‘Only My Best is Good Enough’
Welcome to Brockley Primary School
Brockley Primary School is a safe, welcoming and nurturing school that offers a sense of belonging. We are a growing and improving school and we pride ourselves that we know each and every child inside out. We do our best to help each child find their strengths and talents so that they will flourish and be challenged.
Our school motto ‘The Brockley Way – Only my best is good enough’ is at the heart of our philosophy; we support this through nurturing pupils’ creativity, encouraging independent thinking and learning and showing that failure can be a learning opportunity.
We work closely with our families to ensure that all children achieve their potential across our community, having relentlessly high expectations of ourselves and others.
We are innovative, aspirational and consistent in our holistic approach, constantly reflecting on our practice. We try to make learning creative, stimulating, inclusive and fun with lots of challenge, setting ambitious goals for the future.
We offer our children a vast range of opportunities to light the spark of their learning, giving them the skills and tools they need to take off and fly!
We believe working collaboratively with other schools is extremely beneficial as it helps our staff reflect and adapt their practice, so that we improve our school’s approach to teaching and learning – which leads to improved outcomes for our children. Working in this way also provides a platform where we can share and celebrate what we are good at too.
‘The Bolsover Excellence Schools Trust – BEST‘ is one of the collaborations we are part of. This collaboration consists of 10 geographically local schools working together within a set of shared values, principles and purposes. As a collective we challenge and support our schools within the trust, on their journey to excellence through an agreed Memorandum of Understanding and a robust action plan based on an external review of data and school performance as both individuals and as a collective.
We are also part of the Teaching School Alliance (TSA) Synergy and work with 35 schools throughout Derbyshire. Again, we feel that this develops professional development and enables staff to understand their roles within a child’s academic and pastoral journey to success. You can find out more about the alliance by following this link – www.synergytsa.com
Thank you for visiting our school website. You may be doing this to learn a little more about the school and our offer to pupils. You may wish to check term dates for 2018-2019, the latest news or curriculum content. You may wish to take a look at our January 2017 Ofsted report and HMI monitoring visit which is located in the ‘Parent Information’ section or our performance data which is in the ‘Performance Tables’ section. All of this information and so much more, including news and galleries of our most recent events are located on this website which we hope you will enjoy navigating!
I hope that our website will inspire new parents to visit Brockley Primary School, as I am always happy to show visitors the work of our school.
Mrs Caroline Rodgers
How to get in touch during the summer and out of hours
Visit our webpage: www.brockley.derbyshire.sch.uk
Follow school on FaceBook: Brockley Headteacher – Caroline Rodgers
Telephone: 01246 – 823344
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Bags of Help for Brockley Primary School
Bags of Help is Tesco Supermarkets exciting local community grant scheme where the money raised from plastic carrier bag sales is being used to fund thousands of local projects in communities right across the UK.
Brockley Primary School’s application for Tesco Clowne has been approved. During October can we please ask you, family and friends to support us by popping your blue coins in Brockley Primary School’s Early Years Fundraiser to help purchase new interactive whiteboards.
We are delighted to announce that our Big Lottery Fund application to improve the outdoor area has been successful. Work will commence during the autumn term. Further information will be shared when we return to school in September.
Click below for the final newsletter of the academic year 2017 – 2018
INSET Days for Academic Year 2018 – 2019
Monday 3rd September 2018
Friday 26th October 2018
Monday 28th January 2019
Monday 3rd June 2019
Monday 22nd July 2019
Rich Willis Visit
Thursday 12th July 2018
Rich holds the AWPC Masters 2 Raw Benchpress 56kg British and World Record
Despite being born with a condition called Diastrophic Dwarfism Rich has led an independent and success life in government and sport.
His aim is to represent Great Britain at the next Paralympics.
Rich can be seen with a group of parents proudly displaying his medals
Fortnite for Parents
Keep your children safe online by following the easy steps in the factsheet emailed today!
Click here – Fortnite factsheet
Summer Reading Challenge 2018
Follow the links below to find out more!
Ice Pops for Sale Daily – July 2018
Ice pops are available for children to purchase during the warm weather for 30p at Tuck Time every morning. For those children with allergies and intolerances we will contact parents to check suitability.
Final Dates for your Diaries
12th July – Olympian athlete in school – Parents invited at 10am for the welcome assembly
12th July at 12pm – New Nursery Intake Meeting
13th July – Mini Olympics Year 2
17th July – Trips for all classes – children not on the trip attend school as usual…
18th July – Brockley’s Got Talent & Fundraising stalls
19th July – School Disco 4pm until 5:30pm – Children must be accompanied by an adult
20th July – School closes for the summer
Sports Day Update 05.07.18
The hot weather is set to continue so please ensure your child has:
Don’t forget parents you are invited to join us on Thursday for Sports Day from 9am until 1pm.
Please bring your own chairs and blankets to sit on if you have them.
Please bring a picnic lunch to enjoy with your children, freshly made ham baguettes, hot and cold drinks, cookies and ice lollies will be available to purchase on the day by adults.
Any questions please ask the office.
Story Teller Visits Brockley
Thursday 28th June 2018
Check SeeSaw for your child’s experience
Wednesday 27th June 2018
Brockley Primary School welcomed:
Derbyshire Fire Service
Derbyshire Police Service
Derbyshire Paramedic Service
Digital Leader from Derbyshire County Council
Tuesday 26th June
Uttoxeter Race Course
Wednesday 20th June 2018
Brockley Primary School
Mr Singh and Sikhism
We welcomed Mr Singh into school from The Sikh Education Service. Mr Singh visited each class throughout the day and answered questions posed by the children. It was a wonderful experience for staff and children. Mr Singh was very complimentary about our children and their attitudes and behaviours towards each other and our community.
We hope to invite Mr Singh back again soon so you can all meet him too.
What is Sikhism?
Sikhism developed from Hinduism in the 16th century. It is the youngest religion that believes in one God.
What do Sikhs believe?
Sikhs believe in one God. They think religion should be practiced by living in the world and coping with life’s everyday problems.
Who is the founder?
Sikhismm was founded in the Punjab by Guru Nanak
Why is Guru Nanak important to Sikhs?
Guru Naka was the first Sikh Guru who’s teachings are the basis of Sikhism. Nine Gurus followed Nanak and developed the Sikh faith and community over the next centuries.
Symbols in the Sikh religion
The Sikh symbol is called the Khanda. The circle means God is always there. The sword means Sikhs believe in truth and must help people in need.
Where do Sikhs Worship?
Sikhs worship in a Gurdwara, Punjabi for residence of God or the door that leads to the Guru. Although a Gurdwara is called the residence of the Guru Sikhs that God is present everywhere.
What is the sacred text (holy book) of Sikhs?
The Sikh holy book is called the Guru Granth Sahib. It is the only scripture of its kind which not only contains the works of its own religious founders but also writings of people from other faiths.
What are the central beliefs in Sikhism?
The central beliefs are:
- There is only one God
- God is without form, or gender
- Everyone has direct access to God
- Everyone is equal before God
- A good life is lived as part of a community, by living honestly and caring for others
- Empty religious rituals and superstitions have no value
The 5 Ks taken together symbolise that the Sikh who wears them has dedicated themselves to a life of devotion and submission to the Guru.
The 5 Ks are 5 physical symbols worn by Sikhs who have been initiated into the Khalsa.
The five Ks are:
- Kesh (uncut hair)
- Kara (a steel bracelet)
- Kanga (a wooden comb)
- Kaccha – also spelt, Kachh, Kachera (cotton underwear)
- Kirpan (steel sword)
Parents Guide to Fortnite – What you need to know!
Follow the link below to download the Childhood Illness Handi App
Tesco Clowne Bag Packing Fundraising Morning
Saturday 12th May 2018
We raised an incredible £430.08
Thank you to everyone involved
_______________________________Derbyshire Parent Champions
Please let parents know about our new Parent Champions Volunteer Scheme which is taking place in the Bolsover district! We are looking for parents in this area to volunteer just a few hours each week, parents will help other parents get the information they need to support them with their early years and childcare choices.
Training is provided – please email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Dinosaur Class – Parents & Carers Day at School
Have you booked your place? Closing date is soon.
Read the letter attached and contact the office!
Click below for May 2018 Newsletter
Friday 18th May 2018
Invitation – royal wedding
Superhero Dress Up Day
Raising money for Holiday Hunger with GEM106
Domestic Abuse Notice for Brockley Primary School
This school will receive from Derbyshire Police a notification of every incident that has been reported to them or known to them of domestic abuse where a child is known to be living in the household.
This is a Derbyshire Police initiative working with Derbyshire County Council Childrens Services. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and this is to help schools with responses to domestic abuse by helping them support children and their families exposed to or involved in domestic abuse.
This may mean talking to pupils about their experiences, raising awareness through classroom discussion and schools activities, helping victims and families by providing to them signposting information.
This school is committed to protecting children and young people and working with partners to stop domestic abuse.
Date for your diary
Saturday 7th July 2018
11am – 3pm
Stallholders please contact school to book.
Click below for details
School opens on Monday 9th April at 8:00am for Breakfast Club and 8:40am to everyone else.
School Council Road Safety Campaign
Mr Skinner has responded to the letter sent. He has referred the matter to the Chief Constable of Police for Derbyshire asking for information and action.
This is fantastic news and a real break through.
We are writing with an update regarding our school road safety campaign. We have written to Dennis Skinner MP to ask for his help. In our letter we told Mr Skinner all about the road traffic problems we experience and how dangerous it is. We have asked for speed bumps, more signs and help with parking – we even included a self addressed envelope for his reply.
We will keep you informed of the reply we receive.
If you would like to support the Brockley Primary School Road Safety Campaign please contact Mr Skinner directly.
The Governing Body and Headteacher of Brockley Primary School are committed to improving outcomes for all children. Attendance at school and being on time everyday has a huge impact on a child’s learning and helps to ensure personal success.
Whilst the Governing Body and Headteacher will do everything they can to support families struggling with attendance and lateness it must also be understood that as part of the monitoring procedures parents and carers may receive a sternly worded letter informing them of their child’s late and/or absent rate. This letter is a statutory requirement.
The letter will invite you to attend a meeting with the Headteacher to discuss any problems you may be experiencing and share ideas in which we can work together to achieve an acceptable level of attendance.
Staff are here to help you and may suggest:
Joining Breakfast Club (Available daily 8am until 8:40am)
Providing contact details of an external local provider to help with work commitments
Providing contact details of a local child minder to help with work commitments
Referral to School Health where on going illness is a recurring issue
To discuss possible external agencies and the help they can offer
Support with transport (If eligible)
Please speak to the Headteacher in the strictest confidence.
Children are encouraged to bring their favourite book to school on
Thursday 1st March
An email has been sent with further details.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR BASKETBALL TEAM
CHAMPIONS OF THE BOLSOVER DISTRICT TOURNAMENT
Well Done to Lion Class
This letter was sent to parents on Monday 5th February 2018 regarding their role in keeping children safe in school by not allowing nut based products to be brought into school.
Visit the website calendar and check your emails to find out how you can join us for special lunches throughout the year!
A huge thank you to the Watkinson family for their extremely generous donation of £1140.90 towards our school playground. We very much appreciate all your hard work and continuing support.
Don’t forget it’s our Spring Term Open Morning tomorrow 18.01.18
Booking is essential and some classes are full – please contact the office for details.
Tuesday 16th January 2018
A huge well done to Brockley Primary School’s Choir who travelled to the arena on a very cold and snowy Tuesday afternoon. They performed during the evening as part of a choir containing over 5000 children and had the most amazing experience!
Follow this link to find out more:
Mobile phones and the law – click here to find out more
New Guidance from the Department for Education
Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges
Click here – Sexual_Harassment_and_Sexual_Violence_-_Advice
Anti-Stigma Ambassadors Assembly
Monday 8th January at 9am
Did you know?
1 in 10 children and young people aged 5 – 16 suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder – that is around three children in every class.
Between 1 in every 12 and 1 in 15 children and young people deliberately self-harm.
There has been a big increase in the number of young people being admitted to hospital because of self-harm. Over the last ten years this figure has increased by 68%.
More than half of all adults with mental health problems were diagnosed in childhood. Less than half were treated appropriately at the time.
Nearly 80,000 children and young people suffer from severe depression.
The number of young people aged 15-16 with depression nearly doubled between the 1980s and the 2000s.
Over 8,000 children aged under 10 years old suffer from severe depression.
3.3% or about 290,000 children and young people have an anxiety disorder.
72% of children in care have behavioural or emotional problems – these are some of the most vulnerable people in our society.
Brockley Primary School Open Morning
Thursday 18th January 2018
9:30am until 10:30am English in action
11am until 12pm Maths in action
Adults only permitted and prior booking essential
Contact the office to book your place
School opens for the spring term on Tuesday 2nd January 2018 at 8am for Breakfast Club and 8:40am for everyone else.
Huge thanks to Fare
Share for the fantastic Christmas treats for all our families.
Thank you to all at Hallam FM for the amazing Christmas gifts we received for the children of Brockley Primary School.
Well done to
Winners of the Autumn Term 2017
Final Reminder for Christmas Dates
Thursday 14th December—Christmas Lunch and Polar Day Finale Parents invited from 2:45pm to see the progress
Friday 15th December—Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day £1 (Families to donate directly online)
Tuesday 19th December—Party Lunch, Carols Round the Tree & Farewell to Mrs Chambers starting at 2pm
Breakfast Club Letter following a review of our provision – click here *breakfast club
Well Done to Hippo Class
Best Attendance for Week Ending 24.11.17
Stalls in the Hall – Enterprise Day
Monday 27th November Doors Open at 1:30pm
After a busy week researching, marketing and producing their unique items Brockley Primary School children are ready and eager to sell their products to the local community. A café will also be serving refreshments.
There is no denying it children love YouTube. They can spend hours searching and watching their favourite videos, researching a school topic or creating their own videos and uploading them to share with family and friends. Unfortunately, not everything on YouTube is child friendly, and young people can come across some very inappropriate content including violence, sexual videos, bad language and even bullying and trolls. So we’ve put together some top tips for parents to help make YouTube that bit safer.
Create an account in Google that is used by the whole family. When you make a shared Google account you can see exactly what videos your children are watching, uploading and sharing.
Once you have signed in to Youtube via the Family Google Account, the next thing to do is switch on restricted mode. If you scroll all the way to the bottom of the YouTube page you will see an option to turn on restricted mode. This will help keep out some, but not all, of the inappropriate stuff you don’t want your kids to see. Remember that you have to save this option and you have to set it up for every browser that you use. So if you have multiple computers then you will have to do this on each one.
Sit down with you kids and go through the things that they like to watch. Most content they like will be attached to a channel. If you are happy with the content of the channel then ask your children to subscribe to it, this will then promote content to their feed when they log in. It also lets them know when new videos are available and hopefully this will stop some of the searching which may lead them into content they don’t want to see.
If your children are into creating videos then make sure they are signed into the Family Account when they upload, and make sure they upload privately. When they click the upload button they can choose to upload as Public, Private or Unlisted. Private means that only people you choose can view the video. If you choose Unlisted then the video can only be viewed by a link generated within the video and this means that only people that you send the link to can view the video.
The last thing to do is disable the comments. By disabling this it stops people from making inappropriate comments on any video uploaded by them.
YouTube is an amazing resource for knowledge and entertainment, as well as a great way for children to explore their creativity when making videos. By following these 5 tips you will make it a safer place, but remember you can’t make it 100% safe, so keep having regular chats with your kids about what they are doing and take time to sit down with them and use YouTube together and have some fun as a family. Lastly don’t forget that YouTube’s own terms and conditions mean that it should not be used by anyone under 13 years of age.
If your children are under 13 years of age then YouTube has created an App available on Google Play and Apple’s App store especially for them called ‘YouTube for Kids’. Created especially by Youtube using stronger filtering algorithms to keep kids safe. Remember though nothing is 100% safe so maintain an interest in what they are doing and keep having those important safety chats.
Click here for more information – YouTube child Safety Fact Sheet
You will remember Mr Stephen McMullan visited school to carry out an Ofsted Monitoring Visit on Monday 6th November 2017 – click here to read the report: Brockley Primary School Ofsted
Copies have been sent via email. However, if you require a paper copy please contact the office.
Brockley Primary School
Observe Remembrance Day on Monday 13th November at 11am
We will stop to observe a moment of silence at 11am on November 13, to remember the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour when hostilities formally ended after more than four years of battle during World War I.
Poppies are worn as a symbol of respect and tribute on Remembrance Sunday and/or November 11.
Lest We Forget
Remembrance Day in the United Kingdom (UK) honors the heroic efforts, achievements and sacrifices that were made in past wars. The main observance is on the second Sunday in November, but 2 minutes of silence is also made on November 11.
Operation Christmas Child
A huge well done and thank you to our Year 5 girls for organising, collecting and delivering the boxes.
On Friday 10th November they travelled with Mrs Saxton to deliver the boxes to Brimmington Methodist Church.
Here they are getting ready to leave school with the boxes.
Enterprise Week is here!
Attendance winners (again 2nd week) 10.11.17
(Just below the expected standard of 96%)
Bolsover Cluster Tag Rugby
Well done to Brockley’s Tag Rugby Team.
They took 2nd place in today’s event!
Mr Stephen McMullan a Senior HMI from Ofsted will be visiting school on Monday 6th November 2017 to carry out a monitoring visit. Mr McMullan will be on site all day and may speak to you on the playground at drop off.
Please give him a warm Brockley welcome.
Poppy Appeal Launch 2017
Meet our Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal collectors. They’ll be on the playground every morning 8.40am until 8.50am and at playtime until Monday 13th November. They have a range of items for sale costing from 10p to £1.
Welcome back! School is open as normal from Monday 30th October. Breakfast Club is open from 8am and the main gates for everyone will be open from 8:40am. Staff will be on duty as usual to help answer any questions or queries. Clubs are on as usual this week.
Funeral Arrangements for Mia Gartland
The family of Mia Gartland have asked us to share details of her forthcoming funeral. It will occur on 26th October at 2.50pm, at John the Baptist Church, Church Street, Staveley. Attendees are asked to wear items of blue clothing in recognition of Mia’s favourite colour.
The school alongside The Bolsover School will be hosting a non-uniform day on November 17th with proceeds being donated to the local Air Ambulance Service. This is also the same day as Children in Need so any donations received from the bake sale and tuck treats will be sent to Pudsey.
All staff, parents students are invited to participate. Thank you
We have been busy this term finding out what parents and pupils think about our school. We received some really good questions that I will put to the staff. Click on the links below to find out what the children and parents think.
Congratulations Elephant Class
Best Attendance for Autumn 1 96.4%
You win the end of term treat of your choice – A movie afternoon!
October 2017 – ROBLOX Advice for parents. Follow the link for guidance
October 2017 Newsletter – see Letters Home and Newsletter pages for the PDF version. Copies have been emailed today 16.10.17
FOBS Race Night 13.10.17
A huge thank you to FOBS for arranging a very successful evening. We raised a fantastic £361 towards our school projects. Thank you to The Woodman for hosting the evening and to the Shuttlewood community for being so supportive.
We are raising £10,000 to help fund new playground and outdoor learning activities plus roll out ‘Start Bee’ across the whole school. Please log in to the ‘Giving Page’ and make your donation.
A huge thank you to Leanne Watkinson for being such an active supporter of Brockley Primary School!
‘Only My Best is Good Enough’
Brockley Primary School is proud to be an Attachment Aware School – A Safe Space, A Nurturing Community
School Council’s chosen charity for Christmas 2017 is Operation Christmas Child. Don’t forget the Parents Meeting on 13.10.17 at 2:30pm
Congratulations to Mrs Leivers and the Sports Crew who are very proud to announce we have gained the Gold School Games award for the second year running.
Thank you for all the engagement, participation, leadership and much more from your children.
Thank you for supporting our Macmillan Coffee Morning we raised £80 to support families living with cancer.
‘Only My Best is Good Enough’