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Welcome to Brackenbury Primary School

We are really proud to show you our rapidly improving school.   The children, families and staff members make this a great school to work in and be part of.  We are working incredibly hard to make sure your children have an enduring primary experience.  We have a dedicated staff team that work hard so your child will have the best start to school.   We try our Brackenbury Best to give your children a memorable all round education.  Do watch the video above to find out more about us.

Our prospectus is here for you to download or contact the school office for a paper copy.

Due to lockdown, we are not able to organise a tour in school.  However, we can offer a virtual tour.  Please do phone the office to organise one.  

HEADTEACHER'S WELCOME - Lizzie Mullarky

Dear Families,

I am really proud to show you our school.  I first came here as Acting Head at the end of February 2017 and I became the substantive head in March 2018.  I am delighted to serve our varied community.  The children, families and staff members make this a special school to work in and be part of.  We work  hard to make sure your children have an enduring primary experience.  We have a dedicated staff team that carefully plan so your child will have the best start to school so they are set up for learning for life. We nurture each child, ensuring they thrive academically, socially and emotionally.  #BrackenburyBest is what we strive for every day in our work and play.  Children who have tried their Brackenbury Best and always keep our school code are invited to Hot Choc Friday with the headteacher each week. 

Our school values reflect our aspirations.  

We are proud. This means we are proud of ourselves, our work, our friends, our school and our community.

We are determined.  This means we try our best; we are resilient and we keep trying even when things get tough.

We are brave.  This means we try new things and we stand up for what is right.

You will see this reflected around our school.

I am very proud of the efforts of our whole community - staff, children and families.  In the last three years we have:

  • Increased outcomes at the end of all Key Stages – EYFS, KS1 and KS2 – being in line with national for Early Years, writing at KS1 and positive progress scores in reading and maths at KS2.  This is a huge change in two years.
  • Completely rejuvenated our school’s learning environment.
  • Put a new team in the EYFS and revamped the environment to a very high standard.
  • Introduced a new science and IT room and are now applying for the science mark.
  • Introduced a new art room which is a very special facility and we are applying for the arts mark.
  • Further developed arts work through working with the National Theatre and Let’s Play, music concerts and participation in local events. 
  • Have developed a reading challenge that has raised the profile of reading and developed home libraries for children
  • Revamped both playgrounds and the Woodland Trail
  • Set up a school library
  • Gained the Silver Games Mark
  • Gained a Healthy Schools Award for our Breakfast Club
  • Introduced Talk For Writing which is raising attainment in this area and developed Maths Mastery, which has really supported our children and our results!
  • Introduced Hot Choc Friday to recognise the children who try their Brackenbury Best at all times

This year, 2020-2021, our school strategic plan is focusing on four core themes

  1. RECONNECT
    1. To support children on return to school post-lockdown SO THAT all children are able to access their learning and have positive relationships and school experiences.      
  2. RIGOUR
    1. To develop subject leadership across the school and embed the two-year curriculum SO THAT our creative curriculum is underpinned by academic rigour and all leaders have a strong overview and understanding of their subject.   
    2. To refine systems that have been put into place in 2017-2020 SO THAT we are capitalising on the momentum pre-lockdown.   
  3. RESEARCH
    1. To develop quality CPD through engagement with research SO THAT we continue to build on the very best classroom practice
  4. RESPECT
    1. To ensure positive behaviour in and out of the classroom SO THAT children are thriving in their learning and their relationships.

A review from two school partnership advisors in May 2019, recognised the great strides that have been made here.  Here are some of their conclusions  –

The school’s shared vision ‘proud, determined, brave’ is clearly evident around the school.

Pupils and staff regularly refer to it as they reflect on their work and strive to ensure that all learners reach their full potential,
academically, socially and emotionally.

Everyone is proud of their school.

Brackenbury Primary School is a happy place for all members of the community

Even in the tough times that we are in, our school has flourished, moved forward and been at the heart of our community.  I could not be prouder to serve the school and its community.  

Lizzie Mullarky - Headteacher

Brackenbury Buzz

School news and events are published in our fortnightly newsletter called the Brackenbury Buzz.  

The latest edition of the Buzz is posted here

 

 

Policies

We have a large number of policies that underpin life at school. These policies cover everything from curriculum areas and child protection to lettings, as well as including statutory policies and review of spending for pupil premium and sports funding.

Paper copies of any of this information can be provided free of charge; please ask at the office for details.

Our school policies are reviewed regularly by the Governors, to ensure they are up to date and compliant.

Learning with others

We are proud to be part of the Portslade Cluster of Schools.  We work with other schools for the good of all the children in our area.

As a member of the Sussex Coast Teaching School Alliance, we take part in training and research to improve outcomes for children and the quality of teaching in all subjects.

School News Feed
  • Event
    20 July 2021
    1940s dress up day
    Tomorrow we will be saying a school goodbye to Mrs Kersey - lollipop lady and caretaker. She adores the 1940s, so we will be making 1940s hats in school and singing her some farewell songs from the 40s too. Should you wish to dress up tomorrow - you may! A 1940s style, a soldier, evacuee, nurse or firefighter would all fit the bill. It is only if you wish! (Please don't buy anything for this event. An evacuee can be made by just school uniform and a suitcase!) Have a look at the attached for ideas.
  • Event
    16 July 2021
    GOODBYE TO MRS KERSEY - CARETAKER AND LOLLIPOP LADY!
    Dear families, Next week, we will be saying a school goodbye to Mrs Kersey - lollipop lady and caretaker. She adores the 1940s, so we will be making 1940s hats in school and singing her some farewell songs from the 40s too. Should you wish to dress up on that day - you may! A 1940s style, a soldier, evacuee, nurse or firefighter would all fit the bill. It is only if you wish! (Please don't buy anything for this event. An evacuee can be made by just school uniform and a suitcase!) Have a look at the attached for ideas. Your Brackenbury Team
  • Important
    6 July 2021
    COVID MEASURES
    Dear families, Today the government has announced that bubbles are no longer needed from Monday 19th July. They have also said that heads "may wish to continue with these measures until the end of the summer term". They also said that we also need to be prepared that they may come back if there are outbreaks. We plan to keep to the same measures, rather than change them in the last week. Locally case numbers are up and schools surrounding us have had a number of bubbles that have popped. As a result, we will stick to this for the rest of the term. We will also keep our other hand washing and sanitising approaches in place. Once I have further digested this information, we will let you know about September. Lizzie Mullarky - Headteacher
  • Important
    24 June 2021
    MASKS AND COVID
    Dear families, Please can I request that we continue to wear masks at pick-up and drop off please? Locally, three other close-by schools have Covid cases with over 7 bubbles being closed. This shows that Covid is really prevalent in the local area. Also, the Delta strain often appears as cold-like symptoms in young children especially. If your child has a cold, it is worth doing a test to see if it is Covid. If your child tests positive with Covid, you must notify the school. Lizzie Mullarky - headteacher
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