St Mark's School, Bath

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St Mark's School, Bath
St Mark's CofE School.jpg
Type Voluntary Aided School
Religion Church of England
Headteacher Barnaby Ash[1]
Location Bay Tree Road
Bath and North East Somerset
51°23′56″N 2°21′03″W / 51.3989°N 2.35086°W / 51.3989; -2.35086Coordinates: 51°23′56″N 2°21′03″W / 51.3989°N 2.35086°W / 51.3989; -2.35086
Local authority Bath and North East Somerset
DfE URN 109328 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 210 in 2015[2]
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18

St Mark's is an 11-18, mixed, Voluntary Aided, Church of England secondary school located on the border of Larkhall and Fairfield Park in Bath, England.[3] It is a specialist Business and Enterprise College.[4] In September 2009, 282 pupils were enrolled at the school.[5] By May 2015, this number had dropped to 210.[2]

In 2010, Bath and North East Somerset Council called a meeting to discuss the future of educational provision for the children of Larkhall and the school put forward alternative proposals to its closure.[6] In 2011 the school formed a soft federation with St Gregory's Catholic College in Odd Down, and an executive head teacher, Raymond Friel, was appointed to be in charge of both schools.[7][8] The federation has built a new joint sixth form, The New Sixth at the St Gregory's Catholic College site.[9][10]


St Mark's School received an ‘Ofsted’ inspection in June 2015, and was judged to be a ‘Good’ school across the following key areas: leadership and management, behaviour and safety of students, quality of teaching and the achievement of students.[11] Further to this, the school was also recognised as a ‘Good’ Church of England school in its most recent SIAMS inspection, under a new framework. The pastoral and academic support, as well as the small school ethos and value for each student were noted as particularly positive areas.[12]


  1. ^ "St Mark's CofE School". Department of Education. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "2015 Inspection Report" (PDF). Ofsted. Retrieved 24 November 2015. 
  3. ^ "St Mark's CofE School". St Mark's CofE School. Retrieved 13 November 2010. 
  4. ^ "Specialist Business and Enterprise Status". St Mark's CofE School. Retrieved 13 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "A Review of Secondary Schools in Bath" (or: original). Bath and North East Somerset Council. 14 April 2010. Archived from the original on 21 July 2010. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  6. ^ "Larkhall's Children". 21st Century learning Initiative. Retrieved 13 November 2010. 
  7. ^ "Bath secondary schools to join forces to stop closure". Bath Chronicle. 27 May 2010. Retrieved 13 November 2010. 
  8. ^ "Head takes charge of two schools". Bath Chronicle. 8 September 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  9. ^ "The New Sixth Bath". Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "One step closer to first Christian sixth form for Bath and North East Somerset". Bath Chronicle. 21 September 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  11. ^ "St Mark's CofE School" (PDF). Ofsted. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  12. ^ "St Mark's CofE VA Secondary School (11-18)" (PDF). National Society Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools Report. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 

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