Reshaping Braeside FAQs
What has the change meant for the children?
We have created an environment that has had a positive impact on the quality of education that children receive. On a day-to-day basis there has been no change in routine or provision for any pupil.
What has the change meant for class sizes?
Some of our classes have 16 children and others have 12, 8 or slightly fewer. Over time we aim for all classes to have between 10 and 16 children, which are far fewer than other local independent schools.
What has the change meant for the staff?
Again, very little on a day-to-day basis. Apart from being on the Main Site for all lessons and activities, staff conditions of service has not be affected. All staff employed at the juniors and seniors have automatically continued their employment at Braeside.
Has the extra-curriculum provision increased?
The extra-curricular provision has already increased and we anticipate it increasing further over time as there are more pupils on the site and greater opportunity to open clubs to a wider range of children. Breakfast Club continues to start at 7.30am for all pupils and After School Club continues to run until 6pm for junior pupils.
What will it mean for my child being part of a larger school?
On a day-to-day basis, very little has changed. The differing needs of each age group is continuing to be met. The care and importance given to each individual child, which was always a strength of both sites, remain paramount. All children are able to benefit from the larger specialist facilities on the Main Site and the specialist teachers.
Have there been any changes to the school building?
The Main Site was largely underused and there was more than enough space to accommodate the junior classes. There was a minor reorganisation of rooms before the move, with some minor developments and the redecoration of many areas. Other than this, the Main Site remains largely the same with all the existing premises being used in the most appropriate and effective way.
Were there any staffing changes?
There were already many members of staff, including for PE/Games, Music, Art and Computing who taught both junior and senior pupils. Now many more of our junior classes benefit from the specialist teachers who were already at the Main Site.
What about the start and end of the school day?
The timings have remained the same so that we can stagger arrival and departure times. This also helps with lunches and playtimes.
Has the change helped with parking?
There are plenty of spaces in the surrounding roads and we now operate a ‘drop and go’ system using our front driveway and one of our caretakers in the mornings and for picking up after clubs.