Bristol Brunel Academy

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Bristol Brunel Academy
Bristol brunel academy.gif
Established 2007
Type Secondary Academy
Principal Dr Dan Nicholls
Specialism Communication
Location Speedwell Road
BS15 1NU
England Coordinates: 51°28′05″N 2°31′40″W / 51.4680°N 2.5278°W / 51.4680; -2.5278
DfE URN 135300 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Staff 143
Capacity 1080
Students 1075
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–19

Bristol Brunel Academy is a mixed gender Secondary Academy, located in Speedwell in the ward of Hillfields, Bristol, England. The academy is named after Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The Academy is part of the Cabot Learning Federation which is sponsored by the University of the West of England and Rolls Royce.


The site was originally the location of 2 single sex schools which became a mixed sex school called Speedwell Secondary School in the 1960s. A large part of the school burnt down in the mid 1970s, temporary classrooms were used while the school was rebuilt. The school became the first specialist school in Bristol when it changed to a technology college in 1997. The original buildings were in use up to July 2007 after which all the old school was completely demolished.

Building for the new academy was undertaken on the site of the existing school in early 2006 by the construction company Skanska. The academy was officially opened in September 2007 by the then Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Ed Balls. The main school building was designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, it has an open design centred around a spacious mall which allows staff to more easily supervise the pupils.

Brigid Allen was the former Principal of the Academy. Guy Keith-Miller is the Chair of the Council.

Academic achievement[edit]

The school has improved its results over the period from 2008 to 2011 and achieved its best ever GCSE scores in 2010 and 2012, the table below shows the percentage of students gaining 5 A*-C including English and Mathematics.[1]

2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
35% 25% 45% 41% 45%

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "The Department for Education - Performance Tables - School Details". Retrieved 2013-11-11. 
  2. ^ Jay, Mike; Byrne, Stephen (1994). Pirates in Profile: A Whos Who of Bristol Rovers Players. Bristol: Potten, Baber & Murray. p. 252. ISBN 0-9524835-0-5. 
  3. ^ "Bristol - People - Profile: Justin Lee Collins". BBC. 2008-04-29. Retrieved 2013-11-11. 

External links[edit]

Marie Barry