Every Child Belongs

The Castle Partnership Trust is committed to the principle that every child will feel that they belong, that they are important and contribute in their own unique way as well as collectively, building a positive, enthusiastic and supportive community that is based on mutual respect and support. The pastoral system is the key driver in this. Houses provide a strong family-orientated support for pupils and families and are a key feature of Isambard Kingdom Brunel School. The Houses reflect the innovation and inventiveness of Brunel, and are named after great scientists, mathematicians, environmentalists and inventors, especially female and from ethnically diverse groups, inclusive of people living/ who lived with disabilities, to reinforce the positive growth mindset that characterises learning in the school.  

IKB Houses: 

  1. Thunberg (Greta) – a teenage activist from Sweden who has become the face of the youth climate movement. 
  2. Johnson (Katherine) - a mathematician from America whose calculations of orbital mechanics as a NASA employee were critical to the success of the first spaceflights and moon landings. 
  3. Hawking (Stephen) - a theoretical physicist, cosmologist and author from England who was known for his work on black holes relativity. 
  4. Hypatia – a philosopher, astronomer, and mathematician, who lived in Egypt, then part of the Eastern Roman Empire. She was a prominent thinker and she taught philosophy and astronomy.

Inclusion is at the very heart of the principles of the Trust and IKB. IKB is committed to providing an inclusive and high quality education to all children, to ensure the best possible progress, whatever their needs and abilities. We believe that all children are entitled to a broad, balanced and accessible curriculum, which allows them to reach their full potential and be fully included in all aspects of the school community. 

Supporting our SEND Pupils:

We are here to help parents understand how they can support their child if they have a special educational need and/or a disability. 

What are Special Educational Needs? 

Sometimes called SEN, this means that a child has needs that are different from or additional to the majority of children of their age and that they need extra help at school to achieve their full potential. This could be for a number of reasons and we will support these needs in a variety of ways. 

What is a Disability?

Under the ‘Equality Act 2010’ a disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities. At Isambard Kingdom Brunel Primary School (IKB), we aim to consider the individual needs of each child and work together to provide the correct support. This could be for a short period, or for much of a child’s time at the school. Not all children with SEN are disabled, and not all disabled children have SEN. At IKB, we follow the guidance in the SEND Code of Practice (2014), to help us make sure we do all that we can to meet the needs of our pupils. 

How do we support our pupils with Special Educational Needs?

More information about the way we identify and support our pupils can be found in the SEND Policy and our SEND Information Report. These documents set out to help parents and carers to understand what we do and how we do it, as well as the kind of support that we are able to provide.  

IKB SEND Information Report 

SEND Policy

Supporting our EAL Pupils:

The Trust welcomes children from all backgrounds and celebrates the diversity of cultures of all of our children. We are here to help parents understand how they can support their child if they have a special educational need and/or a disability. 

What are EAL Needs? 

English as an additional language (EAL) refers to learners whose first language is not English.

How do we support our pupils and families with EAL needs? 

The school is committed to making appropriate provision of teaching and resources for pupils for whom English is an additional language and for raising the achievement of minority ethnic pupils who are at risk from underachievement.  The school will identify individual pupil’s needs, recognise the skills they bring to school and ensure equality of access to the curriculum. More information on how IKB support pupils and families with EAL needs can be found here:

IKB EAL Commitment

Supporting our CLA Pupils

IKB recognises that, nationally, pupils in public care have significantly underachieved compared with their peers. IKB, through related policies,  promotes the inclusion, wellbeing and achievement of looked after children.

What are CLA needs?

CLA - Children Looked After are often referred to as children in care. They are children who are looked after by the local authority. These include children subject to a care order made by a judge at family court, and those who are accommodated on a voluntary basis in agreement with their parents.

How do we support our CLA pupils? 

IKB are committed in particular to implementing the joint guidance from the Department for Education and Department of Health on the education of young people in public care. More information on how IKB support CLA pupils can be found here:

IKB CLA Commitment

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