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Please follow the link below for further details. https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/41/70046


IPLCN School Direct Profile


Belfield Community School is a larger than average primary school. We had a very successful OFSTED in 2020 and I would invite you to read the report.

 Belfield 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.

We at Belfield pride ourselves on being fully inclusive and welcome all from our vibrant community. Although we are situated in an area of high deprivation we see our school as an oasis of calm. We strive to ensure all our pupils get excellent teaching and exciting opportunities. We serve a mixed community with 80% of our intake having English as an additional language. One claim to fame is fantastic walking, recently mentioned in Paul Dix’s latest book. 

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, language support assistants, a bespoke assessment system, safeguarding and attendance and excellent behaviour management.  If you want to learn to thrive as a teacher in a welcoming, challenging and exciting environment Belfield is the place to be.

Our Children

Many come from deprived backgrounds and the majority have English as an additional language.

Our children are enthusiastic keen to learn even though they can often struggle. We’ve developed a bespoke assessment system to match the needs of our particular school and have developed excellent systems of positive behaviour management. Our children are enthusiastic; happy in school and have a love of learning. We have an active school council and Eco Ninjas group.

Structure of the school

The school is organised in teams. Foundation Stage, Key stage One, Lower Key stage 2 and Upper Key stage two. Each team is led by an experienced teacher. The teachers have PPA together so that they can plan and share ideas. We have smaller than average class sizes and a wonderful team of teaching assistants. The HT, DHT and Business Manager make up the Senior management team.

The school has close links with an onsite Children’s Centre.


At Belfield 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. All teachers are members of a curriculum team to support the sharing of good practice.

IPLCN Network

 At Belfield we have strong links with the 10 other 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.

What you can expect from the IPLCN School Direct Alliance:

· A very strong track record of talent management and  succession planning for colleagues that complete their ITT with us

· Highly skilled school based mentors

· Potential employment within an IPLCN school

· Placements that provide diversity and specialist training across the network of schools

· Highly effective networks and support



For more information contact:

Alex Pridgeon,

Deputy Headteacher,

Marland Hill Primary School,

Roch Mills Crescent,

Rochdale OL11 4QW

Phone: 01706 647147

E-mail: apridgeon@marlandhill.rochdale.sch.uk