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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




100% Attendance 

Well done to these 10 children who received certificates and prizes for being 'Never Late and Never Away' for the whole school year. This is an amazing achievement, particularly at a time when Covid is still very much present in our community. We would really like to find out your secrets for keepng so well and think that you may actually be superhuman! 


Week ending 1st July 

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you for suppporting the Brunel Friends Association's 'Shorts and Shades' fundraiser today. Everyone was in a holiday mood and looked as if they belonged on a beach even if the weather wasn't quite playing ball. The money will be put towards new sports kits for when our children are representing Brunel out in the community. Thank you to everyone who has come forward with offers of sponsorship. In addition to kits, we are also looking to purchase more gazebos and team banners so that we can proudly promote Brunel at all events, sporting or otherwise. Mr Knight will be contacting you soon with how you or your business could help.

You will have read in a previous email that we are also looking to change our PE kit from September 2022. In the past children have worn tee-shirts in the colour of their school teams, ready for sports day. As the children are now wearing kit into school on PE days we have decided to change the tee-shirt to a Brunel blue colour. Details of the full kit and stockists will be emailed out shortly.

We all had a fantastic day last weekend on Plymouth Hoe supporting Brunel's Field Gun Crew. The Crew were one of twenty teams competing in the Junior Field Gun competition as psrt of Armed Forces Day. Well done to all the children who worked brilliantly as a team and achieved an amazing second place in the 'least penalties' category, look out for the silver platter on display in reception. Thank you to Mr Knight, Mrs Newman and all the parents, carers and staff who came to cheer them on.

Today, Brunel's Bowling team are competing in the Cornwall Games at St Austell. They have performed incredibly well and are urrently competing in the semi-finals - look out for updates on Facebook and Twitter.

I hope to see you all at the Sports Day and Picnic taking place on the school field on Tiesday 5th July weather permitting. If your child requires a school packed lunch please order as usual via ParentPay.

Below are this week's Achievers, congratulations and well done to all who were chosen.

Have a lovely weekend

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Armed Forces Day 2022 

We all had a fantastic day on Plymouth Hoe supporting Brunel's Field Gun Crew, who were one of twenty teams competing in the Junior Field Gun competition as part of Plymouth Armed Forces Day. Well done to the crew who worked brilliantly as a team and achieved an amazing second place in the 'least penalties' category. Thank you to Mr Knight, Mrs Newman and all the parents, carers and staff who came to cheer them on.



Lifelong learning at Brunel!

For today's teacher training day we were pleased to welcome the staff of all 14 Bridge Schools to Brunel. 

We attended workshops and update sessions and enjoyed coming to together in person as a whole trust staff for the first time in two years. 

We shared expertise and experience in many curriculum subjects and look forward to trying out some of the ideas in our classrooms. 


Thank you! 

We have had a busy and unusual end to the half-term, finishing as we have with the Brunel Friends Association 'Relax the Rules Day'. The children have managed to complete all their work while also enjoying treats such as snacks in the classroom, rolling down the school bank, manicure sessions, wearing slippers and watching movies. Thank you for your generous donations - the BFA will let you know how much they have raised in due course.

Congratulations to those families who were drawn to join the Brunel tables at the Saltash Big Jubilee street party on Sunday 5th June. For those children disappointed not to be chosen remember that we are having our own Brunel Jubilee street lunch party during the afternoon of Thursday 9th June. In celebration of the seven and a half decades that the Queen has reigned we are inviting the children to come dressed in the fashions of the one of the following: 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s,1990s, 2000s, 2010s or present day. The pupils will also be looking at how Queen Elizabeth ll has changed since ascending to the throne, some of the significant events that happened during these decades and what life was like for children at those times.

It was National Thank a Teacher Day yesterday and I would like to say a huge thank you to our amazing teaching and support staff who always go above and beyond to ensure the children of Brunel receive the very best education and support. They are a brilliant team and have worked extremely hard this year. 

Below are the Brunel Achievers for this week and 20th May. Congratulations and well done to all who were chosen. 

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Okehampton 2022-Day 3

Year 6 had a very active day bodyboarding and surfing at Widemouth Bay followed by an evening entertainment show where they exhibited a wide variety of hidden talents.



Okehampton 2022 - Day 2

Today our Y6 pupils have enjoyed a really active day of rock climbing, gorge scrambling and cycling, with the added challenge of intermittent rain showers.  I enjoyed seeing everyone during my surprise visit this evening and am pleased to report that every single pupil is happy and having a great time. For further updates please visit our Twitter feed @Brunel_Academy and Facebook page - Brunel Primary and Nursery Academy.



Okehampton 2022 - Day 1

Having arrived and unpacked Year 6 enjoyed an afternoon of team building activities, followed by a delicious and filling meal ahead of this evening's walk on Dartmoor. 


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



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