Grounded in Christian faith and worship, St Mark’s CE Primary School is:
We inspire our community to pursue educational excellence, working in collaboration to flourish in everything we do.
Learning hand in hand with God, we can ‘illuminate rather than merely shine’, living life in all its fullness, and “above all, we clothe ourselves with love…”
St Mark's CE Primary School is a welcoming school where we create a loving, caring community in which children are encouraged to achieve their academic potential and grow in confidence, assurance and consideration for others as they learn about themselves and the world in which they live. At the same time we aim to develop a spirit of adventure and enquiry so that children may meet the opportunities and challenges in our changing society.
Our Christian Values
At St. Mark’s school we strive to create a loving, caring community reinforced by the teachings of Christ. We follow St. Paul’s advice to the Colossians:
As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3 12-17
From this, our school reading, we take the values of:
These values are promoted across the school by all children and adults, in all that we do in our classrooms, outside them and throughout our wider community. They reinforce our relationships and our behaviour. They help us to create confident, self-assured children who know how to treat others, as well as establishing a sense of community that is demonstrated by the life-long friendships formed here.
A Statement of British Values
St Mark’s CE Primary School is committed to serving its local national and international community. It recognises the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing landscape of the United Kingdom. It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within any environment are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them. Our academy fosters a strong sense of belonging both to the school community and as a citizen of Britain with the responsibilities that citizenship brings. The academy recognises the statutory requirements to promote British Values as a part of the curriculum and does so whilst appreciating the backgrounds of all pupils and their families.
The academy has an Equality Policy, which follows equal opportunities guidance and guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. It seeks to serve all so that everyone feels a sense of belonging.
In response to the Department for Education’s guidance on promoting British values in schools, the academy seeks to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain and are members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background.
The ‘Prevent’ strategy sets out these values and all schools have a duty to ‘actively promote’ the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs together with a clear strategy for embedding these values.
Democracy is a vital part of the academy’s day to day operations with pupils being able to voice their views and concerns through the school council. Pupils have the opportunity to elect their representatives and have first-hand experience of democracy. The academy also participates in the Trust wide initiative of promoting training for schools councils which has had its core the importance of democracy. Pupils are kept appraised of any significant operational changes at the academy and encouraged to express their views and participate in any discussion.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws that are applicable to academy are regularly reinforced with pupils throughout the school day. Primarily these center on behaviour which is regularly covered with pupils through assemblies, worship and Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE). Pupils are taught the value of and reasons for the laws that protect and govern us together with the consequences of breaking laws together with the need for restorative justice. External agencies such are the police are invited to support the work of the academy in promoting the rule of law.
All pupils are actively encouraged to make choices at school knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and make suitable choices. Teachers advise pupils how to do this in a safe way through the promotion of e-safety, citizenship and PSHE. Pupils regularly make choices in terms of extra curricula activities.
The academy’s ethos and values coupled with its Christian ethos focuses on the need for mutual respect and kindness towards all. The academy’s behaviour policy supports this and it is reinforced on a regular basis in assemblies and the daily life of the academy.
Tolerance of those of Different Faith and Beliefs
The academy has a diverse pupil and staff body. It promotes not only tolerance but acceptance of people from different faiths and beliefs. This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience diversity. Assemblies explore other beliefs and prejudices as well as tackling prejudice-based bullying. Other faiths and beliefs are explored through the academy’s religious education curriculum. The academy celebrates the language and cultures represented within the diverse pupil body. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning.