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Academy Ethos


Mission Statement


Grounded in Christian faith and worship, St Mark’s CE Primary School is:

  • a caring community welcoming of all
  • dedicated to high standards of achievement and behaviour
  • where learning is enjoyable and rewarding
  • and the gifts and abilities of every child are recognised and nurtured.

Our Aims

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:


  • Fellowship

  • Compassion

  • Kindness

  • Humility

  • Gentleness

  • Patience

  • Forgiveness

  • Love

  • Peace

  • Thankfulness

  • Wisdom


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.




British Values

  Psalm 133.1    

Behold! How good and how pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity

As articulated in the Government’s ‘Prevent’ strategy of 2011 we have a focus on the core British values which are: Democracy, The Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of different faiths and belief.


Through our SMSC provision we:

  • Enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.

  • Enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England.

  • Encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely.

  • Enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England.

  • Further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect their own and other cultures.

  • Encourage respect for other people.

  • Encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect on the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.


This underpins our ethos to developing SMSC in school. We ensure opportunities for developing the British Values through our SMSC. To see examples that relate to the British Values specifically please see the document below (British Value Development Opportunities)

  • My friends are kind because if I want to play a game they’re playing, they always let me join in. Hermione

  • You need to listen to your teachers & friends as you won’t get to know about cool things. Elijah

  • When you are selfless and put others first. Lottie

  • Celebrating when you have an award and showing it to your friends but in a kind way. Joel

  • To treat people equally as you would like to be treated. Riaan

  • We are safe as the teachers remind us what is right and what is wrong. Emily