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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.  


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. 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.      
    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.   
    1. To develop quality CPD through engagement with research SO THAT we continue to build on the very best classroom practice
    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



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
    25 January 2021
    Dear families, The family learning team at Brighton and Hove are offering support for parents with their children's learning and well-being. There may be a course that suits you. Please see this web page for support. https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/families-children-and-learning/family-learning-online-classroom Best wishes - Lizzie Mullarky, Headteacher
  • Event
    25 January 2021
    Today's assembly is all about the Big Garden Birdwatch. You can watch it here on https://www.brackenburyprimary.co.uk/brighton-hove/primary/portslade/site/pages/covid-19andremotelearning/assemblies Everyone can take part in this - see what birds you can see. Lizzie Mullarky
  • Important
    22 January 2021
    STAR OF THE WEEK 22.1.2021
    Who is star of the week this week? Watch and see here https://www.brackenburyprimary.co.uk/brighton-hove/primary/portslade/site/pages/covid-19andremotelearning/assemblies
  • Important
    22 January 2021
    Dear families, Our survey on home learning will close on Monday 25th January. Please do send your feedback to us so we can improve and amend our remote learning offer. The survey takes less than 5 minutes to complete and we really need to know how remote learning is working for you. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YB6NKCN
  • Event
    21 January 2021
    Dear all Here is today's assembly. this week we have been thinking about mental health and well-being. I think you'll enjoy this and have a good laugh which can make all of us feel better. https://youtu.be/tBuQZ41DXDs Please enjoy! Lizzie Mullarky - Headteacher
  • Home_learning
    18 January 2021
    If you are learning at home, we would really like your feedback. Pease do the survey on the following link. To make this meaningful, we need at least 50% of those learning at home. Thank you for your time. Lizzie Mullarky - Headteacher https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YB6NKCN
  • Event
    18 January 2021
    Hi everyone, Today's assembly is now on the website. It's all about mental health and looking after yourself. https://www.brackenburyprimary.co.uk/brighton-hove/primary/portslade/site/pages/covid-19andremotelearning/assemblies Best wishes - Lizzie Mullarky
  • Event
    15 January 2021
    See which one of your friends got star of the week this week. It is now available on our school website. https://www.brackenburyprimary.co.uk/brighton-hove/primary/portslade/site/pages/covid-19andremotelearning/assemblies
  • Home_learning
    11 January 2021
    Dear families, This week's assembly is now on the website. Go to this page and click the + to see our assembly about kindness. We are trialing Loom for assemblies which we hope will work well for all of you. https://www.brackenburyprimary.co.uk/brighton-hove/primary/portslade/site/pages/covid-19andremotelearning/assemblies Best wishes, Lizzie Mullarky - Headteacher
  • Important
    5 January 2021
    Please find the attached letter about home learning and Zoom links.
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