We hope that your association with the school will be a long and happy one. Some of our parents have connections with the school stretching back for three or more generations.
This website aims to provide answers to any questions you may have about the school and to give you some insight into its organisation. Parents considering sending their children to the school are warmly invited to contact me to arrange a suitable time to visit the school.
In 1844 Sarah Ann Branford of Rose Cottage (now known as Chesham House), Brisley conveyed one rood of land to the Rector of Brisley and the archdeacon of Norwich as the site of a School for the children of Brisley. This land was at the south east corner of a piece of land called Wagg’s piece on the west side of a street called New Croft (now known as School Road).
The first extension to the original building was in 1908 when a new Infant classroom was added. Other improvements included raising the walls two or three feet, a new roof with ceiling, an effective system of ventilation, an improved lighting and heating system, new floors, new cloakroom and three new offices (outside bucket lavatories).
During 1910 the children were sometimes taken to the Green for organised games such as cricket. The number of children on roll in 1911 was one hundred and five. This included forty infants.
A report in 1958 stated that the only water supply was from a pump and soft water tank. Three enamel bowls in portable stands and jugs of water in the classrooms served for washing purposes. Drinking water had to be imported.
In 1959 the Schoolhouse was demolished. A new playground was made in 1961 and in 1966 the site of the old School house was grassed and added to the playground.
In 1968 major modernisation included a new porch, piped water supply, inside flush toilets and central heating. This work was completed in 1969 when the outside lavatories were demolished. In 1971 1.5 acres of adjoining land were acquired as a new playing field. Children and staff spent many playtimes removing stones from the area. This effort and subsequent careful management have resulted in a playing field which is the envy of many larger Schools.
During 1989 the first School office (modern interpretation) was added. This meant that the secretary no longer had to work in the porch. This extension also included storage space, boiler house and a new outside porch. The latter meant that what had been the outside door would now remain closed during very gusty winds.
In September 1993 Brisley became the designated School for the children of Whissonsett. 1994 was an important year in the history of Brisley School; it had been in existence for one hundred and fifty years.
August 1994 saw the commencement of a further extension to the School. This consisted of three new classrooms, two porches, facilities for the disabled, cloakroom/corridor, library, offices for headteacher and secretary, staff room, store cupboards and new playground. The new extension was very carefully designed so as not to detract from the original Victorian building which is now a well-equipped activity hall and servery.
Original History compiled by Mrs P J Claxton in 1997, and added to by the Headteacher, Mrs J Boyden, in 2007.
In December 2018 we joined the Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust (DNEAT) and became Brisley Church of England Primary Academy.
In September 2019 Brisley Federated with Rudham and Weasenham Church of England Primary Academies. This 3 academy Federation is known as Hope Federation of Church of England Primary Academies. Mr Kerkham is the Executive Deputy Headteacher at Brisley.
We have three classes: Reception/Year 1 and Year 2 (Tawny Owls), Year 3 and Year 4 (Snowy Owls) and Year 5 and Year 6 (Barn Owls).
Pupil’s learning is based around exciting topics. Each class follows a 2 year program, which ensures the requirements of the National Curriculum are taught, as well as a broad balance of enrichment. Teachers plan across our Federation to enable the children to get the most from their learning.
Pupils in Reception, Year One and Year Two have a daily phonics lesson through the ‘Little Wandle’ scheme.
Pupils are taught to read using phonics to decode new words. They also learn ‘tricky words’ (words which are not phonetically decodable and have to be learnt so that the child can read them on sight). Pupils have access to a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books which are colour coded in to ‘book bands’. Through ongoing assessment, teachers ensure that children are reading books which provide enough challenge and reinforcement. Once pupils have worked through the book bands, they become a free reader.
Christian values underpin our desire to develop each child’s full potential to become an independent life-long learner.
At the end of Year 6 we aim for each child to move smoothly and successfully to their chosen High School for the next stage of their education. We hope all children leave with happy and lasting memories of their time with us at Brisley Church of England Primary Academy.
Our children generally transition to Litcham High School.