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Welcome to Brackenbury Primary School


Please watch this video to find out more about our school.



Our OFSTED inspection report has now landed and we are delighted to announce that we have received a GOOD grading in all areas.  The report reognises that Leaders’ determined efforts have transformed this school.  OFSTED commented that

Pupils are taught to be proud, brave and determined, and they are. They are proud of their work, determined to try hard, and have worked bravely with teachers to improve this school. Leaders value pupils’ views as to how the school can keep improving. By following the ‘Brackenbury Way’ and being their ‘Brackenbury Best’, pupils know how to behave well. They listen to teachers, follow the school’s rules and help each other. Pupils live up to teachers’ high aspirations for achievement. They work hard in lessons because they want to be good learners. Every pupil is encouraged to play their part in this inclusive school.  Read the full report here.

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.

Download a copy of our prospectus here or contact the school office for a paper copy.

Tours of the school can be made by contacting the school office on 01273.418850.  You will be shown round the school by the headteacher - Lizzie Mullarky.  This emables you to ask questions and see the school in action.  We are looking forward to meeting you. 


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 wonderful 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.  We teach the children The Brackenbury Way when they arrive at our school, so that we have productive, positive and predictable routines that keep your children safe, happy and ready to learn.  Brackenbury Best 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.  
  • Developed our curriculum with a clear learning journey that builds over time and has high expectations in all our subjects.  
  • 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 we have now gained the Primary Science Quality 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, Covid allowing.
  • 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 and have an OPAL play and learning approach for outdoors which have transformed our playtimes.  
  • Set up a school library with Brackenbury Reads and an offer of a rich, diverse reading material so that we represent all our families and children and those in the wider world.  
  • 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, 2021-2022, our school strategic plan is focusing on four core themes

    • To develop an understanding of what excellence is in attitudes and work SO THAT all children can aspire to be the best they can be.  
  2. FLUENCY​​
    • To develop fluency in reading, writing and maths SO THAT all children are able to access their learning confidently
    • To take part in school performances  of all types SO THAT children are able to develop confidence and creativity.  
    • ​​To have opportunities and experiences inside and outside school SO THAT pupils  widen their own experiences and make up for what they have lost during the pandemic. 

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 have been through, 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


We are using Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised to teach phonics and early reading.  

PSQM 2021

We are delighted to announce that we have gained the Primary Science Quality Mark.  

It shows our commitment to, and has raised the profile of, science and the quality of science lessons that the children experience.   

Brackenbury Buzz

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

The latest edition of the Buzz is posted 




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 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
    13 July 2022
    Dear families, In order to raise some funds to buy books for the school library, my best friend and I will be swimming round the pier on Saturday 23rd July. If you would like to donate any amount - no matter how small, please click on the link to the just giving page here. https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/brackenbury-library?utm_term=Qr6gp4E8J Thank you, Lizzie Mullarky - Headteacher
  • Important
    8 June 2022
    RSE education
    Dear families, This half-term, we will be doing lessons on relationships and sex education - these are age appropriate for the children. Please read the attached letter carefully so you feel fully informed. I will also offer a meeting for any families who would like further information. You must book at the office for this. Lizzie Mullarky - Headteacher
  • Important
    19 January 2022
    Please read the following letter carefully.
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