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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:



Sainsbury’s Silver Award for Sport and PE



International Schools Award

Silver ECO award

Platinum Award for Catering



Healthy Schools Award



Arts Mark Gold


Cinderella Rockerfella Christmas Pantomime 2015


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.



Team MJS warm up for the Race for Life


In October 2015 a new all-weather trim trial funded by the PTA was installed.



In the Forest Garden with Mrs Spencer


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.


Award Winners 2015


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 2014-present this included: Walks around Melbourne ( Y3 and 5), Poole’s Cavern (Y3),River Trent walk (Y5), river study Matlock Bath (Y5), residential outdoor activities week at Kingswood (Y6). The whole school visited Derby Arena for the BBC Ten Pieces Concert.


Visitors to our school last year included local author Andy Cope and Spy Pup, and also Diversions Theatre Company who led days on Ancient Greece and Ancient Egypt.


School Sports


We offer an extensive range of club activities such as: Gymnastics, Dodgeball, Football, High Fives,Cheer leading, Dance, Choir, Eco Warriors, Karate and Knitting.


The school has a strong musical tradition. Individual music tuition takes place in school for clarinet, flute, cello, piano and brass instruments.

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.

We have excellent transition programmes with both Melbourne Infant School and Chellaston Academy.

If you have any comments to make about our web site, or our school please send to


Jane Whirledge


January 2016