Our School promotes a positive ethos within a stimulating and enjoyable learning environment, educating for “life in all its fullness” through a broad and balanced curriculum which provides a wide variety of opportunities.
The school is founded on the Christian values of thankfulness, forgiveness, friendship, fellowship and trust in which personal responsibility, self-respect and respect for others are central to our children’s growth. Every child is seen as a unique individual loved by God, is equally valued and is fully supported and encouraged to do their very best in everything they do.
At St Mark’s CEP School, we ensure that our children are flourishing, enjoying their learning, making excellent all-round progress and reaching their potential. We open up horizons of hope and aspiration, nurturing and guiding pupils to fulfilment. We develop the skills, relationships and qualities of character for a changing society.
As a result, we live by our Christian values of thankfulness, forgiveness, friendship, fellowship and trust in which personal responsibility, self-respect and respect for others are central to our children’s growth.
Trust – Trust is an essential value. Children need to be able to know that they can depend on adults to care for them and supply their basic needs. Trust is fundamental to this development into healthy human beings. When children can trust others they develop a positive attitude towards life and have less need to be in control to make things turn out right. From biblical stories the children learn that God is trustworthy. God is in control and they can let go of their fears and worries. Children can trust in a loving, compassionate God and also learn to trust themselves and each other. Psalm 9:10 ‘Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you’.
Thankfulness – We need to recognise that God has given us many good things that we have in life. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 ‘Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you’
Paul tells the Thessalonian believers that God’s will for them is to be thankful. We want our children to show gratitude to us and others. God wants the same thing from us.
Friendship – a friend is someone attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard. In the Bible a friend is a person whom one loves and trusts; a close companion or comrade. Friends can help each other. Proverbs 17:17 ‘A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need’; 27:10 ‘Never abandon a friend’.
The whole design of friendship is to avoid being left alone when the times of hardship arrive.
Fellowship – involves active participation in the school and local community, with the focus on the vision and values that we all have in common.
1 John 1:3, 6-7 ‘But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, we have fellowship with each other’.
Forgiveness – forgiveness is at the core of emotional wellbeing, providing peace of mind.
‘Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.’ – Colossians 3:13