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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




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
  • Important
    15 June 2021
    Dear families - please read the attached letter following yesterday's government announcement. Lizzie Mullarky - Headteacher
  • Parents_evening_info
    6 May 2021
    Please read the attached letter for arrangements for parents evening.
  • Event
    28 April 2021
    Dear families, Today at school, the children will be watching the Big Ask assembly. The national children's commissioner is asking children about their lives so that can inform her work to support and champion children. The children are all asked to fill out a questionnaire. You can find the link here to do with your child at home https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/thebigask/ Thank you - your Brackenbury Team
  • Important
    18 April 2021
    Dear families, We hope you have enjoyed a good Easter break and have been able to catch up with your loved ones during this time. A reminder that we will start back with the children on Tuesday 20th April. All staff have a training day tomorrow. We can't wait to see you on Tuesday. Your Brackenbury Team
  • Important
    1 April 2021
    This is Mrs Austin with her plaque we have bought for her. It will be placed in the library. It says The Austin Library Named after Margaret Austin for 50 years service - the secretary and legend.
  • Important
    1 April 2021
    Dear families, Over the holiday, you will still need to notify the school if your child tests positive for Covid, especially in the first few days. A positive case means that I need to consult the Department for Education. They will advise if that bubble needs to isolate. Please notify me on head@brackenbury.brighton-hove.sch.uk as soon as you know. Thank you for your support with this. Stay safe, keep social distancing and enjoy a break where you can get out and about a bit more. Lizzie Mullarky - Headteacher
  • Important
    1 April 2021
    Dear families, We have been able to give Margaret some beautiful presents thanks to yours and the staff's generous donations. We have gifted her a bird bath, a garden clock, some decorative robins and 3 roses in pots - they are named Queen Elizabeth - she loves the royal family!; a beautifully scented one called Margaret and one called Forever Friends. We also gave her a beautiful Pandora bracelet with three gorgeous charms to remind her of Brackenbury - a sea-green one with little diamonds, like our school uniform, a heart to show her how much we love her and a tree to remind her of her roots with us. She loves all the gifts so thank you!
  • Important
    23 March 2021
    Dear families, Tomorrow - Wednesday 24th March is the LAST day to put in any donation to Margaret Austin's present, as we will be buying the final part this weekend. You can give this to either myself or Mr Truman on the gate at the start of school tomorrow. Lizzie Mullarky - headteacher
  • Important
    18 March 2021
    Dear families, We have now had 34 responses but really need more, please take 3 minutes to fill out this survey about maths. You can win a £10 voucher by taking part! https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NTKTNQQ Thank you! The maths team at Brackenbury
  • Important
    16 March 2021
    Dear families, We are looking at how we can support children with maths at home and we REALLY need your feedback. There is a survey below which should take only 3 minutes to complete. Please click on the link and encourage others to do so! If you fill out the survey and put your name IN THE FINAL BOX, YOU COULD WIN A £10 VOUCHER! https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NTKTNQQ Thank you! The maths team at Brackenbury
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