Heads Blog


Welcome to the Headteacher's blog. It is used to share information and showcase the variety of learning that takes place here at Brunel.  Along with Facebook, Twitter and our newsletters, this blog will also be used for posting information on events happening in school.  I hope that you find it useful and will check back regularly.

Suzanne Cooper - Headteacher


New Reward for Good Behaviour 

Posted: 16/05/2019
Suzanne Cooper

As you know, at Brunel we pride ourselves on the kind, courteous and good behaviour displayed by our pupils and are always looking for different ways of rewarding those many children who are
'Always in the right place at the right time doing the right thing.' 
Look out for these postcards that will soon be coming home as a way of letting you know that teachers have been particularly pleased with your child.
Thank you to Mr Parry for the painting on the front.


Parent Questionnaire  

Posted: 16/05/2019
Suzanne Cooper

Dear Parents and Carers,

Your views are important to us .Please complete our summer  2019 Parent and Carer Questionnaire which is now live.

Simply click on the link below.


Many thanks for taking the time to complete this survey. We will share the results prior to the end of the summer term.


RNLI - Water Safety 

Posted: 03/05/2019
John Wareham

This week began with a presentation in assembly from the RNLI.

Living in a town situated by a river and within easy reach of numerous beautiful beaches, it is really important that our young people are aware of how to keep themselves safe by water and what to do if things go wrong. 

The RNLI talked about how important it is to take notice of parents and other adults and always swim between the red and yellow flags at the beach. There are four key safety messages to remember;

  • Stop and think; - is this a safe place to swim?
  • Stay together  - never swim alone
  • Float - if you accidentally fall into water or are struggling against a current
  • Call 999 - if you see anyone in trouble
  • The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) offer this additional advice: The Water Safety Code - Spot the dangers!

    Water may look safe, but it can be dangerous. Learn to spot and keep away from dangers. You may swim well in a warm indoor pool, but that does not mean that you will be able to swim in cold water. The dangers of water include:

  • it is very cold 
  • there may be hidden currents;
  • it can be difficult to get out (steep slimy banks);
  • it can be deep and it is difficult to estimate depth
  • there may be hidden rubbish, e.g. shopping trolleys, broken glass;
  • there are no lifeguards;
  • it may be polluted and may make you ill
  • For further information visit rnli.org


    Years 3 and 4 Poetry Workshop 

    Posted: 27/03/2019
    Suzanne Cooper

    We are always looking for different ways to inspire the children, and the local environment provides us with many opportunities. This week years 3 and 4 went on a visit to Saltash Waterside as part of their poetry unit on 'Rivers'.  The children immersed themselves in the atmosphere, sights and sounds of the river and produced some ambitious vocabulary to use in their work.  We are now looking forward to reading their finished poems.


    The Elmer Project 

    Posted: 26/03/2019
    Suzanne Cooper

    For 10 weeks in the summer of  2019 a  parade of 40 large, and 20 mini, fabulously colourful and unique elephants will be appearing all over the city of Plymouth and Mount Edgcumbe estate as part of "Elmer's Big Parade." Each elephant will feature a design created by both well-known and emerging local artists including pupils at Brunel! 

    The children were introduced to our very own Elmer sculpture  in assembly on Monday and everyone, from Nursery to Y6, will be helping to paint it over the next few weeks. In addition to providing opportunities for creative expression and participation in community events, the Elmer project is raising awareness and funds for St Luke's Hospice.

    Learning about giving and helping others gives children a feeling of empowerment and helps instil the children with a mindset that they can makes a difference. Reaching out to those in need, through fundraising, volunteering or donating is central to developing empathy and is part of our Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural curriculum (SMSC). 
    I would like to thank the Brunel Friends Association for helping us to fund this project and Miss Wood for organising everything.


    Brunel Junior Field Gun Crew 

    Posted: 18/03/2019
    Suzanne Cooper

    Junior Field Gun Comes To Brunel!

    The whole school (from Nursery to Year 6) were delighted last Friday to receive our very own Junior Field Gun following a presentation in assembly by David Worral (school’s trainer) from Future Fit. This charitable organisation was created to allow young people, their parents and school staff to set up Junior Field Gun club, from which a team may be selected to represent them at various events, including the Armed Forces Day on Plymouth Hoe. Mr Knight and Mrs Newman have kindly volunteered to run the club as an after school club at Brunel (more details to follow).

    As a starting point today, (Tuesday 19th) all the children of KS2, were invited to take part in a taster session with Tom Luther, who has kindly volunteered to be our trainer and David. To say it was a huge success would be an understatement!

    Now, we can’t wait to begin our own Junior Field Gun Club and would like to thank Future Fit, David and Tom for choosing Brunel.


    Trauma Informed Schools 

    Posted: 07/03/2019
    Suzanne Cooper

    Brunel Primary and Nursery Academy believe in providing every child with the opportunity to experience an outstanding education; academically, emotionally and socially. We believe that by rigorously identifying the barriers to learning, providing an inspiring and relevant curriculum that considers the whole child and providing the necessary support for children to achieve and develop, all children will reach their true potential.

    We are committed to ensuring that Brunel children develop positive mental health and resilience, enabling them to fully engage in life and learning. There is a growing body of research and understanding of the impact of childhood adversity on long term mental and physical health and the protective factors that mitigate the potential impact. It is our aim to maximise the protective factors of school by creating an environment of safety that has strong, positive and  supportive relationships at its heart.

    I would like to say a huge well done to Mrs Payne, Teaching Assistant,  and Mrs Richards, Parent Support Advisor, for recently completing a 10 day diploma  course to become fully fledged Trauma and Mental Health Informed Practitioners. Their hard work will be of huge benefit to the pupils at Brunel. 


    Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra 

    Posted: 01/03/2019
    Suzanne Cooper

    On Friday 15th February, the children from KS2 who have instrumental lessons, enjoyed a morning music workshop with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, where they took part by playing various percussion instruments.

    The BSO also performed several pieces to the whole school and the instrumental students joined in, showing what they had learnt.

    All the children enjoyed listening to the music performed and the different instruments played. Two lucky members of the audience were selected to have a go at conducting the orchestra. This was more difficult than it looked!

    Brunel offers many additional instrumental lessons, including keyboards, guitar, flute, violins and drums. These are provided by Mr Jane and Mr George.  If you require any further information regarding these instruments please contact the school.


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