Hall of Fame
We are incredibly proud of so many of our pupils at Bracken Edge and of the things that they achieve. House-builders and homemakers, lawyers and landscape gardeners, models and musicians, bankers and bakers, athletes,artists and architects -we are proud of them all. Some of them wanted to share memories of their time with us and let us know what and how they are doing now.
‘What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’
Never more than now has this sentiment rung true. But let’s go back to where it all begun. As a toddler I was early to walk at just 7 months and at the tender age of 4 I had my first dance lesson. Starting Bracken Edge was a blessing in disguise because having teachers like Mr Primmer and Mr Owen always promoting sports and encouraging and selecting me to be on teams that ranged from football and kwick cricket to my sports hall athletics. At these competitions I was able to rise to the challenge and show others my talent and give myself confidence in my abilities. Thanks to this, I carried on sport through my high school years and at 14 I joined my first athletics club. It was from here my journey to becoming an international athlete began but it was never simple. Even though i showed potential and improved my personal best from 13.1 to 1.9 which put me top 10 in the country. The majority of my athletics carrier was hampered with injury after injury.
Unfortunately in 2014 things got more serious and after having a diagnosis of a stroke in May, which I battled back from and was on a talent program for Bob skeleton just months after becoming ill. Blow 2 struck and in September I was unable to walk or use my hands well for the second time in just 4 months. This time the diagnosis was Multiple Sclerosis and this was one I was going to battle with for the rest of my life.
My first question to the doctor? ‘Can I still run?’ Athletics is ingrained into my DNA, so to not be able to do what I love would have been heart-breaking. Obviously health is far more important, but I just wanted reassurance that I’d be able to get back on the track again. And so the journey began...
Who would have thought that little over a year later I would be representing my country at a World Championships? This was now a reality. My diagnosis of MS had led me down the disability sport route and after learning how to run again, I was now going to Doha to compete for Great Britain at the last major championships before Rio 2016. It was at this moment that I’d realised that all my determination through rehabilitation had been worth it.
I was now in a familiar place – on the start line, in the blocks with tunnel vision. It was the semi-final of the 100m and I’d never been more nervous or ready to do battle with the world’s best para-athletes. I saw the clock and it read 13.79, I had broken the world record. Never had I been so proud, but all this work would be for nothing if I didn’t replicate it in the final.
I had a few hours to prepare myself before I shot out of the blocks and won gold. I could now say I was a World Champion and that was a feeling that I can’t even describe to you now. The elation but also the emotion of getting from hospital bed to the top of the podium was incredible.
Not content with one sport, I had discovered in recent months that I was also pretty handy on two wheels. So two weeks after I had returned from Doha, I was back in the international arena competing for Great Britain’s para-cycling team in Manchester. Gold in the team sprint was followed by another in the individual sprint which I did in a time quicker than the current world record and I really then felt like I was living in the dream world.
So now I am embarking on my next journey, which is to hopefully do something which hasn’t been done before and compete in two sports at the Paralympic Games in Rio next summer. Make no mistake, it’s going to be a tough journey, but with your support I am hoping to do you proud on the track and in the velodrome.
Without the nudges in the right direction and the belief shown in me by teachers from such a young age I would not have had the self belief and will power to get to where I am today. So I would just like to say thank you to all who supported my journey.
I attended Bracken Edge Primary between 1996 and 2002..such a great school! I think I was genuinely lucky to start off life surrounded by such a variety of people from different cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds - from a young age this instilled in me the importance of unity and equality. The teachers were (and by the sounds of it, still are!) amazing; they encouraged us to achieve our potential academically, encouraged our self-esteem and helped us to believe that we really could be anything we want to be.
After leaving Bracken Edge I went to Allerton Grange High and on to Notre Dame Sixth Form College. I then went to the University of Manchester to study Psychology, and then did a Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology. I'm now 24 and still living in Manchester, working for a private psychology practice conducting psychological assessments for the Courts for use within family and criminal proceedings. Last summer I took some time off and spent a few months travelling around South America. I am currently preparing my application to (hopefully) begin my doctorate in Clinical Psychology next September... My aim is to be a qualified Clinical Psychologist by the time I'm 30!
I currently live in Nottingham where I attend the University of Nottingham studying Architecture. I am nearing the end of my Part 1 which is three years of a seven year degree. Next year I will be practicing in an Architect's firm as an Architectural Assistant for a minimum of 12 months to give me practical experience and to prepare me for the second part of the course; which is another 3 year course (Masters Part 2). I attended Bracken Edge between 2004 and 2006 from Year 4 to Year 6 and it was by far my most enjoyable school (of the 4 Primary Schools I attended). I always enjoyed Sports Day and PE as well as Art, IT and Drama. Even though I was never the best in the class, I always felt encouraged to enjoy every lesson, express myself and be a part of the school. The reason I loved Bracken Edge was that I never felt left out. I was never top of the class but the school's creativity, culture and care set me on the right path to not only A*AA at A-level and a top Degree but in becoming who I am today.
"I started at Bracken Edge from nursery in 1994 and was there until year 5 in 2000. My clearest memories are actually of assemblies we did, particularly being the Rabbit for Chinese New Year. I liked that we learnt about everyone’s different festivals, not just Christmas and Easter. I also remember learning to read with the Magic Key stories. I was always encouraged to participate, be creative, try hard and stand my ground.
On the advice of a Bracken Edge teacher, after primary school I applied for and got into the former Leeds Girls’ High School. In 2013, I graduated from Oxford University in French and Arabic, and worked with refugees in Lebanon and Syria for a few years. I now work for a publisher in Oxford."
Georgia Davis is a model who is also involved in the fashion industry.
Bracken Edge is a school that let me be an individual. I was taught about different cultures, religions and how everyone is special in their own way. This is something that has stuck with me growing into a teenager and an adult. Bracken Edge also taught me about friendship, it is where I met two of my best friends who I am still friends with to this day. My teachers were always kind and caring, I have the best memories from Mr Primmer and Mr Owen's classes. Me and my friends still giggle when remembering Bracken Edge.
Denmarc is a multi-talented performer who remembers his time at Bracken Edge well. Below is an interview he did recently on Radio 1Extra and an excerpt from his performance at the First Direct Arena. Check out his recollections of Bracken Edge from around 10 minutes in by clicking here or on his image above.
My time at Bracken Edge was definitely my first step in realising my full potential as an academic and helped to shape me into the person I am today. Without the school and the staff working to push me in the right direction and helping me maximise my capabilities, I may not have had the confidence to pursue a lot of the things I have done since being there. Bracken Edge is a school that embraced all different types of people from many different backgrounds and was a place where everyone was made to feel comfortable, even the "quiet ones" like myself. The school recognised that I had strong academic abilities and so I was doing Maths and English with the year above my year and was then put forward to attend private school on a scholarship. From then on, I've gone on to achieve straight A* and A grades at GCSE and A-level and have now graduated with a law degree from a top university with the hopes of pursuing a legal career. And it all started with Bracken Edge!
I went to university at University of Sheffield and studied archaeology BA which decided for me what I wanted to do later on as I love archaeology. I worked for 2 years in fieldwork for Wessex Archaeology, digging stuff up on building sites and in fields around the UK and saved money from this to then go back to university for my masters course which I'm currently doing now in Durham. When I was at school the teachers always made history interesting and encouraged me to look at subjects I enjoyed. Not only that, but the school always took broader issues seriously which taught me to stand up for things I believe in. It makes a difference seeing an adult taking action over bullying or racism when you are a child and teaches that you too should do the same to stop things like that happening. The teachers always made the school friendly, safe and interesting which helped me gain confidence as a very shy kid to go for what I want to do in life.
Bracken Edge wasn’t just school for me! It was a place for education, but also life lessons. Looking back on my years there, I realize how much Bracken Edge helped and shaped me for the future. Believe me when I say this but I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for the encouragement and support that I was given!
Hello my name is Letesha Cannonier, and I currently living in the United States. For the past 5 years I have been given the opportunity to explore and experience what it is like to live my dream, which started when I was going to school at Bracken Edge. School taught me a lot of things when I was young, but independence and discipline are the two main skills that kept me going. From the age of 6, I would find myself playing football in the playground with the boys. My potential was recognized and the teachers never doubted my ability.
I joined a boys’ team called Kirkstall Crusaders, but due to gender rules I was unable to play past the age of 12. However, the teachers at Bracken Edge didn’t let me stop fighting for my dream; instead they researched and were able to find trials for Leeds United Ladies program. This is where the discipline learnt in school had to be put into place. During my years playing for Leeds Ladies I got selected to represent England at different age groups.
In addition, during my time at Bracken Edge I was able to get involved with a program called CSIV. The program included me being away from home for 1month in a different country. This is where the independence I learnt in school had to be put into place. I had never been away from home or my parents for so long! However, the experience helped me to overcome the fear of being on my own and that was the reason I was able to travel to the United States in 2011 to pursue my American Dream.
Hello, my name is Megan Evans.
I can safely say that my time at Bracken Edge Primary shaped my career path towards foreign languages. I study French and Spanish at the University of Leeds and am currently on my year abroad in Valencia.
Whilst at Bracken Edge, from a very early age, I became aware that there was a vast world to explore beyond that of my own neighbourhood. In class we were encouraged to learn about other cultures. As well as celebrating Christmas and Easter, I have fond memories of Diwali, Ramadan, Eid, Chinese New Year, and not to mention Carnival. Without this experience, I doubt I would've taken as much of an interest in the multicultural environment I grew up in. Bracken Edge allowed me to take part in French club, salsa class, art club and many more after school activities.
I am very grateful for my time there and I'm still very close friends with people I met in nursery. We still talk about our leaving assembly and our time there will never be forgotten.
At Bracken Edge, we were always taught to work hard and aim high. I remember quite a few of my classmates aspiring to be footballers athletes etc. and at that point I had no clue of how I wanted to look after people – I just knew that I wanted to work in the NHS, one way or another! After coming back to school on my year 10 work experience and being allowed the responsibility to look after a small group of children I began to think about nursing. I always felt as safe at school as I did at home, and I’d like to think that my patients feel just as secure whilst they’re in my care. It’s been years since I was a pupil there, but I’ll always think of Bracken Edge fondly.
Having spent all my primary school days at Bracken Edge Primary School, I have good memories of the staff, pupils and experiences. Some of my current friends were also at Bracken Edge, so strong friendships were formed, and as my younger sister also attended quite a while after I had left, it was interesting to see how many of the staff still worked there! The school building and environment has changed and I remember when the outside playground had porta cabins (the huts) as classrooms, and the excitement we felt when we sneaked into the wooded area at the back, at playtime, always thinking we wouldn't get caught! Our muddy shoes gave the game away though and the Headteacher at the time, Mrs St Quentin, was not happy and she showed it! The tree house was a later addition and we thought we were cool to have one in our playground. One of my best memories at the school was the year 6 residential which was an amazing experience for me and all my peers to take part in before we all went our separate ways. I have since completed a Level 3 college course as well as a Foundation degree at university and am currently employed in a Primary school in Leeds, which I love, and am often reminded of my days at Bracken Edge, when I am at work! The positive experiences throughout my years here allowed me to realise my dreams of working with children and young people.
Thanks Bracken Edge, Naomi Campbell.
When I think about it, there are lots of things that I should thank Bracken Edge Primary School for. I’ve found it really hard to summarise. Every teacher that knew me at Bracken Edge knows I like to waffle. Here’s what I came up with...
...tomorrow I’ll be 26 years old. When I was 11, 26 seemed like a really long way away. Now 11 doesn’t really seem that long ago.
At school I liked writing poems and solving problems. Today my job is all about using words and solving problems. I work for a charity in Nottingham that does loads of stuff to help people be healthy and happy. It’s my job to tell people about what we do. My fancy grown up job title is Marketing and Communications Officer.
I’ve done lots of other stuff in between. I started my own cake business for a little bit. I thought, “I really like making cakes”, but not as a job. I worked in a running shop selling trainers too. I love running, but I didn’t love selling trainers. I had a job at The National Media Museum in Bradford, showing all the cool stuff to children and families. I really liked talking to people, but I wanted to write my own things too.
As well as writing, I liked sport. Both are a big part of my life now. I don’t think I was ever that good at sport, but Mr Primmer let me be on the school football team anyway! We lost a lot of football matches. I also learnt all the words to a pop song for the first time on the way to an away match. It’s funny what you remember.
This year I ran my third half marathon. A half marathon is 13.1 miles. I ran this year faster than ever before. I didn't win. I wasn't even the fastest on my team, but I’d tried my best and I was really happy. Next year I’d like to be able to walk on my hands.
I remember the school jumper, and the smell of the school hall. I remember the colour of the carpets and the how the floor squeaked. I remember losing a tooth at the school disco when I was 6. It got stuck in a drumstick lollipop.
Some other things I remember and that are important about Bracken Edge:
I met lots of people that I will never forget. I felt part of a team. Everybody thinks differently and it’s important to understand them. There was a teacher at school called Mr Westmorland and he had a cuddly toy called Ralph the Raisin - it’s OK to have cuddly toys when you’re a grown up. The internet was invented by a grown up whilst I was at school… anyone can be an inventor.
Thanks for letting us figure stuff out. Thank you for showing me that I could be a writer, and for letting me on the school football team even though I wasn’t very good. I wouldn't change anything about my time at Bracken Edge. I learnt to have a go at things, even if they’re difficult. I still don’t like maths and I still use ‘too many exclamation marks’. Some things never change.
I know that there will be brilliant people at Bracken Edge now; teachers and pupils. I’m proud to have been a part of that.
I am extremely thankful for the caring, diverse, multi-cultural, and secular upbringing I received whilst I was a pupil at Bracken Edge Primary. I am sure I would not be the same person had I gone without it!
Special thanks has to go to Mr Primmer and Mr Owen who taught our year groups with extreme patience, vigour, and humour! And I have especially fond memories of singing Beatles' songs in assemblies, with Mrs Swain leading "Get by with a little help from my friends" on the piano being one of my favourite childhood memories!
Since leaving in 2001, I went to Allerton Grange High School, Notre Dame Sixth Form, and most recently The University of Cambridge, where I studied Natural Sciences for BA/MSci and am now nearing the end of a PhD in Chemistry.
Francis Wragg, PhD Student (Chemistry) at The University of Cambridge.
“I am currently doing a Masters in law and practice at Huddersfield university. It is a taxing degree but one of only a few in the country that allows students afterwards to become trainee solicitors immediately without the need for more legal training. I am aiming to become an intellectual property solicitor as I have always had an admiration for creativity and fairness and, protecting talents and values such as those will give me a sense of fulfilment. I live in Huddersfield with my Fiancé whom I met at high school when I was just 17, we have plans to move to the USA when I complete my degree as his line of work is more prevalent over there.
Bracken Edge gave me the foundations in life that not many educational facilities tend to do. It gave me a respect for other cultures and backgrounds, and gave me a deeper understanding of friendship and togetherness. I hold these values close to my heart. I have met so many students across the country whom don't know what Diwali is or the importance of Eid. Bracken Edge not only educated me on these, but I remember celebrating them as an entire school. In light of the migration strains on our country at the moment, I see the situation with unclouded eyes of acceptance and peace. I value each and every individual thanks to my primary school and this will serve me throughout life, giving me the confidence to travel wherever and befriend whom ever.
Bracken Edge felt like a family to me, and still does, the friends I made in nursery like my best friend Liz, I am still close to even now, 17 years later! When I pass other pupils from bracken edge we will always say hi instantly and have a brief catch up before moving on, to see them again a few years later.
My memories of the teachers at Bracken Edge are definitely fond ones, I've never seen staff care so much about pupils before and go above and beyond to help them. I can remember them each well and some are even role models to me. Whenever I'm out in the countryside with Liz we fondly remember Buckden, whenever I hear a brass band I think of Miss Mills and whenever I think of rambling I think of Mr. Feeley. Each memory is happy apart from maybe my year 6 performance… Please burn those tapes…”
I attended Bracken Edge Primary school and remember feeling like a very emotional unconfident pupil. The teachers were all very supportive, kind and encouraging. Mr Primmer especially sticks out in my mind as my favourite teacher. He was always patient and ready to re-explain anything I did not understand and would always encourage me to ask and ask again if I did not get what had been taught. He made teaching fun and gave me the hunger to learn and absorb. I left Bracken Edge feeling ready to take on high school. Since leaving education I have become a qualified nursery nurse which I have done for eight years and am now taking on a new venture since having my son and starting my own business as a child minder.
For my part it was a love of performance that was picked up very early on. Whether it was in the school rendition of ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’, playing the Innkeeper in the Nativity Play with a monologue I can still remember the opening line of, or playing Mr. Walton, our headteacher at the time, in the Year 6 leaving play where I entered to Survivor’s ‘Eye of the Tiger’, shadowboxing to parody his recent athletic achievements, my affinity for the stage was welcomed and cherished. It is that attitude towards always working to provide more and always working to push harder that pervades every teacher and every classroom in Bracken Edge.
I am currently in my third year as an undergraduate studying Humanities: War, Conflict and Modernity at the University of Brighton, and once I graduate I hope to pursue a Masters in Conflict Resolution. In my gap year I worked as an English Language teacher for Urdu and Czech speakers at my high school, and I continue to teach English to speakers of other languages, and I hope I keep the spirit and values of my teachers from Bracken Edge with me.
My love of acting continues and grows. I have been the Dame in the Brighton University Drama Society’s (BUDS) pantomime production of Robin Hood and Hamlet in Hamlet in my first year, produced our pantomime, Aladdin, and our first Brighton Fringe production, Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters, in my second year, and I’m now working on tech for our Christmas production of A Christmas Carol. I was also invited to join Abbey Shakespeare, a troupe that performs every year in the ruined abbey of St. Dogmaels in Wales, and over the last two years I have performed in The Merchant of Venice and The Tempest.
I have such fond memories of my time at Bracken Edge. I know I wasn't the easiest child to teach because I remember clearly all the mischief me and my girl friends would get up to.
It’s such a long time ago but it seems like yesterday because I can recall most events as if they were. For example I used to lie and say I don't like the feel of the floor because I didn't want to do P.E. In bare feet which the teachers became wise to very quickly but back then I couldn't think of anything new to say. Or running over to Mrs. Mulligan and hugging her waist whilst shouting nana!
I was in the school football and athletics team which I enjoyed. I never really thought I was any good, But Mr. Primmer gave me the courage which made me think otherwise. And I went on to play in my high school football team also.
The residential we went on in year 5 was hilarious all the adventures we used to get up to during the day caving, rock climbing and walking etc. As well as the adventures at night once it was lights out.
What stands out to me the most is how much fun primary school was, the lessons I learned about friendship and the admiration I have for Mr. Primmer (mainly for just putting up with me) He was an amazing teacher.
I used to wish I was older and couldn't wait to leave; now I wish I was back at Bracken Edge.
After leaving high school I went on to college to study Business studies once I completed I decided University wasn't for me and went into retail. I have worked my way up to deputy store manager which is my job role today.
I have two young girls who I wish could attend Bracken Edge but unfortunately I live too far. However because of the impact primary school had on me and my life I find myself reminding my girls to enjoy their time at school.
Even just writing this has made me remember and laugh about my time spent there. Thank you for Mr. Primmer for all your time and effort.
After leaving Bracken Edge Primary School in 2000, I still have very fond memories. I had great experiences meeting friends for life, and learning key skills which have given me a platform for my current career. But my most memorable, were the teachers. During my time, they were caring, relatable, good listeners and most importantly, patient (which in my case was often needed). But they never stopped looking for ways to help me learn, finding alternative methods to show me and my parents just what my potential could be. School isn’t easy but at Bracken Edge- they make it worth it.
This great basis in education has meant I’ve been able to study at College and University gaining a BA Hons degree, and move to London where I am now working as a Customer Service Executive for beauty brand Soap & Glory. So thank you Bracken Edge for helping me to reach my full potential!
When I moved down from Leeds to Frome in Somerset it was the most gut -wrenching thing I ever had to do. Notably due to the fact that Bracken Edge was the most all-encompassing, diverse and exhilarating school I had ever been to- I have been to a lot of primary schools in England and abroad. The extra curricular activities such as Salsa dancing and French and the school plays that were put on were the catalyst for me getting into professional theatre where I have recently performed a version of Alice in Wonderland. In no other school have I remembered the names of all my favorite teachers, and kept in touch with so many of my friends. The art projects, such as the mosaic/art piece in the playground and competitions that we did collectively as a school, united us and inspired us. I am now studying Politics with International Relations at the University of York and am also social secretary for the Politics Society. I know for a concrete fact I would not have gained the belief in myself that I have today without the constant encouragement and facilitation from the staff and environment at Bracken Edge. P.E was one of my favorite subjects at the school, stressful SATS were counter-balanced by sunny afternoons playing rounders and conjuring up a team spirit. I am now a professional fitness instructor and have been working my summers with MoveGB which is an innovative fitness company. To sum it all up I can say for definite that you would be missing out if you don’t go to Bracken Edge; it is the only school that I remember vividly and hold close to my heart.
When I think back to my younger years, Bracken Edge is always at the forefront of my memories, as far as I can remember it was always a happy place to be. I was always a very quiet child (a lot has changed) but the staff always encouraged me to come out of my shell and be the best I can be. As a creative person they nurtured my skills and helped me develop them I guess into where I am today. After getting a 1st Class honours Degree in Fashion Design, I am currently a designer and creative seamstress for a well-known brand based in Leeds. As well as this I am also in the process of setting up my own children’s wear business, and I can safely say that if it wasn’t for the guidance and encouragement I got from such an early age and during my time at Bracken Edge, I probably wouldn’t be where I am today.
I am currently in my final year at the University of Liverpool studying BSc Geography, and hope to pursue a career in the environmental sector, but first I would love to go travelling and see the World!
I am very grateful for my time and experiences at Bracken Edge as they shaped who I have grown up to become. I only have fond memories with lots of laughs, such as being forced by Mr. Primmer to play Mrs. Mackenzie in the Year 6 leavers’ assembly, the trip to Buckden, and many other inside jokes that I still like to recall now if I see someone from Bracken Edge.
I feel that Bracken Edge offered us the opportunities and memories that other primary schools couldn’t, such as playing in the woods and having lessons in the freezing cold huts! Every holiday and festival was celebrated, and Christmas always felt like an exciting time. I won the Easter egg competition two years in a row as well! The teachers always managed to create a good balance between working hard and having time off. I used to love doing Mr. Primmer’s Friday quizzes and listening to Mr. Feeley’s and Mr. Gjertsen’s stories.
Bracken Edge always felt like a big family and I still have lots of friends today from there, so thank you!
It was me who was the talkative one, the one who was always in trouble, the one they could see potential in but only If I applied myself and kept my mouth shut long enough. Currently studying Drama at University of Roehampton, London, I finally found my niche. Bracken Edge shaped me into the person I am today, giving me strong foundations to build on and allowing me to express my creativity through dance, song, drama and cultured activities. Here I learned about my love for making people laugh, and passion for learning about different cuisines. As a young girl I felt free in the ability to express myself in an unjudging environment, I was encouraged to try new things and concentrate in class, although I never sat tight for too long, which hasn’t changed now, I know Bracken Edge installed something within me, which I could never forget. Many hands build a house but it takes many hearts to build a school. In the forthcoming year I will be taking a teaching degree, where I aspire to be a drama teacher and hopefully impact young lives, as Bracken Edge did mine.
Hi I’m Sherneka and this is my life.
I attended Bracken Edge between 1996 and 2002. I’m still to this day very proud of my primary school. It’s funny, you see how small and innocent primary school kids look today and it’s hard to believe that that was once you. I guess this is mostly down to the fact that I don’t remember ever feeling like a small child at Bracken Edge. The school always encouraged a culture of cooperation, respect and hard work, which at times was challenging both socially and academically but above all very rewarding, and this was the important thing. It’s very important, whether in school, or at work for people to recognise the good work that you are doing, even if it is a simple ‘Thank you’ or ‘Well done’, and this was quite commonplace for the teachers at Bracken Edge to do this. On my last day I remember Mr Primmer handed me a big plastic bag so I could carry home all the kak that I had left in the classroom that year and simply said ‘Thanks James, It’s been a pleasure’. That has stuck with me to this day and reminds me to keep up the good work in all that I do.
After primary school I had the daunting task of going to a high school where I knew no one. Turned out my parents had tampered with my high school application in order that I was chosen for Roundhay High School, although all my mates were off to Allerton Grange. Looking back retrospectively though I’m glad they did it. From there I went onto study Politics at the University of Nottingham. Today I’m currently working as an ‘Agile Delivery’ manager for a major Utilities Company in Leeds. What’s ‘Agile Delivery’ you say? Google it.
Even though I left Bracken Edge a long time ago, I was welcomed with open arms when I returned this May to ask for help with a university research paper. To me this really does capture the spirit of the school – a place where even 11 years later; a student can return and be met with the same warmth, care and support we had received when we were children. In my memory, from nursery right through to year six, we were taught the importance of showing kindness, patience and tolerance to anyone we met. We were taught the value of culture, creativity and community and celebrated our differences from as young as three years old – as a school we were unified by our diversity.
In the last month I have completed my 3 ½ year course of NHS training and gained my qualification as a Speech and Language Therapist from MMU. Many of the skills I have needed for this I gained as a child from Bracken Edge. For this I can only thank our wonderful teachers - each one had so much investment in their pupils’ well-being as well as our academic and social development.
When I look back at my time with Bracken Edge, I have such fond and happy memories and pride to have gone to such an extraordinary school!'
Molly Savva -Briggs
I remember my time at Bracken Edge with nothing but fondness. From the wonderful teachers who helped me realize my potential (shout out to Miss Price, Mr Owen & Mr Primmer!) to the beautiful grounds backing onto Potternewton Newton Park. I even remember the way the corridors smelled when the reception children were baking - so delicious! During my time at Bracken Edge, I (amongst other things) discovered my love of reading and writing. This led me to pursue English, History, Biology and Chemistry, at A-Level, and after that, I went on to study English literature and History at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Since leaving university, I have gone on to write for several small Independent online publications, (I am currently writing for a Yorkshire based food and drinks blog in my spare time). I have also travelled quite extensively, living and working in both Greece, and Dubai.
At present, I work full time managing a small but bustling craft ale bar and dining room, and am studying for my WSET2 (a wine qualification).
Bracken Edge gave me some of my favourite memories. I loved it there, and I really do miss it at times, if only they taught 25 year olds too!!
Ruby Ann Blair