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.
We are recognised by a number of outside agencies for a variety of awards:
2016 and 2017
Sainsbury’s Gold Award for Sport and PE
The school has had particular success in PE and sport.
We hold the school sports championship winners trophy for 2016-2017. A Year 6 pupil is Junior Sportswoman of the year and our girls' football and cricket teams came runners up in the Junior Team of the Year award.
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. Last year they used their budget to buy an outdoor stage after consulting with the Governors.
In October 2015 a new all-weather trim trial funded by the PTA was installed.
Melbourne Junior School has very close links with the community. An example of this is our Forest Garden project. This is a joint initiative with Melbourne Infant School. Melbourne Area Transition Group and the Civic Society. This year the choir will perform in a concert with Melbourne Male Voice choir. Amalfi Whites restaurant welcomed Year 4 to see how pizzas are made and baked the childrens' in their ovens
We participate in the Carnival and Melbourne Festival. Local clergy take assemblies each week. We have strong links with the National Trust at Calke Park.
Children take part in a variety of visits to support the curriculum. Last school year 2016-present this included: Walks around Melbourne ( Y3 and 5), Poole’s Cavern (Y3), river study Matlock Bath (Y5), residential outdoor activities week at Lea Green (Y6). The whole school visited Derby Arena for the pantomime.
In addition this year, Year 6 will visit Beth Shalom the National Holocaust Centre and Museum.
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 and look forward to a production of Just Joshing in anti-bullying week and a visit by Cat Weatherill in March.
We offer an extensive range of club activities such as: Gymnastics, Dodgeball, Football, High Fives,Cheer leading, Animation, Choir, Eco Warriors, Karate and Knitting.
The school has a strong musical tradition. Individual music tuition takes place in school for clarinet, flute, cello, guitar, piano 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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