Isambard Kingdom Brunel was star pupil, says 1821 school report
Isambard Kingdom Brunel's school report from 1821 shows his teachers already had "brilliant expectations" for the future famous engineer.
The report from the Institute of Mr Massin in Paris said the teenager showed "a lot of diligence" and was a favourite with teachers.
Brunel's father sent him to France to study when he was 14.
The report is among items donated by a private collector to a new £7.1m Brunel centre being built in Bristol.
French engineer Sir Marc Isambard Brunel sent his son to France to study in 1820.
Dated "2nd semester of the classic year 1821" from the Institute of Mr Massin - Brunel's tutor - it shows he excelled in maths, drawing and German, and his behaviour was "beyond reproach".
"Teachers are completely satisfied with this young man's behaviour and he provides brilliant expectations for the future," the report reads.
"Unfortunately it doesn't say 'could do better'," said Rhian Tritton, director of Museum, Conservation and Education for the ss Great Britain Trust, who said she had been secretly hoping it might.
"It says that he is working extremely hard and that is one of the keys of Brunel's successes. He worked and worked and worked. He didn't give up if he didn't get it right first time."
The report is one of several artefacts that will go on show to the general public for the first time in the new museum, "Being Brunel", which is being built on Bristol's harbourside alongside the ss Great Britain - the engineer's iron-hulled steamship.
It will house more than 14,000 exhibits from the University of Bristol and about 1,500 personal artefacts donated by a private collector, Clive Richards.
Others revealed on Tuesday, as demolition work begins to clear the way for the new museum, include one of his famous cigars, half-smoked, found inside a leather-and-aluminium cigar case with "I.K.B Athenaeum Club Pall Mall" stamped on the front.
Brunel, a 40-a-day smoker, did a lot of networking at the Athenaeum Club, close to his London offices.
Ms Tritton said: "The image that everyone recognises about Brunel is that famous image of him standing in front of the [ss} Great Eastern's chains, with a cigar in his mouth... The cigar is really central to his image."