Named after: Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806 - 1859)
A renowned mechanical and civil engineer, he built dockyards, the Great Western Railway, a series of steamships including the first propeller-driven transatlantic steamship and numerous important bridges and tunnels. His designs revolutionised public transport and modern engineering. He astonished Britain by proposing to extend the Great Western Railway westward to North America by building steam-powered iron-hulled ships. He designed and built three ships that revolutionised naval engineering and in 2002 he was placed second in a BBC public poll to determine the "100 Greatest Britons".
Motto: 'Ignire In Ignis Feruere In Trahentium'
Translation: 'Ignite the fire and blaze the trail'
This is what we encourage the pupils of Brunel to do. We want them to have the confidence to follow their dreams. We want them to be leaders and innovators and not simply follow the crowd. Brunel's projects were not always successful but they often contained innovative solutions to long-standing engineering problems. Students in Brunel are expected to continue to push themselves and be the trailblazers for others to look up to and follow!
Anthem: Firework - Katy Perry
The lyrics of the this song are just right to inspire all Brunel pupils and link perfectly with our motto.
- ‘Do you know that there's still a chance for you cause there's a spark in you, you’ve just got to ignite the light and let it shine’
- 'Maybe your reason why all the doors are closed so you could open one that leads you to the perfect road’