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:
charged with maintaining and developing the distinctive Christian character of the school
comprised of a majority of foundation (Church appointed) governors
the employer of the staff and is the admitting authority for pupils
responsible for 10% of the costs of all building and maintenance work in the school
responsible for the RE syllabus
responsible for the quality and content of collective worship
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.
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.