Executive Headteacher’s Welcome Statement

Welcome to St Mark’s CE (A) Primary website. Our website is intended to let you know more about the life and work of our Church school, including our Nursery class based in the Thomas Boughey Children Centre. Our mission statement, ‘Loving to Learn, Learning to Love’ is at the heart of all we do and is underpinned by our School Values of Respect, Responsibility, Equality, Spirituality, Perseverance, Enthusiasm, Commitment and Trust. In April 2016, the school had a Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools and was judged to be OUTSTANDING.

We are an inclusive and nurturing school where pupils feel safe, happy, secure and ready to learn to achieve their very best. We recognise all pupils as individuals and their needs come first in all we do. We believe that pupils achieve their very best when school and home work in partnership.

We have recently been awarded the Achievement for All Quality Lead Status. This is an extremely prestigious award and recognises the hard work and commitment of our staff, parents and children. Mr Garath Jackson, Regional Lead (North), stated that the award was, “a real stamp of quality for the school’s high standards in leadership, teamwork, quality of teaching and pupil progress.”

In September 2015, the school federated with Etruscan Primary School and now shares a governing body. We hope that you enjoy your visit to our website and that you find the information you are looking for. Please feel free to contact the school directly with any queries you may have.

Mrs. Michelle Johnstone, Executive Headteacher

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St Mark's E-Saftety Policy

E-Safety encompasses internet technologies and electronic communications such as mobile phones and wireless technology. It highlights the need to educate children and young people about the benefits and risks of using new technology and provides safeguards and awareness for users to enable them to control their online experiences. You can download and read our policy on e-safety here: St Mark's Policy on E-Safety.

Keeping under fives safe online (ChildNet)

Ofcom research in 2016 showed that almost 40% of 3-4 year olds and two thirds of 5-7 year olds go online. We know that children need support in these environments, to get the best out of using the internet, and there are real advantages in making sure that children are supported in their internet use right from the start.

ChildNet has prepared a pdf guide for the parents of under-7s to help them think about the issues involved. You can download it here: Keeping Under Fives Safe Online.

Keeping Children Safe Online (for parents) (NSPCC)

The NSPCC have drawn together lots of advice for parents, including Being Share Aware, MineCraft Safety Advice, and how to stay safe using apps. The information can be found here: NSPCC Keeping Children Safe Online.

Parents' Online Safety Helpline (NSPCC)

Parents can also contact the free NSPCC Online Safety Helpline with questions about parental controls or concerns about a social network their children are using on 0808 8005002.

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