A CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
At St. Mark’s we believe that every child is loved by God. This means that we strive to ensure that every child is given the opportunities and support they need to reach their maximum learning potential within a safe, caring and welcoming environment. This is at the root of our Mission Statement and Aims.
St Mark’s School was founded on these strong Christian principles, more than one hundred years ago, in order to provide a good education to local children. Today we still give priority to those who live in the locality (defined by the parish of St Mark). However we also believe that God welcomes all, and therefore we encourage applications from children and families from any faith or none who wish to share in our loving community where the Christian faith helps us develop children’s values and support their well-being.
The values we promote within school are drawn from the Bible. We believe these Christian values will help children become better people throughout their lives and we celebrate the fact that these values can be shared by all regardless of religious belief.
We are very proud of our Christian Ethos and we draw strength and inspiration from the diversity of our school community. We believe that both help us to offer a unique and special environment in which children can grow.
These are just some of the many aspects of school life that make our community special: -
To ensure that as a school we offer the very best distinctively and effective Christian environment the Church of England, through the Diocese of Rochester, regularly monitors the school’s distinctively Christian Character. To do so it uses the National Society's framework for the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005.
SIAMS inspections take place every 3-5 years.
The school, with support from the governors, ensures that we are meeting the criteria for this inspection through the very best Christian Leadership.
If you would like to know more about the criteria of a SIAMS inspection you can find out more here:-