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End of term

Dear Parents, Carers and Staff,

As we reach the end of this extremely unusual term, I would just like to take this opportunity to express my thanks and admiration for how brilliantly everyone in our Brunel community has worked together in the face of the difficulties that the Covid-19 pandemic has caused.

I think you can be incredibly proud of all you have achieved for our Brunel children over the past one and a half terms, both at home and at school. Parents, Carers, Teachers, TAs, Admin, Kitchen and Cleaning staff have all shown considerable flexibility and creativity in altering routines and changing ‘career’, sometimes daily.

I’m aware of some of the issues that have presented as children have tried to continue with their education at home or at school, and there have been many successes too. I am constantly amazed by the variety of the learning and the resourcefulness of the adults. By persevering and continuing to work in partnership together, we have adapted to each challenge as it has arisen. There are many things that we have learned, the most important being that the health and wellbeing of us all is top priority and not to be taken for granted.

There is a constant media narrative at the moment of the ‘failed children’ and of how this generation will suffer because of the schooling they have missed. I and many others do not believe this to be true. There is not just one chance to learn. Education is life long and it’s never too late. We will be working extremely hard to ensure that any gaps in learning are filled as soon as possible. Brunel staff are some of the most committed and creative practitioners out there!

We are all desperate to get back to normality but it seems that we could be on this journey for a while. We will be working to the new guidelines in September but there still remains much uncertainty. I will be in touch over the holiday to advise you of any new developments if and as they occur. I am aware of anxieties concerning new school hours and would like to reassure working parents that we are not envisaging any problems with children being dropped off and collected before and after the usual school hours. We are hoping to reinstate Kid’s Club as a paying provision, but in order to be able to socially distance, will again ask that parents limit using it whenever possible.

I would just like to end by once again thanking everyone for your support, cooperation and generosity throughout this challenging time, we are a brilliant Brunel community. I hope you all have a safe, enjoyable and relaxing holiday in the circumstances and look forward to seeing you again in the new term.

With very best wishes,

Suzanne Cooper  Headteacher


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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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