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Welcome to Marland Hill!

 

We are very proud of our large and inclusive two-form entry primary school with integrated specialist provision for Hearing Impaired children. Marland Hill serves a diverse and multi-cultural, multi-faith community and we realise that we are very lucky to be located within a state of the art building in the heart of Rochdale.

 

At Marland Hill, we aim to nurture our children on their journey through life so they can grow into safe, caring, democratic, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British society and to the world. We encourage our children to be creative, unique, open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and of others in our school, our local community and the wider world.


Our vision of raising standards for all whilst having fun was evidenced in our end of EYFS data 2017 (a five year upward trend and the best it has ever been at 63.9%!), end of Year 1 phonics data 2017 at 86.7% (an upward trend, above National and the best it has ever been!) and our end of Key Stage One outcomes for 2017 (above LA averages for reading, writing and maths plus RWM combined within the new heightened curriculum expectations – the best it has ever been!). We are also delighted to be able to report that the rigorous school improvement plans put in place for 2016-2017 to further raise standards by the end of Key Stage 2, particularly in reading, proved successful. The school saw a 24% increase in reading attainment at the expected standard with a 20% overall increase in children reaching the expected standard in reading, writing and maths combined. In addition there were particular successes in terms of the increase in pupils achieving at the higher standard by the end of Key Stage Two. I am sure that you will agree that whilst we have focused plans in place to further improve outcomes at the end of Key Stage Two, this ‘bottom up’ approach to whole school improvement puts the school in a strong position for sustained improvement moving forward.

 

Our Hearing Impaired Resource Base continues to be integral to our inclusive approach to educating all of our children. Mrs Jean Cockerill remains our on site Teacher of the Deaf who is employed by the school. Mrs Cockerill will continue to work in partnership with the school’s leadership and wider teaching team, supported by four specialist Teaching Assistants, to provide additional bespoke support for our hearing impaired children in both the base and within our mainstream classrooms .Indeed, when Marland Hill was rebuilt in 2006 it was designed with hearing impaired children at it’s core. All classrooms are equipped with Soundfield systems. These systems can be connected to individual hearing aid systems, as well as providing an enhanced sound system across the classroom through the built in speakers. Children in the HIRB regularly spend time working on their individual targets, taking part in pre and post tutoring sessions, and working on speech and language objectives. All hearing impaired children at Marland Hill, whether mainstream or part of the HIRB, have daily equipment checks, immediate access to specialist staff, speech and language sessions, and personalised time in the unit. All levels of hearing impaired children are welcome at Marland Hill, and each child can expect an individualised curriculum. This specialist provision for hearing impaired children is the only facility of it’s type in Greater Manchester. Come and look round - you would be very welcome!

 

The more recent school improvement work linked to raising attendance and aspirations at Marland Hill has been a great success. All stakeholders have worked hard to ensure that we work together as a school community to remove potential barriers to success for our children. Have a look at the attendance section of the website and feast your eyes on the impressive direction that our attendance data is now heading in. We look further to refining these systems even further this year.

We hope our website provides you with a flavour for just some of the many examples of the positive impact that the work of the school is having on all our stakeholders, and in particular our amazing children. In our own words, we truly believe that…together we can achieve more! It is an absolute pleasure and a privilege to be the Headteacher at Marland Hill and I am looking forward to another successful year together!


Mrs Joanne Cunningham

Headteacher

 

 

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