The Brunts Academy
|Motto||Nil Mortalibus Ardui Est (Means Nothing Is Impossible For Humankind)|
|Principal and Head||Mrs Janice Addison and Mr Carl Atkin|
|DfE URN||137763 Tables|
|Ofsted||Reports Pre-academy reports|
|Colours||Green and gold|
The Brunts Academy is a large secondary school in north Mansfield, Nottinghamshire in England. The school specialises in the Performing Arts. It has previously been a Grammar School and a Technical School and traces its foundation back to a bequest by Samuel Brunts in 1709. Its past students include 2008 double Olympic Gold medallist Rebecca Adlington.
The Brunts School became The Brunts Academy with effect from the 1 January 2012.
The Brunts Academy can trace its history back to an elementary school that was founded in 1687 and had endowments equal to 100 pounds per year. In 1709, Samuel Brunts left a bequest in order that local children could learn an honest trade. The bequest and the school resulted in 40 boys and girls learning reading, writing and arithmetic by 1831 with the girls particularly studying needlework. It was not until 60 years later that the school and the bequest were combined. By 1891, Samuel Brunts' bequest was worth £3,800 so the new school was named Brunts Technical School.
In 1830 Brunts Charity owned buildings and land in East Bridgford, Nottingham's marketplace and at Claypool in Lincolnshire. It was the richest of all the charitable foundations in Mansfield in 1832 when it was paying out £4 a year to 220 different claimants.
In 1891 a new building was built. In 1976 Brunts Grammar School became a comprehensive.
The school's intake is taken from a number of schools known as the 'family of schools'. The list includes King Edward School, Sutton Road School, St Peter's (C of E) School, High Oakham School and Newgate Primary School.
The school uniform includes distinctive green blazers for both boys and girls. The school colours are green and gold,. whilst the school emblem is a rearing griffin within a shield with "Nil mortalibus ardui est" emblazoned upon it.
In 2002, there were nearly 1500 pupils in the school of whom fewer than 1300 were at age 16 or below. The school achieved 57% A-C passes with only 5% achieving no passes at all. This was 5% better than the county and 10% above the national average.
Overall the school is characterised by a high proportion of white pupils compared with the national average and nearly all students have English as their first language. Attainment is "broadly average" and at the inspection of the school by Her Majesty's Inspectorate in 2009, the school was assessed as "satisfactory" with higher marks for its pastoral care.
Notable former pupils
- Rebecca Adlington, OBE, double Olympic gold medal winning swimmer.
- Prof. George Bond, Prof of Biology (1906–1988)
- Arthur Bown (1921–1994), conductor
- Mark Bryant (cartoonist), cartoonist
- Samuel Harrison Clarke CBE (1903–94), Fire research
- Prof. Nicholas F. R. Crafts (1949–) Professor of Economics
- Burley Higgins (1913–1940), pilot
- Prof. Eric Jakeman FRS (1939– ) Prof. of Statistics
- Sir Richard Leese – Leader of Manchester City Council
- Nigel Francis Lightfoot, (1945– ), Microbiologist
- Prof. Major James McCunn (1894–1967) Vet
- Jim McGrath, TV commentator
- Adrian Metcalfe (1942– ) UK athlete, Silver Medal winner Tokyo Olympics 1964
- Prof. Norman Millott (1912–1990) Biologist
- Graham Moore QPM (1947– ) Chief Constable
- Dr Robert Henry Priestley (1946– ) Biologist and publisher
- Canon Dr Nicholas Thistlethwaite – authority and writer on church organs
- Charles Geoffrey Polkey (1921-1944) ww2 Typhoon pilot. shot down and killed 25 May 1944 near Gisors France.
- Sir Bernard (Evans) Tomlinson (1920– ) pathologist
- Dr Charles Wass (1911–89), mines safety expert
- John Whetton – UK athlete, European 1500 metre champion Athens 1969
- Robin Keith Wilson – Provincial Grand Master of Nottinghamshire Freemasons
In 2003 Brunts was awarded the Artsmark Gold Award and in 2006 the Healthy Schools Gold Standard and the Full International School Award.
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