Vision, Values and Ethos
Brambles Primary Academy is located on the Brambles Farm estate in Middlesbrough and we currently have 329 students on roll.
Our Head Teacher is Karen Gleave and she is supported by Louise Stogdale and Darren Higgins, who are both Deputy Head Teachers. We employ over 45 people, of which 20 are Teaching staff. We have 16 classes in total and each year group is supported by Learning Assistants which helps to ensure that all of our pupils receive a high level of individual support and care.
At Brambles Primary Academy, our motto is simply ‘Learning together; growing together; making a difference’. This embodies our belief that, as part of the Tees Valley Education Trust, we aim to develop a community of learners who through the use of dynamic teaching and learning, committed collaboration and a consistent drive for progress, all achieve their full potential.
The academy consists of 3 phases; Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. With the exception of Nursery, each year group is two- form entry, with an admission number of 45 per year. Within each year group there are Learning Support Assistants to meet the varying needs of all our children. Our inclusive ethos and well-established system of pastoral care allows us to integrate our children as much as possible, and has created a nurturing environment that enables children to be successful, confident learners.
Brambles Primary Academy aims to:
- Ensure the ‘Every Child Matters’ agenda is realised
- Create an interesting and stimulating environment which reflects our values and promotes a sense of community as well as an individual sense of self worth
- Develop a community of life-long learners where access to knowledge is a right and a recognised achievement
- Provide learning experiences that will allow all pupils equal opportunities to develop their thinking and creative skills
- Promote social, cultural, moral and spiritual development, preparing pupils to be responsible citizens
- Encourage the partnership with parents/carers and foster positive links with the community
We believe the most effective way of achieving these aims is through the promotion of: inquiry and curiosity, enthusiasm and challenge, sharing and learning together, the acceptance and embracing of differences, openness, self respect and persistence.
If you would like your child to become a part of Brambles Primary Academy, we would like to welcome you into a partnership with us and encourage you to find out more by talking to those who know us best: our staff, parents and of course the children themselves. Our pupils are our best ambassadors and we are hugely proud of them. We look forward to working with you and your family.
Honker the Goose
Honker the Goose is our academy mascot and features prominently in academy activities.
The children hold Honker in great affection and he teaches them some important lessons:
- When geese fly in formation, as each goose flaps its wings it creates ‘uplift’ for the birds that follow. By flying in a ‘V’ formation the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.
This teaches us that: People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going more quickly and more easily because they are travelling on the thrust of one another.
- When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of flying alone. It quickly moves back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power immediately in front of it.
This teaches us that: If we have as much sense as a goose we stay in formation with those headed where we want to go. We are willing to accept their help and give our help to others.
- When the lead goose tires, it rotates back into formation and another goose flies to the point position.
This teaches us that: It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership. As with geese, people are interdependent on each other’s skills, capabilities and unique arrangements of gifts, talents or resources.
- The geese flying in formation honk to encourage those up front to keep their speed.
This teaches us that: We need to make sure our ‘honking’ is encouraging. Where the hearts and souls of individuals are bolstered by the encouragement of their community, both individual and community will benefit. It’s all about Quality Honking!
- When a goose gets sick, wounded or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it to help and protect it. They stay with it until it dies or is able to fly again. Then, they launch out with another formation or catch up with the flock.
This teaches us that: If we have as much sense as geese, we will stand by each other in difficult times as well as when we are strong.