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Values and Ethos

St Mark's Academy is a community founded on Love, Hope and Trust;
This marked by respectful relationships, high expectations and a spirit of service. St. Mark’s is a Church of England Academy that takes inspiration and guidance from the Gospel of St. Mark.

Our LOVE values each person and the gifts they bring; it encourages all to participate in building a school community in which all can flourish.

At St Mark’s we:

Help one another


Care for each other


Respect everyone


Our HOPE means that we expect the best of ourselves and others; it enables perseverance in the face of setbacks and encourages the fresh starts that come from forgiving ourselves and others.

At St Mark’s we:

Forgive ourselves and others


Persevere to overcome challenges


Listen to the views of others


Our TRUST encourages us to rely on God, and one other, as we all take responsibility for ourselves and for the whole school community.

At St Mark's we are extremely proud to have been the first Secondary school in the UK to be awarded the Enhanced award for values-based education:

In the Classroom

St. Mark’s is a learning community based on the core values of Love, Trust and Hope.  We spend most of our time learning together in lessons under the leadership of adults.
Our Golden Rule is “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” and;

In St Mark’s we:

Do what we are asked to do - without arguing
Listen to others - and give people a chance to speak
Are respectful, courteous and polite – all the time
Respect personal space – we keep our hands and feet to ourselves
Work hard – and challenge ourselves
Are truthful and honest – we admit our mistakes
Are nice to each other – we avoid hurtful behaviour
Forgive others – we all need a second chance

British Values

British values are at the forefront of all we do at the Academy.
Students are taught to think morally and to distinguish between right and wrong. This is particularly evident in RE lessons, PSHE, Assemblies and the Curriculum in general.

We work in partnership with our Police Officer on site and he acts as a role model and informs students on criminal laws.

We teach students how to channel their disagreements through the school council, debate clubs, and to lead change through our extensive student leadership programme.

Through our curriculum, we teach students about ethics, this is especially evident in RE, PSHE, Citizenship and Philosophy. Lessons on euthanasia, British-ness and Diversity, abortion and Human Rights actively support students in understanding other viewpoints on these complex issues.

Our behaviour policy establishes a clear use of rewards and sanctions when appropriate and the staff gives a clear reason why they are being given out. Positive behaviour to and from school is reinforced by SLT presence in the local community. It is also reflected in our core values of Love, Hope and Trust.

Trips contribute to students actively learning about contemporary British issues, for example trips to Merton Council allowed students across the key stages to take part in debates which included voting at 16 and the laws on domestic abuse.

Students take part in elections for the student leadership team and Head Boy and Head Girl roles as well as the Academy prefects. Students give speeches and are voted for by the students and teachers at the academy. This reflects the electoral process of the UK.