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Top Marks for St Marks

by Michael Ford last modified 29 Aug, 2014 02:50 PM

St Marks Talbot Village has confirmed its outstanding status in a recent SIAS evaluation.

The school’s vision statement is ‘achievement, respect and care in a happy Christian community.'

Established strengths include:

  • Extremely strong Christian values underpinning its life and driving continuous development
  • Strong and effective leadership by the head teacher and highly dedicated governing body
  • Exceptionally well-behaved children who respect and care for each other and all those around them.
  • Very strong and beneficial partnerships with the wider community.

    The spiritual development of learners is well supported and evidenced by a ‘spiritual portfolio’ illustrating events and learner’s work during the year.

The spiritual development of learners is well supported and evidenced by a ‘spiritual portfolio’ illustrating events and learner’s work during the year.

Next steps include more emphasis on developing sacred spaces throughout the school environment for quiet reflection, where learners can reflect, think and pray.

The RE curriculum is greatly enriched by the school’s links with the places of worship of other faith groups. Year two pupils visited a Synagogue and Year six pupils visited the Sikh Gurdwara, a Mosque and a Hindu Temple in Southampton during the year, which proved fascinating to the pupils. ‘It was so exciting to actually go into the Sikh temple. I learnt a lot,’ one child commented.

Work sampling demonstrated that standards of marking were thorough and consistent throughout the school and challenged the pupils’ thinking.

Pupils also demonstrated excellent prior knowledge, were motivated, and worked collaboratively. Year one pupils demonstrated empathy and thoughtfulness when asked whether they thought that Jesus should forgive Paul. One said, ’Yes I would forgive, because he said he was sorry’, and another, ‘Yes because he deserved a second chance’, and ‘No because he didn’t tell the truth.’

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