High expectations of work and behaviour which build and sustain students’ sense of confidence and self-worth, rather than threatening and overwhelming them.
Students must believe that they are capable of success and must be helped to act on that belief.
Expectations must be consistently expressed and applied by individual staff and by all staff collectively.
All staff should work actively to promote positive relationships with students and parents.
We, as a school, should promote a positive dialogue with our students and be ready to listen and respond to their needs and/or concerns.
A positive regard for all members of the school community should be promoted. If students are to value themselves and the school, they need to be shown respect by the staff.
We believe that successful education is about a partnership between the school, parents and students. This partnership is based on expectations and responsibilities.
There are many opportunities to represent the school in sporting events from year 7 to year 13. At The Brooksbank School, we are proud of our reputation for playing and winning. We field teams who compete in a full and varied fixture list which spans all sports. In recent years, Brooksbank has dominated competitive sports at Calderdale level and we regularly progress and succeed at regional level. Our success at rugby league is a special source of pride. In the past we have progressed to the national stage in not only rugby but football, netball and gymnastics too.
To ensure our students maintain our high standards when representing the school, we have the following protocol in place.
The Brooksbank School is a leading school for mental health and wellbeing provision in Calderdale.
Mental health and wellbeing of students is a key priority for the school. We offer a comprehensive focus on wellbeing through PSHCE lessons, assemblies and drop down days. Our pastoral team also provide excellent support when needed for all students. Each year group has mental health champions who support other students.
Wellbeing is part of our OOSH programme with clubs offered that provide support on building confidence, art for mindfulness and sport for physical health and well-being.
The Brooksbank School works very closely with the ‘Calderdale Mental Health Support Team in Education’ and we are fortunate to host a Mental Health trainee practitioner in school. The Deputy Head is involved in the strategic steering group and works closely with a range of partners. Students have access to our in-house Mental Health Support Team and we have a dedicated room for students to discuss any worries and concerns privately with the team. They can provide one to one group support, support for examination worries. Parent workshops are offered to give advice on how to support young people with their mental health at home.
We work very closely with Open Minds and can make further referrals to support our young people as necessary. For more information on the work Open Minds do and to get support at home please click here. Openminds in Calderdale (openmindscalderdale.org.uk)
We think the partnership with parents/carers is vital to student success and we work hard to inform and involve parents. We have a home school agreement which sets out expectations and responsibilities and this is explained and signed by students, teachers and parents/carers early in Year 7. We send three reports home each year. Two of these are summaries of grades achieved and the third is a detailed report. In addition we send home a half termly newsletter, a termly magazine and a year bulletin.
Parents/carers are invited in to discuss progress at an annual parents’ evening and in addition, all parents/carers are members of the Brooksbank Association which meets to discuss issues as well as to organise events.
Finally, we ask all our parents/carers to maintain regular contact with us, either through the student planner or by getting in touch when there are problems or concerns. We will do the same!
Our online system means you can now book appointments with staff via the internet or using a smartphone/tablet. The aim is to improve flexibility and help you to book appointments with the teachers that you want to see at times to suit you. The online booking system will go live approximately 10 days before the parents’ evening and will close about one week before the event. Please see the opening/closing dates below.
Parents' Evening Calendar 2023/2024
|Year Group||Date||Booking Open||Booking Closed|
|7 (Face to face)||Wed 29th Nov 2023||TBA||TBA|
|8 (Face to face)||Wed 17th Jan 2024||TBA||TBA|
|9 (Face to Face)||Thu 7th Mar 2024||TBA||TBA|
|10 (Face to Face)||Wed 17th Apr 2024||TBA||TBA|
|11 (Face to Face)||Thu 25th Jan 2024||TBA||TBA|
|12 + Level 2 (Face to Face)||Wed 31st Jan 2024||TBA||TBA|
|13 (Face to Face)||Wed 28th Feb 2024||TBA||TBA|
If you are unable to book online or experience any problems, please contact the relevant pastoral office:
Years 7, 8 & 9 Mrs Julie O’Hehir – TBC
Years 10 & 11 Mrs Julie O’Hehir – TBC
Years 12 & 13 Mrs Judith Allen – TBC