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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
  • 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
  • Important
    26 February 2021
    Please read the following letter about the retirement of our much loved school secretary.
  • Event
    25 February 2021
    Hi everyone! For the next 6 weeks we will be learning about classical music with our hooked on classics theme. Click the link below to watch or find the assembly on the website. https://brackenburyprimary.co.uk/brighton-hove/primary/portslade/arenas/websitecommunity/web/1.hookedonclassicszoom_0.mp4 I hope you enjoy these!
  • Important
    23 February 2021
    Please read the following letter about the return to school on Monday 8th March 2021.
  • Event
    22 February 2021
    Welcome back and assembly
    Welcome back everybody. I hope you have all had a rest at half-term. Today's assembly is on this link and is all about family diversity. https://brackenburyprimary.co.uk/brighton-hove/primary/portslade/site/pages/covid-19andremotelearning/assemblies I will be in contact when we have a fuller picture of returning to school. It looks as though we will be returning on March 8th, according to this morning's press. However, we do not have any details for schools. We will let you know as soon as we do. In previous experience, we know this always happens later than the announcement to the public. Please bear with us while we get a clearer picture. Lizzie Mullarky - Headteacher
  • Important
    12 February 2021
    This is for families of children who are at home. Please read carefully.
  • Important
    12 February 2021
    This message is for parents who have children attending school. This is highly important - please read. Lizzie Mullarky - Headteacher
  • Event
    12 February 2021
    STAR OF THE WEEK assembly is up on the website. https://brackenburyprimary.co.uk/brighton-hove/primary/portslade/site/pages/covid-19andremotelearning/assemblies See who has got the award this week. Year 2 - it will be your song choice after half-term.
  • Event
    8 February 2021
    monday assembly
    Dear families - we hope you are enjoying the snow while it is with us. We would love you to upload any fun in the snow pictures to Seesaw so we can see what you are all up to. Here is the link for today's assembly. Our theme this week is Safer Internet Day which take places on Tuesday 9th February. There is one assembly for Rec, Y1 and Y2 and another for KS2 - Y3-Y6. It is on the Monday assembly menu on this page on the website. https://brackenburyprimary.co.uk/brighton-hove/primary/portslade/site/pages/covid-19andremotelearning/assemblies Please do watch there is important information about what is real and what is not and how you can tell the difference. Lizzie Mullarky - Headteacher
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