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Murray`s Road Junior School
Laureston Avenue, IM2 3BR, UK Douglas
+44 (0)1624 621681

Murray’s Road Junior School
‘Inspiring Pride and Success for the Future’
Where did Murray’s Road begin?
The ground on which the school was built belonged to the “Murreys” (pronounced Murra) who were merchants in the Isle of Man. It is said that the Murreys first introduced Manx coinage. They were also benefactors to the town.
The original Murray’s Road School was built in 1899 and catered for infants as well as juniors. The foundation stone for the old school remained a feature within a wall on the playground until July 2004. When the foundation stone was removed a time capsule was found underneath it - dating back to 1899 when the original school was built. Inside the Victorian glass bottle was a newspaper, photographs and a school committee booklet, see photos above.
In 1967 the present school building was erected on the site of the old playgrounds and the original building was demolished. Due to the increased population, Ballaquayle Infants’ School was opened in 1971. Consequently, Murray’s Road School now caters for children in Years 3 - 6.


Our Values
The values we share are an integral part of our school culture and underpin the way in which we work together.  These values support the aims of the school and by reminding ourselves of these on a regular basis we will be better able to help our children to become successful learners.
Listen to one another and act sensitively.
         Excel in all we do.
Achieve our goals.
Respect others and their views.
Nurture enthusiasm and positive attitudes.
Our school aims :
•    To help pupils access a broad and balanced curriculum relevant to their individual needs.
•    To help pupils develop intellectually, socially and emotionally by providing a happy and secure learning environment.
•    To help pupils  become successful learners through the enjoyment and challenge of a well designed and engaging curriculum.
•    To help pupils become increasingly responsible for their own actions.
•     To help pupils  learn the value of co-operating with others.
•    To help pupils   take pride in their achievements through celebration.
•    To help pupils make the transition from Ballaquayle School through Murray’s Road and on to secondary schools  as smooth as possible.
In particular the school is committed to:
•    enabling every pupil to achieve high standards of learning both academically and socially;
•    ensuring that every pupil has equal access to all the educational opportunities provided by the school;
•    celebrating the cultural and international diversity represented by all children at Murray’s Road School.


The Manx National Curriculum provides the framework for learning and consists of the following areas of study:
Core subjects:        English
Foundation subjects:    Design Technology
                Information, Communication Technology
                Physical Education
                Religious Education
                Personal Social Health and Emotional Education
Children have the option to learn Manx from Year 4 but will be withdrawn from classes to do so.
We aim to develop an increasing degree of independence by encouraging all children to think for themselves. You will find that your child is frequently engaged in work which involves problem solving, decision-making and working co-operatively.  We emphasise the importance of swiftly acquiring the necessary skills of numeracy and literacy which will enable our pupils to progress within the whole curriculum.
Teaching Methods
Teaching methods and classroom activities have undergone enormous change recently.  There is greater emphasis on direct teaching in the Literacy hour and the daily mathematics lesson.  This means that the children will be using computers, individual whiteboards and practical activities to express their ideas and to show the teachers that they understand the lesson. This means that  at parents’ evenings you shouldn’t expect to see work books with pages of repetitive worked examples or lots of writing and stories.  


All children are expected to wear school uniform clearly named.  This consists of the following:
        Grey, black or navy blue trousers
        Grey or tartan skirts (Blackwatch Tartan)
        Gold/Amber polo shirt
        Green sweatshirt, pullover or cardigan
        Green fleeces bearing the school logo (available from school office)
As with Ballakermeen, Park Road, and Ballaquayle School we expect all children to wear black shoes, not trainers.  Jewellery is not allowed.
Tartan skirts, polo shirts and school sweatshirts which bear the school logo can be purchased from:
                Esquires Corporate Design Wear
                1a Lord Street
Please make sure that your child has a coat with them on cold or wet days.
Summer Dress
During the summer term girls may wear green gingham summer dresses.  Boys may choose to wear grey, black or navy blue shorts.
Named clothing will always find its owner.  However, one green jumper looks much like another.  Unidentified clothes are eventually disposed of.
Sports Clothing
Children need to be equipped to work either inside or outside at all times of the year.
Each child should have:    
* training shoes for outdoor sport and pumps for indoor sports    
* plain black shorts or gym skirts
* plain coloured t-shirts corresponding to their house colours:
York - Yellow
Laureston - Red
Murrays - Green
Palatine - Blue
Kit should all be kept in a drawstring bag.  Please do not send large sports bags to school
We encourage children to wear warm clothing for outdoor games lessons at the National Sports Centre. Any protective tracksuit, or jogging bottoms and sweatshirt is acceptable.
For swimming, boys should wear proper swimming trunks and girls should wear a swimming costume.  Children with long hair should tie it back and wear a swimming hat.  Goggles are discouraged for children who are aiming for the lower awards, as placing the face in the water forms part of the course.

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