Welcome to Minterne Community Junior School
Our motto is 'Learning for a Lifetime'
This has two meanings. Firstly, we aim to equip children with the skills to become successful learners both at Minterne and when they leave to move on to secondary school. Secondly, we hope to enthuse children with a love of learning so that they continue as lifelong learners.
Built in 1964, Minterne Junior School serves a pleasant residential area on the south side of Sittingbourne. The town and the countryside are both easily accessible from the school. There are just under 400 children on roll.
The school is set on a spacious site and has twelve large classrooms and an attached Speech and Language Unit. The classrooms are well appointed and all have interactive whiteboards and internet access. A new hall was opened in May 2011, giving the school a much needed flexible space.
In April 2014, the school was judged to be ‘Good' by Ofsted. The report, which is available on the Parent View and Ofsted websites, identifies the many strengths of the school.
Our rich, varied curriculum is full of memorable experiences that excite, stimulate and challenge our pupils. Pupils want to come to school, behave well and work hard. In recent years, we have been able to work with a number of artists who have added another dimension to our vibrant curriculum.
Music has become a strength of the school. We have a school orchestra and choir. There are a number of opportunities to learn to play a musical instrument. We were delighted to receive the Artsmark Gold Award, a national award reflecting excellence in Art, Music, Drama and Dance.
The school has an attractive library which is well stocked with both fiction and non fiction books. More books are readily available through class libraries. The main hall is used for assemblies, PE and school meals. The hall features a modern, versatile stage and professional stage lighting. The school’s drama/musical productions receive wide acclaim.
Our ICT facilities are excellent, featuring a large suite housing 35 modern computers. The school has a robust wireless network enabling staff and students to make use of mobile devices such as iPads and laptops.
There are 2 playgrounds and a large field which enable the school to provide a full range of winter and summer sports. The school teams have a consistently good record in inter-school competitions consistently winning trophies at both local and county levels.The school has achieved the prestigious Sport England Activemark Gold Award in recognition of our sporting excellence. In March 2011, the school won the Kent Sports Athletics Finals. We were awarded Healthy Schools status in June 2007 which was renewed in 2011.
The school has many mature trees and a wildlife area, which includes a large pond. A ‘Timber Trail’ play area has been installed and is used at break times and lunch time. A School Council made up of pupils and teachers meets regularly to discuss school issues. Our prefects and peer mentors help with the smooth running of the school.
We are proud of our school and we feel privileged to be working with you and your children. Our aim is to produce happy children who are "Successful Learners, Confident Individuals and Responsible Citizens".
Catherine Hurst, Head of School