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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 the school office from 9am-3pm on 01273.418850.  If the situation is urgent, you should phone Front Door for Families on 01273.290400.


Welcome to you all!  Please click here to access the new Reception parents page.  




Our school is currently partially open to the children of key workers and for vulnerable children.  These places are agreed with the school.  We are operating throughout the school holidays and term time.  We are using a reduced amount of staff so that we can minimise the spread of Covid-19.  


We have weekly learning packs for all children and in all year groups.  Please go to the school closure web page for further information.  If you need a pack printed out, please phone the school office from 9am-3pm on 01273.418850.  You can upload your child's home learning onto our interactive learning platform Seesaw where your teachers and teaching assistants can see and comment on the children's work.  


From Monday 1st June, 2020  Gavin Williamson, the Education Secretary has said that schools can increase the number in schools.  As well as key worker children, we will be having children from Reception, Year 1 and Year 6.  The school is ready and prepared to open wider to Reception, Year 1 and Year 6.  The Local Authority has said they do not feel it is currently safe to open.  This letter explains their stance.   We hope to open on Monday 15th June.  We will keep you updated with any further details.  


We will be contacting parents via School Ping with any updates.   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.  We also have assemblies on Monday and Friday and a weekly Buzz that will keep you up to date with all the latest news.   


At school we expect all children how to wash their hands on arrival and throughout the school day, including reminding them to do so before eating and after messy activities.  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
  • Home_learning
    1 June 2020
    Good morning everyone! Don't forget to watch Mrs Cornthwaite's assembly today as it will give you all the information you need for our local area study. All packs are ready to be collected for those of you who have requested them. Year 5 - don't forget to collect you Malamander book as well! Please observe social distancing when your collect the packs. From your Brackenbury Team x
  • Important
    31 May 2020
    Dear families - this week there will be further information for the year groups Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 who are all part of the government's decision to further open the school. As yet, there is no news for years 2 -5. I will remind parents again that we do not get any advance information; we have to react to government decisions and guidelines as they arrive. Whatever we do do, we try our best to ensure our decisions are measured, calm and clear. I will ensure we send anything we do know to you, so you can make plans. Watch this space! In other news, this week is Our Local Area Study. All the work is ready on the website and Mrs Cornthwaite will be doing this week's assembly as she is a passionate geography leader! Please do engage with this - there are some fantastic geography skills to learn and you can find out more about where we live and develop your map skills. Mrs Cornthwaite will be putting together an online exhibition of the work you do, so let's get finding out about Portslade! Your Brackenbury Team
  • Important
    22 May 2020
    Buzz and Star of the Week
    Dear families... This week's star of the week is just being added to the website as I type! It will be ready in a few minutes. Attached is this week's Brackenbury Buzz - you won't believe what the staff are up to! Next week is half-term - have a good break to all of you. I believe Eid will happen this week so Eid Mubarak for those in our community who will be celebrating. Your Brackenbury Team.
  • Newsletter
    21 May 2020
    Dear families, I am meeting with governors this evening to review the plans we have made for further opening of schools. Once this is agreed, I will contact you with what this will look like tomorrow. As I am sure you can imagine, there is a myriad of scenarios to plan for. In the meantime, this letter from the Local Authority shares their thoughts on how it will differ for each school. Please read the attached letter. Lizzie Mullarky
  • Reminder
    18 May 2020
    Dear families - the school assembly and this week's challenge are all on the school website. Don't forget to tune in and see how we will be supporting Mental Health Awareness Week by reminding us how #KindnessMatters. Your Brackenbury Team
  • Home_learning
    15 May 2020
    Please see the return to school letter attached. Lizzie Mullarky
  • General
    14 May 2020
    Dear families, The National Book Tokens have a competition entry to win £500 of books for your child's school. Please click this link and fill this in https://www.nationalbooktokens.com/schools We would love some non-fiction books for our fabulous new library. Spread the news to your friends too! Lizzie Mullarky
  • Home_learning
    14 May 2020
    Helping children with worries
    Dear All, If your children are experiencing worries, Safety Net have lots of helpful and fun activities to support them in their new e-zine. Best wishes, the Brackenbury Team
  • Home_learning
    13 May 2020
    Dear families, This is the link to Well-Being Wednesday, (especially good for KS2.) It is great for a family to watch together too. This is Well-Being Wednesday 2 - if you haven't watched 1, please do first. (Link is on the website - school closures/assemblies) Enjoy! Lizzie Mullarky
  • Event
    11 May 2020
    Morning everyone - Monday assembly is now on the website. A brief message from me then a YouTube video which is the first in a series from the Doctor of Happiness Andy Cope. I think that you will enjoy! Love from Miss Mullarky
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