Ethos and Values

The Castle Partnership Trust’s aim is to provide exceptional education for its pupils and to work closely with its families to identify needs as early as possible. By engaging families at an early stage in their child’s school life we can focus on the child’s educational and developmental requirements quickly to ensure the best educational journey for the individual. We are committed to the locality, to building the best provision possible for every child through from Nursery to secondary, in both academic and social, emotional and health education.  

At Isambard Kingdom Brunel Primary School (IKB) we believe that every child has the right to a high quality education, to see themselves as successful, to participate in enrichment and learning and to be full citizens locally, national and globally.

IKB has at its core a commitment that:  

  • Every Child Achieves
  • Every Child Belongs
  • Every Child Participates in learning, enrichment and the community 

Every Child Achieves

Through school, children begin to develop attitudes and beliefs about themselves both as learners and as people. By the age of 7, children already have a deep sense of themselves as learners and as part of a community. By 7, many children who are disadvantaged have already fallen behind their peers and we will not allow that. We want every single child in our care to thrive, be successful, have strong moral purpose and sense of belonging and identity.  

If we are serious about ensuring that no child will be disadvantaged by their background, we must be committed to a deep progression from Nursery through EYFS, the Key stages 1-4 and beyond into their adult life. The Bright Sparks Nursery provision and IKB EYFS will form the bedrock of our children’s outstanding education and personal development, especially for disadvantaged children who will begin at Bright Sparks aged 2. Children will leave Bright Sparks with the beginning of a sense of themselves as both individuals and a sense of responsibility for their community which they will then take with them as they continue their learning journey with us at IKB. 

In order to support every child achieves, there are strong and robust systems in place to monitor, track and intervene so that no child falls behind. Most importantly the teaching and learning will be focused on building knowledge and securing knowledge, whilst placing value on cultural capital and reading.

Every Child Belongs 

At IKB we are committed to every child feeling that they belong, that they are important and that they 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 will be a feature of Isambard Kingdom Brunel School. The Houses will reflect the innovation and inventiveness of Brunel, and will be 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 will characterise learning in the school.  

IKB Houses: 

  1. Thunberg – a teenage activist from Sweden who has become the face of the youth climate movement. 
  2. Johnson - 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 - 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. 

Every Child Participates  

IKB believes strongly in community and the contribution that young people make is essential to the wellbeing of their local, national and global community. IKB will centre itself firmly in the heart of local community and support the community by ensuring pupils have a clear sense of what makes a good citizen and a good neighbour as well as understanding the responsibilities and the privilege of living in the UK. Pupils will have a strong sense of themselves in the local, national and global context so that they have clear sense of the responsibility they have to others, in the present and in the future. 

To further strengthen the core values which run through the school, IKB has a set of attributes with aspiration embedded within them which are shared and demonstrated by all children, staff and the wider school community. 

Our IKB attributes include:  

  • We are positive - in our relationships with others and values that we share 
  • We are engaged - in our classroom learning and in wider school activities 
  • We are responsible - for the way we conduct ourselves in school and among the community 
  • We are respectful - to everyone we meet and to the property and resources that we share 
  • We are resilient - when things might not go the way we wanted and come back stronger 
  • We rise to challenges - to learn more about ourselves and to strive for further achievement 

Through the entire IKB community demonstrating these core attributes IKB will create a shared identity which will enable all stakeholders to strengthen their sense of achievement, belonging and participation both within themselves and collaboratively.