Sports Day

We will be running sports day slightly differently this year. You may have seen in our newsletter that KS2 are taking part in the morning events and KS1 in the afternoon. This is because of the timings involved: KS2 children will need longer due to the team and individual events they will be competing in. We look forward to the shared picnic lunch together in between!

To confirm, the date is Friday 15th of June, with a reserve set for Friday 29th June. More details will follow after Easter.

Ofsted Report

Dear parents and carers,

I have pleasure in enclosing the recent findings of our Ofsted inspection. The good news is that we are still rated to be a good school! Ofsted have raised the bar of what they expect of schools, and so being judged as good really is good.

I am so proud of our pupils, staff, governors, parents and carers for the way in which we work together as a school community. Whilst we don’t get everything right all the time, we are going from strength to strength. There is a very positive momentum as we continue our journey of improvement – which never really ends.

I say regularly to our staff, “We do things this way because it’s right for the children, not because Ofsted want it.” Although a school will always feel the pressure of an inspection, it is my view that we will continue to strengthen what we do because every single child deserves to have the very best. We will not rest on the good news of this judgement, but rather use it as motivation to develop our school further.

The inspectors agreed with us in what our next steps should be in terms of raising academic attainment; indeed they are things we are already working on. These areas are detailed more fully in the report, and it provides further validation for our school that we are improving in the right areas.

I would like to highlight the work of our governors. It’s a volunteer role with great responsibility, and an effective school simply cannot be good without a committed Governing Body. Graham Robins, our chair, leads the team very well, and we are all indebted to the time and energy that they freely give.

Finally, I want to thank each member of our staff. Since joining St Mark’s in September, I have found them to be passionate, hardworking and keen for every child to make strong progress. They make our school a great place to work through their team-spirit and dedication, and I am very grateful for them.

I wish you and your family a wonderful Easter break.

Charles Applegate

Head Teacher

Free wood

There are a few wooden pallets by the skip in our car park. The wood is great for a fireplace or chiminea. It’s free to a good home- just pickup anytime. No need to ask. Thank you.

Busy in the snow!

Our classes were set the challenge to build a ‘snow castle’ that represents St Mark’s. We’ve had a lovely morning in the snow using our learning behaviours of team work and creativity. Also, a huge thank you to Chris Worgan for his help in clearing the paths this morning.

Update – Monday 19th March – Snow

We will be enjoying the snow together on the field before lunch, so please can the children have spare clothes if possible.

Please keep to the paths, walk not run, and avoid the playground or other shortcuts (as always!) as this will help keep yourselves and our site safe. Paths around the community are icy so go carefully.

Clubs after school are still on. You must let us know if your child won’t be attending. The football tournament has been cancelled.

Thank you for your support and understanding. Please share this message with other parents.

Monday – school open from 10:30am

Due to the snow and ice, we are opening at 10:30am to pupils. This gives time to make the site safe. Breakfast club has been cancelled. Please wear sensible shoes, coats, gloves and normal uniform. Bring black school shoes in a separate bag for when in the school building. Go safely and carefully.

Monday – snow and ice forecast

We are hoping to be open tomorrow, but as always, please have a childcare plan in place should we not be able to open or if we have to open later to make the site safe. We’ll update our website asap in the morning (hopefully by 7:15am). Assume we are open until you hear otherwise.

Note – It’s very complicated to decide whether to close the school or not, and we fully appreciate the impact it has on parents and carers. A few weeks ago, it was a much easier decision and we could do it in advance. The impact of tonight’s forecast is less clear cut.

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