School and parents in partnership
Student Contact Information
Please ensure that you keep the school updated with any changes to student and parent/carer contact details, especially email addresses and mobile phone numbers.
Any change of student or parent contact details (with the exception of student name changes) should be sent to main reception, either by letter, email or via the Schoolcomms School Gateway. Please inform us as soon as possible of any relevant changes to ensure we can always contact you should the need arise.
We use schoolcomms messages to keep you updated on information regarding your students, if for any reason you are not receiving our messages, please call the school office and we will be happy help.
If we do not hold any email contacts for you this will result in a delay to you receiving messages as paper copies will need to be sent home by post.
Sims Parent Lite
SIMS Parent Lite
Sims Parent Lite allows you to access, review and request changes to data that we hold on your child, meaning that it will be quick and easy for you to update us on any changes to contact details, parental consent and medical or dietary needs. If you have more than one child with us at Brakenhale, you will be able to access information for all you children from the same app.
School Gateway App
School Gateway App
Please see attached information on downloading the School Gateway App, this App provides you with the opportunity to be able to view your child’s achievements and check their weekly timetable.
If you have any problems accessing information, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.
We use fingerprint scanning at school as a safe and secure way for students to take their books from the library and also to purchase their food from the canteen. If your child has not had their fingerprint taken, they can do this by going to the Library during break or lunchtimes. They will need to have the attached consent form completed and signed before the fingerprints can be taken.
School Dining Hall
School Dining Hall
The school dining hall is open daily for all students and staff from 7:45 – 8:30 for breakfast which includes;
fresh fruit, yoghurt bar, cereal, bacon or sausage rolls, danish pastries and hot chocolate.
The dining hall is also open:
10:00-10:30 / 11:00-11:30 for morning break, we also have a service hatch which serves food to the patio area outside the dining hall
12:30-1:00 / 1:30-2:00 for lunch
15:05 after school club serving leftover food at half price
We also offer the following:
* Salad bar, fruit salad and a fresh homemade soup daily
* A wide range of sandwiches, paninis, snacks and cakes
* A wide range of sugar free and school compliant drinks are available
* Hot and cold meal deals offers priced at £2.50 (please note that this will increase to £2.60 from 1st November 2021)
* Vegetarian and vegan options available
* Halal and gluten food is also available on request at all meal services
There are 3 weekly menus which are rotated in order.
ParentPay is a secure cashless payment system that makes it easy for parents/carers to make online payments for food purchases, tools for learning and any trips students will be attending. Please ensure that accounts are checked and topped-up regularly so that students have sufficient money in their dinner money account to enable them to purchase food
Unique activation usernames and passwords are issued prior to students starting at the school. If you do not currently have a login for ParentPay, please contact the school office who will be able issue you with details. If you are experiencing any problems with your account, please contact us.
Maps of the School
Our new building covers 3 floors with the school dining hall in a central position on the ground floor with access to the quad and school Library on the first floor with double height ceiling.
Free School Meals
Free School Meals
The authorisation and administration procedure for Free School Meals is handled by the Admissions Department of Bracknell Forest Council. Applications can be made in a number of different ways.
You can call Bracknell Forest Council Customer Services on 01344 352 000 who will complete the application form for you. You will need to provide your National Insurance number, name and date of birth plus the name(s) of your child(ren) and the name of the school they attend.
You can contact the Admissions Department by email: email@example.com
We would like to make you aware that it is worth applying for Free School Meals entitlement even if your child does not require a school lunch because entitlement to this benefit comes with an automatic reduction in the cost of school trips (in the UK) and may also entitle you to receive financial assistance with other school related expenses.
Brakenhale Safe Cycle Scheme
At Brakenhale we welcome our students cycling to school. It is good for the environment and also for their health. In addition, Bracknell has numerous safe cycle paths that students can use to avoid busy roads as much as possible. We have a secure area to keep bikes but also ask students bring a lock to offer further security.
The ‘Brakenhale Safe Cycle Scheme’ ensures all students require 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 a pass is revoked this means that students are not allowed to bring their bike onto site at all for a set period of time and parents will be notified via email. This also applies to scooters. Please note however that electric scooters are not permitted.
Please also become familiar with the content of the Cycle Safety Information leaflet, national bike safety scheme and other information below.
If you would like to request a cycle pass, please click on the link below to submit your request. Once your request has been approved, your son/daughter will be issued with a pass.
Cycle Permit Request Form
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school.
Payments for School trips (ideally by ParentPay, or by cheque, made payable to The Brakenhale School) are handled through main reception. Copies of trip letters and Off-Site Consent forms can be obtained from main reception.
The school provides student lockers to rent on an annual basis.
Rental costs are £18 per year allowing use from September through to July and students will need to provide their own lock (note the required lock dimensions below). Please note all bookings terminate at the end of the summer term and students will be requested to remove their locks and empty their lockers prior to the end of term.
Lockers are subject to availability so please book early to avoid disappointment. All rentals are subject to our terms and conditions which are available during the booking process.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.