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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 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.


Like all schools we have had to change to way we do things because of the impact of Covid 19. We have always been open for the children of key workers and vulnerable children through both lockdown periods and staff have worked hard to provide a high quality support for children learning at home.

As we have been unable to carry out our usual activities, I have left in the description of what we would usually do and hope that we will soon be able to return to this full provision.

Please read about this below.

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 the Rotex Writing Competition. Children have the opportunity to perform in concerts in Year 5 and 6. Our children love singing. We sing daily in school and our choir have taken part in community events. Most recently the Year 6 Choir took part in the Rainbows Hospice Christmas Carol Concert at Derby Cathedral. Year 3 choir have sung at Melbourne Hall at the senior citizens Christmas party


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 2018-present this included: Walks around Melbourne , Creswell Crags (Y3), river study Matlock Bath (Y5), the mosque, Hindu temple and gurdwara in Derby (Y3,5 and 5),The National Holocaust Memorial Centre ( Y6) and the residential outdoor activities week at Lea Green and Whitemoor Lakes(Y6). The whole school visits Derby Arena for the pantomime.



School Sports


We offer an extensive range of club activities such as: Gymnastics, Dodgeball, Football, High Fives, Pilates,  Choir, Table Tennis, 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. Last year purchases for the school included a benches for the playground, an electric piano and a range of workshops for Y 3 and 4.


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


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Jane Whirledge


February 2021