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. 

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Communications 2019-2020

10th July: Term Dates 2020-21

Dear Parents/Carers
Please find attached a reminder of term dates for the next academic Year 2020/21.
We would also like to remind you of the September return dates:
Thursday 3rd September – [New] Year 7 only
Friday 4th September – [New] Year 7, 11, 12 and 13
Monday 7th September – ALL STUDENTS RETURN
Kind regards
School Office

10th July: Year 11 Results Day - Careers Advisor

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Results Day – Careers Advisor
For results day this year, we will also have an Independent Careers Advisor available who can offer support on the next steps for your $son/daughter$ based on their exam results.
As a reminder for the day, in order to ensure that we meet Government Guidance, we respectfully ask that students follow the instructions for collecting results on Thursday 20th August. If you are feeling unwell or have a temperature, please do not enter the school site.
Tutor groups 11B, 11R, and 11K your results will be available between 9:30-10:15
Tutor groups 11E, 11N and 11H your results will be available between 10:30-11:15
Kind regards
Miss Rushby, Head of Year 11

10th July: Family Information Evening Year 6 15.7.20

Dear Parents/Carers
Just a short note following on from my communication last Friday.
Firstly, I can confirm that additional updates have been made to the transition website, please do take a look in particular at the FAQs.
Secondly, Mr McKane and I will be hosting the next Zoom Meeting on Wednesday 15th July.
The purpose of the meeting is to share key information about your child’s first few days in September, further details about the two induction days as well as some general information that would usually be shared face-to-face at our ‘Family Information Evening’ in July. The Zoom meeting will be held at 1.00pm and repeated at 6.00pm, you are invited and encouraged to attend one of these meetings, the 6.00pm meeting will be recorded.
The invitation and joining details for both meetings will be sent out early next week.
Wishing you a lovely weekend.
Best wishes
Mr B Coley, Assistant Headteacher

10th July: Year 11 and Year 13 Opportunities at Mircrosoft

Dear Parents/Carers and Students
Opportunities at Microsoft – Year 11 and 13
Please see attached apprenticeship opportunities at Microsoft.
Please also use this link for further information:
https://www.getmyfirstjob.co.uk/OurNetworks/Employers/details/119/microsoft
Kind regards
Mr Beukes, Brakenhale Careers Team

8th July: Year 12 into Year 13

Dear Parents/Carers,
I hope you are well and are staying safe at this difficult time; I would like to thank you for your support over lockdown and with every aspect of your child’s Sixth Form journey. The Brakenhale Staff/Student/Parent community is not something I take for granted, and I know I am fortunate to work as part of a community who are all aiming for the same thing – for our students to achieve their full potential and to be happy whilst doing so.
The purpose of this letter is to inform you of our plan of return for our year 12 students into year 13 in September. Traditionally we would have used the end of year 12 exams as the basis for our conversations with students about year 13 – it is our view that if students only achieve a ‘U’ in their year 12 studies it makes year 13 very difficult for them; the content is more difficult and there is more of it. When this happens we discuss next steps with the students, and this usually involves a repeat of year 12 or a change in subject. These conversations aren’t ‘directive’, and are a means for finding a better way for students to achieve as well as they can.
The reason for this is so that students are on courses that they can achieve well in for their applications for University, jobs or apprenticeships – a Distinction in a different subject will serve them much better than a ‘U’ in a subject that they have struggled with over year 12 and 13.
With this in mind, we will be using the initial 4 weeks in September to settle students back in to school, revisit the material set in year 12 and over lockdown, and then sit PPE exams in the week beginning the 5th October. This will mean the students will have had the lockdown period, the 6 weeks over summer and the 4 weeks return period to secure the content covered in year 12. Any students not achieving at least an ‘E’ grade will have a meeting to discuss next steps to work out the best way forward.
BTEC students will have a checklist of assignments that will need to be completed in order to pass year 12 – these will only be the work set in year 12 and over lockdown, and will exclude the units we have ‘claimed for’.
I am sending you this now so that we can start to look towards a return to normality in September. The intention here is to ensure that students have secured the knowledge required to progress into year 13, and that we have been fair in the way we have done this. We do need to have some form of summative examination, and I want to give the students ample time to prepare for these both academically and mentally.
I hope you can appreciate that we are aiming to support our students whilst maintaining academic standards for them at the same time. If you do have any questions please do let me know on JDuffy@Brakenhale.co.uk.
Many thanks,
Mr Duffy, Head of Sixth Form,

6th July: Sixth Form Transition

Dear Parents/carers,
We would like to let you know that we are running online Sixth Form transition sessions for those who would like to join our Sixth Form in September. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 we could not have our transition sessions in school and as planned, so this seems like the next best thing that we can offer.
There will be two sessions, and students can attend either one – please could you fill out the attached form so we know who to expect. We wanted to offer the students something so that they can get thinking about Sixth Form and looking forward to September. We will be going through the expectations of the Sixth Form, as well as talking through our vision and values, tutor groups, what to expect in September, and smaller details like dress code and so on.
The dates that we are running these sessions are:
Monday 13th July – 1:00pm
Tuesday 14th July – 10:00am
If you could fill in the form below and let us know whether or not the student in your care would like to attend then that would be great.
We do hope students can join us – we are really looking forward to working with this group of students. if you have any questions please do let me know on
Many thanks,
Mr Duffy, Head of Sixth Form, JDuffy@Brakenhale.co.uk.

6th July: GCE Exam Results Collection Day - 13.7.20

Dear Parents/Carers and Students
Exam Results and Collection
I hope this email finds you and your families safe and well.
In order to ensure that we meet government guidance, we respectfully ask that students follow the instructions for collecting results on Thursday 13th August. These will be available between 9:00 and 11:30. If you are feeling unwell or have a temperature, please do not enter the school site.
Students will need to enter the school by coming in behind the Trampoline Centre and following the path on to the tennis courts where there will be a queuing system. For students requiring assistance, support and advice with clearance decisions there will be a help desk available.
We are hoping to distribute student results outside but if this is not possible students will be directed to where they need to go in order to collect their grades from the tennis courts.
Students that are unable to collect their results, please contact exams@brakenhale.co.uk and their results will be emailed to their school email address.
Please remember that social distancing must be observed at all times and this does include walking to and from school.
If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards,
Huw Thomas

3rd July: Year 6 Transition

Dear Parents/Carers
Another update from me, I hope this finds you well.
More information is appearing on the Transition Website, shortly to include photos of the Year 7 Tutors and a brief introduction from each of them – do take a look! The FAQs section has also been added to so please revisit them as well.
The main purpose of this communication is to share with you an update on transition visits to the school. Despite many plans being ready to go, to welcome Year 6 students for a visit around their new school, the guidance and direction being given from a number of sources does not allow us to run these visits before the end of term. I appreciate that this is not ideal and very frustrating however, the September plan is ready to go – please read on.
Specific information will be shared at a later date but during the first few days when students return, Year 7 will receive two induction days, on one of these days they will be the only students on site. It is my intention to ensure that both days provide them with as much of a normal transition experience as possible allowing them to:
-feel comfortable and confident with the buildings and the rooms,
-move around and familiarise themselves with the school,
-spend time with their tutor and tutor group to get to know them, and
-experience some of their timetabled lessons.
Students are also likely to undertake some short assessments in light of the absence of Key Stage 2 SATS across these days; there is no preparation required for any of them, and please reassure your child that there is nothing to worry about and will be computer/online based.
Finally, before the end of term, we are hoping to hold another Zoom Meeting whereby we can share some important information in readiness for September, alongside further details of the Induction days. We will be in touch with the details.
Wishing you a pleasant and safe weekend.
Kind regards
Mr B Coley, Assistant Headteacher

3rd July: Fun Friday Challenge - Story Writing

Good morning
Please see attached information on the FunFriday Challenge for this week it’s the “Story Writing Challenge”.
We look forward to receiving your entries by midday Thursday 9th July to funfriday@brakenhale.co.uk
#getinvolved #bettertogether #teambrakenhale
Kind regards
School Office

3rd July: British Rowing Opportunity

Good morning
I have been contacted by BRITISH ROWING about a great opportunity for Brakenhale students to get involved in!
Ben Reed is Head of the Talent ID programme and is based at the World Class Start Centre in Reading. He has contacted me to try and get students at Brakenhale involved in taking up rowing, aged from 13/14 onwards.
It is a fantastic sport that you can do individually or as part of a team, but being out on the water with the wind in your face and your heart pumping is a brilliant feeling!
Have a look at this link for more information and how to sign up for trials – https://www.britishrowing.org/application-for-world-class-start-testing/
You can also contact Ben here on this email address – ben.reed@britishrowing.org
There is no experience needed whatsoever for rowing, anyone can get involved, so please give it a try if you fancy it.
Thank you
Mr M Potter, Head of PE

2nd July: Staff Member of the Year

Dear Parents/Carers/Students and Staff
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 sent out to submit your vote.
Voting closes on Friday 10th July at 12noon.
The staff member receiving the highest number of votes will announced at the End of Year Assembly on Friday 17th July, 2020.
Kind regards
School Office

2nd July: Year 11 Exam Results

Dear Students, Carers and Parents,
Year 11 – Exam Results
I hope this email finds you and your families safe and well.
In order to ensure that we meet government guidance we respectfully ask that students follow the instructions for collecting results on Thursday 20th August. If you are feeling unwell or have a temperature, please do not enter the school site.
Tutor groups 11B, 11R, and 11K your results will be available between 9:30-10:15
Tutor groups 11E, 11N and 11H your results will be available between 10:30-11:15
Students will need to enter the site by coming in behind the trampoline centre and following the path on to the tennis courts, there will be a queuing system and a table for each tutor group. For students requiring assistance, there will be a help desk available along with desks for 6th form sign-up.
Students that are unable to collect their results in their allotted time slot must please contact exams@brakenhale.co.uk and their results will be emailed to their school email address.
Please remember that social distancing must be observed at all times and this does include walking to and from school.
If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards,
Huw Thomas, Assistant Headteacher

1st July: Careers - Mindset and Motivational Webinars

Dear Parents/Carers and students
Mindset and Motivational Webinars
We are excited that Cameron Parker, the UK’s #1 School Motivational Speaker, will be running ‘Mindset and Motivation’ webinars for us on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays, starting from Monday 6th of July, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM BST. These sessions will support students to stay motivated, build resilience and keep organised, plus so much more.
Cameron has positively impacted over 350,000 young people; he knows what works and he knows what it takes to be successful in life. Here are a few words from Cameron:
“Every teenager needs this; eventually lockdown will be over, and I want to make sure you are on track to succeed, not just in school but whatever you want to do after school. This is a great opportunity to start working on your goals, and become the best person you can be”
You can find more information regarding Cameron and the webinars by following this link: https://dreams2-reality.com/study-higher-online/
In addition to the webinars, you have access to all of Cameron’s videos – have a look at what’s there and ask if you need anything!
To access the Dreams 2 Reality Academy, you need to go to: https://dreams2-reality.com/academy-online/ – The password is D2R
I would highly encourage you to join the first one and see what it is all about. Below is the link that will give you direct access to the webinar:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2054573124280522766
Access to all Cameron’s work is paid for by our partners Study Higher. To help us secure future funding, we would ask that if you use any of the resources that you please complete the questionnaire: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSezgfIF0rUtb1mCTHi6iEctvBmaYSob9dzQdYydgE0Oh51C2Q/formResponse.
Kind regards
Careers@Brakenhale

1st July: Igniting Writing

Good evening
Igniting Writing
We have some exciting news for all our budding authors out there, if you have an interest in writing then this is a brilliant opportunity for you.
Igniting Writing, the creative writing club for teens that runs at Wokingham Library are now resuming the Igniting Writing sessions remotely, for teens to dial in.
This is a brilliant way for young writers to come together, share ideas and develop their storytelling.
While lockdown may be easing, this is a great way for students to have a creative outlet while remaining safe
Wokingham Library will be holding the online Igniting Writing sessions monthly, with the next one scheduled for Saturday 11th July at 10:30am.
If any students would like to join in, all you need to do is have a parent/carer email Elizabeth McDonald, the Wokingham Library Young People and Families Outreach Manager, with your name, age and school, requesting to be part of the session. Elizabeth can be contacted on elizabeth.mcdonald@wokingham.gov.uk and she can then send you the link to dial in.
Kind regards
School Office

1st July: GCSE Exam Results Days

Dear Students/Parents and Carers,
GCSE results will be issued on Thursday 20th August. Information regarding collection will be sent closer to the time.
Kind regards
Huw Thomas, Assistant Headteacher

29th June: University Taster Days

Dear Parents/Carers and Students
University Taster Days – Search Engine
Be sure to check out UniTasterDays search engine where you can search and book a workshop, event, subject taster day or open day.
Kind regards
Careers

29th June: Oxford University Virtual Open Days

Dear Parents/Carers
Virtual Open Days – University of Oxford
The University of Oxford will be holding Virtual Open Days on the 1st and 2nd July.
Students will have the opportunity to find out more about being a student at Oxford from current undergraduates and tutors about the courses.
They can also learn how to submit a strong application to Oxford.
If you would like to know more, please follow this link virtual open days.
Kind regards
Careers Office
Brakenhale School

27th June: Reading University Opportunities

Good afternoon
Please see the webinars that University of Reading are offering. These could be very beneficial in supporting our students to make informed choices about their future.
Student Finance – Monday 29th June 2020 2pm
Student Life – Wednesday 1st July 2020 10:30am
Why study at Reading – Wednesday 1st July 2020 1:30pm
Subject Spotlight: Why study Accounting – Monday 6th July 1pm
How to choose you University and Course – Monday 6th July 2pm
Subject Spotlight: English Literature – Wednesday 8th July 10:30am
Things I wish I had known… before applying for university – Wednesday 8th July 1:30pm
Subject Spotlight: English Language and linguistics – Wednesday 15th July 10:30am
If any of these are of interest to you please follow this link in order to book a place:
https://emailer.reading.ac.uk/4R68-CVJH-CF41F9OG8E/cr.aspx
Regards
Mr Beukes & Ms Lane
Brakenhale Careers Team

25th June: Fun Friday Challenge - Recreate a Photo/Work of Art

Good morning
Please see information sent home on the FunFriday Challenge for this week – recreate a photograph or work of art.
We look forward to receiving your entries by midday Thursday 2nd July to funfriday@brakenhale.co.uk
#getinvolved #bettertogether #teambrakenhale
Kind regards
School Office

24th June: Year 13 Information

Dear Parents/Carers,
I hope you are all well and are keeping safe at this very strange time.
We wanted to send you a message of reassurance as we are aware that Year 13 have been away from us for a long time now, and invariably there is a lot of information (and misinformation) in the media at the moment surrounding education and A Level/Level 3 BTEC grades.
Whist we are not able to share with parents or students specific, individual grades, I can tell you that our system for grade entry was robust, and every single grade entered was checked, challenged, and re-checked to ensure that our students have not been disadvantaged by the difficult circumstances that forced the nation’s schools and sixth forms into early ‘closure’ this year. It is true that the DfE will check the grades that are claimed by sixth forms and schools to ensure consistency across previous year’s results and possibly adjust inputted grades based on this, but we have done everything we can to ensure that our grades are consistent with what students should be awarded for their efforts. The overall outcomes for the Sixth Form that we are claiming this year are broadly in line with what we have achieved over the last two years, and so there is no reason to believe that there will be significant adjustments from the DfE.
We will be available to students on A Level results day (13th August 2020) to answer any questions and support students in any way we can, including university applications, apprenticeship placements, appeals, and making sense of the grades awarded. We have every reason to believe that this will be a very positive day, and are looking forward to seeing what our students have achieved over two years of incredibly hard work. I’d also like to take this moment to say what a pleasure it has been to work with our parents and students over the last couple of years – I feel very privileged to be part of such a wonderful community.
Should you have any questions in the meantime, please do get in touch on JDuffy@Brakenhale.co.uk, and I will support in any way I can.
Many thanks,
Mr Duffy
Head of Sixth Form

23rd June: Rising Temperatures - Stay Hydrated

Good afternoon
As temperatures are rising this week, we would like to remind students in school to bring plenty of water with them for their day as our water fountains are currently out of bounds.
We would also like to advise that the Sir Whippy (Ice Cream Van) has been booked for 12pm on Thursday if students would like to buy an ice cream, they accept cash or contactless payments.
Kind regards
School Office

23rd June: Year 12 Careers Guidance and Distant Learning

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 12 – Careers Guidance and Distant Learning
Careers resources were sent home for this week that will provide information around careers and next steps, as well as helping them navigate the Unifrog resource.
Year 12 – Session 6 – Remote applications – video interviews
These resources are optional and non-compulsory activity for students to complete. However, we feel that some students might find this useful in helping them cope with these difficult times.
All our students have access to Unifrog – https://www.unifrog.org/. Students can login using their @brakenhale.co.uk email address. Students should have their own password. If they have forgotten theirs, they will then need to generate a new one by following the ‘forgot password’ link.
Kind regards
Mr Beukes & Ms Lane, Brakenhale Careers Team

23rd June: Year 10 Careers Guidance and Distant Learning

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 – Careers Guidance and Distant Learning
Careers resources were sent home for this week that will provide information around careers and next steps, as well as helping them navigate the Unifrog resource.
Year 10 – Session 6 – Remote applications – video interviews
These resources are optional and non-compulsory activity for students to complete. However, we feel that some students might find this useful in helping them cope with these difficult times.
All our students have access to Unifrog – https://www.unifrog.org/. Students can login using their @brakenhale.co.uk email address. Students should have their own password. If they have forgotten theirs, they will then need to generate a new one by following the ‘forgot password’ link.
Kind regards
Mr R Beukes and Ms Lane, Brakenhale Careers Team

23rd June: Year 9 Careers Guidance and Distant Learning

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 – Careers Guidance and Distant Learning
We have now come to the end of our Careers and distant learning lessons. Thank you for your support in helping us to continue to provide our students with the relevant information and guidance when it comes to preparing them for their future next steps.
We would, however, welcome students to continue their own journey of learning and discovery. Please see below a checklist that students can use to help navigate them through Unifrog and make use of it’s full benefits.
All our students have access to Unifrog – https://www.unifrog.org/. Students can login using their @brakenhale.co.uk email address. Students should have their own password. If they have forgotten theirs, they will then need to generate a new one by following the ‘forgot password’ link.
Kind regards
Mr Beukes & Ms Lane, Brakenhale Careers Team

Careers at Brakenhale – Unifrog Year 9 Checklist
In order to make the most of this excellent resource please see a list of suggested activities that students can complete to give them a well-rounded perspective regarding careers and their next steps at the end of each school year.
All information and progress will be saved on a student’s profile and they will continue to build their knowledge and skills as they advance through the various Key Stages. When it comes to making informative decisions we strongly believe that knowledge is power and the key to opening aspirational doors for our young people.
❏ Subjects library – What is your favourite subject? Go to the Subjects library and explore subjects that can be studied at university. Find a subject you like and favourite it. In the subject guide, find something to watch/read in the Geek out section then write about it as an Activity.
❏ Know-how library – Find at least two guides in three different sections of the Know-how library (total of six). Read and favourite them.
❏ Personality profile – Complete this quiz, it should take you 15-20 minutes. Read through your results; are they accurate?!
❏ Apprenticeships – Ever thought about doing an apprenticeship? Read the first page of the Apprenticeship search tool, then work through the tool, looking at opportunities in your local area, in a career area that interests you.
❏ CV – Have you made a CV before? Use the CV builder tool to create a CV for one of the opportunities you found in the Apprenticeships tool.
❏ Locker – Save any important documents and information in here. Examples include certificates from competitions or news articles about jobs you find interesting.

23rd June: Lost Property

Good morning
We would like to remind you, if your son/daughter has lost any items this term, you can still email lostproperty@brakenhale.co.uk where Mrs McCrorie will be happy to collate a list of items to check when she returns to school.
Please ensure that you provide details your child’s name, tutor group and a description of the lost item.
Kind regards
School Office

23rd June: Berkshire Healthcare School Advice Line

Sports Dear Parents/Carers
Please see information below from Berkshire Healthcare:
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Berkshire Healthcare is launching a new School Nursing advice and support line for children, young people and their families, to offer health advice and referral into the service for on-going support if needed. The line will be available from 9am-4.30pm, Monday to Friday.
You can access this service by dialing 0118 9312111 and selecting ‘Option 4’ to speak to a School Nurse from our team.
In addition please can you send out the following message to all year 9 and above students as soon as possible;
You do not have to struggle in silence. The school nursing team are here to listen, phone our new advice and support line on 0118 9312111 and select option 4 to speak to a school nurse. Monday to Friday 9am-4.30pm.
It’s ok to not be ok.
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Kind regards
School Office

22nd June: Sports Week is Here!

Hello Brakenhale Community member
Sports Week 2020 has begun and the week starts off with today’s activity, The Burpee Challenge!
The task cards and submission tickets for each day, along with all other sports week info can be found here ⬇️
https://brakenhale.co.uk/brakenhale-sports-week-2020/
Please support your HOUSE and the quest to win the sports day/week trophy and maybe even the House Cup at the end of the year!
Tag us on social media if you can with your challenge photos and videos!
@Brakenhale
@BrakenhalePE
All submissions count, so get active and get going and make sure you submit your entries by 1700.
Thank you
Miss Willimott and the PE department

20th June: Next Steps for Year 10 - B&W College

Good morning
Letter sent home from Bracknell & Wokingham College with updates on next steps for Year 10 students.
Letter also available on our website.
Kind regards
School Office

19th June: Fun Friday Challenge - Sports Celebration

Good morning
Please see information sent home on the FunFriday Challenge for this week – to mark the return of competitive sport, it’s the “Sports Celebration Challenge”.
We look forward to receiving your entries by midday Thursday 25th June to funfriday@brakenhale.co.uk
#getinvolved #bettertogether #teambrakenhale
Kind regards
School Office

17th June: New Building Virtual Tour

Good morning
We have been working with our new Year 7 transition students as they have been unable to visit our new building for their transition days this year and have put together a virtual tour of our new building.
Please see click on the link below if you have been unable to come and visit yet or if you have forgotten what it looks like at school!

Kind regards
School Office

5th June: Year 10/12 Return to School Urgent Information

[If you have already advised us that your son/daughter will not be returning to school, please ignore this message]
Dear Parents/Carers
With the return to school for students approaching we would like to share some important information with you.
Please review and familiarise yourself with the following Policies which can be found on the school website https://brakenhale.co.uk/about/policies/:
· Health & Safety Policy
· Infection Control Policy
· First Aid Policy
Please click on link sent to confirm that you have read and understood the contents of the above policies.
Parent/Carer Acknowledgement of Information
PLEASE NOTE: If we do not receive a response from you, your son/daughter will NOT be able to come in to school and will be sent home should they arrive on the school site.
If you have difficulty in completing this form, please do not hesitate to contact us.
You must NOT send your son/daughter to school if they develop any Covid-19 symptoms (see link below) or if another household member develops symptoms. If symptoms do become apparent, please ensure that you call and email to inform us straight away and follow the national stay at home guidance (link below)
Symptoms – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/
Stay at Home Guidance – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection
Should your child become unwell with any of the Covid19 symptoms whilst at school, we will call you straight away and they will be asked to wait in our designated isolation room next to the first aid room on the ground floor for you to pick them up. If you are returning to work yourselves, please ensure that we have an alternative emergency contact who will be available to come and collect at short notice.
Thank you for working with us to ensure the safety of students and staff during these uncertain times.
Kind regards
School Office

5th June: Year 6 Virtual Information Events

Dear Parents/Carers
We hope that this finds you well and that half-term allowed you all to have a break from virtual learning. Before half term, I shared with you our intention to hold a Zoom Meeting to share with you some key messages and for you to ‘see’ some key staff, as well as an idea about our transition plans moving forward. I can now confirm the date and times of these meetings below.
At this point, I must thank you for showing an interest in these meetings, we received over 140 positive responses therefore, we are going to offer all three sessions. Please join your preferred meeting however, if a better meeting time now suits you then please join that meeting – we hope to see as many of you as possible. If you would prefer to not have your camera turned on, then this is absolutely fine.
All meetings will be on Wednesday 10 June, at: 10.00am, 1.00pm and 3.00pm
The invitations for each meeting will be sent out later today, or on Monday. All meetings will be the same in format and content, so you only need to join one of them, if you can.
Kind regards
Mr B Coley, Assistant Headteacher i/c of Year 6 Transition

5th June: Friday Fun Challenge - Favourite Book Cover

Good morning
Please see information sent home on this week’s FunFriday Challenge – Recreate your favourite book cover!
Entries in by mid-day Thursday 11th June please.
Looking forward to seeing your entries!
Kind regards
School Office

4th June: Brakenhale Against Racism

Dear Parents/Carers
We would like to offer you support in discussing anti-racism and the black lives matter movement within your homes. Please find a resource we have made to support you in doing this. We know many members of our community have been affected by the current situation in America and the footage being played out across the media. It is important we support all members of our community especially at the saddest of times.
Brakenhale Against Racism
Many thanks
Ms H IoannidisHead of Vocational & Alternative Curriculum, PSHE lead

4th June: Positive Praise for Schools

Dear Parents/Carers
Delighted to share with you some positive praise for the Greenshaw Learning Trust Schools from Baroness Berridge of the Vale of Catmose, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the School System.
Letter from Baroness Berridge
Kind regards
School Office

4th June: Parent Telephone Consultations with Educational Psychologist

Dear Parents/Carers
Following a positive response, Bracknell Forest Educational Psychology Service are offering another 4-week cycle of consultations with an Educational Psychologist for the weeks commencing 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th June. These sessions can be booked by parents at no cost. For full details, please see the attached flyer (which includes booking information).
Kind regards
School Office

4th June: Illuminating Brakenhale

Good afternoon
Calling all Brakenhale staff and students…
Please go to Youtube and search for Brakenhale Youtube to find our channel. From here, click subscribe.
If we can reach the magic number of 1,000 subscribers, we will be able to livestream a fantastic event that you won’t want to miss next week – we’re calling it:
ILLUMINATING BRAKENHALE
With the help of Mr Curtis and some of his friends from a production company, we will be projecting images on to the school building! This will include a huge rainbow (the symbol of hope during the coronavirus outbreak) and even some of the magnificent work submitted by our students over the past few weeks.
This will be a one time, unique event to showcase the #teambrakenhale spirit and we hope you can be there to join us.
More information will be published soon about the event itself, but PLEASE in the meantime get subscribing to our youtube channel.
Kind regards
School Office

4th June: Careers Guidance and Distance Learning Week 4

Dear Parents/Carers
Careers Guidance and Distant Learning – Week 4
Careers Resources for this week have been sent home that will provide information around careers as well a helping the students navigate the Unifrog resource:
Year 7 – Session 4 – Communication Skills, two sides of a coin
Year 8 – Session 4 – Communication Skills, two sides of a coin
Year 9 – Session 4 – Supply Chain Careers (supermarkets)
Year 10 – Session 4 – Work Experience (at home) – Part 2
Year 12 – Session 4 – Work Experience (at home) – Parts 1-3
These resources are optional and a non-compulsory activity for students to complete. However, we feel that some students might find this useful in helping them cope with these difficult times.
All our students have access to Unifrog – https://www.unifrog.org/. Students can login using their @brakenhale.co.uk email address. Students should have their own password. If they have forgotten theirs, they will then need to generate a new one by following the ‘forgot password’ link.
Kind regards
Mr Beukes and Ms Lane, Brakenhale Careers Team

3rd June: Year 10 English Home Learning

Good morning
The Year 10 English lessons are continuing this half term and are located in the same central location, the Year 10 section of this website: https://sites.google.com/brakenhale.co.uk/closure/home?authuser=0
Up until now the students have been studying Power and Conflict poetry which is a section of the Literature GCSE exam they will sit at the end of Year 11. From next week onwards, the content of the lessons will change to focus on English Language Paper 1 which again is a paper the students will sit in the summer of 2021. The students worked on this paper in school before the Christmas break and these lessons will help to revise the questions they have previously studied. There is no doubt these resources are a high-quality and beneficial resource for the students to prepare them for their GCSE exams and will be of a huge benefit to the students when they return to school.
Kind regards
Miss D O’Brien, Head of English, Do’brien@brakenhale.co.uk

2nd June: Home Learning Update - Year 7

Dear Parents/Carers and Students
Home Learning Update – Year 7
We have now completed 40 days of online learning and including today we have 34 days left.
Myself and my team have been so impressed with Year 7 in this time. The whole school has risen to the challenge of working from home – but none quite to the same level as Year 7. We are the best!
A quick reminder this morning as to how we are working for the next 34 school days (that’s including today). The majority of the lessons are on Youtube and these can be found by using the Brakenhale Closure Site at: https://sites.google.com/brakenhale.co.uk/closure/Year 7 or through the links I post daily on the google classroom. This includes the tutor reading program which you should be doing every morning.
If there are any issues with these lessons, we have set up dedicated help desk emails. These can, again, be accessed on the closure site, or the general formula for the email is “subjecthelpdesk@greenshawlearningtrust.co.uk”, so for example, Science would be “sciencehelpdesk@greenshawlearningtrust.co.uk” – these emails are manned by subject specialists from 7am – 7pm every day.
There is then one lesson per day on google classroom:
– Monday – IT
– Tuesday – PE
– Wednesday – Performing Arts
– Thursday – Technology
– Friday – RS
For the lessons, there will be instructions posted on google classroom; these are also compulsory and need to be completed as instructed.
Each day, we will make contact with students via their Brakenhale emails – so it is important these are checked regularly. Students who are not completing all five lessons per day with no contact or reason as to why will receive behaviour points – as they would if they didn’t complete work in school.
Students who complete all five lessons will be receiving achievement points – and be entered into a special prize draw for the end of term. Every day all five lessons are completed is an entry – the more entries, the more chance of winning! Prizes will be announced later in the term.
If you have any questions or queries, please contact me directly on lturner@brakenhale.co.uk
Yours sincerely
Miss L Turner, Head of Year 7

1st June: Year 10/12 Return to School

If you have previously advised us that your son/daughter is not intending to return to school this academic year and your decision remains the same – please ignore this message
Good morning
Due to the change in government thinking surrounding the partial opening of Secondary Schools for Year 10 and 12 students, announced on Bank Holiday Monday, we will now review the plans we sent out to you prior to half-term. Two changes were announced, firstly the opening was delayed until June 15th and secondly only 25% of students from each year group will be allowed on site at a time.
As a result, I will be meeting with senior colleagues from the school and Greenshaw Learning Trust across the next 24 hours and I will then contact you again with details of how we will be managing the provision. I am also aware that there have been a number of specific questions raised about the specific provision on site and logistics. I will outline a response to all of these within the updated information that I hope to get out to you tomorrow.
Thank you for your patience and support at this difficult time.
Please see link below with the latest Department for Education planning information for secondary schools.
DfE Planning Guide for Secondary Schools
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

1st June: Transition Meeting

Good morning
Thank you to everyone who has registered their interest in attending a virtual transition meeting (Zoom), if you have not replied we will presume you would not be interested. If you would like to attend and have not already replied, please click on the form link sent out and confirm your preferred time slot.
The meeting will give the opportunity for you to have a formal introduction and welcome from Jane Coley, Headteacher and to understand the process when September arrives – including tutor groups, first day routines, expectations and of course – to see some, what will be, regular faces.
We will confirm the date and time of the Zoom Meeting in due course. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate everybody’s availability, but the meeting will be recorded and shared via the Transition Website.
Kind regards
School Office

22nd May: Year 10/12 Return to School

If your son/daughter is not intending to return to school this academic year – please ignore this message
Good afternoon
Further to ongoing discussions between the government and their medical advisers Greenshaw Learning Trust have taken the decision to delay the opening of the school for Year 10/12 students until at least Monday 8th June. This decision has not been taken lightly and whilst there are still medical concerns being raised we do not feel it is appropriate to reopen the site.
Once a final decision is made on the date to reopen, we will of course communicate this to you. Students will remain in their Week A and B groupings and we will advise which week we return back on when we have that information.
We apologise for the confusion this changing situation is causing however, the safety of students and staff remains at the heart of our decision making.
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

22nd May: Friday Fun Challenge 8

Good morning
FunFriday Challenge – week 8
Please see attached information for this week’s FunFriday Nature challenge – enjoy during your holiday week!
Entries to be submitted by mid-day on Sunday 31st May.
Kind regards
School Office

21st May: School Uniform

Dear Parents/Carers
School Uniform
As you will now be aware students, with the exception of Year 10/12, are not returning to school this academic year. We would therefore like to take this opportunity to request that if you have any unwanted good condition uniform/PE kit, you bag it up and keep for us to use for spare kit.
We will keep you updated as to when the bags can safely be dropped off at school, this may not be until after September.
We would also like to remind you that all new uniform orders are available for home delivery using the link below. Please find attached uniform and price list.

Brakenhale School


If you wish to pre-order tools for learning, these items are available on ParentPay and will be issued to students when we return in September. Should you wish to replenish pencil cases from other suppliers, please see attached list of required items.
-Large see through pencil case
-Three black or blue pens
-HB pencil
-Rubber
-Pencil sharpener
-30cm ruler
-Protractor
-Highlighter pen
-Coloured pencils (or pens)
-Glue stick
-Scientific calculator
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Kind regards
School Office

20th May: Identity - What are you proud of?

Hi All
What are you proud of ….
We at Identity have been working on what we are proud of and we would like to hear from you!
Tell us what you are proud of about; yourself, your school and your local community. See our examples attached and on the link below:

You can create a photo collage, video, presentation or just a few lines about what makes you feel proud and send it in to Mrs Lewis: dlewis@brakenhale.co.uk by Friday 22nd May.
There will be house points for the most creative, best effort and most thoughtful entries.
Happy creating!
Best wishes
Mrs Lewis and Miss Bunkell
Identity Team
GC code: hgqkmuh

19th May: Year 6 to 7 - School Uniform

Dear Parents/Carers
School Uniform
We would like to take this opportunity to update you regarding buying school uniform. Our School Information Booklet (link below) has all the uniform information together with the price list.
Year 7 Information Booklet
Due to the current COVID 19 closures, our suppliers are currently waiting for some stock to be replenished before orders can be completed however, they are happy to accept orders and will fulfil as soon as they are able.
We can advise that Mr Coley is currently holding virtual meetings with Primary Schools to gather information regarding your children, once these meetings have been completed, we will work towards allocating tutor groups, once this has been completed we will be able to allocate student houses. We hope to be able to advise you of houses by the end of June (aiming for sooner if possible), which will then enable you to order the correct house tie for your son/daughter.
We understand that we are in unusual times and that you may be finding this transition an anxious time but please try not to worry too much as we have 210 other families all feeling the same as you, we will continue to do our absolute best to keep you informed of any issues.
We have set-up a dedicated email address for all Transition questions: transition@brakenhale.co.uk however, this will not be live until early June 2020. It is also our intention to go ‘live’ with our Transition website, at around the same time, more details on both will be sent shortly – the website should be your first point of reference to answer any questions that you may have, before emailing.
In the meantime, please do contact us in the normal way, should you have any specific questions.
Kind regards
School Office

19th May: Half-Term w/c Monday 25th May

Dear Parents/Carers
Half-Term w/c Monday 25th May
We would like to remind you that next week commencing Monday 25th May is half-term and therefore, there will be no work set on the learning platform for students during the week. In addition Monday 1st June, 2020 will be an Inset Day and students will not be set work for that day.
Kind regards
School Office

15th May: Friday Fun Challenge 7

Good Morning
Fun Friday Challenge – week 7
Please see attached the Fun Friday Challenge – It’s GLT’s Got Tallent – entries to be submitted by Thursday 21st May – looking forward to seeing your performances #timetoshine
Kind regards
School Office

10th May: Year 10 Summer Exams 2020 - RS & English Lit

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 Summer Exams 2020
We would like to take this opportunity to advise that for those students in Year 10 who were due to sit exams in Religious Studies and English Literature this summer, it has been decided by the government that their teachers can predict the GCSE grade they would have scored and this will be used to calculate a grade.
Furthermore, it means no further work is required in these subjects.
Kind regards
Mr H Thomas, Assistant Headteacher

7th May: VE Day Celebration

Good afternoon
VE Day Celebration
In celebration of VE day tomorrow, please click on the link below to see our Combined Cadet Force students.

Kind regards
School Office

7th May: Fun Friday Challenge

Dear Parents/Carers
Fun Friday Challenge
Thank you so much for all of your entries with the funniest jokes. There have been so many excellent entries, they definitely made us chuckle!
This week we have the Task Master Challenge!
You have to complete some or all of the challenges and email them to funfriday@brakenhale.co.uk by 10am on Thursday 14th May.
The challenges are:
-Draw a self-portrait with your eyes closed.
-Fill a hat with as many items starting with a H, A or T that you can.
-Theoretically recite a recipe.
-Take a picture of your pet doing your schoolwork.
-Do the household chores in your poshest outfit.
We look forward to your entries.
The Fun Friday Challenge Team

4th May: Coronavirus - A Book for Children

Dear Parents/Carers
Coronavirus – A Book For Children
Please find attached a very helpful book which has been released recently explaining the Coronavirus Pandemic to children.
We hope you find this useful.
Stay safe and well.
Kind regards
The Brakenhale School

2nd May: Mental Health and Emotional Well-being

Dear Parents/Carers
Mental Health and Emotional Well-being
Please see attachments sent home and link below to a short webinar for students and parents around mental health and emotional well-being during Covid-19 from Kelly Higgins at Hands on Play Therapy.

Kind regards
School Office

1st May: Year 10 Careers Programme

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 Careers Programme
As part of our careers programme we are looking for your son/daughter to be thinking about their future pathway. Attached is our ‘Launch Yourself’ tool kit. This aims to develop students holistically and to build employability skills.
We are looking for your support at home to start the conversations about your son/daughter’s next steps. In a time where things may seem on hold we need to be preparing our young people for their future in further education and employment.
The ‘Launch Yourself’ toolkit is an optional and non-compulsory activity for students to complete. However, we feel that some students might find this useful in helping them cope with these difficult times. The aim is to give students a focus on the future, looking at the three strands of motivation, information and inspiration.
Our Year 10 students will be moving into Year 11 in the not so distant future. Here they will need to be making informed decisions about Sixth Form, College or an Apprenticeship. This toolkit will help with those decisions and provide a basis of reference for placement interviews.
In addition to this we implore you to visit the Unifrog website which your son/daughter can access using their school email address as a login username. This is an additional tool in supporting those future pathway conversations at home.
‘Launch Yourself’ toolkit sent home via schoolcomms.
Kind regards
Mr R Beukes & Ms J Lane, Brakenhale Careers Team
rbeukes@brakenhale.co.uk jlane@brakenhale.co.uk

1st May: Year 10 Home Learning - English

Dear Parent/Guardian,
On behalf of the English Department, we would like to say well done to everybody who is engaging in their English lessons and also send a reminder that the Year 10 English lessons are currently on a new central location and can be found in the Year 10 section of this website: https://sites.google.com/brakenhale.co.uk/closure/home?authuser=0. Today’s lesson can be found under the title “Week 2 Lesson 4” and the next lesson on Tuesday 05th May will be “Week 3 Lesson 1”.
There are four lessons per week which are compulsory and should be completed for one hour per day from Tuesday to Friday in accordance with the Year 10 Home Learning timetable. Students can complete the work in their exercise books/anthologies and should ensure they complete the low stakes quiz when prompted to by the teacher in the video. The results of these quizzes will then be forwarded to the English team. These lessons focus on Paper 2 of the Literature GCSE: Power and Conflict poetry and are a fantastic online resource for the students in preparation for their GCSE exams and will be invaluable in saving time when we return to school.
If you have any queries regarding the lessons, support is offered through an online helpdesk. This runs from 7am to 7pm every week day through the following email address: englishhelpdesk@greenshawlearningtrust.co.uk
Kind regards,
D O’ Brien, Head of English

26th April: Brakenhale Friday Choir

Dear Parents/Carers
Brakenhale Friday Choir
We are delighted to announce that, once again, Greenshaw Learning Trust will be partnering with the remarkable Nigel Ipinson-Fleming to bring you a weekly choir session in your own home this term.
Nigel boasts a comprehensive career in both professional and non-professional music settings, having worked in the music industry for a number of years and more recently in schools and Academy Trusts up and down the country.
One way we believe we can support students and their families during this time of closures, is to offer a holistic approach to education. Music is a brilliant medium for this, and we feel this will be a helpful way to remember that we all belong to something bigger; a wider education community across our Greenshaw Learning Trust family of schools.
That’s why we’re inviting each of our students (and families) to join us every Friday afternoon for the next 4 weeks to sing with us – from wherever you are. We begin this Friday on 1st May at 2pm.
The programme will work like this:
Every Friday, there will be 3 parts to the programme…
Part 1 We will publish a pre-recorded 45-minute session, led by Nigel.
2.00pm This will include: an intro, a vocal warm up, songs, a positive thought and a performance.
Part 2 Following the pre-recorded session, Nigel will also offer a 15-minute ‘live’ get together.
2.45pm Note: in this setting, ‘live’ means that Nigel will broadcast live from YouTube and his Instagram account – to Greenshaw Learning Trust students only – we will be able to see Nigel, but not the other way around.
Part 3 As a further home learning opportunity between our Friday sessions together, after each
3.00pm Friday broadcast, Nigel will upload a recording of backing tracks which students will be able to download and sing along to in preparation for the following week. This is a great way to build music into your week – why not try to rehearse as a family?
Any other links for live broadcasts or backing track downloads will all be very clear on this page.
Please note – this link above won’t show anything new until Friday afternoons from 2pm, when we begin!
We really hope you will join us for what will be a fantastic time each week together.
While we won’t actually see each other, or hear each other sing (some sigh with relief), we will know that we are joining together to celebrate music at the same time each Friday.
We look forward to enjoying this experience with you – from our own homes, of course!
Kind regards
School Office

25th April: Home School Communication

Dear Parents/Carers
Home School Communications
We hope that you and your families are all staying safe in the current circumstances.
We would like to advise that all further correspondence will be sent 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 may be 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 onto 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’s:
· 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 email us 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
E: mainreception@brakenhale.co.uk

24th April: Fun Friday Challenge

Dear Students
Fun Friday Challenge
This week The Fun Friday Challenge is the loo roll challenge!!
To participate in the loo roll challenge grab yourself a toilet roll and try doing some “keepie uppies”, juggling, headers and volleys or any other sporting skills you can think of!
We would like to remind you to take any necessary safety measures when taking up the challenge such as wearing appropriate shoes.
Send in your best videos and pictures of you attempting this challenge to funfriday@brakenhale.co.uk
Entries close at 10am on Thursday 30th April.
The Fun Friday Team

24th April: Virtual Talks

Dear Students
Virtual Talks
There is a huge opportunity available through the Speakers for Schools Virtual Talks. Each week there will be a series of speakers ranging from celebrities to individuals at the top of their professions; the speakers for next week include:
Monday 27th April 10am Richard Murrell, Lead Director, BBC News – Ever wondered what it takes to make news programmes? Richard Murrell will explore with students what a broadcaster does and what you might expect from the job role.
Monday 27th April 2pm James Taylor, Keynote Speaker & Creativity Expert
Tuesday 28th April 10am, Marco Bertozzi, Vice President for Europe, Spotify – Marco will be interviewed by SFS and answer questions submitted by students on topics ranging from creating your CV, getting your foot in the door for work experience or a job, developing your personal brand and practical tips on how to get started with preparing your social channels for career success.
Wednesday 29th April 10am Peter Rosengard, Life Insurance Salesman and Comedy Store Founder
Wednesday 29th April 2pm Zaki Cooper, Director of Philanthropy and Communications, Dorfman Family Office
Thursday 30th April 10am, 10am Chloe Brotheridge, Author of the Anxiety Solution and Sara Milne, author of The SHED Method (Penguin Talks)
Thursday 30th April 2pm Dr Nira Chamberlain, President, IMA & Visiting Fellow, Loughborough University Mathematical Sciences Department
Friday 1st May 10am, Jonty Bloom, Freelance Journalist
The complete schedule can be found on this link here.
To view the virtual talks you will need to open the speakers in a browser that is not Internet Explorer. You can view them by clicking WATCH TALK LIVE HERE and then clicking ‘Watch on web instead’ and sign in anonymously. The speakers will appear at the set times e.g. 10am and 2pm.
If you would like more information about how to access Virtual Talks, please visit https://www.speakersforschools.org/inspiration/faqs/
There is also an activity sheet you can complete after the talk.
Please do not miss this huge opportunity available to free. You never know what the future holds and down what path your career will take you.
Enjoy the talks, your Heads of Year look forward to hearing how you find them.
Kind regards
Mr Cooper, Assistant Headteacher

23rd April: Year 11 - Sixth Form Transition

Sixth Form – Transition Year 11 to Year 12
Dear Parents/Carers,
I hope you are well and are keeping safe in this difficult and uncertain time. As you will already know, exams for year 11 and 13 have been cancelled for this year. This is unprecedented, and the concern is that whatever the students have chosen as their destination next year, whether that is a college, apprenticeship, or our own Sixth Form, it is an awfully long time to be ‘finished’ for. This does, however, give us an opportunity as a Sixth Form to ‘step up’ and do what we can in order to support our year 11 students in their progression to their next steps.
With this in mind, we would like to welcome you into our Sixth Form community now so that we have a clear sense of purpose and direction for the next couple of months. I am aware that there are some students who did not apply for our Sixth Form, or who would potentially like to go somewhere else. This offer is extended to every one of our year 11 students. If they would like to go somewhere else next year then that is completely fine; we just want to look after our students and offer support whilst we can. If you would prefer not to be a part of the below, please let us know by email to JDuffy@Brakenhale.co.uk, and we will remove your email address from our communications.
Here is what we intend to implement:
Google Classrooms will be set up for all of the courses we are running next year, with students who have opted for those subjects added by the Heads of Departments. The students who have not applied for subjects will be given the opportunity to join the classes which are closest to what they intend to pursue next year – this will be managed on an individual basis and those students will be contacted directly.
Transition work/tasks will be set by classroom teachers with the aim of developing students’ knowledge and skills, ready for year 12. It will be up to the students to complete the work; teachers will track the completion of the work, and will be available to help with any queries. Most work won’t require marking as the focus will be on extending understanding through reading and research.
To help keep students engaged, and to keep track of the work that students are completing, a reward system will be introduced alongside the transition work. This will allow us to use positive reinforcement to motivate and engage the year 11 students. Students will be awarded ‘Reps’ for the work they complete (more on that in a minute).
Students will need a certain number of ‘Reps’ to get a Privilege Pass in September. Different ‘Reps’ are applied to the tasks that teachers want them to complete depending on their size and difficulty. These can be set as a group of tasks for the students to chose from, or as individual tasks set by the teachers – whatever works best for that department.
The reward at the start of year 12 will be a level of Privilege Pass freedom that students would not normally have at the start of the year. Traditionally we have waited until October half term to allow students to come in late and leave early; we will use this as an opportunity to operate a ‘downscaled’ Privilege Pass, based on the ‘Reps’ that students accumulate between now and September.
Gold – 1000 Reps; The student can come in late one morning (we will decide what morning, same each week), and can leave at lunch if no lessons P5 or 6. They can leave the school site at break and lunch, but need to be back before next lesson if not leaving.
Silver – 800 Reps; The student can leave at lunch if no lessons P5 or 6. They can leave the school site at break and lunch but need to be back before next lesson if not leaving..
Bronze – 600 Reps; The Student can leave the school site at break and lunch but need to be back before next lesson.
Black – Less than 500 Reps; Year 11 rules again for the start of year 12.
We’d also like to set up students into their new tutor groups in a Google Classroom to enable students to get a feel for what it is like in their groups and enable them to ask questions to their tutors if they’d like to.
Obviously this will take some time to embed and ‘tweak’; we will do our best to get this up and running as smoothly as possible for Monday morning next week, but inevitably we may need some time to transition to this system ourselves!
I am really looking forward to working with the students and parents in year 11 to make the most of the current situation, and do what we can to ensure our students are looked after and starting their next steps as close as we can to normality. Below is a shortened and edited version of the communication I would normally send to year 12 parents at the start of the year on what it means to be part of out #TeamBrakenhale Sixth Form community, just so everyone knows what we are
aiming for.
• Everyone is on the same page, and pulling in the same direction to achieve what is best. We want to ensure that parents feel ‘in the loop’ and involved. Occasionally, school comms will be sent home with information – along with a Sixth Form newsletter.
• Communication between parents, students and the Sixth Form team is clear, appropriate and supportive, and parents/carers can contact the team through email. If issues do arise, this should be communicated to Mr Duffy on JDuffy@Brakenhale.co.uk or the student support team as in year 11.
• Students feel supported both in school, and at home when it comes to work, progress, and life in general. A-Levels and Level 3 qualifications can be stressful, and often there is a lot that needs doing. Students have time in the day to complete their work, but they will likely also need to
complete work at home or after school. Parents/carers can help by encouraging students to keep up to date, and complete work set before deadlines.
If there is anything that you’d like to ask then please do let me know on JDuffy@Brakenhale.co.uk. I would state again that this is to try and support our year 11
students as best we can – there is no requirement for the students to complete the work, but we would like to give them the opportunity. It is recommended that the students take the work seriously and complete the set tasks as best they can, which is why we want to reward
the ones who do in September, but we also understand that some students are not coming to us in September.
Many thanks,
Mr J Duffy, Head of Sixth Form

22nd April: The Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) 2020/21

The Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) 2020/21
Dear Parents/Carers
We’re determined that young people shouldn’t miss out on doing their DofE because of the coronavirus outbreak – and we want to do everything we can to support you so your participants can keep doing theirs, at what we know is a really challenging time.
To help with this, we’re introducing some temporary changes to DofE programme requirements. Please see more detail on this below.
We hope working towards their Award will give young people vital focus, motivation and positivity during the lockdown – and that their capacity and enthusiasm for helping others through volunteering could be a huge force for good at a time when it’s needed most.
We’re updating DofE With A Difference regularly with information, ideas and inspiration – please do share this with your participants on your usual DofE or organisation channels.
Temporary programme changes
To help you keep supporting participants, both now and when the lockdown ends, we’re introducing these temporary changes:
· Participants can now volunteer for family members, for example by mentoring or coaching younger siblings.
· Participants can now change section activities more than once. Time spent on previous activities will still count towards completion.
· DofE staff members may be able to act as Volunteering, Physical and Skills section Assessors, if required.
· When expeditions are able to resume, Silver and Gold Expedition Assessors will temporarily be allowed to be known to the expedition group.
To protect the value and integrity of DofE Awards, other requirements will remain the same. However, we’re continuing to look for ways we can be flexible to support you and young people at this time, and will update you if we introduce any further temporary changes.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by email.
Yours faithfully
Mr R Beukes, Assistant Headteacher, rbeukes@brakenhale.co.uk

20th April: Year 11 Leavers Hoody

Dear Parents and Carers
Year 11 Leavers ‘Hoody’
Brakenhale School, 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 ‘hoody’ 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. If you would rather your son’s or daughter’s name does not appear then please let us know by email to ltheal@brakenhale.co.uk by Thursday 30th April, after this date it will be too late to remove names.
At present the company is closed but we are preparing for the company to open again. Please complete the linked form to register your interest. We will not ask for payment until we have confirmed the company is open.
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 Hoody is £20.00. If your son/daughter wishes to purchase a hoody, could you please complete the Hoody Link form.
Once the company re-opens, we will add the Hoody to ParentPay in order for payment to be made. We will email you once this happens.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me on ltheal@brakenhale.co.uk This letter will also be emailed to all Year 11 students and be visible on the school website if you would rather click on the link.
Yours faithfully
Mrs Lynda Theal, Curriculum Support Manager

20th April: Fun Friday Challenge: Scavenger Hunt

Good morning
This week’s Fun Friday Challenge is a scavenger hunt!
Click on the link https://tinyurl.com/ref4mvd
The link will allow you to begin your journey. You need to answer all the clues and questions to complete the hunt!
Kind regards
School Office

20th April: Year 10 Home Learning

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 Home Learning
We are happy to announce that we have a new central place for English and Maths learning. We have spent the last few days working out the best way to access this superb new material and Mr Dean has been working tirelessly to build the following website
https://sites.google.com/brakenhale.co.uk/closure/home?authuser=0 which will have the links to your Maths and English YouTube playlists.
The website works on any device which we hope will help with access. Some of the video names may not seem accurate (teething issues!) but they are and these have all been checked.
These videos come with email support from subject specialist teachers 7am to 7pm on the days they are scheduled. You will find links on each year group page that will load an email with the subject line prefilled in. Some of the email links won’t work on a mobile device but if you go to the ‘Help and Support’ section you can find the email addresses. Please ensure you put the year group in the Subject line if it is not already populated.
We hope you see this as an improvement and find it an easier way for yourself and your son/daughter to manage their home learning.
As ever all feedback is very much welcomed and we would like to thank you for your ongoing support at this very difficult time.
Kind regards
Mr T Dean, Director Of Maths
Mrs T Cresswell, Director of English

19th April: KS3 Home Learning

Dear Parents/Carers
KS3 Home Learning
We are happy to announce that we have a new central place for the majority of the KS3 curriculum. We have spent the last few days working out the best way to access this superb new material and Mr Dean has been working tirelessly to build the following website
https://sites.google.com/brakenhale.co.uk/closure/home?authuser=0 which will have the links to your Maths, English, Science, French, Spanish and Geography YouTube playlist.
The website works on any device which we hope will help with access. Some of the video names may not seem accurate (teething issues!) but they are and these have all been checked.
These videos come with email support from subject specialist teachers 7am to 7pm on the days they are scheduled. You will find links on each year group page that will load an email with the subject line prefilled in. Some of the email links won’t work on a mobile device but if you go to the ‘Help and Support’ section you can find the email addresses. Please ensure you put the year group in the Subject line if it is not already populated.
The subjects with a * next to the name will continued to be shared via Google Classroom.
We hope you see this as an improvement and find it an easier way for yourself and your son/daughter to manage their home learning.
As ever all feedback is very much welcomed and I would like to thank you for your ongoing support at this very difficult time.
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

19th April: Science Home Learning KS3

Dear Parents/Carers
Science Home Learning KS3
We are very excited to be part of the online learning platform put together by schools across our academy trust.
As part of the work over the coming weeks there is an option for Science education to be for either a higher tier or a foundation tier. We would like to encourage your son/daughter’s to work on the higher tier work first.
If they feel they are struggling to make progress on the higher tier and have used the help desk email repeatedly, then they may change over and continue on the foundation tier for Science.
I hope this clarifies part of the process for the coming weeks.
Many thanks
Science Department

17th April: Year 10 GCSEs

Dear Parents/Carers of Year 10
Year 10 GCSE Exams
Recently, the government announced that all Year 11 students sitting a GCSE exam this summer would now be awarded the grade their teacher expected they would have achieved. This decision did not include Year 10 students who were sitting GCSE exams this summer.
However, they are now reconsidering this and Year 10 students could also be awarded the teacher grades, this will follow a consultation and a decision will be reached in May.
The government have asked that all schools submit their views, including those of parents of Year 10 students. Therefore, I am asking if you have strong views on the subject, can you please click on the link below to fill in the government questionnaire and view the consultation document. The question pertaining to Year 10 is the fifth question.
https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/JVVHL3/
https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/exceptional-arrangements-for-exam-grading-and-assessment-in-2020
The deadline for responding is 29th April at 23.45pm.
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards

Mr H Thomas, Assistant Headteacher, hthomas@brakenhale.co.uk

17th April: Home Learning for KS3 from next week

Dear Parents/Carers and Students
Home Learning for KS3 from next week
We have slightly evolved how we are setting work. English, Maths, Science, Geography and Languages will be setting works via Youtube based lessons. All of these lessons will have a link to a pre- and post- lesson quiz, the links will be in the description of the video. Maths and Science will have Higher and Foundation lessons, if you are unsure which to complete then please contact your teachers via Google Classroom for further clarification.
In order to share the links we have put together a learning grid example below. In this grid the subjects will be hyperlinked directly to the video. All of the subjects that are not highlighted yellow will have a support email room which will be staffed from 7am to 7pm Monday to Friday, to access this support click on the relevant subject in the green box. The subjects in yellow will be setting work via Google Classroom. The work has been organised into days rather than periods as we are very aware that you all have different working patterns during this time.
We hope that this makes it easier to keep on top of your work.
Kind regards
Mr T Dean, Director of Maths, tdean@brakenhale.co.uk

17th April: Years 7-9 – Design Technology

Dear Parents/Carers
Years 7-9 – Design Technology
We would like to advise that this half-term students in Years 7-9 will be following an Art project in their designated Art and Technology timetabled periods. Students will then start Design Technology after half-term.
Kind regards
Ms S Higham, Head of Art and Technology, shigham@brakenhale.co.uk

17th April: Barclays Life Skills

Dear Parents/Carers and Students
Barclays LifeSkills
Please see link below to the Barclays support hub for Parents and Students to help with overcoming barriers to success with LifeSkills.
Barclays LifeSkills
Kind regards
School Office

6th April: Year 8 Immunisation update - NHS Letter

Dear Parent/ Carer,
Re: Routine School Aged Immunisations
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic the School Immunisation Service has been suspended until further notice, as schools are mainly shut (with the exception of keyworker children) and due to social distancing it is not possible to provide immunisation safely within any setting.
The majority of children and young people offered routine vaccinations in school, including booster doses of Diphtheria, tetanus and polio should currently have some protection against these diseases as the school booster should be their 5th dose. There is also a good level of herd immunity across Berkshire.
Please be reassured that we are committed to ensuring that all students receive their immunisations as soon as possible. Once we know it is safe to carry out our sessions we will be in touch with each school to arrange a date to vaccinate and consent forms will be distributed accordingly. Should you require any further information regarding our service then please visitthe following website.
Website: cypf.berkshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/immunisations
Please do not contact your GP or 111 services regarding your child’s immunisation history or schedule as they will not be able to advise you currently.
Please continue stay safe and stay home
Your sincerely
Charlotte Church (Immunisation Service Lead)

4th April: Year 11 & 13 BTEC/Vocational Qualifications

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 & 13 BTEC Qualifications
Further to yesterday’s announcement, please note this is for GCSEs  and A Levels only and we are still waiting for a formal announcement regarding vocational qualifications (including all BTEC/Cambridge Nationals subjects). Therefore, our message to students is to carry on with their studies as normal until we are advised otherwise.
Students should continue to check their Google classrooms for information, work and directions from their subject teachers.
Many thanks for your support.
Kind regards
Mr H Thomas, Assistant Headteacher, hthomas@brakenhale.co.uk

3rd April: English Home Learning Year 10 – week commencing 20th April 2020

Dear Parents/Carers
Home Learning Year 10 – week commencing 20th April 2020
I am writing to inform you that the English department have made the decision to alter the way we deliver our remote learning curriculum following the Easter holidays. From Monday 20th April we will be joining other Greenshaw Learning Trust schools to centralise the teaching of some parts of the GCSE curriculum – focusing largely on the Power and Conflict Poetry.
One hourly lesson will be set from Tuesday to Friday as per the timetable the students have been working on in the past fortnight and these lessons should be completed on the correct day but can be completed at a time within the day that best suits you. The lessons will always follow the same format- they will start with a short quiz, before a teacher delivers a lesson via a pre-recorded video clip. Finally, the lesson will end with another short quiz, called an “Exit Ticket”.
Alongside this, we are also offering a helpdesk for each subject. If students require help in a subject, they should email the helpdesk for that subject. These helpdesks will be operated by teachers who will respond with support and they will operate from 7am – 7pm daily. The email address for this is: englishhelpdesk@greenshawlearningtrust.co.uk
Students should continue to upload their work to their Google Classroom for their teachers to feedback on and their teachers will also set some additional homework tasks which will help with the revision of what has already been studied in Year 10.
We are confident that these improvements will be beneficial to our students and we are happy to take any questions you may have.
Kind regards
Ms D O’ Brien, Head of English, dobrien@brakenhale.co.uk

3rd April: Year 10 GCSEs

Dear Parents/Carers
The government announced today that for this year’s GCSEs schools are to input their predicted grades for the students, however this does not include year 10 students sitting GCSE’s this summer.
Students who were due to sit English Lit this year will now sit it in year 11.
RS students will not be taking RS as an option in year 11 and so we will be discussing with students on their return whether they would like to sit it in the summer of 2021.
Many thanks.
Kind regards
Mr H Thomas

3rd April: Year 11 Communication from Bracknell and Wokingham College

Dear Year 11 Students, Parents and Carers,
We hope you are all healthy, safe and adapting to these unusual times.
Due to the latest government guidelines regarding Coronavirus, we’ve unfortunately had to cancel our usual range of events and activities which help Year 11 students decide on their next steps.
However, it is important that students still have access to the information they need to make these important decisions and we aim to provide alternative ways to ensure this happens.
Rest assured we will continue to work throughout this period to support students.
For all students who have not yet got a post-16 placement, for those who are unsure of what their next steps might be and for students who have any queries or concerns about their choices, please contact us by clicking on the following link:

https://www.activatelearning.ac.uk/school-enquiry
Please use this form to tell us what we can do to help you and how you would like us to contact you. Then “submit” the form and the appropriate member of our team will be in touch with you to review your options, help with applications and answer any other questions or concerns you may have.
We would also like to assure you that students who have already applied to one of our colleges, and not yet attended an Interview/Offer Event, will be contacted by a member of our team and given information about their next steps.
Applicants who have already received their offer do not need to do anything further and will receive information in due course once this becomes available.
There is no clear position yet on how GCSEs will be awarded but rest assured we will follow the guidance when it comes out and we will use your induction period to settle you on the right programme.
We hope that this answers some of your queries and offers reassurance, however if you do still have concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us via the above link so that we can offer further guidance in these unusual times.
Thank you for your support and do take care,
Yours faithfully,
Anna-May Hicks, School Partnership Coordinator, Bracknell & Wokingham College

3rd April: Year 11 and Year 13 Information from Ofqual - Exam Grades

Dear Parents/Carers and Students,
We have today received more information from Ofqual relating to your exam grades.
Please see the guidance sent home that has been issued, noting that this only relates to GCSE’s and A levels not BTEC qualifications.
We will keep you updated on any further developments.
Please stay safe and well.
Kind regards
Huw Thomas, Assistant Head Teacher

3rd April: Home Learning Years 7-9 – week commencing 20th April 2020

Dear Parents/Carers
Home Learning Years 7-9 – week commencing 20th April 2020
I am writing to update you on how we will continue to deliver our remote learning curriculum following the Easter holidays.
Firstly, I want to thank all our students, parents and carers who have shown great strength in the face of this challenge. Thank you for supporting the school, the young people in our care, and those around you.
From Monday 20th April we will be altering the way that we deliver some of our resources. We are part of a trial across Greenshaw Trust schools to centralise some of our curriculum areas at this time of shut down.
This means that students will have a new timetable, which we have attached to this letter. Lessons should be completed on the correct day but can be completed at a time within the day that best suits you.
Lessons in Maths, English, Science, Geography and Languages will always follow the same format- they will start with a short quiz, before a teacher delivers a lesson via a pre-recorded video clip. Finally, the lesson will end with another short quiz, called an “Exit Ticket”.
Alongside this, we are also offering a helpdesk for each subject. If students require help in a subject, they should email the helpdesk for that subject. These helpdesks will be operated by teachers who will respond with support and they will operate from 7am – 7pm daily. All other subjects will continue to set work and respond as before.
We are confident that these improvements will be beneficial to our students and we are happy to take any questions you may have through the usual way of contacting our school mainreception@brakenhale.co.uk
Helpdesk Email Contact

  • English Helpdesk – englishhelpdesk@greenshawlearningtrust.co.uk
  • Maths Helpdesk – mathshelpdesk@greenshawlearningtrust.co.uk
  • Science Helpdesk – sciencehelpdesk@greenshawlearningtrust.co.uk
  • Geography Helpdesk – geographyhelpdesk@greenshawlearningtrust.co.uk
  • MFL Helpdesk – mflhelpdesk@greenshawlearningtrust.co.uk

Students Weekly Timetable

Years 7 – 9
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Mon: 1
English
Tues: 1
English
Wed: 1
English
Thur: 1
English
Fri: 1
History
Mon: 2
Maths
Tues: 2
Maths
Wed: 2
Maths
Thur: 2
Maths
Fri: 2
Geography
Mon: 3
Science
Tues: 3
Science
Wed: 3
Science
Thur: 3
Science
Fri: 3
RS
Mon: 4
Geography
Tues: 4
MFL
Wed: 4
History
Thur: 4
MFL
Fri: 4
Fun Friday
Mon: 5
Y7 – IT
Y8 – DT & Art
Y9 – PA
Tues: 5
Y7 – PE
Y8 – IT
Y9 – DT
Wed: 5
Y7 – PA
Y8 – PE
Y9 – IT
Thur: 5
Y7 – DT
Y8 – PA
Y9 – PE
Fri: 5
Catch-up on work time

PA = Performing Arts – Music / Drama / Dance
DT = Art &Textiles / Catering / Resistant Materials
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

3rd April: Fun Friday Challenge 1

Dear Parents/Carers and Students
Fun Friday Challenge
The first Fun Friday Challenge is upon us!
We want you to show your appreciation to the NHS!
We would love you to design and create a thank you card, drawing, banner, poster, poem, song or letter thanking the NHS for all the work they do on a daily basis!
Simply take a photo or video of your design and submit it directly to funfriday@brakenhale.co.uk
Please ensure all entries are submitted by 9am on Monday 20th April.
Your entries will not only be submitted against the schools in the Greenshaw Learning Trust but we will also send them directly to the NHS to thank the staff for all of their hard work!
If you have any questions please feel free to contact us via funfriday@brakenhale.co.uk
Kind regards
Mr M Cooper, Assistant Headteacher

1st April: Introduction of the Fun Friday Challenge

Dear Parents/Carers and Students
Fun Friday Challenge
We are delighted to be launching a weekly competition across Brakenhale and other Greenshaw Learning Trust schools, called the Fun Friday Challenge!
It’s a challenge open to all students in years 7-11 including members of staff; because it is so important to keep connected whilst we are all at home.
A new challenge will be launched every Friday lunchtime at 12 on your Google Classrooms. Keep an eye out for these each week, and join us in having fun.
To take part all you have to do is photograph or record your entry and send it via email to your Head of Year. The first entrant is due by 9am on Monday 20th April. The entries are then shared with the other Greenshaw Learning Trust schools where the best entries will be showcased to 1000’s of pupils across the south of the country!
For any children taking part that are under 13 years old; we need parents to give permission for it to be entered into the challenge through the email sent to the Heads of Year.
We would love to have as many students involved in this as possible, to show how amazing you all are at Brakenhale School!
Please do encourage them to participate!
Kind regards
Mr M Cooper, Assistant Headteacher

1st April: Neighbourhood Alert from Thames Valley Police

Burglary Prevention
Whilst we all staying inside to help protect the NHS and save lives it is easy to become complacent with our home security.
If you need to leave your house unattended, please remember it’s important to leave it secure. Getting into an ‘exit routine’ can help ensure that you don’t forget obvious, but important things, like not leaving your valuables near windows, or no lights on if it will be dark before you get home.
Burglars are often opportunistic thieves, seizing any opening that they can take advantage of, such as doors and windows that are left insecure or open or are easy to force. Anything of value that they might spot through a window will only spur them on. But it really doesn’t take much to deter these thieves – just smart thinking.
Whilst we are having to stay in our homes, isolated detached garages, outbuildings and sheds are vulnerable, so it is worth ensuring that they have been locked and secured.
Here’s a quick reminder of what the police recommend you do before you go out:
• close and lock all your doors and all accessible windows, even if you’re only going out for a few minutes
• double-lock any door
• make sure that any valuables are out of sight
• keep handbags and keys including car keys away from the letterbox or cat flap, as a thief could hook keys or valuables through even a small opening
• never leave car documents or ID in obvious places such as kitchens or hallways
• in the evening, shut the curtains and leave lights on
• set your burglar alarm
• make sure the side gate is locked
• lock your shed or garage
• lock your bike inside a secure shed or garage, to a robust fitting bolted to the ground or wall, like a ground anchor
If you’re looking for information about the Government’s instruction to stay at home and how that may affect you, you’ll find guidance on Gov.uk
You can visit the NHS website for information and advice about coronavirus
Information about the police enforcement powers put in place to reduce the spread of the virus can also be found on the Government’s website.
We’re asking you please to only call 999 if it is an emergency and 101 if it is urgent. If you can, use our online services at www.thamesvalley.police.uk

1st April: KS3 PGL Weekend 26-28.06.20

Dear Parents/Carers
Key Stage 3 Outdoor Adventure Weekend at Osmington Bay Centre, Weymouth, Friday 26th June – Sunday 28th June 2020.
We would like to take this opportunity to advise that we are reviewing the current booking conditions for our PGL trip. As and when we receive confirmation that this has trip has been cancelled we will endeavour to refund any money paid.
Alternativity we are looking at rescheduling the date to June 2021. We will not expect you to make any further payments for at least 10 months and will advise as soon as we hear from the company involved, who are obviously very busy due to events.
I am sure you will appreciate that the current situation is extremely fluid. Please rest assured we are doing everything possible to ensure the best possible outcome.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me by email.
Kind regards
Samantha Soden, Trips Administrator, ssoden@brakenhale.co.uk

28th March: House Points for Last Week

Good Morning
House Points for last week
Week 1 of home schooling completed and what a fantastic job all our families have been doing in keeping up with the school work, keeping fit with Joe Wicks and enjoying the lovely weather this week.
Please remember to email teachers if support is required for any of the work set, they will be more than happy to help.
We are delighted that students continue to be awarded House Points for good work and 2,621 have been awarded this week.  See below who the points have been awarded to:
House  Points week commencing 23/03/2020

 

Year  7

Year  8

Year  9

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

Year 13

Total

Farley (BLUE) 154 207 121 125 17 8 5 637
Jennetts (YELLOW) 160 219 130 138 9 3 4 663
Swinley (RED) 136 197 142 134 13 4 2 628
Temple (GREEN) 157 227 140 149 16 3 1 693
Total 607 850 533 546 55 18 12 2621

Year 8 Most Achievement Points
TEMPLE House Winners 
Well done Year 8 & TEMPLE
Keep up the good work – you are doing a great job in the exceptional circumstances.  Have the best weekend you can.
Kind Regards School Office

27th March: Free School Meal Entitlement

Dear Parents/Carers
We would like to advise that anyone entitled to Free School Meals will be receiving e-vouchers for the week beginning 20th April.  The food bags collected from the school were for this week and next week.
Kind regards
School Office

27th March: Exam Students - 3pm today - Live Talk

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 & Year 13 Students
We would like to advise that at 3pm today there is a live talk by George Anderson aimed at Year 11 and 13 students who have been affected by the changes in exams and school.
The talk aims to motivate students and help change their mindset at this very changing and challenging time.
I am hoping that this will help bridge the gap between the sudden end of the ‘normal’ school day to a new working from home school day.
The link has also been sent out to all students via email and their tutor group google classrooms. I would urge you to support your son/daughter in watching it and hopefully it can make a positive difference.
https://bygeorgeanderson.com/exams/
Kind regards, Mr J Duffy, Head of Sixth Form
jduffy@brakenhale.co.uk

27th March: Sixth Form News

Brakenhale School Sixth Form – Newsletter
Friday 27th March 2020
A Message From the Sixth Form Team
I hope you are staying safe and healthy at this very strange and uncertain time. I am sure that this situation is made all the more difficult for our Post 16 students with questions surrounding grades, university courses, and work to complete. Hopefully this weekly update will help give some useful information and alleviate some concerns. I won’t claim to have all of the answers (the government don’t even have those just yet!), but with so much information flying around I am hopeful that putting the relevant information to our Sixth Formers in one place might help in some way.
Most importantly, please remember to stay safe and listen to the government’s advice on social distancing to reduce the speed of the virus. I know how difficult that is going to be for our young adults, but it is really important everyone supports the NHS by slowing the spread of COVID-19.
If you have any questions regarding calculated grades, UCAS choices, the work you are being set, or anything at all, please just let me know on JDuffy@brakenhale.co.uk.
Accessing School Work
Google Classrooms is our primary source for setting work – it is incredibly important that you have access to this as if you don’t, you are really going to struggle to get your work done. Please email us if you can’t access it and we can help you remotely.
Click on the 9 tiles on the top right of your gmail, then click ‘Classroom’, and you’ll see all of your subjects. All work is set there for you to complete. I can’t overstate how important it is that you are continuing with your work as close to normal as possible – more on that in a second….
Latest Information From The DfE
What we do know:
• All A Level, As, and BTEC exams have been cancelled for the summer 2020 series.
• Year 13 students will be awarded ‘calculated grades’ from teacher assessments, whole-school historic achievement and individual student’s prior attainment. The ‘calculated grades’ will moderated externally by exam boards to ensure the grade distribution follows a similar pattern to previous years. Please remember that the grade teachers submit is not guaranteed to be the grade you receive. It is only one piece of information that exam boards will use to calculate your grade.
• Year 13 ‘calculated grades’ are expected to be released before the end of July 2020.
• Year 13 students will have the option to sit an exam in 2021 if you are unhappy with your ‘calculated grade’.
• Year 13 BTEC grades will be awarded in the same way as A Level exams, as ‘calculated grades’. The sampling process has been put on pause for now, but students should still continue with the assignments that they can complete.
What Information We Are Waiting to Hear:
• Dates of the 2021 exams – We await the information about when and how this can happen for students unhappy with their ‘calculated grades’.
• If students sit exams in 2021, will these grades override any ‘calculated grades’, or will their best grade stand?
• Exactly what evidence will be required from teachers to conform ‘calculated grades’, and what the process will be. We are still awaiting the finer details of this from the DfE.
Please rest assured that we will do everything we can to support our students and ensure that they are not disadvantaged by the current situation.
We do, as a Sixth Form community, need to work together on this, and over the page is what we need from students and parents/carers over the next period of time to ensure our students are going to continue to be successful.
What Students Need To Do Now:
Year 13:
• All year 13 students need to keep working at home, and continuing revision/work on their subjects. It may be that you are not happy with your ‘calculated grade’ and want to sit an exam in 2021. If you haven’t completed the work set or continued to revise, you are putting yourself in a precarious position.
• Year 13 BTEC students need to be handing in the evidence that is asked of them. Firstly, you need to complete the course as best you can, secondly, we do not yet know what evidence is going to be requested yet. The more evidence we have, the better informed your calculated grade will be.
• Year 13s who are off to university should be completing wider reading around the degrees they are going to study. Universities sometimes provide reading lists, but failing that, have a look at the course page, look at the topics you will be covering in year one, and get ahead of the game!
Year 12:
• Year 12 need to be completing the work set by teachers for both A Levels, and BTEC subjects. It is incredibly important that they continue to do this.
• Year 12 A Level students will be sitting exams when we are back at school in place of their As Levels; they will need to pass these to continue on those courses into year 13. This has not changed since the beginning of the year, and students need to be clear on this. If students are not completing the work set or completing their revision, they are at risk of underperforming in these exams and therefore having to resit the year, or drop courses. This is because the content in year 13 is more difficult than that of year 12 – if students can’t pass year 12, it is extremely unlikely that they will pass year 13, and so it is not in their best interest to carry on with courses if they are in this situation.
• BTEC students need to complete as much of the work that is set as possible. If this does not happen then students risk falling behind. This will need to be made up in year13 – just get it done now while you have the time!!
What Parents/Carers Can Do Now:
Students need encouraging, now more than ever, to complete the work that has been set for them. If parents/carers could check that the work is being completed then that would really help.
Teachers and the Sixth Form team are emailing students where we are worried that work is not being completed (or completed to the required standard), but parental engagement would really help us. If possible, checking the Google Classrooms with the students and ensuring that work is completed is the single best way we can be supporting students at the moment.
UCAS
Year 13:
• To Firm and Insure your university offers, the original deadline of the 5th of May has been extended by two weeks to the 19th May. This will give you more time to consider all your options and information available.
• UCAS are very active on Twitter, and they update several times throughout the day – if you have twitter you should follow them!
Year 12:
• We will start sending information out to students regarding personal statements and university applications once things are a little more settled. You will have a Unifrog registration email in your school email inbox – please could you sign up and register as per the instructions in the email.
Last Bit…
Thank you again to all of our students, parents, carers and teachers for your support through this difficult time. We will continue to try and update you with as much relevant information as we can, but I’m sure you will appreciate that it is not ‘business as usual’. It is really important that with this enforced time away that students remain ‘intellectually sharp’ and continue with their work and reading. It’s a bit like a professional athlete – our students need to keep up their ‘training’ to remain ‘game ready’ and ‘match fit’. If they do not maintain their intellectual and educational fitness now, it is going to be much tougher when they do return for exams, or go off to university or further training.
Thank you again – stay safe, and if there is anything at all you need from the Sixth Form team please email JDuffy@brakenhale.co.uk.
Many Thanks,
The Sixth Form Team

25th March: Home Learning

Home Learning
Dear Parents/Carers
Home Learning
Thank you so much for the huge support you are giving your children in these very challenging times with their school work. When we originally set up the work book idea at KS3 we envisaged a short-term closure but this does now look less likely. Between now and Easter please can you ask your son/daughter to screenshot their book work and email to their teacher who will provide feedback.
We will be reviewing plans going forward for after Easter next week and will update you at our earliest opportunity.
Kindest regards
Jane Coley, Headteacher

26th March: Home Learning Advice

Dear Parents/Carers
Home Learning Advice Notice from Bracknell Forest Council
We have been made aware of an increase in reports to the police of predatory adults posing as online tutors contacting children to offer one-to-one tutoring. We would therefore urge parents and carers to do the following:
-Take time to monitor your child’s online activity, even if you are busy working from home yourself
-Ensure your child is only using their school’s online learning portals or established, trusted websites (for example BBC Bitesize or Times Table Rockstars)
-Not to respond to any offers of online tutoring from people you don’t know, be it via email or social media, even if it has been shared by friends/contacts
-Remind children that strangers online are just like strangers in real life and that if anyone they don’t know tries to contact them they should tell an adult
-Report anything suspicious to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command (CEOP) via www.ceop.police.uk (there is also advice and guidance about reporting on this site)
Visit www.thinkyouknow.co.uk with your child. Think You Know is run by CEOP and provides age-appropriate help and guidance to children about how to stay safe online.
Kind regards
School Office

25th March: Year 11 Online Learning

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 – Online Learning
I would firstly like to thank all of you who are continuing to support your son/daughter with their studies in Year 11.
We appreciate that this is a challenging time and online learning can often have it’s malfunctions and time to get used to. Subject teachers are setting work and deadlines via the Google Classroom on a ‘normal school timetable’ process. For example, Monday, Period 1 would be Science or English for students, Monday, Period 2 will be Option A, Period 3 will be Option D and so on.
Students need to ensure they are completing this work in the allocated time slots so as to not fall behind. All work set is being used to help teachers make secure predictions of exam grades in the Summer. Exam result advice from the Government has been sent out to all parents and students.
If your son/daughter is having difficulties with the set work, please, in the first instance, contact their subject teacher. If they are having difficulties logging on, please let me know. Myself and your son/daughter’s Tutor are posting daily messages on their tutor group Google Classroom. This is an additional support option for your son/daughter to access if they are having difficulties or just need to keep in contact.
We are looking for your continued support with your child’s studies. Teachers may contact you directly if your son/daughter has failed to upload any work. As ever, please contact me if you have any further questions.
Kindest regards
Miss Rushby, Head of Year 11

24th March: Year 11 & 13 Exams

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 and 13 Exams
Please find below a communication from the Greenshaw Trust Central Team
As you will be aware, the Summer exam season for Year 11 and Year 13 students has been cancelled and the Department for Education (DfE) are currently working with Ofqual (the independent qualifications regulator) to ensure that students are awarded a fair grade, one which does not disadvantage any particular group of students.
We are expecting the DfE to release specific guidance to schools shortly, so that we can support our young people in accessing the next stages of their education. Current advice can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020
It is important at this time that schools are able to focus on ensuring students are safe and have support with, and access to, the online resources we are preparing, so we ask that if you have any questions that cannot be answered with the above guidance, you email them to: examsupport2020@greenshawlearningtrust.co.uk and we will try our best to help. However, please do remember that currently, we do not have any information other than what is provided in the link above. We will ensure that any updates provided by the DfE are communicated to you as soon as we receive them.
Kind regards
School Office

23rd March: Google Classrooms

Dear Parents/Carers
Google Classrooms
In the event of a school closure, as advised previously, school work has been uploaded to Google Classrooms. This can be accessed by downloading the Google Classrooms app from the app store or searching ‘Google Classroom’ on a web browser. Students have been sent an email to their school email address with a link to Google Classrooms, this should automatically add them to their classroom. If you are asked for a code, please use the appropriate code in the email. Please do not hesitate to contact your hHead of Year if you have further questions.
Kind regards
School Office

17th March: Easter Raffle

Good afternoon
Easter Raffle
We are delighted to be supporting the Lions Club by selling tickets for the fabulous Easter basket which can been seen on Main Reception – tickets are 50p per ticket and can be purchased from LRC, Head of Year Office or Reception.

17th March: Extra Curricular Clubs - Cancelled

Dear Parents/Carers
Extra-curricular Clubs
In light of the recent government announcement all of our extra-curricular sporting and non-sporting clubs including performing arts rehearsals are cancelled until further notice. Students can continue to use rehearsal spaces at break and lunchtimes depending on the availability of staff to supervise these areas.
Thank you for your support.
School Office

17th March: Duke of Edinburgh Events - Cancelled

Dear Parents/Carers
All further events are cancelled until further notice. This includes the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze and Silver practices on Saturday 21st March 2020 and Saturday 28th – Sunday 29th March 2020.
While we were very much looking forward to the trips, it is with great disappointment we have taken the decision to cancel them.
We have not taken this decision lightly and realise how disappointed the students will be. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school by telephone or email.
Kind Regards
Samantha Soden, Trips Administrator, ssoden@brakenhale.co.uk
2Lt Briggs

17th March: Coronavirus Update

Dear Parents/Carers
Coronavirus Update
Although we very much understand that the situation with Coronavirus is changing almost hourly, I am endeavouring to keep you up to date with the information that I am receiving. The current position is that we are open for all year groups and if this was to change I will of course notify you immediately. If the Government position is that we remain open I will be following this as much as I am able and as long as I have enough staff. We are trying our very best to run the school day as normal in order to provide a sense of security for all our young people. I would ask that you all read the guidance at the beginning of the link below relating to self-isolation for those with existing medical conditions. If you believe that your child falls into this category, please can you contact attendance@brakenhale.co.uk and where you are able to outline the supporting evidence. I will require this information in order to authorise any absence in this category.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults
I would like to thank you for all your messages of support across this incredibly difficult time, it does make this job an easier one.
Kindest regards
Ms Jane Coley, Headteacher

17th March: Sister Act Performances cancelled

Dear Parents/Carers
Sister Act Performances – cancelled
In light of the recent government announcement we will be postponing our musical Sister Act performances to a later date in the year. Once we have alternative dates in place we will send out further information and open ticket sales.
We would like to thank all the students involved for their hard work and dedication so far, we look forward to inviting you to watch the show at a future date.
Kind regards
Mrs C Duffy, Head of Performing Arts, cduffy@brakenhale.co.uk

17th March: Accessing Emails from Home

Dear Parents/Carers and Students
Student Accessing Emails from Home
Following previous correspondence, we would like to remind students how to access emails from home:
– Go to the school website and click the ‘school email’ button.
– The authentication page should come up.
– Enter bka\username (as you would use on the computer at school)
password
All students were sent an invite to their school email yesterday inviting them to their Year Group Google Classroom where they will be able to access work set by their teachers.

17th March: Year 11 Parents' Evening Cancelled

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Parents Evening Cancelled
Due to the ongoing concerns regarding the coronavirus we would like to confirm that the Year 11 Parents Evening scheduled for Thursday 26th March has been cancelled. Grade reports will be sent home before the Easter break.
Kind regards
School Office

16th March: Coronavirus Update - Sixth Form

Dear Parents/Carers
Sixth Form Coronavirus Update
I hope you are well and that you are all ‘holding up’ ok. Apologies for a further communication from the school, but the Sixth Form is slightly different to the lower school and so I do have some additional information which is Sixth Form specific.
In light of the government’s most recent announcements on ‘non-essential’ travel, I think it would be sensible to allow students in the Sixth Form to come in for lessons, exams, and controlled assessments only. This way students avoid being in school unnecessarily, but we continue as close to normal as possible. It will mean that all registered study (and other study periods) could be completed at home independently, and if students do not have lessons on certain days, they would not be required to come into school. I will ensure that this does not affect attendance, provided we have received an email letting us know. If students would like to come in as normal for their study periods, they are, of course, very welcome.
Understandably, we do have some staff absences, which will mean some lessons are cancelled at reasonably short notice. To address this, I will send an email to all students each morning informing them of which staff are not in. If their lesson is affected by staff absence they will not need to attend that session. We have a robust plan for distance learning should it be required, and if this does happen you will be informed of how students should access this and what the expectations are.
I hope this information is clear and helps alleviate some stress. Please rest assured that we will follow government advice whilst trying to do everything we can to ensure our students are being looked after, as well as minimising disruption to their education where possible.
If you have any questions about this then please do let me know; I am hopeful we can work together to make the most of a difficult situation.
Many thanks.
Mr Duffy, Head of Sixth Form
jduffy@brakenhale.co.uk

16th March: Coronavirus Update - Prime Minister Announcement

Dear Parents/Carers
Coronavirus Update
Further to our earlier email an hour ago and following from today’s PM announcement, please find below updated advice from the government website:-
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51917562
Kind regards
School Office

16th March: Coronavirus Update

Dear Parents/Carers
Coronavirus Update
Following the updated Government advice on the approach to managing COVID-19 we would like to ensure we are all clear on the advice to be followed.
The latest Government information can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
We would like to draw your attention to the current guidance (please note that if there are any changes we will let you know as I am sure you are aware, much advice is changing on a daily basis), which we ask you to follow:
Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
• a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
• a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.
Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home.
Read advice about staying at home.
If symptoms persist beyond seven days or if you get worse you should contact the NHS’s dedicated 111 online coronovirus service.
In School we will do our utmost to ensure these guidelines are followed as far as possible. Should your child develop one of these symptoms during the school day, you will be contacted and asked to collect them, and until the 7 days have expired your child should not return to school.
NHS 111 has an online service https://111.nhs.uk and the Department for Education also offers a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687 Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday).
In the event of increased staff absence due to the need for self-isolation, we will review our staffing coverage on a daily basis. In some instances there may be a need to combine two or more classes together in one of our larger spaces with supervision from a senior member of staff.
We are in the process of cancelling all trips due to take place in the first half of the summer term. We are also cancelling all sports fixtures for the rest of this term, many of which have already been cancelled by other schools.
School closure
There has been much discussion over closure of schools and whilst we have no information that indicates this is likely to happen we are taking steps to ensure we are prepared for this eventuality and able to deliver lessons and work via Google classrooms. All departments across the school are ensuring that work and resources are planned to enable learning to continue at home in the event of a closure.
We are asking all students to make sure that they have copies of any textbooks that have been issued by the school and that these are taken home daily. Where students are self-isolating we will endeavour to ensure that work is set for them to complete at home if they are well enough to do this.
In the event of a school closure our students will be expected to:
• Take responsibility for their own learning;
• Check Google classrooms and their school emails daily for notifications, instructions, and feedback;
• Spend a minimum of 5 hours a day on lesson activities and tasks set by their teachers;
• Complete all tasks on paper or online as required and meet any deadlines given;
• Engage in any other learning activities their teachers have prepared, including extended tasks;
• Read for a minimum of 20 minutes a day;
• Apply the transferrable skills they have developed and be resilient and resourceful;
• Show us what they can achieve!
We would we grateful if you could ensure as far as you are able that your son/daughter:
• Is able to access Google classrooms and his/her school email and routinely checks these;
• Engages in the lessons and learning opportunities provided by his/her teachers;
• Spends 5 hours learning each day and completes all tasks on time;
• Keeps in touch with his/her teachers.
Thinking about the wider interests of the community in which we live we would also like to encourage everybody connected to the school to think about our immediate neighbours and those who are most vulnerable. As social distancing measures are introduced, we would all want to make sure that the elderly and isolated people of the local area who live alone are not forgotten.
We would like to thank you for all the support you have given as we manage this challenging and developing situation.
Kind regards
Ms Jane Coley, Headteacher

16th March: Coronavirus Update - Student Work

Dear Parents/Carers
Coronavirus Update – Student Work
We are making the necessary preparations to provide work for students in the event of a school closure. In order to support learning from home, we can advise that by 5pm today all students will have access to google classrooms.
We would advise that students download the free App which is available on android or apple devices. Students will be sent an email which they should open and click on the link to accept, they will then be able to access the online resources provided.
We are aware of a very small number of students who do not have computer access at home and we will make alternative arrangements for them.
Please do not hesitate to contact us should students have difficulty in accessing any of the work provided.
Kind regards
School Office

13th March: School Lockers

Dear Parents/Carers
School Lockers
We have a limited number of school lockers available for the remainder of the current school year. These lockers are located at the bottom of the IT block stairs (not main building). If you would like to be issued a locker, please make payment of £14 on Parentpay. Lockers will be issued on a first come first served basis.
Kind regards
School Office

13th March: Covid 19 Update

Dear Parent/Carers
COVID-19 Update
Following guidelines given by the Prime Minister and the Public Health Authority, we are reminding you if your child has a NEW persistent cough or a high temperature they must self-isolate for seven days at home.
Please see our Health Zone page for the latest Public Health guidelines.
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

13th March: GCSE/AS/A Level Information

Dear Parents/Carers and Students
GCSE/AS/A Level Information
We have previously advised that students taking GCSE’s, AS or A levels this year should be available from the date of their first exam up to and including 24th June 2020. This is in case one of their exams has to be rearranged because of major regional or national disruption.
Due to recent events, we would like to remind all students of the importance of this.
Kind regards
Mr H Thomas, Assistant Headteacher

13th March: School Uniform Price List

Dear Parents/Carers
School Uniform
Please see our uniform page for the most up to date School Uniform Price List.

Uniform


Uniform is available online from The Direct Clothing Company:

Brakenhale School


Kind regards
School Office

12th March: After School Fixtures

Good afternoon
After School Fixtures
We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that students who do not attend Brakenhale are not permitted on site to watch fixtures after school. Parents/Carers who wish to watch matches are welcome to do so.
Kind regards
School Office

12th March: Sports Relief 2020

Good afternoon
Sports Relief 2020
We would like to advise of the following events taking place tomorrow in aid of Sports Relief 2020, the first will be a Cake Sale outside of the cafeteria at break and lunch so don’t forget to bring some money should you wish to buy one. The second event is a Netball match between staff and sixth form which will take place after school in the sports hall if you would like to come along and watch.
Kind regards
School Office

11th March: COVID-19

Dear Parents/Carers
COVID-19 planning
In line with other Bracknell Forest schools, we are sending out the following communication to share Brakenhale School’s contingency planning in response to COVID-19 with you.
As explained here, COVID-19 is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in January 2020. It is understood that the incubation period of COVID-19 is between 2 to 14 days. The symptoms of coronavirus are:
· a cough
· a high temperature
· shortness of breath
These symptoms do not necessarily mean an individual has COVID-19 as they are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu. Our advice is that if you are worried about your symptoms or those of your son or daughter; please call NHS 111 for advice and guidance. Brakenhale School follows the advice provided here https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ , by Public Health England and the Department of Education.
Day to day safe practice
All staff and students are frequently reminded to wash their hands regularly (using soap and water or alcohol sanitiser); cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue; avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. Current hand washing guidelines are:
1. before leaving home
2. on arrival at school
3. after using the toilet
4. after sporting activities
5. before eating any food, including snacks
Soap dispensers are refilled regularly and monitored during the day to ensure that there is a plentiful supply. In addition, there are hand sanitisers located around the school. All cleaning protocols are completed under the advice of Public Health England.
The school has a well-understood protocol that would be used if it were to be the case that a student, member of staff or any other person on the school site displays symptoms whilst at school.
Current advice does not advocate that there is a need to self-isolate or close the school unless under very specific conditions or directed to do so by NHS England. However, you will be aware from the news that the Government are planning for a range of future scenarios, one of which includes the possibility of a temporary school closure. Whilst I sincerely hope this will not be the case, we have a clear contingency plan in place and this will be sent to you if required.
Well being
As Headteacher, I am very conscious that students and indeed anyone can become very worried about COVID- 19. We will do all we can in school to reassure students and maintain a calm learning environment.
Current advice is clear that students should attend school and there is no requirement to self-isolate unless under the conditions set out by Public Health England. Therefore, students should attend school as normal.
Recognising that COVID-19 is subject to rapid change, I highlight Government websites, which offer factual guidance and advice:
www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public
The Government Coronavirus Action Plan; a guide to what you can expect across the UK –
www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan
I do hope that you find our response to COVID-19 reassuring, however you should you have any specific concerns please contact the school office. Alternatively, you can contact the DfE helpline:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
On a final note, I would like to ensure you are all aware of the update in Guidance today in relation to travellers returning from Italy:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas-with-implications-for-returning-travellers-or-visitors-arriving-in-the-uk
The change for Italy applies to travellers who returned from ANY PART OF ITALY on or after 9 March 2020. Travellers should immediately self-isolate, even if asymptomatic, and use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next.
Travellers who returned from areas of Northern Italy that were under containment measures (See map https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/871179/Map_showing_specified_areas_of_Italy_080320.pdf ) between 19 February and 8 March 2020 should self-isolate for 14 days. If they develop symptoms, they should contact NHS111.
Travellers who returned from the rest of Italy before 9 March 2020 do not need to undertake any special measures, but if they develop symptoms they should self-isolate and call NHS 111.
Information on self isolation can be found at:
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/
I would like to reiterate that not all family members need to isolate when someone has travelled to Italy. This will be advised on a case by case basis by NHS 111 when they take a full history of the case. At the current time, unless advised by 111 or Public Health to the contrary, other household members can attend their place of work or education. This advice can change though depending on individual circumstances of a subsequent Covid-19 test result emerges.
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

11th March: Year 11 - National Citizen Service

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Assembly – National Citizen Service
Information was sent home from the National Citizen Service (NCS) who will be working with us to promote an amazing opportunity for students this summer. NCS is a nationally recognized government initiative for students aged 16-17 which takes place during non-term time.
The NCS will be providing information to Year 11 students in an assembly on Thursday 12th March, 2020.
Kind regards
Miss L Rushby, Head of Year 11, lrushby@brakenhale.co.uk

10th March: Change of Contact Details

Dear Parents/Carers
Change of Contact Details
We would like to remind you to ensure that we have your correct contact details, if you have recently moved house or changed your contact mobile number or email address please advise the school office. The easiest and quickest way to check your contact information is via the School Gateway App.
If you have not already done so, please see attached instructions on how to download the App. By doing this, it will save parents – and the school – time and money.
From the App you will be able to view the following information about your child(ren):
· Achievements
· Behaviour
· Attendance
· Lesson timetable
· Your contact details
· School details
· Student details
· Medical conditions
If you’re having trouble logging in, it may be because we don’t have your current email and mobile phone number on our records. Please call the school office 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.
Kind regards
School Office

10th March: Year 8 HPV Vaccinations

Dear Parents/Carers
Subject HPV Injections Year 8 Students
Studnets will be receiving their HPV immunisation at Brakenhale School on Wednesday 1st April 2020 and parents/carers are required to complete an HPV Immunisations permission form which has been sent home with your child today.
Please complete this form and return it to the medical room in school by Wednesday 18th March 2020.
This will allow sufficient time for the Immunisation Team to process and follow up all paperwork needed.
Kind Regards
Medical Team

9th March: Year 11 Parents' Evening 26.3.20

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Parents’ Evening Thursday 26th March 2020
The Year 11 parents’ evening to discuss your child’s progress will be held on Thursday 26th March 2020 4pm to 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 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 4pm on Tuesday 24th March 2020.
Kind regards
School Office

6th March: International Women's Day Event - 18.3.20

International Women’s Day Event – Wednesday 18th March 2020
Dear Parents/Carers
We are pleased to inform you of an exciting opportunity that is happening on the Wednesday 18th March 2020 at UTC Reading. They are organising an event for Year 8 Girls due to this day being International Womens Day based around the WISE Resource ‘My Skills My Life’.
We would love to invite your daughter to this event as she has expressed an interest in this with her tutor.
This resource was launched at UTC Reading in January 2019 and is based around personality types and STEM role models who have the same personality types. At least ten female role models working in STEM careers will be there on the day to connect with the girls and talk to them about the range of different careers that are open to them.
The girls that attend this event will:
Complete an online quiz to discover their personality type and see how their skills match up to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) careers.
Have the opportunity to connect with real people in STEM careers who have the same personality as they do and learn what they do, what they earn and how they got there.
Learn all about their skills, and how they can make them work for their future and life.
This event starts at 10:00 AM and finishes at 12:00 PM so when students get back to school they will be able to attend the final lesson of the day.
There is a limited number of spaces and we can only offer this out to the first 15 students who express an interest and pay via ParentPay to small charge of £5 for the transport to and from the event.
If you would like you daughter to attend this event can you please ensure you pay £5 on ParentPay by Monday 9th March.
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 ssoden@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 have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school by telephone or email.
Kind regards,
Mr L. Hilton, Head of Year 8

5th March: Coronavirus Update

This is your daily email to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Government Coronavirus action plan
On Tuesday, the Coronavirus action plan was launched. This document sets out what the UK as a whole has done to tackle the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and what it plans to do next.
The action plan can be found here:
· https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan
Action plan overview
The action plan sets out a four phased approach in response to the Coronavirus – Contain, Delay, Mitigate, and Research. An approach designed by world leading experts.
As there are already cases in the UK, the current emphasis is on the Contain and Research phases, but planning for Delay and Mitigation is already in train.
As part of the Contain phase, we have been providing advice about educational settings in England, which can be found on Public Health England’s website. We also launched a DfE helpline to manage the flow of increasing queries, from providers parents and young people.
Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes – also help in delaying the peak of the infection.
The action plan is a framework that outlines the types of options open to government in each of these four phases. But this document is only a list of the types of measures we could consider – not those we are planning to implement.
Current advice remains in place: No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.
The importance of hygiene
Yesterday, the Department of Health and Social Care launched a public information campaign that focuses on the importance of handwashing. Washing hands for 20 seconds is central to prevent and slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/public-information-campaign-focuses-on-handwashing
Department for Education Coronavirus helpline
On Monday we launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
Where to find the latest information
Updates on COVID-19:
· https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Guidance for educational settings:
· https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19
Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:
· https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus
Latest Department for Education information:
· https://twitter.com/educationgovuk
· https://www.facebook.com/educationgovuk/

5th March: Coronavirus Update

Good Morning
Coronavirus
Please click on the link below and watch the video with information on the best way to wash your hands to prevent the spread of infections.
https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/
Kind regards
School Office

4th March: Parent Pay - Setting up low balance alerts

We would highly recommend activating low balance alerts for lunch money, this will help to ensure your child’s lunch account is kept topped up.
Please see instructions on our Parent Zone page.
Kind regards
School Office

3rd March: Year 10 & 11 Pathway to Law Event

Dear Parents/Carers and students
Please see information below for students in Years and 11 who may be interested in a career in Law:
“The Trial” – A Pathways to Law Event for Students in Years 10 & 11
Oxford University is recruiting Year 10 and 11 students from local state schools to attend a special Pathways to Law event on Saturday 4th April, 2020. Pathways to Law was set up in 2006 by the Sutton Trust and the College of Law (now the Legal Education Foundation) to widen access to the legal profession.
In addition to the event itself, further opportunities through the University of Oxford’s Faculty of Law and its partners may be made available to participants following the event. This includes a one-day work experience with Maitland Chambers for up to 3 participants, as a prize for outstanding effort and achievement on the day!
We are looking to invite 30 students to “The Trial”, which will be held at the Faculty of Law, St Cross Building in Oxford on Saturday 4th April 2020, from 09:30 to 18:00. The event is completely free of charge to students, and lunch will provided at the Faculty.
The application process is open to all Year 10 and 11 students attending targeted state schools in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Swindon with an interest in studying law. However, places are limited, and priority may be given to applicants who meet the University’s widening access and participation criteria. This includes:
· ACORN and POLAR3 postcode data. Please visit http://acorn.caci.co.uk/what-is-acorn and http://www.hefce.ac.uk/analysis/yp/POLAR/ for more information.
· History of limited progression to higher education within families.
Applications are open now and will close on Wednesday 18th March 2020. The online application form is being hosted by the Widening Access and Participation team and can be accessed at: https://www.uniq.ox.ac.uk/mocktrial/
Selected students will need to:
· Be available to attend all sessions on Saturday 4th April 2020.
· Complete a Permissions Form, and post it to the Faculty of Law in enough time to ensure it arrives before the day of the event. For safeguarding reasons, students who do not complete this form will not be allowed to take part.
The Year 10 & 11 Mock Trial is hosted annually by the University of Oxford’s Faculty of Law, in collaboration with Maitland Chambers, and is designed to introduce aspects of Law to interested students. The event involves a law masterclass, coaching and advocacy training by Maitland Chambers’ barristers, University academics and undergraduate mentors. Participating students are presented with case materials based on real trials, work as part of a team, and assume various roles involved in a criminal trial, from clerks and advocates to ushers and juniors. The event culminates with a mock trial, advocacy feedback and prizes for best performance
For further information, please contact pathwaystolaw@admin.ox.ac.uk. More urgent queries about applying and the application system and about the programme may be directed to Zoe on 01865 618077.
With best wishes
Ms. Zoe Campbell
Baker McKenzie Access Officer
Faculty of Law, St Cross Building, St Cross Road, Oxford OX1 3UL

3rd March: Year 7 Registration and Tools for Learning Check

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 7 Registration and Tools for Learning Check
We would like to take this opportunity to advise you of a new initiative to improve the effectiveness of morning registration, which we are trialling with Year 7. The trial started on Thursday 27th February and will continue until the end of this half term. Instead of students going to their tutor base or to assembly, every morning, they will be asked to line up in the new quad area. During this time their tutor, Mr Anderson, Mr Coley and I will complete the register and check their Tools for Learning. Once this is complete they will be able to go into their tutor base and make the most of the time they have with the reading program and other activities.
After two days of the trial, we can already see the system working with a smarter start to tutor time giving a really structured and focused start to the day.
Please ensure that your son/daughter has a suitable coat for the weather. Students have been advised that if it is raining they should go straight to their tutor base.
Kind regards
Miss L Turner, Head of Year 7
lturner@brakenhale.co.uk

3rd March: Covid-19 Health Advice

Dear Parents/Carers and staff
COVID-19 Health Advice
We are continuing to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Public Health England advises that the risk to individuals in the UK remains low.
However, you may be aware there has recently been a case of COVID-19 in a staff member at Willow Bank Infant School in Woodley, which is in Wokingham Borough Council’s area. No schools in Bracknell have reported any cases of COVID-19.
In addition to Willow Bank Infant and Junior schools, Aldryngton Primary School in Earley and Great Hollands Primary School in Bracknell have closed in order to carry out a deep clean. This is purely a precautionary measure. There is no indication that either site poses any risk to pupils or staff but headteachers must satisfy themselves and their school’s communities that they are doing everything possible to keep children safe.
The school will continue to operate as normal and we take any reports of illness or travel to and from affected areas very seriously and will make decisions based on expert advice to keep our pupils and staff safe.
If the situation changes, we will send out further updates. Please be aware that this is a fast-evolving situation and we will continue to share any new advice at the earliest opportunity. You can check the NHS website for the latest health advice. This includes advice for travellers from affected areas.
There are simple things you can do to help stop viruses like coronavirus spreading:
Do:
· Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
· Put used tissues in the bin immediately
· Wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
· Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
Don’t:
· Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
The Department of Education have launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
Kind regards
Ms J Coley
Headteacher

2nd March: Study Higher Spring Fete

Study Higher Spring Fete
Flyer sent home.
Kind regards
School Office

1st March: Coronavirus Update

Dear Parents/Carers
Coronavirus Update
We would like to confirm that the deep clean of the school buildings has taken place this weekend to ensure that the risk of infection remains as low as possible. We are also taking additional measures to increase sanitisation, for example we have purchased disinfectant wipes to clean door handles, key boards etc during the school day and we have a newly appointed day time cleaner to lead on this. Hand sanitisers have been distributed around the school and students are welcome to bring in their own if they wish to do so.
Please click on the links below to see the latest NHS advice together with guidance on handwashing and frequently asked questions.
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/common-questions/
We will continue to take advice from Public Health England and will update you with any changes to current information.
If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us and thank you for your ongoing support at this time, it is much appreciated.
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

29th February: Waitrose Charity Box

Dear Parents/Carers
Waitrose Charity Box
We are delighted to be one of the chosen charity boxes at Waitrose Bracknell store this week and would be grateful for your support if you shop there #teambrakenhale
Kind regards
School Office

28th February: World Book Day - Thursday 5th March

Dear Parents/Carers and students
World Book Day 2020 – Thursday, 5th March
Once again it’s that time of year in what is becoming an annual event at Brakenhale School.
In our continued efforts to nurture a love of reading for leisure, we will be celebrating World Book Day with a host of events across the week including:
Blind date with a book – a selection of books have been wrapped to hide them from view, a written clue has been placed on them. Students can choose a book based on the clue, they borrow the book in the normal way but do not unwrap the book until they get home. House points will be awarded for reading the book based on the clue and for writing a short review. This will be available from Monday 2nd March
Fancy dress – students have the opportunity to dress up on Thursday as their favourite character and immerse themselves in a world of pure imagination (cheeky Roald Dahl reference there). Unfortunately, absolutely NO MUGGLE costumes, Diary of a Wimpy Kid or any other characters that resemble everyday teenage fashion; judging will take place at 13:30 on Thursday in the LRC.
Even if your child chooses not to take part in these events, please do encourage them to collect their Free Book Token from the LRC, which they can exchange at most bookstores, including Waterstones and WH Smiths.
Many thanks for your continued support.
#ReadaMillionBooks
Kind regards
Mrs K Daniels, LRC Manager

26th February: Coronavirus - Update

Dear Parent/Carer
Update – Coronavirus
We would like to continue to reassure you that we are following ALL Public Health England guidelines and guidance regarding the Coronavirus. However, we do understand that people are concerned and as a result we have arranged for deep cleaning to take place over the weekend.
Please be assured that this is a precautionary measure only and is not based on any information that anyone in school has the virus.
It is always our intention to keep everyone safe and feeling reassured.
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

25th February: Coronavirus - Information from Thames Valley Health Protection Team

Dear Parents/Carers
COVID–19 Advice for schools and educational settings
You may be aware that advice for travellers from affected areas has recently changed and it has come to our attention that this may affect children and staff returning from school trips. Please be aware that this is a fast evolving situation and we will continue to share any new advice at the earliest opportunity.
As of today (25th February) advice for returning travellers is as follows;
1) If you have returned from the following areas since February 19tht, call NHS111 to inform them of your recent travel, stay indoors and avoid contact with other people even if you do not have symptoms:
· Iran
· Specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy* as designated by the Government of Italy
· Daegu or Cheongdo, (Republic of Korea)
· Hubei province, China (returned in the past 14 days)
* Bertonico • Casalpusterlengo • Castelgerundo • Castiglione D’Adda • Codogno • Fombio • Maleo • San Fiorano • Somaglia • Terranova dei Passerini: • Vo
2) If you have returned from the following areas since February 19th and develop symptoms, however mild, you should stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people immediately and call NHS111. You do not need to follow this advice if you have no symptoms.
· Northern Italy (see map)
· Vietnam
· Cambodia
· Laos
· Myanmar
3) If you have returned to the UK from any of the following areas in the last 14 days and develop symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, you should immediately stay indoors and avoid contact with other people, call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country.
Other parts of China outside Hubei province
Thailand
Japan
Republic of Korea
Hong Kong
Taiwan
Singapore
Malaysia
Macau
Further guidance for educational settings has been published at the following links and will be updated as soon as possible with the above advice and any further changes: : https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19
Information for the public: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public
Yours sincerely
Jennifer Folliard, Health Protection Practitioner, Thames Valley Health Protection Team

25th February: Coronavirus Advice

Dear Parents/Carers
Coronavirus Advice
We have spoken to the NHS, and the Local Authority and liaising with Public Health England and the advice that we have been given is that the risk to others in our school community is minimal and that we should carry on as usual.
Please be assured that we will continue to liaise with the relevant bodies and that if the advice changes, you will be informed immediately.
In the meantime, the NHS has posted some answers to common questions about Coronavirus on their website at:
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/common-questions/
Kind regards
Jane Coley, Headteacher

14th February: Hegarty Maths Homework Policy

Dear all,
We have updated our homework policy: we now ask that you write down 2 examples and show all workings on the quiz questions. Don’t forget to mark your answers and record your percentage scores.
Have a great half term. see you on the 24th.
Mrs Harbour

14th February: Year 10 Pre Public Exam: RS

Dear Parents/Carers and Students,
Year 10 Pre Public Exam
Year 10 will be sitting a Pre Public Exam in the Sports Hall on Thursday 12 March in preparation for their Religious Studies GCSE.
Kind regards
Sarah Seymour, Exams Officer

14th February: Student Guide to Exam Pressure

Dear Parents/Carers and Students
Year 11 – Student Exam Guide
On a cold February day, the Summer Exam Season might seem a long way off. But for lots of students, February half term is the time when they begin to prepare for exams. Time to draw up revision timetables and start planning.
With this in mind, we have sent out a useful student guide on coping with exam pressure, you can find a copy on the exams web page.
Kind regards
Sarah Seymour, Exams Officer

14th February: School Gateway

Dear Parents/Carers
School Gateway
We are pleased to see that many of our parents/carers and students are regularly using the School Gateway App and keeping track of achievement and behaviour points.
We would like to remind you that you can use the App to check that all your contact details are up to date, please advise the school office should any amendments be required.
If you have not already done so, please see attached instructions on how to download the App. By doing this, it will save parents – and the school – time and money.
From the App you will be able to view the following information about your child(ren):
· Achievements
· Behaviour
· Attendance
· Lesson timetable
· Your contact details
· School details
· Student details
· Medical conditions
If you’re having trouble logging in, it may be because we don’t have your current email and mobile phone number on our records. Please call the school office 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.
Kind regards
School Office

13th February: Sixth Form Apprenticeship Opportunities

Dear Parents, Carers and Students,
Subject: Apprenticeship Opportunities
We are sharing with you some amazing apprenticeship opportunities that are currently available.
Information was sent out with regards to higher and degree apprenticeships, with over a thousand vacancies from various employers starting autumn 2020.
For more information about apprenticeships, and to search for other opportunities, visit apprenticeships.gov.uk
Kind Regards
The Sixth Form Team

11th February: Drug Detection Dog

Dear Parents/Carers
Drug Detection Dog
We would like to advise that 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 H Thomas, Assistant Headteacher
hthomas@brakenhale.co.uk

7th February: Year 7 Drugs Workshops

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 7 Drugs Workshops
We would like to advise you that students will be taking part in a Drugs Workshop from 9.00am – 11.00am on the following dates:
Tutor Groups B, R, A, K – Wednesday, 12th February 2020
Tutor Groups E, N, H – Wednesday, 26th February 2020
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Kind regards
School Office

6th February: Sixth Form Career Paths

Dear Parents/Carers
Career Paths
Please see below details of a careers event you may wish to attend.
Catherine Anderson, Chief Executive Officer of the Jo Cox Foundation, will be speaking at Heathfield School on Wednesday 4th March at 7.30pm.
Catherine will speak about the work the Jo Cox Foundation undertakes and her career so that students can gain an insight into the organisation and the career paths that lead to these roles and the skills and knowledge that they acquire through this process.
To attend this free event please contact Mrs Millns (Careers) or email reception@heathfieldschool.net
Kind regards
Mr R Beukes, Assistant Headteacher
rbeukes@brakenhale.co.uk

5th February: Year 8 Parents' Evening

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 8 Parents’ Evening Thursday 27th February 2020
The Year 8 parents’ evening to discuss your child’s progress will be held on Thursday 27th February 2020 from 4pm to 8pm. 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 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.
Due to the building work, there is no 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 Tuesday 25th February.
Kind regards
School Office

4th February: DfE Information regarding Coronavirus

Dear Parents/Carers, Students and Staff
Coronavirus
We would like to share with you information below from Department for Education regarding concerns surround the current outbreak of the Coronavirus.
You should not be unduly worried about the possibility of your children catching the Coronavirus. There is no reason why your children should not continue to attend their school as normal.
We recognise that some families or children may be planning to travel to China during the forthcoming half term period. If so, please refer to the FCO’s latest travel advice via the link below:
https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/china
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-and-avian-flu-advice-for-travel-to-china
What action you can take
A UK wide campaign has been launched to provide clear advice on how to slow the spread of Coronavirus.
Please help to support the campaign which promotes basic hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue, to stem the spread of viruses.
Latest information and advice can also be found at:
https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Kind regards
School Office

1st February: Year 11 Exam Support

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Exam Support
An information leaflet regarding 3 sessions available for parents on ways to support your child through school and exams was sent home. They also offer guidance on managing students emotional well-being and the next steps to University.
The 3 events are all based at Spencer’s Wood Village Hall in Wokingham on 3 separate Saturdays 10-11.30am.
The events are all free and you receive a £20 amazon voucher for attending!
Study Higher are an outstanding organisation we have used in the past. Study Higher source inspirational and effective speakers and companies to connect with students and families. They focus on promoting high aspirations in students and offering support for parents and carers while their children are in education.
If you are interested in attending please contact space@studyhigher.ac.uk to confirm your place.
Kind regards
Miss Rushby, Head of Year 11
lrushby@brakenhale.co.uk

31st January: Operating Theatre Live Event

Dear Parents/Carers
Operating Theatre Live Event
There is a great opportunity coming up for Year 10, 11 and Sixth Form students over half term.
Operating Theatre Live are coming in to run their headline event. This will be on Tuesday, 18th February and it will be a whole day. The event is designed for students aged 14-19 with an interest in medicine and all pupils would have seen the powerpoint relating to it in their Science lessons.
As this is an external event, all questions need to be directed to them and their contact details can be found on their website: https://www.operatingtheatrelive.co.uk
Luckily, as part of our agreement with the company, we have managed to get some free tickets for our students.
To decide who gets our wonderful 10 free tickets, we will be running a competition for next Friday of the following:
Write 500 words describing your favourite Science lesson and giving the reasons why this opportunity would support them in their future.
These need to be handed into S14 or emailed to ryoung@brakenhale.co.uk by 9.00am on Friday, 7th February. We will then communicate who has been successful in winning these free tickets at the end of the day.
Kind regards
Miss R Young, Second in Science

30th January: Head Injuries

Dear Parents/Carers
Head Injuries
If your child receives a head injury outside of school and may have experienced concussion, we would be grateful if you could ensure that you inform us of the injury when they return to school. Signs and symptoms may not be obvious for a few days and this may result in serious problems whilst in school especially should they receive a further injury to the head in PE.
Please see the NHS link below with information on concussion:
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Concussion/
Many thanks for your support.
Kind regards
School Office

30th January: Year 8 Parents' Evening - 27.02.20

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 8 Parents Evening – Thursday 27th February
We would like to advise that the Year 8 Parents Evening will be on Thursday 27th February from 4-8pm. As the school grows we are trying out a different format to see what works for Parents Evening. We will be seeking your feedback on this after the event.
The link to book appointments will be sent to you next week.
Kind regards
Mr H Thomas, Assistant Headteacher

29th January: Youth Sport Trust - Student Survey

Youth Sport Trust
In a bid to help increase levels of physical activity in our young people (that’s YOU) at Brakenhale we have been invited to take part in a unique study in conjunction with the Youth Sport Trust, Sport England and Sheffield Hallam University.
The survey is a short one, designed to be completed by all school stakeholders – that means YOU!
Your thoughts of PE, School Sport and Physical Activity matter a great deal and it is those thoughts that we want to hear.
Please could you spare just 5 minutes of your time to help make a difference.
There is no right or wrong answer, there is no right or wrong opinion… All that matters, is that we hear from YOU!
The survey window will close at the end of February when we will gather all data and responses to find out what people have said. Then we will use this information to inform a plan of action for YOUR future.
Can I thank you in advance for your help, I am very grateful.
Kind regards
Mr M Potter, Head of PE

29th January: Electric Scooters

Dear Parents/Carers and Students
Electric Scooters
We would like to advise that students are not allowed to bring electric scooters to school. They are still illegal on UK roads and pavements and until this is not the case they are not permitted on the school site.
Kind regards
Mr H Thomas, Assistant Headteacher

29th January: Standards Week - 3rd February 2020

Dear Parents/Carers
Standards Week – 3rd February 2020
I am writing to advise that we have our Standards Week starting on Monday 3rd February.
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 (not rolled at all).
Thank you in advance for ensuring students are fully equipped and well turned out for next week, which will be an opportunity to highlight and reward the outstanding work and conduct the vast majority of our students display every day.
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

29th January: Lost Property

Dear Parents/Carers and Students
Lost Property
Please can we kindly remind all parents and students to name all items, including uniform, PE kits, water bottles, pencil cases and other tools for learning.
We have a member of staff dedicated to reuniting lost property with owners who endeavours to return items daily. However, we are unable to return items to students without a name and items will have to be disposed of at the end of each term.
Email: lostproperty@brakenhale.co.uk
Kind regards
School Office

29th January: Parking on the school site

Dear Parents/Carers
Parking on-site
We would like to thank you for respecting the safety of our students and not parking on school site at the end of the day.
However, for the minority of parents who continue to park in the car park, we would like to advise that the gates will now be closed from 3pm to 3.15pm to ensure that students are able to exit the site safely and avoid a serious accident.
Kind regards
School Office

27th January: Hegarty Homework Policy

Dear Parents/Carers
Hegarty homework policy
Dear all,
Please see our Hegarty homework policy on the website. We really want all our students to benefit from this fantastic programme, so just want to clarify the steps for completing work.

Mathematics


Kind regards,
Mrs Harbour

24th January: School Canteen

Dear Parents/Carers and Students
School Canteen
Following a review of the financial and environmental impact of using disposable food containers in our canteen, we would like to encourage students who are eating in the school canteen to use plates and knives and forks.
With this in mind from Monday 27th January, we will be introducing a 15p charge for food served in a take-away container. Alternatively, in line with many of the High Street food outlets where reusable cups are encouraged, if students would like to bring in their own containers and cutlery there will be no additional charge. If your child does choose this option, we cannot be responsible for the hygiene standards of any personal containers.
We hope that you will support us with this however, if you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.

Canteen Disposables
Following some really helpful feedback regarding the above, we would like to clarify that students should not bring in their own cutlery. Students wishing to bring in their own containers will be provided with cutlery.

Kind regards
School Office

24th January: Extra Curricular Activities

Dear Parents/Carers
Extra-Curricular
Please see our website for the extra-curricular timetable for Performing Arts which start on Monday 27th January and the non-sporting timetable with the amendment of the time of the Eco Club on Tuesday to lunch-time.

Clubs and Activities


Kind regards
School Office

23rd January: Key Stage 3 Outdoor Adventure Weekend at Osmington Bay Centre

Dear Parent/Carers
Key Stage 3 Outdoor Adventure Weekend at Osmington Bay Centre, Weymouth Friday 26th June – Sunday 28th June 2020.
We are delighted to be able to write to you to inform you of the upcoming PGL trip to Osmington Bay on 26th – 28th June 2020.
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: Abseiling, 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 £170.00 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.
A non-refundable deposit of £36.00 is required by 19th February 2020. The remaining balance can be paid by the following instalments:
Instalment 1 – 19th February – £36 deposit
Instalment 2 – 31st March – £48 reaming deposit
Instalment 3 – 27th April – £86 final balance
The balance of the trip will need to be paid full by 27th April 2020.
If you would like your son/daughter to be allocated a place on this trip to Osmington Bay please complete the consent form and make payment on ParentPay.
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 ssoden@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.
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.
Please note there are limited places available on this trip and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. 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 have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to us.
Yours faithfully
Mr R Beukes, Assistant Headteacher
rbeukes@brakenhale.co.uk

21st January: School Day - Gates Closing at 8.35am

Dear Parents/Carers
School Day
We would like to take this opportunity to remind you of timings for arriving at school and advise of the new closure time of the student gate of 8.35am.
8.30am Students to arrive at school
8.35am Student gate is locked – entrance via main reception (first bell)
8.40am Registration (second bell)
9.00am Period 1
Students not in tutor 8.40am will be issued with a “late” mark on the register and receive a sanction.
We would like to advise that student lockers can be accessed from 8.30am – 8.40am and at the beginning of break or lunch.
Kind regards
School Office

16th January: Non-Sporting Extra Curricular Activities

Dear Parents/Carers
Non-Sporting Extra Curricular Activities
Please see attached timetable for your information, together with a reminder of the PE Clubs available. We look forward to students joining in with the variety of clubs we have on offer. Please remind students to ensure that they let you know which clubs they will be attending and make the necessary arrangements for travelling home at the end of the club.
Kind regards
School Office

DAY TIME CLUB YEAR
GROUP
LOCATION TEACHER
IN CHARGE
Monday 1.25 – 2.00 Camera Club All Years B17 Miss Wilhelmy
1.25 – 2.00 BBE (Brakenhale Brains Explore) Club KS3

(invite only)

F18 Mrs Masson
1.25 – 2.00 Mock Trial Group Invite only S17 Mr Beukes / Miss Cmok
3.05 – 4.00 Homework Club All Years LRC Mrs Daniels
Tuesday 1:25 – 2:00 Modern Foreign Languages film club Y7/Y8/Y9 F02 Mrs Hughes
3.10 – 4.00 Eco Club All Years S11 Miss Robson
3:05 – 4:05 Drama Club Y7 L01 Miss Lawry
1.30 – 2.00 Brakenhale Bugle (Student Newsletter) All Years F21 Miss Rendall
3.05 – 4.00 Homework Club All Years LRC Mrs Daniels
Wednesday 3.05 – 4.00 Homework Club All Years LRC Mrs  Daniels
3.05 – 4.00 Textiles Club [start January] All Years G05 Miss Shan
Thursday 3.05 – 4.00 Homework Club All Years LRC Mrs Daniels
3:05 – 4:30 BTEC Clinic [NEW] Y10-13 B16 Miss Ioannidis
3.10 – 4.00 Art Club All Years G04 Mr Budden / Mrs Faluyi
Friday 1.25 – 2.00 BBE (Brakenhale Brains Explore) Club KS3

(invite only)

F18 Mrs Masson
1.25 – 2.00 Identity Club All Years F10 Miss Bunkell / Mrs Lewis
3.05 – 4.00 Homework Club All Years LRC Mrs Daniels

16th January: School Tours - 21.1.20

Dear Parents/Carers
School Tours
We are delighted with our new school building and would like to share with you the fantastic learning space in which we now have the pleasure of teaching our students.
We would therefore like to invite those of you who are interested in having a look around the new facilities to come along to a 20-minute tour on Tuesday 21st January. Tours commence at 6.30pm, 6.50pm and 7.10pm.
Please use the Tour Booking Form that was emailed out.
If the numbers for one night are unmanageable, we will consider adding a second date to ensure everyone who is interested can be accommodated.
Please be advised this is not the official opening of the new Brakenhale School; that will take place towards the end of the year once the old buildings have been demolished and the grounds have been reinstated.
Please note there are very limited parking spaces on site and alternative arrangements will need to be made.
Access on the night will be via the main student entrance and the quad into the new canteen.
We look forward to seeing you next week!
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

15th January: Brakenhale - No Chewing Gum Site

Good morning
No Chewing Gum
We would like to remind students that chewing gum is not permitted on the school site, students will be issued with a Thursday Surgery if caught chewing gum.
We have a fabulous new building and we would hope that students treat it with the respect it deserves.
Kind regards
School Office

14th January: Locker Update

Dear Parents/Carers
Student Lockers
Further to previous correspondence, we would like to advise that unfortunately, the builders are unable to complete the numbering of the school lockers until next week.
When this has been completed, students who previously had lockers in the old building will be allocated a locker and you will be advised of the locker location, number and the combination code for their padlock via email. Following this, we will be able to offer students who were previously on the waiting list the opportunity to hire a locker for the remainder of the year. If there are any remaining lockers they will be offered to all other students on a first come first served basis.
We apologise for the delay – your patience has been appreciated.
Kind regards
School Office

14th January: Year 9 Option Evening 16.1.20

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 Options Evening – Thursday 16th January from 6pm – 8pm
Main Hall Presentation @ 6pm or 7pm
We would like to remind you of our Year 9 Options Evening on Thursday and are delighted to invite you to come along for a tour of our new building from 5.30pm.
Please note that due to the continuing building works on the school site there is no onsite parking available.
On Wednesday, Year 9 students will attend an assembly with Mr Corry who will explain the options process. On Wednesday, we will also send out via schoolcomms our Options Booklet together with your son/daughter’s colour pathway. The booklet explains the process and gives a comprehensive explanation of the subject choices.
During the Options Evening you will be able to attend a talk by Mr Corry in the main hall where he will explain the process to yourselves, you will then have an opportunity to talk to the subject teachers who will be able to provide you will more information on course content and expectations. The talks will start promptly at 6pm and 7pm at last approximately half an hour.
Following the Evening there will be Year 9 Parents Evenings on 23rd and 28th January where you will be able to discuss option choices with your son/daughter’s teachers. Students will then have a period of time in which to consider their option choices; during the week commencing Monday 3rd February students will have a tutor session where they will submit their electronic option choices. These choices will then need to be approved by yourselves by Thursday 13th February via the Parent light online portal; you will be sent the relevant login information prior to this date.
If after the Options and Parents Evening you have anything you are unsure about and wish to discuss further, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Kind regards
Mr J Spaul, Head of Year 9
jspaul@brakenhale.co.uk

13th January: Year 11 Support

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Support
As we welcome in a New Year I would like to thank you for your continued support with your son/daughter in Year 11 at Brakenhale.
With only 12 school weeks until the first exam (not including the BTEC exams that are already taking place), it is really important the study momentum generated at the start of Year 11 is maintained.
In school we are providing the following support:
1. Flying start 8am-8.40am in the LRC – this is a quiet study time accessible for Year 11 students only. Students have access to computers and table work space.
2. Turbo tutor Monday to Thursday – an extra 20 minutes everyday of English, Maths and Science work
3. Working lunch 1.25pm-1.55pm – this is a quiet study time accessible for Year 11 students only. Students have access to computers and table work space.
4. Compulsory period 6 sessions for each subject 3.05pm-4.05pm. Students have these session written on their timetables and now form part of a Year 11s working day
5. Champions Hour 4.05pm-5.05pm – this is a quiet study hour accessible for Year 11 students only. Students have access to computers and table work space.
6. Revision guides – received FREE of charge for every subject
7. How to revise successfully workshop – attended by all Year 11 students
8. FREE flashcards, post it notes and notebooks
We are looking for your support in extending this focus at home and ensuring your son/daughter is making the most out of the support and resources they have available to them. Testing your son/daughter on topic areas using the flash cards they have created, providing a quiet study space at home and checking their revision timetable all help to support and maintain our positive approach.
As an incentive we are offering a £10 Amazon gift voucher for those students who access the most study sessions a week. In addition to this we are also entering student’s names into a prize draw to receive money off Year Book / Leavers Hoody / Prom Ticket. These students will be entered based on their attendance to study sessions and teacher nominations.
Period 6 sessions are compulsory timetabled sessions. We fully understand that some students may have college interviews etc. on certain days and may need to miss a one-off Period 6 session. If this is the case please can you contact the school to inform us. Non-attendance to a Period 6 session without parents informing us of a reason will be treated as truancy to a lesson. All D40s set by teachers will be taken 4.05-4.45pm in the Champions Hour study session due to staff and students in Period 6 sessions after school.
Key dates:
PPE round 2 – week commencing 2nd March
Parents Evening – 26th March
Kind regards
Miss L Rushby, Head of Year 11
lrushby@brakenhale.co.uk

13th January: School Uniform

Dear Parents/Carers
School Uniform
We would like to remind you that school uniform is no longer be available to purchase via the Uniform Shop in school and will now need to be purchased online. Please find below a list of uniform requirements, (a Uniform Price List can be found on the website) together with contact information below:
The Direct Clothing Company
www.thedirectclothing.co.uk
Telephone: 01344 872 299
Email: brakenhaleuniform@hotmail.com
sales@thedirectclothing.co.uk
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Kind regards
School Office
Uniform Requirements
School uniform is worn to encourage the development of self-confidence and pride in the school and a high standard of personal appearance is expected of all students. The wearing of school uniform whilst travelling to and from school and during the school day is very important to us. We feel that it sets standards in terms of high expectations and a purposeful attitude towards work, whilst promoting the school and our ethos. Please help us to maintain standards and expectations by ensuring that your son/daughter is wearing full school uniform. Any student arriving at school in non-uniform clothing may expect to be sent home to get changed. To ensure consistency and clarity parents/carers can purchase some items of school uniform, including logo items, from ‘The Direct Clothing Company’ who supply the Brakenhale school uniform.
Orders for uniform must be placed online www.thedirectclothing.co.uk

  Boys School Uniform Girls School Uniform
Blazer* The Black Blazer* with school logo on pocket is compulsory. Blazers are to be worn at all times.
Shirt A Plain white shirt with plain formal collar that is buttoned up, including the top button, to the neck, with short or long sleeves unrolled, tucked into the waistband and worn with the school tie.
Tie* Maroon and White Striped clip on School Tie* that sits under the shirt collar
From September 2019 Ties will be in house colours for New Year 7 Students only
Trousers Plain black trousers that are not striped or checked, not denim, cords, chinos or tracksuit bottoms.  Please note that tapered, drain pipe or tight-fitting trousers are not allowed.
Shorts Plain black school shorts that have a crease down the front in the same style as school trousers.

Shorts may only be worn when permission is given by Headteacher

Skirt* Brakenhale Pleated Black Skirt with school logo*. Students presenting themselves in a shorter skirt will be required to wear a spare uniform skirt or trousers.
Socks Plain black socks (ankle). Plain black socks (ankle), plain black tights.
Shoes Plain black shoes, Footwear must be a black shoe which can be polished, without advertising logos visible (boots, sandals, canvas shoes or pumps/plimsolls/trainer style are not permitted for safety reasons), trainers are to be worn for PE or dance only. Plain black shoes, Footwear must be a black shoe which can be polished, with backs and a very low heel, without advertising logos visible (boots, sandals, canvas shoes or pumps/plimsolls /trainer style are not permitted for safety reasons), trainers are to be worn for PE or dance only.
Jumper* Optional Plain Maroon V-necked Jumper* with school logo can be worn under the blazer (the jumper cannot be worn as an alternative to the blazer).
Coat Plain black outdoor coat, not denim, no writing or logos, but reflective strips are allowed and encouraged.
Bag* Brakenhale School bag with school logo.

* Logo items must be purchased from the school shop

  Boys PE/Dance Kit – Compulsory Girls PE/Dance Kit – Compulsory
Shirt Black PE Polo Shirt with burgundy school logo*
Shorts Black Shorts with burgundy logo* Black Shorts or Black Skort with burgundy logo*
PE JUMPER Black Training Top with school logo OR Black Hooded Sweatshirt with school logo
Socks Black/Maroon PE socks OR Plain white sports socks for indoor and summer activities
Trainers Trainers (not pumps or plimsolls)
Boots Football/Rugby boots Football boots (optional)
Guards Shin Guards and Gum Shields Shin Guards and Gum Shields
Bags Brakenhale draw string bag white PE logo OR Brakenhale sports holdall white PE logo

 

  Boys PE/Dance Kit – Optional Girls PE/Dance Kit – Optional
Shirt Maroon Games shirt with white logo*
Rugby Maroon/Black Rugby Shirt with school logo*
Trousers Black PE Trousers with burgundy logo
Black Female leggings (non-see through)

Please ensure that all PE kit, is clearly labelled with the student’s name.

Students must wear the normal uniform of the school at all times (including on the way to and from school).

• Extreme dress is not permitted at any time including visible coloured undergarments;
• Non-uniform hoodies, sweatshirt or jumpers are not allowed in school, they must not be worn instead of a coat or for PE, if seen these will be confiscated;
• PE kit must only be worn for PE/dance lessons or for a sporting event;
• 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;
• Extreme hairstyles, such as high Mohicans, words or symbols shaved into the side of a student’s head, grade tracks and extreme unnatural 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. Students whose hairstyle is offensive or disruptive to learning will be asked to modify that hairstyle;
• Hair bands or slides must be plain black or brown, thin hair bands only with no adornments.
• One small plain gold or silver ear stud in the lower ear-lobe only and one wrist-watch (conventional, non-multi-media only) can be worn (the school cannot accept responsibility for any watches or jewellery worn or brought into school). Black suit-style belts are acceptable for trousers. Please make sure all other jewellery is left at home. Larger, spiked or hooped earrings or expander-hole earrings are not allowed. Students are not allowed to wear more than one earring in each ear;
• Make-up must not be worn; this includes foundation and fake tan, black eye liner, eye-shadow, mascara, fake eyelashes, lipstick and nail varnish/nail extensions (eg gels, acrylic nails). If students wear these they will be asked to remove non-uniform items immediately;
• Any request for modifying the school uniform for religious reasons must be made in writing to the Headteacher before admittance.

10th January: Sixth Form Visit to Poland - 17.12.20

Visit to on Poland on Thursday 17th – Sunday 20th December 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

The purpose of this letter is to give you details of a visit that has been organised for your son/daughter’s participation. The details are as follows.

Visit Name/Location: Krakow, Poland

Dates: Thursday 17th – Sunday 20th December 2020

Visit Leader: Mr S Vegh

Year Group and Subject: Current Year 12 students, priority is given to Philosophy & Ethics, Psychology and History students.
Purpose/Relevance of Trip:
-To investigate the Holocaust
-To develop an understanding of Free Will vs Determinism
-To develop examination skills and use real life examples
-To experience the effects of social influence
-To manage a budget
-To manage time and behave responsible during free time
-To experience Polish Culture
Highlights of the trip include a walking tour of the city of Krakow one of Poland’s oldest settlements, experiencing the Christmas Markets in Krakow, heading underground to visit the Wielicza Salt Mines, a visit to the Jewish Museum and the opportunity to meet with a survivor of the Holocaust (or their family member), as well as a full day excursion to the concentration camp Auschwitz with a guided tour.
Meeting Place, Departure and Return Times To Be Advised
Means of Transport: Coach, Plane and Walking
Dress Code: Casual clothing, but appropriate clothing must be worn for visits to religious and historical sites.
Costs: *£650 to include Tickets, Transport, Accommodation, Dinner, Breakfast and ParentPay Fee
The cost does not include the following:
· 3 Lunches
· Pocket money – in Zloty
· Passport – all students wishing to go on this trip must have a full valid passport
· Any Visa that maybe required for a non-EU national
Please also note that if your child gains a place on the trip the deposit is non-refundable.
In addition NST operates its own cancellation charges and policy should you wish to withdraw your child from the trip (this is available on request).
As flights have not been released there is a chance the price could rise beyond the quoted figure. Please budget for an additional £50.
Please note that for all activities the cost to parents/guardians is a voluntary contribution. However, if there are insufficient contributions to cover the cost of the trip, there may be no alternative but to cancel.
Unfortunately, there are limited places on this trip and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.
Payment of the non-refundable deposit of £80 should be made by ParentPay by Friday 7th February 2020. The remaining balance can be paid by the following instalments:
Instalment 1 – 7th February – £80
Instalment 2 – 6th March – £114
Instalment 3 – 3rd April – £114
Instalment 4 – 5th June – £114
Instalment 5 – 3rd July – £114
Instalment 6 – 18th September – £114
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 ssoden@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 ssoden@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.
On all visits students are expected to abide by the School’s Behaviour Policy.
As the Visit Leader I will have the school mobile phone with me at all times and you are advised to use this if you need to make contact. The number is to be confirmed.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this activity please do not hesitate to contact me. Once your child has gained a place on the trip, you will receive a further letter outlining the instalment dates.
Yours sincerely,
Mr S Vegh, Head of Humanities

10th January: STOP Parenting Programme

Dear Parents/Carers
STOP Parenting Programme
We would like to invite you to attend a Parenting Group programme running at Brakenhale this term which will take place on Thursday’s from 9am – 11am.
Please see course information below:
January 2020 STOP Parenting programme @Brakenhale
Sessions will run in week beginning date to be confirmed

Session Date Topic Group

leader

Co leader
1 16th January 2020 Introduction to the course

Making the change

JMA TGO
2 23th January 2020 Miss the hook JMA TGO
3 30th January 2020 Listening JMA TGO
4 6th February 2020 Praise and encouragement JMA TGO
5 13th February 2020 Setting limits and problem solving JMA TGO
6 27th February 2020 Choice session *guest speaker for sex and relationships and drugs and alcohol JMA & Guests TGO
7 5th March 2020 Choice session *Conflict and aggression/screeners JMA TGO
8 12th March 2020 Consequences JMA TGO
9 19th March 2020 Living as a parent JMA TGO
10 26th March 2020 Putting it all together JMA TGO
11 23rd April 2020 Revisit, revise and reassemble JMA TGO

*Choice sessions; Drugs / Sex and relationships Alcohol / Conflict and Aggression / Screeners
If you would like to join this group, please send me an email to let me know by email: jmanisier@brakenhale.co.uk
If you are unable to attend this group but are interested in attending a parenting group or would like some more information, we will be running another group in the summer term and will choose the time and day to best match parent availability please let me know on the above email address.
Kind regards
Jo Manisier, Student Support Manager
Tracey Gosling, Family Worker

9th January: Year 9 Parents' Evenings - 23.1.20 & 28.1.20

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9x Parents’ Evening Thursday 23rd January 2020
Year 9y Parents’ Evening Tuesday 28th January 2020
The Year 9 parents’ evenings to discuss your child’s progress will be held on the above dates – 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 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.
Unfortunately, due to the building work, there is no parking available on the school site.
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 21st January for 9x and
1pm on Monday 27th January 2020 for 9y.
Kind regards
School Office

9th January: School Lockers

Dear Parents/Carers
School Lockers
We would like to advise that new lockers will be issued to students as soon as they are commissioned by the Building Company. All students who had a locker previously will be allocated a new locker. The new lockers have a coded padlock and we will advise you of locker number, location and combination number shortly.
Kind regards
School Office

8th January: Year 9 Options Evening, 16.1.20

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 Options Evening – Thursday 16th January
Further to our message regarding the above date of our Year 9 Options Evening, we would like to invite Y9 Parents to come to school from 5.30pm prior to the event for a tour of our new school. There is no need to book just come along. We would like to remind you that unfortunately, there is no parking available on site.
Kind regards
School Office

8th January: Year 9 Immunisations

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 Immunisations
Year 9 immunisations will take place on the morning of Monday 13th January. If you have not yet returned $Forename$’s consent form, please do so tomorrow.
Kind regards
School Office

8th January: PE Extra Curricular Activities Half Term 3

Dear Parents/Carers
PE Extra-Curricular Activities – Half Term 3
The PE Extra-Curricular Activities for this half term was sent out. Clubs and fixtures will start next week.
Kind regards
PE Department

8th January: Hegarty Maths

Dear Parents/Carers
Hegarty Maths
With the introduction of period 6 for our Year 11 students, we are moving the Hegarty Maths detention day to a Tuesday. As a result, Hegarty homework we will now be set on a Thursday, starting tomorrow. The homework will go live at 8am and will be due in at 8pm the following Wednesday, giving teachers the opportunity to check satisfactory completion.
We will continue to offer Hegarty support at break and our Maths Department are always happy to help at any time.
Thank you for your continued support. We are delighted that feedback is becoming increasingly positive, especially with regard to student outcomes. Furthermore, the engagement and ownership of the work set over the holiday period has resulted in a 95% completion rate! We are so proud of our students.
Kind regards
Mrs L Harbour, Maths Department
lharbour@brakenhale.co.uk

8th January: 9N Tutor Information

Good afternoon
9N Tutor Information
My name is Mrs Palmer and I am emailing to introduce myself to all parents and carers of students in 9N. Ms Lane, who I know has been an excellent advocate and tutor for your son/daughter, is moving to work in another area in the school. Therefore, I am thrilled to be able to tell you that I will be the new tutor of 9N at Brakenhale.
I joined Brakenhale in September 2015 after working for 10 years in the SEN department at another local secondary school. During my time at Brakenhale, I have been fortunate enough to be involved in setting up the first secondary school nurture group in Bracknell Forest which allowed me to train and gain the qualification of nurture practitioner. Since then I have become the behaviour support manager for Brakenhale School, where I work within the student support team.
In my role as tutor for your son/daughter, I am responsible for checking their daily attendance, punctuality and providing a programme of PSHE during tutor time. As well as being 9N’s tutor, I will also be supporting the year team in my new position as assistant head of year.
As a parent myself of Brakenhale students, I am passionate and dedicated to ensuring all students are given the best possible tools and support that school can offer, in order for them to have the very best opportunities available to them.
If during this time you have any concerns or need to inform me of anything, please do feel free to contact me via the email address below and I look forward to meeting with you all over the next few weeks during our upcoming options information evening and parents evening.
Kind regards
Mrs P Palmer, Assistant Head of Year 9
ppalmer@brakenhale.co.uk

8th January: Welcome Back - First Day

Dear Parents/Carers
Welcome Back – First Day, all students!
We are pleased to share with you the plans for the students first day back at school. On arrival tomorrow, students will not be able to immediately access the new building. Therefore, we would ask that students do not arrive before 8.15am. If the weather is not on our side there will be limited areas in which to stay dry and students will be allocated indoor spaces, however be prepared and bring black coats and an umbrella if necessary.
On arrival students should make their way to the new build by entering the site via Coningsby and then walking towards the trampoline centre. They will then see an entrance on the right hand side in the silver fencing just before the PE changing rooms. All students must walk through this entrance and down the pathway in between PE and Drama, the new school will be directly in front of them, this is the only access to the new building. There will be many members of staff out and about and students are asked to congregate in the new quad area. At 8.30am a bell will ring and students should make their way to the tennis courts to line up as if they were doing so for a fire drill, from this point tutors will accompany students to their new tutor rooms. Sixth Form students should remain in the new quad area.
Visitors access is via the Coningsby entrance on foot only and will be signposted to Main Reception. Unfortunately, there is no parking available on-site and we would ask that you park considerately if parking in neighbouring roads.
Morning tutor will be extended in order to allow key information to be shared with the students about the new build, we intend for lessons to begin Period 2 (10am). During this extended tutor period all students will have an assembly and undertake a small tour to show them the key areas of the new school.
Please be aware that we are unable to run breakfast club tomorrow morning, this will resume from Friday at 7.45am in the canteen. All other canteen services will be running as normal and all students will have lunch at 1:25-1:55pm.
On arrival each morning, students will only be able to access the canteen area and will not be allowed into the rest of the school building, except any Year 11 students attending the “Flying Start” intervention in the LRC.
Students will now be able to purchase Tools for Learning from the Head of Year Office, initially this week this will be during morning tutor and break only and will be extended to lunchtimes and afterschool from next week. Tools for Learning packs can still be paid for via ParentPay and collected from the Head of Year Office.
We would also like to remind you to top-up ParentPay accounts ready for tomorrow.
This is an extremely exciting time for Brakenhale but should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Kind regards
Ms J Coley, Headteacher

8th January: Welcome Back

Good morning
Welcome Back
Happy New Year! We hope you all have enjoyed a great Christmas break with your families and friends.
We are delighted to be back and in our new building, it is very exciting and we are looking forward to welcoming students back tomorrow. We will share with you later this afternoon full information on how students will be accessing the new site and information and expectations for the day.
Kind regards
School Office

7th January: Year 9 Options Evening - 16.01.20 at 6pm

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 Options Evening – Thursday 16th January 2020 @6pm
We are pleased to advise the above date for the Year 9 Options Evening together with the following dates for Year 9 Parents Evenings Thursday 23rd (9B/R/A/K) and Tuesday 28th January (9E/N/H).
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

12th December: School Uniform Shop

Dear Parents/Carers
School Uniform
We would like to remind you that school uniform is no longer be available to purchase via the Uniform Shop in school and will now need to be purchased online. Please find attached a Uniform Price List together with a list of uniform requirements, contact information below:
The Direct Clothing Company
www.thedirectclothing.co.uk
Telephone: 01344 872 299
Email: brakenhaleuniform@hotmail.com
sales@thedirectclothing.co.uk
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Kind regards
School Office

11th 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 and thank you for helping us transform the appearance of the students across the last few years. It has also been a pleasure to note a huge reduction in sanctions being issued for uniform infringements across this term. As we approach the end of term, I would like as ever to take this opportunity to share a few reminders with you for over the holidays regarding these matters:
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 Silvey, our Attendance Officer, or the Education Welfare Service.
Please can we ask that all students return to school at 8.30am on 9th January 2020 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

5th December: Dungeon & Dragons Club

Dear Parents/Carers
Dungeons and Dragons Club
If your son/daughter normally attends the Dungeons and Dragons club, please note that this afternoon’s campaign has been cancelled.
Kind regards
Mrs T Cresswell, Dungeon Master

4th December: School Lockers

Good Afternoon
School Lockers
Just a reminder that in readiness for our move, lockers must be cleared out by Tuesday 10th December. Please could students bring their keys to main reception in an envelope with my name on, as they are a different set of lockers to the rest of the school. Students will be issued with a new locker when we move as soon as possible in the new year.
Kind regards
School Office

4th December: Extra-Curricular Activities

Good morning
Extra-curricular Activities
We would like to advise that all extra-curricular clubs finish this week unless otherwise advised by the Teacher in charge.
Kind regards
School Office

29th November: Facial Hair

Dear Parent/Carer
Facial Hair
I wanted to contact you in relation to the communication Mr Hartley sent out yesterday regarding facial hair, this was in no means meant to offend anyone.
It is always our intention for all students to feel safe and secure in school and when some of the older students are wearing fully styled beards and sideburns it makes them look much older and it has led to some worries from our younger students. This was the sole reason for our request for no facial hair in school, it was never our intention to cause any kind of upset. However, we have now reflected and as a result we will not be asking students to removed facial hair.
Around my dinner table last night where I sat with my own 3 children I received messages on social media which were verbally threatening and highly offensive using language to describe me that I would never ever repeat.
I can only hope that those of you who know me would never respond in this way and would contact me directly with any concerns.
Please can I ask that if you have an issue with any of our school policies that you discuss them directly with the school and not via social media. Unfortunately, there have been a number of comments recently by people who are not in any way linked to the school which have been vicious as well as inaccurate which is not helpful for anybody.
If we get something wrong we will always do our best to listen and amend accordingly and I hope that you recognise this.
I am fully committed to our community and I would ask that as parents you to trust us, as everything we do as a school is in the best interests of your children.
Kind regards
Ms J Coley
Headteacher
Facial Hair Letter

28th November: Year 11 Study Support

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 – Study Support
I would like to congratulate all of the year 11 students for their conduct during the recent PPE exams. Students were prepared and displayed a growing maturity to complete so many exams in a short period of time. Now we must focus for the next two weeks (and two days) as we head towards the Christmas break.
From 9th January all year 11 students will be required to attend Period 6 lessons, that will run from 3:05-4:05 each day. I hope the timetable below makes sense but in addition students will receive a new timetable showing their specific lessons instead of the Option blocks. The Option blocks correspond to the letter after the class code on the timetable. For example, 11A/Gg would be Geography in Block A, and 11B/Bs would be Business in Block B. We are required to run a two week timetable to ensure all options have a fair amount of time.
The timetable will be as follows:
Monday 1 – X Band English – Y Band Science
Tuesday 1 – X Science – Y English
Wednesday 1 – Maths
Thursday 1 – Block C
Friday 1 – Block B
Monday 2 – X English – Y Science
Tuesday 2 – X Science – Y English
Wednesday 2 – Block A
Thursday 2 – Block D
Friday 2 – Block E
Therefore, Thursday 9th January will see students attend their Block C option after school. This will be the same lesson they have P4 and P5 on a Thursday. Wherever students have Core PE as their option, they will attend a Maths revision session instead.
All students should now have revision guides for every single subject. We are still awaiting the Hospitality & Catering books to arrive so these will be distributed when we get them. Revision guides need to be brought to each lesson and placed on the desk, similar to other tools for learning.
In addition please see a reminder of the other interventions offered to year 11 below as a support to boost their grades:
1. Flying Start – Our LRC is open for students from 8am and will continue to do so in the new building from January. Students have access to a quiet study space with ICT.
2. Turbo Tutor – All students are now having extra English, Maths and Science instead of their usual tutor period during morning registration. This has been a huge success and all students have engaged with the change of process. This will continue up until the summer examinations.
3. Working Lunch – Year 11 students now have access to a quiet working room during lunch time, where they are able to eat and study at the same time. Students are able to use T04 to either study using the PCs, or use one of the desks to revise or complete tasks. This will be supervised by a senior member of staff to ensure that work is being done. As the weather changes and becomes colder, we advise that this time is used to complete outstanding work, plan and write an exam question, or use one of the internet resources available to you.
4. Champions Hour – This will run from 4.05pm until 5.05pm Monday to Thursday in T04. This will be an opportunity to complete coursework, homework, consolidate the day’s learning, or plan for the day ahead. The room will be staffed and provides a quiet working space with the focus very much being the exam season and year 11 as a whole.
5. Christmas work packs – All subject Head of Departments are creating work for students to complete over the Christmas break, to provide tasks for the 8 days extra holiday that students will have. Please ensure that this is completed before students return on Thursday 9th January.
Thank you very much for your support with all of these strategies.
Regards
Mr R Corry, Deputy Headteacher, rcorry@brakenhale.co.uk

27th November: 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

26th November: End of Term Friday 13th December

Dear Parents/Carers
End of term – Friday 13th December 12.05pm
We would like to take this opportunity to remind you of end of term arrangements on Friday 13th December. All students will be required to leave the school site promptly at 12.05pm. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate students on site after this time as staff have to leave at the same time for the builders to move in to close our building down and start the move process.
REMINDERS:
Library Books – the Library is now packed up, students will not be able to take books out until we move to the new building. Could you check bedrooms for any unreturned books and ask that they are returned to the Library as soon as possible.
Student Lockers – lockers must be emptied by Tuesday 10th December and will not be able to be used after this date – keys should be returned to main reception. If your son/daughter has the use of the lockers outside the medical room, keys should be returned in an envelope addressed “Mrs Best – Lockers”. All students who currently have lockers will be allocated lockers in the new building. We will then be able to allocate additional lockers to those currently on the waiting list. Lockers in the new building will be managed by Brakenhale and not ILS.
Lost Property – may we please remind students to check lost property in Head of Year Office as soon as possible and by no later than Tuesday 10th December for any missing items as we will be unable to move unnamed items into our new building.
Christmas Jumper Day is Friday 13th December – £1 donation to Save the Children Charity – all other uniform remains as usual.
Back to school in the New Year is Thursday 9th January @8.30am for all students. Information on entering the new building will be published to parents and shared with students before the end of term. We look forward to welcoming students to the new building in January.
Kind regards
School Office

21st November: Year 12 Parents' Evening Thursday 5th December

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 12 Parents’ Evening Thursday 5th December 2019
The Year 12 parents’ evening to discuss your child’s progress will be held on Thursday 5th December 2019 – 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 teachers. Time slots are for Ten 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 2pm on Wednesday 4th December 2019.
Kind regards
School Office

21st November: Main Reception Early Closing, Friday 6th December, 4pm

Dear Parents/Carers
Main Reception – Friday 6th December, 2019
We would like to advise that on Friday 6th December, 2019 Main Reception will close at 4pm. Any queries after 4pm should be submitted by email to mainreception@brakenhale.co.uk
Kind regards
School Office

21st November: Bracknell Forest Awards

Good morning: Message from Bracknell Forest Council
Bracknell Forest Awards
The Pride of Bracknell Forest Awards will take place on 29th May 2020, so be sure to mark it in your diary!
If you would like to nominate anyone please click on the link below to visit our website.
http://prideofbracknell.com/nominate/
Kind regards
Bracknell Forest Council

20th November: School Library

Dear Parents/Carers
School Library
With only a short time to pack and a great deal to do, we have decided that the last day for students to borrow a book before we break up for the BIG move will be Friday, 22nd November. Students wishing to take home holiday reading will be allowed to do so this week and books will need to be returned after the holidays.
Can I please ask that if you have any of our library books at home that they are returned next week. If, during a great Winter clear out, you find any old library books, please return these the first week back after the Christmas holiday.
Kind regards
Mrs K Daniels, LRC Manager
kdaniels@brakenhale.co.uk

18th November: Parent Governor Election

Dear Parents/Carers
Parent Governor Election
Please see our web page for information sent home for a parent governor vacancy. We do hope you will consider the vacancy.
Kind regards
Clerk, Local Governing Body, Brakenhale School

18th November: Year 11 English in Action Trip 6.12.19 - Cancelled

Dear Parents/ Guardian
English in Action 6th December 2019
We are delighted to have secured tickets at English in Action on the 6th December. This is an opportunity to see the stimulating, information-packed GCSE English in Action programme, featuring a fascinating line-up of presentations guaranteed to enthuse, inspire but mostly to help the students understand the writing process so that they can engage more fully with the key concepts when revising their English Language GCSE.
During the day, students will hear from a range of expert and engaging speakers who will explore ways to enhance their creativity and writing skills and examine non-fiction texts across time with the aim of improving performance in the English Language GCSE exam.
The day will end with the popular and multi-award-winning poet, children’s writer and playwright John Agard, who will introduce and read selected poems from his collections before discussing his approach to the creative process. This is an amazing opportunity for the students, who have studied some of his poetry including ‘Checking out Me History’, to consider approaches from such a respected professional and ask questions.
The event begins in London at 10:45am and ends at 15:45 so we envisage a return to the school around 17:00 to 17:30; your child will need to bring a packed lunch and wear their full school uniform.
Payment should be made through Parent Pay before the 25th November to secure attendance but extensions to this can be considered. Additionally, any families that receive support through the Pupil Premium scheme should inform Mrs Cresswell that their child wishes to attend for us to apply to use these funds to finance the ticket.
Please return the attached slip in the first instance to reserve your place, or make payment on line; if spaces have been filled by this time, we will notify you that you have been placed on a reserved list.
Kind regards,
Mrs T Cresswell, Director of English

Reply Slip:
I can confirm that __________________ (child’s name) would like to attend the English in Action conference on the 6th December and that payment will be made before the 25th November
Signed (parent/ guardian) _______________________________________
Print ____________________________

15th November: Getting More out of PE at Brakenhale this Winter

Dear Parents/Carers
Getting more out of PE at Brakenhale this winter…
With the cold weather coming in, here is how to get the best out of PE at Brakenhale this winter.
Mr Potter’s top tips for PE…
– Wear PE tracksuit bottoms/leggings rather than PE shorts/skorts
– Wear your PE jumper on top of your PE shirt as an extra layer
– Put a plain t shirt (black or white) or vest under your PE shirt for another extra layer (see acceptable kit item photos)
– If you have a skin/thermal style top, these can be worn if black or white only.
– Bring a pair of gloves to keep your hands warm (see acceptable kit item photos)
– Ensure your socks are correct (PE socks – long knee socks or white sports socks) and don’t wear your black school socks for PE as your feet will get cold as they are thin (see acceptable kit item photos)
– Keep active as soon as you are changed and get to your lesson – start warm ups and dynamic stretches to keep moving and keep warm – plus it will impress your teacher.
*Due to health and safety, we do not allow full outdoor coats, PE/Brakenhale hoodies, scarves, hats, snoods or beanies to be worn in PE*
Being in the outdoors all year round is a brilliant thing, but we do understand that the weather can be tough on pupils, that is why it is key to get pupils adequately prepared for the lesson.
If for whatever reason a lesson cannot go ahead due to inclement weather, there is a pre-planned indoor space for pupils to be taught in, by their PE teacher. This will be the sports hall or trampoline centre.
Many thanks and I look forward to seeing your children continue to be active throughout the winter months.
Kind regards
Mr M Potter, Head of PE

15th November: Sims Parent Lite

Dear Parent/Carer,
From Monday 18th November 2019, we will be starting to roll out our new Sims Parent Lite app, starting with parents of Year 13 students.
Sims Parent Lite allows you to access, review and request changes to data that we hold on your son/daughter, meaning that it will be quick and easy for you to update us on any changes to contact details, parental consent and medical or dietary needs. If you have more than one child with us at Brakenhale, you will be able to access information for all you children from the same app.
Getting started with the SIMS Parent
1. On Monday 18th November, we will be sending you an activation email. Simply click on the link from your tablet, PC or smart phone to activate your account. Your activation email is unique to you and should not be used by anyone else. Please be aware the email will be sent from noreply@sims.co.uk and not from Brakenhale.
2. You can then log in using your normal Facebook, Twitter, Google or Microsoft username and password.
3. From your smart phone or tablet, download the app from the Google Play or Apple App store – search for SIMS Parent.
4. From a PC or Windows phone, login online at www.sims-parent.co.uk
A guide to setting up Sims Parent Lite is on the website, but if you require any further assistance once you have received your activation email on Monday 18th November 2019, please email data@brakenhale.co.uk.
Yours faithfully,
Brakenhale School

14th November: Children in Need Charity Netball Match 15.11.19

Dear Parents/Carers
Charity Netball Match
We are happy to be supporting @BBCCiN with a Staff -v- Sixth Form Netball match after school tomorrow – come along and support this great charity event!
Kind regards
School Office

13th November: Year 13 Parents' Evening 21.11.19

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 13 Parents’ Evening Thursday 21st November 2019
The Year 13 parents’ evening to discuss your child’s progress will be held on Thursday 21st November 2019 – 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 teachers. Time slots are for ten 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 20th November 2019.
Kind regards
School Office

13th November: Hegarty Maths Books

Dear Parents/Carers and students
Hegarty Maths Books
We would just like to remind all students to bring their Hegarty Maths Books with them on days when they have a Hegarty Maths lesson.
Kind regards
Maths Department

12th November: Year 9 Theatre Production 'County Lines'

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 Theatre production “County Lines”
Between 9th September and 13th December 2019, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has commissioned Applied Theatre specialists AlterEgo Creative Solutions Ltd to tour secondary schools across Thames Valley with their highly innovative production ‘County Lines’.
The play has been developed by the creative and experienced team behind the hugely successful ‘Chelsea’s Story’ (formerly ‘Chelsea’s Choice’), ‘In the Net’, Crashing’, Going to Extremes’ and ‘CLICK’ and will be performed at Brakenhale on Wednesday 20th November 2019 to Year 9.
The play has been seen by over 100,000 thousand young people and thousands of professionals around the UK and has proven effective in raising awareness around this important issue as part of a whole system approach to tackling Child Criminal Exploitation. With high profile cases around the country currently making the news on a regular basis, it is all of our duties to raise awareness of this subject. Councils, charities, support agencies, schools, parents and carers all need to engage with and acknowledge this issue in order to give young people the tools and knowledge they need to help keep themselves and their friends safe.
The County Lines play enacts how young people could be drawn into criminal activity, especially by people like the lead character, Dex…
Meet Dex. He’s a nice guy. He’ll offer you money. He’ll offer you drugs. He’ll be generous. He’ll make you feel important. He’ll make you feel part of something. He’ll make your life exciting. He’ll do whatever it takes to get you working for him and his mates… and when you do…
Meet Dex. He’s a scary guy. He’ll say you owe him money. He’ll make you deal drugs and move packages. He’ll blackmail you. He’ll be violent. He’ll make you feel terrified. He’ll turn your life upside down. He’ll do whatever it takes to keep you working for him and his mates…
And he’s good at it. He knows he’ll get you because he knows you’ll make bad decisions… bad choices. Dex runs the County Lines.
The 50-minute production and post-show talk have proven highly effective in raising awareness of:-
· What County Lines is, how it is linked to Criminal Exploitation and how can it affect young people
· The Grooming Process and how it can apply to County Lines
· The similarities and potential crossovers between Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE) and Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
· How young people can spot the indicators of CCE and CSE and where they can go for help & advice
CCE and CSE are highly sensitive subjects and every care has been taken to ensure that the production is hard-hitting and relevant without being graphic or offensive. The issues are raised and discussed in a manner entirely relevant and suitable for the target age group.
Should you have any questions or concerns about the production please contact Clair Gill, Director of Safeguarding, who will be happy to set your mind at rest.
Kind regards
Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteacher
ahartley@brakenhale.co.uk

12th November: Farley House Cake Sale 14.11.19

Dear Parents/Carers
Farley House Cake Sale
On Thursday 14th November there will be a cake sale outside Music to raise money for Farley House.
All cakes will be 50p and correct change would be helpful!
Any donations of cakes for the sale would be greatly appreciated and can be dropped off to the PE office on Thursday morning.
Kind regards
Miss L Willimott, Head of Farley House, lwillimott@brakenhale.co.uk

12th November: Year 11 PPE Exams

Dear Students, Parents and Carers,
This is a reminder that all Year 11 will be completing PPE’s next week. We will be holding an assembly tomorrow to go through rules, regulations and expectations.
When entering the exam room students must ensure that phones and watches are off and placed in your school bag. Everyone must have a full set of tools for learning.
Please find the timetable attached and if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Mrs Seymour, Exams Manager

11th November: Year 10 Parents' Evening, 28.11.19

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 Parents’ Evening Thursday 28th November 2019
The Year 10 parents’ evening to discuss your child’s progress will be held on Thursday 28th November 2019 – 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 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 26th November 2019.
Kind regards
School Office

8th November: Duke of Edinburgh Award 2020/21

Dear Parents/Carers
The Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) 2020/21
Thank you those of you who attended our Duke of Edinburgh Information evening on Wednesday and who have completed the expression of interest form.
If your son/daughter has decided that they would like to enrol for one the DofE Awards this year, we now require a deposit to secure their place. The deposit should be paid by 15th November via ParentPay as detailed below:
· Bronze Award is open to students in Year 9 & 10 – Total Cost £102 – Deposit £22
· Silver Award is open to students in Year 10 & 11 who have completed their Bronze Award – Total Cost £122 – Deposit £22
· Gold Award is open to students in Post 16 who have completed their Bronze or Silver Award – Total Cost £29 (full amount payable) (Students are expected to source their own expeditions and residentials. The cost can vary. Advice and information will be provided to students)
The deadline for the full balance to be paid is Friday 7th February, 2020.
If you have any questions regarding the DofE Award enrolment process please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Mr R Beukes, Assistant Headteacher
rbeukes@brakenhale.co.uk

7th November: Christmas Jumper Day

Dear Parents/Carers
Christmas Jumper Day – Friday 13th December
We are pleased to advise that we will be supporting Christmas Jumper Day again this year on the last day of term Friday 13th December. Christmas jumpers can replace school jumpers and blazers – all other uniform must remain as usual.
The charity we will be raising money for is Daisy’s Dream who have been a great support to some of our students and their families who have been affected by a life-threatening illness or bereavement of someone close to them.
https://www.daisysdream.org.uk/
The suggested donation is £1 however, if you would like to donate more of course you are welcome!
Thank you for your support of this worthwhile cause.
Kind regards
School Office

6th November: Year 11 PPE Science Exams

Year 11 PPE Science
Dear Students, Parents and Carers,
We have rescheduled the day for Year 11 Exams on Monday 18th November, Tuesday 19th November and Wednesday 20th November.
This is due to the change in Science exams for some students. Those sitting Triple Science have a 1 hour 45 minute paper.
On these 3 days students will go to lunch at 13:00 and then come back to their exam venue at 13:40 where they will be registered before sitting their Science Exam. This does mean that the students sitting Triple Science will not finish until 15:30. The Combined Science will finish around the normal time.
If students have any questions regarding which paper they are sitting they should contact their Science teacher.
Kind regards,
Huw Thomas

6th November: Consultation on proposed admission arrangements for The Brakenhale School for entry in September 2021

Dear Parents/Carers
Consultation on proposed admission arrangements for The Brakenhale School for entry in September 2021
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 2021/22.
The main changes are detailed below:
· Medical and Social Form – for completion where applicants apply under the Exceptional Medical or Social criteria
· Inclusion of priority for siblings living outside of the designated area
· Children of staff changed to priority 3 (previously priority 4)
Please click here to view the proposed admission arrangements: https://www.greenshawlearningtrust.org.uk/page/?title=Admission+to+our+schools&pid=69&action=saved
The consultation period lasts from Wednesday 6 November until Wednesday 18 December 2019 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
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

6th November: Christmas Card Competition

Good morning
Brakenhale Christmas Card competition
We are pleased to advise that we will be running the design a “Brakenhale Christmas card” competition again this year. The winning card will be the official 2019 Brakenhale Christmas Card for Ms Coley to send out. Previous entries have been amazing and it is a really good way to get into the Christmas spirit.
The winning entry will receive 10 house points whilst runners up receive 5.
Students should submit entries by Friday 29th November this year as we will need to print and send out before our early end of term bream. In order to use the entry we will need to scan and print so could we please ask entries not to have large items stuck on the card as we sadly won’t be able to use these. All entries should be submitted with student name and tutor group clearly written on the back page.
Kind regards
School Office

5th November: Year 10 'Giving at Christmas'

Dear Parents / Carers
Year 10 “Giving at Christmas” Reversed Christmas Calendar
Christmas is the time to get together with our families to celebrate and swap presents and enjoy Christmas dinner and treats. But for others, here in Bracknell, Christmas can be a time to dread, with no presents to give or to receive and none of the luxuries that Christmas brings.
We are appealing to you to contribute food which the Year 10 team can then give to the Bracknell Food Bank to support local people who will not be able to enjoy the luxuries of Christmas which most of us have become accustomed.
The items that the Food Bank are in particular need of this Christmas are:
Tinned Peas, Carrots
Tinned Meat Pies (large & small), Stews, Curries
Tinned Ham/Chopped Ham and Pork
Tinned Fruit: Peaches, Pears, Fruit Salad
Tinned Fish: Tuna or Salmon
Christmas: Biscuits, Mince Pies, Puddings, Chocolates
Nuts, Dates, Crisps etc
We do hope you will be able to spread some Christmas spirit from our school to the community and develop the virtue of giving to others.
Each student will be assigned a date between 11th November and 29th November to bring ONE item from the list below. The food item can be given to Miss Douse in the Head of Year Office in tutor time, where there is a collection box for each tutor group.
Kind regards
Miss Douse and the Year 10 Team

5th November: Bracknell Forest Council Admissions Arrangements 2021-22

Please see communication from Bracknell Forest Council regarding proposed changes to Admission Arrangements. This does not include Brakenhale. An attachment was also sent out.
Good afternoon
We are consulting on changing the Admission Arrangements for 2021-22 for our community and voluntary controlled school to:
1. reduce the Published Admission Number (PAN) for Harmans Water Primary School from 90 to 60.
2. reduce the Published Admissions Number (PAN) for Easthampstead Park Community School from 240 to 210.
3. reduce the Published Admissions Number (PAN) for Garth Hill College from 300 to 270.
4. change to the admission arrangements for Warfield CE Primary School to remove the denominational criterion.
Kind 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

5th November: Rotary Club Raffle Ticket Prize Draw

Dear Parents/Carers of students in Years 7, 8 and 9
BRAKENHALE IS SELLING RAFFLE TICKETS TO RAISE MONEY FOR OUR NEW BUILDING
Following the information in a recent Parent News, students in Year 7, 8 and 9 will this week be bringing home one book of raffle tickets for the Easthampstead Rotary Club Draw, which we are hoping you will be willing to sell for us.
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 will raise £4,000 if we are able to sell all the tickets we have been allocated.
Please note:
· You are under no obligation to sell all or any of the tickets. If you do not want to participate, simply return the tickets in the envelope as soon as possible.
· If you are willing to work with us on this, please sell as many tickets as you can and return the money and ticket stubs (with a name and contact phone number written on them) with your child as soon as possible, but by Monday 9th December at the latest. Please also return any unsold tickets.
· If you are able to sell more tickets than you are allocated, please e-mail fundraising@brakenhale.co.uk and we will make sure we get them to you straight away.
Prizes: 1st Prize £500 – 2nd Prize £250 – 10 Prizes of £100 – 5 Prizes of £50
The date of the draw is Monday 16th December at 8pm.
Thank you very much for your support and I hope that you will be among the lucky winners.
With regards,
Karen Roche, Chair of the governing body

4th November: Remembrance Day 11.11.19

Dear Parents/Carers
Remembrance Day – Monday 11th November 2019
As advised previously, we are happy to be supporting the British Legion Poppy Appeal again this year – students and staff can show their support by purchasing poppies from Main Reception.
As a mark of respect students who are members of our Combined Cadet Force (CCF) will be permitted to wear their uniform from Monday 11th November for the whole week.
Students who are members of any cadets groups outside of Brakenhale will be permitted to wear their uniform on Monday 11th November.
We will be observing a minutes silence at 10.59am on Monday 11th November.
Kind regards
School Office

4th November: Year 11 Revision Support - 12.11.19

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Revision Support
Following our Year 11 Information Evening in September, we would like to invite all Year 11 Students and Parents/Carers to attend a study support evening on Tuesday 12th November – 6:15pm–7pm.
We would like to share with you information following new research which will impact your students revision strategies for their exams. We have been able to purchase a significant number of revision guides for students which will be distributed at the end of the evening.
We apologise for the late notice of this meeting, however, wanted to ensure that students receive this information prior to their PPE’s which start w/c 18th November.
We look forward to seeing you next Tuesday.
Kind regards
School Office

3rd November: Back to School - Monday 4th November, 8.30am

Dear Parents/Carers
Back to School – Monday 4th November, 2019 – 8.30am
We hope everyone has enjoyed a great half-term and we look forward to seeing all students in school and ready to focus on learning tomorrow morning at 8.30am.
Please check all uniform is in order this evening, with any new items clearly labelled, ensure that PE kit is packed if required and you have all the necessary tools for learning.
Please be reminded that coats must be plain black with no logos and scarves may only be plain black or school house scarves.
Please ensure that ParentPay accounts are topped-up if required as Monday mornings at the beginning of term ParentPay can be difficult to access.
This will be a short term for us as our move to the new building draws closer and we would remind you that we finish on Friday 13th December at 12.05pm and students return to the new school on Thursday 9th January, 2020.
Kind regards
School Office

25th October: Year 10 Revision Books

Dear Parents/Carers/Students
Year 10 Revision Resources ISBN
Further to our recent Year 10 Information Evening, please see attached details of the revision resources together with the ISBN numbers.

Subject

Title

ISBN

Classes/Sets

Maths Higher Tier revision guide

Higher Workbook

Higher Flashcards

Foundation revision guide

Foundation workbook

Foundation flash cards

978-1447988090

978-1292210889

978-1292173221

978-1447988045

978-1447987925

978-1292173238

Set 1 and 2 higher

Set 5-7 foundation

Set 3/4 are mixed and can be higher or foundation. We won’t make that decision until year 11

 

English CGP Christmas Carol Revision:

CGP Jekyll and Hyde Revision:

CGP MacBeth Revision:

CGP Inspector Calls Revision:

978-1782943099

978-1782943082

978-1841461168

978-1841461151

 

(Blyton, Zephaniah, Chaucer, Tolkien, Sappho)

(Heaney and Austen)

(All Classes)

(All classes)

Science Collins GCSE Science – OCR Gateway GCSE (9-1) Chemistry for Combined Science

Collins GCSE Science – OCR Gateway GCSE (9-1) Biology for Combined Science

Collins GCSE Science – OCR Gateway GCSE (9-1) Physics for Combined Science

 

New Grade 9-1 GCSE Combined Science: OCR Gateway Revision Guide with Online Edition

New Grade 9-1 GCSE Combined Science: OCR Gateway Revision Guide with Online Edition

 

New 9-1 GCSE Combined Science: Biology OCR Gateway Revision Question Cards (CGP GCSE Combined Science 9-1 Revision)

New 9-1 GCSE Combined Science: Chemistry OCR Gateway Revision Question Cards (CGP GCSE Combined Science 9-1 Revision)

New 9-1 GCSE Combined Science: Physics OCR Gateway Revision Question Cards (CGP GCSE Combined Science 9-1 Revision)

 

9780008175009

 

 

978-0008174996

 

 

9780008175016

 

 

 

9781782945697

 

 

9781782945703

 

 

 

9781789083750

 

 

 

 

9781789083767

 

 

 

 

978-1789083774

Set 1 is higher

Set 2 is mixed and can be higher or foundation

Set 3-7 are foundation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Higher

 

 

Foundation

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Kind regards
School Office

25th October: Year 11 Focus - Turbo Tutor

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Focus – Turbo Tutor Group
As part of our initiatives to support year 11 through their GCSEs, we are implementing a revised focus to morning tutor time.
Starting from Tuesday 5th November and running on a 2 week rotation, students will be placed into a Science, English or Maths group. For the 20 minutes in the morning they will receive core subject intervention, delivered by specialist teachers. Monday morning will stay as Year 11 assembly in the main hall.
Afternoon tutor time will continue as usual with their tutors.
Regards
Miss L Rushby, Head of Year 11
lrushby@brakenhale.co.uk

25th October: Hegarty Maths Coordinator

Dear Parents/Carers
Hegarty Maths Coordinator
I am delighted to announce that we have appointed a Hegarty Maths Coordinator in response to some parent queries and concerns over the Hegarty Maths system.
In order to support the students’ learning, some Key Stage 3 classes will have a dedicated Hegarty Maths hour in the computer room to ensure that all are clear on the process and how to maximise their learning. We will be providing students with additional work to complete in this hour and they will still be set homework to complete Friday to Friday.
Mrs Bury will become the main point of contact for parents regarding Hegarty and will offer parental drop-in sessions once a week. We will confirm her email address and the time of the drop-in session after half term.
Kind regards
Tom Dean, Director of Mathematics

24th October: Brakenhale is a No Smoking Site

Dear Parents/Carers
No Smoking Site
We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that Brakenhale is a “No Smoking Zone” this applies when waiting in your own vehicles to pick up students.
Kind regards
School Office

24th October: Relocation of Head of Year Office

Dear Parents/Carers and Students
HEAD OF YEAR OFFICE – LS2
REMINDER – Head of Year Office – First Aid and Lost Property has relocated to LS2
Kind regards
School Office

24th October: Year 11 Revision Masterclass

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Revision Masterclass
Following yesterday’s excellent Year 11 Revision Masterclass with Mr Joe Ambrose from Greenshaw Learning Trust, we have emailed home the presentation from the class and supporting documentation.
Kind regards
School Office

23rd October: How to View Purchases on ParentPay

Please see instructions on how to view purchases made with lunch money on Parentpay.
1. Navigate to http://www.parentpay.comand log in.
2. Navigate to your Home screen.
3. From the menu, select Transaction history > Balance history.
4. Select the name of the child and the month you wish to view.
5. You must then click SEARCH to list purchases.

23rd October: Changes to the Library Book Loaning Policy

Dear Parents/Carers
Changes to the library book loaning policy
This is to notify you that from November 2019, any new loans of books from the school library will be for a two week period. There will be the option of returning or renewing the book for another two weeks if it is necessary and if another student is not waiting for the book at that time.
If a book is not returned within the allotted time, the student will be given two reminders via their tutors that the book is outstanding; this will be followed by a schoolcomms home if it has not been received by the librarian within a week of the second reminder.
We are so fortunate to have the library at Brakenhale which is a wonderful resource to have and will be at the heart of the new build however the cost of books continues to rise and at any time the books outstanding can amount to thousands of pounds: we simply do not have the funds to replace these items. Consequently if the book remains missing from the library, after a schoolcomms has been sent home, a final request will be issued for the book or financial contribution to the cost of a replacement; most paperback books retail at £6.99 so you can understand why it is important that they are returned.
We are certain that you recognise this change in policy will permit us to continue to finance the opportunity for all students to benefit from the new titles we can purchase, keep the library relevant and its contents protected.
Kind regards
Mrs K Daniels, Librarian
Mrs T Cresswell, Director of English and Media, Whole School Literacy Lead

23rd October: Set 1,2 Year 11 Maths: Statistics Exam

Dear Student, Parents and Carers
Year 11 Maths – Statistics Exam
There will be an additional Statistics Exam on Monday, 25th November during P1 and P2. This will just be for the students in Set 1 and 2 Maths.
This will cause a clash of exams for a few students. Please pop down or email the Exams Office on exams@brakenhale.co.uk and we will arrange a suitable time to sit this.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Sarah Seymour, Exams Manager

22nd October: Eco Club Hot Chocolate Sale, 23.10.19

Dear Parents/Carers
Hot Chocolate Sale – Wednesday 23rd October
The Eco Club will be holding a “Hot Chocolate Sale” tomorrow break-time outside of the Head of Year office if students would like to come along and enjoy a cup.
Kind regards
School Office

22nd October: Year 10 & 11: An Inspector Calls Theatre Trip, 26.11.19

Dear Parents/Carers
An Inspector Calls at New Wimbledon Theatre, Wimbledon on Tuesday 26th November 2019
We are pleased to invite your child to attend a trip to the New Wimbledon Theatre, Wimbledon to view the evening performance of An Inspector Calls on Tuesday 26th November 2019.
Stephen Daldry’s multi award-winning production of JB Priestley’s classic thriller returns after a sell out West End season.
When Inspector Goole arrives unexpectedly at the prosperous Birling family home, their peaceful dinner party is shattered by his investigations into the death of a young woman. His startling revelations shake the very foundations of their lives and challenge us all to examine our consciences. More relevant now than ever, this is a must-see for a whole new generation of theatregoers.
GCSE students will be studying this work as part of their exam/coursework. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to see the work live and deepen their knowledge/understanding.
The coach will be leaving the school at 5.30pm and returning approximately 11.00pm.
The cost of this trip is £46 per student, which includes the ticket, travel and insurance. There will be limited places for this trip and places will be allocated to students on a first come first served basis.
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.
Please note, any poor behaviour in their English lessons could result in a student losing their place on this trip.
To be received by Friday 25th October 2019.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school by telephone or email.
Yours faithfully
Mr I Anderson, English Teacher
ianderson@brakenhale.co.uk

22nd October: Sixth Form: Safe Drive Stay Alive, 4.11.19

Dear Parents/Carers
Safe Drive Stay Alive – Monday 4th November 2019
As part of our programme within Sixth Form to promote healthy lifestyles for our students, we will be taking the Sixth Form students to a presentation run by the Thames Valley Police called ‘Safe Drive Stay Alive’. The presentation takes place on the afternoon of Monday 4th November at the Hexagon in Reading.
We will be leaving school at around 12 o’clock, travelling by coach and will arrive at the venue at approximately 12:45 PM. We will be returning to school for the end of the day (depending on traffic). There is no cost for this trip.
This Presentation is designed to make our students more 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.
Should you have any further questions or enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind Regards
Mr J Duffy, Head of Sixth Form
jduffy@brakenhale.co.uk

22nd October: Lost Property Reminder

Dear Parents/Carers and Students
Lost Property Collection
Please be reminded that this is the last week for all students to come and claim any UN-NAMED items lost this term which consists of mostly coats which will be needed when returning after the holiday.
Students can come and visit the Head of Year Office /Lost Property to look for items during any break, lunch or after school.
Items MUST be claimed this week as we have no space to keep the 5 sacks accumulated this term.
We would like to remind you that the solution to this is to name all student items which we can then return immediately – with over 1,100 students in the school all with the same items, if they are not named there is very little chance that they can be reunited with their owners.
Email: lostproperty@brakenhale.co.uk
Kind regards
School Office

21st October: Poppy Appeal

Dear Parents/Carers
Poppy Appeal
We are happy to be supporting the British Legion Poppy Appeal again this year – students and staff can show their support by purchasing poppies from Main Reception.
Kind regards
School Office

21st October: Year 11: Thames Valley Police Communication: Money Mules

Dear Parent or Guardian,
We need your help to warn young people about the dangers and consequences of becoming a money mule. We have identified a significant increase in instances of this nature and many young people across the Thames Valley Police area may be vulnerable to being drawn into this criminality.
What is a money mule?
A money mule is someone who transfers stolen money through their own bank account on behalf of someone else and is paid for doing so.
Criminals need money mules to launder the profits of their crimes.
Young people are increasingly being targeted to become money mules. They are approached online or in person, including through social media, at school, college or sports clubs. Sometimes people they know persuade them to take part, often because they are also acting as money mules.
Mules will usually be unaware of where the money comes from – commonly fraud and scams – and that it can go on to fund crimes such as drug dealing and people trafficking.
Being a money mule is illegal.
When someone is caught, their bank account will be closed, and they will have problems getting student loans, mobile phone contracts and credit in the future. They could even face arrest for money laundering which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison.
What to look out for
Tell-tale signs that someone might be involved could be them suddenly having extra cash, buying expensive new clothes or top-of-the-range mobile phones and gadgets with very little explanation as to how they got the money. They may also become more secretive, withdrawn or appear stressed.
You and your child can learn more and get advice by visiting www.moneymules.co.uk together.
If you are worried that someone close to you might be caught up in money muling, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Please do not attempt to contact any individual you suspect of organising money muling.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Yours Sincerely,
Detective Inspector Duncan Wynn – Head of Economic Crime Unit

18th October: Year 11: How to Revise Workshop 23.10.19

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 How to revise workshop
On Wednesday 23rd October during period 2 all Year 11s will be in a revision workshop run by Mr Ambrose from Greenshaw Learning Trust. The workshop will have a focus on the effective methods of revising and how to make notes.
The session will use the Cornell method of note making as a strategy to help support your son/daughter’s revision methods.
All students will be supplied with another set of flash cards and will be taken through a step-by-step guide on how to use them.
Please encourage your son/daughter to explain this method to you when they come home to help reinforce the method to memory.
We are 5 weeks away from your son/daughter’s first round of PPEs. There is a real sense of importance for students to be revising at home, please ensure that they are doing this but also taking the opportunities that we are offering at school.
– Compulsory period 6 sessions 3.05-4.05pm
– “Working lunch” 1.25-2.00pm
– “Champions Hour” 4-5pm
Kind regards
Miss L Rushby, Head of Year 11
lrushby@brakenhale.co.uk

18th October: Year 10 GCSE Religious Studies

Dear Parents/Carers and Year 10 Students
Year 10 GCSE Religious Studies
Year 10 students will be sitting a GCSE in Religious Studies in the Summer of 2020.
Full exam timetables will be issued in the Spring term when all exam entries have been completed but I wanted to make you aware of the exam dates:
Paper 1 – 11th May 2020
Paper 2 – 19th May 2020
Paper 3 – 22nd May 2020
Kind regards
Mrs S Seymour, Exams Officer

18th October: Sixth Form Open Evening

Dear Parents/Carers
Sixth Form Open Evening – Thursday 7th November from 6.30pm.
It gives me great pleasure to invite you to our Sixth Form Open Evening at 6.30pm on the 7th November. The evening will begin with a presentation in the Main Hall from the Sixth Form leadership team and our Head Students. We want to give you a clear understanding of what we have to offer, how you can apply and what subjects students can apply for. At 7pm parents and students can then visit our Sixth Form Centre where subject staff and students will be in attendance. There will be stalls on each subject along with information and advice and some of the teaching materials we use.
The evening is very much a fact finding event as students explore their subject and course choices. Please make sure you speak to the students we have at the school on the evening and the subject staff who are in attendance as they are great ambassadors for the school and what we can offer. I hope they are able to convey their passion and interest for the curriculum areas they represent.
Good questions to ask might be:
• Which university courses could I apply for with these subjects ?
• Is this qualification recognised by employers in this field?
• Will this science subject help me to become…….. or go to university to study course x?
• What subjects do I need to be an architect (for example)?
• What apprenticeships will I be able to apply for from this subject?
• How many hours a week do we study this for?
Following the event you should spend some time discussing with your son/daughter which courses and which course combinations are the best for them. The PPE (mock) examinations take place the week beginning Monday 18th November 2019 and the results day for these is just before the Christmas holidays. We will also be running a Sixth Form Choices Day on Friday 22nd November 2019 to give students the opportunity to sample some real post 16 course experiences.
Subject choices for Year 12 will therefore depend somewhat on the results of these examinations and taster days. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 14th January 2020 and interviews will take place in the weeks after February half-term.
We have a fantastic cohort of Year 11s this year, and I would love the opportunity to talk to as many as possible regarding next year and further study. Equally, if you’d like to ask more to find out whether or not the Sixth Form is the right place for you I would be more than happy to answer any questions you might have either on the evening, or you can email sixthform@brakenhale.co.uk and we will do our best to get back to you.
We are really proud of our Sixth Form results, and our students are going off to do amazing things at university, in employment or in apprenticeships. We also received our Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ grading for the Sixth Form in January this year, and we are equally proud of the young people that leave us at the end of year 13 as a result of the hard work that students, parents and staff undertake in our Sixth Form. If you think you might like to be part of that next year then please do come along on November 7th at 6:30pm for more information.
Please click the link below for more information on the Sixth Form at Brakenhale.
Brakenhale Sixth Form
We look forward to see you all on the 7th.
Yours faithfully
Mr Duffy, Head of Sixth Form

17th October: Clothing Sale, 14.11.19

Dear Parents/Carers
Brakenhale Clothing Sale – Thursday 14th November
ONLY 4 weeks to go until the second hand clothing sale at Brakenhale School, 4-8pm on Thursday 14th November.
Designer rail (Ted Baker, Karen Millen, Hobbs, Hugo Boss, Abercrombie & Fitch, Guess, etc), Jumble, School uniform. Clothes starting at 50p.
If you have any clothing you would be willing to donate, please e-mail fundraising@brakenhale.co.uk
All money will go towards equipping the new building.
Kind regards
School Office

17th October: Inter-House Competitions

Dear Parents/Carers and Students
Inter-house Competitions
We are about to enter into the final week of half term which means we have inter-house competitions.
Please see the schedule below for when students will need to have their PE kit, as some of the competitions are not in their PE lessons.
Sports captains will be selecting students for this inter-house competition.
Year 9 – Monday p5 (Y half on PE, X would have to bring kit in)
Year 8 – Tuesday P2 (X half are on PE, Y come down p2)
Year 7 – Wednesday (Y side to go to PE p3 as this is when x side is on)
Year 10 – Thursday (P3 (y side on, X half would bring kit in and come down to join them)
Any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Miss L Willimott, Lead Coordinator of Girls PE and Head of Farley House
lwillimott@brakenhale.co.uk

17th October: Year 11 Pre Public Exams (PPEs)

Dear Parents/Carers and Year 11 Students
Year 11 Pre Public Exams
We are sending home the timetable for Year 11 Pre Public Exams (PPE) which commence on Monday 18th November. These will be taking place in the Main Hall and Conference Room. There are a few students who have clashes between 2 different exams, we will look at rescheduling based on their personal timetable.
Students are required to comply with full Exam Board Rules and Regulations at all times. The Exams Team will be running an assembly prior to these PPE’s to explain expectations.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Mrs S Seymour, Exams Manager
Exams@brakenhale.co.uk

16th October: Year 10 GCSE Summer Exams - RS & Eng Lit

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 Exams
In the summer term many year 10 students will be taking some GCSE exams. The dates are as follows:
Religious Studies
11th May, 19th May and 22nd May
English Literature
13th May and 21st May
Please ensure no holidays are taken around this time so that students can be present for the exam. There will be revision sessions in the build up to these exams and other lessons will still continue.
Kind regards
Mr R Corry, Deputy Headteacher
rcorry@brakenhale.co.uk

16th October: Snapchat

COMMUNICATION FROM BRACKNELL FOREST COUNCIL
Dear Parents/Carers
Snapchat
I have today been contacted by an Inspector within Thames Valley Police and would like to make you aware of an issue with Snapchat.
TVP locally have had three reports over the last 48 hours about snapchat issues.
Three young females have separately reported that a snapchat account has been set up called ‘Dutty girls berkshire’ in which naked photos of girls are being shared.
One of the victims reports the following:
THERE HAS BEEN A SNAPCHAT ACCOUNT MADE WHICH HAS POSTED NAKED PHOTOS.THE ACCOUNT IS CALLED ‘DUTTY GIRLS BERKSHIRE’ (@DUTTYGIRLBERKSS), IT IS ASKING PEOPLE TO ‘SHOUT THEM OUT’ ON THEIR SNAPCHAT STORIES TO BE ABLE TO VIEW THE ACCOUNT’S STORIES, WHICH ARE SUBMISSIONS OF NAKED PHOTOS SENT BY PEOPLE WHO HAVE RECEIVED THEM FROM GIRLS IN BERKSHIRE.
Many thanks
Debbie Smith, Safeguarding & Inclusion Team Manager, Education & Learning, People Directorate, Bracknell Forest Council
Tel: 01344 354014 Email: Debbie.Smith@bracknell-forest.gov.uk Web: www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk

15th October: Year 11 Study Support Opportunities

Dear Parents/Carers and Students
Year 11 Study Support opportunities
We would like to thank you for your continued efforts with your son/daughter during year 11. We understand that ‘every minute counts’ in year 11 so as a result we have created the following interventions to help boost $Forename$’s performance.
Interventions:
1. Working Lunch – Year 11 students now have access to a quiet working room during lunch time, where they are able to eat and study at the same time. Students are able to use T04 to either study using the PCs, or use one of the desks to revise or complete tasks. This will be supervised by a senior member of staff to ensure that work is being done. As the weather changes and becomes colder, we advise that this time is used to complete outstanding work, plan and write an exam question, or use one of the internet resources available.
2. Period 6 – Following a set timetable for certain subjects students can attend an additional teaching hour for that subject. For some subjects they will be focusing on a certain topic in which students will be targeted. P6 is compulsory for the vast majority of students. If they are not required to attend that session then you will be contacted directly by that subject teacher
3. Champions Hour – This will run from 4pm until 5pm Monday to Thursday in T04. This will be an opportunity to complete coursework, homework, consolidate the day’s learning, or plan for the day ahead. The room will be staffed and provides a quiet working space with the focus very much being the exam season and year 11 as a whole.
4. Subject specific interventions – Each subject will have a resource bank of exam questions and revision topics. This will be stored on either the google classroom / google drive or shared directly with students. Hegarty Maths and Seneca are being used by Maths and Science as an additional learning tool. Please encourage your son/daughter to show you where to find this information so you can support learning at home.
Student involvement with these interventions is vital to ensuring they can manage their workload and time. We are looking for your support in encouraging your son/daughter to attend. For some students their attendance to Champions Hour will become compulsory based on their performance so far across their subjects.
Kind regards
Miss L Rushby, Head of Year 11

14th October: Hegarty Maths

Dear Parents/Carers
Hegarty Maths
First of all we would like to apologise for any stress, anxiety and upset that your son/daughter may have experienced with our new homework system called Hegarty Maths. It was never our intention for this to be the case and we are really sorry.
We are reviewing these problems and have made a few changes already which are detailed below. If moving forward you have any further concerns that you would like to raise then feel free to contact us as we want to make sure that students are getting the most from Hegarty Maths.
I would like to reassure you that this week we will not be setting sanctions to allow these changes to be implemented.
I have collated some concerns raised and written how we are changing the practice to make sure that all students can be successful, there is also a flow chart of the process on the second page, this will be shared with all students this week.
Concern: Students are spending too much time at the weekend completing Hegarty Maths
It has come to our attention that a lot of our students are completing their homework over the weekend, this has then caused some students high stress if they have struggled with the work. In order to support our students we are going to be moving the date the homework is set and due from a Monday, to a Friday. This means that students will get set homework on a Friday and it will now be due in the following Friday, we hope that by doing this students have got 4 days after the work has been set to speak to their teacher if they are having any issues. We will also be offering help sessions at lunchtimes and afterschool on Monday’s, Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s where students can get support or complete homework. That means that for this week we won’t be setting any work until Friday giving students a chance to catch up on tasks that they currently have unfinished.
Concern: 80% is too high
Whilst we want all students to be successful in maths and have high expectations we have noticed that some students are becoming stressed by aiming for 80% on each of the tasks. We are going to change our stance on this and ask students who score a red mark (less than 70%) on a task to reattempt the task. If a student still scores less than 70% on the work but their book shows they have copied all the examples and attempted the quiz (with workings) then we will not sanction them. By setting this percentage we are wanting students to try their best to achieve but understand that it has caused some students unprecedented anxiety.
Concern: Students are being set too much work
We have listened to your concerns and will be dropping the number of tasks set, In year 7 and 8 students will be set 2 tasks per week, Year 9 will receive 3 tasks per week and year 10 and 11 will remain at 4 tasks per week. We will review this in due course and if we feel that students are comfortable with the system then we may increase the number of tasks at that time.
Concerns: The tasks set are topics they have not seen before
Students have been set tasks from previous learning in order to aid retrieval practice and long term memory of topics. This has highlighted some inconsistencies in the level of understanding that students have. The video guides students through very similar examples to what is tested so if students have watched the videos and made a reasonable attempt at the work they should be able to be successful. Moving forward we will ensure that one of the tasks set is from the current weeks learning and the others will be from previous learning. Watching the whole video is going to be important for this.
Regards
Mr T Dean, Director of Maths
Mrs C Masson, Head of Maths

11th October: Access to the School Site for Visitors

Dear Parents/Carers
School Site
We would like to remind you that Parents/Carers must only enter the school building via Main Reception which is open from 8am-5pm.
We have had a number of incidences where Parents/Carers have come onto site via the Coningsby gate and walked directly into the school buildings. This is a safeguarding issue and in order to protect our students and staff, we would respectfully ask that you only use the main entrance.
Kind regards
School Office

11th October: Year 7 Oakwood Centre Visit w/c 4.11.19

Year 7 Oakwood Centre Visit for All Tutor Groups W/C Monday 4th November
We are lucky to have arranged for all tutor groups in Year 7 to visit the Oakwood Centre for a morning or afternoon session of activities. These sessions are designed to help develop student’s team building skills, communication and their confidence amongst each other.
The first group of the day will leave school at 9am and return at 12.15pm and the second group of the day will leave at 12.00pm and return at 3.15pm.
The dates for each Tutor Group are as follows:
Monday AM – Mrs Duffy 7B
Monday PM – Miss Loj 7R
Tuesday AM – Miss Lawry 7K
Tuesday PM – Miss Pillay 7H
Wednesday AM – Miss Robson 7A
Wednesday PM – Mrs Raby 7E
Thursday AM – Miss Bunkell 7N
Each tutor group will be accompanied by Brakenhale staff to supervise while trained staff will take the activities from the Oakwood Centre.
We are requesting a voluntary contribution towards the costs of £5 per student, via ParentPay.
Students that are attending Oakwood in the morning are required to bring in their uniform to change into when they return and the students attending in the afternoon are required to wear their uniform in and they will change prior to leaving school. Students must wear clothes appropriate to outdoor activities, including getting dirty.
Further to the above the morning group will return to school prior to lunchtime to purchase or eat packed lunches, however the afternoon groups will require a packed lunch as they will be leaving school at 12pm and eating when they arrive at Oakwood.
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 a voluntary contribution and agree to the terms on ParentPay.
to be made via ParentPay by Friday 1st November 2019.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me by telephone or email.
Yours faithfully
Miss L Turner, Head of Year 7
lturner@brakenhale.co.uk

10th October: Lost Property

Good morning
Lost Property
We have 4 large sacks of lost property from this term already, please ensure students check the Head of Year Office for any missing uniform.
Have you lost something? Don’t forget…
Email us on the address below and we will endeavour to locate the item and return it to you as soon as possible. We have a member of staff who has a specific role in overseeing lost property and she will do her best to help.
lostproperty@brakenhale.co.uk
Please make sure your items are named so that we can return them promptly.
Kind regards
School Office

10th October: 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 are pleased to advise the we have a ‘Brakenhale Safe Cycle Scheme’ where all students need a pass to be able to ride their bike to school and use the bike store. A pre-requisite to gain and keep hold of the pass is the mandatory wearing of a bike safety helmet, any student seen riding their bike in a dangerous manner will have their pass revoked. All bikes ridden to 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 for a set period of time and parents/carers will be notified via email. Please note this scheme also applies to scooters.
We have a secure area to keep bikes during the day however, students are required to provide their own lock to secure to the railings inside. Please be advised that bikes are brought into school are at your own risk and although the bike store is equipped with a CCTV camera, we cannot be held responsible for their safety.
Before you consent to your son/daughter cycling to school, I urge you to become familiar with the content of the attached Cycle Safety leaflet sent home and the national bike safety scheme below.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-standard-for-cycle-training
If you would like to request a cycle pass, please click https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1K0xG9Tir6cmuGdL4S4u4ziUajZMoYYbsbpIWGP669eY/edit to submit your request.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Yours faithfully
Mr H Thomas, Assistant Headteacher

9th October: Year 11 Study Support Programme

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Study Support Programme
Please find an updated revision schedule to support Year 11 prior to their Pre Public Exams which commence on Monday 18th November. We appreciate your support in ensuring that students attend as many of these sessions as possible. Where there are clashes please ask students to speak to their teacher and they will advise of which subject class they should attend.
Monday – Spanish, Media
Tuesday – Geography, French, Art
Wednesday – Food, HSC, DT
Thursday – Maths, Photography
Friday – History, PE, IT, Computer Science
Sessions from 3.05 to 4.05pm
Please note that these sessions will not run during w/c 21st October and 4th November.
Kind regards
Mr R Corry, Deputy Headteacher

9th October: Year 11 Options Week 4.11.19

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Options Week
Please be reminded it is Year 11 Options week the first week after the half term break:
Monday 4th November – Option D
Tuesday 5th November – Option E
Wednesday 6th November – Option A
Thursday 7th November – Option C
Friday 8th November – Option B
Students will attend normal lessons Period 1 and 2, but then attend their option subject for Period 3-5. There is also the expectation that students will stay after school until 4pm, to continue with their options. The aim of this to maximise the opportunity to complete coursework and controlled assessment, work on practical elements of the subject that couldn’t be done in a traditional one hour lesson, and prepare for the first round of Pre Public Examinations.
If your son/daughter’s usual Core PE or Functional Skills lesson falls in Period 3-5, they will revise English, Maths and Science with a specialist teacher.

Block D Monday Block E Tuesday Block A Wednesday Block C Thursday Block B Friday
Class Subject Class Subject Class Subject Class Subject Class Subject
11D/Br1 BTEC Drama 11E/Bn1 Nationals in ICT 11A/Bm1 BTEC Music 11C/Ar1 GCSE Art 11B/Bd1 BTEC Dance
11D/Bs1 GCSE Business 11E/Er1 BTEC Engineering 11A/Bm2 BTEC Music 11C/Cg1 College 11B/Bp1 BTEC Sports Studies
11D/Dt1 GCSE Design & Technology 11E/Fr1 GCSE French 11A/Bs1 GCSE Business 11C/Dr1 GCSE Drama 11B/Bp2 BTEC Sports Studies
11D/Gg1 GCSE Geography 11E/Gg1 GCSE Geography 11A/Ec1 GCSE Economics 11C/Er1 BTEC Engineering 11B/Cp1 GCSE Computer Studies
11D/Pe1 Core PE 11E/Hy1 BTEC Hospitality 11A/Gg1 GCSE Geography 11C/Fr1 GCSE French 11B/Hi1 GCSE History
11D/Pe2 Core PE 11E/Pe1 Core PE 11A/Hs1 BTEC HSC 11C/Gg1 GCSE Geography 11B/Pe1 Core PE
11D/Sp1 GCSE Spanish 11E/Pe2 Core PE 11A/Li1 FS Literacy 11C/Hi1 GCSE History 11B/Pt1 GCSE Photography
11A/Nu1 FS Numeracy 11C/Hs1 BTEC HSC 11B/Sp1 GCSE Spanish
11A/Pe1 Core PE 11C/Me1 GCSE Media
11A/Pt1 GCSE Photography 11C/Pe1 Core PE
11A/Px1 GCSE PE        

Kind regards
School Office

9th October: Mental Health Day - Cake Sale - 10.10.19

Dear Parents/Carers, Students and Staff
Mental Health Day – Cake Sale – Thursday 10th October
To raise awareness of Mental Health Day, some money for Young Minds, and to relaunch the Esteem group, there will be a cake sale on Thursday at break and lunch outside the Head of Year office.
If anyone would like to donate some little cakes, biscuits, buns or pastries, that would be great! Please drop them off at the Head of Year office. Alternatively, please bring some spare change to purchase a cake and support the group.
Many thanks in advance of your support for this event.
Mr Read-Linton

9th October: School Uniform - Scarves

Dear Parents/Carers and Students
School Uniform – Scarves
Following the introduction of Brakenhale scarves in house colours last year, we would like to advise that no other scarves will be permitted in school after half-term.
School scarves can be purchased from the Uniform Shop on Monday or Thursday from 3pm – 5pm or alternatively online at a cost of £11.00.
Kind regards
School Office

7th October: Year 10 Revision Resources

Dear Parents/Carers/Students
Year 10 Revision Resources
Further to our recent Year 10 Information Evening, please see attached details of the revision resources together with the ISBN numbers.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Kind regards
School Office

Subject

Title

ISBN

Classes/Sets

Maths Higher Tier revision guide

Higher Workbook

Higher Flashcards

Foundation revision guide

Foundation workbook

Foundation flash cards

978-1447988090

978-1292210889

978-1292173221

978-1447988045

978-1447987925

978-1292173238

Set 1 and 2 higher

Set 5-7 foundation

Set 3/4 are mixed and can be higher or foundation. We won’t make that decision until year 11

 

English CGP Christmas Carol Revision:

CGP Jekyll and Hyde Revision:

CGP MacBeth Revision:

CGP Inspector Calls Revision:

978-1782943099

978-1782943082

978-1841461168

978-1841461151

 

(Blyton, Zephaniah, Chaucer, Tolkien, Sappho)

(Heaney and Austen)

(All Classes)

(All classes)

Science Collins GCSE Science – OCR Gateway GCSE (9-1) Chemistry for Combined Science

Collins GCSE Science – OCR Gateway GCSE (9-1) Biology for Combined Science

Collins GCSE Science – OCR Gateway GCSE (9-1) Physics for Combined Science

 

New Grade 9-1 GCSE Combined Science: OCR Gateway Revision Guide with Online Edition

New Grade 9-1 GCSE Combined Science: OCR Gateway Revision Guide with Online Edition

 

New 9-1 GCSE Combined Science: Biology OCR Gateway Revision Question Cards (CGP GCSE Combined Science 9-1 Revision)

New 9-1 GCSE Combined Science: Chemistry OCR Gateway Revision Question Cards (CGP GCSE Combined Science 9-1 Revision)

New 9-1 GCSE Combined Science: Physics OCR Gateway Revision Question Cards (CGP GCSE Combined Science 9-1 Revision)

 

9780008175009

 

 

978-0008174996

 

 

9780008175016

 

 

 

9781782945697

 

 

9781782945703

 

 

 

9781789083750

 

 

 

 

9781789083767

 

 

 

 

978-1789083774

Set 1 is higher

Set 2 is mixed and can be higher or foundation

Set 3-7 are foundation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Higher

 

 

Foundation

4th October: Year 11 Pre Public Exams

Dear Parents/Carers and Students
Year 11 Pre-Public Exams
We will be running our first set of PPEs (Pre Public Exams) the week commencing Monday, 18th November. These will be run as formal exams with full Exam Board Rules and Regulations applying.
Students are reminded to have a full set of Tools for Learning with them and other equipment required to complete their exams. Watches and mobile phones are not permitted into the Exam Room at any time.
We do encourage students to have water with them to stay hydrated but please note these must be in clear bottles with no writing or labels on them.
There will be an Exams Assembly prior to the Exam Week and the timetable will be issued shortly.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions.
Kind regards
Mrs Seymour, Exams Manager

3rd 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 3s 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

3rd October: Unwanted Boys Black & Yellow Rugby Shirts

Good morning
Black and yellow/gold rugby shirts
The PE Department would like to have school rugby playing kits available for fixtures against other schools, if you have any of the old black and yellow rugby tops you would be happy to donate to us, we would really appreciate it, kit can be handed in at the PE Office.
Many thanks
Mr M Potter, Head of PE
mpotter@brakenhale.co.uk

3rd October: EU Settlement Scheme

Please see communication below from Bracknell Forest Council
Dear Parents/Carers
EU Settlement Scheme
Are you, or a member of your family, an EU resident? If so, you can apply now to the EU Settlement Scheme for free if eligible or choose to apply later depending on circumstances.
If you are an Irish citizen or have indefinite leave to remain you do not need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.
The deadline for applying will be 30 June 2021, or 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
You can apply using any device – for example, a laptop, Android device or iPhone.
Full information, how and where to apply and what documentation you will need can be found at: www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families/applying-for-settled-status
Kind regards
Bracknell Forest Council

2nd October: Year 12 National Citizen Service

Please see information below from the NCS:
Dear Parent or Guardian,
The NCS team are excited to offer your son or daughter the chance to take part in NCS this autumn.
What is NCS? National Citizen Service (NCS) is an amazing opportunity for young people to boost their CV, develop important life skills, meet new people and take their next steps with confidence, whilst rewarding themselves for all their hard work in year 11.
Their NCS Journey: NCS is an 11 day Autumn programme that takes place during half term and weekends and comes in three phases:
Phase 1 – Adventure (4 days 3 nights residential)
Young people face a Personal Challenge, learning to overcome their fears and develop confidence in their teams on an action-packed residential.
Phase 2 – Skills (3 days / evenings at home)
Next they take on a Team Challenge, mastering new skills. They’ll work towards creating a project together to showcase to friends and family.
Phase 3 – Social Action (4 days/ evenings at home)
Building on their skills, they face a Real Challenge, by designing and delivering a social
action project in their community.
Last year the Challenge had over 30,000 young people participate in NCS with 87% of graduates feeling more confident in themselves and 79% feel they have developed skills for their future, after finishing NCS. Participants have the chance to build their confidence and make a difference in their community, and it’s the perfect addition to any CV, personal statement, or UCAS form.
Each place on the programme costs over £1,500, but as NCS is a government-funded scheme, it never costs more than £25, with financial assistance offered where necessary.
Once your teenager completes their NCS journey, they attend a graduation where they receive a signed certificate from the Prime Minister. Each NCS graduate will continue to access opportunities in their local area, so they can grow their personal and professional networks after they finish.
Over 400,000 teenagers have already benefited from taking part in NCS programme, make sure they don’t miss out!
If you’d like to find out more please visit NCSYES.CO.UK/autumn
Yours sincerely,
NCS The Challenge, Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire

2nd October: Sixth Form Open Evening - Save the date 7.11.19

2nd October: Year 11 Prom Strikes and Rewards

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Prom – Strikes and rewards programme
We are writing to inform you of our prom strikes and rewards programme for this academic year. The programme runs throughout the year and will determine your son/daughter’s right to admission at prom on 25th June, 2020.
Prom rewards
This year we will be holding a free prom pass (worth £35) prize draw for all year 11 students. In order to be in the prize draw students will need to ensure they are consistently punctual to school and lessons, maintain positive behaviour and ensure coursework is up to date.
Every 2 weeks teachers will nominate students who they feel have met the criteria or have gone above and beyond. These students will then be entered into the prize draw to win a free ticket to prom.
Prom strikes
As students are fully aware, the right to admission to prom is subject to their behaviour, attendance, punctuality and work ethic in school. Students will have a 3 strike warning before they are officially uninvited to prom.
Strikes can be awarded for disruptive and defiant behaviour, persistent lateness to school and lessons and failure to meet deadlines across multiple subjects. Automatic bans from prom are resultant from fixed term exclusions.
We are fully aware that students do not always make the right decisions in the heat of the moment and we would hope that reflection will help students to turn their behaviour around. Students who do receive a strike have the opportunity to remove the strike through positive behaviour and work ethic. Prom strikes will only be removed by the authorisation of myself, Mr Beukes or Miss Toofany.
We are looking for your support in enforcing this programme to help uphold our high standards and ensure year 11 and ultimately prom is a success and amazing end of year celebration for your son/daughter.
Kind regards
Miss L Rushby, Head of Year 11

1st October: Year 11 HegartyMaths Home Learning Programme

Dear Parent / Carer,
The purpose of this letter is to inform you about an exciting home learning maths programme we are running with all our pupils this year. Brakenhale is part of 12 schools across the UK launching the HegartyMaths programme this year and we are excited about the benefits for your children.
The aim of this programme is to provide a top quality home learning platform to students in so that, along with fantastic teacher-led maths lessons in school, your child will be supported at home with their maths learning. At home students may struggle to remember concepts they learnt in class and parents often find it difficult to help their child through the methods as they were different methods to when they were at school.
This HegartyMaths system makes it easier for a child to engage with their maths homework. It teaches (via 800 10 minute videos made by Colin), assesses (in small quizzes of usually 10 questions) and tracks everything a child needs to learn in school maths. The programme aims to have a positive impact in the following areas:
1) Student intrinsic motivation for learning maths and their attitudes towards maths;
2) Student attainment in maths
3) Parental engagement and ability to assist in your child’s maths learning.
Your child will receive four homeworks a week from the HegartyMaths platform and each homework can take approximately 30 minutes to complete properly. The homeworks will be set on a Monday and are to be completed by the following Monday. Homework book will be checked weekly in class. Your child may complete more work should they wish but this is not a requirement. The HegartyMaths homework will consist of two main parts:
1) Watching and taking detailed notes in their homework book from one of Colin’s 10 minute video (Teachers will be using one lesson in the next few weeks to model what taking notes looks like and how to do this effectively as it is a key skill that is useful in maths and in many other subjects)
2) Doing the quiz that follows the video showing full working in their homework books.
The system has been working with students across the country as the video is very closely related to the quiz and models having a good tutor explain a concept and then letting a child practice that exact concept afterwards.
Every week the teacher will set a task that is suitable for your child based on what they have been doing in school. Our main focus is on the effort that your child puts into their homework, the care they take with their notes and the pride they take in their work. All notes and all answers to the quizzes must be written in their homework books and students should mark their work in their books as they go along on the computer. It is fine to make mistakes and students should be encouraged to write the mistakes in their book, write the correct answer which the computer will show them and retry any question they struggle with as this will make encourage good habits and take the fear out of making mistakes in maths.
Your child will be told by their teacher how to log-in to the site.
If for any reason your child will have difficulties accessing the online homework we can make provisions at school, so please let us know so we can help.
Thank you very much for reading this letter.
We look forward to working with you this year.
Very best wishes
Linda Harbour, Maths Teacher
Associated websites for further reading
https://hegartymaths.com/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-35592440
(http://www.standard.co.uk/news/the1000/the-progress-1000-londons-most-influential-people-2016-mathematics-a3335331.html)

30th September: Help - Minibus Driver Needed

Dear Parents/Carers
HELP! – URGENT MINIBUS DRIVER
We urgently require a minibus driver to drive 14 of our college students to and from Farnborough College on a Tuesday and Thursday leaving at 11.45am from Brakenhale and picking up again at 4pm (leaving Brakenhale at 3pm). This trip can be in either four journeys or you can wait at Farnborough until students finish their lessons. The driver must have “D1” on their licence and be prepared for us to apply for an enhanced DBS.
If you would be interested in helping with this request, please contact us as soon as possible.
Kind regards
School Office

30th September: Storage Facilities

Dear Parents/Carers
Storage Facility
We are pleased to say that we have been overwhelmed with responses to our fundraising plea and offers of furniture for our new build. We have had to take delivery of a number of items which now need a home until the new year when they can be moved to the new building.
If you or anyone you know have any storage facilities we could use for the short period required, please contact us.
Kind regards
School Office
mainreception@brakenhale.co.uk

30th September: Sixth Form What Career Live - London 11.10.19

Dear Parents/Carers
What Career Live – Olympia London, Friday 11th October 2019
Students will have the unique opportunity to meet and interact with a range of businesses and universities to find discover what options are out there for school leavers, including university, apprenticeships, sponsorship and on-the-job training at ‘What Career Live’ being held in Olympia, London on Friday 11th October 2019.
Employers and advisors will be on hand to engage with students; the event will involve discussion on skills and qualities that employers and Universities are looking for, the past, present and future of the job market. The students will be contacted directly by the organizers to ensure they get to see the areas they are interested during the event. Should you wish to look at the event please go to:
https://www.whatcareerlive.co.uk/exhibitions/what-career-live/about-the-show
Students will be travelling to Olympia by coach and will be supervised throughout the trip by sixth form staff. There is no cost to students for this trip.
The students will need to meet in the Sixth Form common room at 8.45am in order to be at the event in good time for the start of the session. Students will be back in school for end of day as normal.
Students should bring a packed lunch with them and be dressed smartly as they will be representing the school.
If you do not want your son/daughter to attend, please email trips@brakenhale.co.uk to inform us.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the school by telephone or email.
Yours faithfully
Mr J Duffy, Head of Sixth Form
jduffy@brakenhale.co.uk

29th September: Year 7 Disco

Dear Parents/Carers and Students
Year 7 Disco – Wednesday 2nd October
6-7.30pm, £3 entry tickets available on ParentPay
Kind regards
School Office

27th September: Year 7 Meet the Tutor Evening - 10.10.19

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 7 Meet the Tutor evening – Thursday 10th October 2019
The Year 7 meet the tutor evening to discuss your child’s progress will be held on Thursday 10th October 2019 – 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 4pm on Tuesday 8th October 2019.
Kind regards
School Office

27th September: Year 11 Study Support Programme

Dear Parents/Carers and Students
Year 11 Study Support Programme 2019-20
Please see below the study support programme for Year 11 students which starts on Monday 30th September with Spanish and Media.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Week 1 Spanish
Media
Geography
Art
Food
H&SC
D&T
Maths
Photography
History
PE
IT

Sessions from 3:05 – 4:05
Kind regards
School Office

27th September: Year 10 Information Evening

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 Information Evening
Thank you to everyone who attended our Information Evening yesterday, the presentation from the evening was sent to parents for reference together with information on the Exam Boards.
In order to continually improve events at the school, we would be happy to receive any feedback which can be given by clicking here.
Kind regards
School Office

26th September: Chewing Gum

Good morning
Chewing Gum
We would like to remind you that chewing gum is not permitted on the school site, sanctions will be issued if this is not adhered to.
Kind regards
School Office

25th September: Assembly on Rules

Dear Parents/Carers
Assembly Information
I am writing to you regarding an assembly I held last week with the students. I have sent home an amended version for you which you may want to discuss with your son/daughter. The assembly was very much focused on the students understanding the reasons behind some of our rules and expectations and how these rules have helped the school on its upward trajectory in the last few years.
I hope you find it interesting!
Kind regards
Mr A Hartley

25th September: Year 7 & 9 Relationships & Sex Education

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 7 and 9 – Relationships and Sex Education
We are writing to advise you that the PSHE topic being taught this term will be themed on Relationships and Sex Education.
If you would like any more information or if you would like to withdraw your child from this, please let us know.
Kind regards
School Office

24th September: School Canteen

School Canteen
We would like to remind you that ParentPay balances should be checked and accounts topped up ready for the week ahead. Please note that if a student has forgotten their lunch or does not have enough money on their account, they should see a member of staff in the canteen and they will be issued with a lunch token. We will advise you if a token has been used and expect that the account is credited as soon as possible.
Kind regards
School Office

24th September: Road Safety

Road Safety
We have received a number of reports of students not using the underpass by the Harvester Restaurant and instead choosing to cross the main dual carriageway. Could we ask that parents discuss road safety with your son/daughter to ensure that they are walking to school in a responsible manner.
Kind regards
School Office

20th 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.
This initiative is part of our robust zero tolerance policy of no drugs on the school site. It is something we have done consistently across the last five years. 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

20th September: Year 12 Welcome to Sixth Form

Good Afternoon,
I wanted to write to you to welcome you to Brakenhale Sixth Form properly. This message is intentionally going to students and parents alike, as both groups are now part of our Sixth Form community, and it’s important to me that everyone feels welcome. I’ll admit it’s a bit odd to be sending a welcome two and a half weeks in, but I wanted to do the ‘Welcome to the Sixth Form’ evening first (and it’s been a very busy start to the year!).
Thank you for choosing to send your student to us in the Sixth Form as a parent, and for trusting us with your education if you are a student. It is not a responsibility we take lightly, and we will do everything we can to get it right for the young adults we have in our care. Thank you to everyone who came to the welcome evening; it was so lovely to have so many parents and students there and I feel like we are already developing a really supportive and positive community. I understand that others won’t have been able to attend for a whole host of reasons, and I have attached the slides to this communication so you can see what was presented. The communications I am having with parents and students already have been incredibly supportive and positive, so I would like to thank you for that. One thing that I should have mentioned was about homework, so I’ll include it here: The expectation is that students studying A Level courses should expect 4 to 5 hours of homework per subject per week. It is slightly less than that with our BTEC subjects, but should still be significant at 3 to 4 hours per week per subject. Homework will not always be shared on Show My Homework, as the relationship we have with the Sixth Formers is different, and they should be able to keep track of tasks themselves.
Obviously there is a period of time where students need to adjust and adapt to the change in surroundings and structure, and it is totally normal that some students are taking time to adjust. It’s a big change from years 7 – 11, and these things take time to settle. Having said that, I have been so impressed with the positivity and drive that the vast majority of year 12s have started the year with. They have brought a real energy to the Sixth Form, and it has been a pleasure to have them around – it really has been a great start so I would like to thank the students for that.
I hope that together we will be able to work together to achieve some excellent results with our students. I also hope that we can help to develop our year 12s into mature, well-rounded individuals who are interested and interesting, ready to face the world and ready to achieve great things when they leave us at the end of year 13.
If there is anything we can do to provide support please do just let us know. I am available through JDuffy@Brakenhale.co.uk, but our wider Sixth Form team can be contacted on Sixthform@Brakenhale.co.uk. Attendance issues and administrations bits can all come through that Sixth Form email, and there is no requirement to go through the attendance officer any more. As long as we know what is going on we can take it from there.
Thank you again for your support and positivity; I am excited to work with this cohort of year 12s and am genuinely looking forward to seeing what we can build and achieve together as a collective.
Have a great weekend!
Mr Duffy, Head of Sixth Form

20th September: Year 9-11 Boys Rugby Coaching Programme

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 9 – 11 Boys Rugby Coaching Programme
We have a strong link with London Irish Rugby Club and as part of a programme of developing sport at Brakenhale, we have a professional rugby coaching programme that we would like to offer to our boys in Years 9-11.
Sessions take place from 3.30pm – 4.30pm on a Thursday after school and start next week, 26th September 2019.
The sessions are based on developing the core skills of rugby and at the same time allowing our young rugby players to nurture and develop their own game with professional coaches. All coaches are fully qualified, DBS checked and first aid trained. The sessions are based on developing the core skills of rugby and at the same time allowing our young rugby players to nurture and develop their own game with professional coaches. All coaches are fully qualified, DBS checked and first aid trained. Boys need their full Brakenhale PE kit (Brakenhale Rugby shirts), studded boots, gumshield and a water bottle. A light sports jacket or a Brakenhale training top would be ideal as the weather starts to turn. Brakenhale PE staff will also be on hand to assist with the session.
Many thanks and I look forward to seeing the boys on the field.
Kind regards
Mr M Potter, Head of PE

18th September: Year 7 Welcome to Brakenhale Disco

Dear All,
Year 7 Welcome to Brakenhale Disco
I am delighted to invite the whole of Year 7 to the ‘Year 7 Welcome to Brakenhale’ Disco. This will be held on Wednesday 2nd October from 6.00pm – 7.30pm in the Main Hall. There is a small charge of £3.00 and proceeds will go towards the new school building and the funding of Year 7 projects throughout the year.
Payment will be available from today via Parentpay. There will be a small tuck-shop so bring some pennies – but eat dinner before you come!
Parents will need to ensure travel arrangements are made to and from this event.
Kind regards
Miss L Turner, Head of Year 7

17th September: Winter Coats

Dear Parents/Carers
Uniform – Winter Coats
As the weather will most likely turn a little cooler in the next few weeks 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 four years.
Plain black coats are available in the town centre from £18.00 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

16th September: Year 10 Information Evening - 26.9.19

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 Information Evening
We would like to invite you to the Year 10 information evening on Thursday, 26th September 6-7pm in the Main Hall.
The evening will focus on key information needed to support your child through Year 10. This will include in school and out of school support, revision advice and key exam information. In addition to this, the Directors of English, Maths and Science will also present the key information required by their subjects.
We thoroughly recommend that you and your child attend the evening, if possible. If you cannot attend, then we encourage students to attend independently. There will be an opportunity at the end to speak to myself and the Directors of English, Maths and Science as to any concerns you may have.
Kind regards
Ms Douse, Head of Year 10

16th September: GDPR

Dear Parents/Carers
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018
Further to previous correspondence below – Year 8 students will be in the computer rooms on Wednesday 18th September during registration to complete their preferences.
As you are aware the Data Protection law has changed, on the 25th May 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation known as GDPR, came into effect. GDPR gives you extra rights around how your data is used and imposes additional obligations on organisations who collect personal information. As part of the Greenshaw Learning Trust, Brakenhale collect personal information and our Privacy Notice attached explains how we process this data.
As your son/daughter is now over 12 years old, the Data Protection Act gives them rights over their own data as they are considered to have adequate capacity to understand. Students will now be able 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 a student 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 student to do so.
Parents/carers may express their wishes but the law states that the “data subject” (the student) must decide about the use of their own data. We would encourage you to discuss the Privacy Notice with your son/daughter.
When students return to school in September they will be asked to complete their preferences. We would be grateful if you could discuss with them the following questions they will be required to answer:
Photography, video and voice permission
The school is part of the Greenshaw Learning Trust. The school/trust may use photographs and videos of students for educational and promotional purposes, both within school and in school/trust publications (such as the school/trust media sites)
In school/trust publications (printed or digital)
In school/trust marketing material
On the school/trust website
On the schools/trust social networking platforms (Facebook, Twitter)
Shared with third parties for their own journalistic purposes
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Biometric data
We use biometric data for our cashless dining system to speed up processing students through the tills. It eliminates theft and is also used for students to take books out of our library.
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.
When you/your child leave the school biometric data will be securely deleted.
Yes, I agree to the school using biometric data
No, I do not agree to the school using biometric data
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Please could you discuss with your son/daughter that if they wish to withdraw their biometric consent, they will no long be able to withdraw library books using the fingerprint scanner as well as purchasing food from the canteen using their fingerprint, this may result in increased queuing time in the canteen. If they wish to withdraw photo consents this will mean that they will need to make sure that they do not have their photos taken during sporting activities, trips and productions etc as we use student photos on our website, post on twitter and facebook and use in our Parent News communications. We would therefore request that consideration is given to the answers they provide.
Please note that should students give consent for the use of their photograph/video or biometric data to be used and they change their mind at a later date, they can withdraw consent by speaking with Mrs Best in the school office.
Should you have any concerns please contact Mrs S Best – Office Manager – sbest@brakenhale.co.uk
Kind regards
Ms J Coley

14th September: Sport Captain Elections 2019

Sport Captain Elections 2019
The Job
● Assist with inter house team sheets
● Collect ‘student opinions’ on PE and sport matters at Brakenhale
● Attend Sports Council meetings during the year
● Help with charity sports event
● Help to organise Sports Day and house team sheets
● Be a ‘PE Catalyst’
The Person
● Organised
● Dedicated
● Motivational
● Helpful
● Approachable
● Thoughtful
● Committed
The week of 16/9/19 nominations open for sports captain!
If you would like to run for the position, please collect an application form from the PE office
These must be handed back to Mr Potter (MPO) by the end of the week (20/9/19 – 1500)
The following week (23/9/19) there will be ‘hustings’ in the weights rooms with Mr Potter where we will ask questions of the nominees to see how they would go about their role as being a house sports captain.
We will then review answers and announce the winning candidates the week of 30/9/19!
Mr M Potter, Head of PE
mpotter@brakenhale.co.uk

13th September: Year 7 Science Test

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 7 Science Test
We would like to advise that the Science department will be testing Year 7 on their baseline knowledge during the following times next week:
7B/R/A/K – Monday 16th September – period 2
7E/N/H – Tuesday 17th September – period 3
Students will not need anything other than their tools for learning for this test. The purpose of the test is to gain an understanding of their current knowledge of Science from across Key Stage 2.
Kind regards
School Office

12th September: Foster Care

Dear Parents/Carers
A communication was sent home from Children’s Social Care regarding Fostering.
Kind regards
School Office

There are local children in need of loving homes
Did you know you can foster alongside parenting your own children? We’ll help you to consider all options, especially around age differences.
In addition, Bracknell Forest Fostering offer up to £425 per week (per child), specialist training and a huge amount of support.
Check if you are eligible to foster on our website:
www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/fostering

12th September: Year 6 Admissions

Dear Parents/Carers
If you have children in Year 6 at Primary School, please be advised that applications open today to apply for secondary school places for 2020 intake.
Our Open Evening is Thursday 19th September @6pm.
School Admissions Newsletter 1
Secondary School Admissions September 2020
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Dear Parent/Carer
As your child has now reached their final year of primary education (Year 6) you will now be able to apply for a secondary school place via your home local authority.
Bracknell Forest Residents
The application process for secondary school admissions September 2020 is now open until 31 October 2019.
Before you make your application;
– Ensure that you have read The Guide to Secondary Education
You must read The Guide to Secondary Education before submitting your application for a secondary school place. All the information you need to know and consider regarding the admissions process is published within this Guide.
You will find information such as;
Admission Arrangements
School Open Dates
Allocation History
– View the How to Apply for a Secondary School Place video: https://www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/schools/school-admissions/starting-secondary-school/how-do-i-apply
Apply Online
Applications are not first come first served! So take your time, visit the schools and ensure you read all the information provided.
Non Bracknell Forest Residents
If you are not a Bracknell Forest resident, then you will need to contact your home local authority for further information to apply for a secondary school place. You must make your application to your home local authority no matter what school you wish to apply for.
Thank you,
School Admissions Team
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Useful Links / Information
Find your designated area school
Every address in Bracknell Forest has a designated area school(s) also known as your catchment school.
Click here to find your designated area school
School Tours
You can find the tour dates/ open day information for Bracknell Forest Schools within The Guide to Secondary Education 2020.21
For schools outside of Bracknell Forest, contact the schools directly
Ofsted
We are pleased to share that all Bracknell Forest Secondary Schools have an Ofsted rating of Good or Outstanding!
Ofsted Reports can be viewed on the individual schools website or via the .GOV.uk : https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ofsted
Allocation Breakdown
Research how places were allocated last year
Allocation Breakdown 2019 Admissions
Make note of the Key Dates
Click here to see Key Dates
Apply Online Now
Contact us • 01344 354023
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12th September: External Exams Contingency Date

Dear Parents/Carers,
Contingency Exam Date
Although the Summer 2020 exams may still seem a long way off at the moment, we wish to share some important information with you to avoid any possible issues next Summer.
During the Spring Term students will be given their individual Exam Timetables which will highlight when their final exam is scheduled to take place. The Summer written exam period will run from Monday, 11 May to Wednesday 24 June 2019 (BTEC students must be available until Wednesday 30th June).
However, for the Summer 2020 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 2020 examination series.” The decision comes following some tragic events, namely the Manchester attacks and the Grenfell Tower fire.
The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) have decided that they need the option to postpone an exam (or exams) in the event of an incident and rearrange them 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 24th June 2020. This means that all exam candidates must be available to sit exams from the date of their first exam until Wednesday 24th June 2020.
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 Contingency Exam date in the event that an awarding body needs to invoke its Contingency Plan.
Kind regards
Mrs Seymour, Examinations Officer

11th September: Trampolining Club

Dear Parents/Carers
Trampolining Club
Please note that Trampolining Club will be starting after October half term and will be held on a Thursday and will finish at 4pm.
Kind regards
School Office

11th September: Year 9 Sky Academy Studios' Fiction 26.9.19

Dear Parent/Guardian
Sky Academy Studios’ FICTION on Thursday 26th September 2019
The English Department have an exciting opportunity for 32 students to visit Sky Studios in Osterley, West London to work with talented professional studio staff in a bespoke studio to create their own movie trailers.
It is a unique and innovative way to bring the curriculum to life, which offers a once in a lifetime learning experience for the students. They will develop their own story ideas and discover how to make an attention-grabbing trailer using state-of-the-art technology. They will also receive a behind-the-scenes tour of Sky.
This trip will cost £14 per student, which covers the cost of the workshop, travel and insurance.
Please meet at Bracknell Train Station at 7.45am at latest to get train to Syon Lane returning to school at approximately 1.20pm. Students should be dressed in full School Uniform.
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 activity is an 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 participate in this activity, please make payment and agree to the terms on ParentPay. There are a limited number of spaces for this activity and places will be issued on a first come, first serve basis.
We will require the full payment of £14 to be received by Friday 20th September.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school by telephone or email.
Yours Faithfully
Miss D O’Brien, Head of English
dobrien@brakenhale.co.uk

11th September: JCQ Rules & Regulations for Exams

Dear Students
JCQ Rules and Regulations for Exams
As you will be sitting public exams this academic year, please ensure that you are free up to and including the 24th June as these dates must be available for JCQ Contingency. This time will be used if a significant, unexpected event arises nationally or locally.
The JCQ Rules and Regulations for exams must be adhered to at all times, copies can be found on the school website.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Kind regards,
Sarah Seymour, Exams Manager

10th September: Research Project - Cohesion in Schools

Dear Parents/Carers
Cohesion in School – Research Project
Please find below one of the PSHE modules for this year for Years 7-11, a government funded research project named Cohesion in School.
Kind regards
Ms Ioannidis, Media, English, Health & Social Care and Travel & Tourism Teacher
Sixth Form Tutor – 16A, Head of Vocational & Alternative Curriculum, PSHE lead

Dear Parents/Carers
Cohesion in Schools – Research Project
Brakenhale School, along with approximately 60 other schools, has signed up to participate in an exciting research project with the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), commissioned by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). BIT is a social purpose research company specialising in the application of behavioural science and will trial and develop a new evidence-based curriculum for Personal, Social, Health, and Economic education (PSHE) in schools. The aim of the project is to promote integration, by reducing prejudice and increase openness. The curriculum is being designed in collaboration with leading academics from Stanford, Yale and Oxford Universities, and will equip young people with the cognitive and emotional skills that we believe will enable them to thrive in a diverse society.
As part of the evaluation of the impact of the project, different year groups will be randomly selected to receive the lessons in either the first term or third term of the year, and your child will also be asked to complete a short survey three times throughout the year. The findings from this project will published in a report at the end of 2020 and will be shared with the participating schools.
What does this mean?
•Your child will be asked to fill out three surveys that relate to concepts of social cohesion (including critical thinking, prejudice and openness) throughout the year.
•The Brakenhale School will share some information about your child from its central records with BIT.
What will happen to the data?
•Please read the BIT Privacy Notice for full details which is available at: https://bit.ly/2PgwRDJ. If you cannot access the link, please speak to your school who will be able to provide you with a copy of the Privacy Notice.
•BIT takes your child data security seriously and will be working closely with The Brakenhale School to ensure that data is handled appropriately and securely. Data will be shared and processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018.
•If you have any questions about Brakenhale School sharing data with BIT, please contact the school at mainreception@brakenhale.co.uk
A final report is expected to be published in 2020. No individual student or school will be identifiable in this report – all details will be fully anonymised.
Would you like to withdraw from the sharing of personal data?
It is not mandatory for The Brakenhale School to share your child;’s personal data with BIT as part of this project. It is voluntary to take part in the study and there are no wider consequences of withdrawing. If you would like to withdraw so that the personal data is not shared, please complete and return the form below. You can also write to withdraw your child’s data from the research project at any time by emailing mainreception@brakenhale.co.uk. Please note that your child may still receive the new curriculum, as this will be delivered in their usual lessons. Withdrawal relates solely to the collection of survey data, and the sharing of personal data with BIT.
If you are happy participate, no action is needed.
If you DO NOT want your son/daughter to take part in surveys and the sharing of personal data with BIT, please sign and return the form which was sent out via schoolcomms to Brakenhale School within a week of receiving this letter. If you prefer you can also email the school at mainreception@brakenhale.co.uk

10th September: Year 13 UCAS & Next Steps Parents' Information Evening 18.9.19

Dear Parents/Carers,
Year 13 UCAS & Next Steps Parents Information Evening – Wednesday 18th September 2019
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 18th September 2019 in the Sixth Form Centre.
Please click here to confirm/decline your attendance
Regards
Mr J Duffy, Head of Sixth Form

10th September: Year 12 Welcome to Sixth Form Evening 18.9.19

Dear Parents/Carers,
Year 12 Welcome to Sixth Form Information Evening – Wednesday 18th 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 18th September 2019 in the Sixth Form Centre
Please click here to confirm/decline your attendance
Regards
Mr J Duffy, Head of Sixth Form

10th September: Thames Valley Communication

Dear Parents/Carers
Please see below communication from Thames Valley Police who are taking part in National Knife Crime Awareness week commencing Monday 16th September – 22nd September 2019, in partnership with Bracknell Forest Council.
Kind regards
School Office

Dear parents,
We are writing to inform you that Thames Valley Police are taking part in National Knife Crime Awareness week commencing Monday 16th September – 22nd September 2019, in partnership with Bracknell Forest Council.
Operation Sceptre is a national police operation to actively target knife crime and those who carry knives. Thames Valley Police are committing to a week of targeting knife crime hotspots, conducting weapon sweeps and engaging with affected communities.
A knife surrender bin has been placed into the following police stations for members of the public to dispose of knives during the week of action.
BERKSHIRE:
• Bracknell
• Loddon Valley
• Maidenhead
• Newbury
• Reading
• Slough
A national increase in knife crime means every force in England and Wales will join Operation Sceptre for one week. Operation Sceptre has already seen strong results and continues to grow with more knife sweeps, more checks on retailers and ultimately more dangerous weapons taken off our streets.
Further information and advice will be posted on social media – follow us on Twitter TVP Bracknell and Facebook page TVP Bracknell and Wokingham.
If you have any information about the possession of knives or criminal activity relating to this type of crime, please report online via our website or call 101. Alternatively, you can contact Crime stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Inspector Helen Kenny Debbie Smith
Bracknell NHPT Education Safeguarding Team Manager
Thames Valley Police Bracknell Forest Council

9th September: Extra Curricular Timetables - PE and Dance

Dear Parents/Carers
Extra-Curricular Timetables
Please visit the Clubs and Activities page on our website for the Timetables for Extra-Curricular Dance and PE activities.
Kind regards
School Office

9th September: Year 7-10 Tutor Reading Programme

Dear Parents / Carers,
We are delighted 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? – Beginning in September and continuing 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 overviews of each text, with a brief summary, on the English page of our website.
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 – with 30 minutes reading a day equating to an additional year of schooling!
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 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 child’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 a 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 do not 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.
Yours sincerely,
Mrs A Duddy
aduddy@brakenhale.co.uk

6th September: Early Finish for Open Evening - 19.9.19

Dear Parents/Carers
Open Evening: Thursday 19th September, 2019 – Early Finish
As in previous years, to support this busy and successful whole school event, alongside the large number of students who will be helping, as well as making sure that the site is looking its very best – our school day on Thursday 19th September will be slightly shorter and students will be dismissed following afternoon registration at 2.05pm.
In addition, the school day on Friday 20th September will start an hour later, at 9.40am, when students must be in their Tutor Base for registration. The day will continue as normal from Period 2 at 10am.
Thank you for your support.
Kind regards
Mr B Coley, Assistant Headteacher
bcoley@brakenhale.co.uk

6th September: Term Dates

Dear Parents/Carers
Term Dates
As we start the new term, we would like to share with you our term dates for this year and remind you of the extra days in December we will be taking to move into our new building.
We will be closing for the Christmas holidays on Friday 13th December at 12.05pm and students return to the new site on Thursday 9th January, 2020.
Kind regards
School Office
AUTUMN TERM 2019
Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd September 2019 Inset Days
Wednesday 4th September – Friday 13th December 2019
Autumn Half Term – Monday 28th October to Friday 1st November 2019
Monday 16th December 2019 Inset Day
Christmas Holiday: Tuesday 17th December 2019 to Wednesday 8th January 2020
SPRING TERM 2020
Thursday 9th January – Friday 3rd April 2020
Spring Half Term – Monday 17th February to Friday 21st February 2020
Spring Holiday: Monday 6th April to Friday 17th April 2020
(Good Friday 10th April, Easter Monday 13th April)
SUMMER TERM 2020
Monday 20th April – Friday 17th July 2020
Summer Half Term – Monday 25th May to Friday 29th May 2020
(Bank Holidays Friday 8th May and Monday 25th May)
Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st July 2020 Inset Days
Summer Holiday: Wednesday 22nd July 2020
INSET Days
Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd September 2019
Monday 16th December 2019
Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st July 2020
Please check the school website regularly for current information.

6th September: Year 11 Information Evening

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 11 Information Evening
We would like to invite you to the Year 11 information evening on Thursday, 12th September 6-7pm in the Main Hall.
The evening will focus on key information needed to support your child through Year 11. This will include in school and out of school support, revision advice and key exam information. In addition to this, the Directors of English, Maths and Science will also present the key information required by their subjects.
We thoroughly recommend that you and your child attend the evening, if possible. If you cannot attend, then we encourage students to attend independently. There will be an opportunity at the end to speak to myself and the Directors of English, Maths and Science as to any concerns you may have.
Kind regards
Miss L Rushby, Head of Year 11

5th September: Year 7 Show My Homework

Dear Parents/Carers
Show My Homework
You will shortly be receiving an email with your parent PIN for Show My Homework. This will be sent from email address wavis@brakenhale.co.uk. Please find attached an instruction sheet.
Yours faithfully
School Office

4th September: Year 7 First Day

Dear Parents/Carers

Year 7 First Day
We have had a fantastic first day today, and I am sure your son/daughter is very excited to come and tell you about what they have done. I would like to reiterate some of the school policies, for clarity:
– Earrings must be one small metal (silver or gold) stud in the lobe of the ear only. Diamante studs are not allowed. We appreciate that some young people have had their ear’s pierced over the holidays however this is the uniform policy at Brakenhale. If they have diamante studs in currently, as their ears have recently been pierced, they may come and see me in the HOY office to get plasters for tomorrow and Friday without repercussions. From Monday, we expect to see them in metal studs or a clear retainer if recently pierced; they will receive a lunchtime uniform detention if this is not the case.
– School shoes must be black, polish-able shoes. We have a number of boys in lace up shoes that resemble trainers. As within the school uniform policy – it must be a black shoe which can be polished without advertising logos visible. I have attached an example below from Marks & Spencer to show the acceptable style and polish-able nature of such shoes. As with the the earrings, from Monday students will receive a lunchtime detention if footwear is not in line with the policy.
Thank you for your understanding and support, it is extremely important to us that all students are equal and have the same messages given.
Kind regards
Miss L Turner, Head of Year 7

4th September: Year 7 Shakespeare in Schools Festival, South Hill Park, 15.10.19

Dear Parent/Guardian
Shakespeare in Schools Festival, South Hill Park, Tuesday 15th October 2019
The Drama Department have an exciting opportunity for 35 of our budding performers to participate in the Shakespeare Schools Festival. This is a national event and is the world’s largest youth drama festival. The students involved will get the opportunity to work with industry professionals and their drama teachers to put on a play that we will perform at South Hill Park.
This activity is £35 per student, which covers the cost of the workshop, costumes and props, and the festival entry fee.
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 activity is an 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 participate in this activity, please make payment and agree to the terms on ParentPay. There are a limited number of spaces for this activity and places will be issued on a first come, first serve basis.
We will require full payment by Friday 13th September.
If you have any further queries, please feel free to contact me regarding this
Yours Faithfully
Mrs A Raby, Drama Teacher
araby@brakenhale.co.uk

3rd September: Back to School Reminders

Dear Parents/Carers
As we prepare to open our doors to the students tomorrow morning at 8.30am we thought it might be useful to set out a few of our expectations and give some guidance for success for the upcoming year. Many of you as parents will be very familiar with the systems we use and there is nothing within this letter that is new. However, some of you will be new parents so this letter should give you a flavour of how the school functions and your role as parents within it.
Secondary school can be a challenge and the school is an incredibly busy place but students are much more likely to be successful if they are supported by parents who support them and  help them to stay organised and on top of their learning. I hope this letter helps you to achieve that.
Be prepared

  • Make sure you get enough sleep so that you are up with enough time to prepare for your day and get to school for 8.30am.
  • Check all your uniform is ready for the next day.
  • PE kit packed if required.
  • Packed lunch ready for the next day or money added to ParentPay to pay for lunch.
  • Tools for Learning all checked and in your bag.
  • Homework completed and in your bag ready to hand in to teacher.
  • Ensure that any change to pick up routines are discussed and agreed before coming to school as we cannot guarantee that messages will get to students if a call is made late in the day.
  • Have a positive attitude and a smile on your face.

Attendance – attendance@brakenhale.co.uk
The school gates are locked at 8.40am and students arriving after this time will need to enter via main reception where they will be issued with a late mark for the day and a sanction will be issued for a lunchtime detention on the same day. A failure to attend this detention will result in a one hour ‘Thursday Surgery’ detention with SLT.
If your son/daughter is unwell and unable to attend school or has an appointment during the school day, please email or call and leave a message for the Attendance Officer.
Tools for Learning
Tools for Learning are checked by tutors during registration and any items missing should be replaced as soon as possible.  Individual items can be purchased from our print room before school, break or lunch-times.
Complete pencils cases, calculators and Art Books can also be purchased from main reception (these items can be paid for using ParentPay and students can then come in to collect).
A sanction for a same day lunch detention will be issued if Tools for Learning are incomplete.
Sanctions
Sanctions can be issued for a range of behaviours from failing to comply with uniform, poor quality work or a lack of effort in class to disrupting the learning of others and being disrespectful to staff. In all cases the sanction will be used to hold a conversation with the student so that they understand why their behaviour was not acceptable but also for the student to try and explain why they conducted themselves in such a manner, Sanctions can take place at break, or lunch but the school also may keep a student behind at the end of the day for up to 20 minutes without notice so that the behaviour issue can be resolved.
Parking
Our building work continues and we would like to remind you that access to the school site is for staff vehicles only.
If your son/daughter is unable to walk to school, could we please ask that you drop off in one of the roads away from the school and let them walk a short distance onto the school site.  Coningsby Road gets extremely congested at the start and end of the day and we would ask that you are courteous to our neighbours and don’t block their driveways as well as being aware of pedestrians and other drivers.
Social media and mobile phones
As a school, whilst we understand that many young people do require a phone in the interests of personal safety, these devices are often the greatest source of behaviour issues for the school to deal with. Best practice, and to ensure a good night’s sleep, is to not allow a phone in the bedroom and also to allow no phone use for an hour or so before sleep. This allows the brain to wind down without the stimulation of the ‘blue light’ that is produced by phone screens. This also encourages the deep sleep needed for proper rest, repair and growth. In addition, as a school we often waste time dealing with effects of inappropriate messages sent by young people without supervision late into the evening. It is worth re-iterating that the likes of Snapchat and WhatsApp both require users to be 13.
Homework
Brakenhale uses Show My Homework as a platform for setting homework for its students. The software is also available as an app which will allow parents a view of what homework has been set and the date it is due in. Young people do need support in the first years of secondary school in staying organised and I would encourage all parents to get this app and work with the students to ensure that they stay on top of their homework responsibilities.
Hair Cuts/Piercings
Students must wear the normal uniform of the school at all times (including on the way to and from school).

  • Extreme dress is not permitted at any time including visible coloured undergarments;
  • Non-uniform hoodies, sweatshirt or jumpers are not allowed in school, they must not be worn instead of a coat or for PE, if seen these will be confiscated;
  • PE kit must only be worn for PE/dance lessons or for a sporting event;
  • 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;
  • Extreme hairstyles, such as Mohicans, words or symbols shaved into the side of a student’s head, grade tracks and extreme unnatural hair colours which are not in keeping with an educational establishment, should not be worn to school. No student should have their hair shaven any shorter than a grade 1.  Students whose hairstyle is offensive or disruptive to learning will be asked to modify that hairstyle;
  • Hair bands or slides must be plain black or brown, thin hair bands only with no adornments.
  • One small plain gold or silver ear stud in the lower ear-lobe only and one wrist-watch (conventional, non multi-media only) can be worn (the school cannot accept responsibility for any watches or jewellery worn or brought into school). Black suit-style belts are acceptable for trousers.  Please make sure all other jewellery is left at home. Larger, spiked or hooped earrings or expander-hole earrings are not allowed. Students are not allowed to wear more than one earring in each ear;
  • Make-up must not be worn; this includes foundation and fake tan, black eye liner, eye-shadow, mascara, fake eyelashes, lipstick and nail varnish/nail extensions (e.g. gels, acrylic nails). If students wear these they will be asked to remove non uniform items immediately;

Any request for modifying the school uniform for religious reasons must be made in writing to the Headteacher before admittance.
Homework
All students will receive homework in every subject. This will be in the form of regular “memory recall” homework that will be assessed in class the following lesson. Students will receive their results quickly and will be given feedback on how to improve.
Years 7 & 8 will also receive extended homework projects for students to complete over a number of weeks. This will be marked and feedback given.
Year 9 will receive a mixture of the above memory recall and more formal set homework. The formal homework will be set as per the students’ timetabled lessons but they should receive homework weekly in core subjects and fortnightly in non-core subjects.
Years 10 & 11 will continue to receive additional homework depending on the nature of each subject.
Homework will be provided electronically in most cases, using platforms such as Show My Homework and Google Classroom. Students will also be told verbally during their lesson.
Should pupils wish to complete homework in school, the LRC runs Homework Club each day of the week. There will be one staff member available from 7:30 am and until 4:00 pm each day.
Contacting members of staff
We appreciate that from time to time you will wish to speak with members of staff.  However, teachers are in school to teach and are not always available to speak with during the school day – as they have allocated duties before school, at breaks and afterschool.  The best way to contact staff is via email, if you do not know an individual email address, please use the mainreception@brakenhale.co.uk address and we will forward your message to the relevant member of staff who will endeavour to get back to you at their earliest opportunity.  Please do not come into school to see a member of staff without first making an appointment
Extra-curricular clubs
Information will follow shortly on the clubs available for students to attend after school which including sporting and non-sporting options.  Students are encouraged to try clubs and it is a great way for them to meet new friends across the Year groups.  Students should see the teacher in charge to sign up for any of the clubs.  From time to time clubs maybe cancelled due to events or staff meetings and we will endeavour to give you as much notice via email.
Schoolcomms and social media notifications
We like to share information with you but please let us know if you are not receiving regular communications from the school and remember to update us with any changes to contact details. We also post regular news feeds and reminders via Twitter and Facebook. We can be found on……
School Gateway
The School Gateway App is a great way to receive notifications of Achievement / Behaviour points together with the ability to view students school timetable.  If you are unable to access, please contact Main Reception.
Mobile Phones
Students are permitted to bring their mobile phones in to school however, they are not permitted to be used on the school site and students who are found to be using their phones on site will have their phones taken away and returned at the end of the day – see below our procedures if a mobile is being used during the school day.

If a student is seen with, or using a mobile device, the student will be expected to hand the device over as requested.
The device will be taken by the member of staff and handed in to admin/main reception.
The mobile device will be placed in an envelope with the student name and year group and put into the safe.
If the student has complied with these requests, the mobile device will be returned to them the same day by Main Reception.
Otherwise parents/carers will be expected to come into school for a meeting with a senior member of staff to discuss the non-compliance of the policy and a more serious consequence will be given.
1st Offence •      Device confiscated and taken to reception

•      Confiscating member of staff gives detail to reception who record it on SIMS

•      Device handed back at end of the day by main reception

2nd
Offence
•      Device confiscated and taken to reception

•      Confiscating member of staff gives detail to reception who record it on SIMS

•      Device handed back at end of the day by main reception

•      Schoolcomms message sent home to parents/carers stating that next time the device is confiscated the parents/carers will be required to collect the device

3rd
Offence
•      Device confiscated and taken to reception

•      Confiscating member of staff gives detail to reception who record it on SIMS

•      Device to be collected by Parents/Carer – Schoolcomms sent home advising that next time the device is confiscated the student will be internally excluded for persistent failure to adhere to the rules of the school

•      Student issued with a Thursday Surgery sanction

4th
Offence
•      Device confiscated and taken to reception

•      Confiscating member of staff gives detail to reception who record it on SIMS

•      Device to be collected by Parents/Carer – Schoolcomms sent home advising that their child will be internally excluded for the next school day and that a meeting will be arranged with HoY and SLT to discuss the persistent failure to follow school rules

•      Student issued with an internal exclusion

Please ensure phone are switched off and kept in bags during the school day.
Lost property – lostproperty@brakenhale.co.uk
If students misplace any items, please ask them to check Head of Year Office or Email us and we will endeavour to locate the item and return it to you as soon as possible.  We have a member of staff who has a specific role in overseeing lost property and she will do her best to help.
Please make sure items are clearly named so that we can return them promptly.
ParentPay
Please ensure that balances are checked and accounts are topped up ready for the week ahead.  Please note that if a student has forgotten their lunch or does not have enough money on their account, they should see a member of staff in the canteen and they will issued with a lunch token, we will advise you if a token has been used and expect that your son/daughter’s account is credited as soon as possible.
Canteen
Our school canteen provides a range of DFE approved meals, drinks and snacks which can be paid for only through the ParentPay cashless catering system. Please see above for further details.
On Mondays our canteen will continue to provide healthy meat free food only as part of the schools commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and promoting environmental awareness amongst the school community.
Cycling to School
A cycle permit is required to enable students to ride into school. Any students riding to and from school are required to wear a helmet for the duration of this journey and in addition the bike used must be considered safe to ride on the public highway.   – please email main reception if you require a link to our application form.
Head of Year Contacts

Head of Year 7 – Miss L Turner lturner@brakenhale.co.uk
Head of Year 8 – Mr L Hilton lhilton@brakenhale.co.uk
Head of Year 9 – Mr M Cooper mcooper@brakenhale.co.uk
Head of Year 10 – Ms S Douse sdouse@brakenhale.co.uk
Head of Year 11 – Ms L Rushby lrushby@brakenhale.co.uk

Any queries, please email mainreception@brakenhale.co.uk

3rd September: Welcome Back Year 11

Dear Parents/Carers
Welcome Back Year 11
We are very excited to have your son/daughter return to us for the new academic year and I would like to warmly welcome you and your child back to the Brakenhale community.
As always our expectations remain high in order to maximise the learning and set the standards for Brakenhale students. With our best GCSE and A-Level results to date our methods have shown to be successful but require full support not only here at school but at home.
A major expectation as a school is to keep attendance above 95% punctuality is a very important part of self-discipline and is essential to good time management. In the mornings, students should arrive by 8.30am in order to be in tutor or assembly by 8.40am. Year 11 is only comprised of 26 teaching weeks before exams officially start, therefore we need to ensure students are not taking days off unnecessarily. As ever we have a qualified first aid team who can support your son/daughter if they are not feeling well.
If your child is unwell for any reason please contact the attendance officer, Mrs Silvey by: Phone: 01344 465050 or Email: attendance@brakenhale.co.uk
Behaviour standards need to remain high, as a school we will not tolerate students who disrupt lessons in Year 11. All students have been made aware of these expectations and the consequences if they are failed to be met.
To promote learning students must be fully prepared and therefore have all the correct equipment to ensure they can both access all learning and not waste learning time. Students should ensure they have a full Tools For Learning set with them ready for the first day back on Wednesday 4th and PE kits if needed on that day.
• Brakenhale School Bag and any exercise books they have taken home
• Large pencil case, clear and ready for Exams
• Three black or blue pens
• HB pencil
• Pencil sharpener
• 30cm ruler
• Protractor
• Highlighter pen
• Scientific calculator
• School Planner
• Coloured pens/pencils
• Glue stick
As noted in my previous letter at the end of Year 10 the following key dates are coming up this year, it would be great to see yourselves and your son/daughter at the relevant meetings.
Please check emails for final confirmation as dates may be subject to change.
· 12th September 2019 – Year 11 information evening (parent + student)
· 25th September – Year 11 Cause for Concern Parents evening (invite only parent + student)
· 18th-20th October – PGL revision weekend – English, Maths, Science (Grades 4/5/6) – this will be targeted students only
· 4th -8th November Options week
· 11th-22nd November – 2 week Pre Public Exams
· 7th-9th February PGL revision weekend – English, Maths, Science (Grades 7/8/9) – this will be targeted students only
· 24th February – 6th March – 2 week Pre Public Exams
· 26th March – Parents Evening
· 23rd June Year 11 Leavers Assembly (3.05-4.05) (parents + students)
· 25th June Prom (7pm-11pm)
As ever we are there to support where needed if you have any questions please feel free to contact the relevant member of staff with your concerns:
Head of Year 11 – Miss Rushby – lrushby@brakenhale.co.uk
Associate Head of Year 11 – Miss Toofany – ltoofany@brakenhale.co.uk
Assistant Headteacher overseeing Year 11 – Mr Beukes – rbeukes@brakenhale.co.uk
11B Tutor – Miss Toofany – ltoofany@brakenhale.co.uk
11R Tutor – Miss O’Brien – dobrien@brakenhale.co.uk
11K Tutor – Mrs Lewis – dlewis@Brakenhale.co.uk
11E Tutor – Mrs Whybra – jwhybra@brakenhale.co.uk
11N Tutor – Mrs Higham/Ms Bradley (Monday) – shigham@brakenhale.co.uk
11H Tutor – Mr Swynford-Lain – jlain@brakenhale.co.uk
Kind regards
Miss L Rushby, Head of Year 11

3rd September: Welcome Back Year 10

Dear Parents/Carers
Welcome to Year 10!!
It was not very long ago that we were welcoming your children to Year 7, and here we are saying welcome to Year 10. It goes without saying that we are looking forward to continue working with and supporting you and your children as they embark on this very exciting and important aspect of their lives.
Students will be commencing the final phase of their secondary school journey and it is imperative that the positive ethos cultivated over the last few years be maintained if students are to remain successful in their school career.
We ask for your continued support for this to happen and request that as students return to school, they are equipped with the right tools and attitude for the new school year. Students must have the following tools and equipment ready for learning:
• Brakenhale School Bag and any exercise books they have taken home
• Large pencil case, clear. This is also the requirement for GCSE Exams
• Three black or blue pens
• HB pencil
• Pencil sharpener
• 30cm ruler
• Protractor
• Highlighter pen
• Scientific calculator
• School Planner
• Coloured pens/pencils
• Glue stick
Please ensure your son/daughter brings in their full ‘Tools For Learning’ and PE kits for their first day on Wednesday 4th September. Fully made up clear pencil cases can be purchased from school reception on 3rd September if needed.
In Year 10, students will be taught in their option subjects or College courses as well as Mathematics, English Language and Literature, Science and Religious Studies. A full Religious Studies GCSE Exam will be completed in the Summer of 2020, and students will be given additional information by their teachers throughout the year to help prepare for this. This will be their first official exam. PSHE lessons will continue to be delivered throughout the year by form tutors.
Regular attendance to school is essential to achieving good grades and fulfilling their potential. The data from this year group last year shows that almost 50% of the student who underperformed in their subjects were persistently absent from school for the year. There is a direct correlation between poor attendance and poor exam results. We cannot support students academically and pastorally if they are not in school. Students should have at least a minimum of 96% attendance to allow them with support to achieve academic success. This is in line with government expectations and guidelines. The Brakenhale attendance policy can be found on the Brakenhale website. Punctuality is a very important life skill and is essential to good time management. In the mornings, students should arrive by 8.30am in order to be in tutor or assembly by 8.40am. To promote good attendance please ensure the following:
• Arrange medical and dental appointments out of school hours.
• Ensure students get a good night sleep, uninterrupted by social media.
• Maintain a healthy diet
If your son/daughter is unwell for any reason please contact the Attendance Officer, Mrs Collette Silvey by phone: 01344 465050 or email: attendance@brakenhale.co.uk If your son/daughter has an ongoing medical condition, please ensure that Mrs Silvey and the first aid coordinator, Mrs Ball are made aware and kept updated of this as soon as possible.
Your child’s tutor should be your first point of contact regarding additional or queries. Details of the Year team with contact information are:
Deputy Headteacher – Mr R Corry – rcorry@brakenhale.co.uk
Head Of Year – Miss Douse – sdouse@ brakenhale.co.uk
Asst. Head of Year and 9B – Mr Kingston – mkingston@ brakenhale.co.uk
Tutor Group 9R – Mrs Hughes – odansetsales@ brakenhale.co.uk
Tutor Group 9A – Mr Read Linton – slinton@ brakenhale.co.uk
Tutor Group 9K – Mrs Hope – ehope@ brakenhale.co.uk
Tutor Group 9E – Mr Mullett – nmullett@ brakenhale.co.uk
Tutor Group 9N – Ms Young – ryoung@ brakenhale.co.uk
Tutor Group 9H – Mr Bissitt – abissitt@brakenhale.co.uk
Dates for your Diary
Throughout the year, we will be hosting a number of events relevant to your child’s progress and wellbeing. Below are some dates for your diary for this half term. Additional information regarding other events will be shared later this term. The first of these is the Year 10 Information Evening to be held on Thursday 26th September at 6pm. We will share information from different subjects and tips on making the Year a success.
– Saturday/Sunday 14th and 15th September – Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award Expedition
– Thursday 19th September – Yr 6 Open Evening. Early finish for ALL Students
– Thursday 28th September @6pm – Year 10 Information Evening
– Thursday 28th November @4pm – Parents Evening
– Thursday 12th December – Ski Trip
I cannot stress enough how important this phase of your child’s education is. Key Stage 4 is not a two year phase, but a 20-month phase, including school holidays. The amount of time spent in school is not enough to safeguard your child’s success, so I implore you to help your child cultivate good habits now by doing additional independent learning at home. Starting this in Year 10 means when we start Year 11 there will be less catching up to do which also means less stress for your child. Let us continue work together through this exciting and important stage of your child’s education.
Kind regards
Miss Douse, Head of Year 10
sdouse@brakenhale.co.uk

3rd September: Welcome Back Year 9

Dear Parents/Carers
Welcome Back Year 9
We are very excited to have your son/daughter return to us for the new academic year and I would like to warmly welcome you and your child back to the Brakenhale community.
This year is a huge year with the options process to pick your subjects at GCSE. A number of subjects are already undertaking the GCSE syllabi from the start of September. This makes it imperative to really push on and ensure students approach all studies with a meticulous and mature manner.
To promote learning students must be fully prepared and therefore have all the correct equipment to ensure they can both access all learning and not waste learning time. Students should have the following equipment for all lessons:
• Brakenhale School Bag and any exercise books they have taken home.
• Large pencil case, clear.
• Three black or blue pens
• HB pencil
• Pencil sharpener
• 30cm ruler
• Protractor
• Highlighter pen
• Scientific calculator
• School Planner
• Coloured pens/pencils
• Glue stick
Please can you ensure your son/daughter brings in their full ‘Tools For Learning’ and PE kits for their first day on Wednesday 4th September. Fully made up clear pencil cases can be purchased from school reception on 3rd September if needed.
With regard to teaching and classes students will also be placed into mixed ability groups for English, Maths and Science lessons for year 9. Additionally, lessons where students were previously taught in tutor groups for Geography, History and French will now be mixed across their half of the year group. Students will also be learning Religious Studies this year and will be undertaking their GCSE exams in Religious Studies in the summer of 2021.
It is also imperative to allow students to reach their academic potential they must attend school regularly. There is a direct correlation between poor attendance and poor exam results. Students should have at least a minimum of 95% attendance to allow them with support to achieve academic success. The Brakenhale attendance policy can be found on the Brakenhale website. Punctuality is a very important part of self-discipline and is essential to good time management. In the mornings, pupils should arrive by half past eight (8.30am) in order to be in tutor or assembly by 8.40am. To promote good attendance please ensure the following:
• Arrange medical and dental appointments out of school hours.
• Ensure students get a good night sleep, a minimum of 9 hours sleep at 12-13 years old.
• Eat a healthy diet
If your child is unwell for any reason please contact the attendance officer, Mrs Collette Silvey by Phone: 01344 465050 or email: attendance@brakenhale.co.uk
Please write a note explaining the reasons for absence on a piece of paper (not the planner) for all absences.
This will be handed to your son’s/daughter’s tutor upon returning to school. If your child has an ongoing medical condition, please ensure that Mrs Silvey, our Attendance Officer, and the first aid coordinator, Ms Mandy Ball are made aware of this as soon as possible.
If there are any questions please feel free to contact a member of staff with your concerns:
9B Tutor – Mrs Carleen Masson – cmasson@brakenhale.co.uk
9R Tutor – Mrs Linda Harbour – lharbour@brakenhale.co.uk
9A Tutor – Mr Adam George – ageorge@brakenhae.co.uk
9K Tutor – Mr Calvin Maye – cmaye@Brakenhale.co.uk
9E Tutor – Ms Lauren Willimott – lwillimott@brakenhale.co.uk
9N Tutor – Ms Jo Lane – jlane@brakenhale.co.uk
9H Tutor – Mr Mark Potter – mpotter@brakenhale.co.uk
Attendance officer – Ms Collette Silvey – attendance@brakenhale.co.uk
First aid coordinator – Ms Mandy Ball – aball@brakenhale.co.uk
Associate Head of Year 9 – Mr Jon Spaul – jspaul@brakenhale.co.uk
Head of Year 9 – Mr Martyn Cooper – mcooper@brakenhale.co.uk
Deputy Headteacher overseeing Year 9 – Mr Andy Hartley – ahartley@brakenhale.co.uk
Below, you will find a number of key dates for your diaries:
– Tuesday 17th September – Period 1 – PSHE
-Thursday 19th September – Year 6 Open Evening – Early finish at school for students
– Monday 28th October-Friday 1st November – Half Term
– Monday 16th December – Friday 3rd January – Christmas Holidays
– Thursday 16th January – Year 9 Options Evening 18.00-20.00pm
– Thursday 23rd January – Year 9 Parents Evening for tutees B, R, A, K – 16.00-19.00pm
– Tuesday 28th January – Year 9 Parents Evening for tutees of E, N and H – 16.00-19.00pm
Over the course of the year, we will be having further events such as the options evening where students and you will come in and discuss what opportunities there are at GCSE and discuss possible paths. More information will be released later in the year regarding this.
With lots of new and exciting steps, we look forward to working with you and your son/daughter throughout their time at the Brakenhale.
Kind regards
Mr M Cooper, Head of Year 9
mcooper@brakenhale.co.uk

3rd September: Welcome Back Year 8

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 8 – Welcome Back!
We are very excited to have your son/daughter return to us for the new academic year and I would like to warmly welcome you and your child back to the Brakenhale community.
This year is all about us building on the massive successes that the students had last year. We are expecting students to continue to strive to be as successful as possible in everything they set their minds to this year as well as maybe taking on some additional challenges this year. Maybe they can join a couple of new extra-curricular clubs to help develop their interests in new directions.
To promote learning students must be fully prepared and therefore have all the correct equipment to ensure they can both access all learning and not waste learning time. Students should have the following equipment for all lessons:
• Brakenhale School Bag and any exercise books they have taken home
• Large pencil case, clear
• Three black or blue pens
• HB pencil
• Pencil sharpener
• 30cm ruler
• Protractor
• Highlighter pen
• Scientific calculator
• School Planner
• Coloured pens/pencils
• Glue stick
If students are missing any Tools for Learning these can be purchased from the Print Room.
It would be hugely beneficial if you ensure that uniform and PE kit is named before they return to school. Any uniform handed in which is named is returned to students as soon as possible. We would like to advise you that we have a member of staff who has a specific role in overseeing lost property and she works very hard to ensure these are returned to you. We have set up an email address lostproperty@brakenhale.co.uk for all queries.
Students will be learning Religious Studies this year in Year 8 and this will help prepare them for undertaking the GCSE course which they will start when they get to Year 9.
It is also imperative to allow students to reach their academic potential they must attend school regularly. There is a direct correlation between poor attendance and poor exam results. Students should have at least a minimum of 95% attendance to allow them with support to achieve academic success. The Brakenhale attendance policy can be found on the Brakenhale website. Punctuality is a very important part of self-discipline and is essential to good time management. In the mornings, pupils should arrive by half past eight (8.30am) in order to be in tutor or assembly by 8.40am. To promote good attendance please ensure the following:
• Arrange medical and dental appointments out of school hours.
• Ensure students get a good night sleep, a minimum of 9 hours sleep at 12-13 years old.
• Eat a healthy diet
If your child is ill for any reason please contact the attendance officer, Mrs Collette Silvey by Phone: 01344 465050 or email: attendance@brakenhale.co.uk
Please write a note explaining the reasons for absence on a piece of paper (not the planner) for all absences.
This will be handed to your son’s/daughter’s tutor upon returning to school. If your child has an ongoing medical condition, please ensure that Mrs Silvey, our Attendance Officer, and the first aid coordinator, Ms Mandy Ball are made aware of this as soon as possible.
If there are any questions please feel free to contact a member of staff with your concerns:
8B Tutor – Miss Daisy Appleton -dappleton@brakenhale.co.uk
8R Tutor – Mrs Ellie Clarke – eclarke@brakenhale.co.uk
8A Tutor – Mr James Budden – jbudden@brakenhae.co.uk
8K Tutor – Miss Louisa Burrows – lburrows@Brakenhale.co.uk
8E Tutor – Miss Fiona Manning – fmanning@brakenhale.co.uk
8N Tutor – Ms Nabba Shan – nshan@brakenhale.co.uk
8H Tutor – Mrs Faluyi – efaluyi@brakenhale.co.uk
Attendance officer – Ms Collette Silvey – attendance@brakenhale.co.uk
First aid coordinator – Ms Mandy Ball – aball@brakenhale.co.uk
Assistant Head of Year 8 – Mr John Bourcher – jboucher@brakenhale.co.uk
Head Of Year 8 – Mr Luke Hilton – lhilton@brakenhale.co.uk
Assistant Headteacher overseeing Year 8 – Mrs Gemma Powell – gpowell@brakenhale.co.uk
Below, you will find a number of key date for your diaries for this half term:
Thursday 19th September – Year 6 Open Evening so the school will close early on this day. This does mean that on Friday 20th September the school will open later than normal.
We are also looking to hold a Year 7 and 8 School Disco one evening this half term and there will be more information about this later on during this term.
Please continue to use Fab and Drab using the slips we have reception or electronically. All feedback is read and where possible acted upon and your views are very important to us.
With lots of new and exciting opportunities, we look forward to working with you and your child throughout their time at Brakenhale.
Mr L Hilton, Head of Year 8
lhiltonr@brakenhale.co.uk

3rd September: Welcome Back Year 7

Dear Parents/Carers
I am so excited on behalf of all the staff at Brakenhale to welcome you to our family. We often use the phrase #teambrakenhale when describing life here, and in my time here it has certainly described the ethos that all of the staff and students buy into. I am really looking forward to getting to know all of the 218 students we have joining us today – though I make no promises to remember all of their names straight away!
To promote learning students must be fully prepared and therefore have all the correct equipment to ensure they can both access all learning and not waste learning time. Students should have the following equipment for all lessons:
• Brakenhale School Bag and any exercise books they have taken home
• Large pencil case, clear
• Three black or blue pens
• HB pencil
• Pencil sharpener
• 30cm ruler
• Protractor
• Highlighter pen
• Scientific calculator
• School Planner
• Coloured pens/pencils
• Glue stick
Please can you ensure your son/daughter brings in their full ‘Tools For Learning’ for their first day on Wednesday 4th September. Fully made up clear pencil cases can be purchased from school reception if needed. If they need their PE kit on Wednesday you will have received an email from the PE department. The students will receive their timetables on Wednesday so after then you will know which days they need kit.
Within lessons I won’t give too much away as I am sure your son/daughter will be excited to tell you all about their time with us soon enough. For the first few weeks, up to half term, all lessons will be taught in tutor groups. After this time students will be sorted into mixed ability sets. This will mean some “baseline assessments” within the first few weeks but not to worry! Students will also undertake a whole host of new subjects, including some languages, lots of different technologies, and a taste of some performing arts too.
It is also imperative to allow students to reach their academic potential they must attend school regularly. There is a direct correlation between poor attendance and poor exam results. Students should have at least a minimum of 95% attendance to allow them with support to achieve academic success. The Brakenhale attendance policy can be found on the Brakenhale website. Punctuality is a very important part of self-discipline and is essential to good time management. In the mornings, pupils should arrive by half past eight (8.30am) in order to be in tutor or assembly by 8.40am. To promote good attendance please ensure the following:
• Arrange medical and dental appointments out of school hours.
• Ensure students get a good night sleep, a minimum of 9 hours sleep at 12-13 years old.
• Eat a healthy diet
If your child is ill for any reason please contact the attendance officer, Mrs Collette Silvey by Phone: 01344 465050 or email: attendance@brakenhale.co.uk
Please write a note explaining the reasons for absence on a piece of paper (not the planner) for all absences.
This will be handed to your son’s/daughter’s tutor upon returning to school. If your child has an ongoing medical condition, please ensure that Mrs Silvey, our Attendance Officer, and the first aid coordinator, Ms Mandy Ball are made aware of this as soon as possible.
If there are any questions please feel free to contact a member of staff with your concerns, the majority of you will have collected their details on one of our transition evenings, but I have detailed the key Year 7 staff below just in case :
Tutor of 7B – Mrs C Duffy – cduffy@brakenhale.co.uk
Tutor of 7R – Miss C Loj – cloj@brakenhale.co.uk
Tutor of 7A – Miss H Robson – hrobson@brakenhale.co.uk
Tutor of 7K – Miss G Lawry – glawry@brakenhale.co.uk
Tutor of 7E – Mrs A Raby – araby@brakenhale.co.uk
Tutor of 7N – Ms D Bunkell – dbunkell@brakenhale.co.uk
Tutor of 7H – Mrs L Pillay – lpillay@brakenhale.co.uk
Assistant Head of Year 7 – Mr I Anderson – ianderson@brakenhale.co.uk
Head of Year 7 – Miss L Turner – lturner@brakenhale.co.uk
Assistant Headteacher Link to Year 7 – Mr B Coley – bcoley@brakenhale.co.uk
The important dates we have coming up this half term are:
Thursday 19th September – Open Evening
More information will be relayed to you, however as advanced warning, this day is normally a half day to allow for the school to set up ready for the evening; the next morning may also be a slightly later start. As soon as this is confirmed it will be communicated.
Thursday 10th October – Meet the Tutor Evening
This is a really lovely evening where you get to make a 5 minute appointment with your son/daughter’s tutor to discuss how they have settled in at Brakenhale. It is really useful for the students to get some 1 on 1 feedback from their tutor, and also useful for you to meet their tutor face to face. Reminders and information on how to book appointments will be sent out nearer the time.
With lots of new and exciting steps, we look forward to working with you and your son/daughter throughout their time at Brakenhale.
Kind regards
Miss Laura Turner, Head of Year 7
lturner@brakenhale.co.uk

2nd September: Year 7 New Starters

Dear Parents/Carers
New Starters
We hope your child is looking forward to joining Brakenhale on Wednesday 4th 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 Ms Coley. 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 on Thursday 10th 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
Mr B Coley, Assistant Headteacher i/c Year 6 Transition

1st September: Tools for Learning

Dear Parents/Carers
Tools for Learning
I am writing to you with regard to our ‘Tools for Learning’ initiative. ‘Tools for Learning’ will continue to be compulsory and, in order to support this initiative, our school equipment shop located in the Print Room will be selling equipment on a daily basis. In order to support you in acquiring those items, school Reception will be open between 8am and 5pm on Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd September. Please be reminded that Art sketch books for Years 7, 8 and 9 are compulsory. All items below can be purchased for cash or online using ParentPay.
Filled pencil case – £3.25
Scientific Calculator – £8.35
Brakenhale Sketch Book – £1.00
Total cost for all three items – £12.60
We insist on a clear pencil case for the older years because this is the required practice for examinations. For the younger years, keeping pencil cases transparent 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. It has been an incredibly successful strategy and a tangible part of the schools improvement process. 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 most 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 if required.
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.
Yours faithfully
Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteacher

19th July: Piercings

Dear Parents/Carers
Piercings
Please can I remind you that any students intending on getting a piercing that goes beyond the single piercing in the lower ear lobe should do so in the first week of the holiday so a small clear plastic retainer can be worn when term begins on 4th September. These piercings usually take around 6 weeks to become ready for this. Plasters to cover piercings are not permitted in our school dress code.
Kind regards
Mr A Hartley, Deputy Headteacher, ahartley@brakenhale.co.uk

19th July: Sixth Form Thank You

Good morning,
With our year 12 students having their last day of year 12 today I wanted to send a message to the parents of the year group; It didn’t feel ‘right’ to just say goodbye and thank you to the students, without also sending something to the parents who have supported the students and the school so much over the years and up to this point.
I wanted to write to you and say thank you for your support over your student’s time so far at Brakenhale Sixth Form, and to say how much I have enjoyed the year. I am really looking forward to next year and seeing what we can achieve with this amazing group of young adults. Certainly on a personal note, with this being my first year as Head of Sixth Form, I have felt enormous support from the parents at home and I wanted to thank you for that. Of course I understand that there are sometimes difficult conversations to be had, and at times disagreements over how to handle certain situations, but I know that both the school and parents have always had the students’ best interests at heart. It has been an absolute pleasure working with this year group and their parents, and I think the group of young adults that will be leaving at the end of year 13 will be a testament to the work that is going on both in school and at home.
Regardless of what happens on results day for those students who have AS Level results to collect, I think every student can be very proud of how they have conducted themselves and what they have achieved already, and as parents you can be very proud of the young people they are developing into – I know I certainly am.
If there are any questions, queries or comments that you would like to make please feel to email us on sixthform@brakenhale.co.uk and we would be more than happy to do what we can. We will be on hand at results day as well to celebrate what I’m sure will be an excellent set of results.
Thank you again, and I hope that your students have enjoyed being part of the Sixth Form as much as we’ve enjoyed having them.
Best wishes,
Mr Duffy, Head of Sixth Form

19th July: Year 10 Important Dates and Information for next year

Dear Parents/Carers
Important Dates for Year 11
I would like to start by thanking you all for your support this year with your son/daughter in year 10. As we make the transition into year 11 there are a few key dates and information I would like to share with you to help you as a family plan for your son/daughters final examination year.
As always our expectations remain high in order to maximise the learning and set the standards for Brakenhale students. A major expectation as a school is to keep attendance above 95% and punctuality to school a must. Year 11 is only comprised of 26 teaching weeks before exams officially start, therefore we need to ensure students are not taking days off unnecessarily. As ever we have a qualified first aid team who can support your child if they are not feeling well.
Behaviour standards need to remain high, as a school we will not tolerate students who disrupt lessons in year 11. All students have been made aware of these expectations and the consequences if they are failed to be met.
Key Dates (please check emails for final confirmation as dates can often be subject to change):
– 12th September 2019 – Year 11 Information Evening
– 25th September – Year 11 Cause for Concern Parents Evening
– 18th – 20th October – PGL Revision Weekend – English, Maths, Science (Grades 4/5/6) – this will be targeted students only
– 4th November to 8th November – Options Week
– 11th to 22nd November – 2 week Pre Public Exams
– 7th to 9th February – PGL Revision Weekend – English, Maths, Science (Grades 7/8/9) – this will be targeted students only
– 24th February to 6th March – 2 week Pre Public Exams
– 26th March – Parents Evening
– 23rd June – Year 11 Leavers Assembly (3.05pm – 4.05pm)
– 25th June Prom (7pm – 11pm)
Costings
As we all know, financial planning is not something we enjoy but is a necessity sometimes! Year 11 can be a costly year so I would like to give you approximate costings for key events that are happening throughout the year.
PGL Revision Weekends – targeted students only approx. £120 (pupil premium students will be funded).
Leavers Hoodies – £20.00
Prom – £35.00 for the entry ticket
Year Book – £17.50
This does not take into account revision guides and stationary needed to help prepare your $son/daughter$ for the exam.
Revision/Study
As in Year 10, revision and study time becomes vitally important in the build up to the exams. Providing a quiet and distraction-free space is a great start to allowing your $son/daughter$ to revise and complete homework. Being organised with revision books, post-it notes, notepads and flash cards can help students with their revision and organisation of their extensive notes.
Some subject teachers may put on revision sessions before the exams – communication of these sessions will be distributed throughout the year.
Student Support
Please keep the school updated on any changes that may affect the well-being of your son/daughter, if you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. We have many support services that can be tailored to your child’s needs throughout the year. Stress in the build up to the exams can become an issue if support is not given early on.
B – Miss Toofany – ltoofany@brakenhale.co.uk
R – Miss O’Brien – dobrien@brakenhale.co.uk
K – Mrs Lewis – dlewis@brakenhale.co.uk
E – Mrs Whybra – jwhybra@brakenhale.co.uk
N – Mrs Higham – shigham@brakenhale.co.uk
H – Mr Swynford-Lain – jlain@brakenhale.co.uk
Kind regards
Miss L Rushby, Head of Year

18th July: Brakenhale Bugle

Good afternoon
Brakenhale Bugle
Please see attached this term’s Brakenhale Bugle our newsletter written by students for the students.
Bugle Edition 3
Enjoy the read and have a great Summer!
Kind regards
School Office

17th July: Cashless School

Cash Payments
Please note, Brakenhale is a cashless school. From September 2019 we will no longer be able to accept cash for any trips, events or lunch.
All parents should pay using their Parentpay account online (minimum £1) which will be reflected on your account straight away. If you require login information, please email admindept@brakenhale.co.uk
Alternatively, there is an option to use Paypoint stores and we can provide you with a barcoded letter. The closest Paypoint store is Co-op, Rectory Lane. Barcoded letters can only be used to pay for trip/event named on the letter. The minimum payment at Paypoint stores is £5 and will take up to 48 hours to show on your account.
Thank you for your support. If you have any queries please contact us.
Kind regards
School Office

12th 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 are pleased to advise the we have a ‘Brakenhale Safe Cycle Scheme’ where all students need a pass to be able to ride their bike to school and use the bike store. A pre-requisite to gain and keep hold of the pass is the mandatory wearing of a bike safety helmet, any student seen riding their bike in a dangerous manner will have their pass revoked. All bikes ridden to 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 for a set period of time and parents/carers will be notified via email. Please note this scheme also applies to scooters.
We have a secure area to keep bikes during the day however, students are required to provide their own lock to secure to the railings inside. Please be advised that bikes are brought into school are at your own risk and although the bike store is equipped with a CCTV camera, we cannot be held responsible for their safety.
Before you consent to your son/daughter cycling to school, I urge you to become familiar with the content of the attached Cycle Safety leaflet attached and the national bike safety scheme below.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-standard-for-cycle-training
If you would like to request a cycle pass, please click here to submit your request.
Please note that cycle passes will be distributed to students via their Tutor during the first week of school.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Yours faithfully
Mr H Thomas, Assistant Headteacher, hthomas@brakenhale.co.uk

10th July: GCE and GCSE Results

Year 13 GCE Results: GCE results will be available to pick up from the Main Hall on Thursday, 15th August between 9:00 -11:30am.
Year 12 GCE Results: GCE results will be available to pick up from the Main Hall on Thursday, 15th August between 10:30 -11:30am.
Year 11 GCSE Results: GCSE results will be available to pick up from the Main Hall on Thursday, 22nd August between 10.00 – 11.30am.
Year 10 GCSE Results: GCSE results will be available to pick up from the Main Hall on Thursday, 22nd August between 10.30 – 11.30am.
If you would like your results 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.
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 Manager

10th July: PE Uniform - Changes from September

Dear Parents/Carers
PE Uniform
I would like to advise that from September 2019 Shin Guards and Gum Shields are compulsory for all Boys and Girls. The items can be purchased from any Sports Retailer or are available from our Uniform Shop – prices below:
Shin Guards £11.00
Gumshields £ 4.00
The Uniform Shop is open on Mondays and Thursdays from 3.05pm – 5pm and during the holidays (opening times attached).
If you have any queries regarding PE kit, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Mr M Potter, Head of PE, mpotter@brakenhale.co.uk

9th July: Sports Day - Tuesday 10th July

Dear Parents/Carers/Students
Sports Day – Tuesday 10th July 2019
A few reminders for Sports Day tomorrow:
* Come to school in PE kit/house colour t-shirt
* Bring water bottles and sun cream
* Change of times for the day – early lunch
* Expectations in terms of behaviour
* Small change for Tuck Shop
* All events must be filled, any issues see MPO before school
* All house team sheets will be displayed before school outside HoY office
Looking forward to an amazing day.
Kind regards
Mr M Potter, Head of PE, mpotter@brakenhale.co.uk

9th July: Medication in School

Dear Parents/Carers
Medication in School
Please note that if your child has medication in school, this will need to be collected for the Summer by the end of the school day on 19th July.
All medication left in school at the end of the school day on 19th July will be returned to the Pharmacy.
Kind regards
Mandy Ball, Health Coordinator

9th July: Staff Member of the Year

Dear Students
Staff Member of the Year 2018/19
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 2018/19
Voting closes on Friday 12th 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

8th July: Moving House, Year 5 Students, Admissions Arrangements

Dear Parents/Carers
Summer Arrangements
We would like to remind you that if you are moving house during the summer and students will not be returning to Brakenhale in September, written confirmation of their leaving date and destination school is required.
Please also note that if you have a child currently in year 5 at primary school, applications for a place at Secondary School must be made by 31st October 2019. Please do not presume that if there is a sibling already attending Brakenhale that your younger child will automatically be allocated a place.
To view our admission arrangements for entry in September 2020 please visit the Admissions page on the website.
Kind regards
School Office

5th July: Year 7 Sponsored Walk - Fundraising

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 7 Sponsored Walk
Link below to sponsor students to help raise funds for resources for our new build project – your generous support is very much appreciated. 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.
https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/brakenhaleschool?utm_term=BNvbArXjB
Kind regards
School Office

4th July: Year 9 Careers Day - Friday 12th July

Dear Parents/Carers and Students
Year 9 Careers Day – Friday 12th July
In an effort to raise aspirations and prepare Year 9 for the important next two years as they embark on their GCSEs we are pleased to announce that they will be taking part in a careers/motivational day at Brakenhale.
The event will be taking place on Friday 12th July and will be hosted by a company called Revolution Hive.
The company share our values in what we are trying to achieve with our students:
· Boosts performance and aspirations
· Develops critical thinking and self-regulation
· Builds key leadership skills for life outside the classroom
This is an all day event and students will not be attending their normal lessons on the day. The programme will based around the following theme:
What’s the Point? The truth about dreaming big and working hard
“You can do anything you put your mind to”
“The world is your oyster”
“Nothing is impossible if you’re willing to work hard enough”
Growing up … we all heard one, if not all, of these common catchphrases.
Today, we say the same thing to the young people that we are teaching, nurturing and developing. The question, however, is “Do they really believe they can do it?”
As a young person in today’s society, it is easy to be labelled as not being driven or ambitious enough because of the fact that you don’t know what you want to do in the future. We give young people a hard time telling them that there is so much opportunity in the world that they aren’t taking advantage of … but who is helping them to develop a sense of self-awareness so they can embrace who they are and what makes them great individually!
Revolution Hive are on a mission to share ALL of the secrets that have not only allowed them to build a team of highly motivated and driven young professionals, but also led them to inspiring, engaging and raising the aspirations of thousands of students in recent years. You will not leave today’s event the same – guaranteed!
https://www.revolutionhive.com/optin19935682
We are very excited to be able to host this event for our students and we hope that they will have a positive experience that will allow them to be even more successful for the future.
Kind regards
Mr R Beukes, Assistant Headteacher
rbeukes@brakenhale.co.uk

4th July: Careers Convention

Dear Parents / Carers,
Careers Convention
Please be aware that on Tuesday the 9th of July all students at Brakenhale will have the opportunity to take part in the Careers Convention being hosted in the Main Hall.
Students will be allocated a 30 minute slot to visit various stalls on display and engage with companies and higher education organisations.
The aim of the day is:
-To introduce our students to different careers.
-To allow them the opportunity to talk to future employers and Higher Education organisations.
-To widen their perspective and help them to make more informed decisions for the future.
-To get them excited for the future and raise their aspirations.
-To help them realise the importance of a good education in opening doors further down the road.
Timings of the day:
P2 – Year 7 – X Half 10:00 – 10:30, Y Half 10:30 – 11:00
Break 11:00 – 11:25
P3 – Year 8 – X Half 11:25 – 11:55, Y Half 11:55 – 12:25
P4 – Year 9 – X Half 12:25 – 12:55, Y Half 12:55 – 13:25
Lunch 13:25 – 13:55
P5 – Year 10 & 12 – X Half 14:05 – 14:35, Y Half 14:35 – 15:05
Companies/Organisation attending: Healthreach, Oxford Brookes/Higher Education, Waitrose, Adviza, Tropic Stall, Crown Commission, Engineering Construction Industry, University of Surrey, Barclays, Law Enforcement, Vinci Construction, Gaming Industry, Panasonic, Costain, Armed Forces, STEM Opportunities
Regards
Mr Beukes

4th July: Year 7 Sponsored Walk

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 7 Sponsored Walk
Following previous correspondence, we are looking forward to the first Year 7 Sponsored Walk. The 10K Brakenhale Ramble is on Monday 8th July and involves all Year 7 students who are helping to raise funds for new school resources and forms a key part in promoting the importance of physical activity to our students.
We have a fundraising page with justgiving.com for donations, if you are able to support this event, please follow the link: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/brakenhaleschool?utm_term=BNvbArXjB
Please see below a plan for the day:
8.30 Normal start to the day
9.00 P1 usual lessons
10.00 P2 usual lessons
11.00 Break-time/lunch
11.30 Students to start walk to the Look Out
At the end of the walk students should return to the main hall to register their arrival and will be dismissed from 2pm onwards. If you would prefer your son/daughter to remain in school until the end of the day, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Students can wear PE kit to school for the day, please ensure that the sports shoes they wear are comfortable and will be suitable for a long run/walk. Toilet facilities are located on the walk at the Look Out Centre where students will also be able to refill their water bottles.
The weather for Monday afternoon looks good with cloud and sun predicted. Please apply sun cream before students leave for school, ensure that they have refillable water bottles and if required supply them with a hat. Students will be permitted to take their mobile phones out on the walk and a member of staff will have a central number in case of any emergency.
We hope that everyone will enjoy the day and we thank students for taking part and everyone who has for supported our fundraising efforts.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Mr H Thomas, Assistant Headteacher
hthomas@brakenhale.co.uk

3rd July: Road Safety

Dear Parents/Carers
Road Safety
The underpass near KFC is currently closed due to flooding, could we please remind students to use the underpasses by The Harvester and Leisure Centre. Please remind students that they should not under any circumstances cross over the dual carriageway.
Kind regards
School Office

2nd July: New Starters - Uniform & Tools for Learning

Dear Parents/Carers
Uniform / Tools for Learning
Please see attached a reminder of uniform requirements and price list (card or cash from Uniform Shop) together with Tools for Learning price list (cash only from Main Reception or the Printroom).
Kind regards
School Office
BRAKENHALE UNIFORM PRICE LIST 2019 – 2-7-19
School Uniform – 2-7-2019
Template – Tools for Learning

1st July: Year 7 Sponsored Walk - Reminder

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 7 Brakenhale Sponsored Walk
Just a reminder that we are looking forward to the Year 7 Sponsored Walk taking place on Monday 8th July.
The 10K Brakenhale Ramble will involve all Year 7 students who will be helping to 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.
We have a fundraising page with justgiving.com for donations, if you are able to support students in this event, please follow the link: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/brakenhaleschool?utm_term=BNvbArXjB
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.
If you have not already completed and returned the consent form attached, please do so as soon as possible.
We thank you as always for your continued support of the school and look forward to sharing the highlights of the day with you in Parent News
Kind regards
School Office

1st July: Year 10 PSHE - LGBT

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 10 PSHE – LGBT
As part of the PSHE Programme, Year 10 students have a lesson on the topic of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) scheduled for Tuesday, 9th July. During this lesson, they will look into definitions, current issues in society and recognise past and present figures.
If you do not wish your son/daughter to participate in this lesson, please contact Miss Rushby and/or Ms Toofany so that alternative arrangements can be made for them.
Kind regards
Miss Rushby & Miss Toofany, Head & Assistant Head of Year 9, STEM & Co-ordinator for PSHE

30th June: Staff Member of the Year 2108/19

Dear Parents/Carers/Students and Staff
Staff Member of the Year 2018/19
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 2018/19
Voting closes on Friday 12th 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

27th June: Sixth Form Transition Days for Year 11

Dear Students,
Sixth Form Transition
We were so pleased to see so many of you at the Sixth Form Transition Days – We thought it was a really positive couple of days and we hope that you did too. We are looking forward to welcoming you in September and in the meantime if you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact us on Sixthform@brakenhale.co.uk.
We’d like to take this opportunity to wish you good luck for results day, and to say we hope you have a fantastic summer.
Regards,
The Sixth Form Team

26th June: Year 6 Transition Days - Wednesday 3rd July and Thursday 4th July 2019

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 6 Transition Days – Wednesday 3rd July and Thursday 4th July 2019
Further to previous correspondence regarding transition days, we would like to thank those parents who have completed our form to confirm your son/daughter’s preference for lunch together with how they will being travelling home at the end of the day.
If you have not completed the form, please click here to submit as soon as possible.
If you have any questions, please contact do not hesitate to contact us.
Kind regards
School Office

26th June: Shakespeare in Schools Festival, South Hill Park, Tuesday 15th October 2019

Dear Parent/Guardian
Shakespeare in Schools Festival, South Hill Park, Tuesday 15th October 2019
The Drama Department have an exciting opportunity for 35 of our budding performers to participate in the Shakespeare Schools Festival. This is a national event and is the world’s largest youth drama festival. The students involved will get the opportunity to work with industry professionals and their drama teachers to put on a play that we will perform at South Hill Park.
This activity is £35 per student, which covers the cost of the workshop, costumes and props, and the festival entry fee.
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 activity is an 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 participate in this activity, please make payment and agree to the terms on ParentPay. There are a limited number of spaces for this activity and places will be issued on a first come, first serve basis.
We will require a deposit payment of £10 to be received by Friday 12th July and the full payment by Friday 13th September.
If you have any further queries, please feel free to contact me regarding this
Yours Faithfully
Mrs A Raby, Drama Teacher & Assistant Head of Year 11
araby@brakenhale.co.uk

26th June: PTA Raffle!

Dear All
The PTA raffle has had a very kind donation of a child’s hampers from Vikki Saravia. Vikki is parent and she has offered her support for the cause by donating the hamper to add to the prize list which consists of; sweets, chocolate, pen, headphones, usb stick, stickers, book light, tunic cube and more.
This fabulous donation has been added to the prize list for the raffle so now there are 3 chances of winning!
A reminder of the main prize which is 2 adult tickets to Marvellous Festival on Sunday 21st July at Dinton Pastures Country Park. This is a wonderful family music festival and each ticket is worth £43.
There will be…
Superb live music, 3 Stages, Free Kids activities, Bars & Stalls, Fabulous food, Funfair rides, Silent disco tent
And also the final prize of a family photo shoot with Captured Moment studios with 1 free 8″x10″ print.
Raffle tickets will be available on reception and will be £1 per strip. The winners will be drawn on Monday 12th July.
Good luck everyone!
Kind regards
PTA

26th June: Communication on behalf of BMActive

Dear Parents/Carers,
I am writing from BMActive, a company which specializes in getting young people involved with sports and performing arts and we want to make sure you are aware of an exciting new opportunity we hold for students at your dance school.
We are running a huge talent show across Bracknell Forest called ‘EXPRESS YOUR TALENT!’ and we would love to have some of your students involved! And the best thing about it is it’s free to enter! We feel this would be a great way for you to showcase some of your students and their talents, as well as this acting as a form of advertisement for your company, with the talent show reaching an audience of around 17,000 people of Bracknell Forest area.
We have some amazing prize packages lined up, worth up to £1000 overall including £250 cash for successful winners! This also includes a free term at Artemis Studios performing arts school, which we would be more than happy to exchange for the equivalent financial aid of a successful students term fee’s for your school, as we don’t want this part of the prize package to appear as a potential threat to your school attendance.
So we would love to hear from you and your students and if you are interested in entering anyone into our talent show, then here are some final details…
The age categories range from 5-9, 10-13, 14-16, and we are accepting either solo performers or groups of any size! (The prize will stay the same regardless of group size). Different semi- final days are being held across all the parishes of Bracknell; Winkfield, Warfield, Binfield, Bracknell, Crowthorne and Sandhurst during the month of August! Then the grand Finals will be held on August 28th, in Bracknell where the final winners will be announced per age category! All you have to do to sign up is send in a video entry of your students talent, along with them telling us their names, ages and a contact number.
We really hope to hear from you soon and can’t wait to see some of the talent you have in store for us!
Email us at bmactive@outlook.com
Thank you!
The BMActive Team.
Flyer info! https://www.facebook.com/BMActive123/photos/a.279328696096037/317201348975438/?type=3&theater
Video promotion! https://www.facebook.com/BMActive123/videos/2332212147049759/

25th June: Year 11 Thank You

Dear Year 11 Students
Thank you to everyone who attended this afternoon’s Year 11 Leavers Assembly, it was great to see so many smiling faces after the weeks of exam stress. I hope that those of you who attended the Sixth Form Induction Days have enjoyed the experience and are looking forward to returning to us in September.
Could I please remind you that if you have any books to be returned/donated to the school, they are always gratefully received, as it would be for any unwanted uniform/house badges etc. and they can be handed in to Main Reception.
I look forward to an exciting evening at our Prom on Thursday.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a great summer holidays, stay safe and enjoy.
Best wishes
Mr N O’Donoghue, Head of Year 11
nodonoghue@brakenhale.co.uk

25th June: Year 10 Geography Fieldwork Trip - Reminder

Dear Parents/Carers
REMINDER – 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
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

25th June: Word of the Week

Dear Students
Get involved with our “Word of the Week” and gain some achievement points!

Kind regards
School Office

25th June: 2019/20 Lockers - Reminder

Dear Parents / Carers
2019/20 – Lockers
Reminder – please see attached information on how to book a student locker for next year direct with ILS.
Locker Letter 2019 – 2020
Kind regards
School Office

24th June: Year 7 English End of Year Assessment

Dear Parents/Carers
EYE Assessment – Year 7
Please note that your child should be revising grammar and vocabulary that has been covered this year in preparation for their EYE assessment which will take place from the 1st July; there will also be a short reading test.
The results of these tests, along with their efforts in class, will inform the class teacher of their learning journey this year.
Please find attached some links to websites which will support your child’s revision.
www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/z3kw2hv
www.bristol.ac.uk/arts/exercises/grammar/grammar_tutorial/page_41.htm
Kind regards
Tina Cresswell, Director of English

24th June: Year 8 and 9 English End of Year Assessment

Dear Parents/Carers
EYE English Assessment – Years 8 & 9
Please note that your child should be revising grammar and vocabulary that has been covered this year in preparation for their EYE assessment which will take place from the 8th July; there will also be a short reading test.
The results of these tests, along with their efforts in class, will inform the class teacher of their learning journey this year.
Please find attached some links to websites which will support your child’s revision.
www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/z3kw2hv
www.bristol.ac.uk/arts/exercises/grammar/grammar_tutorial/page_41.htm
Kind regards
Tina Cresswell, Director of English

23rd June: Year 6 Transition Days: Wednesday 3rd July and Thursday 4th July 2019

Dear Parents/Carers
Year 6 Transition Days: Wednesday 3rd July and Thursday 4th July 2019
Over the past few weeks, I have had the pleasure of visiting many Year 6 students in their Primary Schools to introduce myself and talk to them about joining us at Brakenhale. I have a few more visits to make but I aim to have met every student before they join us in September – they have all positively welcomed me and were keen to ask lots of questions – which I was equally delighted to answer.
I would like to take this opportunity to give you some reminders about the up-coming Transition Days.
Due to the building works, parking on-site is restricted to staff only, if you do need to drive, please park considerately and ensure that our neighbour’s driveways are not blocked. The school site gets extremely busy with over 1,000 students arriving at the same time.
Students will be allocated their tutor groups on the first morning and will also be advised of their House which will enable you to purchase their House Ties.
For both days:
Students should wear casual clothing suitable for a school environment (shorts/skirts 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 snack for break time
a packed lunch or cash to purchase lunch
a refillable water bottle
a pencil case and reading book
Day 1: Wednesday 3rd July
Students to arrive at 8.30am – 8.45am via the Coningsby entrance and go to the Main Hall
Students and staff will be on hand to guide students in the right direction
At the end of the first day 2.50pm, students will be dismissed from the tennis courts – just past the trampoline centre. If you are collecting students, please wait outside of the tennis courts. If the weather is wet, we will advise of an alternative collection point.
Day 2: Thursday 4th July
Students to arrive by 8.45am via the Coningsby entrance and go to their tutor base. 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, if collecting, please wait outside main reception.
School Meals
Hot meal choices will be:
Wednesday – Roast Chicken, Thursday – Hot Dogs
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 £2.40 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.
Information Evening
Wednesday 3rd July, 6pm – 7pm or Thursday 4th July, 5pm – 6pm

I would like to confirm that you will only need to attend one evening per family, as the same information will be shared on both evenings. Students are not expected to attend however, we welcome their attendance if it is not possible to leave them at home.
Uniform/Tools for Learning
Uniform will be available to purchase at the following times on Induction Days (card payments will be accepted):
Wednesday 3rd July – 3.30pm – 9pm
Thursday 4th July – 3.30pm – 8pm
Tools for Learning below will also be available – we can only accept cash payment for these items and the correct money would be appreciated.
Filled Pencil Case – £3.25
Scientific Calculator – £8.35
Brakenhale Art Book – £1.00
Total cost for all three items – £12.60
In order to assist with planning for the induction days, please click here to indicate your child’s lunch preference and confirm which evening you will be attending. Please be assured lunch selections are not binding and changes can be facilitated on the day should your son/daughter change their mind.
If you have any questions, please contact do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Mr B Coley, Assistant Headteacher i/c of Transition
bcoley@brakenhale.co.uk

21st June: PTA Raffle

Dear All
The PTA are running a raffle this term with the main prize being 2 adult tickets to Marvellous Festival on Sunday 21st July at Dinton Pastures Country Park. This is a wonderful family music festival and each ticket is worth £43.
There will be… Superb live music, 3 Stages, Free Kids activities, Bars & Stalls, Fabulous food, Funfair rides, Silent disco tent
Second prize is a family photo shoot with Captured Moment studios with 1 free 8″x10″ print.
Raffle tickets will be available on reception and will be £1 per strip. The winners will be drawn on Monday 12th July.
Good luck everyone!
Kind regards
PTA

21st June: Year 10 End of Year Exams

Dear Parents/Carers and Students
Year 10 End of Exams
Next week, Year 10 students will be completing their End of Year Exams in the Sports Hall.
All students seated in an alternative venue have been emailed.
Please ensure students have their tools for learning and plenty of water.
Year 10 Exam Timetable
Kind regards
Mrs Seymour, Exams Manager

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