Welcome to Brunel College!
Isambard Kingdom Brunel epitomises everything we are about here in Brunel College – pushing boundaries of achievement. Achievement can come in many guises and for Brunel it is centred on innovation, a trait we instill in our students at every opportunity. The work for which Brunel is probably best remembered is his construction of a network of tunnels, bridges and viaducts for the Great Western Railway. This reduced the journey time from London to Bristol from 2.5 days to 2.5 hours! Brunel also designed the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge over the river Avon so it is no wonder he was recently voted the 2nd in a poll of the ‘100 greatest Britons’.
Achievement for Brunel students is wide and varied. Academic progress is at the centre of Teaching and Learning and carefully monitored from their starting point in Year 7. Lessons are planned to meet the needs of all students and intervention strategies are implemented as early as possible to ensure those at risk of not making rapid and sustained progress are supported appropriately.
While academic achievement is an important consideration, the teachers in Brunel also understand the need for developing the skills and characteristics necessary to become an effective citizen in our 21st Century society. In every classroom in Brunel, the students can see an image designed by the teachers of the ‘characteristics of the ideal Brunel student’:
One underpinning value is at the centre of everything we do in Brunel – how will the students benefit? Students have a key role in this and the Brunel student voice brings some excellent suggestions and innovative ideas for us to implement and improve the college. The team of student co-constructors who collaboratively plan elements of lessons with teachers give another insight in to how we can present tasks and challenges in a student oriented way. Opportunity to get involved in day to day life in Brunel really is available to all.
It is a privilege to lead Brunel college and we must continue to work together as teachers, students and parents / carers to give every young person the best preparation for life after school in our ever evolving society.
The Principals, other senior leaders and governors, provide outstanding leadership.Ofsted
Relationships are enhanced by the college structure. Students say, and inspectors agree, that there is a close family feel to being in a smaller college unit, and that students enjoy school more because of this.Ofsted
Students participate readily in the wide range of sports, social, art, music and drama activities that the school provides. Many students attend the after school and weekend revision clubs that staff provide.Ofsted
The school organises the wide range of subjects it teaches extremely well, and reviews them regularly, adjusting its provision to meet the changing needs of students.Ofsted
Teaching is challenging. It is based on accurate assessment of how well students make progress, what their individual learning needs are, and what kinds of activities will best make sure that they learn well.Ofsted
Students make outstanding progress in English and mathematics. Students’ progress in business, design and technology, ICT and physical education is also outstanding. Students make good progress overall.Ofsted