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Open Day

An introduction to St Mark’s

*New Reception - September 2021: Dates for new online events available at the end of this week. See NEWS & EVENTS tab for more information. * BUZZERS ACADEMY - Half term bookings now available - see PARENTS tab *

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Open Day: An Introduction to St Mark's

Welcome from Mr Hollands

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In light of the situation we find ourselves in, it is not possible to hold Open Day events in the same manner as previous years.


However after the success of our Headteacher Zoom meetings earlier this term, we can now offer parents further opportunities to meet with Mr Hollands as well as other members of staff and our Student Leadership team. 


Please click on the link below to book a space.

Frequently Asked Questions


These questions have come from prospective parents, via our ‘Meet the Headteacher’ Zoom calls.


How many form entry is it into Reception?

St Mark’s is two-form entry, with approximately 400 children in 14 classes.


What mix of indoor and outdoor learning do you do? Do you have examples of the outdoor activities you cover?               

EYFS have two outdoor classrooms: one on grass; one on astroturf. We have two playgrounds, a Forest School, an astroturf sports pitch and a Science & Nature area.


What secondary schools do your children tend to go onto?        

Each year, the sixty children leaving us typically go to nearly twenty different schools including Ravensbourne, Bishop Justus, Ravens Wood, St Olave’s, Newstead Wood, Hayes, Langley, Bullers Wood, Chislehurst & Sidcup, and many more!   


Do you have before and after school clubs? If so, what are they?            

Lions' Den is our wrap-around care from 7.30am until 6pm; children in Reception are welcome to attend. There are also a number of free PE clubs once in Y1 (currently suspended due to pandemic). We also have a School Choir and a Brownie Pack, There are also a host of St Mark's External Club Providers


What communication is set up between the school and parents?            

Teachers can be spoken to informally every day in person or via Dojo. We also use Schoolgateway. More formal requests for meeting with staff can be made via the school office.


Do you have to go to church to come to St Mark’s?

No. We are very proud to be a Church School which serve its community. We live out our Christian values daily but have children at St Mark’s from all religions.


What’s the school lunch like? And is there a packed-lunch policy?

Nourish provide our school lunches which are all freshly prepared on site. Children in their first three years at school receive a free school meal though parents can opt to send a balanced packed-lunch. We are a nut free school.


What are the sports opportunities and facilities like?    

We have a full-time dedicated PE teacher who takes a range of lessons and clubs. In 2019-20 we were again awarded the Gold School Games Award for our commitment to sport & PE.

Welcome to St Mark's

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Lions' Den

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  • 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