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Our story, vision and logo

Isambard Brunel Junior School is an academy located in North End, Portsmouth. It is housed in a Victorian school built over one hundred years ago. We share the site with Meredith Infant School.  We are currently in consultation to become a primary school with Meredith from September 2020. We are a good school in all areas (rated by Ofsted Decemebr 2019).

I hope you enjoy our story,

Mrs Lucy Carroll


A man and his son were walking along the beach late one evening as the tide was going out. The beach was strewn with starfish that had been washed up by the stormy seas earlier in the day. The young boy stopped walking and, to the dismay of his father, started picking up the starfish and throwing them back into the sea. His father who was keen to keep moving said, “Why are you doing that, son?” The young boy replied that he was returning the starfish to the sea where they belonged. The boy’s father looked at him and said, “But there are too many of them and you will never make a difference.” Whereupon the boy picked up one final starfish and placed it into the sea and said, “Well, I made a difference to that one.”

Together we will make a difference, supporting, encouraging and inspiring everyone to be: successful learners, responsible citizens and happy, confident individuals.

Our school logo of a starfish is to remind everyone that each day they should strive to make a positive difference.


Transforming life chances by …

Providing an educational framework that promotes the development of effective habits and cognitive structures

Challenging everyone to aspire to and strive for personal excellence

Enabling each individual to realise their potential and have mastery of their own destiny


Child first





We teach the children various thinking tools to help them with their learning and to prepare them for life outside school. We were accredited as a Thinking School in February 2017.

Habits of Mind are the sixteen habits that great learners show all the time. They are:

Persisting                                                                                          Managing Impulsivity

Listening with Understanding and Empathy                                   Thinking Flexibly

Thinking about Thinking                                                                 Striving for Accuracy

Questioning and Posing Problems                                                 Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations

Thinking and Communicating with Clarity and Precision              Gathering Data through All Senses

Creating, Imagining, Innovating                                                     Responding with Wonderment and Awe

Taking Responsible Risks                                                               Finding Humour

Thinking Interdependently                                                             Remaining Open to Continuous Learning

Thinking maps are diagrams that help with different thinking processes.

Analysing whole objects and parts brace map                             Causes and effects multi-flow map

Classifying and grouping tree map                                              Comparing and contrasting double bubble map

Defining in context circle map                                                     Describing bubble map

Seeing analogies bridge map                                                     Sequencing and ordering flow map