Markland Hill Vision and Values


We are a friendly, positive and inclusive one and a half form entry Primary school in Heaton, Bolton and were judged as outstanding by Ofsted in 2014. We have a strong identity and family ethos of caring for each other. It is important to us that all children are happy coming to school and enjoy and fully engage in their purposeful learning. We recognise that every child is unique and has different talents and qualities; we relish the opportunity to help develop and celebrate them.

Our Vision and Values go beyond the academic and reflect children’s intellectual and personal development, needs and capabilities, both now and in the future. We aim for excellence in all that we undertake. We develop the whole child alongside having the highest expectations of what every individual will achieve.

As a school, we show a commitment to our children as individuals and to their learning experiences, by encouraging high standards of personal achievement and behaviour we recognise the valuable contribution that parents make in support of that commitment. We deliver an exciting and ‘unique’ curriculum; one which nurtures passions, interests and stimulates intellectual curiosity. Our Markland Hill Curriculum is broad and exciting; filled with practical experiences to engage and motivate the children to always want to learn more. Children’s learning is enhanced by linking their learning across the curriculum to real life experiences through on and off site subject or topic related activities, holding specialist curriculum days or themed weeks. Our school provides a broad, bespoke, exciting and relevant curriculum further complemented by an exciting range of extra-curricular activities. 

Our aim is to inspire your child with confidence in their own ability so that they are well prepared for a smooth transfer to the next stage in their life. We treat children as individuals and provide them with inspirational opportunities to develop socially and emotionally into responsible citizens of the future so that they can go on and achieve their dreams.

We see education as a partnership between our committed and loyal staff, supportive parents and motivated pupils. This is why we feel well equipped to provide teaching and learning opportunities which will help prepare children well for the increasingly complex world in which we live. Personal, social, emotional and moral education are high on the agenda at Markland Hill. The school provides a caring and secure environment, with opportunities provided to discuss and explore issues around growing up, developing as successful members of the community and even as global citizens.

We strongly feel that children must have a growing ability to form strong and positive relationships with others as they move through school and life and we deliberately cultivate character traits and promote personal attributes in our children. This includes helping children believe they can achieve, persevere with tasks, work towards long term goals and continue any setbacks with resilience. Alongside understanding the importance of self – respect and self-worth, pupils will develop personal attributes including honesty, integrity, courage, humility, kindness, generosity, trustworthiness and a sense of justice. We achieve this through planned opportunities, volunteer positions and the relationships we have with all the pupils across the school.

Our close links with the wider local community develop within the children a sense of responsibility, instilling in them a sense of individual worth and a respect for others. We value the support and the good will of our parents. By working together in a positive partnership, we are able to create the best possible opportunities for all children

Our Aims and Ethos

We are committed to developing a school environment that is happy, safe, caring, nurturing and full of fun and opportunities.

Our principles for learning focus in our pursuit of excellence, we will

  • Develop self-esteem and confidence in their own abilities
  • Learn in a peaceful and supportive environment
  • Work in a range of groups and settings
  • Learn to respect themselves and others
  • Follow their own interests and be themselves
  • Reflect and think mindfully about their learning
  • Recognise that people are good at different things
  • Build respectful friendships


We aim to deliver an exciting and relevant curriculum through:

  • Excellent teaching
  • Innovation of intent, implementation and impact of all curriculum subjects
  • Providing opportunities to broaden creativity
  • Celebrating achievements
  • Encouraging independence
  • Making networks and connections in learning so that children know more, can do more and remember more of their learning.