A letter from Chair of Governors regarding academy conversion can be found here.
BBC Radio 1 At Isambard
On the 8th May Nick Grimshaw and the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast team broadcast their morning show from Isambard Community School as part of the Breakfast Tour.
Performing live to the nation from our main hall were Little Mix, Bastille, comedian Chris Ramsey and our very own band, The Hourglass Has Turned. It was a fantastic morning and we are very proud to have been part of the Breakfast Tour. Click here for pictures and video.
Summer 2012 Exam Results
Below shows a comparison between schools that the majority of North Swindon children attend in terms of 2012 GCSE examination results:
|Position||School||GCSE Pupils||5A*-C GCSE |
(including English and Maths)
|Total Av. Pts||Value Added|
|1||Isambard Community School||222||65%||539.5||991.6|
|2||Royal Wootton Basset Academy||218||58%||504.3||991.5|
|4||Lydiard Park Academy||181||55%||457.5||970.8|
|5||Highworth Warneford School||179||53%||452.1||984.9|
|6||Bradon Forest School||234||53%||451.9||971.5|
|8||Nova Hreod School||204||43%||479.2||967.0|
Isambard Hat-trick In Cup Final
On the 1st of May Isambard Community School students demonstrated their dominance in Schools football after victory in the Under 11's, Under 14's and Under 16's Wiltshire Schools Cup at Stanley Park.
Both the U11's and U16's won convincingly with a 6-3 win over Lavinginton and a 4-1 win over Ridgeway respectively, the U14's match was more of a nail biting affair with the final score 2-2 at full time - taking the game into extra time. In the final minute of extra time Tyreke snuck the ball past the keeper to secure victory. A notable performance was also made by Rhys who scored a hat trick in the U16's. Read more...
Killington Ski Trip Photographs
A selection of images from the skiing trip that took place during the Easter holidays can be found here.
Killington Resort is a four season destination that sits on 3,000 acres in the heart of the Green Mountains in Central Vermont. The Resort boasts more than 70 miles of diverse terrain spread across six peaks and offers an expansive lift network and snowmaking system. Furthermore, the numerous après, dining, shopping and lodging options have made Killington a world-class destination for East Coast skiers and riders for more than 50 years.
Swindon Cookery Challenge 2013
Isambard students joined dozens of other secondary school students at Swindon College to showcase their talent in a professional kitchen.
In the Year 7 and 8 category Kieran and Charlotte were very worthy runners up with a menu comprising of:
- Peppers stuffed with British lamb and jalapenos served with a cheese sauce, new potatoes and chives.
- British Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream
In the Year 9 and 10 category Sarah and Gael were the winners with their menu comprising of:
- Sundried Tomato & Goats Cheese Tart
- Artisan Olive Bread
- Aioli and Green Salad Macaroons
- Strawberry Shortcake
- White Chocolate Mousse layered with Raspberry Coulis
The judges were very impressed with the standard of the food this year saying it was the best they had seen since the competition began.
Swindon’s Youth Poetry Slam 2013
This year, two teams from Isambard Community School competed in Swindon’s Youth Poetry Slam at the Arts Centre. The boys (Tom and Harry) and the girls (Kelsie and Mia) had to perform poems they had written themselves.
The boys’ poem on fast food was delicious to watch and the girls’ poem on burnt toast certainly made an impression! Kelsie and Mia went through to the finals, with their ‘Ode to music’. All four students did a sterling job of representing the school and the English department is very proud of them.
Thank you to everyone who came to support the students and especially to Miss Roe and Mrs Moore for helping the students prepare for the competition.
Year 7 Students Doing Extremely Well
Our Year 7 students are doing extremely well this year, the year group currently has the highest amount of Brunels in the school. Not only have they been doing well with their academic achievements, they also have had success in the talent shows, maths quizzes, world book day, representing the school on school trips and not forgetting our sporting achievements. Read more...
Valentine's Ball Raises Over £5000
Our Valentine's Ball to raise money for Prospect Hospice took place in the school hall on Thursday 14th February. The event was very well supported by staff, parents, governors and people from our local community. Entertainment on the evening was provided by Nathan Jones Allstars Jazz Band and the show opened with a performance of Skyfall by Simone Chamberlain. Read more...
Inclusion Centre Opening [Update]
Isambard Community School are pleased to announce the opening of their Inclusion Centre from March 2013. Since the school opened in 2007 it has grown rapidly and has a maximum capacity of 1200 students, some of whom have complex and diverse learning and emotional needs.
The Inclusion Centre has been functioning on a smaller scale since September 2012 but the move to its permanent location will enable the Inclusion Centre to function at full capacity. It has already proved to be invaluable at supporting hard to place students including those from other schools and settings. So far, during the initial pilot phase prior to expansion 60 students on roll have accessed this provision which equates to 5% of the student body.
Research shows students nationally are finding it increasingly difficult to cope with the demands of growing up due to the pace and change of social media. Isambard School is determined to support all of its young people with this process and in November 2012 received an accreditation for anti-bullying work in school. A large part of this work focussed on supporting young people online. Read more...
Update (05/02): An article about the Inclusion Centre has been published in the Swindon Advertiser and can be found here.