Start / Finish Times
Pupils should arrive at school between 8:30 and 8:45am. Use the side gates please; don’t come in via the office. School finishes at 3:20pm (gates open at 3:10pm). Lateness is not acceptable, and children will be asked for reasons.
Our website is the best point to keep updated on any info about the school. There is an online calendar, too. For Facebook, you can follow us by using the links on our site. Register your email address to get live updates.
We communicate with parents via text, email, the website, and by sending letters home. It’s really important that we have your correct contact details, particularly if there is an emergency. Let us know if you change anything! School phone number is 01256 346 111.
St Mark’s uses Hampshire’s own HC3S to provide school meals. Meals for children in Year R, 1 and 2 are free. This is provided by the government as part of ‘Universal Infant Free School School Meals (UIFSM)’. When children go into Year 3, meals are chargeable at the cost of £2.40/day. This can be paid online. All children can bring a packed-lunch if they wish to.
If your child has a special diet, click here to complete a form.
If you’re going to be late in, for examples because of an appointment, please phone the office to order a meal.
Free School Meals
FSM is different to UIFSM. Your child may be entitled to FSM if you’ve received certain benefits. It’s worth checking- simply ask the office!
Daily Meals to your Facebook Page
To receive daily photos of the school dinner options to your Facebook news feed, ‘Like’ the HC3S Education Catering Facebook page.
We are a completely nut-free school. Please don’t send any nut-based products/lunch items in. This includes chocolate spread or pancakces, which often contains some sort of nut ingredient. Thank you.
If you have received certain benefits, then please check with the office to see if your child is eligible for Pupil Premium Funding. This gives the school £1300!
Homework is sent out each week. As children get older, the demand increases. We do ask that children read at least 4 times a week, and learn spellings and times tables as directed by the teacher. Our homework policy is available on our website.
The uniform we have adopted is smart, inexpensive and hard wearing. Our school uniform is sold at the Basingstoke branch of Skoolkit in Church Street.
Only the jumper needs to be purchased at Skoolkit. Polo shirts do not need the school logo on it. See more here.
PE bags can be purchased from the office, although you can purchase your own drawstring bag.
This is an important part of school life. Pupils usually have 2 hours of PE per week, plus some additional sessions throughout the year. Your child’s year group will inform you on which days they will have PE, but please can they have PE kit available all week.
We run a range of after school clubs for children in Years 1-6. Sign-up usually happens at the beginning or end of a term. Most clubs are free, although some do require a small fee. More here!
8am-8:30am, at a cost of £2.50 per day or £1 from 8:20am with no breakfast. No need to book in advance – just come to the ramp at the front of the school. More here.
SCL After School Wrap-Around Care
We run our very own wrap around care at St Mark’s, run by SCL. Children love it! It’s £12 for 3:20pm -6pm, or if they attend a school-run club, it’s £9 from 4:20-6pm. No need to book in advance, so book as needed. Bookings are handled online directly with SCL. A great range of activities and afternoon meal are provided. See here for more information,
We also have close ties with Hatch Warren Community Centre, who run an after school club. More details are available here.
Attendance and Punctuality
This is extremely important, and if levels drop, then we always take action. If your child is absent, please contact the school immediately. Holidays in term time will always be unauthorised, possibly fined.
You can pay for meals and trips online using the Tucasi payment system. You can pay in advance, or top up when necessary. The office can provide more details.
Each year group will go on at least 1 trip per year, though often more. Again, these usually are at cost, and the contribution suggested is vital to allow the trips to happen. Year 6 pupils take part in a residential.
Medical Needs and First Aid
Please do let us know if your child has any medical issues, or if it changes during the year. If your child has an accident at school, a form will be sent home.
If your child has an auto-injector, they must have an in-date one in school, and an extra one for school trips (or they will not be allowed to attend).
Can you help?
We are always looking for parents and friends of the school who can offer time to help the school in anyway. No offer is too small! Please do ask at the office, or see your child’s teacher. DBS checks are free.
We have a brilliant PTA called FOSM, which stands for Friends of St Mark’s. They help to put on fantastic school events throughout the year, raising valuable funds and contributing to the life of the school. Please do join them – it benefits your child and our community!
Please do respect the law and the local residents by only parking in designated and lawful areas. Please note that children are allowed to cycle to school, if they wear a helmet! Permission is granted to park in the school car park in specific circumstances, but it is very unusual. We don’t have the space!
No Pencil Cases!
There is no need to bring a pencil case to school (they are not allowed!). This is because the school provides everything that is needed.
Snacks & Milk
For children in Years R, 1 and 2, a free piece of fruit is provided each day.
Milk is provided free for children up until the term they turn 5. After this, children can purchase daily milk at a small price (provided by Cool Milk). The office have further details.
Back Packs ????
Stop Press! For September 2021, bags or back packs shouldn’t be brought in. We’ll provide a small book bag. Thank you.
Back Packs must be small – we really do have very limited space in classrooms. In Year R, a small book bag is preferable, which is available from Skoolkit.
Home School Books ????
These are available for parents to pass on important messages to staff. Many parents prefer to pass brief messages on in person at the beginning or end of the day; this is fine, and is encouraged.
Water Bottles ????
Water is available in each class, and children are allowed to bring small, discrete water bottles to keep hydrated throughout the day. We sell our own quality water bottles from the office, and also spare lids.
Please check on a regular basis for any lost property. It will be given away if not found. Please also name any items brought in!
Our office team are always friendly and helpful. Where possible, please do email/call if you have a question to reduce congestion, or simply come in.
We have daily class or school worship, which usually follow a theme for the week or term. We sometimes have visitors speak to us, too. Singing worship happens once a week. Find out more here.
‘The Bridge’ Resourced Provision is a supportive provision for pupils who have a primary need of social, emotional and mental health needs on their EHC plan. We provide the children with support from an excellent team of LSAs within their classroom or, at times, in the Bridge suite of rooms if required. The children may join in mainstream classes. We’re really proud of The Bridge!
When your child starts with us, you’ll be given a safe word. This is required when making changes to pick-up arrangements. Please don’t be offended if we ask for it!
Child unwell? Dentist Appointment?
If your child is unwell, you’ll need to phone the office to let them know. You can also send an email. This needs to be done by 9am please.
Again, for an appointment, please let the office know.
Still got a question? Let us know!