FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Absence

What should I do if my child is ill and cannot come to school?

http://www.st-marks.islington.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Attendance-Punctuality-Summer-2018-19.pdf

 Attendance

What is the school’s Admission Policy?

http://www.st-marks.islington.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Admissions-Policy-2019-20.pdf

Arriving & Leaving

What are the arrangements for arriving at school in the morning and leaving at the end of the school day?

http://www.st-marks.islington.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/A-note-on-school-attendance.pdf

http://www.st-marks.islington.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Key-Times-throughout-the-day.pdf

Assessment

How is my child assessed at school and how will I know how much progress s/he are making?

http://www.st-marks.islington.sch.uk/ethos-and-curriculum/assessment/

Behaviour

What are the school expectations regarding behaviour?

http://www.st-marks.islington.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Behaviour-Policy-Autumn-Term-2018-19.pdf

Clubs

What school clubs are available?

http://www.st-marks.islington.sch.uk/out-of-school-activities/

Concerns

Who do I contact of I have a problem?

http://www.st-marks.islington.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/who-do-I-talk-to-new.pdf

Events

How can I find out about what is going on in school?

http://www.st-marks.islington.sch.uk/calendar/

Friends Association

Is there a parent’s association – how do I get involved?

http://www.st-marks.islington.sch.uk/school-info/friends-of-st-marks/

Governors

What is the role of school governors?

http://www.st-marks.islington.sch.uk/school-info/governors/

Holiday Dates

Where can I find school holiday dates?

http://www.st-marks.islington.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/20180424134629.pdf

Holidays During Term Time

Are we allowed to take holidays during term time?

http://www.st-marks.islington.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Application-for-leave-of-absence.pdf

 Lost Property

What happens to lost property?

We do not have a specific store for lost property at the school and children are expected to look after their own belongings. Items of uniform must be clearly labelled with your child’s name and class name, this includes PE kits. Anything found by our Premises Manager which is not labelled is kept until the end of each term. On the last day of term the Premises Manager places all items of uniform on a table in the playground for parents to reclaim their children’s property.

Music Lessons

What additional music tuition is available to children?

http://www.st-marks.islington.sch.uk/ethos-and-curriculum/music/

Lunch Time 

What happens at lunch time?

Reception children (Emerald class) have a lunch break of 1.5 hours. They are the first class to dine at 12 midday. KS1 classes (Sapphire and Ruby) follow at 12.10pm and 12.15pm. KS2 children dine in house teams between 12.30pm and 1.30pm. All children play in the playground during their lunch break and are engaged in structured play activities led by teaching assistants who are also the meal time supervisors, unless weather prevents them from doing so. If it is raining, ‘wet play’ activities are supervised in classrooms.

Money

How should money be taken in to school?

We do not advise that children bring money to school as it is easy for them to lose it. If we ask for contribution towards a school trip we would be grateful, where possible, if parents could pay the cost directly to the school office.

Office staff can accept either cash or cheque payments. There is no facility at the school to take payments by card.

Ofsted

When was the last Ofsted inspection?

http://www.st-marks.islington.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/20150522143537.pdf

http://www.st-marks.islington.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/SIAMS-report.pdf

http://www.st-marks.islington.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/20161221143338.pdf

Parent Helpers

Can parents help as volunteers?

http://www.st-marks.islington.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Volunteer-Policy-Summer-Term-2018-20.pdf

SATs

What are the school’s latest SATs results?

http://www.st-marks.islington.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/20160720122330.pdf

School Council

Is there a School Council and how does it work?

http://www.st-marks.islington.sch.uk/pupil-involvement/

School Hours

What are the regular school hours?

http://www.st-marks.islington.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Key-times-throughout-day.pdf

School Transfer

Where do children go when they leave St Mark’s?

http://www.st-marks.islington.sch.uk/school-info/secondary-transfer/

Special Educational Needs

How are children with special educational needs (SEN) supported?

http://www.st-marks.islington.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/SEND-Policy-Summer-Term-2018-19.pdf

Sports

What sports and physical activity does the school do and does it compete against other schools?

http://www.st-marks.islington.sch.uk/school-info/pupil-and-sports-premium-funding-2/

Trips

Where do classes go and are there any residential trips?

http://www.st-marks.islington.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Educational-Visits-and-School-Journey-Policy-2017-2019.pdf

Uniform

What are the school’s uniform requirements?

http://www.st-marks.islington.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/School-Uniform-policy-Summer-term-2017-20.pdf

Water Bottles

Can children bring water bottles to school?

http://www.st-marks.islington.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Water-at-St-Mark.pdf