Cycle Safety

A letter from Mr. Gilmour:

Last night one of our children was involved in an cycle accident when he was hit by a car.  Luckily his injuries are not life-threatening – he has a broken collar bone and a large scrape on the side of his face.

However he was not wearing a helmet or a hi-visibility vest and at the time, perhaps was not being as sensible as he should have been.

Over the last few days, I have noticed children riding around without helmets or hi-viz vests and not being sensible: for example cycling the wrong way down Drayton Road or pulling out into busy streets without looking first.

Therefore I urge you to not allow your children out on their bicycles without helmets, hi-viz vests and a promise to be sensible particularly over the holiday as the nights are getting lighter.  You can buy a helmet and vest for less than £20 – dare I say not a lot to protect the life of a child.

In addition from next term children will only be allowed to cycle into school if they apply for a cycle permit and agree to wear a helmet and a vest.  If children come into school with a bike but without these, I will not allow them to cycle home – more details will follow the first week back.

I was really scared that I might have to lead an assembly today about a cycling tragedy rather than an accident.  Please help me make sure that I never have to.

Celebration Assembly 31 March 2014

Here is this week’s presentation!

celebration-assembly 31-3-14

Parents’ Guide to Ofsted

Please click here to download a pdf version of the parents’ guide to Ofsted.

Inspection of Isambard Brunel Junior School by Ofsted

26 March 2014

Dear parent or carer

Inspection of Isambard Brunel Junior School by Ofsted

We have just told your child’s school that we will inspect it on 27-28 March 2014. The lead inspector will be Janet Sinclair. We are writing to you because we would like to know what you think about the school. Please take a few minutes to read the leaflet which came with this letter. It explains why we inspect schools, and what happens during an inspection.

Your views about the school are important to us

If you are a registered parent or carer of a pupil at the school (including pupils on sick leave or who are temporarily excluded), you can tell us your views about the school by completing Ofsted’s online survey, Parent View, at:

Parent View asks for your opinion on 12 aspects of your child’s school, including the progress made by your child, the quality of teaching, dealing with bullying and poor behaviour. The inspectors will use the online survey responses when inspecting your child’s school.

To register your views, you will need to provide your email address, which will be held securely. It will not be used for any purpose other than providing access to the online survey. Neither schools nor Ofsted will have access to any email addresses.

Please complete the online survey by 11am on 28 March 2014 or earlier, if possible, so that the inspection team has sufficient time to consider your views. However, we will consider all online responses that are completed during the inspection. Should you wish to provide written comments these should be sent to the school in a sealed envelope, marked confidential and addressed to the inspection team.

Speaking to an inspector

If you are unable to complete the online survey, it may be possible to speak to an inspector during the inspection, for instance at the start of the school day, or to pass on messages to the inspectors if you are unable to speak to them in person. Inspection administrators will be happy to make the necessary arrangements. If concerns are raised about child protection, we may have to pass the information we receive to social services or the police. You can contact the administrators on 0117 311 5342. Inspectors will be pleased to receive your comments, but cannot deal with complaints about individual pupils or settle disputes between you and the school.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete the online survey.

Yours faithfully


Tribal Inspections

Free Story Telling Workshop

This Saturday as part of the Lost Hour, Mrs Court will be hosting a free story-telling workshop at North End Library at 2pm for about half an hour suitable for all ages!

Space-Space at the Guildhall

Congratulations to the Year 5 children who took part in the fantastic Space-Scape concert at the Guildhall last night!

The Portsmouth Music Hub Facebook page has photos of the rehearsal and performance that can be downloaded and the links are here:

rehearsal pictures

concert pictures

School Closure due to Industrial Action by the NUT

The school wrote to parents last week to warn you that the NUT have voted to take industrial action as part of their ongoing dispute with the government.

Due to this action, we regret to inform you that the school will be closed on Wednesday 26 March.

The reason for this closure is that the school will not have enough teachers to ensure the safety of pupils during the day.  In addition, we are not permitted to employ supply teachers to cover classes where a teacher is taking action.

School will reopen as usual on Thursday 27 March.