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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 450 children from 34 countries representing 40 different languages and 53 dialects.    So, what else is unique about Maryland School?

“curriculum innovation    “excellent outdoor environment    “model school”                  “inspire ambitious pupils”   “outstanding teaching                                                        “one of the highest attendance rates in Newham”  “commitment to safeguarding

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.

Click here to read my Headteacher’s Vision for the year 2021-22

Some of our past school initiatives have included:

We are extremely proud to have been included in the Parliamentary Review for our curriculum innovation.  Click here to read the article.

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

Headteacher, Mrs. Lorna Jackson, Cert.Ed., B.Ed, NPQH.