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About our School

Type of School Academy
Scool category Non-maintained
Age range of pupils 11-18
Number on roll 1031
Gender of pupils Mixed
Last Ofsted July 2013

St Mark’s is first and foremost, a Catholic comprehensive school. Our Catholic foundation means that we are committed to recognising all pupils as individuals, loved and blessed by God, unique in his/her own right.
Occupying a site of some 12 acres within safe walking distance of Harlow Town Centre, St Mark’s was established in 1965, opening one block initially and completing its second phase of building in 1974. The school now comprises of four main blocks, around its central focus of the School Chapel, which offer specialist facilities in addition to traditional classroom space.
Within the last decade a new purpose-built Sixth Form Centre has been opened, a Business and Enterprise Centre and most recently a new building providing additional teaching and ICT facilities for pupils in Key Stages 4 and 5, and a study and social area for the 6th Form.
There are three hardcore areas providing sport and play spaces, as well as a large sports field. Additionally, St Mark’s has attractive grounds planted with trees and flowering shrubs throughout, for the use of all pupils.
At St Mark’s the curriculum provides students with a broad and balanced programme of study and a wide range of learning opportunities. St Mark’s is the only school in Harlow to offer pupils the opportunity to continue their studies into Years 12-13 in our Sixth Form, providing a school and faith based environment.
Mission Statement

Our Catholic school is one in which Gospel values inform all aspects of community life. We are distinguished by the quality of education and care extended to all our members. Each person is recognized as an individual, valued and enabled to fulfill her or his potential to the highest possible standard.
In partnership with the wider community we prepare each member to make full use of the opportunities available, so that all for the benefit of all are able to shape their destinies and create a better world.
Spring Term
Monday 6th January - Friday 4th April 2014
Half term Monday 17th February - Friday 21st February 2014
Summer Term
Tuesday 22nd Aprill - Tuesday 22nd July 2014
Half term Monday 26th May - Friday 30th May 2014

Non Pupil Day (3) Friday 2nd May 2014
Non Pupil Day (4) Monday 21st July 2014
Non Pupil Day (5) Tuesday 22nd July 2014
The School Day

The hours spent on teaching during the normal school week, excluding assemblies, registrations and breaks: 25 hours
8:45 – 8:50 am
Site Supervision
8:50 – 9:10 am
Registration (AM) and Assembly
9:10 – 10:10 am
Period 1
10:10 – 11:10 am
Period 2
11:10 – 11:30 am
11:30 – 12:30 pm
Period 3
12:30 – 1:30 pm
Period 4
1:30 – 2:20 pm
2:20 – 2:30 pm
Registration (PM)
2:30 – 3:30 pm
Period 5
3:30 pm
End of school day

Please click her to download our School Prospectus & 6th Form Prospectus

We are delighted to announce that following our Section 5 Ofsted inspection (3-4 July) St Mark's has been judged to be a 'good' school with outstanding features. Achievement at all levels of the school has been graded as 'good' and the inspection team noted the many improvements in teaching and learning. Students attitudes, behaviour and safety were all viewed as 'outstanding'. Please click here to download the full report