Aims and Values

Mission Statement

Proudly and Joyfully we Love, Live and Learn as God's Children.

Mission Statement in Reception.
Mission Statement in Year 6.

Our Aims

  • To create a happy, caring environment where each child can develop confidence, independence and self esteem.
  • To establish good, sound academic standards through high expectation and a broad and balanced curriculum, enabling each child to attain his/her full potential.
  • To promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, physical and creative development of each child and prepare each to take his/her place as a valuable member of a multicultural society.
  • To foster a love of learning, a respect for each other and a pride in the school as a caring and supportive community.
  • To develop all staff and provide ongoing training which will benefit teacher and child alike in our commitment to raising standards in all areas of school life.
  • To assist each child to feel confident in a fast changing technological society.
  • To develop a working partnership between home and school.
  • To develop a sense of responsibility towards each other, the school and the community.
  • To create an attractive, stimulating and comfortable environment where staff, children and parents enjoy working.
  • To strive to improve and be the best in everything we do.

British Values

Showcase of work in our school foyer.

At St. Mark's we are dedicated to Improving children's knowledge of Gospel values based on the Beatitudes - children to be able to use and apply these values in their everyday lives.

We aim to Improve pupils' knowledge and understanding of the values of love, faith, hope, gentleness, compassion, temperance, forgiveness, mercy, wisdom, purity, holiness, integrity, truth, peace, fortitude, service, sacrifice, justice and tolerance.

We aim to develop pupils and staff's understanding of values and how these can be used in the curriculum and everyday life by also promoting British Values in the following ways:


  • Food forum
  • Interviewing new staff
  • Black History Month
  • Persuasive writing
  • Spoken language debates
  • Spiritual Council
  • School Council - New elections every year; Class council
  • Teach pupils about the democratic process in Literacy and RE
  • Teach pupils about persuading an audience through balanced arguments and debates

Next Steps:

  • Invite councillors into school
  • Lead practitioner

The Rule of the Law

  • During Council elections and in SEAL, teach how are laws made
  • Explicitly teach the law
  • Explain consequences – Link to high expectations
  • Relate to out of school scenarios
  • Bike-ability
  • Encourage careers in the law
  • E-Safety - Assembly; Computing lessons
  • RE - Link difference between right and wrong
  • Visits from Police Officers, PCSOs, Fire Service
  • Car and Road Safety
  • School/Class Rules
  • 10 Commandments during RE
  • Anti-Bullying Week
  • Year 6 - Alcohol/smoking laws; Health/Life Caravans; Animals including Humans
  • Safe-side trip

Individual Liberty

  • Children can question/suggest in an appropriate arena
  • Life Education Bus – knowledge of self including body changes; Year 6
  • Every child is unique and loved by God – RE, SEAL, SMSC
  • Mission Statement: 'Proudly and Joyfully, we love, live and learn as God's children'
  • Bullying policy and Anti-Bullying Week
  • Circle Time
  • Multi-Faith week
  • Response to marking
  • Challenge stereotypes through stories – Literacy and RE
  • Cyber Bullying – School protects (E-Safety)
  • Black History Month
  • Aware of the consequences of their actions – good or bad
  • Responsibility - School Council; Spiritual Council; Pupil Voice
  • Modelling a debate in Literacy
  • Home school diary – Children can express thoughts
  • Children can see their documents – SEND support plans/IBPs signed and discussed

Next Steps:

  • Take-Over day
  • Liberty – org contact

Respect and Tolerance

  • Multi-Faith Week – Visit to another place of worship
  • Talk about other faith occasions when it occurs in the year
  • Religious symbols and traditions adhered to
  • Respect all faiths/cultures
  • Rules: Turn taking; Listen to others
  • Respect SEND pupils – inclusive school
  • Black History Month
  • Respect different foods
  • Multi-Cultural Day
  • Grandparents Day
  • Respect gender
  • Use a range of resources – to challenge stereotypes
  • SEAL/RE – Uniqueness
  • Whole school assemblies/mass – All able to read
  • Anti-Bullying
  • Internet safety – E-Safety
  • Pupil Voice

Next Steps:

  • Ask more members of the community to come in and discuss - Origin; Religion
  • Pupil Voice – peer mediators