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St Mark`s C E Primary School
Ramslye Road, TN4 8LN, UK Tunbridge Wells
+44 (0)1892 525402

St Mark`s School, Tunbridge Wells

Children playing on the climbing frame The school grounds in springtime

About Our School

Ours is a well established school and has been in existence since 1872. The current location was purpose-built in the 1950s as a single-storey site offering a spacious hall, seven classrooms, library, activity room and ICT suite. In addition, we are fortunate enough to have substantial grounds that include playing fields, sports courts, a sensory garden and outdoor classrooms.

We welcome girls and boys from 4 to 11 years of age. There is only one class for each year group which means we are a small community school of approximately 200 children, allowing us to have smaller teacher to children ratios than most schools in the area.

We serve the community to the south side of Tunbridge Wells as well as some parts of East Sussex. We are a Church of England school but children of all faiths and backgrounds are equally welcome.

We believe that by investing time, knowledge and a good moral standing in our children, we are building successful foundations for a bright future.

Click here to download the full school prospectus (PDF)

Aims of St Mark`s School


A school where everybody's achievement and accomplishments are highly valued.


A school where children have access to a broad and balanced curriculum.


A School with great community spirit and values, and strong links with St Mark's Church

Our School promotes a positive ethos in which education, personal responsibility, self respect and respect for others are central to our children's growth and development. Every child is valued and encouraged to reach their full potential to enable them to be happy and successful individuals.


The School Emblem

The School Emblem The animal featured on our school badge is a winged lion, the symbol of St. Mark. This symbol comes from St. Mark's description of John the Baptist's voice "crying out in the wilderness" upon hearing the Word of God (Mark 1:3). His voice is said to have sounded like that of a roaring lion. This lion symbolism also appears in a vision of the Prophet Ezekiel where four winged creatures represent the four evangelists

(Ezekiel 1:10). Matthew is depicted as a human, Mark as a lion, Luke as a bull, and John as an eagle. The winged lion represents one fourth of the nature of Christ. The man being the human nature of Christ; the lion, the royal dignity; the ox, the sacrifice, atonement and priesthood; and the eagle, the ascension and divine nature.

St Mark is the patron saint of Venice, Italy. There are winged lions all over the city.

As for our School motto, "merenti" means "to the well-deserving" and "meritum" means merit, reward or success. Put them together ... "To the well-deserving will come success." In other words, "Work hard and you'll be rewarded!"

St. Mark's School began in 1872 when William, Earl of Abergavenny, granted the use of the land on which a school would be erected for the education of children of the labouring, manufacturing and other poor class of the neighbourhood.

The school, now in the County of Kent, was built within the Diocese of Chichester and the Rural Deanery of Etchingham. The county boundary, which had been moved over the years, was originally in the Pantiles.

The parents of the first pupils were levied to pay two pence for each child and many of the children walked several miles to school each day, whatever the weather.

The buildings on the Frant Road were used by the school for 115 years. In July 1987 the school moved to its present site on Ramslye Road.

St Mark's Day: April 25th


Football Team

B is for basketball
The SSCos (School Sports Co-ordinators) from Bennett Memorial and Naomi continued to support the basketball club for Years 5 & 6. The Year 3 & 4 classes also had an opportunity to “have-a-go” at basketball too. This year the SSCos are planning an inter-schools basketball tournament, more information to follow soon.

C is for curling
Perhaps one of the more unusual sports that two of our pupils have participated in! The Tunbridge Wells SSCos invited two pupils from every local primary school, who are gifted and talented in P.E., to attend a special sports workshop at the curling centre. Louisa D and Lloyd S went along to learn curling skills and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

D is for dance
Besides dance club being a popular after school activity, later on in the spring, we will be focusing on dance. In March, across Tunbridge Wells, many of the primary schools will be participating in dance festivities, with the support of their secondary school partners.

F is for football
Our football clubs and school team train and play weekly. Unfortunately, the football team was knocked out of the cup in the early stages, but continue to play in the league. In December we were extremely pleased to acquire F.A. status, as we are able to offer lots of football and soccer opportunities in and out of school hours. First Class Football have also been working with Key Stage One pupils, lots of whom, have received certificates and medals for their achievements. Another bonus for the school team has been the new sponsored kit. They are very eager to wear it and win! The inter-schools football tournament will be on Saturday, 25th March.

G is for golf
Another SSCo initiative, which was enthusiastically supported, very loud and great fun! Mr. Stoodley brought along tri-golf equipment and Mr. Parks, a professional golfer, to give the Year 3 & 4 classes a chance to learn golf skills. The children had a boy v girl competition, which involved pitching on target and chipping balls into baskets. (The boys won!)

N is for netball
Our netball club and team continue to go from strength to strength! Since moving into the “A” league the team have had a demanding training and match schedule, but despite this, they’ve played extremely well, especially against some of our stronger opponents. The netball team also have new smart kit to wear for 2006. The inter-schools netball tournament will be on Saturday, 18th March.

S is for Sainsbury’s
Almost all of the Sainsbury’s sports equipment has arrived now. (Another order for Tesco has just been sent away, and watch out for the 2006 Sainsbury’s voucher scheme.) We are currently making space for all the new resources and the children are beginning to use it.

T is for thank you
And finally a BIG thank you to all those trainers, parents and teachers who have been supporting all the sporting events.


Lunchtime and After School Clubs and Activities - Term 1 2006

Clubs will start during the week beginning Monday 18th September 2006.

Please remember that attending a club is a commitment to come every week, unless there are unavoidable circumstances.

In addition to the clubs listed below, we hope to be providing more opportunities (e.g. Netball Club) but details of these have not been finalised yet.) If your child wishes to attend an after school club please make sure that a permission slip (downloadable from the September 2006 newsletter) is signed and returned to the school as soon as possible.

Many thanks to all the staff and parents who give their time to run these clubs.

Wildlife Club
Years 3-6 Mrs Bacon Monday Lunchtime

Years 5 & 6 Mr Cooper Monday 3.15-4.15 PM

Years 1-6 Mrs Bacon & Miss Sargent Wednesday 3.15-3.45 PM

Years 3-6 Mrs Bacon Thursday 3.15-4.00 PM

Years 3 & 4 Mrs Goodfellow Thursday 3.15-4.15 PM

Years 3-6 Mr Barham Friday 3.15-4.00PM


􀁑 The Curriculum is divided into Stepping Stones

􀁑 These lead to the Early Learning Goals

􀁑 Well planned – providing for a balance of learning opportunities

􀁑 Can be focused around a theme or topic

􀁑 Covers all six areas of

Types of Learning Opportunities

􀁑 Child Initiated

– Plan, Do and Review

– Teacher observes and scaffolds learning

􀁑 Teacher initiated

– Clear learning intentions

– Group work

􀁑 Teacher directed

– Focused teaching of skills and knowledge

– Working towards the Early Learning Goals


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