St. Mark’s Church of England Primary School

Oxenholme Lane, Natland, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 7QH.    Phone: 015395 60719.    email: (click on) admin[at]


Mr. Peter Barfoot


Mrs. June Grant

School Business Manager:

Mrs. Mary Illingworth

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St. Mark’s


(November 2016)


School Direct

Kendal Primary Partnership

Welcome to our School . . .

Voluntary Aided

St Mark’s is a Voluntary Aided Church of England Primary School (4-11).

A voluntary aided school is one which retains a degree of autonomy from the local authority and in which the Governing Body is:

School Building and Grounds

The school comprises 7 classrooms, a small ‘meeting room’ for group work, a large hall, a catering kitchen, a smaller curriculum kitchen, a library, a large staffroom, offices for School Business Manager, Headteacher and Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-ordinator (SENDCo), generous grounds including a fenced pond area and larger outside classroom and kitchen garden  known as the ‘Hidden Haven’.

The village environs, church and local woodland (Larkrigg Spring) are used regularly as alternative spaces for learning outside the classroom.  

A Brief History

Our School has occupied its present building since 1967 with additions in 1972, 1989 and 1994. It is believed to be the fourth school building in the village. Records show the existence of a school in 1881, 1825 and possibly further back to the 17th century.

In 2003 a new school hall was added along with other alterations giving an additional classroom and, more recently, a new corridor linking the two main sections of the school. In 2006 a seventh classroom was established by re-working existing rooms. The library is now central to the school.  A dedicated outside area for the younger children was created in 2007 as an extension to their classrooms. More recent work has included re-roofing, replacement of the main heating boilers, toilet refurbishment  and an extension to the car park. In 2014 new office space and a new school entrance were added.

Building Development

In 2016 a new classroom will be added reflecting the need for more school places as a large number of new houses are built in the catchment area. Alterations will be made to existing classrooms to ensure that each can accommodate 30 children comfortably.

Times of the School Day

School Uniform

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