Melbourne Junior School

Name Melbourne Junior School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Packhorse Road, Melbourne, Derby, DE73 8JE
Phone Number 01332862344
Type Primary
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 262 (49.2% boys 50.8% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.0
Local Authority Derbyshire
Percentage Free School Meals 11.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.4%
Persistent Absence 3.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 15.6%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (23 June 2015)
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Information about this school

This is an average-sized primary school. Pupils are taught in nine classes. There are two classes in each year group, except in Year 3, where there are three. Most pupils are White British. There are very few pupils from other heritage groups or who speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils eligible for the pupil premium funding is well below the national average. This is additional funding provided to give extra support to those pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and to children who are looked after by the local authority. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is below the national average. The school meets the government’s floor standards, which sets the minimum expectation for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. Three teachers are currently on maternity leave, including the deputy headteacher. These classes are being covered by temporary supply teachers. The school has recently been through a turbulent time, including significant changes in staff.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Melbourne Junior School is a learning community where pupils feel safe and secure. This environment, along with consistently good teaching, enables them to achieve well. Pupils are making good progress. The standards they reach at the end of Year 6 are consistently above those seen nationally. Pupils behave well and are respectful of all adults. They say they enjoy learning and particularly enjoy their exciting topic work. Relationships at all levels are highly positive. Teaching is typically good. Pupils are keen to learn and take pride in their work. Pupils display positive attitudes to learning. Behaviour in lessons and around the school is good or better. The school is well led and managed by the headteacher. She has a clear vision and provides a strong role model to staff and pupils through her conduct and professionalism. Senior leaders have high expectations of both staff and pupils. This is demonstrated by their approach to developing a highly engaging curriculum for all pupils which promotes their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development extremely well. Governors are well informed and challenge the school’s leaders about all aspects of the school’s performance. The school works effectively with parents as partners in their children’s learning. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Standards in mathematics are not as high as those in reading and writing. The quality of marking and feedback given to pupils in mathematics is not as precise or helpful as it is in other subjects.