23/03/20 Important Information for Parents

Due to a change of government policy, we are now ONLY offering provision for children of key workers and no longer for children with EHCPs unless they meet the threshold outlined by government or key worker threshold.

The link below explains the criteria.

 When we have done every child’s risk assessment, we will contact those we feel meet the threshold for provision of children with EHCPs individually by phone.

If you have a query, please email Mr. Hall at -on vulnerable-children-and-young people

Guidance for schools -GOV-UK 20th March 2020

The most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend. It is important to underline that schools, colleges and other educational establishments remain safe places for children. But the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.

FS2 Open Morning/Afternoon

There will be an FS2 open morning from 10.30-11.00am and an FS2 open afternoon from 2.00-2.30pm on Friday 15th November for the parents of children considering Brackensdale in Sept 2020. 

Author of 'The Girls' visits Brackensdale' July 2019


Author Visit –The Girls


On Tuesday July 16th we were lucky enough to have the author of ‘The Girls’ in to visit the children at school.

 Lauren Ace (author) and Jenny Lovlie (illustrator) talked to the children about their roles and answered questions. We hope it encouraged the children to aspire to be authors or illustrators but at the very least enjoy writing in whatever form they wish. You never know where it might lead.

Important Announcement for Prospective Parents

Following the recent Cabinet approval of Derby City Council’s new SEND strategy (Nov 2018), the way Brackensdale Primary School offers Enhanced Resource support has changed significantly.

The school still has the specialist units (Ark for KS1 and Phoenix for KS2). Places for these units are limited and only pupils with EHCPS specifically stating either provision will be considered.

The school NO LONGER provides Enhanced Resource places within the mainstream school. One of the key considerations within the Authority’s strategy is that pupils without the need for a specialist provision should be attending their local school and having their needs met within a mainstream environment. As a result of this key change, applications to Brackensdale Primary will be prioritised by location within catchment and only in the event of the school being under-subscribed, will out of catchment applications be considered

The school remains passionate and committed to providing a fully inclusive environment, regardless of background and ability, and looks forward to continuing to provide a high quality education for the children of Mackworth.

Please note, any children occupying a Mainstream ER place PRIOR to the strategy approval are protected until they leave the Primary at the end of Year 6.