- "There is good provision for studentsí spiritual, moral social and cultural development. [Ofsted report, March 2012]"
Key Stage 3 - Years 7 – 9
On entry to St Mark’s pupils are placed into House Groups, viz Bede, Elgar, Fisher, Hume, More and Newman and usually retain the same House Group throughout their career in the school. From Year 7 onwards until GCSE begins pupils are taught either in mixed ability groups or ability sets according to individual departmental policy. Provision is also made for those pupils who may need additional learning support either as gifted pupils, as less able pupils or as those for whom English is an Additional Language, so that all learners are able to gain access to a curriculum which meets their needs.
The curriculum for Years 7, 8 and 9 follows the ten Core and Foundation subjects of the National Curriculum and R E; additionally, all pupils follow a programme of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship.
The Key Stage 3 curriculum is organised in the following way:
a) Set in ability groups from first half term in Year 7.
d) Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship.
* Every Tuesday, for 20 minutes after a.m. registration, the whole school has quiet reading time as part of the school’s Reading Project.