Bearbrook Combined School & Pre School

A Community school in the heart of Aylesbury with an attached community centre and Preschool.

Bearbrook Combined School is a vibrant, exciting learning community, where children enjoy their education and make good progress in a stimulating environment. We are committed to developing the whole child through their creativity and diversity. Our aim is for children to grow into confident, happy, independent, life long learners who can function as successful members of the community. In order t

Operating as usual


Wow! Where did those two days go?

Had the most amazing time learning from our good friend Jodie Clarke, Children's Well-being Practitioner & Autism Specialist again!
🔴Environmental learning walk ✔️
🟠Sharing information on The Den ✔️
🟡Whole school staff training ✔️
🟢SEND Coffee morning ✔️
🔵Parent consultations ✔️
🟣TA talks ✔️
I can’t believe how much we packed in! A whole load of strategies, understanding and knowledge shared that will go far wider than the classroom.

Thank you Jodie, see you back in June!! Yay!!!


You know when someone says something and it just makes sense? This is Jodie Clarke, Children's Well-being Practitioner & Autism Specialist when you hear her talking about some of the challenges our children face. So looking forward to welcoming her back to Bearbrook again🐻

Work trip to spend two full on days with Bearbrook Combined School & Pre School

Really excited to be returning to this team.

BUT the over planning!!!

The over planning is almost done, following a list broken down into a few categories (food, clothing, toiletries, work stuff)

Two identical packed lunches of food I’m ok with.

Enough fuel in the car to do the journey 5 times over.

Hotel booked some time back (after spending hours deliberating the best one of 4 based on breakfast options, parking, distance from school) and further phone calls to them to ensure parking is ok!

Clothing chosen based on both comfort but not looking too “unprofessional”!!! (with back up options!)

Thankfully I’m visiting a school I have been to twice before and are always so welcoming and kind!


Are you interested in making difference in our school community? This is a fantastic opportunity to make a real contribution to the life, leadership and educational performance of the school 🐻 Come and find out more!!

Photos from Bearbrook Combined School & Pre School's post 30/01/2024

Did you know we are recruiting???
We have adverts out for office staff as well as staff for our newly established SEND Unit - The Bearbrook Den! 🐻

Interested? Want to know more? Please come and see us or give us a call!
Please share with anyone you might know who may be interested!


And we’re back!! See you all soon ☺️
Happy 2024!



I have just been through my 2023 diary and wow!

I’ve had the privilege of delivering training/talks to such a wide range of groups and people, including;

Swindon SEND Families Voice
Swindon Carers Centre
The Springfields Academy
Bearbrook Combined School & Pre School
University of Hertfordshire
University of Exeter
The Nurture Programme
The Adolphus Practice
The National Autistic Society
The University of Law - Bristol
South West Neonatal Network
South Glos Parent Carers - not for profit CIC
Autism Early Support

As well as this I have met so many of you through the much loved work with so many incredible families who allow me the privilege of becoming involved in their lives and experiences.

2023 has been a hopeful year knowing that as an autistic community our voices are becoming stronger and more respected.

I am excited about the new year, during which I will be returning to many of the places and people from 2023 and some bookings from new organisations, to continue sharing autistic insight and raise the voices of autistic children and young people.

Wishing you all a calm and relaxed winter break full of authenticity and autistic joy 🌲🪵⛄️


And that’s a wrap! That’s it for 2023!

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and looking forward to seeing you back in the new year on Friday 5th!!! We shall see you on the other side!


We’ve been busy planning some exciting things next year and so happy to be welcoming back Jodie Smitten, Children's Well-being Practitioner & Autism Specialist next year! Look out for some exciting opportunities in March for the Mainstream School, work with staff, training and parental support as well as work within our new Unit - ‘The Bearbrook Den’, specialising in Communication and Interaction.

(Wanted to share your post Jodie, but will settle on a screenshot! 😊)


Just a reminder to all Y1, Y2 and Y3 to please bring in your reading books today as your child may be selected to read. Thank you!


Christmas Lunch and Christmas Jumper Day TOMORROW!

Tomorrow is our Christmas Lunch and also Christmas Jumper day. Children can wear their Christmas Jumper over their uniform instead of their jumpers/Cardigans (It is NOT a m***i day - Christmas Jumpers only).

If you have not already ordered your Christmas Meal you have until 10pm tonight to order through School Food United.


Don’t forget Family Friday tomorrow…. And we’re getting ready for Christmas!!! 🎄

Aquafresh Shine Bright Hero V3.mp4 13/11/2023

So if you are in Year 1 or 2, you will know that last week, we had a visit from Dr Emily and the Aquafresh shine bright team to talk to the children about the importance of oral hygiene. The children took part in fun lessons and activities to learn how to brush their teeth properly and the importance of looking after your body. They also discussed healthy diets and what foods are good for our teeth.
Here’s the final video! This will be used for trade shows, talks and promotional material! 🦷

P.s. she was also on Loose Women today talking about the campaign! sadly we didn’t make the edit but we may be on BBC Iplayer this week!!

Aquafresh Shine Bright Hero V3.mp4 Shared with Dropbox


TOMORROW Y1- Y6 Family Friday

Just to confirm the arrangements for Family Friday TOMORROW (Reception children had their FF on Wednesday! 🙂)

Parents can register from 8.50 in the hall - please enter via the blue gates by Pre School. There will be an opportunity for you to download the Boom Reader App on your phones when IN THE HALL ONLY. (Please be reminded all phones should be turned off when in classrooms and corridors)

9.15am - Parents can leave to go to classrooms

9.15 - 10.20 Family Friday for Y1

9.15 - 10.45 Family Friday for Y2 and Y3

9.15-10 Family Friday for Y4, Y5 and Y6 - 1st session
10-10.15 Break - Parents MUST come to the hall while chn are out at break (this is for safeguarding reasons)
10.15 - 10.45 Family Friday for Y4, Y5 and Y6 - 2nd session

10.45 - All parents to sign out as they leave.

Please be reminded:
🐻 You must sign in and wear your sign in sticker throughout the morning. (Drop in the hat as you leave for your chance of winning the gift card treat!)
🐻 We are limited to two parents per family only please.
🐻 Unfortunately we cannot take younger siblings/ pushchairs/ prams/ babies in the classrooms due to health and safety reasons.


All alarms set for tomorrow? 😬⏰
We can’t wait to see you all…. 🐻

Photos from Zoomania Aylesbury's post 24/07/2023

Have you a little one starting with us in September? Have you booked on? 17th August at 3pm!!! It’s a great way to meet others and catch up!!
Have a great summer 😎⛱️


Timings and plan for tomorrow morning:
👨‍👧Family ‘Thursday’ 👨‍👩‍👦
8.50 - parents sign in as normal via the blue gates near pre school
9.15am - parents go to current classes
10am - Break for all children (*Y6 parents feel free to stay and join us for a break before you leave)
10.15-11.15am - (current Rec-Y5) New class children & parents
11.15am - All parents to ensure they have signed out
*Y6 have already had transitions to new secondary schools. It is at this point, we would welcome you to stay for the break but please ensure you sign out at this time.

As you can imagine, we anticipate tomorrow to be VERY BUSY. For that reason, please make sure you read the below:
🐻 During the break time, you will be directed to go to the hall. No parents to join children at breaktimes and we ask you refrain from waiting in corridors please. (Come and join us for a cuppa and a biscuit instead!)
🐻 Please be reminded to make sure you are wearing your sticker at all times (safeguarding reasons). We are limited to two adults per family please.
🐻 Please ensure mobile phones are turned off. No photography/ camera access. If you need to take a phonecall, please come to the main entrance and we can find a space for you
🐻 Unfortunately we can’t allow babies/ toddlers/ pushchairs or hot drinks in classrooms for health and safety reasons
🐻 There will be a few members of staff and Y6 children to guide you to new classrooms. Please bear with us, as this may take some time.


Family Friday is actually Family Thursday - and it’s tomorrow!! Sign in from 8.50am! 😊


New update: 6.50 is the approximate time for Y6 arrivals


Kingswood pupils are due back at 6ish! Check back for further updates ☺️


Y6 Kingswood children have arrived!!! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Photos from Bearbrook Combined School & Pre School's post 23/06/2023

We’ve had a shoe and some keys handed into us this morning! Do you recognise these? Call into the office to claim!


Do you have a desire to make a difference?
Want to expand your knowledge and experience working with children?
Do you feel like you have something you want to give back to the community?
Love a challenge?

We might be just what you’re looking for! We have more vacancies that have been announced today - teachers and TAs 😀
Due to the increase of support required across the school, we are recruiting!

Please look on our website for more information! Are you interested in:
✔️SEMH Teaching assistant- Full time
✔️Reception Teacher role
✔️Early Years Teaching assistant - Full time
✔️EYFS, KS1 and KS2 teaching assistant vacancies - Full time

Come and see us for more information! 🗓️
Interviews will be organised as applications come in.
Applications close 30/6/23


Have you packed your bag for tomorrow??
If so, children can wear M***i!! All items to go to the main playground where they will be collected!! Thank you in advance! 👏👏

Having a clear out over half term? Please save your unwanted clothes for our Bags2School collection. Thursday 8th June.

WIN £1,000 for your school's library! 07/06/2023

Please nominate our school for a big prize draw!! We know the power of Facebook and being able to share a post! Make sure if you share, tell friends & family to vote for Bearbrook!

Five winning schools will each receive £1,000 in National Book Tokens and a year’s free membership to the School Library Association – PLUS one overall winner will also get £500 to help a school create a fun and welcoming library space.

Please nominate Bearbrook Combined School & Pre School using the link below.
Plus...if we are one of the five winning entries, you will win a £100 National Book Token to spend in your favourite bookshop!

Remember, the more entries that we receive, the higher our chance of winning.

Winners will be drawn at random after Monday 31st July

Use the link below to enter!

WIN £1,000 for your school's library! We’re giving five schools £1,000/€1,000 of National Book Tokens plus membership to the School Library Association, to help them rebuild their range of books - PLUS one overall winner will receive £500/500 towards revamping their library space! Nominate your school and you could also win a £10...

Photos from Bearbrook Combined School & Pre School's post 25/05/2023

And ANOTHER EXCITING opportunity for September 2023! Interested? Why not come and see us! See the website for more info!


Please be reminded there is no Inset day this Friday as was stated at the start of the year - children should be in school for the whole of this week. The new Inset day is 10th July. Please add to your diaries!

Photos from Bearbrook Combined School & Pre School's post 17/05/2023

SUCH AN EXCITING OPPORTUNITY! Do you have the skills required for a really important role within our school? Check out the website for a job description and application forms!



I am opening my diary next week for online (via zoom or phone call) consultations suitable for parents to explore their own or child’s neurodivergence, ask questions, gain advice etc.

These will be 1 hour slots and will cost £60 payable in advance (PayPal or bank transfer)

These are one off appointments only as I am unable to take on ongoing work currently.

Slots available are;
Monday 24th April
4-5pm TAKEN

Tuesday 25th April
10.30-11.30 TAKEN
1.15-2.15 TAKEN
2.30-3.30 TAKEN

Please DM to book. Payment will secure the appointment.

Jodie x


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