All Bridge Schools are now closed. We are operating a reduced service only for children of key workers and vulnerable groups.

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Well done everyone.

I’m sure that you will want to join me in thanking all the staff at Brunel for their hard work over the last two weeks in ensuring the delivery of high-quality remote learning. This is not something that anyone who trained as a teacher had expected, or trained to do, and the speed with which they have learnt and adapted is commendable.

Equally commendable are the parents, carers and children who are working at home, often in extremely challenging circumstances; a huge well done to you too! The photo shows salt pots made by children at home and at school.

Working from home is not ideal; we know from the first lockdown how hard it was for some of you to maintain a routine or to support your child and keep them motivated. This is why we are asking KS2 children to log on and complete the assignments on TEAMS daily and KS1 children to complete and show us their work via email or photographs.

In this way we can keep in contact, provide feedback on the work submitted and give the children a sense of purpose for completing the tasks as well as providing a much needed routine.

Please try to encourage your child to finish and return as many of the assignments as possible. The older children should be able to work, mostly independently, without very much parental teaching or input.

There is a much greater expectation this time around that children carry on with all their usual learning. However, we know, as with the first lockdown, that many of you will also be working from home, that you may be dealing with poorly family members, have more than one child learning from home, or have pre-school children who need your time, and therefore may not always be able to support your child’s learning. Please contact class teachers about any difficulties you are having and, like the rest of us, just do your best. Keeping healthy and happy should be everyone’s priority.  Suzanne Cooper.


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Brunel Primary and Nursery Academy is a larger than average primary school in Cornwall with approximately 360 pupils on roll. Brunel provides the full range of pre-school care, primary education, and before and after school Kids Club, all on one secure site. Most of the children who join us at two, three or four remain at Brunel until they leave for secondary school at age eleven.

After operating as a stand-alone Academy since 2011 Brunel became part of the Bridge Schools Trust in 2016. The Trust is committed to delivering high quality educational provision across all its 14 academies whilst encouraging each Academy to reflect the individual needs of its own local community. We welcome the additional support and learning opportunities that being part of a Trust provides.

We are situated on a quiet site, away from busy roads yet conveniently close to Saltash Health Centre, Library and Leisure Centre and adjacent to Saltash Children’s Centre. We have an extensive site and are very fortunate in being able to work with children in such varied and attractive surroundings. Both the Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 sites have large playgrounds surrounded by trees and shrubs, and the school has its own vegetable plots, chickens, fixed play equipment, separate Early Years Foundation Stage play areas and a large playing field.

Our Cornish school motto is ‘Degemer An Jydh’ which approximately translates to ‘Seize the Day’. We encourage pupils to make the most of all the varied opportunities that attending our school provides and not waste a minute of their learning experiences.

Our pupils are happy and tell us that they enjoy their time at Brunel, with fun learning and teachers and staff who know them and who are always there to help. Our parent and family communications tell us that they are happy with the school, that they feel their children are safe and that the school cares about them. We strongly believe in the whole child and preparing our pupils to be active citizens for life in a modern, democratic society. Saltash is rich and vibrant town and we are proud of our strong community links.

Safeguarding and welfare is intrinsic and essential in all that we do at Brunel Primary. Children are taught the values of determination, responsibility, curiosity, excellence, enthusiasm and creativity. We promote open and honest communication with parents, carers and the professionals who support us.

If you require a paper copy of information on our website then please contact the school office and this will be provided.

Mrs Suzanne Cooper Headteacher


Suzanne Cooper

Callington Road
PL12 6DX

01752 848900

Our Values...



We are inspired by the awe and wonder of the world.



We are bold and innovative in our approach to find new solutions to the challenges we face.



We are the best we can be.



We take responsibility for our actions in an environment of mutual respect.



We overcome all barriers to reach our potential, developing a capacity to improve further.



We are passionate about learning.

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