St Mark’s is a successful, happy and welcoming rural primary school serving the children of Natland, the Oaks, Oxenholme and beyond. The most recent Ofsted inspection report (January 2017) judged St Mark’s to be a good school. The opening paragraph of the report states,
The winged lion, symbol of St Mark, represents the strength we can all find in God combined with the potential to achieve great things and ‘soar on wings like eagles.’
Our current development priorities are:
Growing more confident in our knowledge of and ability to recall basic maths facts
Making sure everyone, including teachers, parents and children know and understand the learning and standards expected of them in each year group
Ensuring that the most effective additional support is given to the right children at the right time, including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and those receiving the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG)
Improving the quality of teaching and learning in RE following the introduction of a new syllabus
Developing new ways to promote spiritual development across the school
Developing our new approach to teaching maths so that all children make good progress, enjoy learning and feel confident and able to apply what they learn to problems, investigations and real life contexts
Being explicit about the behaviours that help brains grow and people learn. This term the focus is on developing resilience. We believe this is best encouraged by:
working with perseverance
taking care to notice
Establishing our new behaviour strategy to ensure continuity approach and consistency of application across the whole school. Everyone should know what is expected of them and what the consequences will be for not meeting those expectations.
Our current structure:
We currently have seven single age classes: Reception, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6.
Our current values focus is:
St. Mark’s Church of England Primary School, Oxenholme Lane, Natland, Kendal, Cumbria
‘The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. You have an accurate understanding of the key reasons why the school continues to be successful and why it is a popular choice of parents in the area . . .’
We are very proud of our school and its place at the heart of the local community.
Welcome to St. Mark’s CE Primary School . . .
‘ . . . . . . . Following my visit to the school on 14 December 2016, I write on behalf of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills to report the inspection findings . . . . . . . . .
‘ This school continues to be good. . . ‘
January 12, 2017
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