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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.  Please click here to see our prospectus.


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 everyday 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 head 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 two 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 postive 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 childrenRevamped 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 2017-2019 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.  

Brackenbury Buzz

School news and events are published in our fortnightly newsletter called the Brackenbury Buzz.  The latest edition is available here.

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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
  • Home_learning
    28 September 2020
    Dear families, Please find the attached letter about remote learning should a bubble or the wider school need to close. Please read carefully. I have also attached the longer document that sets out expectations for remote learning. The website has a page dedicated to Covid where you can find further details. The link is in the letter. Best wishes, Your Brackenbury Team
  • Home_learning
    25 September 2020
    Hi everyone, The teachers have all put up a video on Seesaw to let you know about the year group your child is now in. Have a look to find out more. You can ask your teachers any questions via Seesaw. If you put a question under the video, everyone will be able to see it. If you want to write a personal message, either write personally or phone the office so the teacher can phone you back. Best wishes, Your Brackenbury Team
  • Important
    22 September 2020
    Dear families - as you are aware, the national and local picture is constantly changing. With that in mind, at the end of last week, we reviewed our practices. We no longer share playtimes with any other groups and the children are in their year group as one bubble all day at school. (Our original plans were made in July when the situation was very different.) We keep a clear eye on the national picture and ensure we are proactive to any changes.(See attached plan.) I know some of you are worried about today's announcement, but I do think a total school lockdown will be the very last resort. Certainly, we do not want or need it for our children or for you. If you are unsure of whether to send your child in, please see the diagram about when to keep your child off. Please fill out the survey about home learning that was sent yesterday so we can prepare if any class has to self-isolate for 14 days. Thank you for your continued patience and support. You are a great community to serve. Best wishes - Lizzie Mullarky
  • Home_learning
    21 September 2020
    Dear families Please find an attached quick and easy survey about the home learning we did last year. We have been carefully planning how best to do this, but would like your feedback. We sent one out at the end of the year but got very few replies, so it is really hard to get a picture from parents which we would like to do. Please use this link to do the survey. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/2BXXVWS The link will be live for three days and will close on Thursday 24.9.2020 at 3pm. The survey will not apply to Reception parents unless you had an older sibling here last year. Thank you for your time. Lizzie Mullarky - Headteacher
  • Important
    16 September 2020
    Dear families, Our website is now updated with information related to Covid-19 pupil absence. The link is here https://brackenburyprimary.co.uk/brighton-hove/primary/portslade I have also attached a useful document that we use in the office if you phone us with any enquiries. Thank you for your support during this time. Lizzie Mullarky - Headteacher
  • Important
    15 September 2020
    Learning Update
    Dear All We had a brilliant response to SeeSaw during lockdown. We are continuing to use this for class messages and home learning. It is a great way to keep your child's learning on track, whatever the circumstances. In order to be prepared for any changes to the current learning situation, we need to ensure that ALL children are able to share their learning on SeeSaw. This will be imperative should there be any future bubble closures. We will be calling some parents whose children may need support to access SeeSaw as this will be the school's main way of supporting your children's learning. Best wishes, the Brackenbury Team
  • Important
    11 September 2020
    Please read the following information.
  • Important
    7 September 2020
    Dear families - thank you for helping us today. The children were all really well dressed in their school uniform and have had a good day. Please bear with us while we try the new systems for the start and end of school. I have sent a separate message for Year 2 as we are changing the end of the day for them. (Please see separate message.) Please stick to the start and end times and remember to social distance. Thanks to all of you - it was great to see you all today! Lizzie Mullarky
  • Important
    4 September 2020
    return to school
    Dear families - your teachers have put up a video for you to see which entrance you come in and leave on Monday. Merlin Falcons - you are in the same classroom so you know where you are going! The videos are on the school website https://brackenburyprimary.co.uk/brighton-hove/primary/portslade/site/pages/aboutus/returntoschoolvideos We can't wait to see you on Monday! Your Brackenbury Team
  • Important
    4 September 2020
    Information letter 4.9.2020
    Please find attached letter with further information re first day back at school.
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