|Name||Melbourne Junior School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||23 June 2015|
|Address||Packhorse Road, Melbourne, Derby, Derbyshire, DE73 8JE|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||250 (52% boys 48% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||24.0|
|Percentage Free School Meals||7.2%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||0.4%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||15.6%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
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.