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School Direct Profile 2016

School Direct Profile

**Our recruitment window will be opening soon and information on this website page for further information.   You can also check the UCAS website for further information.**


Why train with us?
Marland Hill Community Primary School is a larger than average primary school, that has achieved 'outstanding' in its last two inspections. The school has a range of awards and accreditations, including the Extended Schools Award, the Inclusion Quality Mark, Healthy Schools Status, and the Gold Artsmark Award.

Marland Hill is part of a very strong, successful network of 11 schools who work together on a wide range of levels, including: offering bespoke training for staff across the 11 schools; opportunities to visit and work alongside colleagues from a network school; and the chance for children to meet and work together, both in a curricular and extra curricular capacity.

Additionally, Marland Hill has a resource base which supports pupils with hearing impairments located within school. Currently, the pupils who attend this unit spend a combination of their time in mainstream classes alongside their peers, and in the hearing impaired resource base partaking in specialist teaching delivered by a teacher of the deaf, or a specially trained teaching assistant.

We can offer trainees the opportunity to observe and take part in exciting, creative teaching experiences. Trainees will receive high quality support and mentoring, and gain experience across the primary spectrum, and in different settings. There will also be the opportunity to get support from specialist staff in, for example, Early Years, special educational needs, assessment, safeguarding and attendance.

Welcome to Marland Hill!

Our Children
The staff, parents and governors of Marland Hill strive to provide a wide range of opportunities for the children, many of whom come from a deprived background. Opportunities include: School Council, Head Girl and Boy, extra curricular clubs, an outdoor education for all year groups across school [which includes kayaking, team building and forest school], and competitive sports opportunities.4
Our children enjoy coming to school. They are happy, well behaved and polite, and have an infectious enthusiasm to acquire new information. They are incredibly welcoming, and have a delightful, inquisitive nature.

Structure of the school
Marland Hill is a 2 form entry school, with classes from Nursery through to year 6. Teachers work in partnership to plan and resource lessons, and are well supported by a large, highly skilled team of teaching assistants.

The school was redesigned and rebuilt in 2006 to an exceptionally high standard, and still now benefits from high quality daily maintenance.

The school is very generously resourced, and in summer 2015 huge investment was made in a number of key areas. The Early Years Unit [reception and nursery] was redeveloped to create a large teaching area for 4 classes, each equipped with its own interactive whiteboard, and learning zones designed to meet the requirements of the Development Matters curriculum. A new reading scheme was also bought, with the intention of raising the profile of reading across school and developing a love of reading in the children. We now have a very well equipped reading resource station with a huge range of reading books to cater for all abilities, and all age groups.

At Marland Hill we strive to provide an exciting, creative curriculum, built on a strong foundation of literacy and numeracy. We base our learning on the guidelines set out in the New Curriculum. To enhance the learning opportunities for children we also hold themed weeks across the year. These may involve a world studies, art, or design and technology focus. Please click here for more information.


IPLCN Network
At Marland Hill we have strong links with the 10 schools that form part of our network, some of which will be providing our School Direct opportunity alongside us. Students who train with us will be offered opportunities in some of these schools to provide an even wider experience in different settings. Please see the following links to find out more about each of these schools.

St Andrews CE Primary School and Nursery

Stanley Road Community Primary School

Hamer Primary School

Greenbank Primary School

Moorhouse Primary School


What we are looking for

Are you...
...friendly, approachable and enthusiastic? Are you passionate about working with children and helping them to fulfill their potential? Are you a good team player, committed and hard working? If you feel that you fulfill these criteria then we would love to meet you. The schools in our network strive to give our children the best opportunities possible, recognising the individual needs of each child, whilst equipping them with the skills they will need to be successful young people and adults.

Successful candidates will be expected to have experience at a practical level across the full primary school spectrum, and be able to talk comprehensively about these experiences.


Candidates will be expected to complete the official UCAS application form.
Successful candidates who are shortlisted will then be expected to go through a further selection process. This will include an observation, a presentation, and then a panel interview.

Candidates will be asked to carry out a short activity with a small number of children, with a literacy or a numeracy focus. This will be observed by members of the interview panel.
Candidates will be asked to give a short presentation of approximately 10 minutes, with a teaching and learning focus, to members of the interview panel.

Candidates will finally take part in an interview with the panel, comprising approximately 10 questions, which will focus on experience, understanding of teaching and learning, awareness of the differing needs of children, and safeguarding.

Potential applicants are more than welcome to contact the school to arrange a visit, or to ask any further questions.


Child Care Facilities

Disability Access
Marland Hill is fully accessible to visitors in a wheelchair, or with mobility difficulties. There is a lift between the 2 floors, with refuge points upstairs in case of emergency. There are also disabled toilets upstairs and downstairs, and shower facilities.
As our school has specialist provision for hearing impaired children, all classrooms are equipped with a Soundfield system, which enables hearing aid systems to be connected to technology in the classroom to facilitate access to discussions in the classroom, or the interactive whiteboard. There are also flashing lights in each room throughout school to signal if the fire alarm is sounding.

Public Transport
Marland Hill is fully accessible by public transport: there are nearby links with the Metrolink, train and bus services. The motorway is also only a 5 minute drive from school.

Student Life

Study Facilities

Where to Find Us
Marland Hill is situated approximately 5 minutes from Rochdale town centre, 15 minutes from Oldham town centre, and 15 minutes from Bury town centre. The M62 and M66 motorways are also accessible locally.