St Mark’s CofE Primary Academy rated ‘Good’ in church inspection

St Mark’s CofE Primary Academy has been rated “Good” in a recent Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) Report. The Croydon primary school, which teaches pupils aged 4 – 11 was praised for the effectiveness of leadership and management, their inclusive culture and their Christian values, which ‘inspire the warm, positive relationships between and among adults and pupils.’ St Mark’s joined the UK’s largest primary-only academy trust, REAch2, in 2014, starting a new chapter in its history.

St Mark’s is a small and caring, family orientated Church of England Academy serving a local community. Their vision for their children is to inspire them through their values based ethos, encouraging a life-long love of learning and a determination to excel and grow into compassionate, resilient and responsible adults of the future.

The report notes that ‘the school’s Christian character makes a strong contribution to pupils’ moral, social and cultural development’ and pupils feel ‘safe and valued.’ The report continues to highlight how ‘pupils understand that Christianity is a multi-cultural world faith and recognise that there are many faiths and beliefs. Because they value diversity, they celebrate difference and similarity and develop positive attitudes of tolerance and respect…they learn attitudes of courtesy, value diversity and look out for each other.’

Inspectors also note that parents ‘recognise the impact that the values which the school promotes have on their children’s lives, saying that ‘the school values are something we draw on and use in daily life.’’ It also notes that parents ‘play an active role in the life of the school; open days and special events are well attended…parents say their views are welcomed and listened to.’

The report also praises Headteacher, Kate Wilson, for articulating ‘a clear and ambitious Christian vision for the school which is shared by key staff and governors and is leading to rapid and sustained improvement.’

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

 ‘I am really pleased with our positive SIAMS report. This judgement is an important step on our continuing journey of improvement at St Mark’s and a reflection of the hard work and commitment of staff, parents and children. Our strong Christian values provide an inclusive environment with exciting opportunities for children to thrive both personally and academically. We welcome families of all faiths and none.’ 

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

‘We’re delighted St Mark’s has been rated as ‘Good’ in this inspection. We are pleased with the progress the school has made since joining our family of schools and they should be proud of what they have achieved so far. At REAch2 we are committed to offering exceptional opportunities for learning to every child in all our schools.”

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.