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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.


During this time, the welfare and safety of our children is paramount.  If you have any safeguarding concerns you need to talk about, you can phone this number 07960 205042 anytime between 9.30-12pm Monday to Friday.  If the situation is urgent, you should phone Front Door for Families on 01273.290400.


Update on the Coronavirus

As I’m sure you will appreciate, we are currently dealing with a complex and rapidly changing situation in regards to Coronavirus. Our first priority will always be the health and safety of the pupils and staff in our school. Now more than ever, this remains our primary focus.

Current situation

From Monday 23rd March, 2020 we will not be open for all children.  We will only be open for key workers and vulnerable children as defined by the government.  This will allow social distancing so that the spread of the virus can be reduced.  If you are able to keep your child at home, please do.  Gavin Williamson, the Education Secretary has said

In the meantime, all the children have their workpacks ready to go on Monday.  Thank you for your positive comments about these.  We really hope you enjoy using them.  

Please also remember to use social distancing.  Families should not be meeting up for playdates and events as this will increase the spread of Covid-19.  I want all our familes to be safe and healthy.  Remember if you or anyone in your family is ill, you must follow official advice from the government and the NHS. This advice is being added to on a daily basis and we are monitoring and responding to that as it is published. This official advice will underpin all the actions we take.  Currently, the advice states that  that you should stay at home for 14 days if you have either:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.  You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.  Please look at the NHS website using this link https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ 

Planning for different situations

We have developed a risk assessment for this situation.  This plan is clear on what do to prevent and manage sickness, including outbreaks.  The plan is  will be reviewed weekly, depending on the changing situation.  Our updated plan is here.


We will be contacting parents via School Ping with any updates.  A letter has been sent out to all parents to let us know if you are unable to access this.  Please read and act on the advice given.  You will find the letter here.  In the event of any school closure, children will be expected to work at home.  Work will either be sent home or will be avaiable on the school website.   If for financial reasons you are unable to access School Ping or the school website, please let us know so that we can put an alternative plan in place for you.  You can let us know either by speaking directly to the school office or myself or any member of staff on the school gate.  

Keeping you and your family safe and well

17.3.2020  With the changing picture around coronavirus, please note the following update:

  • if you are pregnant, you are strongly advised to avoid social mixing, use less public transport, use remote access to NHS, work at home

We will keep you updated with any further information.  Please do contact the school if you are not able to come to school.

At school we have been teaching children how to wash their hands and reminding them to do so before eating and after messy activities.  We now also ask them to wash their hands as they arrive in school.  At home, you need to be reinforcing this too.  Talking to your children about this situation is important so they are clear about messages and can ask questions they may be worrying about.    This Newsround page has clear facts and answers to questions as well as links to videos about washing hands and keeping yourself safe. https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51861089 The World Health Organisation has a great poster that is designed to support children.  Click here for a link to this.  

Thank you for your support in the unique challenges we are facing.  

Lizzie Mullarky - Headteacher

Brackenbury Buzz

School news and events are published in our fortnightly newsletter called the Brackenbury Buzz.  The latest edition is available 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
  • Important
    1 April 2020
    Message from School Nurse
    Please find attached to this message information of support from School Nurse team.
  • Home_learning
    27 March 2020
    Please read the attached letter after our first week of home learning.
  • Important
    25 March 2020
    Online Safety Activities to do with children
    CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) has created a web page to support parents during COVID-19 and the closure of schools. Each fortnight, they will be releasing new home activity packs with simple 15 minute activities you can do with your child to support their online safety at a time when they will spending more time online at home. https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/support-tools/home-activity-worksheets?utm_source=Thinkuknow&utm_campaign=03cb8440df-TUK_ONLINE_SAFETY_AT_HOME_24_03_20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0b54505554-03cb8440df-55124945
  • Important
    18 March 2020
    Hi everyone I am aware there will be an announcement about education tonight. The school will inform you how this affects you tomorrow. Please bear with us as things are changing rapidly. Thank you. Lizzie Mullarky.
  • Important
    18 March 2020
    Due to recent corona virus around non-essential travel we will not be doing own clothes in exchange for Easter eggs this Friday as we don't want people to have to visit shops any more than necessary. I hop you understand. Stay healthy.
  • Important
    13 March 2020
    Attached to this message advice on Corona Virus.
  • Newsletter
    12 March 2020
    Brackenbury Buzz
    Attached to this message is latest copy of the Brackenbury Buzz dated 13th March 2020.
  • Important
    10 March 2020
    Hi everyone Gentle reminder that is important that children have their own waterbottles in school as a hygiene precaution. Water bottles can be purchased from the Office for £1. Thank you.
  • Important
    3 March 2020
    Coronavirus update 3.3.2020
    Please find attached to this message letter re latest update on the Coronavirus.
  • Newsletter
    28 February 2020
    Brackenbury Buzz
    Please find attached to this message latest edition of the Brackenbury Buzz. Enjoy.
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