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.

September 2018

A big welcome to all new staff, children and parents to Brackensdale Primary School at the beginning of this academic year.

Good News!

We now have a refurbished Ark building on the infant site and the children are all happily accessing this new facility. Another added bonus is that we now have a hall at the infant site for PE, assemblies and productions as Mrs Latham has finally been able to return to her normal classroom.


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