A warm welcome to Melbourne Junior School
from Mrs Jane Whirledge Headteacher
At Melbourne Junior School our motto is ’Only my best is good enough for me’. As a school community we endeavour to live up to this every day- pupils, staff and governors.
Melbourne Junior School
At Melbourne Junior School we strive to provide an excellent education for all of our children. Our most recent Ofsted inspection in June 2015 described the school as good.
An activity during a visit to Rosliston Forestry Centre
Our results at the end of Key Stage 2 are above local and national averages. Whilst we want our children to achieve their best, we also endeavour to instil a love of learning in our pupils so that they are well prepared for the future, at secondary school and beyond.
The school has had particular success in PE and sport.
We hold the Derbyshire Team of the Year Award and School Sports Championship Team of the Year Award 2017-2018 for our table tennis team. We hold the School Sports Championship runner up trophy for 2017-2018. A Year 6 pupil is the local Junior Sportswoman of the year and runner up for the Derbyshire junior Sportswomen of the Year.
In addition we have a strong commitment to the Arts. Children participate annually in the Melbourne Arts Festival and the Rotex Writing Competition. Our annual Christmas concert is a high quality production involving the whole school. Our children love singing. We sing daily in school and our choir have taken part in a concert with the Male Voice Choir at the Parish Church.
We have a strong commitment to involving our pupils in the life of our school and have an active School Council who help to raise funds, liaise with the local community and help us to listen to our pupils.
Melbourne Junior School has very close links with the community. We participate in the Carnival and Melbourne Festival. Local clergy take assemblies each week.
Children take part in a variety of visits to support the curriculum. Last school year 2017-present this included: Walks around Melbourne , Poole’s Cavern (Y3), river study Matlock Bath (Y5), the mosque and gurdwara in Derby (y3 and 5),The National Holocaust Memorial Centre ( Y6) and the residential outdoor activities week at Lea Green (Y6). The whole school visited Derby Arena for the pantomime.
Visitors to our school last year included local author Andy Cope. This year we have welcomed a Hindu religious leader from the Open Centre in Derby. Firehorse Productions presented 'The B Word' at the start of our antibullying week when we focused on celebrating difference. .
We offer an extensive range of club activities such as: Gymnastics, Dodgeball, Football, High Fives, Pilates, Choir, Running, Karate and Knitting.
The school has a strong musical tradition. Individual music tuition takes place in school for clarinet, flute, cello, guitar, piano, violin and brass instruments. We also have an orchestra. Year 4 are taking part in the Wider Opportunities programme, with all children learning to play a brass instrument.
Our Parent Teacher Association provides valuable support raising funds for the school through a variety of enjoyable activities for our children such as picnics and discos. Last year purchases for the school included a new library system, cricket nets, and a new sound system.
We have excellent transition programmes with both Melbourne Infant School and Chellaston Academy.
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