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St Mark
Roebank Drive, G78 2JA, UK Barrhead
+44 (0)141-881 3662

St. Mark's Primary School



Welcome to our school. This website will help you to understand more about St. Mark's. It provides essential information, including a copy of the Personal Learning Plan for every stage.  I hope that you will find it interesting and helpful.  

Throughout the session various activities, events and meetings will be arranged in order to involve parents and the community in the life of the school. The process of education starts long before children come to school. It is continuous and parental involvement in education is crucial. 

Should you wish to discuss your child's progress or have any other concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the school immediately.  A member of the management team will attend to your query/concern as soon as possible, certainly within the day and if necessary a follow up appointment with a teacher will be made.

We must work together for the good of all our children and at St. Mark's partnership between parents and teachers is at the centre of all our thinking.

We had an excellent H.M.I report this year, the report is available on the H.M.Ie website, click on the link to view it. 

All the staff at St. Mark's will work together to give your child  the very best possible educational experience. We want them to do well, to be safe and happy.  What we want for your children is what we want- or wanted - for our own!

Patricia Kennedy

Head Teacher.


At St. Marks the fundamental aim shared by all within the school community is to provide a learning environment within which all children realise their full potential – intellectually, socially, physically, morally and spiritually.

 This shared vision is supported by a number of strategies including the following:

  • Ensuring breadth and balance across the curriculum and meeting the needs of pupils;
  • Raising attainment through continuous self-evaluation, benchmarking and tracking procedures;
  • Providing a quality learning environment which stimulates and motivates pupils;
  • Supporting pupils by providing a planned approach to promoting personal and social development;
  • Promoting the ethos of the school which is based on a climate of openness, trust and mutual respect within which equality, fairness and social justice play a crucial role;
  • Providing effective deployment of all staff and organisation of resources within the establishment;
  • Ensuring the development of a “quality culture” within which the importance of self-evaluation, strategic planning and the effectiveness of leadership are implicit in the corporate life of the school.


The P.T.A and School Board have been amalgamated to form the Parent Council.  They meet on the first Wednesday of every month at 7pm.  Any parent or carer is very welcome to attend.

Parental interest and involvement is extremely important. The Head Teacher or D.H.T. are available at any time to meet parents / guardians who wish to discuss any matters of interest or concern. If parents wish a more lengthy discussion with a member of staff, they should contact the school so that arrangements can be made to release a teacher from class.

Formal parent/teacher evenings are arranged twice a year. Throughout the session parents are most welcome to have their child's programme of work explained to them or have informal discussions regarding their progress.

Curricular workshops (e.g. maths and language) take place throughout the year.

Monthly newsletters provide information about school matters.

New entrants are invited to pre-school induction visits. At these visits the children can sample the delights of P.1 whilst parents explore the curriculum and other matters of interest. There is also an evening induction session on how best to help your child particularly with early reading and number.

Meetings are held to discuss the reception of the Sacraments e.g. First Confession, First Communion and Confirmation at the appropriate stages.

Parents are invited to school highlights such as services, concerts etc.



We offer our pupils a wide curriculum, based on National Guidelines 5-14 and current advice from East Renfrewshire Authority, in order to promote the skills necessary for life. Although the areas of the curriculum are illustrated individually, they are in fact inter-related. Within the varied curriculum we aim to provide equal opportunities for all our children, regardless of ability, gender or race. Multi-cultural and anti-racist education is actively promoted in this school, as is education for Active Citizenship.

For more detailed information on our programmes of study:

Personal Learning Plans


Extra Support For Learning

Our teaching methods ensure that any difficulties are quickly highlighted. In the first instance teachers would express any concerns to the Depute Head Teacher who would then inform the Head Teacher. The nature of the difficulty would be discussed and if necessary assessed. Remedial action would initially be taken by the class teacher. If any additional input from the Learning Support Teacher was deemed necessary, the parents would always be informed. Our Support for Learning Teacher and members of the senior management team as available, all work with class teachers in order to provide materials, assist with individuals or groups and advise on appropriate programmes of work. Occasionally we call upon the services of the psychologist appointed to the school or other agencies to diagnose and help remedy a learning difficulty. This is only done after consultation with the parent. Our Home Link Teacher will also visit parents at home to assist with learning if necessary.

Extra Support For Learning

Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty in its own right. We use the term where a boy or girl is having difficulty with aspects of reading or writing when there’s a clear difference between these and the way they perform in other areas of schoolwork.

If you think your son or daughter may be dyslexic your first step is to approach the school. Mrs Kennedy (Head Teacher), Mrs Hall (Depute Head Teacher) or Miss McColgan (Support for Learning Teacher) will be happy to give you advice and information on Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia).

There will be strategies in place to help deal with any problems that teachers have identified. However, if not, assessments may be carried out to establish the nature and severity of the problems your son or daughter is facing. This may involve specialist help and advice from an Educational Psychologist. As stated previously, the school policy is to keep you and your child fully informed of the results of these assessments.

Joint Support Team

As you know St. Mark’s is part of the New Community School initiative. Our Educational Psychologist and the Community School Social Worker meet with the Head Teacher and Learning Support Co-ordinator regularly to discuss how best to support pupils, teachers and parents. If your child needs extra support you may be asked for permission for us to discuss your child’s needs at a Joint Support team meeting. You may also be invited to a meeting to discuss how best we can work together to support your child.

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