Case Study - Brakenhale School, Bracknell

Brakenhale School is an 11–19 mixed comprehensive school situated on the southern side of Bracknell in Berkshire. The School was opened in1958, and was known at that time as Borough Green City Secondary School with an initial school roll of 266.Since 2005 the pupil numbers have grown considerably from 566 to 1021, a testament to the hard work and commitment of all the staff.This number is projected to continue to rise as a result of the school’s increasing popularity with parents.

The age of the school buildings, the rapid growth of pupils and school budget restraints are an ongoing challenge to the resources of the School Business Manager, Andi Boultwood and her team. “Our aim is to provide a safe and stimulatinglearning environment for our students, one that the staff and pupils alike can be proud of.” said Andi.

With the help of the products and services provided by Creative Solutions they have been able to quickly and at relatively low cost improve the visual appearance of the interior of the school premises, and in doing so improve the communication to students and the impression given to visitors to the school.

Andi first came across Creative Solutions on-line when she was looking to replace the poor quality scratched notice boards in the school corridors. “The Perspex notice boards we purchased from Creative Solutions some 3 years ago are still looking very good unlike those purchased from our previous supplier!” said Andi

“The next project I got Creative Solutions involved in was helping us to improve a 5m long x 2m high area of the corridor that was in a terrible state. Without the funds or the time needed for getting a builder into re-plaster, we came up with the idea of covering the area. I noticed on Creative Solutions’ website that they supplied printed display wallboards for trade exhibitions and wondered whether these would work for us. In discussions with Jed at Creative Solutions it soon became apparent that it would be a perfect solution. They listened to our ideas and came back with a design that ticked all our boxes; they also installed the new surface for us too. The result was a stunning drama wall that was talked about throughout the school. Since then Creative Solutions have helped us with numerous new initiatives. This includes - stickers for the walls, artwork for the dining room including hanging information boards supporting the Government Healthy Eating campaign, signage for the corridors, School House promotion boards and collapsible banners for use at open evenings and external events. Most of our ideas come from brainstorming sessions with my team and colleagues. What I like about Creative Solutions is that we can go to them with the concept, often just drawn up in a word document, and they will work with us to bring it to reality. The response and service we always get is excellent, they provide us with quality products and if they say they can do it, they do and quickly! We have a good working relationship with Creative Solutions and we trust them”.

Posted on February 20th 2014

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