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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, which was in in January 2019, 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. Children participate in a wide range of both competitive and non-competitive sports activities.


In addition we have a strong commitment to the Arts. Children participate annually in the Melbourne Arts Festival and other local events. Children have the opportunity to perform in concerts in all year groups. Our children love singing. We sing daily in school.


We have a strong commitment to involving our pupils in the life of our school and preparation for being a responsible citizen. We have a raised funds for Children in Need through our 'Pudsey Ramble' around The Pool in Melbourne. At Harvest , we collect donations for The Padley Centre in Derby.

Melbourne Junior School has very close links with the community. We participate in the Carnival and Melbourne Festival. Local clergy take assemblies each term..


Children take part in a variety of visits to support the curriculum. Trips this year will include: whole school visit to the pantomime and Magna Science Centre, walks around Melbourne, Y5 visit to the Richard III Centre in Leicester, river study and outdoor activities, day visit to Lea Green(Y6), Y6 residential to Lea Green and visits to The Open Centre and places of worship in Derby for all year groups.



School Sports


We offer a range of club activities such as: Gymnastics, Archery, Football, Choir and Karate.


The school has a strong music tradition. We are pleased to be able to offer individual music tuition in school for clarinet, brass, flute, guitar, piano and violin. Year 4 take part in the Wider Opportunities programme, with all children learning to play a brass instrument. In addition, all children in Y 5 and 6 learn to play the recorder 


Our Parent Teacher Association provides valuable support raising funds for the school. Last year purchases for the school included playground markings, and the pantomime, in addition to other items. This year, they have purchased non-fiction books for the library, musical instruments, a poet for book week and a dance workshop in January.


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


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Jane Whirledge


December 2023