Bristol Brunel Academy

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Bristol Brunel Academy
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Established 2007
Type Secondary Academy
Trust Cabot Learning Federation
Principal Mr Jon Jones
Location Speedwell Road
BS15 1NU
Coordinates: 51°28′05″N 2°31′40″W / 51.4680°N 2.5278°W / 51.4680; -2.5278
DfE number 801/6907
DfE URN 135300 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Capacity 1180 (Data from January 2016)
Students 1016 (Data from January 2016)
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.[1] The main school building was designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects.[2]

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 and achieved its best ever GCSE score in 2014. The table below shows the percentage of students gaining 5 A*-C including English and Mathematics.[3] The results of other LEA schools in the Bristol area are, on average, 10% higher than this.

2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
35% 25% 45% 41% 45% 45% 48% 44% 55%

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Remarkable turnaround for Speedwell school". Bristol Post. 9 September 2008. Retrieved 14 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "Bristol Brunel Academy". WilkinsonEyre. Retrieved 14 November 2015. 
  3. ^ "The Department for Education - Performance Tables - School Details". Retrieved 2013-11-11. 
  4. ^ Jay, Mike; Byrne, Stephen (1994). Pirates in Profile: A Who's Who of Bristol Rovers Players. Bristol: Potten, Baber & Murray. p. 252. ISBN 0-9524835-0-5. 
  5. ^ "Bristol - People - Profile: Justin Lee Collins". BBC. 2008-04-29. Retrieved 2013-11-11. 

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