We aim to build everything that we do on a set of 15 Christian values:
Each of these values, while not exclusively Christian, have a clear biblical basis and particular importance in the doctrines of the Christian faith.
These values form the basis for the worship life of the school, underpin our approach to discipline, provide expectations for behaviour and influence the way in which all members of the school community conduct themselves.
We work through the exploration of these values on a four year rolling programme, with a termly or half termly focus on one in particular.
Please visit our Home page for our current values focus.
Promotion of ‘British’ Values:
We take very seriously the current Government’s focus on promoting the following values throughout the school and beyond. We feel strongly that they are supported in the foundation we provide through our development of the 15 Christian values.
democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty (and responsibility),
mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
A brief summary of the vision statement for St. Mark’s appears, in no particular order, below:
to foster a clear Christian ethos (see above)
to support, recognise and celebrate the achievement and progress of all children in the school
to encourage progress, maintain high standards and constantly strive for improvement
to be a focal point, support and resource for the community
to have close and mutually supportive links with the Church
to develop strong links with other educational providers
to work openly and in partnership with the Kendal Collaborative Partnership (our cluster of local schools)
to be welcoming, accessible and actively encouraging of parental involvement
to participate enthusiastically in educational initiatives
to participate in a wide range of sporting and cultural events
to provide high quality, relevant professional development for all staff
to maintain the fabric of the building and its environment to ensure safety and inspire learning
to build our educational practice on recent rigorous research
We aim to provide a safe, caring and inclusive environment in which everyone is able to learn, try new things and grow as a fully rounded individual: finding strength in God and soaring on wings like eagles.
We aim to provide education in accordance with the principles and practices of the Church of England. Worship, good quality Religious Education and spiritual development are at the heart of every aspect of the work of our school.
Celebration, inclusion, forgiveness, grace and mercy are some of the key aspects of school life that give it a distinctive Christian ethos.
We are currently working to develop our understanding of the values that underpin the work of a church school. The focus this school year is on: service, hope, justice and wisdom. Such values operate as a filter for decision making at every level and help to guide the activities and life of the school.