£1.7 million in capital investment has been awarded to Bristol Brunel Academy to go towards the costs of making changes to the Academy to accommodate more learners in the future.
As a temporary measure to help with the increasing number of children in the city moving to secondary schools, we increased the number of students joining Year 7 in September 2017 and September 2018 from 216 to 232 students.
In order for this increase in number of students in Year 7 to be a permanent arrangement, a number of changes would be necessary to the Academy building. In particular these changes involve the canteen capacity and design, the stairwells and the toilet facilities on the ground floor.
The cost of increasing the capacity of these spaces is significant and we have been in discussion with Bristol City Council with regards to possible funding.
I am pleased to be able to inform you that following a proposal by Cabinet Member for Education, Anna Keen (Hillfields ward) at a Bristol City Council meeting yesterday, BBA was awarded £1.7 million in capital investment towards the costs of making changes to the Academy to accommodate more learners in the future.
This funding award is part of a broader plan Bristol City Council has to meet a significant shortage of school places over the coming period. The Cabot Learning Federation has been working with the Council to support the need in the local community. Below is an extract I am proud to be able to share with you from the council meeting:
The first of these projects will deliver £1.7m to create additional facilities at Bristol Brunel Academy, allowing for 16 more pupils per year group, a total of 80 pupils over 5 year groups. Bristol Brunel Academy has been a huge success story of Bristol Education over the past decade. In 2007, less than 70 children entered the school in year 7; this year the school received almost 600 applications for 232 places. This is an absolute credit to the staff, leadership, pupils and families of the school, which now has strong attainment and progress 8 results, with Ofsted recently praising leadership which has led to a significant reduction between attainment for disadvantaged pupils and their peers. During the recent inspection, pupils were described as being proud of their school and treating each other with kindness. As a City, we are grateful that Brunel has stepped up to meet the rising need for school places in such a supportive way.
Thank you for your continued support in making the Academy a success for our students and the local community.
Mr Jon Jones
Bristol Brunel Academy