Parent Zone

Parent Zone

School and parents in partnership

School Office
Email: mainreception@brakenhale.co.uk
              admin@brakenhale.co.uk
Telephone: 01344 423041

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Contact Info

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.

Please note that students are allowed to have a mobile phone on site but this should be turned off and placed in their bag during the school day. Students will not be permitted to use their phone during the school day at any time. The only exception to this would be as a planned learning tool by the teacher.  f parents have an emergency and need to contact their child, they should phone the school reception (Main or Student) and the school will give the message to the student.  Similarly, if a student needs to contact home, they can do so by going to the Head of Year Office to use the telephone.

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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.

SIMS Parent Lite Guide

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School Gateway App

School Gateway App

School Gateway logo

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.

School Gateway Parent letter
School Gateway Parent 3 Step Set-up

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ClassCharts

ClassCharts

We are use a portal called “Class Charts” to allow parents/carers to keep track of their child’s behaviour, view attendance, access timetables, view, support and monitor their homework, track detentions and view announcements.

Please see our /brakenhale.co.uk/home-learning-resources/ page for more information.

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Biometrics

Biometrics

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.

Consent Form Download PDF

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Parent Pay

Parent Pay

logo Parentpay
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.

https://www.parentpay.com/

ParentPay: User Guide
ParentPay: Changes
ParentPay: How to view purchase history
ParentPay: How to update username and password
ParentPay: How to activate low balance alert

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School Dining Hall

School Dining Hall

The school dining hall is open daily for Breakfast Club for Pupil Premium students from 7:30am and breakfast is available for all from 8:15am to 8:30am.  Breafast includes;
cereal, cereal bars, bacon or sausage baps, sausage rolls and danish pastries.

The dining hall is also open:

11:00-11:25 for morning break, we also have a service hatch which serves food to the patio area outside the dining hall
1:25-2:00 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 £2.60
* Vegetarian and vegan options available
* Halal and gluten food is also available on request at all meal services

Download Price List: 2021-22

There are 3 weekly menus which are rotated in order:

Free School Meals

Free School Meals

Students from families who meet certain criteria (please see below) may be eligible for Free School Meals.

Whether students take these meals or not, the school also receives additional funding for each student and at a time when school budgets are very tight, this funding makes a real difference for supporting disadvantaged students.

Previously we required parents/carers to apply through Bracknell Forest Council but we have now moved to an online platform to make this process easier and simpler and we would be grateful if you could take a few minutes to register.

We would be most grateful if you could complete your details on this form, even if you have applied unsuccessfully in the past, or if you believe you are not entitled to additional funding.  The system re-checks details every term and will automatically update our records if your status changes.

If you would like any help with applying you are very welcome to come into school and we would be happy to assist you with an application.

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.

You will need the following information to register:

  • Your name and date of birth
  • Your contact details
  • Your National Insurance Number (or National Asylum Seekers Number)
  • Your child’s name and date of birth
  • The school your child is attending/will be attending

Criteria for applying:

  • Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for the four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190

School Maps

Maps of the School

Please see the attached link to view a map of the school’s classrooms for your children to familiarise themselves with the Brakenhale layout. Download PDF

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.

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Cycle Safety

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.

Cycle Safety Information – Think! Road Safety Go to Web Page

Department for Transport National Standard for Cycle Training Download pdf

Highway Code Rules for Cyclists Go to Web Page

Sustrans Cycling Charity Go to Web Page

Brakenhale Cycle Safety Information Download pdf

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 Go to online form

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

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School Trips

School Trips

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.

Download Off Site Form PDF

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Lockers

Lockers

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.  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 lockers@brakenhale.co.uk for more information.

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Disclaimer

The school insurance does not cover any personal property that is damaged, stolen or lost on the school site. This includes cars, bicycles, jewellery, electronic equipment etc. Please ensure that you have private insurance that covers any items that you wish to be covered.