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

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
______________________________________________________________________________________________________
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
____________________________________________________________________________________________________
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
© Bracknell Forest Council

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