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.
I am delighted to say that the school successfully converted to an Academy on 1st August and we are now part of the Potential in Everyone Academy Trust. The trust draws together four schools in the local area, Minterne Junior School and The Oaks Infant School as well as Bredgar CEP and Borden CEP. The unique characteristics of each school will allow us to help support each other and grow as members of this exciting trust.
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. We have spent quality time on ensuring that the curriculum we provide, meets the needs of all our children and helps them to become independent learners.
Music has become a strength of the school. We have a school orchestra and choir, as well as many music clubs run by our dedicated staff. There are a number of opportunities to learn to play a musical instrument through the Music for Schools programme.
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 two 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.
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, Headteacher