Head Teacher – Paula Harwood

Tel : 01280 707050

E-mail: enquiries@brackenleas.northants.sch.uk 

Website: www.brackenleasschool.co.uk

Twitter: @brackenleas1

In our weekly newsletter ‘Bracken News’ you will find details of upcoming events and key dates for your diary. We also share information here about local community events and activities.

Want to know more about what is happening in school? Click on the News Page of our school website for photos and news about what we have been doing.

School Closure Communication

As a result of last night’s snow fall there has been some confusion this morning about whether or not we are open. As per our School Snow Procedures, parents should assume that we are open unless they have received specific communication direct from Bracken Leas stating otherwise. Information will be posted on our school website, Twitter and ParentMail as soon as any decision has been made by us. Other schools may take a decision to close but this is an individual decision to be taken by each school.

Parent View Questionnaire

On Wednesday of last week we sent a ParentMail to all parents and carers asking you to complete a Parent View Questionnaire. A huge thank you to all of you have already completed one. If you have mot managed to do so already, please could you spare around 10 minutes to fill one in. Your responses will help us to understand your views on our school and assist us in our forward planning process.

Key Stage 1 Classroom Access

Please can parents and carers allow enough space for the children to safely exit their classrooms at the end of the day. This will ensure that everyone safely gets to the person taking them home.

Letters and Leaflets

  • Woodford Halse (selected children)

Brackley Foodbank

Due to the overwhelming response for donations in recent months, Brackley Foodbank have currently suspended their collections in Waitrose. Thanks to all of our parents and carers for their contributions to this.

Upcoming Events

  • 5th February – Safer Internet Day
  • 5th February – Hawksmoor Football Tournament Yr 3/4/5/6 (details to follow)
  • 27th February – Year 4 Swimming Commences (the previously published date of 6th Feb was incorrect)
  • 6th February – Year 3/4 Hockey (selected children)
  • 14th February – School Council Valentine’s Day Breaktime Biscuit Sale (50p each)
  • 14th February – FOBL Valentines Cake Sale (please support this with your cakes and bakes)
  • 15th February – Year 2 visit to Belflair Chocolates
  • 15th February – Last day of term
  • 25th February – First day of School Term

FOBL Uniform Collection

FOBL are still gratefully accepting secondhand uniform donations to the school office. They will be having a secondhand uniform sale during the Parents’ Evenings in early March.

Parcels (and tubes) for Castles!

Year 1 would love any cardboard boxes you may have for building castles after half term. Please drop them in to Year 1 if you are able to help.

Many thanks for these, please keep them coming in. We also need cardboard tubes from wrapping paper, kitchen roll etc. No loo rolls please for reasons of health and safety!

Valentine’s Biscuit Sale

At break time on Valentine’s Day our school council will be selling Valentine’s Biscuits for 50p each. This is to raise funds for classroom reading books in Key Stage 2 Classrooms. A FOBL Bake Sale will take place at the end of the school day, we would love your donations of cakes and bakes for this; 50p each to buy. 

Woodland Mindfulness Course

Please see details below of an upcoming “Positively Mindful” course that might be of interest to parents and carers.  There is also a family workshop during half term, which will be a fun, nature-based Mindfulness session for children and their parents.

Positively Mindful Poster 2019


Saints Ticket Offer

The Saints have another great offer for schools for the upcoming fixture against Sale Sharks on 16th February – kick off 2pm.

  • £20 Adults
  • £10 Juniors

To redeem the offer all you have to do is call 01604 581000 and quote ‘SCHOOLS19’ or alternatively via their website and quote ‘SCHOOLS19’ once in the basket.  

Clubs and Music Information


Our in house clubs programme continues this week.  They will run until we close for half term on Friday 15th February and will restart w/c 25th February.  There will be no clubs w/c 4th March due to Parents’ Evenings and they will finish w/c 25th March.

Music Tuition is scheduled as follows;

  • Monday – Guitar & Singing
  • Tuesday – Strings
  • Wednesday – Brass & Woodwind
  • Thursday Keyboard/Piano


Have you signed up to follow us @brackenleas1? Every week we use social media to keep parents and carers informed about what is happening at our school. Our Twitter feed is the simplest way for you to receive up to the minute information, photos, links and notifications. It is also FREE to use. Twitter is our preferred method of communication for this reason. The alternative is text messages to parents which incurs considerable cost to the school each year. Please Click here to follow a few simple steps and sign up to follow us on Twitter. Make us a favourite and receive instant notifications every time we Tweet. In this way you can help us minimise the cost of expensive text options.

Our Twitter Feed can also be viewed ‘live’ on the school website Home Page and News Page.

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