Brackenfield School's 40th Anniversary

Special Day for Brackenfield School as we celebrated our 40th Anniversary on Saturday 20th May.

Around 400 past and present Brackenfield families and staff enjoyed mingling and recounting their Brackenfield memories from the past 40 years. Brackenfield was founded in 1977 by Margaret Sutcliffe. She grew her nursery due to the demand from families who wanted an independent school that focussed on the individual with traditional values and a strong family ethos. The school continued to grow but in spite of waiting lists and demand for places, to maintain the high quality of education, Brackenfield remained with one form per year group with small classes of 22 pupils. Mrs Sutcliffe has since retired. Over the past nine years, the present owners, Mr.& Mrs. Comerford have built on these solid foundations. They are both fully involved in the daily life of the school, Anthony Comerford is the current Principal and Helen Comerford is the Learning Support Teacher.

During the 40th Anniversary Day, guests enjoyed viewing a wide range of displays on the history of Brackenfield including a large amount of memorabilia including school reports and photographs. They also had the opportunity to tour the school and view the classes enjoying a range of activities. Over a buffet lunch, the Infant Choir performed a medley of songs from the Sound of Music whilst the Junior Choir sang their entries for the regional Music for Youth festival that included their Yorkshire Medley performed at the VIP opening event of the Tour de Yorkshire.

Mrs. Sutcliffe unveiled a plaque to commemorate the school’s 40th anniversary and recalled stories from her 25 years as owner Head Teacher.

Mrs Sowa was delighted that so many Brackenfield families were able to celebrate the 40th anniversary, “ I really do feel so privileged to be leading a school with such a strong heritage and I am so proud of all the Brackenfield pupils both past and present who make the school so special”.

Mr Comerford said ” We were so pleased that so many past Brackenfield families as well as present families were able to celebrate our 40th anniversary. It was such a special day”

Mrs Sutcliffe thanked everyone involved with the day for all of their hard work “ This was such a happy occasion and showed everyone what an outstanding school Brackenfield has become. The great sadness is that the day was over so quickly. I would like to thank the Brackenfield staff and pupils for their valuable teamwork in creating such a special day”.