Welcome to Maryland Primary School 

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, Forest Gate Children’s Centre, delivers a wide range of services to the community. We pride ourselves on being a diverse school.  We have over 450 children from 34 countries representing 40 different languages and 53 dialects. 

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 have been recognised by the House of Lords for our international research and profiled in the Parliamentary Review 2018.  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 after school clubs.

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.

Parents are welcome to get in touch to book an appointment for a tour around the school. We look forward to meeting you.          Headteacher, Mrs. Lorna Jackson, MBE, Cert.Ed., B.Ed, NPQH.





1. Leaders and those responsible for governance should ensure that more challenging activities are set to improve pupils’ outcomes particularly for the most able pupils at KS2, OFSTED 2017 

  • More rigorous assessment, reporting and pupil progress analysis systems have been put in place
  • Rigorous training for staff on how to teach for greater depth through the introduction of ‘gold work’
  • To increase the number of children achieving greater depth in writing
  • To increase the percentage of pupils achieving greater depth at KS2      

2. To adapt the curriculum including providing bespoke tuition to minimise the impact of lockdowns on pupil achievement and wellbeing

  • Bespoke and targeted tuition support in English and maths to minimise the impact of lockdown on pupil achievement and wellbeing.
  • Continue to review English with the love of reading and explicit reading comprehension strategies
  • A language rich environment for our pupils with broad and rich curriculum opportunities
  • To focus on overcoming barriers to learning such as SEND, wellbeing and attendance, wellbeing, and ensure the provision and enrichment for vulnerable pupils such as disadvantaged and SEND is of the highest quality.
  • Vulnerable is defined as: SEND, PP, LAC, No Recourse Public Funds, CP, Medical needs, Mental Health, Lowest 20%, Attendance.

3. To continue to develop a curriculum that champions diversity and equality.

  • Sustaining and leading on our equality and diversity work for the school and wider community and local authority.
  • Maryland construct of education is one of inclusion and equality and we are a model of inclusion based on equality and unique characteristics. 
  • Ambition for Maryland to lead on learner profiling so that all children’s talents and unique characteristics are identified and channelled from the outset
  • Focus on celebrating equality, diversity and anti-racism in our daily practice
  • Provide rich and broad experiences that develop resilience, self-confidence and raise aspirations.
  • Pupil voice is consulted on key decisions across the school.
  • A values led curriculum that instils values such as ambition, kindness towards others, resilience, teamwork, respect as well as honesty and determination through the prism of British Values.




CURRICULUM GOAL 1 : To ensure every child is secure in English, maths and computing

Core skills in English, maths and Computing underpin all aspects of learning and provide necessary skills to become ‘future ready’.


CURRICULUM GOAL 2: To deliver a broad, balanced  and rich curriculum that creates independent, resilient critical thinkers

Our six school values underpin this ethos: teamwork, respect, kindness, courage, ambition, resilience


: Deliver a curriculum that champions diversity
and equality 

Pupils have a global perspective and are well prepared for life in modern Britain. Our pupils see themselves represented in what they learn and the school itself so that equality, diversity and anti-racism are seamlessly interwoven into the curriculum.




REVIEW OF 2020/21

There are 3 key points to sum up the pandemic year and that is:
…national lockdown shortened the school year, although the school remained open throughout the lockdown for key workers’ children.
…home learning became a new way of education
…and wellbeing became the priority for everyone of us


SEPT 2021-22


At Maryland Primary School it is our aim to raise standards by promoting a school ethos which is underpinned by core values. These values support the development of the whole child as a reflective learner within a calm, caring, happy and purposeful atmosphere. School’s are              required to teach the children about British Values, we reinforce this through embedding our own Maryland school values. We must also develop ethical language around healthy lifestyles and this is where the Health at Every Size programme will support us. Our local authority has        one of the highest numbers of overweight as well as underweight children.

In the HT vision 2019-20, it stated that staff needed to ensure pupils understood that they are accountable for sustainability in very small ways that will eventually make a difference. The focus was on the awareness of the impact of single use plastic. The next step is to ensure                children understand global warming and climate change which is having a huge impact on the weather around the world.



Latest News

Choir…is back with a bang!

World Children’s Day…the children took on the roles of different staff within the school to further develop their aspirations and pupil voice which reinforced the school’s values of ambition and equality.

Interview with the Headteacher – History Enquiry…our children interviewed Mrs Jackson to find out more about the Windrush Generation.

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