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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
    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
  • Newsletter
    5 March 2021
    Dear families, This week's Brackenbury Buzz is brought to you by our Year 6 children. They have written and edited all of this for you ! Pease enjoy!
  • Event
    5 March 2021
    It's the last star of the week during lockdown. Have a look to see who our school stars are this week. The assembly is on the website here. https://www.brackenburyprimary.co.uk/brighton-hove/primary/portslade/site/pages/covid-19andremotelearning/assemblies
  • Important
    5 March 2021
    return to school
    Dear families, We are looking forward to seeing you next week. Please make sure you have read the letter attached and looked at the website. Please note, if you wish to test your child using a lateral flow kit, you can order tests to your home - follow the link in this letter. This is NOT compulsory as it is with secondary students, it is up to you. The school does not provide the tests, you have to order them. Best wishes - Lizzie Mullarky, Headteacher
  • Important
    4 March 2021
    World Book Day at Brackenbury is ready to go! Have a look at the announcement on Seesaw. You will receive your vouchers when you return next week. Happy listening to some excellent stories and poems!
  • Important
    2 March 2021
    Please read the following letter that explains details of returning to school. It gives very important information. Please read to ensure you are aware of timings etc
  • Event
    1 March 2021
    Our assembly today is all about getting ready for school next week. https://brackenburyprimary.co.uk/brighton-hove/primary/portslade/site/pages/covid-19andremotelearning/assemblies
  • Event
    26 February 2021
    Who is star of the week this week? There is a lot of them! Have a look on the school website to see which of your friends have become the Brackenbury Stars! https://brackenburyprimary.co.uk/brighton-hove/primary/portslade/site/pages/covid-19andremotelearning/assemblies
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