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A warm welcome to Maryland Primary School and Children’s Centre from Headteacher, Mrs. Lorna Jackson, Cert.Ed., B.Ed, NPQH.

Our school is in Stratford, the home of the London 2012 Olympics. We are situated close to the Olympic development, Stratford Town Centre and Stratford City. On site is our Children’s Centre which offers a wide range of services to the community We pride ourselves on being a diverse school.  We have over 500 children from 34 countries representing 60+ different languages.

So, what is unique about Maryland School?

Well, we are widely recognised as being pioneers in curriculum innovation, carrying out international educational research for the benefit of this school and many other schools within the locality.

We are renowned for our award winning outdoor environment (Cluckingham Palace,  Nature’s Garden, Negril Beach etc) which provides unique learning opportunities for our inner city students. We are one of only a handful of schools who hold the prestigious Royal Horticultural 5 star Award.

We are a model school for Oxford University Press in the teaching of the successful literacy programme, Read Write Inc. In addition to our academic success, we are a model school for integrating technology. We continually achieve one of the highest attendance rates in Newham because our children love coming to school. Many pupils take part in music tuition after school hours, as well as maths and English classes after school, on Saturdays and in the holidays. 

Finally, we are a school that lives its motto to prepare children for the future. We inspire our pupils with unique opportunities  e.g. meeting Major Tim Peake, astronaut; Alan Titchmarsh, horticulturalist; international research Professors, and of course Olympic athletes, a legacy from our involvement in the 2012 Olympics. We ensure our children have ambition, that they are successful learners, and that they enjoy each day that they spend with us at Maryland.

Ofsted describe our excellent environment as one “in which all pupils thrive and flourish”, where “pupils’ behaviour is outstanding”. They praised our  commitment to safeguarding  pupils as well as commenting that there was a “high proportion” of outstanding teaching. We are continually looking to improve in all areas of our school as we strive for excellence in educating children to ensure we remain one of the best primary schools in Stratford, Newham and London. 

If you are ever in the area, pop in to see us – we love visitors!

Lorna Jackson

 

wE-Publish 
Maryland Primary School continues to lead the Critical Thinking Skills project in Newham and this will be an important focus of our work this year, alongside our long-term plan about integrating ICT into the curriculum in new and innovative ways. As a result, we now have our own stand-alone website, wE-PUBLISH, established to showcase children’s writing across the school. 
Click here to visit.
Google Education
We have embarked on an exciting journey using the web-based tools provided by Google. We hope to see an improvement in a wide range of areas, such as: pupil progress, engagement, independence, resilience and collaboration. Maryland is one of the first primary schools in Newham to start using these tools and are active in supporting schools interested in exploring the benefits this approach has.
Mental Maths
Please continue your daily 5 minute maths ‘workout’ with your child using Mental Maths 5 a day. If you need a refresher on how to use the book, go to Mrs. Cooper’s YouTube presentation by clicking here. Also see her presentation to parents on the book and its importance to your child, by going to her area on this website here.