At Brooke, we place great value on partnership working. We recognise that our partnerships are a key part of our school life and the work that we do in partnership enhances our children's curriculum, education and life-experience.
Some of our key partnerships and links to our partners can be found on this page.
Our friends at Poringland MenShed began their support of the school in Autumn 2018. Since they started working closely with us, they have collaborated on various projects including:
- Our library upgrade, building our fabulous reading tree
- Our Friendship bench, found at the bottom of the playground
- A MenShed morning, where they demonstrated and shared their skills in woodwork, conservation and painting.
We are ever so grateful to MenShed for the brilliant time and support that they give our school, and for their relentless enthusiasm in helping to make the school the school that we all would have wanted to go to.
Brooke Village Hall
Each week, one child from each class is nominated to go to the Cafe at Brooke Village Hall on a Wednesday morning. We place great importance in school on reaching out into the local community, and encouraging members of the community in to our school to celebrate all the amazing things that we do.
We are also lucky to use the VIllage Hall facilities for sports, using the grounds for some of our Cross Country training - particularly when the fields and footpaths are too muddy in the winter. We use the Hall for some of our special sports events, including around the 5th July, when we celebrate the life of a former pupil Max Muntingh, with a day of sports and the awarding of the Max Muntingh cup.
We also get involved in the Village Hall fireworks annually, running a "build a Guy" competition in school.
Other partners we work alongside:
VNET is an independent, not-for-profit, community interest, membership organisation that supports school-led improvement across Norfolk.
We benefit from the facilities and coaching on offer at Brooke Tennis Club through the Spring and Summer months. We aim to ensure that all of our children, regardless of age or ability have tennis coaching each school year.
Brooke House, built as the stately family home of Eric Mackintosh, son of the founder of the Mackintosh chocolate empire, has four acres of scenic gardens offering spectacular views of the south Norfolk countryside.
We currently work with the staff and residents at Brooke House in the following capacity:
- We visit the care home regularly at special times of year - for example, singing at Christmas;
- We are looking at ways that we can use the grounds of the care home as part of our Outdoor Learning provision.
We benefit from the coaching and the use of facilities of Brooke Cricket Club during the late Spring and Summer months. Each year, the cricket club employs one overseas professional player, who works with the school to coach our school cricket team.
The school has historically had a very successful cricket team, going on to compete at regional and national levels in Kwik Cricket, and we are grateful for the support and encouragement our local cricket club offer.