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.