Welcome to Marden Lodge Primary School. We are an all through primary school with the additional benefit of day care on site which includes full wrap around care, including breakfast and after school provision. The school is situated on a pleasant site on the outskirts of Caterham and integrates all phases of learning.

Our outdoor facilities include a playing field, adventure playground, a covered heated swimming pool and a large playground. We become an academy in September 2013, joining the GLF family of schools. Through this partnership, we benefit from sharing outstanding resources and practice across a range of schools. Our forward thinking approach and dedicated staff aim to provide the best education for our children, bringing learning to life through our thematic curriculum.

Our mission is to inspire children to aim high, work hard and learn together.


Marden Lodge is a primary academy and is part of GLF schools. Marden Lodge is an all through primary with the additional benefit of day care on site which includes full wrap around care, including breakfast and after school provision.

The school is situated on a pleasant site on the outskirts of Caterham and integrates all phases of learning. Our outdoor facilities include a playing field, adventure playground, a covered heated swimming pool and a large playground. We offer a comprehensive programme for all our learners ranging from structured extension and enrichment activities for our gifted and talented pupils to specialist, targeted support for children with specific learning difficulties. In addition, we deliver a broad and balanced curriculum which accommodates different learning styles and interests. Our core focus is Maths and English and the promotion of a love of reading and our vision is to be known as a story telling school.

Our IT curriculum enhances learning and ensures all children have regular access to technology to develop their skills. We place a strong emphasis on children's physical development. Our children have regular swimming lessons in the school pool and receive physical education from our specialist sports teacher. We also offer a range of extra-curricular clubs and we continually seek ways to develop creativity.

Working for Us

Marden Lodge is an exciting, friendly and engaging place to work and learn. The vision statement ‘Aiming High, Working Hard, Learning Together’ represents all the stakeholders of the school. Everyone involved in our school has high aspirations for the pupils; we also have high expectations of our children in both their academic and personal outlook; and we work together as a team to give the children the best possible learning opportunities.

The school enjoys a respectful, co-operative and mutually supportive staff team where children are the centre of everything we do. Marden Lodge is a learning community for children, staff, Kestrels Day care, Caterham Children’s Centre, Parents, Governors and the community. Working as part of the Marden Lodge Team will provide you with opportunities to really make a difference to the lives of our pupils. We are on a journey to make Marden Lodge the school of choice in the local area and we welcome you to join us.

As part of GLF Schools we are able to offer our staff a unique opportunity to work in close collaboration with our local hub of Caterham Schools and the wider group of GLF Schools. As part of GLF Schools we offer a wide range of CPD opportunities.   If you're searching for your next teaching post, why not contact us now? You'll be working at a great school and be part of a friendly, helpful team. We're always interested to hear from enthusiastic, committed teachers - send us your CV now via our School Talent Pool and say what sort of role you're looking for. By joining our School Talent Pool we'll know you're interested in working here when a future vacancy occurs.

Local Area


Caterham is a town in the Tandridge District of Surrey, England. The town is administratively divided into two: Caterham on the Hill and Caterham Valley that includes the main town centre in the middle of a dry valley but rises to equal heights to the south. The town lies close to the A22, centred 21 miles (34 km) from Guildford and 6 miles (9.7 km) south of Croydon, in an upper valley cleft into the dip slope of the North Downs. Caterham on the Hill is above the valley to the west. Due to its proximity to London, Caterham is a commuter town, with small-to-medium sized businesses of its own however relatively few business/industrial parks. It has a significant area of retail and restaurants in Caterham Valley as well as pubs dotted throughout

 Local Attractions

Caterham expanded into the valley during the Victorian era after the railway line opened in 1856. The North Downs Way National Trail passes close to Caterham.

Based in Caterham, the East Surrey Museum is a large archive collection of interesting pieces that have been brought together to tell the story of this area of the country. There are many pieces on display that include archaeological finds that have been found in digs that have taken place across the county. There are also examples of antiques, maps, documents and photographs that help to bring the rich history to life.

Just outside of the Surrey town of Redhill is Aqua Sports Lake. The lake is found within Mercers Country Park near Merstham and offers a whole range of waterborne activities for all the family, clubs and schools. Some of the activities on offer include Wind Surfing, Dinghy Sailing, yachting and a variety of paddle sports. Professionally qualified coaches are on hand to teach the proper techniques to get the most out of any visit to Aqua Sports Lake.

Coulsdon Common is an historic piece of public land on the edge of the oldest part of the town. The common is a mixture of open grassland and woodland hideaways. The grassy areas are used by locals for seasonal sports including cricket, football and rugby. The woodland is popular amongst locals and attracts visitors from miles around to wander through nature enjoying the many different types of wild life and animal life that live within.

Recreational Activities

Marden Lodge has its own playing field which includes a trim trail. There is also a large spacious playground. Children in Kestrels’ Day care benefit from their own outdoor areas for each of the different age ranges, including facilities for the before and after school clubs. Our children in Reception and KS1 have access to continuous outdoor learning opportunities.

Transport Links

Our school is located just off the A22 Caterham Bypass and bus routes are freely available. Caterham and Whyteleafe South train stations are also within walking distance.

Headteacher's Welcome


At Marden Lodge, we strive to fulfil not just our pupils academic potential but their personal, social, moral and creative development through an exciting, stimulating environment with a broad curriculum. The School prides itself on its Vision Statement of Aiming High, Working Hard and Learning Together with emphasis on producing considerate, responsible and motivated individuals, who enjoy learning and have high aspirations. We are both a 'Story Telling' school, where language is at the core of everything we do, and a values driven school.

 Our school is a one-form entry co-educational Academy Trust Primary School. We work collaboratively with other GLF Schools to further improve school leadership at all levels.  We have approximately 210 pupils on roll with an additional 60 children attending Kestrels Day-care.

The children at Marden Lodge benefit from an inspiring and enjoyable curriculum based around whole school topics and enriched by a wide variety of extra-curricular activities, an enthusiastic and dedicated staff and a supportive partnership with parents. We are a school committed to providing an excellent education within a community which values and respects the individual child and the qualities they bring.

We welcome parents into the school and are fully committed to a true partnership between the child, home and school. I hope, like me, you feel strongly that we will achieve our educational aims for our children in partnership. I know that children learn best in an ethos of praise, encouragement and challenge. I cannot stress the importance of pastoral care at school and support from home to a young child’s confidence and security. Growing self-esteem allows our young people to give respect, take responsibility and show confidence and tolerance.

Mrs Kate Denby - Headteacher

Teaching and Learning at Marden Lodge Primary Scho


At Marden Lodge we are introducing a number of initiatives this year, which will have a positive impact on the quality of learning and teaching and thus raise standards across the school.

In essence, we believe that it is imperative that children have a strong grounding in the basic skills of reading, writing and mathematics and, consequently, a number of our initiatives are designed to strengthen the school’s work in this area. We are making changes to the curriculum in order to make it more engaging for pupils, through the introduction of whole school topics and a greater use of outside visitors and school trips to provide a context for the learning. Alongside this work, we have introduced changes to the staffing structure, as we develop leaders of the future through the introduction of a lead practitioner role and a new title for our teaching assistants which puts greater emphasis on learning.

We have recently introduced Read, Write Inc, a synthetic phonics programme which teaches children how to decode the sounds that make up words. Lessons are fast-paced and involve the whole class, keeping concentration levels high.

In the government report ‘Reading by Six, how the best schools do it’ which draws on the practice of twelve outstanding schools, seven out of the twelve schools featured used this programme to effectively raise standards. We are confident that this will accelerate pupil progress in Early Years and Key Stage 1.

Reading and the love of literature will run throughout the school, with all classes being named after key authors which will provide the stimulus for some of their work in literacy. The authors and relevant classes are as follows:

Reception                    Martin Waddell                         Waddell class

Year 1                          Julia Donaldson                       Donaldson class

Year 2                          Anthony Browne                      Browne class

Year 3                          Roald Dahl                               Dahl class

Year 4                          Anne Fine                                Fine class

Year 5                          Philip Pullman                         Pullman class

Year 6                          Michael Morpurgo                   Morpurgo class


We will also be building on our work to improve writing through further use of talk for writing. Talk for Writing, developed by Pie Corbett, enables children to imitate the language that they need for a particular topic orally before they try reading and analysing it. This is then followed by shared writing which demonstrates how children can craft their writing, helping then to write in the appropriate style.

This work will be supported through the introduction of ‘Story Starters’ a hands-on tool that inspires children to collaborate whilst creating and communicating stories, using LEGO bricks. Children work in groups to develop a story together, building their stories with bricks then documenting them using a simple digital process.

Lego will be further deployed to support other areas of the curriculum through the use of ‘Build to Express’ a technique which engages pupils by combining LEGO model building and learning. Children are challenged with building tasks related to the topic and their learning is extended through questioning which encourages them to reflect, explore different avenues and thus develop a deeper understanding of what they are learning 

Whole school topics were introduced in September which will facilitate the delivery of the new national curriculum whilst engaging learners and demonstrating progress across the school. For 2014/15 our topics are ‘Once upon a time’, ‘Adventures’ and ‘Lights, Camera, Action’.


GLF Schools

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GLF Schools aspires to create a group of academies that have a reputation for delivering an outstanding education for all children and students.
Whilst operating as a part of a family, each school exists in its own right maintaining its own unique characteristics and individual identity.
Whilst each school serves to meet the needs of its local community, all are united in their core purpose of providing an outstanding educational experience.

We are confident that GLF Schools has the capacity to support any school in its improvement journey, no matter its present context. We are passionate about helping schools achieve the best possible outcomes for their children and young people. In addition to being an approved Academy sponsor, we are able to offer a range of value-for-money services. These services range from full academy conversion with GLF Schools through to collaboration and support regarding school improvement, HR, business and finance management services, behaviour support, bespoke training or assistance with governance.

GLF Schools holds an ambitious vision for education. Its academies are committed to our core remit of providing an outstanding educational experience so that:

 1. all children will enjoy their learning, attain high outcomes and be helped to become confident individuals and responsible citizens whilst making excellent progress in all respects;

 2. all children will benefit from an inclusive ethos, excellent teaching and a broad and balanced curriculum underpinned by strong leadership, in a local school;

3. all children will be supported and encouraged to lead healthy and active lives developing the legacy of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.


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