Plans for 2020/2021

There has been some exciting news for Braeside with two important developments that will be introduced from the start of September 2020.

Bringing the Juniors and Seniors together

It was clear for many years before Braeside joined the Oak-Tree Group, and subsequently following the programme of improvements, that both Braeside sites have scope for increased use.

It was always the ambition of the previous Braeside owners to bring the school together onto one site to allow for more effective continuity and progression through the key stages. Although opportunities have been looked at since 2015 to do the same, it is only recently that it felt like the time is right to do so as part of a well-managed development plan.

Therefore, Braeside is pleased to announce that from September 2020 all pupils will be taught at the Main Site on the High Road adjacent to the cricket ground.

This is exciting for Braeside’s long-term future. The model of the other schools in the Oak-Tree Group is to have all children taught together on the same site, which has brought many benefits for the children. The plans for the Main Site are below so that you can see how the classes will work. The youngest children will be on the ground floor, closest to the outside play areas, and we will be resurfacing one of the playgrounds over the summer holiday to create a better space so that the older and younger children can play separately. In addition, there will be a programme of classroom reorganisation, refurbishment and redecoration during the Easter and summer breaks to prepare for September 2020.

The move to Co-education

In conjunction with bringing the two schools together, Braeside is delighted to announce that it will be extending its provision to boys from September 2021, starting in Kindergarten and Reception.

Braeside believe that a co-educational environment is in the best interests of the children and will benefit their learning and development. An important factor is that whole families will be able to become a part of the Braeside experience and educational journey, benefitting from all it offers. The world is changing, and an increasing number of new Braeside parents are indicating that they would prefer an excellent family school that serves their sons as well as their daughters.

Braeside has seen from the other Oak-Tree Schools the impact of socialising in a co-education setting for children from Kindergarten age upwards. As they pass from year group to year group throughout the school, children become used to the co-educational teaching and learning, developing the social interaction skills that prepare them for later life. The working world is co-educational and continues to evolve at great speed. As such, mixing boys and girls together builds life skills as they learn and thrive together as equals.