We are proud of our links with our local community and more widespread families. To assist you when making a decision about which school to choose, we understand that opinions of our current pupils and families matter. Please see below for what our families say about us.
"Olivia has blossomed and learnt so so much and I can’t fault any of the teachers in the school especially Miss Button who has really helped Olivia with her confidence and the change in Olivia has been amazing. I want to say a massive thank you to everyone in the school and would recommend it to anyone wanting to put their child into a lovely primary school such as St Mark's."
Year 4 parent 2021
"We just wanted to thank you both and your team for creating a wonderful start to school life for Gaia...she has come out on cloud 9 and still up there! Absolutely thrilled and told us all about her time there, saying she had a lovely day and that school was fantastic!
The video lessons meant that both she and I felt as though we knew you already! If I didn't seem to introduce myself in a normal way Mrs Cox it's because I feel as though I have met you many times...but of course you had never met me!! Strange times!"
Reception Parent, March 2021
"I wanted to say an enormous thank you for everything you’ve done so far this term. The communication has been really clear and I’ve been really impressed with how well google classrooms is working."
Year 2 Parent, February 2021
I would just like to make you aware of how impressed I am with how St Marks, CofE Primary school in Staplefield, West Sussex has managed the constant challenges they have faced as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
During Term 1, the hard work and dedication of Ms Laura Kelsey and all of her team managed to create a safe and happy place when the world around was and still remains full of negativity and uncertainty. Their love and passion for the well-being of their children shone through as all children enter and leave school each day with a smile on their face.
As we tuned in to watch the Prime Minister's national lockdown announcement on Monday 4th January at 8pm we learnt of the remote schooling going forward. By 9pm the same evening, my husband and I received an email from Ms Kelsey with an informative letter of what the next steps would be (Please remember that the school had no warning of this announcement and I know that they would have put in a lot of hard work to continue to make St Marks safe but happy for all of their children). As a parent of a reception pupil, this was our first time of 'home schooling' so was not sure what to expect but impressively by the following morning, I logged on to Google Classrooms to already find that work and lesson plans had been uploaded for us to start that day. These amazing teachers had just 12 hours to adjust their teaching to 'remote' and I think that they have done a truly fantastic job! The online portal has daily lessons which Mrs Cox has delivered in a clear and fun manner and my daughter participates with the daily activities and shouts out answers just as she would if she was at school. Once we have watched each lesson and uploaded our 'homework', Mrs Cox quickly replies with her feedback giving my daughter the sense of still belonging to school and this also helps my daughter acknowledge what she's achieved. Mrs Cox has put up several resources and activities for my daughter and I to explore at our own time so we are never at a loss of what to do.
These teachers are not getting enough praise for all of their hardwork so I wanted to take time to acknowledge their achievements."
Reception Parent, January 2021
"I have nothing but good things to say about St Mark's and all the lovely teachers!! All my children have loved it!
I am so sad that it is coming to an end. There is such a lovely, caring and welcoming atmosphere in the school and I have to say that your open and happy personality as the Head Teacher has a lot to do with that.
Isaac has so enjoyed his last 2 years with Mr Holmes he gets very emotional when he thinks about leaving.
He has already said he would like to come back for every inset day if he can.
And as I said in my card I really have appreciated your kind and understanding approach to our beliefs, although you may not have always understood or agreed with them. So I say thank you to you too!! We are really going to miss you all!!"
Year 6 parent sent as their child was moving on to secondary school, July 2020
"I hope you have a wonderful summer break, you've most definitely earned it! Thank you for being so amazing through some really testing times. We really are lucky to be part of such a wonderful school, filled with an amazing team of staff. We’ve all missed school and church Tuesdays a lot and can’t wait to come back in September."
Year 2 Parent, July 2020