St Mark’s C of E Junior School is a large three form entry junior (primary) school situated north-east of urban Salisbury. The school accommodates approximately 360 children (boys and girls) aged 7-11 in four year groups (Key Stage 2).
St Mark’s is founder member of Salisbury’s first Multi-Academy Trust – Somerset Road Education Trust. The school is a proud church school that shares a campus with is MAT partners, Wyndham Park Infants and Exeter House Special School, as well as well-established large pre-school (St Mark’s). This creates a unique learning campus with much to offer local families.
Our excellent curriculum provision gives your children the chance to achieve more because:
- We have specialist teachers for Music, Computing and PE
- We hold the Gold Kitemark (PE/Sport) and the Silver Award for Primary Science Quality Mark
- We have two nationally recognised Specialist Leaders in Education (SLEs) for Maths and English who help us continue to improve our practice within St Mark’s & Wyndham Park
We support children to understand themselves first, so that they are ready to learn. We also offer:
- Opportunities to understand their own emotional literacy, so that they are more ready to learn – this significantly reduces issues, both for the individual/the class – allowing all to focus on their learning
- Access to our strong Inclusion team (SENCO, PSA, DHT, ELSA)
- Outstanding extra-curricular provision both before (0745) and after-school (until 1630)
At St Mark’s we are committed to the education and well-being of each and every child and we all work hard to foster positive relationships and mindsets. We strive to make learning meaningful, challenging and inclusive. We do this by offering a broad, balanced curriculum designed to make learning irresistible. As a school we, unashamedly, have high expectations of manners, appropriate behaviour in and out of class, along with demonstrating the school’s values – including love, hope, dignity, community and wisdom.
We strive for the highest quality teaching, consistent approaches and support/challenge for all – including our most valuable resource – our fantastic staff.
At St Mark’s we believe:
- In giving our best day in day out
- everyone is extraordinary
- in ‘whatever it takes’
- in greater expectations
- it’s the little things that matter
See our vision and values statement for more of what we hold dear as a church school.
Our facilities/features include:
- Single storey refurbished building – accessible to all on a secure and safe site
- Excellent pastoral support – via our dedicated ELSA, class teachers, SENCO and Counsellor
- Dedicated and accessible Parent Support Adviser offering advice, support, training etc
- Shop – unique, community social enterprise
- Subject specialisms – Music, Computing and PE
- Peripatetic music opportunities – guitar, brass, flute, piano etc
- Extensive school grounds including playground, adventure playground, gazebo, field, pitches
- Swimming pool – outdoor, heated, swimming taught from April-July plus changing rooms
- Large well equipped hall for assemblies, dining, sports clubs et
- Twelve bright and spacious classrooms
- Outstanding extra-curricular programmes – before/after school and at lunchtimes
- Library – well stocked and available daily
- Computer suite with capacity for 32 children
- State of the art kitchen providing hot meals daily
- School allotment
- Training Room – professional training space used by the Trust and hired to external providers
- Non-teaching Head of School and Teaching and Learning Development Lead
- Bicycle/scooter storage
It’s all well and good us saying how ‘good’ we think the school is, but it’s sometimes better to let outsiders come and see, and tell us whether they agree. So, in February 2019 the school was reviewed by a visiting team of professionals (Challenge Partners) to judge our progress over the last eighteen months. After a rigorous process the team concluded that the school is in a strong position throughout and making consistently good progress overall. We were judged to be ‘strongly good’ in all areas reviewed. Some highlights include:
- A distinctive school culture with a welcoming and friendly atmosphere.
- A dynamic, effective and inspirational team…energetic, enthusiastic and very committed.
- Expectations of pupils’ behaviour and work ethic are high and they are modelled well by staff.
- Learners, who work hard, are proud of their school and learning. They are happy and safe
- Pupils are productive, for example, regularly producing substantial pieces of writing.
- Pupils feel valued and show great confidence when speaking or explaining their work to peer or visitors.
- Teaching is improving quickly and securely through a strong monitoring programme combined with effective sharing of practice. New approaches to teaching are having a positive impact on all pupils’ progress.
- Senior Leaders have a secure understanding of the school’s strengths and areas of improvement and use accurate school evaluation well for improvement planning.