St Mark's Church of England Academy offers a commitment to high achievement within a community of care underpinned by Christian value
I love the fact that I work in a diverse school with students and staff that come from a mixture of backgrounds and religions, allowing staff and students a chance to gain more knowledge and understanding of other cultures.
Teaching and learning at St Mark’s is outstanding. Teachers know each and every learner’s strengths and areas of development. Such knowledge is used in lessons to ensure that every student can progress. Our UCAS programme at KS5 is supporting students to apply for top universities like Warwick, Oxford and Cambridge. Whether a student is a talented leader, gifted writer or avid sportsperson, St mark’s will nurture that God-given talent and make sure it is celebrated.
I love teaching at St Mark’s and always say the best thing about our Academy is the amazing students and staff. Our students are aspirational and hardworking which is great to work with as a teacher and Senior leader. High quality relationships under pinned by our values of Love, Hope and Trust make for a happy place to learn and work.
I love teaching at St Mark’s. Our learners are hardworking and want to achieve their best. The relationship between pupils and learners are built on our values of love hope and trust and these values permeate throughout the Academy.
When I joined the academy 3 years ago I welcomed the challenge to bring the balance of positive engagement and perception of policing to the next generation, what I didn’t realise at the time is how much I was due to learn. I was so impressed how the school values of Love, Hope and Trust are evident everyday between staff and students and how welcomed and supported I was in my role to ensure a safe and secure learning environment. I work with a phenomenal team of safeguarding, student support professionals as well as the teaching staff to supporting the students.
I came to St Mark's in year 7 and I made life long friends very quickly, it has become my second home. The school has helped me to progress and fulfil my academic potential in my GCSEs and continues to help me grow.
St Mark's has given me the platform I needed to progress both academically and personally. The teachers work tirelessly in order to ensure you get the best grades, my GCSEs results are testament to that.
I enjoy art and computer science. I feel that the best thing about St Marks is the enrichment that they provide. I personally go to maths enrichment every Thursday and I truly and honestly feel that it helps me build my confidence in my learning and I can can get help with all the subjects that I feel I struggle a little with.
I see our Year group as a family, even though we may not all be together all the time. Everyone gets on and has close relationships with one another and we motivate each other to do better.
I enjoy all subjects, mostly PE, geography, science and French. In Year 8, we have had a lot of trips including separate ones for ‘Russell Group Universities’.
At first I was scared as St Marks is much bigger than my primary school and I worried that I was going to get lost. However, the teachers reassure you and give support in any way possible, it made settling in a lot quicker.
I’m a Year 8 student at St Mark’s. I love music and play the piano, ukulele, drums and guitar. I am very sporty and I am always getting good feedback from Teachers.
My funniest memory of when I joined St Mark’s was trying to learn and remember everyone’s names as I kept getting them wrong! St Mark’s is a welcoming environment to be in and I soon settled in.
I really love drama and music, they are my two favourite subjects at St Mark’s. The best thing about St Mark’s for me is the atmosphere. You really see the values (love, hope and trust) reflect on all students and staff.
I’m in Year 8 at St Mark’s, I love to play dodgeball but also love to do drama. When I joined St Mark’s I was so excited but once I got here I was a little nervous to meet new people. Everyone was so friendly and I felt happy really quicky, I am so glad this is my school.
I enjoy playing football and athletics. My favourite subjects in school are PE, Science and geography. In my opinion, the best thing about St Mark’s is the teachers that make you feel welcome. They treat you as though you’re a friend, not just another student.