St Mark’s CofE Primary Academy now a “Good” school after recent Ofsted inspection

St Mark’s CofE Primary Academy in Croydon has been rated as “Good” by Ofsted after being inspected last month. The school joined the UK’s largest primary-only academy trust, REAch2, in 2014 and this is their first inspection since joining the Trust. Earlier this year the school was also rated “Good” in a Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) Report.

The primary school, which teaches pupils aged 4 to 11 was judged as “Good” in all areas. The report notes that “the school is well led by the headteacher, who is determined to give every pupil the best possible opportunity for success. This ambition is shared by all the staff in the school.” The leadership team are also described as “[bringing] about improvements in teaching and consequently pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics.”

The school is described as “[understanding] well the needs and circumstances of its pupils. Leaders make sure they receive the support they need to be successful.” The report also states that “pupils’ personal development is good. They are given many opportunities to take responsibility for their learning and enjoy the many roles they are given to contribute to their school and “pupils behave well, guided by the Christian values they learn in school. They move around the school sensibly and are kind to each other.”

The report continues to highlight the “enriching curriculum which pupils enjoy” that the school offers and notes that “parents are very positive about the school’s work, especially the advice they are given to support their child’s learning.”

Kate Wilson, Headteacher at St Mark’s, said:

I am delighted with the outcome of the report, which acknowledges the contribution of the whole school community. This result is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our staff who work tirelessly to ensure our children have the very best opportunities.

“Working in partnership with our families has made a significant contribution to this great achievement. I know that working together we can make our school a truly great place for our wonderful children and I look forward to our continuing journey as we continue the next stage of our St Mark’s future.”

Sir Steve Lancashire, CEO of REAch2 Academy Trust, said:

“This is a well-deserved result and we could not be prouder of the progress St Mark’s had made since joining REAch2. Congratulations to all staff and children who have all worked incredibly hard.”

Interested parents can find out more about St Mark’s CofE Primary Academy at http://st-marks.academy/

The full report can be seen here.