Manor Lodge Primary School

Manor Lodge Community Primary School is a vibrant, multi-cultural school located approximately a mile from Sheffield city centre. The school’s community includes many families experiencing high levels of deprivation, has high levels of pupils with special educational needs, many pupils on free school meals and a significant number of pupils with English as an additional language.

We recognise the challenges that many of our children face, but also celebrate the rich diversity of our community and seek to be as inclusive as possible in all areas of the school’s work. We value and encourage the involvement of families in their children’s learning and parents/carers are actively involved in the curriculum through their participation in themed weeks, topic linked home learning and invitations to come into school and learn alongside their children.

Although many of our pupils enter school with lower that average starting points, they respond well to our high expectations and creative themed curriculum, so that they make good progress through school. We provide additional support and intervention for children making less than expected progress, including nurture group provision and targeted one-to-one and small group support for targeted children. Pupil outcomes have shown steadily rising trends over the last few years and in 2012 and 2013 the school was above floor standards in all areas for attainment and progress at Key Stage 2.

Manor Lodge was inspected in November 2012 and graded as requiring improvement. Monitoring visits have been positive and have indicated that good progress is being made. We remain committed to moving the school to good and aspire to be outstanding, with the aim of providing our children with the best possible learning experiences that will prepare them for their future education and for life.

We are committed to partnership working. In January 2013 we formed a hard federation with Grace Owen Nursery School, sharing one governing body and an executive headteacher. This has provided an opportunity to share effective early years practice across the two schools and ensures that children have a smooth transition from nursery to primary school.

The staff of the school work closely together to meet the needs of the children, supporting each other and sharing good practice for the benefit of the whole school community. There is a high level of commitment to continued professional development for all staff, focused on improving the quality of teaching, and building leadership skills at all levels. This includes the regular use of Enquiry into Practice and peer coaching.

The school has a good track record for succeeding with newly qualified teachers. Over the last few years, all our NQTs have remained at the school and several NQTs are now members of our senior leadership team. One of our current NQTs achieved qualified teacher status whilst in post as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant at the school, through completing a part time BA in Teaching and Learning. She says of her experience:

“Teaching in a school like ours is a challenge, but a worthwhile challenge, and the hard work that you put in to develop as a teacher is far outweighed by what you get back.  The support and encouragement of the staff at the school really helped me to develop my teaching skills, so that I am now ready to take on my first teaching post with the confidence that I can deal with, and overcome, any challenge that comes my way.”

What a School Direct trainee could expect from us

  • A school where the children and their families need to feel  valued and nurtured
  • High quality support and a range of training opportunities
  • Being part of a staff team that is committed to developing good and outstanding practice
  • Strong links with other schools in the Sheffield South East Learning Partnership

What we would expect from a School Direct trainee:

  • High expectations for pupil progress and attainment
  • A commitment to our inclusive ethos
  • A creative approach to making learning both challenging and enjoyable
  • A commitment to developing outstanding practice

To find out more about Manor Lodge Community Primary School visit our website

Contact Cath Whittingham (Headteacher) on 0114 2725054 or for more information or to arrange a visit.


Please apply for School Direct places with SSELP in Sheffield via the UCAS website below. You will need to choose Wybourn Community Primary & Nursery School  as your provider (programme code 25YM):

Apply here via UCAS

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