The school is organised into 7 year groups, from Early Years Foundation Stage (reception) through to Year 6. There are 3 classes in each year group with a senior member of staff (phase leader) responsible for learning and pastoral care in each phase: Reception, Year 1/2, Year 3/4, Year 5/6.
Bricknell is a larger than average primary school but derives a number of benefits from its size. Most importantly, the large number of teaching staff means that we are able to offer a wide range of expertise and experience plus a large selection of extra-curricular activities. The size of the site enables us to have separate play areas for Reception, Key Stage One (Years 1 and 2) and Key Stage Two (Years 3 ,4, 5 and 6).
We also have a large playing field. Having separate dining facilities enables us to use our two large halls for P.E., dance, drama, music and indoor games, as well as school assemblies. Most school productions and concerts take place in the main hall where we can accommodate the large audiences that they attract. From Year 2 upwards, pupils are organised into sets for maths so that work can be matched more closely to the children’s ability.
The composition of sets is carefully monitored and pupils are moved if necessary. We also offer a very wide range of extra curricular clubs and activities. These include sport, music, dance, languages, cookery and art. In addition to this, we have a breakfast club which operates from 7.50 every morning And there is a well regarded after school Club on site called ‘Schools Out’ providing after school care until 5.45pm.