History of our School
The History of Mundy Junior School
Mundy Junior School first opened its doors on the 2nd of November 1891 with Queen Victoria still on the throne and Mr Henry Dix as the first headteacher. It was known as Mundy Street Boys’ School and as the name implies was single sex and located where Mundy Street meets Godfrey Street. The original school cost £32,000 to build which was a fortune at the time and possibly compares with £2.4 million it cost to build the current school on Lockton Avenue which opened in September 2005. If you look at the inscription on the stone which marks its creation you will notice the initials C.E.L.C. and A.E.M.M. These are the initials of the two men who funded the school. Claude Evelyn Lacey Corfield was the Rector of Heanor from 1885 until 1911. Alfred Edward Miller Mundy was the Squire of Shipley Hall the outline ruins of which can still be seen on top of the hill in Shipley Park.
It wasn’t until 1958 when the school combined with Loscoe Road Girls’ School as they left their William Howitt site to become part of Mundy Junior Mixed School that the ‘modern’ era of Mundy Junior School begins.
Mr Henry Dix November 1891 – 1915
Mr Frank Boam 1923 – 1943
Mr Leonard Smith – 1943 – 1970
Mr Ian Ottewell 1970 – Christmas 1993
Mr Brian Allsopp Christmas 1993 – end of Summer Term 1997
Mr Kelvin Gibbs 1997 – 2005 (Mundy Street Site)
Mr Kelvin Gibbs 2005 – 2022 (Lockton Avenue site)
Miss Dot Adair 2021 – present
An explanation of our school badge
The following has been adapted from ‘Heanor School days’ by Narvell S Annable.
The second headmaster of Mundy Street Boys School, Mr Frank Boam, organised the school badge that we use today. The Rev. Canon Corfield gave his consent for our badge to be based on his family crest.
The badge comprises of several elements; each with their own meaning. Mr Boam explains them as follows:
The wreath of laurels relates to the ancient Greek symbol of a great prize, a well won prize, the highest honour in a competition.
The hand holding the wreath is the sign of true friendship – the ones we make at school are the ones that can have the strongest influence during later life; hence the hand should serve as a reminder of the duty we owe to one another.
The heart is the emblem of love – which should make us a loyal, united school, faithful to ourselves and to God. Such a spirit will help us in our effort to make ourselves true as individuals.
Each element joined in the badge bearing the letters ‘M’ and ‘S’ – presumed to be for ‘Mundy’ and ‘School’.
He asked pupils to remember that this badge marks pupils as members of our school; therefore never do anything which will dishonour the badge that you are privileged to wear.
Our motto: “Serva Fidem” translates to “Keep your faith / trust” and Mr Boam stated that pupils should try to be true to our friends, true to our school and keep the Christian Faith; as without that Faith, our lives would be a walk in the dark!