About our school

Chellaston Junior School serves the area of Chellaston, an expanding suburb, four miles south of the centre of the City of Derby.

The school, which first opened in 1967, was originally designed to cater for 240 children aged between 7 and 11. Since then it has been extended a number of times (1984, 1989 and 1999). We currently have 509 pupils on roll.

The original building has been rewired and the toilet blocks have been refurbished. A programme of window replacement has been completed and more recently the entrance to the school hall has been re-designed and re-furbished to a high standard.

All classrooms in the school are well equipped. They are carpeted, have window blinds, storage and display areas and give easy access to art and craft facilities. The school has a well-equipped kitchen and multi-purpose hall.

Outside, there is a hard play area with surrounding seating and pathways leading to further games and rest areas. There are football and games pitches, a grass track, a wildlife and garden areas. We also have a “Millennium Garden” and a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) which the children use during break times. The PTFA funded ‘Maple Corner’ which is a completely enclosed play area with an all-weather surface and new picnic-style benches with games tops, designed and chosen by School Council representatives. Last year, our PTFA helped to fund “Mount Jubilee”, an area outside Edale class. This has an artificial grass surface and two large sails that provide a large shaded area for children to sit and play.


Class organisation is generally based on mixed ability, single age groups but may be varied to meet the needs of specific groups of pupils, where the assessment process suggests a different approach would be more beneficial to their teaching and learning needs.

The school is organised into 16 class groups. All pupils have a class teacher and may be taught by different teachers for Literacy and/or Numeracy.

All pupils in the school will be taught by other members of teaching staff during their class teacher’s Preparation, Planning and Assessment (PPA) time. Class teachers retain responsibility for the pastoral care of children and it is important that the Headteacher or class teacher is kept informed of all matters which may affect the wellbeing and performance of the children in their care.

There are also occasions when children are taught by a member of staff who has specialist knowledge of a particular subject, e.g. Music, Science, PE/Games and French. There are also Year Group Leaders who have responsibility for the following in their year group:-

  • The quality of teaching and learning

  • The standards of behaviour and discipline.

  • The well-being of the children.

The School Day

Although the school day runs from 8.55am to 3.35pm, many children have far longer days than this though as they are involved in before school clubs, lunchtime and after school clubs, matches and activities.

The school sessions are:

Before school clubs normally run from 8.00 am until 8.45 am

Morning - 8.55am to 12 noon

There is a short break in the morning (usually 10.30 am to 10.45 am)

Lunchtime - 12.00 to 1.20 pm  

Afternoon - 1.20 pm to 3.35 pm

After school clubs normally run from 3.40 pm until 4.30 pm or 4.45 pm

Children should not arrive before 8.45am, unless in a before school club, as legal supervision will not be provided until that time. Where there are temporary difficulties in this respect, parents are asked to contact the school. When the children arrive at school, they should go straight to their classroom to prepare for the school day so they are ready for learning by 8.55 am.

Contact the School

Chellaston Junior School

Maple Drive, Chellaston, Derby, DE73 6PZ

Main Contact: Marie Lewis, School Office Manager

Tel: 01332 701460

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