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 52 different languages and 56 dialects.

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 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 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. 

Maryland becomes a School for Success

Maryland has been selected by the Mayor of London, as a School for Success, because of the fantastic  progress pupils make. Maryland is in the top 6% of schools in London for progress! 

We were given the Schools for Success award based on our 2018 results. Once again our 2019 results are excellent and we are performing above the national average for progress at KS2 in reading, writing and maths. 

We are also above the national average for attainment with 73% of pupils achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and maths compared to 65% nationally! 

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

Lorna Jackson


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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, view our YouTube presentation by clicking here.