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We are delighted to announce that the result of our OFSTED inspection is available and that St Mark's has been rated 'Good'.  You can read the report here.

"The school provides a very nurturing environment in which pupils feel valued. Every pupil is supported well to raise their achievement." OFSTED Oct 2015

Click here to see the fantastic article about our recent OFSTED report in the Argus on Friday 20th November 2015.

Recent Adverse Weather

Please click on the link for the BBC weather update.

Thank you for your support and understanding during the difficult weather conditions. It's never an easy decision to make, and one that we agonise about!  We really don't like the idea of the children missing out on their fun learning opportunities, but  my priority remains the safety of the whole school community and we need to ensure people can travel to and from school safely. 

Some parents were unhappy about the closures this week, and as a working mum, I more than understand the inconvenience.  However, some of our staff travel a distance and conditions in their area may not reflect our local conditions. If we do not have enough staff then we cannot guarantee the safety of the children.

We liaise with other local schools, to try and agree a common response, although each school has its own set of cirumstances. 

A big thank you to Mr Button and the site team who have been at school at 6.30am every day this week, to try and prepare the site so it is as safe as possible.

Policy for emergency school closure due to adverse weather

We do not take any decision to close the school lightly. We always complete a full risk assessment and consider the health and safety of the whole school community.

Please visit the Helping Your Child section for activities to complete with your child, in the event of a school closure.

We will always try and give as much notice as possible in the event of needing to close the school. If we are unable to do this in advance, the decision will be made by 7.30am and communicated using the following ways. 

  • We will update messages on the school's website.
  • A text message will be sent out if we have to close the school.
  • We will contact Juice FM (107.2 FM) who make regular announcements regarding school closures.
  • A list of closed schools will be posted on the Juice FM website.

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