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Final Stages Of Headteacher Recruitment

As you may be aware our Headteacher for the last eight years retired at the end of the last school year. Since September, Mrs Banks has been promoted to Acting Headteacher while the governors go through the process of recruiting a new Headteacher.

At the time the governors made the decision to not move into recruitment immediately, the nature of education means that staff recruitment is very seasonal (there are good and bad times to recruit). The governors wanted to ensure that the school was able to attract the best range of candidates.

March is considered the best time to recruit and so the school has now launched adverts in key online publications offering candidates to apply for the position with a view to starting in September 2015.

There will now be a period of time while we allow candidates to prepare submissions. We hope to interview a short list of candidates in March.

In the meantime Kevin Gray, Chair of Governors, would like to make it clear that the existing leadership team (led by Mrs Banks) continues to have the full support of the Governing Body who feel that they are doing an excellent job at moving the school forward.

As part of the recruitment process schools create a recruitment pack that tells candidates about the school and allows them to start to gather information in preparation for their submission and possible interview.  We thought that parents might like to see this and so we have made the pack available on the website. If you would like to view it (requires a PDF reader) please click on the link below.

We will continue to keep you informed of progress over the next few weeks. If you have any questions please submit them to the Chair of Governors using the following email address:

Headteacher Recruitment Pack: Click here

New York Trip 2016

New York

Miss Balebela and Mr Beecher would like to invite all students currently in Year 10 to attend an information evening about the New York trip taking place in 2016. The trip is open to students taking Business or Media Studies next year, as well as students who are taking these subjects this year.

The information evening is on Tuesday 3rd March at 6pm until 6.20pm in the main hall. Entrance will be via the gates at the back of the school or through the side doors at the front of the school next to reception.

Crest Nicholson Apprentice Evening

Crest Nicholson have invited students in Years 10 and 11 (and their parents or carers) to come along to an information session at 6.30pm on Thursday 26 February in our drama studio.

This is available exclusively for Isambard students and their families. They will explain about how apprenticeships work, the sorts of career and training opportunities that are available in construction and will tell us about their apprenticeship vacancies in Swindon.

Please get in touch via if you wish to attend as places must be booked in advance. Refreshments will be available.

World Book Day 2015

Dress as your favourite book character on March 5th and help us celebrate World Book Day in style! Who will you be? Perhaps you will be a hero like Harry Potter or a villain like Dracula. You might be Charlie Bucket or Katniss Everdeen, Prince Caspian or Ruby Redfort. Be imaginative and creative... and bring the book with you, too! There will be prizes for the most inventive costumes.

Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day 2015

Isambard Community School is joining hundreds of other organisations across the UK in celebrating Safer Internet Day and promoting the safe and responsible use of technology.

To celebrate the day, Isambard Community School is asking students to imagine they are searching themselves online ten years in the future, and to think about what the results would say about them? Were they careful about what they posted online? Did they show off thier talents and skills online? Did they educate others about how to use the internet appropriately?

Safer Internet Day 2015 is on Tuesday 10th February 2015, with the theme ‘Let’s create a better internet together’, offering the opportunity to focus on both the creative and positive things that children and young people are doing online, as well as the role that we all play in helping to create a better internet. Further information can be found at

Hour Of Code

Week commencing 8th December, all of Key Stage 3 and GCSE Computing and ICT students have once again taken part in 'The Hour of Code'.

Hour Of Code

This is the second year of the week long, world wide incentive to introduce students to computer coding. Over 70 million students have taken part world wide, working towards the goal of 100 million people trying to code. Read more...

Asda Bag Pack

Isambard students supported the Swindon Foodbank on Sunday 7th December raising funds and collecting food donations at Asda in West Swindon.

We were overwhelmed by the amount of support the community gave to all the students and we would like to express our sincere thanks to all those who donated. The Foodbank arrived at 3pm to collect what we had raised so far, and at that point, it was over half a ton of food. We had also raised an incredible £1037.38 in cash donations. Read more...

STEM Challenge Day

On Monday 24th November sixty of our Year 9 students spent a fantastic day with three engineers from First Great Western. The day was funded and run by the Smallpeice Trust, a charity working to engage students in STEM subjects; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

STEM Challenge Day

The focus of the day was to for the teams to design, cost and construct of a defensive sea wall and railway bridge, a task based on the Dawlish sea wall repairs that took place earlier this year.

The teams’ efforts were judged by the visiting engineers and congratulations go to team 5 (Lewis, Ali, Naomi, Harvey , Chloe and Olly), who won based on the performance of their design, and on their fantastic teamwork.

The students thoroughly enjoyed the day and learned a lot about working in Engineering.

Children In Need 2014

Thanks to the generosity of our students and their families we had 21,119 coins donated on Friday for Children In Need, these coins have all been counted and we can reveal that we were able to raise £475.79! Thank you again to everyone who donated, the coins will be taken to the bank in the next few days.

In case you missed it, every tutor group was asked to create a piece of artwork linked to Children In Need using their coins. You can see the result of 8 Earth North's effort here.

Lions Club Peace Poster Contest

Lions Club Peace Poster Contest

Each year, Lions clubs around the world proudly sponsor the Lions International Peace Poster Contest in local schools and youth groups. This art contest for kids encourages young people worldwide to express their visions of peace. For more than 25 years, millions of children from nearly 100 countries have participated in the contest. The theme of the 2014-15 Peace Poster Contest is "Peace, Love and Understanding."

Work by Isambard students was celebrated on the 11th of November with an event where the judges selected the 3 winners. Adam (Year 8) won first prize and his work (pictured below) will now be entered for the next stage of the project at regional level. Runners up were Chloe (Year 9) and Amy (Year 8). All shortlisted students received certificates for their work. Read more…

Isambard Food Drop

A team of Year 10 students volunteered to coordinate a series of food drops with Swindon Food Bank. There has been an amazing response to our Food Drop campaign and we would like to thank everyone for their very kind donations.

Food Drop

We have received a fantastic 1872 items from students and their families and thanks to their kindness many local people will benefit from these goods. Read more...

Isambard Sleepout

Isambard Sleepout

On Friday 12th September 2014, 18 Isambard students and each head of house, Mr Child, Mr Hatcliffe, Mrs Humphrey and Miss Tucker ‘slept rough’ in the school street to raise awareness and money for Threshold, a Swindon based charity that supports homeless people around Swindon.

Students took part in a session led by Threshold’s Simon Bennett and made their own shelters out of cardboard boxes. After a cold evening, they enjoyed a cooked breakfast courtesy of Mr Child and Mr Hatcliffe. Congratulations to all the students who gave up their time for this cause.

Photos of the event can be found here and donations can be made to Threshold here.

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