
Monday 11th June Geography 11.25am – 12.25pm 1.30pm
Monday 11th June Maths 2.05pm – 4.05pm & 5.30pm – 8pm
Tuesday 12th June Maths 8am – 8.45am 9am
Tuesday 12th June History 11.25am – 12.25pm 1.30pm
Tuesday 12th June Science 3.05pm – 5pm
Wednesday 13th June Science

Spanish

8am

3.05pm – 4.05pm

9am
Thursday 14th June Resistant Materials and Food (Priority)

Science

11.25am – 12.25pm

 

11.25am – 2.05pm

1.30pm
Friday 15th June Science 8am – 8.45am 9am
Monday 18th June Dance & Graphics All day
Tuesday 19th June Graphics 9am
Tuesday 19th June Dance 9am – 12.15pm 1.30pm

Please note, this is not the students final day and we would like you to reiterate the importance of them behaving in an appropriate manner.
If you have any queries regarding the above arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Mr P Gibson, Deputy Headteacher

5th June: Child Trust Funds

Dear Parents/Carers,
Child Trust Funds (CTF)
We have been asked to communicate the following information on behalf of The Share Foundation:
Child Trust Funds (CTF) were put in place for all children born between 1st September 2002 and 2nd January 2011. However, although six million were set up, approximately one million are “addressee gone away” – that is, lost to the young person to whom they belong. Unfortunately, children from the poorest homes are the worst affected by this “addressee gone away” rate, with those families in receipt of Child Tax Credit suffering a 33% “lost” rate. With the oldest CTF recipient reaching 16 years of age this September, we are determined to re-link as many young people as possible to their accounts.
Please see attached poster with information and contact details below:
Gavin Oldham
Chair of Trustees – The Share Foundation
Tel : 01296-439100
Email : gavin.oldham@sharefound.org
Kind regards
School Office

4th June: Brakenhale Water Bottles

Dear Parents/Carers,
Brakenhale Water Bottles
We are delighted to advise that Brakenhale Water Bottles are now available to purchase for £2.00 using cash from the Print Room or Head of Year Office. Alternatively, from tomorrow you will be able to pay via ParentPay and students can collect from Main Reception.
Kind regards
School Office

4th June: School Community

Dear Parents/Carers,
School community
Please can I ask that you remind your son/daughter of the importance of conducting themselves appropriately on the way to and from school. We have had some complaints from residents in ‘The Parks’ surrounding the throwing of litter and loud behaviour. Our reputation as a school and a student body is extremely important and any student found to be behaving in an unacceptable manner will be sanctioned in line with school policy. We have regular positive feedback form the public about how smart, courteous and helpful our students are and I would be sad to think that this is compromised by the actions of a very small minority.
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

4th June: Maths Twilight Revision Session - Year 11

Dear Parents/Carers/Students,
Maths Twilight Revision Session
As you will know the next Maths GCSE is fast approaching, like for the last paper we will be running a twilight revision session from 5:30pm until 8pm.
Unlike last time we will be running a foundation to intermediate session in one room and an intermediate to higher session in another room to help us accommodate more students. Both of these sessions will run from 5:30pm until 8 pm.
I hope to see your son/daughter at the sessions and hope if they came last time they found the session useful.
Kind Regards
Mr T Dean, Director of Mathematics

4th June: Core Maths - Year 11

Dear Parents/Carers/Students,
Core Maths
We are delighted to announce that next year we will be offering Core Maths in addition to A-Level Maths and Further Maths. Core Maths is a new qualification to Brakenhale and it focuses on real-life aspects of maths and maths relevant to a number of different career paths.
Core Maths is a qualification for students who achieve a Grade 4 or above in GCSE mathematics and sits between GCSE and A-Level in terms of complexity.
The qualification is designed to prepare students for the mathematical demands of further study and employment. The course has aspects of financial mathematics as well as maths which supports other subjects, including, Science, Geography, Business Studies, Economics and Psychology.
The skills that studying mathematics Post-16 develops are sought after in the workplace and higher education. Most students who study mathematics after GCSE improve their career choices and increase their earning potential.
Even though Core Maths is still a new qualification, several universities have already come out in strong support of it. Employers from a range of sectors are also firmly behind the qualification.
Many roles in the workplace require high levels of budget management and problem-solving skills and Core Maths will be a useful tool in equipping you with these skills.
The tariff below shows the points awarded to Core Maths for University Applications.

Grade Points (Old Tariff) Points (New Tariff)
A 60 20
B 50 16
C 40 12
D 30 10
E 20 6

If you wish to study this course please can you let Mr Dale, Mrs Perryman and/or Mr Hartley know by 15th June.
Kind Regards
Mr T Dean, Director of Mathematics

25th May: Anxiety and Depression in Children and Young People

Dear Parents/Carers
Anxiety and Depression in Children and Young People
Please see attached flyer with information on an Anxiety and Depression in Children and Young People event.
Kind regards
School Office

25th May: Year 9 PSHE - Health & Hygiene

Dear Parents/Carers
PSHE – Health & Hygiene
As part of our PSHE programme, we are delivering a session on Health & Hygiene to all Year 9 students on Friday, 8th June.
Students will be divided into groups of all boys and all girls for this session.
If you wish your son/daughter not to participate in this session, then please do contact myself so we can make other arrangements for them.
Kind regards
Mrs Lowe, Head of Product Design, STEM and Co-ordinator for PSHE
rlowe@brakenhale.co.uk

25th May: Year 11 Exams

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Exams
We have made it to half term! We are now halfway through this exam period and all staff here are incredibly proud of how well Year 11 have handled this difficult time. We have had tears and illness, but they are still heading into their exams with 100% concentration, which is a real testament to their character and determination.
As we move into half term may I remind you of the half term study support sessions which will be running. These are open to all students who want to have a little extra time with their teachers going over key content and exam technique. Secondly, I wish to emphasise the importance of having a break this half term. Whilst of course there is much revision to be done, making time for family and friends, and some time away from the pressure of exams, will do them the world of good. The fortnight after half term is intense so students need to take the opportunity to recharge their batteries.
Finally, can I just remind parents that next term, students are still expected to come in full school uniform. We have a few students who are trying to wear trainers!
A huge thank you to all parents and carers; we know the effort it’s taken at home to get Year 11 focused. They will thank you one day!
Best wishes for the half term and do get in touch if you have any concerns.
Kind regards
Mr P Benson, Head of Year 11

25th May: Sixth Form Student News

Student News
Please see attached Sixth Form News
School Office

25th May: Year 11 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Year 11 Student News
School Office

25th May: Year 10 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Year 10 Student News
School Office

25th May: Year 9 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Year 9 Student News
School Office

25th May: Year 8 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Year 8 Student News
School Office

25th May: Year 7 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Year 7 Student News
School Office

24th May: PGL Trip - Little Canada - 6 to 8 July

Dear Parents/Carers
PGL Trip – Little Canada 6th – 8th July
Further to the information meeting regarding the upcoming trip to Little Canada, please find attached the presentation from the evening.
Kind regards
School Office

23rd May: Duke of Edinburgh Session - Update

Dear Parents/Carers
Update: Duke of Edinburgh session
Unfortunately, Mr Hicks is unwell and will not be in for the rest of the week therefore, the eDofE session will have to be rescheduled for after half term. Please could we ask that you make sure students are uploading evidence onto eDofE from their weekly volunteering, physical and skill activities. If any sections have now been completed then the assessor report needs completing and also uploading onto eDofE.
Apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your support.
Kind regards
School Office

21st May: KS3 Adventure Weekend - Reminder - Information Evening this Wednesday

Dear Parents/Carers
Key Stage 3 Outdoor Adventure weekend at Little Canada, Isle of Wight – Friday 6th July – Sunday 8th July 2018
Information Evening Reminder – Wednesday 23rd May from 6.30pm
Our Key Stage 3 summer trip is fast approaching and we would like to invite all parents/carers of students who are attending the trip to come to an information evening on Wednesday 23rd May from 6.30 – 7.30pm in the Main Hall. We will be able to update you on travel arrangements, kit requirements and the activities for students over the weekend.
Kind regards
Mr R Beukes, Head of KS4 – Trip Leader

21st May: GCSE Maths Revision Sessions Reminder - First sessions this Wednesday

Dear Parents/Carers/Year 11 Students
GCSE Maths Revision Sessions
Reminder – First session this Wednesday
In order to help support students with maths revision we will be offering twilight revision sessions at school. These are not compulsory but will be an opportunity for us to go over some last minute skills.
We will be running these from 5:30pm until 8pm and will be covering content from foundation up to higher. The schedule of content is below:
– 5:30 – 6:15 – Foundation only content
– 6:15 – 7:00 – Crossover content (applicable for both Higher and Foundation students)
– 7:00 – 8:00 – Higher only content
The first session will be all non-calculator work and then after each exam we will cover some of the topics which we believe will be on the next papers.
The reason for us picking these times is to allow students to go home and have something to eat before returning to school for some exam prep. These revision sessions will be held the evening before their exams which are:
– Wednesday 23rd May – (Paper 1 exam Thursday 24th)
– Wednesday 6th June – (Paper 2 exam Thursday 7th)
– Monday 11th June – (Paper 3 exam Tuesday 12th)
I hope to see students at the revision session.
Kind regards
Mr T Dean, Director of Mathematics

20th May: Year 7 Drama Club - Week 4

Dear Parents/Carers
Drama Club – week 4
Please see attached information on Drama club – week 4.
Kind regards
Mrs D Lewis, English Teacher
dlewis@brakenhale.co.uk

18th May: Year 11 Half Term Study Sessions - Updated

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Half Term Study Sessions – Updated
Further to previous correspondence, please find an update to the Year 11 Half Term Study Sessions.
The exams will be in full swing and these booster sessions will really help students prepare for the examinations after half term. Whilst these cannot be made compulsory, we strongly advise students attend.
The sessions are as follows:

Date Time Subject Room
School closed – Bank Holiday
Tuesday 29th May All Day Geography

with Mr Mullett, Mr Cooper and Miss Byers

 

G01/G02/
G03
Wednesday 30th May 10am – 1pm English

with Miss Cresswell for those aiming for grades 7/8/9

C14
10am – 1pm Maths

with Mr Dean for those aiming for grades 4-5

 

SF14
1.30pm – 4pm Maths

with Mr Dean for those aiming for grades 7/8/9

 

SF14
Thursday 31st May 10am – 1pm English

with Mr Anderson targeting grades 4/5/6

 

C23
All Day Music

with Mr Duffy

 

C01
Friday 1st June 9am – 12pm GCSE Business

with Miss Morgan & Mr Bell

 

B15/B16
1pm – 4pm GCSE Economics

with Miss Morgan

 

B15
1pm – 4pm BTEC Business

with Mr Bell

 

B16
10am – 2pm Maths

with Mr Hicks

 

SF11
Saturday 2nd June 9am – 12pm History

with Mr Hartley and Mr Benson

(open to all students)

 

G01/CR3

The morning sessions will run from 9am – 12midday and afternoon sessions from 1pm-4pm unless otherwise stated. If your child has full day sessions then it will be from 9am-4pm, please ask them to bring a lunch with them. If a session finished early the member of staff will release them to go home and not keep them until the end of the session.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Mr P Gibson, Deputy Headteacher
pgibson@brakenhale.co.uk

18th May: Year 11 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Year 11 Student News
School Office

18th May: Year 10 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Year 10 Student News
School Office

18th May: Year 9 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Year 9 Student News
School Office

18th May: Year 8 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Year 8 Student News
School Office

18th May: Year 7 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Year 7 Student News
Kind regards
School Office

17th May: Year 11 Half Term Study Sessions

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Half Term Study Sessions
I am writing to inform you of sessions staff will be running over May half term for various subjects.
The exams will be in full swing and these booster sessions will really help students prepare for the examinations after half term. Whilst these cannot be made compulsory, we strongly advise students attend.
The sessions are as follows:

Date Time Subject Room
School closed – Bank Holiday
Tuesday 29th May All Day Geography

with Mr Mullett, Mr Cooper and Miss Byers

 

G01/G02/
G03
Wednesday 30th May 9am – 12pm Maths

with Mr Dean for those aiming at grades 4-5

 

SF14
1.30pm – 4pm Maths

with Mr Dean for those aiming at grades 7/8/9

 

SF14
Thursday 31st May 10am – 1pm English

with Mr Anderson targeting grades 4/5/6

 

C23
All Day Music

with Mr Duffy

 

C01
Friday 1st June 9am – 12pm GCSE Business

with Miss Morgan & Mr Bell

 

B15/B16
1pm – 4pm GCSE Economics

with Miss Morgan

 

B15
1pm – 4pm BTEC Business

with Mr Bell

 

B16
10am – 2pm Maths

with Mr Hicks

 

SF11
Saturday 2nd June 9am – 12pm History

with Mr Hartley and Mr Benson

(open to all students)

 

G01/CR3

The morning sessions will run from 9am – 12midday and afternoon sessions from 1pm-4pm unless otherwise stated. If your child has full day sessions then it will be from 9am-4pm, please ask them to bring a lunch with them. If a session finished early the member of staff will release them to go home and not keep them until the end of the session.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Mr P Gibson, Deputy Headteacher
pgibson@brakenhale.co.uk

17th May: Year 9 Options Update

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 Options Update
We would like to update you on the Year 9 Options process. College interviews for those students who have applied have been scheduled for 6th June and we expect to hear back from them within a week. Following this, we will be able to provide students with their final options.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Mr P Gibson, Deputy Headteacher
pgibson@brakenhale.co.uk

16th May: Dance Enrichment Timetable Summer 2018

Dear Parents/Carers
Summer 2018 Dance Enrichment Timetable
Please see attached the new Dance Enrichment Timetable for the remainder of the Summer Term.
Kind regards
School Office

16th May: GCSE Maths Revision Sessions

Dear Parents/Carers/Year 11 Students
GCSE Maths Revision Sessions
In order to help support students with their maths revision we will be offering twilight revision sessions at school. These are not compulsory but will be an opportunity for us to go over some last minute skills.
We will be running these from 5:30pm until 8pm and will be covering content from foundation up to higher. The schedule of content is below:
– 5:30 – 6:15 – Foundation only content
– 6:15 – 7:00 – Crossover content (applicable for both Higher and Foundation students)
– 7:00 – 8:00 – Higher only content
The first session will be all non-calculator work and then after each exam we will cover some of the topics which we believe will be on the next papers.
The reason for us picking these times is to allow students to go home and have something to eat before returning to school for some exam prep. These revision sessions will be held the evening before their exams which are:
– Wednesday 23rd May (Paper 1 exam Thursday 24th)
– Wednesday 6th June (Paper 2 exam Thursday 7th)
– Monday 11th June (Paper 3 exam Tuesday 12th)
I hope to see students at the revision session.
Kind regards
Mr T Dean, Director of Mathematics

15th May: Year 10 Thorpe Park Trip - Friday 13th July 2018

Dear Parents/Carers
Please see attached letter inviting your son/daughter to the above trip.
If you wish them to attend please complete the permission slip by CLICKING HERE
If you have not completed the annual OHA2, please complete by CLICKING HERE
Kind regards
Mrs C Silvey, Catering & Enrichment Manager
csilvey@brakenhale.co.uk

15th May: Exams - JCQ ( Joint Council for Qualifications) Rules

Dear Parents/Carers and Students
Exam – JCQ Rules
Please may I take this last opportunity to remind you all of the JCQ Rules that apply to all of your exams and failure to follow these will result in disqualification. If you have any questions regarding any of the attachments please do not hesitate to contact one of the Exams Team.  Please see our web page for more information.
I would also like to wish you all the best of luck and look forward to seeing you all on results day.
Kind regards
Mrs Seymour, Exams Manager

14th May: Maths Equipment for Exams

Dear Parents/Carers
Maths Equipment
Now that the exam window has officially started I wanted to make sure that your son/daughter has all of the required equipment that they will need for their maths exams. Below is a list of the equipment that they will need:
– Scientific Calculator (will need for Paper 2 and Paper 3)
– Protractor
– Compass
– Ruler
– Pencil
If students could have this every day in the build up to their exams that would be useful when we are revising topics with them. Some items are available to be purchased from the Print Room.
Kind regards
Mr T Dean, Director of Mathematics

11th May: Year 11 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Year 11 Student News
Kind regards
School Office

11th May: Year 10 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Year 10 Student News
Kind regards
School Office

11th May: Year 9 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Year 9 Student News
Kind regards
School Office

11th May: Year 8 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Year 8 Student News
Kind regards
School Office

11th May: Year 7 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Year 7 Student News
Kind regards
School Office

11th May: Year 9 Options

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 Options
Further to Year 9 students selecting their option choices last term, a lot of work has being going on behind the scenes to ensure that as many of our students are allocated their first choice options as possible.
For the first time this year we decided to change to electronically allocate the timetables for next year. Unfortunately, circumstances outside of our control have meant that this has taken longer than we would have liked.  We would like to reassure you that as soon as the technical issues are resolved, we will inform students of their option choices for next year.
Many thanks for your continued support.
Kind regards
Mr P Gibson, Deputy Headteacher

11th May: The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018

Dear Parents/Carers
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018
Data Protection law is changing and we want to keep you up to date with the steps Brakenhale is taking.
On the 25th May 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation known as GDPR, comes into effect. GDPR gives you extra rights around how your data is used and imposes additional obligations on organisations who collect personal information.
Brakenhale School as part of the Greenshaw Learning Trust collect personal information and our Privacy Notice, which is attached explains how we process this data.
The school must comply with the Data Protection Act which gives children rights over their own data when, they are considered to have adequate capacity to understand. Most children will reach this level of understanding at around age 12. For this reason, for most of our students it will normally be up to the child to decide whether or not to be photographed/videoed and if they wish for their biometric data to be used. Where the school considers that the child does not have capacity to make such a decision, the school will act on the parental preference where it is in the best interests of the child to do so.
Your son/daughter will be given a copy of the Privacy Notice during the next two weeks and will be asked to complete a Student Preference form.
We would encourage parents/carers to discuss the Privacy Notice with their children before next week when they will be completing Preference Forms themselves.
Should you wish to state your preference, please click here to complete the Parental Preference form or if you have any queries, please contact Mrs S Best via email sbest@brakenhale.co.uk by Friday 18th May.
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

11th May: Year 12 Royal Holloway University of London Open Day

Dear Parents/Carers
Re: Royal Holloway University of London Open Day
Please see the attached with regards to the Year 12 trip, to the Royal Holloway University of London Open Day on Friday 15th June.
Regards
Mr T Dale, Head of Sixth Form

9th May: Key Stage 3 Outdoor Adventure weekend at Little Canada, Isle of Wight

Dear Parents/Carers
Key Stage 3 Outdoor Adventure weekend at Little Canada, Isle of Wight
Friday 6th July – Sunday 8th July 2018
Our Key Stage 3 summer trip is fast approaching and we would like to invite all parents/carers of students who are attending the trip to come to an information evening on Wednesday 23rd May from 6.30 – 7.30pm in the Main Hall. We will be able to update you on travel arrangements, kit requirements and the activities for students over the weekend.
Kind regards
Mr R Beukes, Head of Key Stage 4

9th May: Assistant Head of Year 8

Dear Parents/Carers
Assistant Head of Year
I am pleased to inform that as from today, Mr Matthew Kingston will be the new Assistant Head of Year 8 working alongside and supporting Miss Douse for the rest of this academic year. Mr Kingston has been at the school for almost two years having formerly worked in the commercial sector and has a reputation for engaging and focused lessons and forging very positive relationships with students. He has been a valued member of the tutor team since the students started Brakenhale in September 2016.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Howes for her work as Assistant Head of Year 8 for the first 2 terms of this year. She is standing down to concentrate on an exciting new project within the school, more details to follow shortly!
I am sure you will join me in congratulating Mr Kingston on his new appointment.
Kind regards
Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteacher

8th May: Sixth Form Dress Code

Dear Parents and Carers
Sixth Form Dress Code
Although we are all enjoying the glorious weather please can we remind students that they need to wear appropriate clothing during the school day.
Girls are required to wear tops that are down to the waist level and knee length skirts or shorts
Boys should be wearing t-shirt style tops, not vest tops or t-shirts with the sleeves rolled up.
Thank you for your continued support
Regards
Mr T Dale, Head of Sixth Form

4th May: Year 11 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Year 11 Student News
Kind regards
School Office

4th May: Year 10 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Year 10 Student News
Kind regards
School Office

4th May: Year 9 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Year 9 Student News
Kind regards
School Office

4th May: Year 8 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Year 8 Student News
Kind regards
School Office

4th May: Year 7 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Year 7 Student News
Kind regards
School Office

3rd May: Home School Communications for Current Parents

Dear Parents/Carers
Home School Communications
If you have not already done so, we would like to encourage all parents to download the “School Gateway” App on to your mobile devices. This will mean that we can share information with you quicker via email, text, online and smartphone app. It will also save you – and the school – time and money.
You will be able to view the following for your child(ren):
· Achievements
· Behaviour
· Attendance
· Lesson timetable
· Your contact details
· School details
· Student details
· Medical conditions
What you need to do now
To activate your School Gateway account is quick and easy to do. All you need are your email address and mobile number that school holds on record for you.
· Download the app: If you have a smartphone, please download School Gateway from your app store (Android and iPhone). The app shows the same information as the website PLUS you can message the school for FREE – this will also save the school money when we send you a text message.
OR
· Visit the website: www.schoolgateway.com and click on ‘New User’. You’ll receive a text message with a PIN number. Use this PIN to log into School Gateway.
Once you have downloaded the Gateway App, we would be grateful if you could check your contact information is correct and advise of any changes/amendments.
If you are having trouble logging in to the App, it may be because the school doesn’t have your current email and mobile phone number on record. Please call us on 01344 423041 and we will update our system.
We hope that you will find School Gateway a great way to keep up to date with what’s going on at school.
If you have any questions regarding communications, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Kind regards
School Office

3rd May: Home School Communications for New Starters

Dear Parents/Carers
Home School Communications
We would like to advise that all further correspondence will now be sent out via schoolcomms our home school communication software. We use schoolcomms to send communications and produce online reporting as it is an easier, faster and more effective way for us to communicate with parents/carers.
Please note that we will now send a copy of this message via schoolcomms so that you can check that you are receiving messages from us.
If you do not receive the message via schoolcomms, please check the following:
· Your “SPAM/JUNK” folders, the email may have gone straight in those folders – if this is the case, you will need to accept us as a “safe sender”. Thereafter, messages should go straight to your INBOX.
· Your email provider’s firewall maybe preventing the messages from being received into your mailbox, if you could add our email address to your “address book” this may resolve any issues
We would also encourage all parents to download the “School Gateway” App on to your mobile devices. This will mean that we can share information with you quicker via email, text, online and smartphone app. It will also save you – and the school – time and money.
You will be able to view the following for your child(ren):
· Achievements
· Behaviour
· Attendance
· Lesson timetable
· Your contact details
· School details
· Student details
· Medical conditions
What you need to do now
To activate your School Gateway account is quick and easy to do. All you need are your email address and mobile number that school holds on record for you.
· Download the app: If you have a smartphone, please download School Gateway from your app store (Android and iPhone). The app shows the same information as the website PLUS you can message the school for FREE – this will also save the school money when we send you a text message.
OR
· Visit the website: www.schoolgateway.com and click on ‘New User’. You’ll receive a text message with a PIN number. Use this PIN to log into School Gateway.
Once you have downloaded the Gateway App, we would be grateful if you could check your contact information is correct and advise of any changes/amendments.
If you are having trouble logging in to the App, it may be because the school doesn’t have your current email and mobile phone number on record. Please call us on 01344 423041 and we will update our system.
We hope that you will find School Gateway a great way to keep up to date with what’s going on at school.
If you have any questions regarding communications, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Kind regards
School Office

2nd May: Key Stage 3 Outdoor Adventure Weekend - Isle of Wight

Dear Parents/Carers
Key Stage 3 Outdoor Adventure Weekend at Little Canada Isle of Wight Friday 6th July – Sunday 8th July 2018
We have available spaces for the above trip, if your son/daughter is interested in attending can you please email me on csilvey@brakenhale.co.uk to discuss.
Please see attached a copy of the original letter for information about the trip.
Kind regards
Mrs C Silvey, Catering & Enrichment Manager

2nd May: Free Tennis Opportunity

Dear Parents/Carers
FREE Tennis Opportunity
Please see attached poster with details of a FREE Tennis Opportunity for Primary and Secondary School age children from Bracknell Forest Council.
BOOK FOR FREE AT:
Lta.org.uk/gbtw
Regards
School Office

2nd May: Final Arrangements for Year 11

Dear Parents/Carers
Final Arrangements for Year 11
With the end of the year approaching fast we are writing to provide you with some important information regarding your son/daughter’s last day, the leavers’ assembly and Prom.
On Friday 15th June students will be sitting their final Science exam paper at 9am which lasts for 1 hour 10 minutes. On completion of this all students will be asked to move through to the dance studio where they will be able to collect their leavers’ hoodies. Following this, all students will be expected to leave the school site to commence official study leave. This study leave has been organised as there is no other exam which the whole cohort will be required to sit together. As this is the case and due to the fact that are further exams to be sat, this will not be considered a leaver’s day and students will therefore be expected to wear school uniform as normal.
In between the 16th and 20th June students should attend school for certain revision sessions and examinations if required. It is an expectation that students will be in full school uniform at these times. Unfortunately, if uniform is not worn correctly students will be asked to leave the site.
On June 25th and 26th many of our students will begin the next stage of their academic career as Brakenhale Sixth Form hosts two Transition Days to get the students ready for their lives beyond GCSE. We look forward to welcoming them into the sixth form. I am also aware that many other colleges are running their transition days around this time.
On 26th June, at 3.30pm, we will be holding a leavers assembly for the whole year group which will be a celebration of their time at Brakenhale. The dress code for this day will be non-uniform but we do ask that students wear clothes that are respectable, without offensive logos and that any hats are removed when in the school building. Furthermore, clothing should not cause offence to anyone in the school community. Students are also invited to bring a school shirt in that they can ask others students and staff to sign. We must remind students that they are still members of the school community and behaviour should be in line with school expectations, students are reminded that any behaviour that is deemed unacceptable may result in prom strikes being put in place. This assembly will begin at 3.30pm until 4.30pm. We always find old uniform useful so if you have anything you would like to donate, for example blazers, ties and house badges, if you could please bring them along, we would be extremely grateful. This really does make a difference to the school and I thank you in advance for any donations.
Finally, the Year 11 Brakenhale Prom will take place on Thursday 28th June. This will be held at Easthampstead Park Conference Centre. Students are to arrive from 7pm and the end time for this event is 11:00pm. We would like all students to enjoy this event and hope that it is a truly successful evening. This is an opportunity for all students to enjoy themselves and celebrate the end of all their hard work. Students should be aware that if we have any concerns regarding their welfare, parents will be contacted immediately and asked to collect their son/daughter from the venue. This will also apply to any student who is caught in possession of alcohol or is judged to have already consumed some prior to the event.
May we wish all students the very best for the remaining examinations and we look forward to celebrating these milestones with you.
GCSE Exam results day is Thursday 23rd August and students will be able to come into school to collect their results from 9am – 11am in the Main Hall. The Year 11 Year Books which have been pre-ordered and paid for will be available to collect at the same time as the certificates.
If students are unable to come into school to collect their results and would like someone else to collect on their behalf, we will require a signed letter from the student authorising that person to collect. Please note that this letter must be signed by the student, not the parent as results are the students. Email requests are not accepted.
If students would like their results posted, please could they provide us with a stamped addressed envelope with enough postage to cover a large letter up to 100g.
We would like to remind students of the importance of collecting their exam certificates and keeping them safe. Employees and Further Education Institutions request to see certificates years after you have left schools and they are very difficult to replace if lost or destroyed.
We apologise for highlighting some of the serious points in this letter but we want to ensure all students are clear on the expectations of the school. We want students to enjoy their last celebrations here at the school but we are also conscious of students’ welfare and would ask that they conduct themselves in a manner that is respectful and without incident.
Kind regards
Mr P Gibson, Deputy Headteacher

2nd May: Bracknell Half Marathon - Sunday 13th May

Dear Parents/Carers
Bracknell Half Marathon – Sunday 13th May 2018
There is just under 2 weeks to go before the 2018 Lexicon Bracknell Half Marathon which takes place on Sunday 13th May 2018. This year is the first year that the half-marathon will start and finish at the Lexicon. This will mean that we need additional helpers for a slightly longer time this year: a few for set up and volunteers to marshal and hand out water from 8.45 to 11.00am. It is always a lovely community event, if you have helped in previous years please come along and help us again this year. If not students and parents you would be most welcome to come along and help hand out water/sponges, it is great fun.
It would be really helpful for organisation of the day if you could let me know if you intend to help by clicking here to complete our online form, emailing me on jmanisier@brakenhale.co.uk or calling and leaving a message with your name and the number of helpers coming with you on my direct line 01344 464793.
Here are some of the changes to previous years:
We are now water station 5, this is between miles 8 and 9. We have been asked to be set up and be ready by 8.30am and at our stations by 9.00am. The last runners will be through by 11am.
In addition to volunteers for the water station that will be outside the Coningsby Gate we will need Marshals for:
64: the underpass at Ingleton
65: the underpass at the Downside Hotel
66: the Bus link from Crowthorne Road to Downshire Way.
67: Brakenhale water station
68: the footpaths at the rear of KFC
69: the footpath/cycle way south of the underpass
If you would specifically like to volunteer to Marshal at one of these points please let me know.
The runners will be running in an anti-clockwise direction, so will be approaching your marshal point/water station from the opposite direction to previous years, for us they will be approaching from Rectory Lane and heading towards the Sports Centre.
They are using much of last year’s course, there are some changes which means that the times at which the runners reach your point will also be different.
This year it is even more important that marshals are in place and that drink stations are ready to go in plenty of time, by 9.00 am at the very latest. There will be official course marshals driving round to check all is in place ready to go.
This year all marshals will be issued with a fluorescent tabard which they should wear during the race (we have to return these). There will also be a limited stock of souvenir T Shirts available which you can keep.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Jo Manisier, on behalf of Brakenhale PTA
jmanisier@brakenhale.co.uk
01344 423041 (main reception)
01344 464793 (direct dial)

1st May: Safe Cycling

Dear Parents/Carers
Safe Cycling
We would like to remind you that we welcome our students cycling to school. It is good for the environment and also for their health. In addition, Bracknell has numerous safe cycle paths that students can use to avoid busy roads as much as possible.
We have a secure area to keep bikes but also ask students bring a lock to offer further security. However, whilst the vast majority of students comply with wearing a bike helmet there are still a few who do not comply with this rule. If students wish to cycle to school but do not wear a helmet, they will be automatically issued with a detention.
As the ‘Brakenhale Safe Cycle Scheme’ has now been implemented all students need a pass to be able to ride their bike to school and also to use the bike store. A pre requisite to be issued with and keep hold of the pass is the mandatory wearing of a bike safety helmet. In addition, any student seen riding their bike in a dangerous manner will have their pass revoked. Furthermore, all bikes ridden into school must be deemed road worthy and safe with working brakes. This will mean that they are not allowed to bring their bike onto site at all for a set period of time and parents will be notified via email. This also applies to scooters.
If your son/daughter would like to cycle to school, may we please ask that you become familiar with the content of the national bike safety scheme below.
http://think.direct.gov.uk/education/early-years-and-primary/parents/7-to-11s/cycle-safety/
If you would like to request a cycle pass, please click on the link below to submit your request. Once your request has been approved, your son/daughter will be issued with a pass.
Cycle Permit Request
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Yours faithfully
Mr H Thomas, Assistant Headteacher

1st May: Exams Handbook - Summer 2018 (Years 10, 11 and Post 16)

Dear Parents/Carers
Exam Handbook – Summer 2018
Please find attached a Candidate Exam Handbook for Summer 2018. This has also been sent out to the students.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of the Exams Team.
Kind regards
Mrs Seymour, Exams Officer

1st May: School Site

Dear Parents/Carers
School Site
The new build project is now underway and we would like to remind you of the changes to site access which have involved blocking off the Rectory Lane entrance for cars and pedestrians. All access is now via the Coningsby Road entrance which, as I am sure you will appreciate, is becoming increasingly congested at the beginning and end of the school day. I would ask that wherever possible you avoid bringing cars on and around the school site and, if necessary, arrange a drop off and collection point away from Coningsby Road. Alternatively, where possible, we would encourage students to walk or cycle to school.
As a school, we always wish to maintain positive relationships with all residents in our local community and would be grateful if this can be considered, in particular could I ask that driveways and roads are not blocked so that residents can still access their homes and vehicles.
I have been asked by the local Community Officers to advise that enforcement action will be taken against illegally parked vehicles outside schools.
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

30th April: Year 10 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Year 10 Student News
Kind regards
School Office

30th April: Whole School Book Look Week

Dear Parents/Carers
Whole School Book Look Week
This past week, students have been taking their books and folders home to share with you the work they have been doing and the feedback they have been receiving from teachers. We hope you have found this a valuable experience
We value your views and they are important to us, so please could you take a few minutes to complete this short questionnaire regarding your son/daughter’s work and the feedback they are receiving.
Whole School Book Look Survey
Kind regards
Mrs G Powell, Assistant Headteacher

27th April: Year 11 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Year 11 Student News
Kind regards
School Office

27th April: Year 9 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Year 9 Student News
Kind regards
School Office

27th April: Year 8 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Year 8 Student News
Kind regards
School Office

27th April: Year 7 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Year 7 Student News
Kind regards
School Office

27th April: Year 11 End of Year Assembly - Tuesday 26th June

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 End of Year Assembly
Please note the change of date for the Year 11 End of Year Assembly to Tuesday 26th June at 3.30pm.
We look forward to seeing all Year 11 students together to celebrate their time with us at Brakenhale before they move on to the next steps in their education.
Kind regards
Mr Gibson, Deputy Headteacher

27th April: Year 7 Parents' Evening Appointment Booking

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 7 Parents’ Evening Appointment Booking: Reminder
Please book appointments for the Year 7 Parents’ Evening on Thursday 10th May as soon a possible. We would like to remind you that appointments booked for the previous cancelled evening DO NOT carry over and must be rebooked.
To schedule your appointments, please follow the link below and enter the relevant information where necessary:
https://brakenhaleschool.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/
If you do not have access to the internet, have problems using this booking system or require any further assistance, please contact the school office as soon as possible. Booking will close at 5pm on Tuesday 8th May 2018.
Kind regards, School Office

27th April: Year 11 Maths GCSE Revision

Dear Parents/Carers
GCSE Maths
Please find attached revision mats that you may find useful for your Maths Revision:
GCSE Mathematics Higher Tier
GCSE Mathematics Foundation Tier
Kind regards
Mr T Dean, Director of Maths

26th April: Extra Curricular Sports Activities Summer 2018

Dear Parents/Carers
Extra Curricular Activities Summer 2017 – 18
Please see attached the Summer Term PE Extra-Curricular Timetable.
Kind regards
School Office

25th April: Year 7 Parents' Evening Thursday 10th May

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 7 Parents’ Evening Thursday 10th May 2018
The Year 7 parents’ evening to discuss your child’s progress will be held on Thursday 10th May 2018 – 4pm – 7pm. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss your son/daughter’s progress and hope that you will take this opportunity to speak with subject teachers.
Families are requested to use our automated online booking system which is open now to make appointments. This allows you the flexibility to book times directly with your child’s tutor. Time slots are for five minutes each and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, therefore it is in the interests of both yourself and your child to ensure your appointment schedule is completed as soon as possible. If you cannot book an appointment, please email the subject teacher for an update. E.g. Mr M Cooper: mcooper@brakenhale.co.uk
As you are aware we are in the middle of a significant building project and parking on site is very limited. Where at all possible, it would be advisable and much appreciated if you were able to leave cars at home. If you do need to drive, please can I ask you to park with respect for school neighbours.
To schedule your appointments, please follow the link below and enter the relevant information where necessary:
https://brakenhaleschool.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/
If you do not have access to the internet, have problems using this booking system or require any further assistance, please contact the school office as soon as possible. Booking will close at 8pm on Tuesday 8th May 2018.
Kind regards
School Office

24th April: Head Lice

Dear Parents/Carers
Head lice
Please be aware that there is a large concentration of head lice in the local schools at present. Please be extra vigilant with your children’s hair, check regularly and treat accordingly.
Please refer to NHS Choices website for further information.
https://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Head-lice/Pages/Introduction.aspx
Kind regards
School Office

20th April: Year 11 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Year 11 Student News
Kind regards
School Office

20th April: Year 10 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Year 10 Student News
Kind regards
School Office

20th April: Year 9 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Year 9 Student News
Kind regards
School Office

20th April: Year 8 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Year 8 Student News
Kind regards
School Office

20th April: Year 7 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Year 7 Student News
Kind regards
School Office

20th April: PTA Clothes Recycling Initiative

Dear Parents/Carers
PTA Clothes Recycling Initiative
You will have noticed that we have been advertising our clothes collection in Parent News and we would like to remind you that there are only two remaining weeks for bringing in your unwanted clothes, shoes and accessories for recycling as the bags will be collected from the School on Friday, 4th May.
Bags have been offered to students to take home. Please bring your filled bags to main reception before Friday. Clothes can also be brought in, in bin liners or other plastic bags.
This time the collection is being run as a House Competition! When you bring your bags to main reception, you will be asked to add your student’s name (and tutor and house if you know them) to a list with the number of bags you have brought. The more bags, the more house points! So get spring cleaning and send us all your unwanted clothing items.
Kind regards
School Office

19th April: Year 11 Period 7 and One Last Push Presentation

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 – Period 7 and One Last Push Presentation
The wave of hot weather we have experienced this week can only mean one thing – Exam season is creeping ever closer.
With this in mind, I wanted to share with you an initiative we have introduced which may make revision easier for our students. From Monday 23rd April, staff members will supervise the main hall, which is set up with desks to allow students to carry out extra revision in silence. This facility will be open from 4.05pm until 5.30pm and if students choose to stay they must be there for the whole allocated time to avoid any distractions. The idea behind this is to provide somewhere quiet for them to study which is often quite difficult to provide at home especially where there are younger siblings. Whilst this is optional for students, if you would like your child to attend every session or certain days please email me directly and I will organise for a register to be taken and you will be notified by email if they do not attend.
Secondly, a big thank you to those parents who attended the One Last Push evening yesterday. It focussed on how parents can support their children in the next two months and provided ideas for revision and how to deal with stress. A copy of the presentation is attached to this email. Prepare to Perform Presentation
As always, please do not hesitate to contact me or any of the Year 11 team to discuss your son/daughter, in what is an extremely important time.
Kind regards
Mr P Gibson, Deputy Headteacher
pgibson@brakenhale.co.uk

19th April: Future of the Broadmoor Alert System

Dear Parents/Carers
FUTURE OF THE BROADMOOR ALERT SYSTEM
We would like to share with you information regarding the Broadmoor Alert system which will be changing in 2019 and how this will affect schools.
Currently when Broadmoor Hospital activate the Alert, they sound the sirens and initiate telephone cascades to local schools.
Broadmoor Hospital has announced that because of the age and condition of a number of these sirens they will be decommissioning them all in 2019, although one siren will remain within the perimeter of the hospital. Any sirens that fail between now and 2019 will not be replaced. A new Alert system is therefore required.
Broadmoor Hospital with Thames Valley Police are proposing the Thames Valley Alert (TVA) system as a replacement for the sirens and the Cascade. TVA is an existing web hosted system provided by Thames Valley Police whereby individuals can register their phone numbers and receive voice messages and/or texts directly from the police in the event of an emergency. The TVA website is at https://www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk and is already live, parents/carers, staff and governors can register for TVA alerts using the TVA link above.
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

19th April: Weather Warning

Dear Parents/Carers
Weather Warning
As British summer-time seems to have hit early this year, we would like to remind students to bring in refillable water bottles to keep hydrated during the day.
Kind regards
School Office

18th April: Year 12 Trip to Blue Coat School, Reading

Dear Parents/Carers
Reading – Blue Coat School Trip
We would like to inform you that on Friday 20th April the Year 12 students will be attending a visit to a University/Apprenticeship Fayre at Reading Blue Coat School – this is a great opportunity for students to get information on options Post 18.
The trip will be during the school day, leaving at break time and returning to the school by lunchtime.
Please ensure you complete the OHA2 form (Medical and Consent Form for Off-site Activities) attached.
Regards
Mr T Dale, Head of Sixth Form

18th April: Changes to free school meal eligibility under Universal Credit

Dear Parents/Carers
Changes to free school meal eligibility under Universal Credit
The eligibility criteria for free school meals have been changed. This letter explains the changes and how they might affect you.
What are the new eligibility criteria?
Children are entitled to receive free school meals if they or their parents or guardians receive any of the benefits below.
• Universal Credit, provided they have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400 (£616.67 per month)
• Income Support
• Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
• Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
• The guarantee element of Pension Credit
• Child Tax Credit, provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by HMRC
• Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
I don’t currently claim free school meals – what does this mean for me?
If you think you might be eligible for free school meals, submit a claim to your local authority at https://www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/schools/school-meals/forms/apply-free-school-meals. The information you provide will be used to check if you are in receipt of a qualifying benefit and, if you are on Universal Credit, that your earnings do not exceed the threshold. If you claim Universal Credit, your earnings will be assessed from up to three of your last Universal Credit assessment periods.
If you are eligible, your school will be notified. Your child will receive free school meals and the school will receive extra funding.
I am currently claiming free school meals – what does this mean for me?
Most people won’t be affected by the new criteria. If you’re currently claiming free school meals, but don’t meet the new criteria, your child will continue to receive free school meals until the end of the Universal Credit rollout period. This will apply even if your earnings rise above the new threshold or if you stop being entitled to Universal Credit. The rollout period is currently scheduled to end in March 2022.
Once Universal Credit is fully rolled out, your child will keep their free school meal until the end of their current phase of education, i.e. primary or secondary.
Where can I get more information?
If you need any further information, please speak to a member of school staff or the local authority. You can also visit the free school meal website: https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals
Kind regard
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

17th April: Building Update

Dear Parents/Carers
Building Update
I am writing to let you know that our building works continue apace, from tomorrow we will no longer be able to use 3 of our tennis courts. As a result of this, we will be opening up the astro turf for break times and lunch times so that students can play football. However, we must insist that students wishing to use the astro turf wear trainers.
Thank you for your support and understanding with regard to this matter.
Kind regards
Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteacher

17th April: Year 11 "One Last Push" Information Evening Wednesday 18th April Reminder

Dear Parents/Carers
Reminder: Year 11 “One Last Push”
We would like to invite all Year 11 Parents/Carers and Students to an information evening on Wednesday 18th April at 7.30pm in the Sixth Form Centre.
The evening will be “One Last Push” as students approach their exams. We will share with you strategies for revision together with tips on coping with stress and how to succeed in their exams.
We look forward to seeing all our Year 11 families working together to support students at this important time.
Kind regards
Mr P Gibson, Deputy Headteacher
pgibson@brakenhale.co.uk

16th April: Year 7 Line Management Change

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 7 Line Management Change
I am writing to inform you that Miss Ball, SENCo is taking maternity leave at the end of this half term. As a result, we have needed to reshuffle our reporting lines for all Year 7 students and SENCo students whilst we cover this period of leave.
I am pleased to inform you that Ms Baveystock, Assistant Headteacher, will be stepping in to support all our SENCo students. This means that she will be unable to undertake the line management for Year 7 students and transition support. Mr Coley, who is currently teaching Science for us, will be taking on this role in the interim. Mr Coley has a background of over 10 years as a senior leader, with specific pastoral responsibilities so is a very appropriate colleague to take on this role.
Although Miss Ball will still be with us until May half term, Miss Baveystock will be working very closely alongside her for the next 6 weeks so the new responsibility lines will be with immediate effect.
Kind regards
Ms Coley, Headteacher

11th April: Summer Term

Dear Parents/Carers
Summer Term
I am writing to you with regard to the new term that begins at 8.40am on Monday 16th April.
The school continues to go from strength to strength with so many good things going on. One great example of the positive position the school is in is watching the students move around the school site at lesson changeover. The building work has meant we have had to adjust our expectations yet when I stand at the end of the C block corridor it is a pleasure to see several hundred students move from lesson to lesson in a smooth orderly manner giving consideration to the needs of each other and the wider school community. Another real positive was our Standards Fortnight with over one thousand golden tickets being recorded in nine school days- it is great to recognise and reward the vast majority of students who do the right thing day after day. Thank you also for your parental support in making sure students arrive on time, dressed according to our uniform code and equipped and ready to learn and meet our high expectations. I hope all students and parents have had a good rest over the holiday and are ready for the challenges and fun that the new term will bring. As ever, we strive to make things even better and there are one or two matters that I would like to raise.
Firstly, please can we ensure all uniform is correct and ready for the new term. Please make sure new shoes are black, plain and polishable, all new coats are plain black and logo free and all new skirts are knee length. For the last three years, we have stuck to the process of any missing or incorrect uniform being replaced on the day with an item from our store. We have topped up our supplies over the holiday, as we believe that the uniform provides a sense of community, equality and identity that is an important part of any successful secondary school. With over one thousand students in the school we have to hold the line and as far as is possible to ensure that all students wear the correct uniform each day: thank you for your ongoing support with this matter as it really does make a difference.
Secondly, please can I ask that we have no visible facial piercings. Anyone with a piercing in that is not in the lower lobe will have to remove it although clear plastic retainers can be put in and there is time for these to be bought ready for school on Monday. Any students arriving at school on Monday who refuse to replace a piercing with a clear plastic retainer will be subject to sanctions from the school behaviour code.
In addition, can I make a plea that for all those students who walk to school from the Easthampstead Shops direction, they do need to leave school around 5 minutes earlier than previously. The number of lates because of this change went up in the last two weeks of term, which was frustrating and easily avoidable.
Lastly, please can all parents check their son/daughter’s ‘Tools for Learning’. All tutors will use the layout drawing below during tutor time from now on to check that students have the correct equipment that will allow them to function as a student. Students will be asked to lay out their equipment on an A3 version of the diagram below. As we have said previously, having the correct equipment is important for maximising learning time in the classroom and for students being able to work effectively and independently at home which is a great habit for students to obtain for the rest of their lives. Any missing equipment can be purchased from our school shop for cost price. This initiative has made a big difference to the running of the school and I hope this new way of checking this matter will allow us to make even more progress.
Thank you for your continued support in all these matters.
Kind regards
Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteacher

30th March: Year 11 Easter Holiday Study Sessions (Additional Session)

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Easter Holiday Study Sessions
Further to previous correspondence, please see study sessions below with a late addition of Art with Mrs Hemmings added and a change of time of Mr Thomas’ ICT session:

Study Session Time Room
Tuesday 3rd April Mrs Powell – Science Set 1

Mr Thomas – ICT

12.30 – 3.30

9.30 – 3

S11

CR3

Thursday 5th April Mr Mullett – Geography 9 – 12 Main Hall
Friday 6th April Mrs Hope – Music

Mr Benson / Mr Hartley – History

9 – 4

9 – 12

LS1

G01

Monday 9th April Mrs Higham – Graphics

Mrs Hemmings – Art

9 – 4

9 – 3

T03/T05

A02

Tuesday 10th April Mr Dean – Grade 4/5 Crossover (Sets 3,4 & 5)

Mr Dean/Mrs Whybra – Grade 6+ (Sets 1, 2 & 3)

10 – 1

1 – 4

M14

M14/M15

Tuesday 10th April Mrs Cresswell – English Literature focus to grades 7/8/9 10 – 1 C15
Thursday 12th April Miss Morgan – Business GCSE Biz am

Miss Morgan – BTEC Biz pm

9 – 12

1 – 4

T04

T04

Friday 13th April Miss Morgan – GCSE Eco  am

Miss Morgan – BTEC Biz pm

Mrs Peralta-Escibano – Spanish

9 – 12

1 – 4

9 – 4

T04

T04

C03

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Mr P Gibson, Deputy Headteacher

29th March: Year 11 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Year 11 Student News
Kind regards
School Office

29th March: Year 10 Student News

Student News
Please see attached student news.
Kind regards
School Office

29th March: Year 9 Student News

Student News
Please see attached student news.
Kind regards
School Office

29th March: Year 8 Student News

Student News
Please see attached student news.
Kind regards
School Office

29th March: Year 7 Student News

Student News
Please see attached student news.
Kind regards
School Office

29th March: Year 11 Easter Holiday Study Sessions Update

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Easter Holiday Study Sessions
Further to previous correspondence, please see updated study sessions with the addition of Geography and the change to classroom for Miss Morgan’s classes:

Date Study Session Time Room
Tuesday 3rd April Mrs Powell – Science Set 1

Mr Thomas – ICT

12.30 – 3.30

9 – 4

S11

CR3

Thursday 5th April Mr Mullett – Geography 9 – 12 Main Hall
Friday 6th April Mrs Hope – Music

Mr Benson / Mr Hartley – History

9 – 4

9 – 12

LS1

G01

Monday 9th April Mrs Higham – Graphics 9 – 4 T03/T05
Tuesday 10th April Mr Dean – Grade 4/5 Crossover (Sets 3,4 & 5)

Mr Dean/Mrs Whybra – Grade 6+ (Sets 1, 2 & 3)

10 – 1

1 – 4

M14

M14/M15

Tuesday 10th April Mrs Cresswell – English Literature focus to grades 7/8/9 10 – 1 C15
Thursday 12th April Miss Morgan – Business GCSE Biz am

Miss Morgan – BTEC Biz pm

9 – 12

1 – 4

T04

T04

Friday 13th April Miss Morgan – GCSE Eco  am

Miss Morgan – BTEC Biz pm

Mrs Peralta-Escibano – Spanish

9 – 12

1 – 4

9 – 4

T04

T04

C03

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Mr P Gibson, Deputy Headteacher

29th March: A Level Revision

Dear Parents/Carers
A Level Revision
With the Easter break but days away, I thought I would offer some guidance with regard revision for our A-Level students. There is no ‘one strategy fits all’ but I have found many of the suggestions listed below particularly effective. All Sixth Form students will receive a copy of this email to make them aware that the message comes from my office. I am happy to take full responsibility for any teenage disgruntlement (on this particular matter!).
One of the common cries we always hear is, “I don’t know how to revise!” Whilst as an adult this can seem an odd thing to say it is worth running through a methodology that seems to work
1) Go back through your notes and transform them into a set of revision notes based around the key points and questions from the specification
2) Spend time learning this material. It can be summarised as “Read, memorise, cover, recall, check”.
3) Compile a set of essay plans and mock answers that reflect the mark schemes and are based around possible questions that could come up.
4) Using past paper questions use your knowledge to practise answering under timed conditions. Bring in any work you’ve done and get it marked so can consider the feedback and improve for next time.
My key revision tips to follow this method would be:
– students and parents identify days when revision is realistically not going to be possible e.g. Football tournament, Grandma’s 75th Birthday in Devon
– these days are crossed off the revision planner, until a point in the very near future when the revision planner becomes ‘fixed’
– revision starts at 9am sharp
– 50 minutes on, ten minutes off and away from the desk
– ‘break the back of it by lunchtime’. If a student is aiming for 5-6 hours in a day (and they ought to be) then get 3 hours done before lunch. Psychologically, that’s a mini battle won
– After lunch, between say 1.30pm and 4.30pm, do some exercise, see friends and/or family, go to the cinema. Psychologically, that’s a reward
– Two 50/10 sessions before the evening meal and that is 5 hours already done which is very satisfying
– During any 50/10 session, the mobile phone is in another room!
– During the 10 minutes off, students can check their phones, Facebook, Snapchat, etc. They need to ‘scratch the itch!
– Keep revision varied and treasure any past papers and their mark schemes. Timed past papers have been proven to be one of the most effective methods of revision.
– Students should make lists of the material they know less well so they can make the most efficient use of their time with teachers when they return
As I say, revision is very much ‘horses for courses’ but much of the above is applicable to all students and any praise or recognition from us – teachers and parents – for noticeable effort can go a very long way. I would also add that students need a break – some R&R – and so the first 3 or 4 days off is probably a good thing (unless, of course, the family is going away in the second week, for example, in which case that is the R&R time).
Kind regards
Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteacher

29th March: Year 12 into Year 13

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 12 into Year 13
We are writing to you to clarify the arrangements for the rest of Year 12 and the criteria for entry into Year 13.
The time for the main examination session for Year 12 A-Level students is rapidly closing in. The examinations begin in earnest on Monday 14th May although revision lessons will go on during the examination period and students should use these intense sessions to complement their personal study. BTEC lessons will carry on during the examination season and those doing purely BTEC Level 3 courses will be expected to continue attending at all times. Those on mixed programmes of A-Level and BTEC will need to negotiate with their subject teachers their participation in lessons and structure this around their examination commitments. The students will return to school after the examinations have finished on Monday 11th June and will remain in school until Tuesday 19th July. These few weeks are vital as the students begin their A2 courses in this period. Students should not be taking holidays at this time. A lot of time will also be spent doing university and careers work during these weeks as well and to miss these sessions will put students at a disadvantage when the university application session opens in September and similarly when job applications start being advertised later in the year.
In addition, for a student to be allowed to begin Year 13 at The Brakenhale School a certain academic standard needs to be achieved. Students will not be allowed to continue on any course where they have achieved no less than a mid-E grade at AS level. The A2 course is considerably more demanding than AS and it is therefore not in the student’s interests to carry on with a course they have almost no chance of passing. Any student that achieves only 2 A-E grades or less will not be allowed to start Year 13. Only in exceptional circumstances such as when a student has had severe health or personal issues it may be possible to ‘bend’ these rules. However, if a student would like to re-sit Year 12 it may be possible to facilitate this as long as they have been seen to be trying hard during the school year. BTEC students will not be allowed to begin Year 13 unless they have completed all of the Year 12 units to an acceptable standard and this has been signed off by a member of teaching staff.
If a student would like to start an AS or BTEC course as they go into Year 13 this is also usually possible dependant on timetable logistics. Several students in this year’s current Year 13 have done this. This has been as a result of particular career focus or a personal academic interest and we will be only too happy to arrange this if the timetable permits.
If you would like to discuss any of these matters further please do not hesitate to make contact.
Kind regards
Trevor Dale, Head of Sixth Form
Andrew Hartley, Deputy Headteacher

29th March: GCSE Geography Revision Session

Dear Parents/Carers
GCSE Geography Easter Revision Session
As part of the fieldwork write up, the Geography department would like to add an additional session to the Easter programme. This session will run from 9am to 12pm on Thursday 5th April and will be in the main hall.
Students should bring all tools for learning as they will be completing the results analysis, conclusions and evaluation to their fieldwork completed earlier this week. This session is compulsory, if there are any issues then your son/daughter should get in touch with their teacher to notify them of absence.
Kind regards
Nick Mullett, Head of Geography
nmullet@brakenhale.co.uk

28th March: Year 11 Easter Holiday Study Sessions

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Easter Holiday Study Sessions
I am writing to inform you of sessions staff will be running over the Easter holidays for various subjects. With the summer examinations looming it is vital that our students get as much information, subject knowledge and exam technique delivered to them as possible. Furthermore it will allow students an opportunity to complete controlled assessment if required by department.
I am aware that Year 11 are working hard and significant demands are being placed on them, staff are working tirelessly to get them prepared.
I appreciate that some may already have plans over half term but if you could ensure your son/daughter attends these sessions whenever they are available if would be very useful. Furthermore please could you let the relevant member of staff know if your son/daughter will not be attending to help with planning.
The sessions are as follows:

Date Study Session Time Room
Tuesday 3rd April Mrs Powell – Science Set 1

Mr Thomas – ICT

12.30 – 3.30

9 – 4

S11

CR3

Friday 6th April Mrs Hope – Music

Mr Benson / Mr Hartley – History

9 – 4

9 – 12

LS1

G01

Monday 9th April Mrs Higham – Graphics 9 – 4 T03/T05
Tuesday 10th April Mr Dean – Grade 4/5 Crossover (Sets 3,4 & 5)

Mr Dean/Mrs Whybra – Grade 6+ (Sets 1, 2 & 3)

10 – 1

1 – 4

M14

M14/M15

Tuesday 10th April Mrs Cresswell – English Literature focus to grades 7/8/9 10 – 1 C15
Thursday 12th April Miss Morgan – Business GCSE Biz am

Miss Morgan – BTEC Biz pm

9 – 12

1 – 4

B15

B15

Friday 13th April Miss Morgan – GCSE Eco  am

Miss Morgan – BTEC Biz pm

Mrs Peralta-Escibano – Spanish

9 – 12

1 – 4

9 – 4

B15

B15

C03

The morning sessions will run from 9am – 12midday and afternoon sessions from 1pm-4pm. If your son/daughter has full day sessions then it will be from 9am-4pm, please ask them to bring a lunch with them.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Mr P Gibson, Deputy Headteacher

28th March: Extra Curricular Sports Activities Summer 2018

Dear Parents/Carers
Extra Curricular Sports Activities Summer 2018
Please see attached the summer programme for extra-curricular sports activities.

Kind Regards
School Office

28th March: Year 10 Easter Revision Session for Religious Studies

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 Easter Revision Session – Religious Studies
We would like to invite all year 10 students to take part in two Easter Revision sessions for their upcoming Religious Studies GCSE’s in May. These will be running on two dates to help them prepare. Please find the dates and topics covered at the sessions below:
Tuesday 10th April (10am – 2pm) – Christianity and Islam Revision with Miss Baveystock in RS1
Thursday 12th April (10am – 2pm) – Philosophy Revision with Mr Kingston in C26.
Students are expected to arrive shortly before 10am so that the session does not overrun. A lunch and snacks will need to be provided. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the relevant staff member (lbaveystock@brakenhale.co.uk / mkingston@brakenhale.co.uk).
Thank you for your cooperation.
Regards
School Office

28th March: Year 8 Girls Only - HPV Injections Consent Forms

Dear Parents/Carers
HPV Consent Forms – Year 8 GIRLS ONLY
Thank you to all parents who have returned their HPV consent forms.
If you have not yet returned your form, please do so as soon as possible.
The consent forms must be returned even if consent is not given.
Kind regards
Mandy Ball, Health Coordinator

26th March: Year 7 Disco

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 7 Disco – Wednesday 28th March 2018 – 7-9pm
As the new building work has started on the school site, we would like to advise that entry to and exit from the Year 7 Disco must be via the Coningsby entrance.
Kind regards
School Office

23rd March: Year 10 Student News

Student News
Please see attached student news.
Kind regards
School Office

23rd March: Year 9 Student News

Student News
Please see attached student news.
Kind regards
School Office

23rd March: Year 8 Student News

Student News
Please see attached student news.
Kind regards
School Office

23rd March: Year 7 Student News

Student News
Please see attached student news.
Kind regards
School Office

23rd March: Year 11 'One Last Push'

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 “One Last Push”
We would like to invite all Year 11 Parents/Carers and Students to an information evening on Wednesday 18th April at 7.30pm in the Sixth Form Centre.
The evening will be “One Last Push” as students approach their exams. We will share with you strategies for revision together with tips on coping with stress and how to succeed in their exams.
We look forward to seeing all our Year 11 families working together to support students at this important time.
Kind regards
Mr P Gibson, Deputy Headteacher
pgibson@brakenhale.co.uk

22nd March: Year 7 Disco - Wednesday 28th March

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 7 Disco – Wednesday 28th March 2018
The Brakenhale School Parent Teacher Association and Year 7 Team are hosting a Year 7 Disco on Wednesday 28th March from 7pm until 9pm for Year 7 students only.
The disco will be held in the Main Hall and will be supervised by teachers. Admission to the disco costs £3.00, payable in advance. Refreshments will be on sale during the disco. Money raised is going towards PTA projects for the school.
Unfortunately students who have been issued a fixed term exclusion since the start of the year and students on red report at the time of the disco will be unable to attend.
If you would like your son/daughter to attend, please complete the online permission slip here and complete payment of the £3.00 admission fee via our online payment system as soon as possible.
Payment Procedures – We ask you to use the online payment system to pay for this particular trip/activity if possible. Payments can be made online by debit or credit card however, we would be very grateful if you could use a debit card as the school is charged a higher fee for payments by credit card. If you have been issued a PayPoint card please do not try to use it for this school trip, the PayPoint card will only put money onto school meals. If you wish to pay for this trip/activity by cash, please contact csilvey@brakenhale.co.uk where we will be able to issue a temporary barcoded letter for you to be able to pay via any PayPoint. If you have not previously created an online account or have any issues, please email csilvey@brakenhale.co.uk to request a ParentPay login or assistance.
I hope that your son/daughter will be able to attend what should be a thoroughly enjoyable Year 7 evening. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at school either by telephone or by email.
Please make arrangements to drop your son/daughter off at school at 7pm and collect them at 9pm. We will be ensuring that all students leave with a responsible adult.
Yours faithfully
Miss L Baveystock
Assistant Headteacher
lbaveystock@brakenhale.co.uk

22nd March: End of Term

Dear Parents/Carers
End of Term
We would like to confirm that on Thursday 29th March School finishes at 3.05pm for the Easter Holidays. We return on Monday 16th April at 8.30am.
We would like to wish all our families a Happy Easter – enjoy the break.
Kind regards
School Office

21st March: Year 11 Geography - Field Trip

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Geography Fieldwork Trip to Highcliffe, Dorset on Monday 26th March 2018
If you have not already paid for the above trip, we would like to remind you that payment of £15.00 is now overdue. It is an expectation that your son/daughter will attend the trip as it compulsory to attend as part of the course. Please ensure that the payment for the trip is completed online, via ParentPay, as soon as possible.
Additionally, students are allowed to wear non-school uniform and must bring a packed lunch. There are no food outlets at the section of beach we will be visiting.
For full details of the trip, please see attached the original correspondence.
Kind regards
Mr N Mullett, Head of Geography​

20th March: Berkshire Medical Careers Day - Year 10

Dear Parents/Carers
Berkshire Medical Careers Day
We wanted to make you aware of the Berkshire Medical Careers Day on Monday 18th June
The Day is for young people that are interested in a career in medicine, and will be led by medical students from local universities. Young people will hear about how the medical students prepared to enter Medical School, and will undertake activities such as Diagnostics and Emergency Medical Assistance.
Young people will also hear from a qualified medic about his/her work, and there will be the opportunity to keep in touch with the medical students via our facebook page. Comments from teachers in the South last year included ‘students of our Year 10 and 11 groups thoroughly enjoyed the sessions’ and ‘the team were so pleasant, and invaluable for our students’ .
To view our information sheet please click here
Event details:
Venue: Leighton Park School
Date: Monday 18th June 2018
Time: 1.30pm – 6.15pm
Cost: £36 per student.
To make a booking for this event please contact directly john.waterworth@mcsprojectsltd.co.uk
Kind regards
Mr P Benson, Head of Year 11

20th March: Building Project - Student Time Management

Dear Parents/Carers
Building Project – Students Time Management
Thank you for your support, the first two days of the school building project have gone really well with a noticeable reduction in the amount of cars on site. However, a number of students arrived at school late this morning, many of which were attributable to students walking up Rectory Lane and then having to walk around the front of the school to enter via Coningsby. Please can you reiterate the previous message given that the students need to leave home several minutes earlier in order to arrive punctually for school. The building work will be carrying on for almost 2 years and students need to ensure that they allow enough time in the morning.
Kind regards
School Office

20th March: Year 11 Leavers' Hoody

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Leavers ‘Hoody’
Please see attached letter with information of how to purchase a Year 11 Leavers Hoody.
Kind regards
School Office

16th March: Year 11 Student News

Student News

Please see attached student news.

Kind regards

School Office

16th March: Year 10 Student News

Student News

Please see attached student news.

Kind regards

School Office

16th March: Year 9 Student News

Student News

Please see attached student news.

Kind regards

School Office

16th March: Year 8 Student News

Student News

Please see attached student news.

Kind regards

School Office

16th March: Year 7 Student News

Student News

Please see attached student news.

Kind regards

School Office

9th March: Year 11 Student News

Student News

Please see attached student news.

Kind regards

School Office

9th March: Year 10 Student News

Student News

Please see attached student news.

Kind regards

School Office

9th March: Year 9 Student News

Student News

Please see attached student news.

Kind regards

School Office

9th March: Year 8 Student News

Student News

Please see attached student news.

Kind regards

School Office

9th March: Year 7 Student News

Student News

Please see attached student news.

Kind regards

School Office

3rd March: Year 9 Options Deadline

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 Options
In light of the school being closed due to the weather, we are extending the deadline for handing in Options sheets to Monday 5th March 2018.
It is very important this deadline is met and your son/daughter hands their sheet into the Main Reception on Monday.
Thank you for your support.
Kind regards
Mr Hicks, Head of Year 9 and Mr Gibson, Deputy Headteacher

2nd March: Year 11 Student News

Student News

Please see attached student news.

Kind regards

School Office

2nd March: Year 10 Student News

Student News

Please see attached student news.

Kind regards

School Office

2nd March: Year 9 Student News

Student News

Please see attached student news.

Kind regards

School Office

2nd March: Year 8 Student News

Student News

Please see attached student news.

Kind regards

School Office

2nd March: Year 7 Student News

Student News

Please see attached student news.

Kind regards

School Office

2nd March: Show My Homework

Dear Parents/Carers
Show My Homework
As we start our second day away from school, we would like to remind students that work is being set for them to complete on Show My Homework – time away from school is a missed opportunity for them to progress with their learning and we would strongly recommend that you encourage them to spend time completing the work being set by their teachers.
It was great to see so many of our Year 11 students logging on to the new GCSEPod learning platform which has been set up to assist their learning as they approach their summer exams.
Sixth Form students have plenty of independent learning and should be working on that with only a matter of weeks until their exams.
Thank you for your continued support.
Kind regards
Mr P Gibson / Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteachers

1st March: School Closure Update

Dear Parents/Carers
School Closure Update
Due to continuing adverse weather conditions the school will remain closed tomorrow. We fully anticipate being open on Monday but this will be confirmed over the weekend. Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.
Kind regards
School Office

1st March: Year 11 On-line Resources and GCSEPod

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Online Resources and GCSEPod
Unfortunately, as you are aware, the school is shut today due to inclement weather. However, if you would like to do some work you have access to PiXL Maths, PiXL Lit and Tassomai alongside any work on show my homework.
In addition I wanted to introduce you to a new app which has been kindly funded by the PTA. This is slightly different from the rest that are currently being offered as it hosts podcasts on topics from many of the courses we offer and they are exam board specific. This was due to be launched on Tuesday next week but now seems like an ideal opportunity to do so.
A quick guide and login instructions have been sent directly.
Once in, if you click on pods you will be able to access different courses – select the one you wish to listen to. Once you have clicked on a subject, click on a topic and continue to click until you reach the podcast on the sub section you require.
You can then star them if you wish to return to them later as they will then appear in your playlist.
I hope this helps with any revision you wish to do today.
Kind regards
Mr P Gibson, Deputy Headteacher
pgibson@brakenhale.co.uk

1st March: School Closed Today

Dear Parents/Carers
School closed today
The school site has been assessed and unfortunately it will not be safe for students and staff. Therefore, the decision has been made to close the site today – please check for updates regarding tomorrow.
Kind regards
School Office

1st March: Weather Update

Dear Parents/Carers
Weather Update
We are currently assessing the snow on the school site and looking at the forecasts and will advise by 7am if the school will open today.
Kind regards
School Office

28th February: Weather Update

Dear Parents/Carers
Weather Update
We have spent much of the day keeping a close eye on the weather situation and up until now the forecasts have been fairly accurate. With this in mind, we are anticipating some significant snowfall tomorrow and into Friday.
It is always our intention to keep the school open. However the safety of our students and staff is paramount. Therefore, I will make a decision by 6.30am tomorrow as to whether the school will open as normal, have a late start or is indeed closed.
Information will be communicated by schoolcomms with updates available on Twitter/Facebook and Local Radio.
Kind regards
Mrs J Coley, Headteacher

28th February: Year 7 Parents' Evening Rescheduled

Dear Parents/Carers
Rescheduled – Year 7 Parents Evening
Due to the predicted weather conditions, we have postponed our Year 11 Parents Evening to next Thursday which has meant that the Year 7 Parents Evening has been rescheduled provisionally to Thursday 10th May.
All appointments will automatically move to the same times on the new date. To change your appointments or book if you have not already done so, please follow the link below and enter the relevant information where necessary:
https://brakenhaleschool.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/
If you have any queries regarding your appointments, please do not hesitate to let us know.
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

28th February: Year 11 PPE Exams Timetable

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 PPE Exams Timetable
Please find attached the amended PPE timetable for Year 11 exams. The English Department now only require one English Literature Exam. We have, therefore, moved Option D to that block.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Mrs Seymour, Exams Officer

28th February: Year 11 Parents' Evening - Postponed

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Parents Evening – Postponed
Due to the predicted weather conditions, we have made the decision to postpone tonight’s Year 11 Parents Evening to next Thursday 8th March 2018. Unfortunately, as the roads may well become increasingly icy by the end of the day we feel we have no other choice.
All appointments will automatically move to the same times next week. To change your appointments or book if you have not already done so, please follow the link below and enter the relevant information where necessary:
https://brakenhaleschool.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/
If you have any queries regarding your appointments, please do not hesitate to let us know.
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

28th February: School Open Today

Dear Parents/Carers
School Open Today
School is open today as usual.
Kind regards
School Office

28th February: Weather Conditions

Dear Parents/Carers
Weather conditions
Due to the current bad weather with more snow forecast, students should please ensure that they wear appropriate footwear for the conditions.
Kind regards
School Office

27th February: Uniform Policy - Piercings

Dear Parents/Carers
Uniform Policy – Piercings
We have recently noticed an increase in the number of students who have had piercings that do not conform to the school uniform policy. Please can I remind parents and students that the only permissible piercings that can be worn to school are one in each lower ear lobe. Earrings should be a small plain gold or silver stud. Some of our students appear to have been receiving mixed messages lately and I am very sorry for this and we are dealing with this as a school.
This rule has been in effect for over 2 years and is contained both within the planner and the home school agreement, we have also communicated this home on many occasions. Any student who chooses to have a piercing other than described in the school rules, should expect to be told to remove it and will be given a consequence as outlined in the school behaviour code if they do not comply.
We try to ensure that our rules are very transparent in order to minimise confusion and to help us work with students and parents alike.
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

27th February: PTA Meeting cancelled

Dear Parents/Carers
PTA Meeting Cancelled
Due to the cold weather and prediction of snow, the PTA meeting this evening has been cancelled and is now scheduled for next Tuesday 6th March from 7pm – 8pm.
Apologies for any inconvenience caused and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible next week.
Kind regards
School Office

27th February: School Gateway App and Parents' Evening Tab

Dear Parents/Carers
School Gateway
As a quick and easy way to keep up to date with school communications, download the School Gateway app and receive information on your son/daughter straight to your mobile.
If you have already downloaded the app, could you please check that your contact information is up-to-date and advise us if any changes need to be made.
[NEW] Notice the new Parents Evening tab where you will be able to view your appointments for Parents Evenings.

If you need any assistance getting started, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Kind regards
School Office

26th February: Year 11 Parents' Evening Thursday 1st March

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Parents’ Evening Thursday 1st March 2018
The Year 11 parents’ evening to discuss your child’s progress will be held on Thursday 1st March 2018 – 4pm – 7pm. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss your son/daughter’s progress and hope that you will take this opportunity to speak with subject teachers.
Families are requested to use our automated online booking system which is open now to make appointments. This allows you the flexibility to book times directly with your child’s tutor. Time slots are for five minutes each and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, therefore it is in the interests of both yourself and your child to ensure your appointment schedule is completed as soon as possible. Please ensure you only book one appointment slot.
There is limited parking available on the school site and we would ask that should you choose to park on the road you park with care and consideration for our neighbours.
To schedule your appointments, please follow the link below and enter the relevant information where necessary:
https://brakenhaleschool.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/
If you do not have access to the internet, have problems using this booking system or require any further assistance, please contact the school office as soon as possible.
Kind regards
School Office

26th February: Year 7 Student News

Student News

Please see attached Student News.

Kind regards

School Office

26th February: Sixth Form Newsletter

Sixth Form Newsletter
Please see attached.
Thank you for your continued support
Mr T Dale
Head of Sixth Form

26th February: Year 11 English Period 6 - Tuesday

Dear Parents/Carers
English Period 6 – Tuesday
We would like to remind students that English period 6 will be on tomorrow – Tuesday 27th February. It is expected that all students attend as they will be completing a “walking talking mock” in preparation for their upcoming PPE and Summer Exams.
Kind regards
School Office

26th February: Year 9 PSHE

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 PSHE
We would like to advise that Year 9 will attend Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) awareness sessions during their PSHE lessons on rotation throughout the year group starting with 9B on Thursday 1st March.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Mrs A Ball
Health Coordinator

24th February: Year 11 Prom

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Prom
The preparations for Prom are well under way and we promise that it will be a wonderful way for your son/daughter to end their school experience! Thank you for your support in this so far.
To ensure that everyone can fully enjoy this night, we will be monitoring the behaviour of those who are invited over the coming months. As stated in earlier correspondence, we need to be able to trust those who attend Prom to represent Brakenhale in a positive light and celebrate in a fitting manner; students’ behaviour at school is what allows us to build this trust.
Therefore, we are introducing a ‘strike system.’ If a student behaves in an improper or negative fashion in school, they will receive a ‘strike’. If a student receives three ‘strikes’ then they will no longer be invited to Prom.
The below table further displays how the strikes will be awarded:

3 negative behaviour incidents in one week = 1 strike– this includes lack of equipment; lateness to school or lesson; uniform infringements; lack of homework; defiant or disruptive behaviour and immature behaviour.
Mobile phone confiscation= 1 strike
A single log that incurs 3 or more behaviour points= 1 strike
3 or more negative behaviour points in one day= 1 strike
Internal exclusion= 2 strikes
Fixed Term Exclusion= Immediate 3 strikes

If your son/daughter receives a strike, we will email you with an outline of the reasons but you can also monitor their behaviour through the School Gateway system.
Of course, we want to do our utmost to support all students and ensure everyone who wishes gets the opportunity to attend Prom and move on from Key Stage 4 with fond memories so we are also introducing a ‘Prom Passport’.
If a student receives 3 strikes and loses their invitation to Prom, they will be placed on a report which will support them in amending their behaviour. If they are successful on this report, the prom strikes can be removed. When all 3 are removed, they will once again be invited to Prom. However, if their behaviour declines once more after this stage, the chance of attending Prom will be removed completely.
As many of our students know, the opportunity to attend Prom is a privilege and we are proud to say that the majority of the year group display exemplary behaviour on a daily basis. Therefore, many will not have to worry about this system. To show our gratitude for consistently meeting our high expectations, any student who does not receive a strike will be entered into a draw in which a free Prom ticket, Leaver’s Hoodie and Yearbook could be won! Even if your son/daughter is not attending Prom, they will still be in with a chance to win the Yearbook or Hoodie if their behaviour is exemplary. The winners will be announced at our Leavers’ Assembly in June.
We thank you in advance for your support in this system which will be beginning from Monday 26th February 2018.
Kind regards
Mrs A Duddy, Assistant Head of Year 11
aduddy@brakenhale.co.uk

9th February: Year 11 Student News

Student News

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9th February: Year 10 Student News

Student News

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9th February: Year 9 Student News

Student News

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9th February: Year 8 Student News

Student News

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9th February: Year 7 Student News

Student News

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2nd February: Year 11 Student News

Student News

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2nd February: Year 10 Student News

Student News

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2nd February: Year 9 Student News

Student News

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2nd February: Year 8 Student News

Student News

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2nd February: Year 7 Student News

Student News

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30th January: Thames Valley Police Communication - Anti-social behaviour

Dear Parents/Carers

Thames Valley Police Communication – Anti-social behaviour
Thames Valley Police have seen an increase in anti-social behaviour in and around Bracknell’s town centre, specifically on the High Street and around Hollywood Bowl and the Odeon Cinema at The Peel Centre. This anti-social behaviour includes fireworks being let off, criminal damage and abusive and foul language to both staff and members of the public which is unfortunately being witnessed by families with young children.

As parents and guardians, we would like to bring this matter to your attention to help us ensure your child is not involved in this anti-social behaviour, and to reassure you that the local Neighbourhood Policing Team are working proactively with partner agencies and businesses to address and alleviate this issue.

A number of repeat offenders have been identified and they will be dealt with robustly in conjunction with the Youth Offending Service.

We would like everyone to enjoy our new town centre, but we need your support to ensure Bracknell remains a place for everyone to enjoy.

If you have any concerns please contact your neighbourhood team on bracknelltowncentrenhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

Yours faithfully

Inspector Dave Bryan

29th January: Fab and Drab Feedback

Dear Parents/Carers

Fab & Drab Feedback
Following on from some feedback on the drab comment sheet regarding students eating areas, we can confirm that students can always eat their lunch inside. On the rare occasion that there is nowhere to sit in the dining hall students will always be allocated a classroom to eat in. When the weather is wet and or very cold we always open up classrooms for each Year group. I will be personally monitoring the situation in the dining hall and would encourage students to feedback to me if they are concerned about a lack of seating.
Many thanks for your ongoing feedback it is much appreciated.
Kind regards

Ms J Coley
Headteacher

26th January: Year 11 Student News

Student News
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School Office

26th January: Year 10 Student News

Student News
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School Office

26th January: Year 9 Student News

Student News
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School Office

26th January: Year 8 Student News

Student News
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26th January: Year 7 Student News

Student News
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School Office

26th January: DfE Performance Tables

Dear Parents/Carers
DfE Performance Tables
The most recent Department for Education Performance Tables which were published on Thursday 25th January revealed some wonderful news about Brakenhale School.
For all aspects of progress at post 16 education, Brakenhale is the highest performing state school in the Bracknell Forest Local Authority. At A-Level, our students made more progress than their peers in other local schools compared to their GCSE results and a fifth of a grade more progress than the national average. At BTEC, our students made almost three quarter of a grade more progress than the national average and the gap between ourselves and other local schools is considerable. The Applied Technical Level results also reveal a similar story of Brakenhale students gaining the best results.

I attach below a link to the A-Level table for you and provide a list of the BTEC table as this does not appear in the same comparative format on the DFE website.

A level performance at the end of 16 to 18 in 2017 – all students

Level 3 BTEC Progress 2015-2017

Brakenhale School                  +0.74

School A                                    +0.17

School B                                    +0.01

School C                                     -0.01

School D                                     -0.41

School E                                     -1.56

As you can imagine we all feel incredibly proud of the students for achieving these results and going on to some great university choices and apprenticeships.
Kind regards
Ms J Coley
Headteacher

26th January: School Conduct and Expectations Handbook

Dear Parents/Carers
School Conduct and Expectations Handbook
We are writing to you as a follow up to the assemblies that were given to Years 7-11 this week. The main point of the assembly was that we will be launching a booklet with the students over the next few days entitled ‘Student Conduct and Expectations Handbook’. This is currently a supplement to the information that appears in the existing student planner and students will have a hard copy to bring home and refer to.
The behaviour of the student body of Brakenhale has improved massively over the last three years however, we are always looking at ways to move things further forward. The booklet builds upon the research of the likes of Tom Bennett, the Department for Education Behaviour Czar, and work that goes on in other outstanding schools and businesses. We are looking to provide clarity, consistency and give detailed expectations to the students so that may function as individuals and as a community more effectively and most importantly so that they prepare themselves for life beyond school. There are no new rules in the booklet, merely a written clarification of expectations that already exist as we thought it would be useful for everything to appear in one reference guide. I am sure you would all agree that we want our young people to go to a school where even more students say please and thank you, where everyone holds doors open for each other and supports the learning and progress of each other. Whilst it may seem surprising for some people that these rules need stating in writing as a school we do often deal with students who don’t always understand about the implications of anti-social behaviour or how to form positive relationships with their peers and school staff.

To support the launch of this booklet we will be holding a “Standards Fortnight” between Monday 29th January and Friday 9th February 2018. Where possible staff will be doing their utmost to praise students for getting it right with regard to uniform, Tools for Learning, movement around the site, holding doors open, giving positive verbal answers in the classroom and getting routines right at the beginning and end of lessons. It is very important to us that as many students as possible are noticed doing the right thing. However, staff will also be ensuring that those students who haven’t got aspects such as uniform, Tools for Learning, lesson conduct and punctuality to lessons correct to receive a short, same day sanction at lunchtime.

We attach a copy of the booklet. Please do take the time over the next few days to discuss these expectations with your child.
We hope to see your Gateway APP notifications fill up with positives over the next two weeks!
Yours faithfully
Andy Hartley / Martyn Cooper / Sharon Douse / Dan Hicks / Niall O’ Donoghue / Phil Benson
Head of Year Team

26th January: Magnetic Putty

Dear Parents/Carers
Magnetic Putty
Please see link below with information on magnetic putty which Amazon have removed from their website due to fears over it containing dangerously high levels of arsenic.
Magnetic Putty
Kind regards
School Office

23rd January: Clarification

Dear Parents/Carers
Clarification
Contrary to some reports that a Year 7 student had brought a blade onto the school site and used this to hurt another student, I can confirm that this is completely untrue.
There was an incident involving a broken pencil sharpener that resulted in a child being scratched, however, this was the extent of the incident.
I am aware that there have been some social media comments circulating regarding this and I felt it important to clarify the truth. Clearly, incorrect statements can be very damaging, particularly those which name students. I would ask that parents avoid posting information such as this and contact myself with any concerns.
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

23rd January: Year 11 Half Term Study Sessions

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Half Term Study Sessions
I am writing to inform you of sessions staff will be running over February half term for various subjects. With the summer examinations looming it is vital that our students get as much information, subject knowledge and exam technique delivered to them as possible. Furthermore it will allow students an opportunity to complete controlled assessment if required by department.
I am aware that Year 11 are working hard and significant demands are being placed on them but with approximately 58 school days until the first GCSE examination, staff are working tirelessly to get them prepared.
I appreciate that some may already have plans over half term but if you could ensure your child attends these sessions whenever they are available if would be very useful. Furthermore please could you let the relevant member of staff know if your child will not be attending to help with planning.
The sessions are as follows:

Monday None
Tuesday All day GCSE ICT
Wednesday am GCSE PE
Thursday None
Friday am GCSE Business, pm BTEC Business

The morning sessions will run from 9am – 12midday and afternoon sessions from 1pm-4pm. If your child has full day sessions then it will be from 9am-4pm, please ask them to bring a lunch with them.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Mr P Gibson, Deputy Headteacher

23rd January: Year 12 Parents' Evening Tuesday 6th February

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 12 Parents’ Evening – Tuesday 6th February
I am writing to you regarding our upcoming Year 12 Parents’ Evening. This event will now take place on Tuesday 6th February 2018 between 4 and 7pm. This is a minor alteration from our original dates and please accept our apologies for this.
This evening is an important event in the calendar for students and it gives them and yourselves an opportunity to receive detailed one to one feedback. Please can I ask that parents do bring the students along to the event! If you are unable to attend the event we will endeavour to contact you and pass on the feedback although face to face contact is always preferable.
Families are requested to use our automated online booking system which is open now to make appointments. This allows you the flexibility to book times directly with your child’s tutor. Time slots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, therefore it is in the interests of both yourself and your child to ensure your appointment schedule is completed as soon as possible.
There is limited parking available on the school site and we would ask that should you choose to park on the road you park with care and consideration for our neighbours.
To schedule your appointments, please follow the link below and enter the relevant information where necessary:
https://brakenhaleschool.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/
If you do not have access to the internet, have problems using this booking system or require any further assistance, please contact the school office as soon as possible. Booking will close at 5pm on Monday 5th February 2018.
Andy Hartley, Deputy Headteacher

20th January: New Feedback Initiative

Dear Parents/Carers
New Feedback Initiative
In our efforts to continually improve Brakenhale School for the whole community, we would like to introduce you to a new forum where you have the opportunity to provide feedback on the things we get right and where you think we could improve.
We now have a “Fab” and “Drab” box located in our main reception where you can leave your comments (anonymously or with contact details if you would like a response).
Alternatively, you can click on the links below to submit your thoughts electronically. We welcome views from both parents and students so please encourage students to share their views as well.
In addition to the above we have also introduced a “Staff Member of the Week” recognition scheme where you or your students can nominate a member of staff who is exceeding your expectations – once again please use the link below or the box in reception.
Fab *** Drab *** Staff Member of the Week
We would like this to be an ongoing initiative and would encourage you to submit your views and feedback anytime, we look forward to hearing from you regularly.
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

19th January: Energy Drinks

Dear Parents/Carers
Energy Drinks
Following on from my earlier communication regarding this matter, may I thank the 76 parents who responded and gave feedback on the proposal to ban high sugar, high caffeine energy drinks from the school site. 75 of those replies were positive and it is pleasing to see that in the same week Asda and Aldi have also made clear their intentions to prohibit the sale of these drinks to under 16s.
Therefore, from Monday 22nd January these drinks will be banned from the school site. Any student who bring them onto the site will have the drink confiscated.
Thank you for your overwhelming support in this matter which will undoubtedly improve the focus and concentration of our student body.
Kind regards
Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteacher

19th January: Year 10 News

Student News
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School Office

19th January: Year 9 News

Student News
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School Office

19th January: Year 8 News

Student News
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School Office

19th January: Year 7 News

Student News
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School Office

19th January: Sixth Form News

Student News
Please find attached this week’s Student News.
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School Office

18th January: Duke of Edinburgh Award - Year 9 and 10

Dear Parents/Carers
Duke of Edinburgh Award
Last week your son/daughter had an assembly from an organisation called BXM Expeditions who will be leading the Duke of Edinburgh Award this Year at the Brakenhale School.
You are invited to a Bronze Level Award information evening next Wednesday 24th January 2018 from 6.00-6.45pm (Bronze) or 7.00-7.30pm (Silver) in the Main Hall.
Please note that we will only be accepting students to undergo the Silver award who have fully completed their Bronze award. We will send individual invites to those students who have completed their Bronze award.
BXM Expeditions will deliver their plan from the award. The information will include:
– An Introduction to the award
– Benefits of achieving the award
– Costs
– Dates of camping expeditions
Letters will be sent home following this information evening and there will be some hard copies on the night.
If your son/daughter is interested in partaking in the award this year then please do come along.
If you would like any information in the meantime, you can look at the DofE website https://www.dofe.org/ Alternatively, please do not hesitate to email me with any questions at dhicks@brakenhale.co.uk.
Kind regards
Mr D Hicks, Duke of Edingburgh Manager

17th January: GCSE Exam Information

Dear Parents/Carers
GCSE Information
There are very strict rules and regulations that students must adhere to when completing any GCSE. These are set by the Exam Boards and can result in disqualification if not followed. We will be holding Examination Assemblies to discuss Exam conduct and expectations in the next couple of months.
This important information for candidates can be found on the school website – please ensure that these are read and understood. If you are in any doubt or have any questions, please do not hesitate to come and see a member of the exams team.
Exam information.
Kind regards
The Exams Team

17th January: Year 9 Options Evening - 1st February - 6-8pm

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 Options Evening – 1st February 2018 – 6pm – 8pm
I am writing to invite you to the Year 9 Options Evening on Thursday 1st February 2018. The evening will commence at 6pm with the opportunity to speak with individual option subject leaders and teachers. There will be two talks at 6pm and 7pm which last approximately half an hour and will be in the main hall (there is limited capacity in our hall and if reached, you will be asked to attend the later talk). We will provide you with information about the process of options, key information on curriculum and the core subjects, tips on supporting your child through their GCSE’s and an update on the new GCSE’s your child will be studying.
Ahead of the evening your son/daughter will be provided with a colour coded options booklet which provides the list of courses that are available for them to choose from. We have looked at each individual student and placed them on a pathway which we believe have qualifications which are best suited to their learning style and ability. There will be options clinics available to discuss any concerns with myself in the two weeks following the options evening. To further enhance the support we provide you and your child in this process we have placed the Year 9 parents evening in between the 1st February and the deadline for return of Thursday 1st March.
This is an extremely important decision for you and your child and we want to support you as much as possible as well as ensure that students are able to study courses which they want to study and are able to access. Furthermore, dependent on their pathway, some courses will be made compulsory in line with Government guidance.
In the past, option blocks have been formed prior to the options process and as such limit the options available. This year we will not have option blocks and students will have free choice, however due to the constraints of the timetable we will ask you to make two reserve choices.
I look forward to welcoming you on the 1st February and will update you with further information shortly. Should you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Mr P Gibson, Deputy Headteacher

17th January: Year 11 Period 6 Study Support Programme

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 – Period 6 Study Support
Further to previous correspondence, please see attached the Period 6 Study Support timetable. Teachers will advise students when they will be required to attend these sessions, if extra support is not necessary, they will be dismissed at end of period 5.
Attendance at these sessions is compulsory when required and if students do not attend when they are required, it will be regarded as truancy. We are introducing this initiative to give $Forename$ the best possible chance of success in $his/her$ final exams in May/June. If $Forename$ will be absent from a session, please advise in writing. If your child is participating in ‘The School of Rock’ we are also aware that until the performance they will miss period 6 on rehearsal days.
The new GCSEs your child is sitting in the summer are more demanding and this initiative will ensure content is fully covered and sufficient time is given for revision and exam preparation in the run up to May.
Kind regards, School Office

15th January: Year 8 Book Look Week

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 8 Book Look Week
We have allocated each year group three separate weeks throughout the year during which all students’ exercise books/folders are sent home with them for you to see how they are getting on in their studies. This is in response to Parental feedback received that you would like to see more evidence of the marking and comments on your children’s work and how it supports their progress.
Year 8 students will be bringing their work home this week.
Kind regards
Mrs G Powell, Assistant Headteacher

15th January: Energy Drinks

Dear Parents/Carers
Energy Drinks
I am writing to you to seek your feedback regarding the consumption of energy drinks on the school premises. Waitrose recently prohibited the sale of drinks such as Monster, Relentless, Red Bull and Rockstar to under 16s due to their high caffeine levels and high sugar content. The presence of these ingredients in these drinks means that their consumption has an adverse effect upon a student’s ability to concentrate and focus within a learning environment. These drinks also seem to affect the wider behaviour of some students who become “excited” following consumption. Clinical studies have shown that these drinks can lead to the following potential risks: palpitations, high blood pressure, nausea and vomiting. Please see the link below to the NHS Choices website for more information.
https://www.nhs.uk/news/food-and-diet/warnings-issued-over-energy-drinks/
These drinks are not on sale on the school premises but we have noticed a number of students still buy these drinks on the way to school and consume them during the school day.
We would like to seek your views on whether you feel a proposal to ban these drinks from the school premises is appropriate. If you feel it would be inappropriate of the school to prohibit these drinks on the school premises, please could you let me know by Friday 19th January by emailing mainreception@brakenhale.co.uk
Kind regards
Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteacher

12th January: Year 11 Student News

Student News
Please find attached this week’s Student News.
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School Office

12th January: Year 10 Student News

Student News
Please find attached this week’s Student News.
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School Office

12th January: Year 9 Student News

Student News
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School Office

12th January: Year 8 Student News

Student News
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School Office

12th January: Year 7 Student News

Student News
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School Office

12th January: Sixth Form News

Student News
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School Office

11th January: Year 11 Period 6 Extra Study Support

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 – Period 6 Extra Study Support
In order to support students to achieve their potential in the summer exams, from Monday 22nd January we will be introducing daily period 6 sessions (3.05pm to 4.05pm).
These sessions will be run at the teacher’s discretion for students requiring extra support and students will be requested to attend specific subject sessions daily. The timetable for this will follow shortly. This means on some occasions they will be dismissed at 3.05 and on other days they will be required to stay until 4.05. Some of these decisions will be made on the day and therefore, we will be unable to inform you in advance of whether they are in a P6 or not. Where students are not required to stay the library will remain open and students are welcome to self-study there.
Attendance at these sessions is compulsory and if students do not attend when they are required, it will be regarded as truancy. We are introducing this initiative to give students the best possible chance of success in their final exams in May/June. If your child will be absent from a session, parents should please advise in writing. If your child is participating in ‘The School of Rock’ we are also aware that until the performance they will miss period 6 on rehearsal days.
The new GCSEs your child is sitting in the summer are more demanding and this initiative will ensure content is fully covered and sufficient time is given for revision and exam preparation in the run up to May.
We appreciate your continued support.
Kind regards
Mr P Gibson, Deputy Headteacher

9th January: Youth Challenges Survey for Bracknell Forest

Dear Parents/Carers
Youth Challenges Survey
Bracknell Forest are interested to hear your views on the challenges young people face living in Bracknell.
Please could you complete the survey by clicking on the link below before 12th January
Survey
Many thanks for your comments.
Mrs C Masson, Student Voice Coordinator

5th January: Sixth Form Pre Public Exams PPEs

Dear Parents/Carers
Pre Public Exams (PPEs)
Just a reminder that the PPEs for Year 12 and Year 13 students will be taking place next week 8th to 12th January. The results will be issued to the students on the 26th January and after feedback in lessons, any students who have failed to get within a grade of their minimum expected grade will be resitting the exam after school during the week beginning 5th February.
Students should ensure that they scan in as normal in the morning and all lessons will continue as current timetable.
Should you have any questions please feel free to contact me. Thank you for your continued support.
Kind regards
Mr T Dale, Head of Sixth Form

5th January: Year 11 Student News

Student News
Please find attached this week’s Student News.
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School Office

5th January: Year 10 Student News

Student News
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School Office

5th January: Year 9 Student News

Student News
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School Office

5th January: Year 8 Student News

Student News
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School Office

5th January: Year 7 Student News

Student News
Please find attached this week’s Student News.
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School Office

4th January: Save the Date - Year 9 Options Evening - Thursday 1st February

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 Options Evening – Thursday 1st February 2018 @6.30pm
Please calendar the above date for the Year 9 Options Evening together with Thursday 22nd February for the Year 9 Parents Evening.
We look forward to welcoming you all to both of these important events to discuss your son/daughter’s subject choices as they make the transition to Key Stage 4 and their GCSE studies.
Kind regards
School Office

2nd January: Happy New Year

Dear Parents/Carers
ParentPay
Just a reminder if your son/daughter has school lunches please check their balance and top-up if necessary, the system gets very busy at the beginning of term and can result in downtime.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any assistance.
Kind regards
School Office

1st January: Happy New Year

Dear Parents/Carers
Happy New Year
We hope everyone enjoyed a good Christmas break – just a reminder that we are back to school on Wednesday 3rd January at 8.30am with correct uniform and tools for learning.
Kind regards
School Office

15th December: Headteacher's Report

Dear Parents/Carers
Headteacher’s Report
Please find attached the Headteacher’s end of term report.
Kind regards
School Office

15th December: Year 11 Student News

Dear Year 11
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kind regards
School Office

15th December: Year 10 Student News

Dear Year 10
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kind regards
School Office

15th December: Year 9 Student News

Dear Year 9
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kind regards
School Office

15th December: Year 8 Student News

Dear Year 8
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kind regards
School Office

15th December: Year 7 Student News

Dear Year 7
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kind regards
School Office

15th December: Sixth Form Newsletter

Dear Sixth Form
Sixth Form End of Term News
Please find attached the Sixth Form end of term newsletter along with a copy of the questions that we submitted to Dr Philip Lee, MP for Bracknell when he came to visit us last week.
Due to the fact we have the PPEs for both Year 12 and Year 13 students coming after the holiday season attached is a copy of the PPE Exam timetableso that you are aware of when key exams are likely to fall. I’ve also attached a copy of our simple guide to improving revision through the use of marginal gains.
We wish you happy holiday from all of us in sixth form.
Regards
Mr T Dale, Head of Sixth Form

14th December: School Sanctions

Dear Parents/Carers
School Sanctions
I am writing to remind you that we are very proud of our commitment to excellence at Brakenhale and the culture we have of the vast majority of students doing the right thing at all times and then frequently being rewarded for this.
As a result, we have decided that students who have let the school down should not automatically be allowed to play for the school sports team/perform in a show or go on a trip.
The sports sanction will be along the lines of:
· Thursday surgery – 1 match ban
· Internal exclusion – Whole term
· External Exclusion – Whole Year
The performance in shows and attending trips will be viewed on an individual basis dependent upon the incident itself and subsequent improvement in behaviour since the event.
I hope that you understand the reasons behind this initiative and are able to support us with it.
Many thanks
Mr H Thomas, Assistant Headteacher

14th December: Save the Children - Christmas Jumper Day - Friday 15th December

Dear Parents/Carers
Save the Children – Christmas Jumper Day
Don’t forget we are supporting the Save the Children charity Christmas Jumper Day tomorrow.  For a donation of £1 students can wear their Christmas jumpers in place of their school jumpers, all other school uniform including blazers must be worn as usual.
Kind regards
School Office

13th December: Key Stage 3 Reward Celebration

Dear Parents/Carers
Celebration for Invited Students
We are proud to invite selected students to a celebration event, for their great attitude, focus and commitment this past term.
The event will be held during period 5 on Thursday as a reward to celebrate their successes.
Kind regards
The KS3 team

13th December: Year 9 Tutor Reading Programme

Dear Parents/Carers
Tutor Reading Programme
We are really excited to be launching a brand new initiative in Year 9 from January. Our Tutor Reading Programme will be in full swing next term and we want to tell you all about it.
Key details:
When? During tutor registration time, 3 days a week
Where? In tutor bases
How? Trained tutors read to their tutees, who track the text with a ruler
Which texts? See the attached overview of each text, with brief summary
Why? There is growing evidence in the field of education to suggest that the act of reading is one of the best ways in which you can improve academic performance in the long-term.
Key benefits of reading together:
1. A social experience that builds a sense of community and belonging
2. Regular modelling of fluent, passionate reading delivered by tutors
3. Exposure to countless words and phrases not found in everyday dialogue
4. Coverage of a wealth of themes and concepts valuable for personal development
5. On-going improvement in independent reading skills
We are incredibly proud to be a leading school implementing such a worthwhile programme. We are certain that the energy and commitment invested by each member of staff will reap huge gains, both on an academic and a pastoral level too.
Texts have been selected extremely carefully to ensure that the range of narratives available address age-appropriate themes, but offer a high level of challenge too. We are dedicated to ensuring that progress is made at every stage of your child’s learning journey, and are sure that this new initiative will provide endless opportunities for that. The titles we will be using are attached in this communication.
Strategies for supporting your child at home:
– Be interested ask about the book daily – plot, characters, themes, predictions
– Be sensitive ensure students have chance to discuss delicate themes that arise
– Be aware feel free to purchase and read the book that your child is reading (as long as they don’t jump ahead in the book beyond their peers!)
– Be relaxed offer a calm, stress-free environment that cultivates enthusiasm
– Be an example let your child see you reading for pleasure on a regular basis at home
We are really excited about this adventure and hope you will join us in supporting our students with their reading journey.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact dhicks@brakenhale.co.uk
Kind regards
Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteacher

12th December: Year 11 History PiXL App

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 – History PiXL App
In order to prepare your son/daughter for their GCSEs in May 2018, the History department would like to point you in the direction of a few revision tools and guides that can be used to support their studies.
Firstly, the school has secured access to a History PiXL App which is loaded with different examination based tests. Within the app, your son/daughter will be able to complete true or false quizzes, multiple choice questions and evidence based questions, all of which develop skills needed in their examinations. Any engagement your son/daughter makes can be tracked through the app, showing areas that are strength but also areas which need further development. The History department will also have access to this data and so can also help to close any gaps that occur.
The App can be downloaded from Apple Store and is also available on Android devices and is free to download. Login details can be obtained from school.
Secondly, we would thoroughly recommend that as a Christmas present, your son/daughter is bought a set of revision guides to support their studies. We recommend the Revise Edexcel books, details of which are below.
9-1 GCSE History – Crime and Punishment ISBN: 978-1292169705
9-1 GCSE History – Weimar and Nazi Germany ISBN: 978-1292169736
9-1 GCSE History – Early Elizabethan England ISBN: 978-1292169712
9-1 GCSE History – The American West ISBN: 978-1292169774
Finally, the students have access to past paper exam questions from the Edexcel website (https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/history-2016.html ). Your son/daughter should spend time practicing these exam conditions in timed conditions, as this will develop good examination technique. We will continue to work on this in the run-up to the exams but would like your son/daughter to take ownership of their revision and complete some exam questions outside of the classroom.
Many thanks for your support throughout the year.
Please don’t hesitate to contact if you have any concerns or questions.
Kind regards
Mr N Mullett, Head of Humanities
nmullett@brakenhale.co.uk

12th December: Year 11 Geography PiXL App

Dear Parents/Carers
Geography PiXL App
In order to prepare your son/daughter for their GCSEs in May 2018, the Geography department would like to point you in the direction of a few revision tools and guides that can be used to support their studies.
Firstly, the school has secured access to a Geography PiXL App which is loaded with different examination based tests. Within the app, your son/daughter will be able to complete true or false quizzes, multiple choice questions and evidence based questions, all of which develop skills needed in their examinations. Any engagement your son/daughter makes can be tracked through the app, showing areas that are strength but also areas which need further development. The Geography department will also have access to this data and so can also help to close any gaps that occur.
The App can be downloaded from Apple Store and is also available on Android devices and is free to download. Login details can be obtained from school.
Secondly, we would thoroughly recommend that as a Christmas present, your son/daughter is bought a set of revision guides to support their studies. We recommend the Revise Edexcel books, details of which are below.
CGP 9-1 GCSE Geography AQA Guide ISBN: 978-1782946106
CGP 9-1 GCSE Geography AQA Work Book ISBN: 978-1782946113
Finally, the students have access to past paper exam questions from the AQA website (www.aqa.org.uk). Your son/daughter should spend time practicing these exam conditions in timed conditions, as this will develop good examination technique. We will continue to work on this in the run-up to the exams but would like your son/daughter to take ownership of their revision and complete some exam questions outside of the classroom.
Many thanks for your support throughout the year.
Please don’t hesitate to contact if you have any concerns or questions.
Kind regards
Mr N Mullett, Head of Humanities
nmullett@brakenhale.co.uk

12th December: Year 11 Christmas Study Programme

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 – Christmas Study Programme
Please see attached important information from Mr Gibson – Deputy Headteacher with the Christmas study programme to be completed by all students during the break.
Kind regards
School Office

12th December: Year 11 Sixth Form Application 2018/19

Dear Parents/Carers
Sixth Form Application 2018/19
Thank you to students who have already returned their Sixth Form Application Form 18 19, if they have not been returned, could we please remind students that they should be handed in by Monday 8th January, 2018.
Kind regards
School Office

11th December: Reminder: Save the Children - Christmas Jumper Day

Dear Parents/Carers
Reminder: Save the Children – Christmas Jumper Day
We are delighted to be supporting the Save the Children charity Christmas Jumper Day on: Friday 15th December for a donation of £1 students can wear their Christmas jumpers (all other school uniform must be worn as usual).
Kind regards
School Office

11th December: Reminder: Year 11 & Year 13 2016/17 Exam Certificate Collection

Dear Parents/Carers
Reminder: Year 11 & Year 13 2016/17 Exam Certificate collection
We would like to invite all Year 11 and Year 13 2016/17 students to come and collect your exam certificates on Tuesday 12th December 2017 from 3.30pm – 5pm in the Conference Room. The event will be an informal opportunity for you to come along, collect your certificates and have a catch-up with fellow students and teachers.
If you are unable to attend the event, your certificates will be available for collection from main reception from Wednesday 13th December.
Kind regards
School Office

8th December: Weather News

Dear Parents/Carers
Weather News
There has been a sharp drop in the temperature predicted for next week and there is a possibility we may get some snow. Whilst this is only a possibility and we hope that bad weather does not affect us, we would like to remind students to wear appropriate clothing for the weather including a black coat.
School Bad Weather Alert System
We plan to stay open whatever the weather and all staff will try to get to work, but please check the Bracknell Forest website (below) in the event of exceptional heavy snowfall and listen to the local radio stations for alerts.
The school will remain open unless you receive a communication of closure. If we do need to close you will receive a text message to notify you.
Information about any school closures will be communicated by:
· Schoolcomms via text and email
· Our School website: https://brakenhale.co.uk/
· Bracknell Forest Council website: http://www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/schoolclosures
· Local radio stations – Heart FM and Radio Berkshire
We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that any changes to your contact details should be emailed to: mainreception@brakenhale.co.uk
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

8th December: Year 11 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kind regards
School Office

8th December: Year 10 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kind regards
School Office

8th December: Year 9 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kind regards
School Office

8th December: Year 8 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kind regards
School Office

8th December: Year 7 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kind regards
School Office

6th December: Christmas is Coming

Dear Parents/Carers
Candy Cane
Following the success of the Candy Cane Sale last year, Brakenhale will be selling candy canes again this year in school.
Students will be able to order a single candy cane, a bunch of 3 or a bunch of 5 to send to a teacher or friend. Students can also make multiple orders.
Students can place orders any day this week in the EAL room (the old Connexions Library) which is on the Main Corridor and is joined to the LRC. Order forms can be collected and filled in at break or lunch-time today, tomorrow or Friday 8th December.
The prices are as follows:
Single candy cane – 50p
Bunch of 3 – £1.00
Bunch of 5 – £1.50
The order form will ask the name and tutor group of who students want their candy canes delivered to and they can state if you want it so say it’s from them or anonymous. The candy canes will be delivered to students in the extended tutor time on the last day of term (Friday 15th December).
This event is being organised and run by Identity, the school LGBT+ support group that meets on Tuesday lunch times. All money raised will be kept in school and used towards future events that Identity will plan. Last year’s money paid for staff training around tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying in schools.
Posters have gone up in school but please do encourage your children to partake in this event leading up to the holidays.
If you have any questions or would like to find out more about Identity, please don’t hesitate to email: identity@brakehale.co.uk.
Best wishes
Mr D Hicks

6th December: End of Term Arrangements

Dear Parents/Carers
End of Term Arrangements
We would like to confirm our end of term arrangements on Friday 15th December, 2017 – school finishes for students at 12:05pm. If you would like your son/daughter to remain in school until the end of the school day, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Coley – Headteacher.
On the last day of term we will be supporting the Save the Children – Christmas Jumper Day donations will be £1.00 and students may wear their Christmas Jumpers in place of their school blazers – all other school uniform should be worn.
We return to school on Wednesday 3rd January, 2018 at 8.30am.
Kind regards
School Office

5th December: Reminder: Winter Music Concert - Monday 11th December, 6-8pm

Dear Parents/Carers
Winter Music Concert – Monday 11th December 6pm – 8pm
A reminder that our Winter Music Concert takes place on Monday 11th December from 6pm – 8pm in the school’s Main Hall. There are performances from students in every year, from Year 7 to Year 13. There will be a £1 per adult entrance charge.
If you have not already done so, please click here to confirm your attendance to give us and indication of numbers attending.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.
Kind regards
Mr J Duffy, Head of Music
jduffy@brakenhale.co.uk

5th December: Important Notice from Thames Valley Police

Dear Parents/Carers
Important notice from Thames Valley Police – Explicit video circulating on social media
We are aware of an explicit video involving a child which has been distributed via social media. This is currently under investigation by Hampshire Constabulary.
If you have received this explicit video on Snapchat, Instagram or by any other means you must delete it immediately. If you show this video to someone else or forward it on to other people you could be committing a criminal offence, which the police may investigate and consider prosecution.
The people in the video have been identified and specialist police officers are supporting them to ensure their safety.
If you have any knowledge or relevant information related to who shared this video or how it was distributed, please contact Hampshire Constabulary on 101 as soon as possible.
Children who have been affected by this video are encouraged to speak to their parents, teachers or a trusted adult or can contact ChildLine on 0800 1111 for further support.
Further advice for both children and parents about how to stay safe online is available on the National Crime Agency’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) command website: https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/

1st December: Sixth Form Student News

Dear Sixth Form
Sixth Form Student News
Please see attached Sixth Form Student News.
Kind regards
School Office

1st December: Year 11 Student News

Dear Year 11
Year 11 Student News
Please see attached Year 11 Student News.
Kind regards
School Office

1st December: Year 10 Student News

Dear Year 10
Year 10 Student News
Please see attached Year 10 Student News.
Kind regards
School Office

1st December: Year 9 Student News

Dear Year 9
Year 9 Student News
Please see attached Year 9 Student News.
Kind regards
School Office

1st December: Year 8 Student News

Dear Year 8
Year 8 Student News
Please see attached Year 8 Student News.
Kind regards
School Office

1st December: Year 7 Student News

Dear Year 7
Year 7 Student News
Please see attached Year 7 Student News.
Kind regards
School Office

29th November: Winter Music Concert – Monday 11th December 6pm – 8pm

Dear Parents/Carers
Winter Music Concert – Monday 11th December 6pm – 8pm
We would like to invite you to the Winter Music Concert in the school’s Main Hall on Monday 11th December from 6pm – 8pm. During the evening students will be performing music that they have learnt independently, and also some examples of what we have been doing in class. There are performances from students in every year, from Year 7 to Year 13. There will be a £1 per adult entrance charge.
Student’s performing in the concert have been advised and should wear their school uniform (unless they are in the Sixth Form). Please ensure students arrive at school by 5:45pm ready for the performance and make arrangements to collect your child from school at 8:00pm. Students are welcome to stay after school on the day of the performance to rehearse, or they can come in earlier to rehearse and get ready to perform if they like, but if they are with us after 5:45pm there is the possibility that their piece will be removed from the programme.
To enable us to make provision for the number of parents/carers attending this event, please click here to confirm your attendance and give consent for those students who will be performing. Replies should be received by Wednesday 6th December.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.
Kind regards
Mr J Duffy, Head of Music

24th November: Year 11 School Prom - Thursday 28th June 2018

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 School Prom – Thursday 28th June 2018
The finale of the school year for Year 11 will be the school leavers Prom, which is taking place at Easthampstead Park Conference Centre, Off Peacock Lane, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 3DF on Thursday 28th June 2018. Arrival will be from 7pm and disco will finish at 11pm.
The venue and disco have been booked and Mrs Duddy and the students of the prom committee will be working together to make this ‘an evening to remember’. Formal dress is required.
Unfortunately, we cannot allow any student entry to the Prom without a signed parental consent form agreeing that the parents are responsible for the behaviour of their son/daughter at the venue. Please note that parents will also be responsible for ensuring that students reach the venue safely and have suitable transport arrangements for getting home. School staff will be present at the Prom during the evening. Students will not be allowed to consume alcohol whilst at the Prom, parents will be asked to be pick up a student if they are suspected as having consumed alcohol.
The total cost of the event will be £35.00, which includes the venue, DJ, a welcome drink, a hot and cold finger food buffet, photographer and on site security.
By attending Prom, your child agrees to represent the school in an appropriate and positive manner in the community. Therefore, we expect that their behaviour throughout the year builds the necessary trust to allow them to celebrate their five years at Brakenhale in a fitting manner.
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Payment Procedures – We ask you to use the online payment system to pay for this particular event if possible. Payments can be made online by debit or credit card however, we would be very grateful if you could use a debit card as the school is charged a higher fee for payments by credit card. If you have been issued a PayPoint card please do not try to use it for this school event, the PayPoint card will only put money onto school meals. If you wish to pay for this event by cash, please contact csilvey@brakenhale.co.uk where we will be able to issue a temporary barcoded letter for you to be able to pay via any PayPoint. If you have not previously created an online account or have any issues, please email csilvey@brakenhale.co.uk to request a ParentPay login or assistance.
This event is an optional visit and the school asks that the payment is made as a voluntary contribution to cover the cost. In the event that we are unable to cover the costs the event may have to be cancelled and all money received will be returned to those who contributed. If you are experiencing difficulty in paying for this event a written request for support should be submitted to the school office. Parents are responsible for the prompt collection/return home of students after the visit.
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If your son/daughter wishes to attend the Prom, please click here to complete the permission slip.
A non-refundable deposit of £10.00 must be paid by 8th January 2018.
Yours faithfully
Mr P Benson & Mrs A Duddy, Year 11 Team

24th November: Year 11 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Mr Benson – Head of Year 11.
Kind regards
School Office

24th November: Year 10 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Mr O’Donoghue – Head of Year 10.
Kind regards
School Office

24th November: Year 9 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 Student News
Please see attached Student News  from Miss O’Brien – Assistant Head of Year 9.
Kind regards
School Office

24th November: Year 8 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 8 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Mrs Howes – Assistant Head of Year 8.
Kind regards
School Office

24th November: Year 7 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 7 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Mrs Wilkins – Assistant Head of Year 7.
Kind regards
School Office

21st November: Year 11 & Year 13 2016/17 Exam Certificate collection

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 & Year 13 2016/17 Exam Certificate collection
We would like to invite all Year 11 and Year 13 2016/17 students to come and collect your exam certificates on Tuesday 12th December 2017 from 3.30pm – 5pm in the Conference Room. The event will be an informal opportunity for you to come along, collect your certificates and have a catch-up with fellow students and teachers.
If you are unable to attend the event, your certificates will be available for collection from main reception from Wednesday 13th December.
Please click here to confirm your attendance.
Kind regards
School Office

21st November: AS & Further Mathematics Pre Public Exam

Dear Parents/Carers
AS & Further Mathematics Pre Public Exam
AS Mathematics and Further Mathematics has started a new specification this year and an organisation is offering the schools a chance to sit a Pre Public Exam (PPE) for this specification in December.
We would like to participate in this as we believe that this is a fantastic opportunity for the students to assess their understanding of the course so far and be able to have practice of the new style of examination, for which there are limited practice papers.
We will be sitting the papers at the following times:

AS Mathematics

Paper 1 – Pure Core – 1 hour 30 mins – Friday 8th December Start 12:30pm

Paper 2 – Applied – 1 hour 30 mins – Wednesday 13th December Start 2:10pm

AS Further Mathematics

Paper 1 – Pure Core – 1 hour 40 mins – Wednesday 6th December Start 1:30pm

As we have not covered the whole content of the course yet there will be questions the students have not covered, a circled question number will identify this. Students are welcome to attempt these questions should they wish, we will allow the students to leave after 1 hour if they have completed the questions they can.
Any student with a lesson at these times will need to attend their lessons; we will speak to them individually about the arrangements in place for them.
If there are any issues, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Mrs C Masson, Second in Maths

17th November: Year 11 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Mr Benson – Head of Year 11.
Kind regards
School Office

17th November: Year 10 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Mr O’Donoghue – Head of Year 10.
Kind regards
School Office

17th November: Year 9 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Miss O’Brien – Assistant Head of Year 9.
Kind regards
School Office

17th November: Year 8 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 8 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Mrs Howes – Assistant Head of Year 8.
Kind regards
School Office

17th November: Year 7 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 7 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Mrs Wilkins – Assistant Head of Year 7.
Kind regards
School Office

17th November: Religious Studies Topic Information

Dear Parents/Carers
It was good to meet and talk to so many parents last night. A couple of parents have asked for a breakdown of the topics which are taught so that you can discuss some of these issues at home. We are currently on our last topic, relationships, after which we will be revising.
Many of you also expressed an interest in purchasing the RS text book for use at home – Amazon and most book shops will be able to order this, the details are:
WJEC Eduqas GCSE (9-1) Religious Studies Route A by Chris Owens, Ed Pawson, Joy White, Amanda Ridley ISBN 978-1-471-86634-0 approximate cost £16.99.
There is also a new revision guide, due to be released in January – My Revision Notes WJEC Eduqas GCSE (9-1) Religious Studies Route A: Covering Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and Judaism Paperback, cost £9.99.
And lastly, the dates for the RS GCSE’s are:

Philosophy of Religion – 2 hour paper – Monday 14 May 2018

Christianity paper – 1 hour paper – Wednesday 16 May 2018

Islam paper – 1 hour paper – Thursday 24 May 2018

Any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Lisa Baveystock, Assistant Headteacher

17th November: School Catering Surveys

Dear Parents/Carers
School Catering Surveys 2017
We would like your views about the catering services within the school.
Please take a couple of minutes to tell us what do you think by CLICKING HERE
Many thanks
Mrs C Silvey, Catering & Enrichment Manager

16th November: School Sickness

Dear Parents/Carers
School Sickness
Please be aware that we are currently dealing with a high level of absence from both staff and students due to an unpleasant sickness bug. Please can I ask that if a young person is physically ill that they stay away from school for at least 24 hours from the last point of sickness. We are also encouraging all young people and staff to regularly use antibacterial products and would appreciate your support with this.
Please see link below giving information on symptoms and ways to prevent the spread of the virus. In line with this guidance advice is a 48 hour absence from school or work.
NHS Guidance
Kind regards
School Office

14th November: Year 10 Religious Studies Exam

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 Religious Studies Exam
A reminder that Year 10 students have an upcoming RS Exam. This will be taking place on Wednesday 29th November at 11.25 in the Main Hall. The Exam will be one hour long.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further information.
Kind regards
Mrs Seymour, Exams Officer

14th November: Key Stage 3 Outdoor Adventure Weekend at Little Canada Isle of Wight Friday 6th July – Sunday 8th July 2018

Dear Parents/Carers
Key Stage 3 Outdoor Adventure Weekend at Little Canada Isle of Wight
Friday 6th July – Sunday 8th July 2018
Please see attached letter inviting your son/daughter to attend the above trip.
Should you give permission for them to attend PLEASE CLICK HERE
Kind regards
Mrs C Silvey, Catering & Enrichment Manager

14th November: BTEC Dance

Dear Parents/Carers
BTEC Dance
Miss Haley has asked that the following information be sent out:-
-Filming of solos will be taking place during Option Day on Wednesday 15th November. Students will need kit/costume and solos must be filmed by the end of the day.
-Submission of workshop plan – (happens in lesson, is supporting information) deadline for this is Wednesday 6th December.
-Writing of application letter (2 hour ICT exam) – the first hour will be completed during the PPE; P4 Thursday 7th December. The second hour will be completed in lesson on Tuesday 12th December with an allocation of extra time allocated during P1 on Wednesday 13th December.
Please do not hesitate to contact the exams team if you require any further information.
Kind regards
Mrs Seymour, Examinations Officer

10th November: Sixth Form Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

10th November: Year 11 Parent News

Dear Parents/Carers
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

10th November: Year 10 Parent News

Dear Parents/Carers
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

10th November: Year 9 Parent News

Dear Parents/Carers
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

10th November: Year 8 Parent News

Dear Parents/Carers
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

10th November: Year 7 Parent News

Dear Parents/Carers
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

10th November: Sixth Form Open Evening - Presentation

Dear Parents/Carers
Sixth Form Open Evening – Presentation
Further to the Sixth Form Open Evening on Wednesday, please see attached the presentation from the evening for your information.
Any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Kind regards
School Office

9th November: Non-Uniform Day - Friday 17th November

Dear Parents/Carers
Non-uniform Day – Friday 17th November 2017

On Friday 17th November we will be holding a non-school uniform day to raise money for the BBC Children in Need appeal.
Please note clothing should be suitable for school, no shorts or skirts may be worn that are above the knee and no short tops that do not cover the midriff. Students may bring a school bag of their choice but they must bring all books and tools for learning for the day.
The cost for the non-uniform privilege is £1.00 and will be collected by tutors.
Many thanks for your support.
Kind regards
School Office

9th November: Uniform - Scarves

Dear Parents/Carers
Uniform – Scarves
As the weather has turned colder, we would like to remind students that scarves may be worn to and from school but are not permitted to be worn whilst in school. Students who wear scarves during the school day in the building will have them confiscated until the end of the day.
Many thanks for your continued support.
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

8th November: Sixth Form Open Evening - Feedback

Dear Parents/Carers
Sixth Form Open Evening – Feedback
Thank you to everyone who attended the Sixth Form Open Evening, in order to help us continually improve our events for Parents/Carers, it is important for us to hear your views on your experience this evening. Please click here to complete a short survey.
Kind regards
School Office

7th November: Year 7 Information Evening - Feedback

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 7 Information Evening – Feedback
Thank you to those parents who attended the Year 7 Information Evening despite the bad weather!  You will be able to access this evening’s presentation on the school website shortly.
In order to continually improve the information we share with you, please click here to complete a short survey.
Kind regards
Mr P Gibson, Deputy Headteacher

7th November: School Photos - Years 7, 9, 11 & Sixth Form

Dear Parents/Carers
School Photos – Years 7/9/11/Sixth Form
We are pleased to advise that your son/daughter’s images are ready for you to view and purchase.
LOGIN to VIEW and ORDER your Child’s individual IMAGES
Please login via the CUSTOMER / PARENT LOGIN using the login details on your contact sheet as provided: https://www.imagojuniors.com/login/CombinedLogin.aspx
You will then be taken through to your gallery where you can view and purchase the images.
FOR LOST LOGINS – TO RECEIVE YOUR UNIQUE LOGIN
Call Imago on 01252 728457 or email enquiries@imagojuniors.com
Quote the below Safeword:
· TBHIPS*W17, along with your school name, your child’s full name and tutor group.
Alternatively
Your school has a master-list with all login details. Once you have logged on and entered your email address there is a ‘forgotten password’ facility on the website.
FREE DELIVERY PERIOD
Order by 22nd November for FREE delivery to the school (on 13th December 2017). Orders after the cut-off date will incur a P&P charge.
Unfinished IMAGES
Please note we provide five fully finished images and some unfinished ones. Any unfinished images ordered will be finished for you (backgrounds cleaned lighting adjusted if required).
Changes
If you require changes to your images, other than finishing them as above, please use the change request facility on our website.
Products
We offer a range of product from Downloads, softcopy digital images that can be received via our website in a few days, to prints and high quality frames and canvases.
Please do call us with any queries or problems, we are here to help.
Kind regards
Imago

6th November: Year 9 Science Exam - Monday 20th November

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 Science Exam Monday 20th November
The Year 9 Science exam is due to take place as part of the year 9 exams on Monday 20th November. To help your child revise, the following is a list of topics that are likely to be on the test. They cover areas from Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Biology Chemistry Physics
Photosynthesis

Respiration

DNA

Cell structure

Enzymes

 

Group 1 metals

Group 2 metals

Group 7 elements

Periodic table

Metals and non-metals

 

Properties of light

Reflection

Uses of a microscope

 

Please encourage your son/daughter to prepare for these important exams by revising these topic areas. Your child’s teacher will also provide work/revision to support their preparation.
The following websites may be helpful.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/education – The BBC Bitesize website with links to Biology, Chemistry and Physics
http://www.s-cool.co.uk – A range of activities and questions on many topics.
Youtube videos on cell, respiration and photosynthesis. There are many others on Youtube, some are better than others!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xp0o19gWX7E
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2lHztS4sMU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEhvsXG8cNs
Kind regards, Science Department

6th November: Dance Extra-Curricular Timetable

Dear Parents/Carers
Dance Extra-Curricular Timetable
Please see attached a new dance enrichment timetable. Year 7 now have a Cheer Club Monday lunchtimes – they must sign up for this, there are about 10 spaces left, the sign up sheet is on the movement studio doors.
It would be great to see Year 7 and 8 students to get involved in the Disney Show project – this is student led after school on Thursdays and is for charity
Kind regards, School Office

3rd November: Year 10 &11 Book Look Week 1st to 7th November

Dear Parents/Carers
Book Look Week
This past week, the students in Year 10 and 11 have been bringing their books and folders home to share with you the work they have been doing and the feedback they have been receiving from teachers. We hope you have found the Book Look week for your child’s year group a valuable experience
We value your views and they are important to us; please could you take a few minutes to complete the short questionnaire below regarding your son/daughter’s work and the feedback they are receiving.
Year 10 Book Look Survey
Year 11 Book Look Survey
Kind regards
Mrs Gemma Powell, Assistant Headteacher

3rd November: Year 11 Parent News

Dear Parents/Carers
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

3rd November: Year 10 Parent News

Dear Parents/Carers
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

3rd November: Year 9 Parent News

Dear Parents/Carers
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

3rd November: Year 8 Parent News

Dear Parents/Carers
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

3rd November: Year 7 Parent News

Dear Parents/Carers
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

2nd November: Year 11 Maths Exams

Dear Parents/Carers
Maths Exams
On 27th November the Pre Public Exams (PPEs) begin, students will have 3 maths papers which will cover all content in the GCSE, most of this content has been covered however there are a few topics that students will be covering after the PPEs. Attached you will find a Higher and Foundation revision checklist to help them prepare for these exams, the grades are a very rough guide of what we feel the topics are to help students plan their revision.
Students should know what tier they are studying but if not there is a rough guide of the tiers by class.
Set 1 – 3: Higher Tier
Set 4 – 7: Foundation Tier
If you have any questions feel free to contact your son/daughter’s maths teacher in the first instance.
Kind regards
Mr T Dean, Director of Maths

2nd November: Year 10 Parents' Evening - Thursday 16th November 2017 - 4pm to 7pm

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 Parents’ Evening – Thursday 16th November 2017
The Year 10 parents’ evening to discuss your child’s progress will be held on Thursday 16th November 2017 – 4pm – 7pm. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss your son/daughter’s progress and hope that you will take this opportunity to speak with subject teachers.
Families are requested to use our automated online booking system which will open on Thursday 2nd November 2017 to make appointments. This allows you the flexibility to book times directly with your child’s subject teachers. Time slots are for five minutes each and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, therefore it is in the interests of both yourself and your child to ensure your appointment schedule is completed as soon as possible.
There is limited parking available on the school site and we would ask that, should you choose to park on the road, you park with care and consideration for our neighbours.
To schedule your appointments, please follow the link below and enter the relevant information where necessary:
https://brakenhaleschool.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/
Your details should be entered in the format as shown below:

Parents' Evening online booking system log in screen image
If you do not have access to the internet, have problems using this booking system or require any further assistance, please contact the school office as soon as possible on 01344 423041. Booking will close at 4pm on Wednesday 15th November 2017.
Kind regards
School Office

2nd November: Christmas Card Competition

Dear Parents/Carers
Christmas Card Competition
We are delighted to once again be running our Christmas card competition for students.
Students who wish to take part should design a corporate Christmas card and Ms Coley will judge the competition and the winning entry will be sent out as the Brakenhale Christmas card this year.
If students are interested in submitting an entry, they will need to draw their design on an A4/A5 blank piece of paper and put in an envelope with their name and class which can be handed in to Main Reception. The design will be scanned in so needs to be a flat image otherwise we will be unable to use.
The deadline for entries will be Friday 24th November in order for us to select and print the designs.
Please see below last year’s winning entry.

Xmas card 2016 in house front cover image smaller
Kind regards
School Office

1st November: Shoe Box Appeal

Dear Parents/Carers
Shoe Box Appeal
Miss O’Brien and her tutor group (9R) will be holding a hot chocolate sale tomorrow lunch time Thursday 2nd November 2017 outside T01.
A cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows will cost £1 and biscuits will cost 20p.
All money raised will go towards the Shoe Box Appeal project that Year 9 are taking part in this year. We will be asking Year 9s to bring in items that can be put into shoe boxes that will be sent as presents to children in other parts of the world. If you wish to donate items then please look at the guidance on the below website and send any items in with your children to Miss O’Brien.
https://www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/
Please encourage your children to bring in £1 tomorrow to purchase a hot chocolate.
Many thanks for your support for this worthwhile cause.
Kind regards
Mr Hicks, Head of Year 9

1st November: Ski Trip Meeting - Attending Students

Dear Parents/Carers
Ski Trip Meeting – 9th November 2017 @ 6pm
I am writing to advise of the date of the Ski Meeting – the meeting will take place on Thursday 9th November 2017 at 6pm in room CR3 which is upstairs from Main Reception.
During the meeting I will be able to give you a full kit list which will detail all the items needed by students together with updating you on the ski resort Sestriere and staffing.
Please click here to complete student information for ski equipment sizing, together with passport details.
Thank you to everybody who has continued to make payments towards the cost. A reminder that the total balance for each student should now be at £450 (minimum). The next payment of £150 will be due by the end of November 2017.
It is important that as many of you as possible attend the meeting as this will be the best opportunity to ask any questions and for me to share information with you. There will only be one more meeting before we depart next Easter.
Please click here to confirm your attendance and don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Kind regards
Mr W Yeates, Head of PE
wyeates@brakenhale.co.uk

31st October: Religious Studies Exam - Year 10

Dear Parents/Carers
Religious Studies Exam Change – Year 10
We have changed the date of the Religious Studies Exam for Year 10.
This will now be taking place on Wednesday, 29th November at 11.25am in the Main Hall. The Exam will be one hour long.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further information.
Yours sincerely
Mrs Seymour, Exams Officer

31st October: Year 11 Options Week

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Options Week
I am writing to inform you that during week commencing 13th November all students in Year 11 will be in option subjects for a day at a time to ensure that they have sufficient time to complete coursework and prepare for examinations. This will mean that they will be off their normal timetable for a week and each of their 4 options will have a full day to work with them.
The option allocations are as follows:
– Monday 13th November – Option B
– Tuesday 14th November – Option C
– Wednesday 15th November – Option D
– Thursday 16th November – Option A
Should you have any questions about the rational for options week please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Mr P Gibson, Deputy Headteacher

31st October: Berkshire Maestros Lessons

Dear Parents/Carers
Berkshire Maestros Lessons
The Berkshire Maestros lessons will start up again next week (the week commencing Monday, 6th November) and, as a result, there will be no instrumental lessons this week.
Also, in an attempt to solve some of the ongoing issues with piano lessons, there will be a change to our allocated piano times and days. The new lesson slots will follow for those affected later on today.
Many thanks for your continued support.
Kind regards
Mr Duffy, Head of Music

31st October: PTA Clothes Recycling Initiative

Dear Parents/Carers
PTA Clothes Recycling Initiative
We are once again collecting your unwanted clothes, shoes, accessories and other household items for recycling. Please see our attached flyer for more details of items that are collected.
We will be offering bags to students to take home, or you can put your items in an ordinary bin liner or other plastic bag.
Please bring all bags to main reception. We will be collecting until Thursday 23rd November.
PTA Bag 2 School Clothes Recycling advance warning 2
Kind regards
School Office

30th October: Year 10 and 11 Book Look Week

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 and 11 Book Look Week
We have allocated each year group three separate weeks throughout the year during which all students’ exercise books/folders are sent home with them for you to see how they are getting on in their studies. This is in response to Parental feedback received that you would like to see more evidence of the marking and comments on your children’s work and how it supports their progress.
Year 10 and 11 students will be bringing their work home this week – Wednesday 1st November – Tuesday 7th November.
Kind regards
Mrs G Powell, Assistant Headteacher

30th October: Sixth Form Maths & English Resit Exams

Dear Parents/Carers
This is a final reminder that the GCSE Maths and English resits for Sixth Form students are to take place this week and next, on the following dates;
– 1/11 English
– 2/11 Maths
– 3/11 English
– 6/11 Maths
– 8/11 Maths
The Exams will all start at 9:00 in the Conference room. Students need to be there by 8:45am.
Regards
Mr T Dale, Head of Sixth Form

29th October: Food Technology for 7y Class

Dear Parents/Carers
Food Technology
Due to unforeseen circumstances 7y Food will not be cooking on Tuesday 31st October period 3, but will instead cook on Friday 3rd November period 3. Apologies for any inconvenience.
Kind regards
Mrs S Higham, Head of Design Technology
shigham@brakenhale.co.uk

29th October: MyMaths Update

Dear Parents/Carers
MyMaths Update
We have recently received an update from MyMaths regarding the issue with the purple screen showing when loading some pages. They have advised that if you are experiencing this issue you need to clear the cache on your browser.
If you are unsure on how to clear your cache then this Wikihow page will help, all of the different types of browsers are listed at the top of the page as quick link.
If you are still experiencing issues with MyMaths please contact your child’s maths teacher in the first instance.
Kind regards
Mr T Dean, Director of Maths

23rd October: Tools for Learning

Dear Parents/Carers
Tools for Learning
I am writing to thank you for your fantastic support regarding Tools for Learning. This initiative has made a real difference to the way our lessons and homework operate, allowing students to focus on their work quickly and whole classes are able to get to work without interruption.
Please can I ask that you top up and replace any missing or worn items over half-term.
Any student without any items on our Tools for Learning List should expect to receive a sanction from their tutor when these are checked on a daily basis and of course we all want to avoid this.
Kind regards
Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteacher

23rd October: James Wilton Dance – Leviathan at South Hill Park on Wednesday 8th November - Key Stage 4 and 5 Dance Students

Dear Parents/Carers
James Wilton Dance – Leviathan at South Hill Park on Wednesday 8th November – KS 4 and 5 Dance Students
Please see attached letter inviting your son/daughter to the above event.
Should you wish them to attend please Click Here
Kind regards
Mrs Silvey, Catering & Enrichment Manager

20th October: Year 9 Exams

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 End of Year Exams
The Year 9 End of Year exams will commence on 20th November in the Main Hall. During these three days (20th, 21st and 22nd November) your son/daughter will sit a number of exams under strict exam conditions.
The school day will run as normal but, instead of normal lessons, the whole year group will sit together in the Main Hall to complete these exams. Students requiring certain access arrangements will be in a smaller venue with whatever assistance they require. The teaching assistants will be on hand to work with these students as a scribe or reader depending on their needs.
You have received a communication from Mr Gibson – Deputy Headteacher and the Exams Department which outline further details about the exams. Students have been given a copy of their exams timetable today and it is attached to this letter as well. Please do attach it to the fridge or something similar.
These exams are important for a number of reasons. Firstly, they will influence the pathway your child will be put on when the school considers the best option subjects to sit at GCSE. Secondly, the exam conditions are a good opportunity for the students to get a feel for the exam conditions they will face both in mocks during Year 10 and Year 11, and in their GCSEs in the Summer of 2020. The results will portray which subjects they should give more attention to as they approach the mid-way point of Year 9.
If your child has any concerns they should speak to their subject teachers or their tutors. Subject teachers should shortly be making the students aware of what their exam paper comprise of. Students should take the opportunity of the half term break to revise what they have learned so far in Year 9.
We are incredibly proud of the students and the way they have completed the first half term. We have tried to stress that the working towards GCSEs does not start in Year 11 but now. We hope that this is a positive and eye-opening experience for all.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email either of us.
Best wishes
Mr Hicks, Head of Year 9 and Miss O’Brien, Assistant Head of Year 9

20th October: Sixth Form Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

20th October: Year 11 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

20th October: Year 10 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

20th October: Year 9 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

20th October: Year 8 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

20th October: Year 7 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

20th October: Year 11 Pre Public Exams

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Pre Public Exams
All Year 11 students will be completing PPE (Pre Public Exams) during the weeks commencing Monday 27th November and Monday 4th December.
These will be taking place in the Main Hall in exam conditions. An assembly will be taking place on Wednesday 15th November to go over the rules and regulations of exam etiquette.
The timetable is attached here and a hard copy will be issued to students during tutor.
Please do not hesitate to contact the Exams Team if you have any further questions.
Kind regards
Mrs Seymour, Exams Officer

20th October: Half Term

Dear Parents/Carers
Half-term
School finishes at 3.05pm today – have a great half-term.
Kind regards
School Office

20th October: Thames Valley Police Information

THAMES VALLEY POLICE INFORMATION
Thames Valley Police is appealing for the public’s help in tracing a man and his two young boys from Arborfield in Berkshire.
Michael John Cole, aged 43, and his two boys, Michael Lee Cole, aged 8, Harry Cole, aged 7, were reported missing to police on Monday 2 October.
Michael John Cole is a white man of a medium build with short dark hair and when he was last seen had a dark beard.
Michael Lee Cole is a white 7-year-old boy of a medium build with short blond hair and blue eyes.
Harry Cole is a white 8-year-old boy of a large build with short blond hair and blue eyes.
Local Policing Area Commander for Bracknell and Wokingham, Superintendent Shaun Virtue said: “A substantial amount of work has been carried out following the initial missing persons report to Thames Valley Police on 2 October, however a court order has since been granted allowing an appeal to be published.
“I want to make an urgent plea to anyone who knows the whereabouts of Michael John Cole or the two boys to please contact police immediately. Any information, no matter how insignificant you think it might be, about Michael John Cole or the two boys might help our investigation to ensure they are found safe and well.
“We do not believe Michael John poses any immediate risk to his sons but we do have concerns for the boys’ long-term welfare in terms of access to education and to the National Health Service should it be required in the future.
“We have had help from a number of family members, friends and local residents during our investigation but so far unfortunately we have been unable to locate Michael John and his two sons.
“Although Michael John is from Aborfield he also has links to other areas in Berkshire such as Wokingham, Bracknell and Reading. He also has links to Basingstoke in Hampshire, Ludlow and Shrewsbury in Shropshire, and Bridge End and Newport in Wales.
“Anyone with any information should call the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101 quoting reference number 43170291780.”
For more information and to view images of the missing people visit Thames Valley Police website.

19th October: Year 8 Disco - Thursday 9th November 2017

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 8 Disco – Thursday 9th November 2017
Brakenhale School Parent Teacher Association and Year 8 Team are hosting a Year 8 Disco on Thursday 9th November from 7pm until 9pm for Year 8 students only.
The disco will be held in the Main Hall and will be supervised by teachers. Admission to the disco costs £3.00, payable in advance. Refreshments will be on sale during the disco. Money raised is going towards PTA projects for the school.
Unfortunately, students who have been issued a fixed term exclusion since the start of the year and students on red report at the time of the disco will be unable to attend.
If you would like your son/daughter to attend, please complete the online permission slip here no later than Thursday 2nd November, and complete payment of the £3.00 admission fee via our online payment system.
Payment Procedures – We ask you to use the online payment system to pay for this particular trip/activity if possible. Payments can be made online by debit or credit card however, we would be very grateful if you could use a debit card as the school is charged a higher fee for payments by credit card. If you have been issued a PayPoint card please do not try to use it for this school trip, the PayPoint card will only put money onto school meals. If you wish to pay for this trip/activity by cash, please contact csilvey@brakenhale.co.uk where we will be able to issue a temporary barcoded letter for you to be able to pay via any PayPoint. If you have not previously created an online account or have any issues, please email csilvey@brakenhale.co.uk to request a ParentPay login or assistance.
I hope that your son/daughter will be able to attend what should be a thoroughly enjoyable Year 8 evening. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at school either by telephone or by email.
Please make arrangements to drop your son/daughter off at school at 7pm and collect them at 9pm. We will be ensuring that all students leave with a responsible adult.
Yours faithfully
Mr S Read-Linton / Mrs M Howes, Assistant Heads of Year 8

19th October: Business Studies over Half Term

Dear Parents/Carers
Business Studies over Half-Term for Year 11
I just wanted to clarify the previous email that you received regarding Business Studies over the half-term period.
The students that need to attend are as follows:
1. Any students who have transferred from the GCSE course to the BTEC course at the start of this year. These students need to be in school on Monday 23rd October between 10am and 2pm. This is a very important session as the students have been entered to take their actual BTEC exam on 13th December 2017.
2. Any students who are in the 11B BS1 group taught by myself who have not completed their controlled assessment task by the end of Thursday 19th October. These students need to be in school on Monday 23rd October between 12pm and 2pm.
The students have been informed and are aware if they need to attend but I just wanted to ensure that parents were aware of the situation.
Any problems, do not hesitate to contact me at the school or email me on mmorgan@brakenhale.co.uk
Kind regards
Mrs Morgan, Business Studies Department

19th October: Head lice

Dear Parents/Carers
Head Lice
Please be aware that there is a large concentration of head lice in the local schools at present. Please be extra vigilant with your children’s hair, check regularly and treat accordingly.
Please refer to NHS Choices website for further information.
NHS Choices – Head Lice
Kind regards
School Office

19th October: Year 10 Information Evening - Feedback

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 Information Evening – Feedback
Thank you to those parents who attended the Year 10 Information Evening. Please find attached the presentation from the evening , in order to continually improve the information we share with you, please click here to complete a short feedback survey.
Kind regards
Mr P Gibson, Deputy Headteacher

19th October: Appointments at School

Dear Parents/Carers
Appointments at school
As we approach half-term, we would like to take this opportunity to share with you the following information:
· Teachers are in school to teach students and have duty responsibilities during break and lunch-times whilst often attending after school meetings. If you wish to make an appointment to speak to or come in to see a member of staff, you will need to do this is by contacting them via email in the first instance.
· Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate parents visiting the school unannounced during the school day wishing to speak to members of staff.
· May we please ask that you remind students to have their bags packed with PE kit, cooking ingredients, lunch etc for the next day as it is disruptive to the day if bags are brought into reception for students during the day.
We would also like to bring to your attention that whilst we appreciate that the school is an open site, parents/carers and ex-students are reminded that they are not permitted onto the school premises without a prior appointment and if found on site will be seen as trespassing. You will be asked to leave the site immediately. If an appointment to visit a member of staff has been arranged, please ensure that you make yourself known in reception and wait there to be collected.
Kind regards
School Office

18th October: Reading Women v London Bees at Madejski Stadium: Complimentary Tickets

Dear Parents/Carers
Reading Women v London Bees at Madejski Stadium: Complimentary Tickets
On Wednesday 15th November, Reading Women are returning to Madejski Stadium for the first time in over two and a half years to face London Bees in the Continental Cup (kick off 7:30pm).
Here at Reading FC, as part of our commitment to help grow the Women’s game we see this as an excellent opportunity to invite local schools to this fixture, completely free of charge.
To register for your complimentary e-tickets, please click the link below! It will take less than a minute; https://goo.gl/forms/ba9qgbw0Kn8AjqWo2
Once registered, we will aim to send you your tickets via e-mail within 7 days.
To find out more information about this game, please click here. On site car parking will also be completely free, and unreserved.
These complimentary tickets have been sent onto local schools and a select number of grassroots football clubs.
Kind regards
Joe Manns, Women’s Marketing Officer, Madejski Stadium

18th October: Year 9 Pre Public Exams

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 Exams
Students will be completing exams during the week commencing Monday 20th November.
These will be taking place in the Main Hall in Exam Conditions. An assembly will take place the week prior to the Exams to go over the rules and regulations of Exam etiquette.
The revised timetable is below and a hard copy will be issued to students during Tutor.

  Monday 20th November Tuesday 21st November Wednesday 22nd November Thursday 23rd November Friday 24th November
Period

1 & 2

English

1 Hour 45 min

Maths

1 Hour

 

Geography

1 Hour

French

1 Hour 15 min

Spanish

1 Hour 15 min

 

Religious Studies

30 min

Normal Lessons
Period

3 & 4

Maths

1 Hour

 

Science

1 Hour

Normal Lessons History

1 Hour

Period 5 Normal Lessons Normal Lessons

Please do not hesitate to contact the Exams Team if you have any further questions.
Kind regards
Mrs Seymour, Exams Officer

18th October: Year 13 Parents' Evening

Dear Parents/Carers
Please find attached a letter inviting you to attend the Year 13 sixth form parents evening on Thursday 2nd November.
Regards
Mrs S Perryman, Sxith Form Administrator

17th October: Science Resource - Tassomai

Dear Parents/Carers
Science Resource – Tassomai
Further to the recent presentation given at our Year 11 Information Evening, please find attached a letter from Mr Radcliffe detailing how your son/daughter can now access the free resource of Tassomai.
Kind regards
School Office

17th October: Year 9 PPE Exams

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 Exams
Please see below the Year 9 Pre Public Exam (PPE) timetable:

 
Kind regards
School Office

17th October: Social Media

Dear Parents/Carers
Social Media
We are writing to you on the advice of Thames Valley Police and Bracknell Forest Children’s Social Care regarding a social media profile of concern. Please check your child’s social media accounts for communication with ‘CraigDavis1999’ or ‘James Hammond’. If there has been any contact, please ensure these profiles are blocked and contact the school safeguarding lead.
As always, please continue to monitor your child’s social media accounts and ensure these are set to ‘private’. Please ensure your child personally knows and trusts their online “friends” who can follow and interact with your child’s social media activity.
If you have any cause for concern, please contact Miss Gill cgill@brakenhale.co.uk or Mrs Manisier jmainiser@brakenhale.co.uk
Kind regards
School Office

17th October: Year 10 Pre Public Exam

Dear Parents/Carers and Students
Year 10 – Pre-Public Religious Studies Exam
Year 10 will be completing a PPE (Pre-Public Exam) on Thursday 30thy November at 14.05pm. This is in preparation for their GCSE RS Exam that they will be completing in May 2018.
The exam is one hour long and will be on Islam. Revision material for this can be found on Show My Homework. This will be taking place in the Main Hall in exam conditions.
Please do not hesitate to contact the Exam Team if you have any further questions.
Kind regards
Mrs Seymour, Examinations Officer

17th October: Punctuality at School

Dear Parents/Carers
Punctuality at School
I am writing to inform you of the procedures for punctuality that we are following in Year 11. It is absolutely vital that students are on time for school – not only do they miss an important part of the day when they are late, they are also failing to meet the high expectations that we and future employers, have.
We are keeping a track on which students are late to school. If a student accrues 5 lates across a whole term (eg Sept-December), they will be required to attend a Thursday Surgery for an hour. If a student continues to be late, every subsequent instance will be sanctioned with a Thursday Surgery, regardless of how late.
We believe this reflects the importance we place on punctuality, and the amount of staff time spent chasing students on this matter. Our fervent hope is that we will not have to put these procedures into action.
Thank you once again for your support in helping students meet our high expectations.
Kind regards
Mr P Benson, Head of Year 11

14th October: Term Dates 2018-19

Dear Parents/Carers
Term Dates 2018/19
Please see attached term dates for 2018/19.
Kind regards
School Office

14th October: GCSE Music - Year 11

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 GCSE Music
I just wanted to write to let you know some of the specifics for this year’s GCSE Music course, and let you know what you can do to support our musicians at home this year if you wish. Firstly, there are three elements to the Music GCSE; composition, performance, and the exam. The composition we will be completing mainly in school in lessons, but there are ways that you can support with the performance and exam elements.
The Berkshire Maestros lessons, and any other onside music lessons, really help develop the students’ performance skills, and have a huge impact on their overall results. If you could really push attendance at these lessons that would really help, along with ensuring that students are putting time into practicing and rehearsing their two performance pieces.
For the exam, there are set works and wider listening the students need to be familiar with. There is an anthology available to students, and if you’d like to purchase one Amazon is usually the cheapest place to buy the books.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Edexcel-GCSE-Anthology-Music-2016/dp/1292118385/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1504711205&sr=8-8&keywords=edexcel+music+gcse
It is quite expensive but will be invaluable in terms of making notes etc directly in it and understanding the set works better.
If there are any issues in purchasing the anthology, please let me know so we can try and organise a way of getting the music for you.
To access the audio, there is a specific Spotify list if you search Edexcel GCSE Music (9-1) set works. Alternatively, you can find the audio on YouTube. There is a playlist on there but be aware that the music might be slightly different to the audio selected by the exam board and that the right playlist has been found.
There will also be revision sessions and music theory sessions that students can attend.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
Many thanks
Mr J Duffy/Mrs E Hope, Music Department
jduffy@brakenhale.co.uk
ehope@brakenhale.co.uk

14th October: BTEC Music - Year 11

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 BTEC Music
I am writing to let you know some of the specifics for this year’s BTEC Music course, and let you know what you can do to support our musicians at home if you wish. There are two more units that need completing this year – Unit 3: Introducing Live Sound, and Unit 5: Introducing Music Performance.
The deadline for unit 3, assignment 1 and 2 is on 20th November, and for assignment 3 the deadline is 6th December. There are some written documents due for 20th November, and if you would like to help support out students it would be good to remind them that the deadline is upcoming when we get a little closer to the time. On 6th December there will be an evening event, where the students will need to set up the equipment and run the sound desk for the Christmas Show. If you could make sure students are available for that evening it would be a great help.
Unit 5 is a performance unit, and so any practice you could encourage at home will really help, along with encouraging students to attend their Berkshire Maestros lessons where applicable.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
Many thanks
Mr J Duffy, Head of Music
jduffy@brakenhale.co.uk

13th October: Sixth Form Open Evening - 8th November 2017

Dear Parents/Carers
Sixth Form Open Evening – 8th November 2017
Please see attached information on our Sixth Form Open Evening for our current Year 11 students.
Kindest regards
School Office

13th October: Sixth Form Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

13th October: Year 11 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

13th October: Year 10 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

13th October: Year 9 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

13th October: Year 8 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

13th October: Year 7 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 7 Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

13th October: Proposed Building Plans for Brakenhale - 17/10/17

Dear Parents/Carers
Proposed Building Plans for Brakenhale
Further to the contract for the new build of Brakenhale being awarded to Wates, we would like to invite you to come along and view the plans.  3.30pm to 7pm on Tuesday 17th October.new build info eve 17.10.17
Kind regards
School Office

12th October: Year 7 Meet the Tutor Evening Feedback

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 7 Meet the Tutor Evening
Thank you for attending the Year 7 Meet the Tutor Evening.
In order to continually improve the information we share with you and our events, please click here to complete a short feedback survey.
Kind regards
Mr M Cooper, Head of Year 7

12th October: MyMaths Issues

Dear Parents/Carers
MyMaths Issues
We would like to advise that MyMaths is currently having issues which they are working to resolve. As soon as the problem has been sorted, we will contact you further.
If students have work set on MyMaths their teachers will extend the deadline.
Many thanks
Mr T Dean, Director of Maths

12th October: Year 7 Information Evening - Change of Date

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 7 Information Evening – Change of Date
Further to our communication sent yesterday after listening to parent feedback as this date is Halloween and we understand a number of you have prior commitments, we have therefore moved the date to Tuesday 7th November from 6.30 – 7.15pm in the main hall.
We look forward to seeing you this evening at the Meet the Tutor Meeting.
Due to the capacity in our hall the evening is for parents/carers only. We would be grateful if you could click here to confirm attendance.
We look forward to seeing you.
Kind regards
School Office

12th October: School Gateway - easier, faster and more effective communications

Dear Parents/Carers
School Gateway – easier, faster and more effective communications
I am pleased to introduce – ‘School Gateway’. This app means that we can share information with parents more quickly via email, text, online and smartphone app. It will also save parents – and the school – time and money.
You will be able to view the following for your child(ren):
· Achievements
· Behaviour
· Attendance
· Lesson timetable
· Your contact details
· School details
· Student details
· Medical conditions
What you need to do now
Activate your School Gateway account. It’s quick and easy to do. All you need are your email address and mobile number that school holds on record for you.
· Download the app: If you have a smartphone, please download School Gateway from your app store (Android and iPhone). The app shows the same information as the website PLUS you can message the school for FREE – this will also save the school money when we send you a text message.
OR
· Visit the website: www.schoolgateway.com and click on ‘New User’. You’ll receive a text message with a PIN number. Use this PIN to log into School Gateway.
If you are having trouble logging in, it may be because school does not have your current email and mobile phone number on record. Please call school and we will update the details on our system.
We hope that you will find School Gateway a great way to keep up to date with what’s going on at school.
Yours faithfully
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

12th October: School Bags

Dear Parents/Carers
School Bags
We are pleased to advise that the Uniform Shop have received a delivery of back packs, if you wish to purchase a back pack the Uniform Shop is open from 3.05pm to 4pm on Monday & Thursday’s.
Kind regards
School Office

12th October: Year 11 Information Evening

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Information Evening
Thank you for attending the Year 11 Information Evening yesterday.
Please find attached Year 11 Information Evening presentation from the evening for your information.
In order to continually improve the information we share with you and our events, please click here to complete a short feedback survey.
Kind regards
Mr P Gibson, Deputy Headteacher

11th October: Year 11 Half Term Study Sessions

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Half Term Study Sessions
I am writing to inform you of sessions staff will be running over October half term for various subjects.
I am aware that Year 11 are working hard and significant demands are being placed on them but with approximately 25 weeks until the first GCSE examination, staff are working tirelessly to get them prepared.
I appreciate that some may already have plans over half term but if you could ensure your child attends these sessions whenever they are available it would be very useful. Furthermore, please could you let the relevant member of staff know if your child will not be attending to help with planning.
The sessions are as follows:
– Monday 23rd October – All day – Business with Ms Morgan in B16 (All Business groups)
– Monday 23rd October – PE with Mr Boucher in B13 – morning only
– Tuesday 24th October- English essay writing session with Mrs Cresswell, Head of English. Open to all students and will be in the main hall starting at 9am for the morning only.
The morning sessions will run from 9am – 12midday and afternoon sessions from 1pm-4pm. If you child has full day sessions then it will be from 9am-4pm, please ask them to bring a lunch with them.
If a session finished early the member of staff will release them to go home and not keep them until the end of the session.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Mr P Gibson, Deputy Headteacher

11th October: Business Studies Controlled Assessment

Dear Parents/Carers
Business Studies Controlled Assessment
I have been notified by Miss Morgan that Controlled Assessment’s for the Business Studies GCSE will be running on the following dates:
– Thursday 12th October period 4
– Monday 16th October period 4
– Thursday 19th October period 4
All students should now be familiar with the rules and regulations relating to Controlled Assessments but please find the attached document.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Miss Morgan or myself.
Kind regards
Mrs Seymour, Exams Manager
sseymour@brakenhale.co.uk

11th October: Health & Social Care BTEC Exam Resit

Dear Parents/Carers
Health and Social Care BTEC Exam Resit
There is another opportunity to sit the Health and Social Care BTEC Exam. Students have opted to take this to try and improve their grade.
The Exam will be taking place on Tuesday 9th January 2018 at 9am in the Conference Room.
If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact Miss Willimott or myself.
Kind regards
Mrs Seymour, Exams Manager
sseymour@brakenhale.co.uk

11th October: Parliament Trip for Law Students

Dear Parents/Carers
Parliament Trip, Tuesday 7th November 2017
Please see attached letter inviting you son/daughter to the above event.
If you would like them to attend please click here
Kind regards
Collette Silvey, Catering & Enrichment Manager

11th October: Annual Off-Site Form OHA2

Dear Parents/Carers
Annual OHA2 – Off Site Form
A decision has been made to hold an annual OHA2 – off site form, to avoid you completing one each time your son/daughter attends a trip across the academic year.
To complete an electronic OHA2 form please click here
Kind regards
Collette Silvey, Catering & Enrichment Manager

11th October: Year 7 Meet the Tutor/Information Evening

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 7 Information Evening
We look forward to seeing you at the Meet the Tutor Evening on Thursday 12th October however, following discussions it has been decided that we will cancel the short curriculum presentations scheduled for 4.30pm / 5.15pm / 6.00pm and 6.45pm.
We would now like to invite you to attend a Year 7 Information Evening on Tuesday 31st October from 6.30 – 7.15pm in the main hall where we will share with you information on the upcoming year and offer suggestions for ways in which you can support your son/daughter as well as keeping you informed on the support they will be receiving from the school.
Due to the capacity in our hall the evening is for parents/carers only. We would be grateful if you could click here to confirm attendance.
We look forward to seeing you.
Kind regards
School Office

10th October: Sixth Form Safe Drive Stay Alive

Dear Parents/Carers
Safe Drive Stay Alive – Monday 6th November 2017
Please see attached letter advising you of a trip your son/daughter will be attending.
Kind regards
Mrs C Silvey, Catering & Enrichment Manager

9th October: Edexcel GCSE History (9-1) Revision Guides

Dear Parents/Carers
Edexcel GCSE History (9-1) Revision Guides
To support our GCSE students in their studies below are links to the revision guides that are appropriate for the GCSE History (9-1) course. These guides cover the core content for each of the units we study, and their associated exam technique. They are all approximately £5 each which we believe represents good value.
The links below are for Amazon, but we’re quite sure they will be available from other bookshops should you wish to shop around first.
Also attached to this document is the course overview page that has been given to students. This may help you in understanding what the students are studying, and the types of questions they will be facing.
If you have any questions please do get in touch with your son/daughter’s teacher who will be happy to help.
Many thanks
Brakenhale History Department

Year 10 Crime and Punishment (inc Whitechapel)
Year 10 Elizabethan England
Year 11 Weimar and Nazi Germany
Year 11 American West

9th October: School Photos

Dear Parents/Carers
School Photos
Just a reminder that Year 7/9/11 and Sixth Form students will be having their school photos taken tomorrow.
Kind regards
School Office

9th October: Parent Governor Election

Dear Parents/Carers
Election of Parent Governor
I am delighted to invite you to apply to become a parent governor on the Brakenhale School Local Governing Body. We have one vacancy at this point in time.
As you know, Brakenhale is an academy, within the Greenshaw Learning Trust. This means that our governing body works closely with the trustees and that we are not accountable for some of the responsibilities that maintained (local authorities) schools are. Our governing body is made up of ten governors from different walks of life. We are not looking for parents with any specific skills but a knowledge of the local business community or local charities or charitable organisations or a financial knowledge would be advantageous to us.
The role of the school governor is both rewarding to the individual and invaluable to the school. You will need to be supportive of the values of the school and be able to give time and effort to further its ongoing development; support and training is provided.
As a governor you will be expected to attend meetings and take an active part in them, help the governing body make informed decisions, and get involved with the school and its students. The Local Governing Body meets once per half term, 6 times a year, in the late afternoon. You will also be asked to take part in meetings which will take place at least once per term to take on particular tasks in relation to the work of the governing body and the school.
There are rules on a person’s eligibility to be a governor, e.g. relating to bankruptcy and criminal convictions, and requirements on disclosure of interests and involvement in other bodies that could impact on the work of the Trust or the school. If you are eligible and wish to stand for election as a parent governor you should complete an application form. For further information on the role of and requirements on a school governor, please see the attached below.
If more applications are received than there are vacancies, a ballot will be held in which all parents and carers may vote. If a ballot is held the applicant’s personal statement will be made available to all parents/carers.
Should you require further information, please contact the Clerk, Mrs Deykin, on clerk@brakenhale.co.uk
Kind regards
Mrs Roche, Chair of Governors

Letter for Parent Governor Election
Application form for Parent Governor
Guides and requirements to being a school governor
Code of conduct for governors
Declaration of interest policy for governors
Greenshaw governor leaflet

7th October: School Ties

Dear Parents/Carers
School Ties
We would like to remind students that it is not appropriate behaviour to pull on other students ties (peanutting), our new uniform includes clip on ties which if pulled are not repairable.
If students are found to have broken other student’s ties, you will be required to cover the cost of a new tie and a sanction will be given.
Kind regards
School Office

6th October: Year 11 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

6th October: Year 10 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

6th October: Year 9 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

6th October: Year 8 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 8 Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

6th October: Year 7 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 7 Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

6th October: PTA AGM

Dear Parents/Carers
Parent Teacher Association – Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of The Brakenhale School PTA, will take place on Tuesday 7th November 2017. The evening will commence at 7pm with the PTA Annual General Meeting, followed by the half termly PTA meeting in the Headteacher’s office. Refreshments will be provided.
We have attached our PTA AGM letter our PTA AGM letter together with information about the committee and a nomination form if you wish to stand. Please click here to confirm attendance or to register a nomination for a role on the committee. A signed paper copy of the nomination form will need to be brought with you to the meeting.
Kindest regards
School Office

6th October: Year 11 Exams

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Exams
We will be running Pre Public Exams, PPE, for the whole of Year 11 commencing on Monday 27th November.
The timetable for this will be published shortly. If students would like some guidance regarding revision for their exams please check with subject teachers who will be delivering revision sessions.
Kind regards
The Exams Team

6th October: Drug Detection Dog

Dear Parents/Carers
Drug Detection Dog
Today we were visited by the drug detection dog. The dog performed a thorough sweep of the school site, including a walk around the perimeter and an inspection of bins and hedgerows surrounding the school. The students were incredibly positive towards the dog and were keen to make its acquaintance! We are pleased to report that nothing was found by the dog.
As we have communicated previously this initiative is part of our robust zero tolerance policy of no drugs on the school site. It is pleasing to see that our student community is responding so supportively to our stance on this issue.
Thank you for your continued support with this matter.
Yours faithfully
Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteacher

5th October: School Lottery

Dear Year 7 Parents/Carers
School Lottery
Please see attached information regarding the School Lottery and how you can support the school.
Kind regards
School Office

5th October: Year 10 Information Evening

Dear Parents/Carers
We would like to invite you to a Year 10 Information Evening for parents and students on Wednesday 18th October 2017 from 6pm – 7pm in the Main Hall. We would like to share with you information on the upcoming year and offer suggestions for ways in which you can support your son/daughter as well as keeping you informed on the support they will be receiving from the school.
The evening will include a number of sessions in which staff can explain the best ways of supporting study, the way forward for 2017-2018. The evening will also be an opportunity to meet with the Senior Leadership and Pastoral Team members who will be working with your child.
Due to the capacity in our hall, we would be grateful if you could click here to confirm attendance.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Kind regards
Mr O’Donoghue and the Year 10 Team

5th October: Year 7 Meet the Tutor Evening

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 7 Meet the Tutor Evening
We would like to advise that during the meet the tutor evening next Thursday there will be a presentation on the Year 7 curriculum in the Conference room at: 4.30pm / 5.15pm / 6.00pm and 6.45pm, we hope that you will have time to view one of the presentations before or after your appointment with your child’s tutor.
Kind regards
School Office

5th October: Year 11 GCSE Exams Information

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 GCSE Exam Information
There are very strict rules and regulations that students must adhere to when completing any coursework or controlled assessments for their GCSE. These are set by the Exam Boards and can result in disqualification if not followed.
Please ensure that the attached documents are read and understood. If you are in any doubt or have any questions please do not hesitate to come and see a member of the exams team.
17 18 Information for candidates ~ non exam assessment
17 18 Information for candidates ~ controlled assessment
17 18 Information for candidates ~ coursework assessment
Exam information can be found on the school website.
Kind regards
Mrs S Seymour, Examinations Manager

5th October: Year 9 Exams

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 Exams
We will be running Exams for the whole of Year 9 during the week of Monday, 20th November.
The timetable for this will be published shortly. If students would like some guidance regarding revision for their exams, please check with subject teachers who will be delivering revision sessions.
Please do not hesitate to contact the exams team if you would like any further information.
Kind regards
Mrs S Seymour, Examinations Manager

5th October: Ski Trip Meeting - Thursday 5th October

Dear Parents/Carers
Ski Trip Meeting Thursday 5th October 2017 @ 6pm
We are very sorry but due to unforeseen circumstances the planned Parents Ski Trip meeting which was due to be held on Thursday 5th October in the Main Hall has had to be postponed. We will be in touch to let you know the rearranged date as soon as possible.
Apologies for the short notice and inconvenience this will cause.
Kind regards
School Office

4th October: Science Exam - Assessment Point 1 Grading

Dear Parents/Carers
Science Exam – Assessment Point 1 (AP1) Grading
I am writing to inform you of how students’ upcoming AP1 grades will be generated from the Science Department.
On Wednesday 11th October, all year 11 students will sit a 45-minute paper, which covers the content from chapters 1 – 3 for the combined Science GCSE. Their Science teacher will then use this result as well as feedback from their individual progress in lessons to make a judgement on their AP1.
Students have been sent a checklist that highlights the knowledge of the chapters that they need to know for Wednesday 11th October as well as their June 2018 exams.
If you have any questions regarding this, please contact your child’s Science teacher.
Kind regards
Mr J Radcliffe, Head of Science
jradcliffe@brakenhale.co.uk

2nd October: Year 11 Information Evening

Year 11 Information Evening
We would like to invite you to a Year 11 Information Evening for parents and students on Wednesday 11th October 2017 from 6pm – 7pm in the Main Hall. We would like to share with you information on the upcoming year and offer suggestions for ways in which you can support your son/daughter as well as keeping you informed on the support they will be receiving from the school.
The evening will include a number of sessions in which staff can explain the best ways of supporting study, the way forward for 2017-2018 and information on the new GCSEs in English, Science and Maths that your child has now started. The evening will also be an opportunity to meet with the Senior Leadership and Pastoral Team members who will be working with your child.
Due to the capacity in our hall, we would be grateful if you could please click here to confirm attendance.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Kind regards
Mr Benson and the Year 11 Team

29th September: Year 10 Options

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 Options
Firstly, I would like to congratulate Year 10 on making a fantastic start to their GCSEs. The focus they have shown is to be commended and if this continues over the next two years I have no doubt they will be rewarded in the summer of 2019.
I wanted to inform you that as of today we will not be making any further changes to options (unless we are currently in the process of doing so). Students have now had one month in their subjects and to change at this point would not only make it difficult for them to catch up but it may add extra pressure at a time when this will increase naturally.
Kind regards
Mr P Gibson, Deputy Headteacher

29th September: Year 10 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kind regards
School Office

29th September: Year 8 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 8 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Mr Read-Linton – Assistant Head of Year 8.
Kind regards
School Office

29th September: Year 7 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 7 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Mr Cooper- Head of Year 7.
Kind regards
School Office

29th September: Year 11 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Mr Benson – Head of Year 11.
Kind regards
School Office

29th September: What Career Live - London

Dear Parents/Carers
What Career Live – Olympia London, Friday 6th October 2017
Please see attached letter inviting your son/daughter to the above event.
If you would like your son/daughter to attend please give permission by clicking here
Kind regards
Catering & Enrichment Manager

29th September: Year 9 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Miss O’Brien – Assistant Head of Year 9.
Kind regards
School Office

29th September: Sixth Form Information Evenings - Presentations

Dear Parents/Carers
Presentations from the Sixth Form Parents Information Evenings
Thank you to those of you who were able to attend the UCAS/Next Steps evening and the Welcome to Sixth Form evening this week, it was great to see so many of you.
Please find attached the UCAS Evening presentation and Welcome to Sixth Form presentation from these evenings for your perusal and for those who were unable to attend.
Regards
Mr T Dale
Head of Sixth Form

29th September: Sixth Form Newsletter

Dear Parents/Carers
Sixth Form Newsletter
Please see attached the Sixth Form Newsletter from Mr Dale – Head of Sixth Form.
Kind regards
Mrs S Perryman, Sixth Form Administrator

29th September: Short Break Foster Carers - Bracknell Forest

Dear Parents/Carers
Short Break Foster Carers
Bracknell Forest Council are seeking to recruit short break foster carers to support local children and their families.
Please see attached leaflet with contact information if you think you could help a child.
Kind regards
School Office

28th September: Year 7 Meet the Tutor Evening - Thursday 12th October

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 7 Meet the Tutor Evening – Thursday 12th October 2017
The Year 7 Meet the Tutor parents’ evening to discuss your child’s progress will be held on Thursday 12th October 2017 – 4pm – 7pm. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss your son/daughter’s progress and hope that you will take this opportunity to speak with subject teachers.
Families are requested to use our automated online booking system which will open on Wednesday 27th September 2017 at 2pm to make appointments. This allows you the flexibility to book times directly with your child’s tutor. Time slots are for five minutes each and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, therefore it is in the interests of both yourself and your child to ensure your appointment schedule is completed as soon as possible. Please ensure you only book one appointment slot.
There is limited parking available on the school site and we would ask that should you choose to park on the road you park with care and consideration for our neighbours.
To schedule your appointments, please follow the link below and enter the relevant information where necessary:
https://brakenhaleschool.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/
If you do not have access to the internet, have problems using this booking system or require any further assistance, please contact the school office as soon as possible. Booking will close at 12noon on Tuesday 10th October, 2017.
Yours faithfully
Mr M Cooper, Head of Year 7

28th September: School Site

Dear Parents/Carers
School Site
Wherever possible we would encourage students to walk or cycle to school. However, we recognise there are circumstances when travelling by car is the most likely choice especially as the winter months approach. We would like to remind you that as a school, we always wish to maintain positive relations with all residents in our local community and would be grateful if this can be considered when dropping/collecting students from the school. In particular could I ask that driveways and roads are not blocked so that residents can still access their homes and vehicles.
We have been asked to advise that enforcement action will be taken against illegally parked vehicles outside schools.
Please ensure students always use the Coningsby entrance to the school and if possible arrange a suitable meeting place away from the school.
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

27th September: School Improvement Plan

Dear Parents/Carers
School Improvement Plan 2017
Please click on the link below to view the updated School Improvement Plan and share our plans for Brakenhale.
School Improvement Plan
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

27th September: Non Uniform Day - 6th October 2017

Dear Parents/Carers
Non-uniform Day – 6th October 2017
On Friday 6th October we will be holding a non-school uniform day to raise money for the Daisy’s Dream charity alongside Jeans for Genes. Daisy’s Dream is a professional support service that responds to the needs of children and families affected by life threatening illness or bereavement across Berkshire and the surrounding areas. Jeans for Genes is a charity that provides support for sufferers of genetic disorders and their families.
Please note clothing should be suitable for school, including no short tops that do not cover the midriff. We ask that all students wear jeans in support this wonderful charitable cause. Students may bring a school bag of their choice but they must bring all books and tools for learning for the day.
The cost for the non-uniform privilege is £1.00 and will be collected by tutors.
Many thanks for your support.
Kind regards
School Office

26th September: GCSE Media Studies

Dear Parents/Carers
GCSE Media Studies
With the students three weeks into their Year 11 course of study, the majority of work is progressing really well.
Please be aware that all of the research and planning (analysis of chosen magazine genre; mood board; questionnaire with results and analysis of results) for their final piece of Media Studies coursework should be completed by: Friday 20th October 2017
This will allow students to have the maximum amount of time available for the incredibly challenging second element of the coursework, where they will need to produce their own magazine front cover, contents page and double page article.
I ask that any students that are struggling to reach this deadline need to speak to me at the earliest opportunity.
Kind regards
Mr I Anderson, English/Media Teacher

26th September: Loom Bands

Dear Parents/Carers
Loom Bands
A number of students have brought large quantities of loom bands onto the school site in the last few days. These small pieces of elastic have been used to flick and fire at other students. They have ended up on the floor in classrooms and on the playground in large quantities which has been problematic.
We would like to make it clear that loom bands are not allowed on the Brakenhale School site and any students found in possession of them will be sanctioned as a result.
Kind regards
Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteacher

26th September: School Shoes

Dear Parents/Carers
School Shoes
I am writing to you regarding our dress code. In our guidelines it states that shoes must be black and polishable. We have noticed that some girls in particular are wearing suede shoes. Please can we ask that this is rectified as soon as possible.
Kind regards
Head of Year

26th September: PTA Cheese & Wine Meeting - Reminder

Dear Parents/Carers
Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) – Cheese & Wine
The first PTA meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday 3rd October at 6pm. This is a really good opportunity for Parents and Carers to meet the key PTA leaders along with the Headteacher Jane Coley and members of her Senior Team.
This first meeting will take a slightly different format as we will be having a cheese and wine reception before the meeting itself.
All Parents/Carers are warmly welcome to attend and we would be grateful if you could confirm your attendance by clicking here.
Kind regards
School Office

26th September: GCSE English

Dear Parents/Carers
English GCSE
In English, we have started reading A Christmas Carol. It is strongly suggested that all students have their own copy of the text. This will make getting to know the text, analysing and revising much easier. Please let me know if this will be difficult and I will help where I can.
Kind regards
Mrs D Lewis, English Teacher

25th September: GCSE Photography

Dear Parents/Carers
GCSE Photography
I am writing to you as your son/daughter has recently started studying GCSE Photography with me and may have mentioned to you that they will need access to a digital camera for their studies. I thought you may find it helpful to have some information about purchasing a camera and what is actually required.
As part of the GCSE Photography programme, I would anticipate that students have access to a digital camera at home, especially for photographing outside of school. This is not essential in the first term of Year 10 as initially we will be concentrating on mobile phone photography and also using the school cameras. However, it would be very helpful to the students if they could have access to their own camera by the end of the Autumn term if possible. We currently have 5 school cameras that are suitable for GCSE and A Level Photography, which with a permission letter from home can be loaned out; however it is worth noting that there are nearly 50 students studying the subject so our supply cannot always meet the demand.
I have attached a handout ‘What to consider when buying a digital camera’ that may be useful for you to help consider which camera is the best option. Clearly, the decision always starts with budget but I have suggested that for a GCSE, a Bridge camera is probably the most suitable option. If your child is likely to carry on photographing beyond GCSE and funds permitting, a DSLR camera may be the better choice.
Your son/daughter will need to be able to control Shutter Speed and Aperture for the GCSE and depending on where their interests lie, they may wish to be able to zoom out and to use macro functionality, hence my recommendation for a Bridge camera which will provide all of these functions. The following link provides recommendations for the best Bridge cameras currently on the market – http://www.techradar.com/news/photography-video-capture/cameras/best-bridge-camera-1259503 – I have always found Canon to be a great option and the Panasonic Lumix brand always produces excellent cameras. Please do not feel that the more you spend, the better the camera!
Finally, I would suggest going somewhere where you can actually have a look at the cameras before you buy – John Lewis, London Camera Exchange and Jessops in Reading are a good place to start and usually have a good stock in store. You then may choose to buy online as often this option is cheaper.
I hope this is useful information but please do get in touch if you do want to discuss further.
Kind regards
Miss T Wilhelmy, Teacher of Photography
twilhelmy@brakenhale.co.uk

25th September: 10R Welcome

Dear Parents/Carers
I am pleased to inform you I am continuing as your son/daughters tutor for Year 10 supporting them academically and pastorally for the year. They have made an excellent start to their GCSE’s through returning to school focused and prepared, it has been wonderful to see them come back this September ready to learn and challenge themselves.
Each member of the tutor group is following the high expectations set by the school and I have been complimented on their behaviour both in and out of the classroom in the last few weeks. I am highly invested in the tutor group and want to see each individual reach their full potential, during tutor time we have spoken about how important this time is and how we need them to make the right start now that will set them up for the next two years.
To help students make this positive start there are some areas that I will need your support with. Please can you continue to ensure students have the correct Tools for Learning, especially the clear pencil case – this is going to be important when they come to do their exams at the end of year 11. Uniform is a high priority for the school and preparing the students for the workplace, please can we ensure they are wearing the correct full school uniform each day. No jewellery is allowed other than a single gold or silver stud in the bottom lobe of each ear and a wrist watch (but not a smart watch). I thank you for helping me maintain the high standards of the school and simply ask that this continues until the end of Year 11.
Another key area for achievement is attendance. It is my job to ensure students meet our school benchmark of 95% attendance for the year – of course I would love it if 10R could surpass this target and the students have made a fantastic start. To allow this to happen, I must ask for medical appointments to occur outside of school hours and that you encourage students to be in school if there is not a major illness. We do understand that some absences are unavoidable, however this makes it even more imperative that students attend school when an illness is not severe. If you do have any concerns about this, please contact myself of our attendance officer, Mrs R Evans, as we all know that great attendance leads to great results. Please ensure students are on time to school, students who are regularly late miss valuable learning time impacting on their final grades.
The welfare of each student in 10R continues to be my priority and if you have any concerns about your child please contact me, the most effective way to do this is via email: chaley@brakenhale.co.uk
Miss C Haley, Tutor of 10R, Head of Dance and Drama

25th September: 10K Welcome

Dear Parents/Carers
It’s hard to believe that another academic year is already underway. This time last year, I wrote to you introducing myself as your son/daughter’s new tutor. This year I am writing to you to share just how proud I am of our 10K students and the excellent start that they have made in Key Stage 4.
Overall, they have come back to school focused, with a willingness to learn and challenge themselves academically. I hope this positive attitude and mind-set continue throughout the course of the year. Every member of the tutor group is also following the high expectations given to them by the school and myself. I absolutely feel that success is inevitable in this tutor group!
To help students on their way to these successes, there are some areas that I will need your support. Please can you ensure students have the correct Tools for Learning, especially the clear pencil case – this is going to be important when they come to do their exams at the end of year 11. Uniform is an issue raised every tutor time, please can we ensure the members of the tutor are wearing the correct full school uniform. No jewellery is allowed other than a single gold or silver stud in the bottom lobe of each ear and a wrist watch (but not a smart watch). I thank you for helping me maintain the high standards of the school and simply ask that this continues until the end of Year 11.
Another key area for achievement is attendance. It is my job to ensure students meet our school benchmark of 95% attendance for the year- of course I would love it if 10K could surpass this target! To allow this to happen, I must ask for medical appointments to occur outside of school hours and that you encourage students to be in school if there is not a major illness. We do understand that some absences are unavoidable, however this makes it even more imperative that students attend school when an illness is not severe. If you do have any concerns about this, please contact myself of our attendance officer, Mrs R Evans, as we all know that great attendance leads to great results!
Lastly, I wish to say that the welfare of 10K is one of my major priorities. Your son/daughter has just embarked on the toughest, but most rewarding years at Brakenhale. I am here to support them in any way I can. That being said, if you ever do have any concerns about your child, please do not hesitate to contact me. It is usually best to contact me by email: cloj@brakenhale.co.uk
Many thanks and best wishes
Miss C Loj, 10K Tutor, Year 7-11 History Teacher

25th September: Worlds of Opportunity Post 16 Conference

Dear Parents/Carers
Worlds of Opportunity STEM Post 16 Conference – Wednesday 4th October 2017
Please see attached letter inviting your son/daughter to the above event.
To give permission for them to attend please CLICK HERE
Kind regards
Catering & Enrichment Manager

24th September: School Uniform Orders

Dear Parents/Carers
School Uniform Orders
Could we please remind you that the Uniform Shop is open on Monday and Thursday from 3.05pm – 4pm if you have ordered any uniform to be delivered to the shop, please collect as soon as possible as there are a number of items currently waiting for collection.
Kind regards
School Office

22nd September: 10H Welcome

Dear Parents/Carers
Firstly, I would like to introduce myself; I will be your son/daughter’s tutor for their toughest but most rewarding years at Brakenhale. I will be here to support them not only academically but pastorally as well.
They have made an excellent start to their GCSEs, they have come back to school focused and have a willingness to learn and I hope this continues. Every member of the tutor group is following the high expectations given to them by the school and myself. I absolutely feel that success is inevitable in this tutor group!
To help students on their way to these successes, there are some areas that I will need your support.
– Attendance. It is my job to ensure students meet our school benchmark of 95% attendance for the year- of course I would love it if 10H could surpass this target! To allow this to happen, I must ask for medical appointments to occur outside of school hours and that you encourage students to be in school if there is not a major illness. We do understand that some absences are unavoidable, however this makes it even more imperative that students attend school when an illness is not severe. If you do have any concerns about this, please contact myself of our Attendance Officer, Mrs R Evans, as we all know that great attendance leads to great results!
– Please can you ensure students have the correct Tools for Learning, especially the see-through pencil case – this is going to be important when they come to do their exams at the end of year 11.
– Uniform is an issue raised every tutor time, please can we ensure the members of the tutor are wearing the correct full school uniform.
– No jewellery is allowed other than a single gold or silver stud in the bottom lobe of each ear and a wrist watch (but not a smart watch). I thank you for helping me maintain the high standards of the school and simply ask that this continues until the end of Year 11.
Lastly, I wish to say that the welfare of 10H is one of my major priorities and if you ever have any concerns about your child, please do not hesitate to contact me. It is usually best to contact me by email: tharding@brakenhale.co.uk
Kind regards
Mr T Harding, 10H Tutor, Science Teacher

22nd September: 10E Welcome Letter

Dear Parents/Carers
As we are a few weeks in to the new academic year and the students are getting deeper into the learning of their new GCSE courses. I thought this would be an appropriate time to contact you to let you know how very impressed I have been with 10E. They have come back revitalised with a positive and mature attitude towards their learning, they have had impeccable uniform and the correct tools for learning and I hope that this will continue.
The next two years will be challenging as we have high expectations of all of the students, but I will be here in school to support my tutees both academically and pastorally.
To help students on their way to success, I will need your continued support in some areas. As I have already mentioned, equipment and uniform have been excellent and I thank you for helping me maintain the high standard of the school and simply ask that this will continue.
Another key achievement is attendance; this is of particular importance over the next two years as good attendance links directly to good results. It is my job to ensure students meet or exceed our benchmark of 95% attendance for the year. Last academic year 9E managed this and had the best attendance across the year group. In order for us to achieve this again, I must ask that medical appointments are made outside of school hours where possible and that you encourage students to be in school if there is not a major illness. We do understand that some absences are unavoidable but this makes it even more imperative that students be here when an illness is not severe. If you have any concerns about this then please contact myself or Mrs Evans, Attendance Officer.
I have thoroughly enjoyed working with 10E since becoming their tutor at the end of last academic year and I feel that they will be incredibly successful if they continue with the positivity and hard work they have demonstrated so far this year. If you have any queries or concerns, I am always available so please do not hesitate to contact me araby@brakenhale.co.uk
Kind regards
Mrs A Raby, 10E Tutor, Teacher of Drama and Dance

22nd September: Year 10 Student News

Dear Year 10
Year 10 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Mr O’Donoghue – Head of Year 10.
Kind regards
School Office

22nd September: Year 9 Student News

Dear Year 9
Year 9 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Miss O’Brien- Assistant Head of Year 9.
Kind regards
School Office

22nd September: Year 7 Student News

Dear Year 7
Year 7 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Mr Cooper – Head of Year 7.
Kind regards
School Office

22nd September: Year 8 Student News

Dear Year 8
Year 8 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Mr Read-Linton and Mrs Howes – Assistant Heads of Year 8.
Kind regards
School Office

22nd September: Year 11 Student News

Dear Year 11
Year 11 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Mr Benson – Head of Year 11.
Kind regards
School Office

22nd September: Welcome 10A

Dear Parents/Carers
Firstly, I would like to introduce myself; I will be your son/daughters tutor for their toughest but most rewarding years at Brakenhale. I will be here to support them not only academically but pastorally as well.
They have made an excellent start to their GCSE’s, they have come back to school focused and have a willingness to learn and I hope this continues. Every member of the tutor group is following the high expectations given to them by the school and myself. I absolutely feel that success is inevitable in this tutor group!
To help students on their way to these successes, there are some areas that I will need your support. Please can you ensure students have the correct Tools for Learning, especially the see-through pencil case – this is going to be important when they come to do their exams at the end of year 11. Uniform is an issue raised every tutor time, please can we ensure the members of the tutor are wearing the correct full school uniform. No jewellery is allowed other than a single gold or silver stud in the bottom lobe of each ear and a wrist watch (but not a smart watch). I thank you for helping me maintain the high standards of the school and simply ask that this continues until the end of Year 11.
Another key area for achievement is attendance. It is my job to ensure students meet our school benchmark of 95% attendance for the year – of course I would love it if 10A could surpass this target! To allow this to happen, I must ask for medical appointments to occur outside of school hours and that you encourage students to be in school if there is not a major illness. We do understand that some absences are unavoidable, however this makes it even more imperative that students attend school when an illness is not severe. If you do have any concerns about this, please contact myself of our Attendance Officer, Mrs R Evans, as we all know that great attendance leads to great results!
Lastly, I wish to say that the welfare of 10A is one of my major priorities and if you ever have any concerns about your child, please do not hesitate to contact me. It is usually best to contact me by email: lwillimott@brakenhale.co.uk
Miss L Willimott, Tutor of 10A, Lead Girls PE Coordinator, Teacher in Charge of Health & Social Care

22nd September: Welcome 10B

Dear Parents/Carers
It is with great pride that I write to you. This year I will continue to be your son/daughter’s tutor in what will be their toughest but most rewarding years at Brakenhale. I will be here to support them not only academically but pastorally as well. In addition to being their tutor, I will continue my role as assistant head of year 10 working with Mr O’Donoghue to help guide their way through the next two years.
An excellent start has been made to their GCSE’s with them coming back to school focused and with a great willingness to learn. There is a real sense of pride and respect in their ethos to schooling this year, long may this continue! Every member of the tutor group is following the high expectations given to them by the school and myself. I absolutely feel that success is inevitable in this tutor group!
To help students on their way to these successes, there are some areas that I will need your support. Please can you ensure students have the correct Tools for Learning, especially the see-through pencil case – this is going to be important when they come to do their exams at the end of Year 11. Uniform is an issue raised every tutor time, please can we ensure the members of the tutor are wearing the correct full school uniform. No jewellery is allowed other than a single gold or silver stud in the bottom lobe of each ear and a wrist-watch (but not a smart watch). Homework will be posted on ‘Show My Homework’ and written in the planner, please remind your son/daughter to check their SMH and emails daily. Furthermore, Mr O’Donoghue and I send out a weekly newsletter and plan for the commencing week, vital information and key dates are always on here, please ensure that this is read each week. I thank you for helping me maintain the high standards of the school and simply ask that this will continue until the end of Year 11.
Another key area for achievement is attendance. It is my job to ensure students meet our school benchmark of 95% attendance for the year- of course I would love it if 10B could surpass this target! To allow this to happen, I must ask for medical appointments to occur outside of school hours and that you encourage students to be in school if there is not a major illness. We do understand that some absences are unavoidable; however, this makes it even more imperative that students attend school when an illness is not severe. If you do have any concerns about this, please contact myself of our Attendance Officer, Mrs R Evans, as we all know that great attendance leads to great results!
Lastly, I wish to say that the welfare of 10B is one of my major priorities and if you ever have any concerns about your son/daughter, please do not hesitate to contact me. It is usually best to contact me by email: lrushby@brakenhale.co.uk
Miss L Rushby, Tutor of 10B, Assistant Head of Year 10

21st September: Dance Extra Curriculuar Timetable

Dear Parents/Carers
Dance Extra-Curricular Timetable
Please see attached the Extra-CurricularTimetable for Dance which starts on Monday 2nd October, 2017.
Kind regards
School Office

21st September: Year 8 Information Evening - Feedback

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 8 Information Evening – 13th September 2017 – Feedback
Thank you to everyone who attended our recent Year 8 Information Evening, please click on the link below to view some of the presentation information from the evening.
Year 8 Information Evening
In order to continually improve the information we share with you, we would be grateful for your feedback. If you attended the evening, please click here to complete a short survey.
Kind regards
Ms S Douse, Head of Year 8

20th September: Welcome 10N

Dear Parents/Carers
After a very successful start to KS4 and the start of Year 10, I feel the need to contact you all to share just how proud I am of our 10N students.
Every member of the tutor group has come back to school fully prepared with the necessary tools for learning; looking impeccable in their uniform and with an amazing attitude to the challenges that lie ahead of them. I have heard from so many subject teachers commending the mature approach that students from 10N have started the year with – it is fantastic to see the students maturing into such a sensible and responsible group of young adults.
This year signals the start of two extremely challenging years for 10N. Each student will need to overcome hurdles in order to reach their full potential and whilst there may be tough moments, I’m confident that sustaining their current approach will see them all achieve the best possible results in the Summer of 2019!
To help students on their way to these successes, there are some areas in which I will need your support. As I have already mentioned, equipment and uniform have been irreproachable and I thank you for helping me maintain the high standards of the school and simply ask that this continues until the end of Year 10 and beyond.
Another key area for achievement is attendance. It is my job to ensure students meet our school benchmark of 95% attendance for the year- of course I would love it if 10N could surpass this target (last week they had the highest attendance across the whole school, 99.3%, which is a brilliant achievement). To allow this to happen, I must ask medical appointments occur outside of school hours, wherever possible, and that you encourage students to be in school if there is not a major illness. We do understand that some absences are unavoidable but this makes it even more imperative that students be here when an illness is not severe. If you do have any concerns about this then please contact myself or our attendance officer, Mrs Evans, as we all know that great attendance leads to great results!
Lastly, I wish to say that the welfare of 10N is one of my major priorities so if you ever do have any concerns about your son/daughter, please do not hesitate to contact me. It is usually best to contact me by email: ianderson@brakenhale.co.uk
Kind regards
Mr I Anderson, 10N Tutor, Second in English

20th September: Living with Autism Talk

Dear Parents/Carers
Living with Autism – parenting strategies – how to cope
Further to previous correspondence below, there are some spaces available, if you would like to attend please click here.
We are delighted to invite parents/carers to come to Brakenhale on Monday 25th September from 6pm – 7pm to listen to our inspirational speaker Dean Beadle speak about Living with Autism.
Dean Beadle has toured the UK for ten years sharing his experiences of life on the autism spectrum. In recent years he has also spoken in Denmark, Belgium, Guernsey and Ireland as well as undertaking four annual seminar tours of Australia and New Zealand. Through his humorous and insightful speeches Dean outlines his positive outlook on his diagnosis. In 2011 Dean’s speaking was brought to a wider audience, as a clip of one of his speeches was viewed across the world on Youtube.
He is also an experienced journalist, having been published in local, regional, national and international publications. Between 2008 and 2011 he worked freelance for Greenwich Time Newspaper, a local newspaper in London. As part of this he did everything from fitness columns and celebrity interviews through to concert reviews and news reports. Between October 2012 and December 2013 Dean edited the Network Autism ‘Autism in Practice’ newsletter which was sent to subscribers in over 90 countries. He has also written for The Guardian, Londonpaper and NAS Communication magazine.
Between 2012 and 2014 Dean sat on the judging panel for the NAS Professionals Awards. An interview with Dean is featured as a key resource in the Autism Education Trust training programme which has just celebrated training 100,000 schools staff.
Dean is also a singer and in 2017 he will be performing at charity balls and various events across the country.
Dean is honorary president of ‘Autism Puzzles’- a parent led charity in Cardiff, Wales and patron of SPACE, a parent led charity in Hertfordshire.
– e-mail: dbmotivationalspeaker@yahoo.co.uk
– twitter: @deanbeadleuk
– facebook: Dean Beadle Speaker
Kind regards
School Office

19th September: Winter Coats

Dear Parents/Carers
Winter Coats
As the weather turns a little chillier we thought it would be timely to remind you of our dress code regarding coats. For the past few years we have insisted on plain black coats with no prominent logos. This policy has been in place since before Ms Coley took over and has been enforced consistently throughout the last two years.
We have noticed in the last few days students arriving in non-black coats. Please can we ask that these are not worn to school and if this occurs the students will be asked to remove these garments and they will be kept by the Head of Year until the end of the day. Plain black coats are available in the town centre from £15 so I hope are affordable to all families. However, if this proves problematic we are always happy to lend students a coat from our ‘collection’.
Kind regards
Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteacher

19th September: Year 6 Open Evening - Early Closing - Thursday 21st September

Dear Parents/Carers
Reminder – Year 6 Open Evening
The Year 6 Open Evening will be held on Thursday 21st September and in order for the school to be thoroughly cleaned, classrooms to be fully set up and for staff and student volunteers to be ready to show visitors around, we will be closing the school early. Students will be finishing at the earlier time of 1.05pm and will therefore be missing period 5. Lunch will be available at 12.30pm.
If parents/carers would like their child to remain on site until 3.05pm, please contact their HOY and provision for private study will be made.
On Friday 22nd September, we will be starting at 9.40am in order to ensure that the school and classrooms are ready for learning.
Thank you for your support and if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

19th September: GCSE - Year 11 Art Information

Dear Parents/Carers
GCSE – Year 11 ART Information
With your son/daughter entering Year 11 and the 2nd year of their ART GCSE, I thought it would be useful to write to you with some information, guidance and deadlines to allow you to support them through this year.
-Exam Board: AQA
-Component 1: Portfolio Unit/Coursework – 60% of overall grade
-Component 2: Externally Set Assignment/Exam – 40% of overall grade
-Grade Range: 1 (lowest) to 9 (highest)
In Year 10, students completed a number of workshops expanding their knowledge of a range of media. These exercises formed the basis of their first coursework project titled ‘Natural Forms’. All students have received feedback on this project detailing tasks to complete and if necessary how to improve the final piece. Students then started the second coursework project in the summer term titled ‘Culture’ which we are currently working on with the intention of bringing this to a conclusion by October half term.
After October half term to Christmas students will be able to re-visit both projects and complete any outstanding work or extend them further. This process is invaluable as it enables students to re-visit their work with better understanding and better skills.
The deadline for these 2 coursework projects is 15th December.
I would expect students to be completing a minimum of 2 hours homework each week on their coursework. I am running an extra session after school every Thursday for GCSE students to use the facilities and resources as well as more one to one time. This will run from 3.05p.m – 4.30p.m. In order to support your son/daughter in their Art GCSE, I would ask that you strongly advise them to attend these extra sessions.
EXAM
At the beginning of January 2018, your son/daughter will receive the Externally Set Assignment (exam paper). Students are to choose one question from the paper and only work on the exam preparatory work until the exam days in early May 2018 (date to be confirmed). They will follow the same process as they have done for the Year 10 & 11 coursework projects.
I would expect students to be completing a minimum of 2 hours homework each week on their exam preparatory work. Again attending the after school sessions is strongly advised. This is a practical exam of 10 hours, across 2 days of 5 hours each. The preparatory work and final piece are submitted at the end of the exam (date to be confirmed). If you would like any further information or to discuss your son/daughter’s progress, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Regards
Mrs A Hemmings, Art Teacher

18th September: Tour Guides for Opening Evening - Reminder

*** REMINDER *** Please do not reply if you have already done so.
Dear Parents/Carers
Tour Guides: Thursday 21st September 2017 – YEAR 6 OPEN EVENING – 5.45pm – 8.30pm
Thank you to all students who have volunteers to act as Tour Guides at our Year 6 Open Evening which takes place on Thursday 21st September. In order for the evening to be a success, we require the assistance of our existing students to help out and represent the school as Tour Guides for the evening. If your son/daughter would like to help and you give your permission please click here.
Please ensure that students are smartly dressed in full school uniform for the evening.
Students will need to be in school for 5.45pm and must register in the school canteen and they will be involved until 8.30pm. At the end of the evening they must sign out in the school canteen before leaving. Please make sure you have made appropriate travel arrangements for your son/daughter’s journey home at the end of the evening. If you are picking up your son/daughter by car, please remember the school site will be extremely busy and it would be a good idea for students to have their phones with them (turned to silent during the event) so that you can make contact at the end of the evening.
Thank you in anticipation for allowing your son/daughter to help at such an important school event.
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

18th September: Department Update

Dear Parents/Carers
I am writing to make you aware that unfortunately Ms Douse is having to undergo a significant operation later this week. As a result we will not be expecting her in school for the remainder of much of this term. We are however, extremely fortunate to have a very strong team of committed Maths teachers who have agreed to take on Ms Douse’s teaching in her absence, to ensure continuity for the students and no negative impact on their Maths learning. I would like to express my huge thanks to our Maths team for working to maximum capacity in order to achieve this.
Mr Beukes will be overseeing Year 8 during Ms Douse’s absence in addition to retaining his role as Head of Key Stage 4 and Mr Thomas will continue to be the SLT lead in this area. In addition Mr Read-Linton and Mrs Howes will also be supporting the Year 8’s in their role as Assistant Heads of Year.
I know you will join me in wishing Ms Douse and speedy recovery.
Regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

18th September: Sixth Form Biometric Data Authorisation

Dear Parents/Carers
RE: Sixth Form Biometric Data Authorisation
From September 2017, sixth form students will be using the Biometric data system for registration purposes, signing in and out of school via the finger scanner which is currently in place for cashless dining here at Brakenhale.
The biometric identification system uses the finger and its image to uniquely identify each student and member of staff. The system measures many aspects of a finger and then translates the measurements into a unique identification code which is entered into the system. The image of the fingerprint itself is not recorded or stored. This is not fingerprinting and the data stored cannot be used to recreate an image of the fingerprint. When a student uses the biometric identification systems, they are identified by their identification code. This form of identification is called biometrics, which translated means measurements of human characteristics. We will comply at all times with Data Protection Act and with the provisions of the Protection of Freedoms Act regarding the use of biometric data.
Please click on the link below to submit your authorisation
Sixth Form Biometric Data Authorisation – 21-07-2017
Should you have any further questions or concerns about this please email me tdale@brakenhale.co.uk
Regards
Mr T Dale, Head of Sixth Form

17th September: Year 9 Information Evening - Postponed

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 Information Evening – Postponed
The Year 9 Information Evening scheduled for Monday 18th September has been postponed, a new date will be advised as soon as possible.
Apologies for any inconvenience.
Kind regards
School Office

15th September: Year 8 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 8 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Miss Douse – Head of Year 8.
Kind regards
School Office

15th September: Year 7 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 7 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Mrs Wilkins – Assistant Head of Year 7.
Kind regards
School Office

15th September: Year 10 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Mr O’Donoghue – Head of Year 10.
Kind regards
School Office

15th September: Year 9 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Miss O’Brien – Assistant Head of Year 9.
Kind regards
School Office

15th September: Year 13 UCAS and Next Steps Parents' Information Evening

Dear Parents/Carers
Please find attached a letter inviting you to attend a Year 13 UCAS and next steps parents’ information evening on Monday 25th September.
Please either send us the reply slip at the bottom of the letter or click here to confirm/decline your attendance.
The Sixth Form team look forward to seeing you.
Kind Regards
Kind Regards
Mr T Dale, Head of Sixth Form

15th September: Welcome to Sixth Form Parents' Information Evening

Dear Parents/Carers
Please find attached a letter inviting you to attend a welcome to the Sixth Form parents’ information evening on Thursday 28th September.
Please either send us the reply slip at the bottom of the letter or click here to confirm/decline your attendance.
The Sixth Form Team look forward to seeing you.
Kind Regards
Mr T Dale, Head of Sixth Form

15th September: Year 11 Student News

Dear Year 11
Year 11 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Mr Benson – Head of Year 11.
Kind regards
School Office

15th September: GCSE Resistant Materials - Year 11 Information

Dear Parents/Carers
GCSE Resistant Materials – Year 11 Information
This is an exciting year for your son/daughter, with the coming together of their studies in RM. At present the students are undertaking their coursework, which is 60% of their grade. You will hopefully have seen their assessment material, which includes the grading criteria, tick list of tasks to be undertaken together with detailed feedback so they can maximise their success. The students have very focused tasks to complete under a variety of criteria. Your son/daughter will be able to talk you through this.
A reminder of the exam details:
Exam Board: AQA
Unit 1; External exam – 2 ½ hours
Unit 2; Coursework 60%

Hand in Date Assessment Objective GCSE RM 2016/17
20/09/17 Criterion 1 – Investigating the Design Concept
18/10/17 Criterion 2 – Development of Design Proposals (Inc. Modelling)
11/01/18 Criterion 3 – Making
21/02/18 Criterion 4 – Testing and Evaluation
On going Criterion 5 – Communication

In order to support your son/daughter in their GCSE Resistant Materials, I would ask that you ensure they are spending at least 2 hours a week outside of school on their studies, including coursework and exam revision. There will be another PPE in November, where the students will be sitting a theory paper. I am offering support after school on a Monday, where students can come in and use the facilities and I can support them further.
It would be very beneficial if students purchased the book below to support their learning.
AQA Design and Technology Resistant Materials by Ian Fawcett, Roger Smith and Mick Whittle.
Students can also access www.technologystudent.com.
I really look forward to supporting your son/daughter reaching their full potential.
Please contact me if there is anything I can support you with.
Kind regards
Mr M Long, Design Technology Teacher

15th September: GCSE Photography - Year 11 Information

Dear Parents/Carers
GCSE Photography – Year 11 Information
With your son/daughter entering Year 11 and the 2nd year of their GCSE Photography studies, I thought it would be useful to write to you with some information, guidance and deadlines to allow you to support them through this year.
-Exam Board: AQA
-Component 1: Portfolio Unit – 60% of overall grade
-Component 2: Externally Set Assignment – 40% of overall grade
-Grade Range: 1 (lowest) to 9 (highest)
In Year 10, students worked on a series of photographic exercises through the Autumn and Spring terms which have formed the foundation of their Portfolio unit. All students have received feedback about their work, along with checklists of any outstanding items. They have a deadline of 15th December 2017 to complete any outstanding work. If you would like a copy of the checklists and the feedback, please send me an email and I will forward this to you.
In the Summer term of Year 10, students completed an individual project based on previous exam papers in order to provide them experience of the process and an opportunity to practice independent study. Students received individual and class feedback, which focussed on time management, documentation of all stages of the project process and the need to take more photographs outside of school.
At the end of Year 10, students received their Year 11 project theme: ‘To Colour or not to Colour’. They have now started work in earnest on this project, which will continue throughout the Autumn term. This project, along with the photographic exercises from Year 10, forms the entire submission for their Portfolio unit. My expectations for students is that they are working on this project for at least 2 hours each week outside of school plus additional time on improving their Year 10 work; this should include the taking of photographs relevant to their ideas. The deadline for this project is 12 January 2018. This gives me the opportunity to provide individual feedback to each student and give him or her time to improve their Component 1 submission.
At the beginning of January 2018, the Externally Set Assignment paper will be given to your son/daughter and they will start work on their response to one of the chosen themes in the paper. They will follow the same process as they have done for the Year 11 project and again, I would expect students to be completing at least 2 hours of homework each week on their response. Their final exam will be in early May 2018; this is a practical exam of 10 hours (2 days of 5 hours) and they will submit their Unit 2 at the end of the exam (date to be confirmed).
In order to support your son/daughter in their GCSE Photography, I would ask that you ensure they are spending at least 2 hours a week outside of school on their studies. I am usually in school until at least 4.30pm each day, so they are more than welcome to stay behind to work if they wish to use school facilities. I would also be very grateful if you could encourage them to be photographing at least once a week in their own time and if possible, provide them with opportunities to visit different locations to take pictures.
If you would like any further information or to discuss your son/daughter’s progress, please do not hesitate to contact me. My email address is twilhelmy@brakenhale.co.uk and I am more than happy to telephone you at a convenient time.
Kind regards
Miss T Wilhelmy, Photography Teacher

15th September: GCSE Food, Preparation and Nutrition - Year 11 Information

Dear Parents/Carers
GCSE Food, Preparation and Nutrition – Year 11 Information
I have the pleasure of taking your son/daughter through their final year of GCSE, an exciting time for us all. At present the students are undertaking their coursework, which is 50% of their grade. The coursework consists of two assessments:
-Assessment 1: An investigation assessment and
-Assessment 2: Food Preparation Assessment
We are currently working on the investigation, all students have an exemplar to work with and the subject area from the exam board has been shared with them. Once this has been completed, we will then focus on assessment 2.
A reminder of the exam details:
-Exam Board: WJEC EDUQAS GCSE
-Written Exam: 50% 1 hour 45 minutes
-NEA (non- examination assessment)
-Assessment 1 – The Food Investigation Assessment 15%
-Assessment 2 – The Food Preparation Assessment 35%
-Grade Range: 9 – 1
In order to support your son/daughter in their GCSE Food, Preparation & Nutrition, I would ask that you ensure they are spending at least 2 hours a week outside of school on their studies, including coursework and exam revision. There will be another Pre-Public Exam in November, where the students will be sitting a theory paper. I am offering support after school on a Wednesday, where students can come in and use the facilities and I can support them further.
It would be very beneficial if students purchased the book below to support their learning. It will support them in all aspects of the course.
-WJEC EDUQAS GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition by Helen Buckland and Jacqui Keepin
I really look forward to supporting your son/daughter in reaching their full potential.
Please contact me if there is anything I can support you with.
Kind regards
Mrs S Higham, Head of Design Technology

15th September: GCSE Graphics - Year 11 Information

Dear Parents/Carers
GCSE Graphics– Year 11 Information
This is an exciting year for your son/daughter, with the coming together of their studies in Graphics. At present the students are undertaking their coursework, which is 60% of their grade. You will hopefully have seen their assessment material, which includes the grading criteria, tick list of tasks to be undertaken together with detailed feedback so they can maximise their success. The students have very focused tasks to complete under a variety of criteria. Your son/daughter will be able to talk you through this. All portfolio work needs to be complete by the end of this term so they can then construct their product, after Christmas. The final deadline date is 29th March, where the portfolio and making is required to be handed in.
A reminder of the exam details:
-Exam Board: AQA
-Unit 1: External exam – 2 ½ hours
-Unit 2: Coursework 60%
-Grade Range: A – G
In order to support your son/daughter in their GCSE Graphics, I would ask that you ensure they are spending at least 2 hours a week outside of school on their studies, including coursework and exam revision. There will be another Pre-Public Exam in November, where the students will be sitting a theory paper. I am offering support after school on a Wednesday, where students can come in and use the facilities and I can support them further.
It would be very beneficial if students purchased the book below to support their learning.
-AQA Design and Technology Graphic Products by Keith Richards/John Cavill/Justin Dodd and Russel Jones
Students can also access www.technologystudent.com.
I really look forward to supporting your son/daughter reach/exceed their potential.
Please contact me if there is anything I can support you with.
Kind regards
Mrs S Higham, Head of Design Technology

15th September: BTEC Engineering - Year 11 Information

Dear Parents/Carers
BTEC Engineering– Year 11 Information
Firstly let me introduce myself my name is Mr Long and I am your son/daughter’s new Engineering teacher.
This is an exciting year for your son/daughter, with the final Units of their BTEC. At present the students are undertaking their coursework, Unit 1 (The Engineering World) which is externally assessed and unit 6 (Computer Aided Engineering). You will hopefully have seen their assessment material, which includes the grading criteria, tick list of tasks to be undertaken together with detailed feedback so they can maximise their success. The students have very focused tasks to complete under a variety of criteria. Your son/daughter will be able to talk you through this. All work on Unit 1 needs to be complete by the end of this term so they can concentrate on the last unit on computer aided engineering.
A reminder of the exam details:
-Exam Board: EDEXCEL
-Unit 1; Externally Assessed
-Unit 6; Internally assessed
-Grade Range: Pass to Distinction*
In order to support your son/daughter in their BTEC, I would ask that you ensure they are spending at least 2 hours a week outside of school on their studies, including coursework and exam revision. All my students have a google classroom account; where they can find assessment and worksheet materials for each of the units.
There will be another Pre-Public Exam in November, where the students will be sitting a theory paper. I am offering support after school on a Monday, where students can come in and use the facilities and I can support them further.
It would be very beneficial if students purchased the book below to support their learning.
-BTEC First in Engineering Student Book (Level 2 BTEC First Engineering) –  (ISBN-13: 978-1446902431)
Students can also access www.technologystudent.com and many other web sites for help.
I really look forward to supporting your son/daughter reach/exceed their potential.
Please contact me if there is anything I can support you with.
Kind regards
Mr M Long, Design & Technology Teacher

14th September: GCSE Modern Foreign Languages

Dear Parents/Carers
Modern Foreign Languages Department
I am writing to provide you with information about the forthcoming GCSE.
Students sit their French or Spanish GCSE in May/June with the exam board AQA.
This is a linear qualification, which no longer requires students to complete coursework.
Students may be entered for either Foundation or Higher however, these must be entered at the same tier for all skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking.) Each skill is weighted 25%.
Below is a list of all topics studied at GCSE:
-Relationships with family and friends
-Home, town, neighbourhood and region
-My studies
-Free-time activities
-Music
-Cinema and TV
-Food and eating out
-Sport
-Healthy / unhealthy living
-Life at school/ college
-Customs and festivals in French / Spanish-speaking countries / communities
-Travel and tourism
-Education post-16
-Marriage/ partnership
-The environment
-Charity/ voluntary work
-Career choices and ambitions
-Social media
-Mobile technology
The MFL department is providing students with a support club every Monday after school from 3:05-4:00. While this club is optional, we would strongly suggest students attend.
Students are encouraged to purchase a revision workbook: (Amazon – £5.77)
* FRENCH = ‘GCSE AQA French ’ For the Grade 9-1 Course CGP ISBN 9781782945383
* SPANISH = ‘GCSE AQA Spanish’ For the Grade 9-1 Course CGP ISBN 9781782945475
The school has also purchased access to VocabExpress – an app whereby students can revise key vocab for their exam.
If students feel they need to brush up on basics, they are encouraged to download the Duolingo App for free.
If you have any questions or would like more advice on how to support your son/daughter for their French/Spanish GCSE please feel free to contact me by email: odansetsales@brakenhale.co.uk
I look forward to working with your son/daughter in preparation for their GCSE exam.
Kind regards
Miss Danset-Sales, Head of MFL

13th September: Show My Homework

Dear Parents/Carers
Show My Homework
We are always happy to support students and parents with questions or log in difficulties with Show My Homework. Tutors and class teachers are all able to assist with this.
You may also find the following links helpful. They contains many help tutorials for all areas of the Show My Homework website and do not require a log in to view.
For parents:
https://showmyhomework.secure.force.com/help/Parents
For students:
https://showmyhomework.secure.force.com/help/Students
Many thanks
Mrs G Powell, Assistant Headteacher

13th September: Living with Autism Talk

Dear Parents/Carers
Living with Autism – parenting strategies – how to cope
We are delighted to invite parents/carers to come to Brakenhale on Monday 25th September from 6pm – 7pm to listen to our inspirational speaker Dean Beadle speak about Living with Autism.
Dean Beadle has toured the UK for ten years sharing his experiences of life on the autism spectrum. In recent years he has also spoken in Denmark, Belgium, Guernsey and Ireland as well as undertaking four annual seminar tours of Australia and New Zealand. Through his humorous and insightful speeches Dean outlines his positive outlook on his diagnosis. In 2011 Dean’s speaking was brought to a wider audience, as a clip of one of his speeches was viewed across the world on Youtube.
He is also an experienced journalist, having been published in local, regional, national and international publications. Between 2008 and 2011 he worked freelance for Greenwich Time Newspaper, a local newspaper in London. As part of this he did everything from fitness columns and celebrity interviews through to concert reviews and news reports. Between October 2012 and December 2013 Dean edited the Network Autism ‘Autism in Practice’ newsletter which was sent to subscribers in over 90 countries. He has also written for The Guardian, Londonpaper and NAS Communication magazine.
Between 2012 and 2014 Dean sat on the judging panel for the NAS Professionals Awards. An interview with Dean is featured as a key resource in the Autism Education Trust training programme which has just celebrated training 100,000 schools staff.
Dean is also a singer and in 2017 he will be performing at charity balls and various events across the country.
Dean is honorary president of ‘Autism Puzzles’- a parent led charity in Cardiff, Wales and patron of SPACE, a parent led charity in Hertfordshire.
– e-mail: dbmotivationalspeaker@yahoo.co.uk
– twitter: @deanbeadleuk
– facebook: Dean Beadle Speaker
Due to Health and Safety reasons, places will be limited, if you would like to attend this event, please contact main reception to book – 01344 423041.
Kind regards
School Office

13th September: Year 11 Reminders

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Reminders
We are several days into term and so far it’s been a brilliant start. I have seen, and heard, very positive reports about Y11’s conduct and work ethic.
Unfortunately, I have been disappointed to see so many students being logged for non-completion of homework so soon into term. I cannot stress enough just how important completing homework is. There are only 28 weeks left of time in school before exams commence – not completing homework set wastes valuable learning time, and is not what we would expect from these young adults.
This is a battle that the school cannot fight single-handed. We can set sanctions, and compel students to stay and get it done, but we need a team effort between school and home. Please can I encourage you to regularly check Show My Homework to see what homework has been set.
Ultimately, we expect homework to be done. Not simply to help meet GCSE/BTEC course requirements, but also to prepare students for their future where expectations from colleges, universities and employers will be high.
If you are struggling with your son/daughter with regard to homework, please get in touch with their tutor and we will consider what intervention can be put in place.
Our thanks in advance for your cooperation in this matter.
Mr P Benson, Head of Year 11

12th September: Show My Homework

Dear Parents/Carers
Show My Homework
We would like to advise that we are aware of Show My Homework issues who have sent out the following tweet today:
“We are aware of the issues currently affecting users logging in and are investigating this now. We will be in touch once we have an update.”
Kind regards
School Office

12th September: Year 6 Open Evening - Tour Guides - Reminder

Dear Parents/Carers
Tour Guides: Thursday 21st September 2017 – YEAR 6 OPEN EVENING – 5.45pm – 8.30pm
The Year 6 Open Evening will be held on Thursday 21st September and in order for the evening to be a success, we require the assistance of our existing students to help out and represent the school as Tour Guides for the evening. If your son/daughter would like to help and you give your permission please click here.
Please ensure that students are smartly dressed in full school uniform for the evening.
Students will need to be in school for 5.45pm and must register in the school canteen and they will be involved until 8.30pm. At the end of the evening they must sign out in the school canteen before leaving. Please make sure you have made appropriate travel arrangements for your son/daughter’s journey home at the end of the evening. If you are picking up your son/daughter by car, please remember the school site will be extremely busy and it would be a good idea for students to have their phones with them (turned to silent during the event) so that you can make contact at the end of the evening.
Thank you in anticipation for allowing your son/daughter to help at such an important school event.
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

11th September: Music Extra Curricular Timetable

Dear Parents/Carers
Music Extra Curricular Timetable
Please see the attached Music Extra Curricular Timetable for the extra-curricular music clubs available for students at Brakenhale – clubs start this week.
Kind regards
School Office

10th September: Year 7 Welcome Letter

Dear Parents/Carers
Please see the Year 7 Welcome Letter  from Mr Cooper – Head of Year 7.
Kind regards
School Office

10th September: Year 8 Information Evening Reminder

Dear Parents/Carers
Reminder: Year 8 Information Evening – Wednesday 13th September
I am writing to invite you to the Year 8 Parent Information Evening on Wednesday 13th September 2017 from 6pm to 7pm. The evening will be taking place this early in the school year as we think it is important that you meet the team who will be working with and supporting you and your child for the next few years at Brakenhale.
The evening will be informative and interactive as we will be looking at and discussing issues that affect our young people today.
Due to the large number of students in the year group and the capacity in our hall, the evening is for Parents/Carers only. Please click here to confirm attendance.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Kind regards
Miss Douse and the Year 8 Team

9th September: Duke of Edinburgh Meeting - 12th September POSTPONED

Dear Parents/Carers
Meeting Postponed
Please note the Duke of Edinburgh Meeting scheduled for 12th September has been postponed the new date and detailed information will be communicated shortly.
Kind regards
School Office

9th September: Year 10 Welcome

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 Welcome
Please see the welcome letter from Mr O’Donoghue – Head of Year 10 together with the weekly plan.
Kind regards
School Office

9th September: Year 11 News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Mr Benson – Head of Year 11.
Kind regards
School Office

9th September: Year 9 News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Miss O’Brien – Assistant Head of Year 9.
Kind regards
School Office

9th September: Year 8 News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 8 Student News
Please see attached Student News from Miss Douse – Head of Year 8.
Kind regards
School Office

8th September: Year 7 Baseline Test - Science

Dear Year 7 Parents/Carers
Baseline Test – Science
I am writing to inform you of the upcoming baseline test in Science. On Thursday September 14th all year 7 students will be completing a 1 hour written assessment during their Science lesson. The assessment will be based on material students have covered in primary school, and therefore does not require that students prepare for this assessment. This assessment will help to give us a greater understanding of the student’s prior knowledge, strengths and areas for improvement.
Once we have analysed the results from the assessments we will group the students. This will allow us to ensure that all students are in an appropriate group to allow them to meet their educational needs in Science.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact me at the email stated below.
Kind regards
Mrs Isherwood, Second in Science

8th September: Drug Detection Dog

Dear Parents/Carers
Drug Detection Dog
Today we were visited by the drug detection dog. The dog performed a thorough sweep of the school site, including a walk around the perimeter and an inspection of bins and hedgerows surrounding the school. The students were incredibly positive towards the dog and were keen to make its acquaintance! We are pleased to report that nothing was found by the dog.
As we have communicated previously this initiative is part of our robust zero tolerance policy of no drugs on the school site. It is pleasing to see that our student community is responding so supportively to our stance on this issue.
Thank you for your continued support with this matter.
Yours faithfully
Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteacher

8th September: House System

Dear Parents/Carers
House system at Brakenhale
Further to our previous correspondence we are delighted to inform you that the new House System has been launched for the new academic year and students have been allocated houses which are reflected in their planner colours.
The four House names below have been chosen from suggestions submitted by the staff and students at Brakenhale and have been selected to celebrate the local area.

House Name Colour Head of House
Swinley Red Mr Jackson-Sankey
Jennetts Yellow Mr Duffy
Temple Green Miss Haley
Farley Blue Mr Bell

The House system will be used in every curriculum area and will become an integral part of school life at Brakenhale. It is widely accepted that a vibrant and successful House system promotes a sense of community and achievement to both students and staff in schools.
Houses will attend half termly assemblies run by their Head of House to celebrate success and enable Houses to embed their team ethos.
To make sure the Houses are clearly visible and celebrated by the school community we have ordered House badges for students to wear on their blazers to make sure their house colours are clearly visible at all times to other students and staff. Badges will be distributed via tutors in tutor time next week.
We thank all parents who have made the £1.50 contribution towards the cost of the badges, but if you have not already done so payments can be made in cash at main reception, via tutors or online through ParentPay.
We look forward to sharing the successes of the new and improved House system during the next Academic year!
Yours faithfully
Mr W Yeates, Head of PE

7th September: Year 6 Open Evening - Year 8, 9, 10 Tour Guides

Dear Parents/Carers
Tour Guides: Thursday 21st September 2017 – YEAR 6 OPEN EVENING – 5.45pm – 8.30pm
The Year 6 Open Evening will be held on Thursday 21st September and in order for the evening to be a success, we require the assistance of our existing students to help out and represent the school as Tour Guides for the evening. If your son/daughter would like to help and you give your permission please click here.
Please ensure that students are smartly dressed in full school uniform for the evening.
Students will need to be in school for 5.45pm and must register in the school canteen and they will be involved until 8.30pm. At the end of the evening they must sign out in the school canteen before leaving. Please make sure you have made appropriate travel arrangements for your son/daughter’s journey home at the end of the evening. If you are picking up your son/daughter by car, please remember the school site will be extremely busy and it would be a good idea for students to have their phones with them (turned to silent during the event) so that you can make contact at the end of the evening.
Thank you in anticipation for allowing your son/daughter to help at such an important school event.
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

7th September: Parent Teacher Association

Dear Parents/Carers
Parent-Teacher Association (PTA)
The first PTA meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday 3rd October at 6pm. This is a really good opportunity for Parents and Carers to meet the key PTA leaders along with the Headteacher Jane Coley and members of her Senior Team.
This first meeting will take a slightly different format as we will be having a cheese and wine reception before the meeting itself.
All Parents/Carers are warmly welcome to attend and we would be grateful if you could confirm your attendance by clicking here.
Kind regards
School Office

7th September: Back Packs

Dear Parents/Carers
Back Packs
We are pleased to advise that we have received the delivery of outstanding back packs. The Uniform Shop is open today from 3.05pm to 4.05pm if you would like to come purchase bags or pick up pre-ordered bags.
Apologies for the delay.
Kind regards
School Office

6th September: Year 8 Information Evening Reminder

Dear Parents/Carers
Reminder: Year 8 Information Evening – Wednesday 13th September
I am writing to invite you to the Year 8 Parent Information Evening on Wednesday 13th September 2017 from 6pm to 7pm. The evening will be taking place this early in the school year as we think it is important that you meet the team who will be working with and supporting you and your child for the next few years at Brakenhale.
The evening will be informative and interactive as we will be looking at and discussing issues that affect our young people today.
Due to the large number of students in the year group and the capacity in our hall, the evening is for Parents/Carers only. Please click here to confirm attendance.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Kind regards
Miss Douse and the Year 8 Team

6th September: Year 10 English Books

Dear Parents/Carers
English Books Reminder
Further to our earlier communication regarding the Literature texts for Year 10, we can confirm the details are as follows:
Band 1:
Macbeth (£5.21)
An Inspector Calls (£7.44)
A Christmas Carol (£1.86)
TOTAL: £14.51
Band 2:
Macbeth (£5.21)
An Inspector Calls (£7.44)
The Strange case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde (£1.50)
TOTAL: £14.15
If you would like to take advantage of the bulk discount that the school is able to secure, then a payment needs to be made via Parent Pay by 12th September 2017.
We will then be able to order the books to have them ready for students in the first week of the new term.
Kind regards
Catering & Enrichment Manager

6th September: Sniffer Detection Dogs

Dear Parents/Carers
Sniffer Detection Dogs
I am writing to you with regard to our policy of using sniffer detection dogs at Brakenhale School. We use this strategy as a proactive deterrent so that the school is drug free and students are safe and ready to make academic progress. In the two years since we began this initiative we have not found any drugs or other banned substances. We bring the dogs in on a regular basis however, the students do not know when the dogs are arriving. The dog, its handler and a member of senior staff patrol the school at break and lunch on the day the dog attends and the dog may well sniff students as it works across the playground. When the students are in lessons the dog is also used to thoroughly search the school site.
We anticipate the dog handler will be in school in the next few weeks and as new parents, we wanted to make you aware of this.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have in queries relating to this issue.
Kind regards
Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteacher

5th September: Welcome

Dear Parents/Carers
Welcome
We were delighted to welcome our new cohort of Year 7 students to Brakenhale today with some nervous and some excited faces all looking very smart in their new uniforms and we hope that they all enjoyed a great first day with us.
If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact us.
Kind regards
School Office

5th September: Community Award for Trampoline Club

Dear Parents/Carers
Community Award for Brakenhale Trampoline Centre
Please see the message below sent on behalf of the Brakenhale Trampoline Centre.
In order to create a healthier and more hygienic environment in the trampoline centre the club has ordered £4.500 worth of ‘pit socks’ to cover the foam in the foam pit to prevent the build up of foam dust which can aggravate eyes and lungs.
The club as a charity applied for a community award to cover this cost (link below) and the only way to win the award is for us to gain the most votes. We are currently lagging behind in 6th place.
As all students at Brakenhale use the trampoline centre for PE lessons and voting ends tomorrow night, we could really do with the support of all parents and staff. Please see the link below and vote for us in order to improve the facilities at the trampoline centre.
https://foundation.onefamily.com/projects/bracknell-trampoline-centre-essential-safety-equipment/
Thank you very much.
Sue Lawton
Edgbarrow Trampoline Club

5th September: Year 6 Open Evening - Early Close and Late Start

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 6 Open Evening
The Year 6 Open Evening will be held on Thursday 21st September and in order for the school to be thoroughly cleaned, classrooms to be fully set up and for staff and student volunteers to be ready to show visitors around, we will be closing the school early. Students will be finishing at the earlier time of 1.05pm and will therefore be missing period 5. Lunch will be available at 12.30pm.
If parents/carers would like their child to remain on site until 3.05pm, please contact their HOY and provision for private study will be made.
On Friday 22nd September, we will be starting at 9.40am in order to ensure that the school and classrooms are ready for learning.
Thank you for your support and if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

5th September: Safe Cycling Reminder

Dear Parents/Carers
Safe Cycling Reminder – Please do not duplicate requests if previously submitted
At Brakenhale we welcome our students cycling to school. It is good for the environment and also for their health. In addition, Bracknell has numerous safe cycle paths that students can use to avoid busy roads as much as possible.
We have a secure area to keep bikes but also ask students bring a lock to offer further security. However, one aspect we are concerned about is the lack of bike helmets worn by a number of our students.
We are now looking to implement the ‘Brakenhale Safe Cycle Scheme’ where all students will need a pass to be able to ride their bike to school and also to use the bike store. A pre requisite to gain and keep hold of the pass is the mandatory wearing of a bike safety helmet. In addition, any student seen riding their bike in a dangerous manner will have their pass revoked. Furthermore, all bikes ridden into school must be deemed road worthy and safe with working brakes. This will mean that they are not allowed to bring their bike onto site at all for a set period of time and parents will be notified via email. This also applies to scooters. This initiative will be implemented from September.
I hope that you welcome this initiative and I do urge you to become familiar with the content of the national bike safety scheme below.
Cycle Safety Information
If you would like to request a cycle pass, please click on the link below to submit your request. Once your request has been approved, your son/daughter will be issued with a pass.
2017 Cycle Permit Request
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Yours faithfully
Mr H Thomas, Assistant Headteacher

5th September: Attendance

Dear Parents/Carers
Attendance
Please find attached a letter regarding Attendance from Mrs Evans, our Attendance Officer.
Kind regards
School Office

3rd September: Dance Class

Dear Parents/Carers
Dance Classes
We would like to advise that on days that students have Dance class PE kit will be required.
Kind regards
School Office

2nd September: Parent Pay

Dear Parents/Carers
Parent Pay – Alerts
Please be ready for the start of term and top up your son/daughter’s ParentPay account so that they are ready to enjoy some great meals from our canteen this term. The canteen is open for breakfast, breaktime snacks and lunchtime meals. See attached information from ParentPay on how to set up low balance alerts.
If you need to request a ParentPay activation code, please contact mainreception@brakenhale.co.uk
If your son/daughter has not had a scan of their fingerprint taken, ask them to come to main reception where we can scan their fingerprint. If you have not previously completed the biometric consent and now wish to give consent please click here.
We now have scanners available outside of the Heads of Year office and in the library where students can check their canteen balance.
Kind regards
School Office

2nd September: School Gateway

Dear Parents/Carers
School Gateway
Please see instructions below and attached on how to download the School Gateway App, please use the app to check that addresses and mobile phone numbers we hold for you are up to date.

School Gateway 3 Step Set-Up photo
Kind regards
School Office

2nd September: Back to School on Tuesday

Dear Parents/Carers
Back to School on Tuesday
Just a reminder that school is open on Monday from 10am – 3pm for uniform and tools for learning. Please ensure that all uniform is named.
Kind regards
School Office

1st September: Year 11 Geography Fieldwork Trip

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Geography Fieldwork Trip to Windsor on Thursday 14th September 2017
Please see attached letter inviting your son/daughter to attend the above trip.
If you would like your son/daughter to be allocated a place on this trip please click here.
Kind regards
Catering & Enrichment Manager

31st August: Year 8 Information Evening

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 8 Information Evening – Wednesday 13th September
I am writing to invite you to the Year 8 Parent Information Evening on Wednesday 13th September 2017 from 6pm to 7pm. The evening will be taking place this early in the school year as we think it is important that you meet the team who will be working with and supporting you and your child for the next few years at Brakenhale.
The evening will be informative and interactive as we will be looking at and discussing issues that affect our young people today.
Due to the large number of students in the year group and the capacity in our hall, the evening is for Parents/Carers only. Please click here to confirm attendance.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Kind regards
Miss Douse and the Year 8 Team

31st August: Year 7 New Starters

Dear Parents/Carers
Reminders:  Please note change of start time from Information Booklet – students start at 8.30am on Tuesday 5th September
New Starters
We hope your child is looking forward to joining Brakenhale on Tuesday 5th September.
A few reminders for the first day at school:
· School starts at 8.30am for registration at 8.40am. All Year 7 students should go straight to the main school hall where an assembly will take place, led by Mrs Coley. If parents/carers would like to attend you will be more than welcome to hear key messages and introductions to members of the Year 7 team. After the assembly parents will need to exit school via the main reception. On this occasion, please be aware that there will not be an opportunity for further discussions with students or teachers as the students will be going straight to lessons.
· From Wednesday morning onwards, all students should enter and exit the school via the Coningsby entrance or the pedestrian entrance of Rectory Lane. We would appreciate it also if parents are dropping off and picking up they do so via the Coningsby entrance.
· If your child is cycling to school, the bike shed is open at the beginning and end of the day and students should bring their own padlocks to securely lock their bikes up – helmets must be worn and a request for a cycle permit should be made.
· Students should be in full uniform – please ensure all items are clearly named.
· Students should have all their’ tools for learning’ ready for lessons.
· Packed lunch should be provided or ensure that money is available on Parentpay for students to buy food in the school canteen as cash is not accepted.
· As the weather will still be warm it is also a good idea for your child to bring a refillable water bottle to school to keep hydrated.
· Details of extra-curricular activities will be communicated at the beginning of term.
The Year 7 Meet the Tutor Evening will be Thursday 12th October from 4pm – 7pm. This will be an opportunity for you to meet your child’s tutor and to hear about the progress they have made during this time.
We hope that the transition to Brakenhale is a good experience for all students but if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Kind regards
Miss L Baveystock, Assistant Headteacher i/c Year 6 Transition

6th October: Year 7 Student News

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 7 Student News
Please see attached Student News.
Kindest regards
School Office

8th June: Year 7 Student News

Student News
Please see attached Year 7 Student News
School Office

30th August: Back to School - Tuesday 5th September

Dear Parents/Carers
Please see attached a few reminders for back to school on Tuesday 5th September @ 8.30am.
* Tools for Learning letter
* Haircuts letter
* 2017-18 Term dates
* School Uniform List / School Uniform Price List
Our school uniform shop will be open on the following dates from 10am – 3pm:
– Thursday 31st August
– Friday 1st September (Inset Day)
– Monday 4th September (Inset Day)
Parking – Could we take this opportunity to remind you that as a school, we always want to maintain positive relations with all residents in our local community and would be grateful if this can be considered when dropping/collecting students from school. In particular could we ask that driveways and roads are not blocked as residents still need to access their homes and vehicles. Your support in this matter is much appreciated.
Cycle permits – will be required for all students wishing to cycle to school and lock their bikes in the school bike sheds, if you have not already completed the request sent previously, please email for further information.
Kind regards
School Office

Communications 2016-2017

29th August: Free School Meals

Dear Parents/Carers
Free School Meals
We would like to advise that the Admissions Department of Bracknell Forest Council handles the authorisation and administration for Free School Meals.
If you think your son/daughter may qualify, please click here to complete the Bracknell Forest Council application form.
It is worthwhile applying for Free School Meals entitlement even if your child does not require a school lunch because your son/daughter may receive financial assistance with other school related expenses.
Kind regards
School Office

24th August: GCSE Results

Dear Parents/Carers
GCSE Results
Ahead of our appearance on ITV News at 6pm this evening, please click here for full details of our fantastic GCSE results.
Well done to all our Year 11 students on their outstanding examination results. We still have places available in the Sixth Form for returning students and if you are considering your options and would like to meet to discuss further, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Dale.
Kind regards
School Office and Mr T Dale, Head of Sixth Form

23rd August: GCSE Results Factsheet

Dear Parents/Carers
GCSE Results Factsheet
Please see attached a factsheet with information on the new GCSE Grading System.
Kind regards
School Office

17th August: A Level and BTEC Results

Dear Parents/Carers
We wanted to share some excellent news regarding our A-Level results. Please see below our press release:

The continued resurgence of Brakenhale School has been confirmed by the most recent A-Level and BTEC results. In every single measure there has been an increase in attainment and progress on previous years.
Key results
· At A*-B it was at 59% in 2017 compared to 43% in 2015 and 53% in 2016 including BTEC equivalents. A 16% increase in the last two years.
· At A*-C it was at 87% in 2017 compared to 60% in 2015 and 73% in 2016 including BTEC equivalents. A 27% increase.
· The A*-E pass rate including equivalents is 100% for the second year in succession which is particularly satisfying.
Headteacher, Jane Coley said, “It is very rewarding to see our students continuing to do so well, and all the hard work of students, staff and parents paying off. I have been delighted with the way the new systems and structures we have implemented in the last two years have paid off. The Sixth Form team and the student body have responded so positively to our very high expectations and these results bear testimony to this. On results day our sixth form team continue to provide excellent support for students as they make decisions about their next steps”.
These results compare incredibly well to other local schools. In fact our students gained the highest A*-C score across all the local authority state schools and we were second in the authority for our A*-B score.
A link to the information released by the local press can be found below:
http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/reading-berkshire-news/bracknell-level-results-2017-find-13480458

Kind regards
Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteacher

21st July: Year 6 Starters

Dear Parents/Carers
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you an enjoyable Summer Holidays.
If you have not received any of the following information, please do not hesitate to contact us:
· ParentPay login information
· MyMaths login details
· Summer Curriculum Activities Booklet (available on website)
We look forward to seeing you all on 5th September @8.30am.
Kind regards
School Office

21st July: Headteacher's End of Term Letter

Dear Parents/Carers
Headteacher’s End of Term Letter
Please see attached letter from Ms Coley, Headteacher.
Kind regards
School Office

21st July: Job Vacancy

Dear Parents/Carers
Job Vacancy
Please see attached Job Vacancy
Kind regards
School Office

21st July: Sixth Form Biometric Data Authorisation

Dear Parents/Carers
Sixth Form Biometric Data Authorisation
From September 2017, sixth form students will be using the Biometric data system for registration purposes, signing in and out of school via the finger scanner which is currently in place for cashless dining here at Brakenhale.
The biometric identification system uses the finger and its image to uniquely identify each student and member of staff. The system measures many aspects of a finger and then translates the measurements into a unique identification code which is entered into the system. The image of the fingerprint itself is not recorded or stored. This is not fingerprinting and the data stored cannot be used to recreate an image of the fingerprint. When a student uses the biometric identification systems, they are identified by their identification code. This form of identification is called biometrics, which translated means measurements of human characteristics. We will comply at all times with Data Protection Act and with the provisions of the Protection of Freedoms Act regarding the use of biometric data.
Please click on the link below to submit your authorisation
Sixth Form Biometric Data Authorisation
Should you have any further questions or concerns about this please email me tdale@brakenhale.co.uk
Regards
Mr T Dale, Head of Sixth Form

21st July: School Lockers

Dear Parents/Carers
Locker Letter
Please see attached information on booking a locker for September.
Kind regards
School Office

20th July: BTEC Qualifications

Dear Parents/Carers
BTEC Qualifications
As a school, we deliver lots of BTEC qualifications, which have less of a focus on examinations, and more of a focus on preparing young people for the work place through concentrating on vocational skills. With this in mind, from September, we think it would be really useful for our students to engage with professionals in certain industries so that they have a good idea of what working within that industry looks like. The students will be undertaking either a GCSE equivalent (aged 14 – 16), or an A Level equivalent (aged 16 – 18) qualification.
We would like to invite anyone with experience in the industries outlined later in this communication to come in and deliver something to our students. That can be a 15 minute chat to the students in one of our lessons, an hour long lesson, or a series of lessons; whatever you would feel comfortable coming in and delivering. The teachers of the subject will be more than happy to work with you to help plan whatever you have in mind.
The industries we are looking for specifically are:
Health and Social Care,  ICT,  Business,  Engineering,  Media,  Sport,  Music,  Dance,  Drama
If you would like to be involved in any way, then please email JDuffy@brakenhale.co.uk or Pgibson@brakenhale.co.uk, and we will have a look at what we think could work and take it from there!
Many thanks
Mr J Duffy, Head of Music
jduffy@brakenhale.co.uk

20th July: New Starters - September Information

Dear Parents/Carers
New Starters
We hope your child is looking forward to joining Brakenhale on Tuesday 5th September.
A few reminders for the first day at school:
– School starts at 8.30am for registration at 8.40am. All Year 7 students should go straight to the main school hall where an assembly will take place, led by Mrs Coley. If parents/carers would like to attend you will be more than welcome to hear key messages and introductions to members of the Year 7 team. After the assembly parents will need to exit school via the main reception. On this occasion, please be aware that there will not be an opportunity for further discussions with students or teachers as the students will be going straight to lessons.
– From Wednesday morning onwards, all students should enter and exit the school via the Coningsby entrance or the pedestrian entrance of Rectory Lane. We would appreciate it also if parents are dropping off and picking up they do so via the Coningsby entrance.
– If your child is cycling to school, the bike shed is open at the beginning and end of the day and students should bring their own padlocks to securely lock their bikes up – helmets must be worn and a request for a cycle permit should be made.
– Students should be in full uniform – please ensure all items are clearly named.
– Students should have all their’ tools for learning’ ready for lessons.
– Packed lunch should be provided or ensure that money is available on Parentpay for students to buy food in the school canteen as cash is not accepted.
– As the weather will still be warm it is also a good idea for your child to bring a refillable water bottle to school to keep hydrated.
– Details of extra-curricular activities will be communicated at the beginning of term.
The Year 7 Meet the Tutor Evening will be Thursday 12th October from 4pm – 7pm. This will be an opportunity for you to meet your child’s tutor and to hear about the progress they have made during this time.
We hope that the transition to Brakenhale is a good experience for all students but if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Kind regards
Miss L Baveystock, Assistant Headteacher i/c Year 6 Transition

19th July: Admissions

Dear Parents/Carers
Admissions
We currently have significant waiting lists in all of our year groups. If your son/daughter will not be returning to Brakenhale after the summer holidays, please complete the attached form in order for us to be able to allocate places to students for September.
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

19th July: Accessing Emails from Home

Dear Students
Accessing Emails from Home
Please see attached information on how to access your emails from home
Kind regards
School Office

19th July: Tools for Learning

Dear Parents/Carers
Tools for Learning
I am writing to you with regard to our Tools for Learning initiative. In September Tools for Learning will continue to be compulsory in order to support this initiative our school equipment shop located in the Print Room will be selling equipment on a daily basis. Students who do not have the items on the list will be required to go to the print room and obtain the missing items. Payment will be taken in cash. In order to support you in acquiring those items between now and 5th September the School Reception will be selling complete pencil cases for £3.70 without the calculator and £9.70 including the calculator and £10.70 including the Year 7/8/9 Art Sketch Book.
We insist on a clear pencil case for the older years this is absolutely outstanding practice as they are required in the examination rooms as part of the examination regulations. For the younger years this keeps things transparent and it allows us to support the students more easily and to keep them safe.
The Tools for Learning initiative is designed to reduce the amount of time lost in lessons looking for equipment and supporting students who do not have the right equipment. As you can imagine this can be very frustrating and leads to a lot of lost learning time which over the course of weeks, months and years can reduce the amount of teaching time quite considerably. Any student who does not have the correct equipment will be given a short sanction by their tutor on the same day as a reminder to obtain the items.   To assist the smooth running of the school, students lacking the correct equipment and cash to purchase any missing items will be lent a basic kit for the duration of the school day. This must be returned to the tutor at the end of the day. Any student who loses or damages this basic equipment will be given a community detention as a sanction.
The items in the school shop are sold at cost price and are bought in bulk and are therefore cheaper than can be obtained in local supermarkets and High Street stores.
Please can I ask that you support us with this initiative and ensure that students are all fully equipped before they come back to school in order to avoid those awkward conversations. However, if any student is in receipt of pupil premium, we are happy to support with one complete pencil case of equipment at the start of the school term.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to discuss this matter further.
Thank you for your ongoing support with this issue this has helped to improve classroom progress and learning within the last year.
Yours faithfully
Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteacher

18th July: Sixth Form Transition Materials

Dear Parents/Carers
Sixth Form Transition
Sixth Form transition was a great success and many thanks for attending the event. Below is a link to the website with all of the subject materials for you to peruse. Please make sure you look at this for any subjects you wish to study in September.
Thank you once again, your feedback was incredibly positive and I have shared your comments and ratings with staff.
Good luck for results day and we will see you all in September.
Sixth Form Transition Information
Yours
Andrew Hartley, Deputy Headteacher

18th July: Safe Cycling

Dear Parents/Carers
Safe Cycling
At Brakenhale we welcome our students cycling to school. It is good for the environment and also for their health. In addition, Bracknell has numerous safe cycle paths that students can use to avoid busy roads as much as possible.
We have a secure area to keep bikes but also ask students bring a lock to offer further security. However, one aspect we are concerned about is the lack of bike helmets worn by a number of our students.
We are now looking to implement the ‘Brakenhale Safe Cycle Scheme’ where all students will need a pass to be able to ride their bike to school and also to use the bike store. A pre requisite to gain and keep hold of the pass is the mandatory wearing of a bike safety helmet. In addition, any student seen riding their bike in a dangerous manner will have their pass revoked. Furthermore, all bikes ridden into school must be deemed road worthy and safe with working brakes. This will mean that they are not allowed to bring their bike onto site at all for a set period of time and parents will be notified via email. This also applies to scooters. This initiative will be implemented from September.
I hope that you welcome this initiative and I do urge you to become familiar with the content of the national bike safety scheme below.
Cycle Safety Information
If you would like to request a cycle pass, please click on the link below to submit your request. Once your request has been approved, your son/daughter will be issued with a pass.
2017 Cycle Permit Request
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Yours faithfully
Mr H Thomas, Assistant Headteacher

18th July: Year 10 Science Exams June 2017 - Improvement

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 Science Exams June 2017 – Improvement
Please see attached letter from Mr Radcliffe – Head of Science with a list of suggested resources to help Year 10 students make the improvements highlighted from their Science exam results.
Below is a link to our website where students can access papers, mark schemes and data sheets.
Year 10 Science Exams June 2017 – Improvement
It would greatly help students’ achievement in Year 11 if work towards these improvements continues over the summer break in preparation for September 2017 and the start of Year 11.
Kind regards
School Office

18th July: Sixth Form Work Experience

Dear Parents/Carers
Sixth Form Work Experience
Our Work Experience placement advisor will be in tomorrow and the students must have their completed forms including a parental signature ready for this meeting. The forms were given out two weeks ago. However just in case any have been mislaid, hard copies were handed out in assembly this morning and there is an electronic copy attached.
If you wish to complete the form electronically this is acceptable but it must be e-mailed back to me Mr Dale at tdale@brakenhale.co.uk by 9am tomorrow morning.
Best wishes
Mr T Dale, Head of Sixth Form

18th July: Year 6 - Summer Curriculum Activities Booklet

Dear Parents/Carers
Summer Curriculum Activities Booklet
Please note there has been a change to the English Study of a longer novel to “A Monster Calls” by Patrick Ness. This book contains some sensitive themes regarding death of a parent.
Kind regards
School Office

17th July: GCSE Exams Results Day - Thursday 24th August

Dear Parents/Carers
GCSE Exams Results Day – Thursday 24th August
We would like to remind you of the Exam Results Day on Thursday 24th August.
School will be open from 9am – 11am for students to collect their results from the Main Hall.
If students are unable to come into school to collect their results and would like someone else to collect on their behalf, we will require a signed letter from the student authorising that person to collect. Please note that this letter must be signed by the student, not the parent as results are the students. Email requests are not accepted.
If students would like the results posted, please could they provide us with a stamped addressed envelope with enough postage to cover a large letter up to 100g.
Kind regards
Exams Team

17th July: Medication in School

Dear Parents/Carers
Medication in school
Medication is not permitted to remain on the school site during the summer holidays. If your son/daughter has medication in school, it will need to be collected by Friday 21st July at 12.05pm. Any medicines not collected will be disposed of at a local pharmacy.
Please see attached Medical Consent Form which will need to be renewed for the autumn term if your son/daughter will require medication in school.
Kind regards
Ms A Ball,
Health Co-ordinator
aball@brakenhale.co.uk

17th July: A Level Results Day - Thursday 17th August

Dear Year 12 and Year 13 – A Level students
Re: A Level Results Day Reminder
This is just a reminder that on results day, Thursday 17th August 2017, results will be available in the sixth form common room as follows;
Year 13 – 9am
Year 12 – 11am
Staff will be available should there be any problems or queries
Wishing you all the best of luck
Mr T Dale, Head of Sixth Form

17th July: Cyber Bullying

Dear Parents/Carers
Cyber Bullying
Please find attached the latest government guidance regarding how parents and carers can prevent and respond to cyber bullying aimed at children and young people.
In addition, we will be hosting another ‘internet safety for parents’ evening for parents in the next academic year to follow up the one we held last February. Invitations will be sent out nearer the time.
Preventing and Tackling Bullying
Yours faithfully
Mr Hartley, Deputy Headteacher

16th July: Dance Show Monday 17th July

Dear Parents/Carers
Dance Show Monday 17th July 2017
Just a reminder of the Dance Show tomorrow from 6pm to 7pm – cost £1 per adult, payable on the evening.
Kind regards
Miss C Haley, Head of Dance
chaley@brakenhale.co.uk

14th July: GCSE and A-Level Results Enquires and Fees

Dear Parents/Carers
Results Enquiries
Please find attached a document which explains the different types of results enquiries and how much the enquiries cost.
If you wish to make an enquiry the attached form must be signed by the student, as a request cannot be accepted without the student’s signature.
We also have to make you aware that the mark could go down.
Enquires about Results
Kind regards
Mr P Gibson, Deputy Headteacher

14th July: Student Runners

Dear Parents/Carers
Student Runners
Please see attached letter regarding your son/daughter being a student runner when they return to school in Year 8 in September.
Student Runner Letter
Kind regards
School Office

13th July: Year 9 GCSE English Language and Literature

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 GCSE English Language and Literature
Next year, your son/daughter will begin studying for their GCSE English Language and Literature. In order to help students have the best possible opportunity of reaching their potential in English Literature, we are asking that all students purchase their own copy of the three set texts that they will be studying.
In having their own copy, students will:
– Be able to annotate the text in lesson to help their understanding
– Find revision significantly easier
– Be able to take responsibility for their own learning
In order to facilitate this requirement, the school will purchase copies for students to buy directly from us (this will be at the same price that the school is able to secure for bulk orders). The provisional total for each student will be £15.59.
If your child is allocated a pupil premium fund, then they will be able to use some of their allocation in order to help them purchase these books.
The specific texts that your child will require is dependent on which class they will be in next year, but across the whole cohort the only variation will be on the 19th Century text. So students will have a copy of:
– An Inspector Calls (modern text, play)
– Macbeth (Shakespeare text, play)
– A Christmas Carol or The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde (19th Century text, novella)
If you have any questions, please contact either:
Mrs T Cresswell (Head of Department, September 2017): tcresswell@brakenhale.co.uk
Mr I Anderson (2nd in Department): ianderson@brakenhale.co.uk
Mr P Gibson (Deputy Headteacher): pgibson@brakenhale.co.uk
Kind regards
The English Department

12th July: Year 8 Team Structure

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 8 Team Structure
I am delighted to let you know that I will be leading the Year 8 Team as of September 2017. The team and I are looking forward to working with you as we continue to support your children through various phases of their secondary school tenure.
I was recently Head of Year 11 and had led the year group from Year 7 through to Year 11. Whilst no two year groups are the same, I believe that the experience gained will prove invaluable in working with your children.
I would also like to introduce Mr Read-Linton and Mrs Howes who will both be Assistant Heads of Year. Both members of staff are also experienced in leading a year group.
The rest of the year team will remain unchanged, with tutors remaining with their tutor groups except in the case of members of staff who are moving on.
– 8B: Mr M Kingston: mkingston@brakenhale.co.uk
– 8R: Miss O Danset-Sales: odansetsales@brakenhale.co.uk
– 8A: Mr S Read-Linton: slinton@brakenhale.co.uk
– 8K: Mrs M Howes: mhowes@brakenhale.co.uk
– 8E: Mr H Smith: hsmith@brakenhale.co.uk
– 8N: Mr M Jones: mjones@brakenhale.co.uk
– 8H: Mr S Bell: sbell@brakenhale.co.uk
I will be in touch regarding upcoming events throughout the year.
Please feel free to contact me on 01344 465007 or sdouse@brakenhale.co.uk
I am looking forward to working with you for the next few years.
Kind regards
Miss S Douse
sdouse@brakenhale.co.uk,  01344 465007

12th July: Year 7 Book Look Week

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 7 Book Look Week
Parents have fed back to us that they would like to see their child’s work and how they are making progress in their subjects. Each year group is allocated a different week, during which exercise books/folders are sent home with students for parents to see how they are getting on in their studies.
As part of this process, this is also an excellent opportunity for you to look at your son/daughter’s work and see if they are working to the quality that you would expect from them.
Book Look Week for Year 7 has been now been completed and we hope that you had the opportunity to view your children’s work. Your views are important to us and we would be grateful if you could take a few minutes to complete the survey that was emailed to all Year 7 parents/carers.
Kind regards
Ms Baveystock, Assistant Headteacher

11th July: End of Term Arrangements

Dear Parents/Carers
End of Term Arrangements
We would like to confirm our end of term arrangements on Friday 21st July 2017 – school finishes for students at 12:05pm. If you would like your son/daughter to remain in school until the end of the school day, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Coley – Headteacher.
Please be reminded that the first day back of the autumn term is Tuesday 5th September where all students will be expected in school at 8.30am will full uniform and tools for learning.
Kind regards
School Office
Term Dates 2017-18 / School Uniform / Uniform Price List 2017 / Brakenhale School Uniform Shop

11th July: Year 6 Parents' Coffee Morning

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 6 Parent’s Coffee Morning
Just a reminder that you are all welcome to attend our Year 6 Parents’ Coffee Morning on Thursday 13th July from 9.30am to 11am where you will have an opportunity meet with other parents and key members of staff. Please come into school via our Main Reception.
Kind regards
School Office

10th July: House System

Dear Parents/Carers
House System at Brakenhale
Please see attached information regarding the new house system.
House System
Kind regards
School Office

10th July: MFL Trip - Return

Dear Parents/Carers
MFL Trip – Return
Just an update that students are safely back in the UK and the estimated time of arrival back to school is 7.15pm.
Kind regards
School Office

10th July: Haircuts

Dear Parents/Carers
Haircuts
I am writing to you as a reminder regarding haircuts. Last year we made the guidelines for haircuts a little more precise when we published our ruling that hair must not be shorter than a grade 1. This decision was taken in consultation with a number of students and parents and was a compromise that all sides felt allowed self-expression and fashion to be followed but at the same time maintained business like standards of appearance. However, in the last week we have noticed a few students who have gone shorter than this with a 0.5 or even a zero.
Please can I ask that as parents you support us in this as it helps to maintain our excellent standards of dress and appearance and it also avoids those very difficult conversations between staff, the student and home.
Thank you for your support in this matter.
Kind regards
Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteacher

10th July: Year 11 Year Book

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Year Book
We would like to advise that the deadline for payment for the 2017 Yearbook is Friday 14th July.  Please place orders by making payment on ParentPay.  The full cost of £17.50 must be paid by this date.
Regards
Miss Douse, Head of Year 11

9th July: MFL/History Trip Update - Day 3

Dear Parents/Carers
MFL/History Trip Update – Day 3
Very busy day.  We visited Brie market, went on a boat tour of Paris and Montparnasse deck.  Everybody had a brilliant time.
Kind regards
Brakenhale

8th July: MFL/History Trip Update - Day 2

Dear Parents/Carers
MFL/History Trip Update – Day 2
Day 2 and students and staff have enjoyed a brilliant day at Parc Asterix with the sun shining all day.
Kind regards
School Office

7th July: MFL/History Trip Update

Dear Parents/Carers
MFL/History Trip Update
A quick update on today’s trip, although we are sure most of you will have had contact with your son/daughter during the day. After an early start to the day, the students had a good ferry trip over to France. After arriving in Calais the first stop was to Vimy Ridge, a WW1 monument. They arrived at the Chateau at 6pm, sorted out the rooms, ate a good dinner and had a rounders match before bed – very tired students, as we are sure you all are as well after your early morning!
Kind regards
School Office

7th July: Multi-Gym Facility

Dear Parents/Carers
Multi-Gym Facility
We are looking at ways to provide our students with a Multi Gym facility at Brakenhale. The aim of which is to allow students to exercise both in PE lessons and in their free time in a safe and practical environment.  In order to provide this facility we are asking if parents have any old gym equipment, which is in good working order that they would be able to donate to the school.  Alternatively, if you have any contacts in the fitness industry who could help us out with purchasing equipment at an affordable price, it would also be appreciated.
Any equipment donated would be tested to ensure that it complies with health and safety regulations.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you can help in anyway.
Many thanks
Mr W Yeates, Head of PE
wyeates@brakenhale.co.uk

7th July: Ski Trip to Sestriere, Italy - March/April 2018

Dear Parents/Carers
Ski Trip to Sestriere, Italy – March/April 2018
Thank you to everyone who has paid the deposit towards the 2018 Ski Trip, we now have 21 students confirmed. The trip will go ahead with these numbers with currently no change to the overall price. Our original price was calculated on 30 students with hoodies included in the price.  We may lose the hoodies if we only take 21 students but I will make the hoodies optional at a cost of £20 for those students who want them (hopefully all the students will choose to buy one as they are brilliant for identifying the group quickly whilst travelling!). We will update you on this after the summer break.
In the meantime, please make payments when convenient. The next minimum payment of £150 will be due before the end of July, followed by £150 by the end of September.
I will be sending a list of suggested items for the trip at the start of the Autumn term with another parents meeting in early March 2018.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Many thanks
Mr W Yeates, Head of PE
wyeates@brakenhale.co.uk

6th July: Year 6 New Student Induction Days

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 6 New Student Induction Days
Further to our recent induction days, we hope that your son/daughter had a good experience with us.  In order for us to continually improve the transition experience, could we please ask that you complete the short survey that was emailed to you.
If you have any concerns regarding your son/daughter joining us in September, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Kind regards
School Office

6th July: History/MFL Trip to France 7-10th July

Dear Parents/Carers
History/MFL Trip to France – 7th to 10th July
I hope everyone is packed and feeling excited for our trip tomorrow.  A couple of reminders:
– Students must arrive at school at 6.30am
– Students must bring food for breakfast if they have not eaten and a packed lunch or money for food on the ferry
Please ensure you make a note of the school mobile number for your reference and also ensure that students have the number stored on their phones:
Emergency mobile no.: 07484 322719 (France)
If you need to contact the school over the weekend, please use the mobile number below:
Emergency mobile no.: 07947 148168 (UK)
Kind regards
Mr H Thomas, Assistant Headteacher

6th July: Year 6 Induction Days

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 6 Induction Days
We would like to advise that students will today be bringing home with them the following:
– Summer Curriculum Activities Booklet – which can be found on our website Summer Curriculum Activities Booklet
– ParentPay login information
– Data Collection Sheet
You will have received a login for MyMaths, if you experience any difficulties accessing, please contact us.
Could you please advise if you have any changes to your contact information shown on the data collection sheet by emailing (please provide student name).  If forms could be signed and returned to the main reception it would be appreciated.
Please also find attached information on accessing school gateway which will enable you to view information regarding your child.
If you have any queries regarding any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Kind regards
School Office

6th July: Year 10 Mock Interviews

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 Mock Interview Day – Friday 7th July
On Friday 7th July 2017 all Year 10 students will have a mock interview experience to help prepare them for their future. The interviews will be an opportunity to practice presenting themselves to a professional, and will take place at school. We have 25 volunteers who have agreed to share their time and expertise from various local, national and global businesses such as Thames Valley Police, Microsoft, OfSTED and QA Training, as well as members of our Governing Body.
Students will receive feedback on the way they present themselves, the responses they give to open questions and on their body language and confidence. We expect that students’ attitude and behaviour will be exemplary.  Students may wear full school uniform or business professional clothes (skirts should be on the knee).
Please let us know if your son/daughter will be absent from school on Friday so that we can cancel their appointment.
Interviews are always nerve-wracking but we hope this experience will challenge our students in a way that will be beneficial.
Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Yours faithfully
Mr P Benson, Head of Year 10
pbenson@brakenhale.co.uk

5th July: Year 10 English Literature

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 English Literature
Our Year 10 cohort will be sitting an additional Pre-Public Exam (PPE) this coming Monday 10th July, for English Literature.
It will be conducted under normal exam conditions, with students in the main hall or other locations dependent on their access arrangements.
The paper they will be sitting is 1 hour 45 minutes long and they will be answering questions on their Shakespeare text and their 19th Century text.  Please help to support them in revising for this exam in the coming days.
Many thanks
The English Department

5th July: Sports Day

Dear Parents/Carers
Sports Day – Wednesday 12th July
Next Wednesday 12th July is our Annual Sports Day.
Field events will take place during normal lessons Period 1 to 3. Field events include High Jump, Long Jump, Shot and Javelin.
We will have an earlier lunchtime on the day at 12.25pm until 12.55pm and then meet as a whole school on the Field at 1pm. Tutors will register students in tutor groups on the Tennis courts at 12.55pm.
Track events – all the running events plus the Tug of War and ‘Welly wanging’ events will take place from 1pm to 3.05pm.
Students and staff will be coming into school in their House colours for the day, making sure they are wearing suitable clothes to compete in. Face paints etc. to show off your colours are allowed but we would ask students and parents to not go overboard with these please especially if it is a hot day!
Students need to bring enough water for the day, sunscreen and money for the PTA stall.
Last year the winners were Nightingale! Good luck!
– Brunel – Green
– Rowling – Purple
– Austen – Yellow
– King – Red
– Einstein – Royal Blue
– Nightingale – Navy Blue
– Hawking – Orange
Kind regards
Mr W Yeates, Head of PE
wyeates@brakenhale.co.uk

5th July: Sixth Form Learning to Work - Work Experience

Dear Parents/Carers
Sixth Form Learning to Work – Work Experience in October
This morning the students were given a presentation regarding work experience that will be taking place in October.  It is not compulsory but highly advisable for anyone planning on not going to university.
Around 20 students attended the presentation and took away application forms.  The forms need a parental signature and are to be returned to the school by Wednesday 19th July.  Students will then be given a brief interview to confirm their preferences for work experience.
If any students missed the presentation but are interested in work experience, please see Mrs Perryman or their tutor to pick up a form.
As an aside from this, one student from the current year 13 who attended work experience  in a solicitors office last year is just about to start a higher apprenticeship in the same company. Clearly, these opportunities can be very beneficial!
Kind Regards
Sam Perryman, Sixth Form Administrator

4th July: Sixth Form Alternative Curriculum Day - Thursday 13th July

Dear Parents/Carers
Sixth Form Alternative Curriculum Day – Thursday 13th July
Please see attached a letter from Mr Dale, Head of Sixth Form.
Sixth Form Alternative Curriculum Day
Kind regards
School Office

4th July: Hot Weather

Dear Parents/Carers
Hot Weather
As the weather forecast is that temperatures will be very high this wee, we would like to advise that school uniform will continue with no blazers and no ties until the end of term.  However, all other uniform will remain as usual and students must have shirts tucked in.  Please remind students to bring in a refillable water bottle to keep hydrated during the day and sun cream particularly when outside for PE.
Kind regards
School Office

3rd July: Changes to GCSE Grades - Government Guidelines

Dear Parents/Carers
Changes to GCSE Grades – Government Guidelines
Over the course of the year I have been at various information evenings to explain the changes to GCSEs and the grading of these.
The government have now released a document which explains the new qualifications and I want to share this with you to help you understand school results going forward.
The link for this information is:
New GCSE Grading
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Mr P Gibson, Deputy Headteacher
pgibson@brakenhale.co.uk

3rd July: Reminder - Year 6 Inductions Days - 5th and 6th July

Dear Parents/Carers
REMINDERS – Year 6 Induction Days – 5th/6th July 2017

Please see below reminders regarding drop of and pick up on induction days:
Students should arrive via Coningsby entrance and gates will be opened at 9.00am for a 9.15am start, they will be met by staff and student ambassadors and taken to the Main Hall for an introductory assembly with Mrs Coley Headteacher, Mr Cooper – Head of Year 7 and Miss Baveystock, Assistant Headteacher.
Students will be dismissed at the end of the day at 2.50pm via Coningsby.  The area around the school gets very congested and we would encourage parents not to park close to the school.  However, if it is necessary to pick students up by car then please arrange a convenient pick up point away from the school.  We have approx. 1,000 students leaving the school site at the end of the day at 3.05pm and if you have not made arrangements with your child of where you will meet, you may have difficulty in locating each other.
During the day students will have their finger print taken for library authentication and for students to purchase refreshments in the school dining hall.  If you have any concerns regarding your son/daughter’s finger print being scanned, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Kind regards
School Office

3rd July: Year 12 Attendance

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 12 Attendance
We would like to take this opportunity to emphasise the importance of attending Sixth Form for the next three academic weeks until the end of the Summer term.
Regular attendance allows our students to gain a head start in their Year 13 A-Level studies, allowing them to access and prepare for the more challenging and demanding curriculum delivered in the second year of Sixth Form. At BTEC there is some vital work taking place in finishing the Year 12 modules off to the highest possible standard. Teachers are planning lessons and it is extremely frustrating if students are not present nor have communicated their absence in advance as they would do for work. Learning at Post 16 is often sequential and thus subsequent lessons may make little sense after an absence if no attempt has been made to catch up.
Since students returned on 19th June, Year 12 attendance has not met the same high standards the students set before the examination period. We were incredibly proud of the 95% figure the students collectively achieved and would like to continue this until the end of term.
Students are required to be in school at 8.40 prompt, ready for tutor time and assemblies and a school communication will be sent home to those who are not registered.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or queries.
Kind regards
Mr Boucher, Assistant Head of Sixth Form

3rd July: Art and Photography Exhibition - Today

Dear Parents/Carers
Art and Photography Exhibition – Today
The Art and Photography departments would like to invite you to come and celebrate the wonderful work that has been created this year by our very talented GCSE and A-Level students.  Work will be displayed in the main hall on Monday 3rd July from 5pm to 7pm.  All students and their families are welcome to attend so please come along and view the talent we have at Brakenhale.
Kind regards
School Office

3rd July: Year 11 Prom

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Prom
We were delighted to see so many of our students enjoying their Prom at the end of the exams at St Anne’s last week, they all looked wonderful and behaviour during the evening was exemplary.  We hope they all enjoy a great summer holiday and look forward to seeing them to collect their exam results on Thursday 24th August.
Kind regards
School Office

30th June: Charity Day

Dear Parents/Carers
Charity Day
Thank you to everyone who contributed today towards our Thames Hospice charity day in memory of Helen Gennery.
Final amounts raised to follow but I know it’s well over £1000 which is fantastic!
The FC Ewan v FC Toby match was played in great spirit and it was great to see so many students and staff coming down to support.
Thank you to everyone who played and contributed.
Final score:
FC Ewan 1 (P Gibson)
FC Toby 5 (M Nower 2, T Nower, T Gennery, N O’Donoghue)
Kind regards
Mr W Yeates, Head of PE

30th June: Drug Detection Dog

Dear Parents/Carers
Drug Detection Dog
Today we were visited by the drug detection dog. The dog performed a thorough sweep of the school site, including a walk around the perimeter and an inspection of bins and hedgerows surrounding the school. The students were incredibly positive towards the dog and were keen to make its acquaintance!   We are pleased to report that nothing was found by the dog.
As we have communicated previously this initiative is part of our robust zero tolerance policy of no drugs on the school site.   It is pleasing to see that our student community is responding so supportively to our stance on this issue.
Thank you for your continued support with this matter.
Yours faithfully
Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteacher

29th June: Art & Photography Exhibition

Dear Parents/Carers
Art & Photography Exhibition
The Art and Photography departments would like to invite you to come and celebrate the wonderful work that has been created this year by our very talented GCSE and A-Level students. Work will be displayed in the main hall from 5pm to 7pm on Monday 3rd July. All students and their families are welcome to attend so please come along and view the talent we have at Brakenhale.
Kind regards
School Office

29th June: Free School Meals - Year 6 Students

Dear Parents/Carers
Free school meals
We would like to advise that the authorisation and administration for Free School Meals is handled by the Admissions Department of Bracknell Forest Council.
It is worthwhile applying for Free School Meals entitlement even if your son/daughter does not require a school lunch because you may receive financial assistance with other school related expenses.
If you think your son/daughter may qualify, please complete the Bracknell Forest Council application form online via the link below.
Bracknell Forest – applying for free school meals
Alternatively, complete and submit the attached PDF.
Kind regards
School Office

28th June: Non -Uniform Day

Dear Parents/Carers
Non-uniform Day – Friday 30th June
Further to previous correspondence regarding the non-uniform day on Friday 30th June, we would like to confirm that students may bring a school bag of their choice but they must bring all books and tools for learning for the day.  The cost for the non-uniform privilege is £1.00 and will be collected by Tutors.
Kind regards
School Office

28th June: Year 10 Science Exams

Dear Parents/Carers
Science Exams
Further to the Science exams your son/daughter completed at the beginning of May 2017 I would like to confirm how the results will be delivered.
Over the next week, you and your son/daughter will receive an email with a 5 page attachment which details the result from each paper (Biology, Chemistry and Physics).  The attachment shows (over pages 1, 2 and 3) the topics and skills from each paper with an associated colour that indicates confidence.  These colours will be Red, Yellow and Green and imply the following.
RED – indicates that this skill/topic has not been met in full and is the weak area.
YELLOW – indicates that this skill/topic has been partially met but there are still some weak areas.
GREEN – indicates that this topic/skill has been successfully met.
At the end of page 3, there is a table which shows the scores from each paper, a total for all 3 papers and a percentage (this percentage is their score out of 180).  Please note at this stage, we are not able to give a grade on the 9 – 1 scale.
Pages 4 and 5 then summarises the areas that need the most improvement.  As a department over the remaining weeks of this term we will be tackling some of those areas with our Science groups to build towards year 11.
It would greatly help your son/daughter’s achievement in year 11 if work towards these improvements continues over the summer break in preparation for September 2017 and the start of year 11.
I will be writing to you again before the summer break with links to resources that can be used to support this.
Thank you for your continued support.
Kind regards
Mr J Radcliffe, Head of Science
jradcliffe@brakenhale.co.uk

27th June: Non-Uniform Day

Dear Parents/Carers
Non-uniform Day
On Friday 30th June we will be holding a non-school uniform day to raise money for the Thames Hospice. This event is in memory of Helen Gennery, who was one of our school Governors who was looked after so well during her battle with cancer by the Hospice.
Helen’s sons, Ewan and Toby, are organising a charity football match after school on the same day. Spectators are welcome to come down to the astro turf at 4pm to cheer on the Ewan XI v’s the Toby XI, teams made up of both students and teachers (for a small contribution to the charity!)
The match will also be the first opportunity to see the brand new Brakenhale Football kits in action.
Please note clothing should be suitable for school, no shorts or skirts may be worn that are above the knee and no short tops that do not cover the midriff.
Many thanks for your support.
Kind regards
Mr W Yeates, Head of PE
wyeates@brakenhale.co.uk

26th June: PTA Clothes Recycling Initiative

Dear Parents/Carers
PTA Clothes Recycling Initiative
You will have noticed that we have been advertising our clothes collection in Parent News and we would like to remind you that this is the last week for bringing in your unwanted clothes, shoes and accessories for recycling as the bags will be collected from the School on Friday morning.
Bags have been offered to Year 7 and 8 students to take home, please bring your filled bags to main reception before Friday, clothes can also be brought into school in bin liners or other plastic bags.
Kind regards
School Office

PTA Bag 2 School Clothes Recycling June 2017 b smaller

26th June: Year 10 PE Kit

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 PE Kit
Please be reminded that unless students are sitting an exam, they will need their PE  kit in school for their PE lesson as usual.
Kind regards
School Office

26th June: Public Service Message

Dear Parents/Carers
Please see message below from the Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Service.
INCREASED RISK OF WILDFIRES
Due to the current dry, hot weather we are experiencing, we are at a heightened risk of wildfires.
To minimise the potential risk, we are asking all schools across Berkshire to disseminate our wildfire messages to pupils before the end of term, to help keep young people and their families as safe as possible during the summer holidays. We would also ask that all young people are reminded of the dangers associated with fire and the consequences of playing with matches and lighters.
Thank you for your assistance.
Kind regards
Kasia Jaworski, Risk Reduction Practitioner
Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Service
Contact No – 07771608434 | Email – jaworskik @rbfrs.co.uk

26th June: School Uniform

Dear Parents/Carers
School Uniform
Further to previous correspondence, we would like to advise that school uniform will continue with no blazers and no ties until the end of term.  However, all other uniform will remain as usual and students must have shirts tucked in.   Please remind students to bring in a refillable water bottle to keep hydrated during the day and suncream on hot days.
Kind regards
School Office

23rd June: History/Languages Trip to France - 7th July

Dear Parents/Carers
History/Modern Foreign Languages Trip to France – 7th July 2017
Please be aware that all students attending the above trip will not need to bring bedding with them.  However, they will need to bring towels and toiletries.
Kind regards
School Office

23rd June: Year 11 Transition Day

Hi Year 11
Subject: Transition Day
Just a quick final reminder that Transition Day starts on Monday 26th June 2017 for all applicants to Brakenhale Sixth Form.
Join us in the Sixth Form common room at 8:40am for registration/assembly starting with Bacon sandwiches and refreshments.  We look forward to seeing you all there.
If you didn’t apply to Brakenhale but would like to come and experience Sixth Form with us, please contact a member of the Sixth Form Team.
Regards
Mr T Dale, Head of Sixth Form

22nd June: Year 10 Revision

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 Revision Information
Please see attached a Revision Information Guide for students.
Kind regards
Mr R Beukes, Head of KS4
rbeukes@brakenhale.co.uk

Year 10 Revision Booklet