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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.

St Mark's in the news!

Year 5 pay tribute to Tom Highflyer


Four of our Year 5 children were very proud to attend a special memorial service to celebrate the life of an African slave boy—Thomas Highflyer, who was a former St Mark’s pupil. They travelled to the service on a new bus named after Tom, and read their inspirational poems they had written about him, at the service.

The bus company managing director was so impressed with their poems, that he has requested that they be sent through to be displayed on the side of Tom’s bus!

The event was captured by BBC, ITV and the Argus. 

Check out the footage at this link:



The service was also attended by the Mayor, the head of the City Council and other local dignitaries. All of the attendees complimented the children’s respectful attitude and contribution to the event.  Here is what the journalist from BBC Radio Sussex had to say,

“I met some of your lovely children at the ceremony to rededicate Thomas Highflyer’s gravestone today and recorded a little snippet of their readings which feature in my short report...I know I will not be the only one saying how impressed I was by the way they took part in the ceremony this morning.”



At the start of the summer term, we welcomed the latest addition to the St Mark's family - our school dog, BiBi.

BiBi is a rescue dog, from the RSPCA in Brighton.  She started  life as a street dog in Portugal, where she had not been treated very well.

She is also Mrs Fendley's family dog, and joins her at work in her office every day. Mr Button made BiBI her very own deluxe kennel and she is now very much at home!

It has been magical to watch BiBi grow in confidence every day.  Although she is still very nervous of new adults, she loves spending time with the children, and has a very sweet nature-comforting them if they look sad, and listening to their reading.

When children are chosen as Stars of the Week, they get to take BiBi out on the school field and spend some fun time with her! BiBi loves this time, and as Teagen said during his recent turn, when we were talking about how much she has grown in confidence, "She knows she is part of the St Mark's family now!"

BiBi has busy days, hearing children read, playing with chidlren at lunchtime, teaching the children the importance of patience and how to care for animals. We will also have BiBi to help us teach about dental care and being gentle and caring.


Each week the children are invited to use the Image of the Week to inspire their writing. How does it make you feel? What does it make you think of?

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