St Marks Spring Veritas
As the articles and pictures in this edition of Veritas demonstrate, this has been another very busy and successful term at St Mark’s. In January the Department for Education tables were published and confi rmed that St. Mark’s GCSE and A Level results placed the School among the top Comprehensives in the country. The School’s popularity is demonstrated by the 982 applications for admission into Year 7 next September. This is a testament to the hard work and good behaviour of the vast majority of students, the commitment and expertise of staff and Governors and the tremendous support provided by parents.
Effective Catholic Schools are not simply focussed on achieving academic potential as these pages illustrate. Long after students have left they will cherish memories of Duke of Edinburgh walks, Debating Competitions, House Competitions, Charity Activities, Book Days, School trips such as Iceland and so many other activities. Finally, on a personal note, I am looking forward to my retirement this Summer after seventeen years at the School.
I will miss many aspects of school life, particularly working with wonderful colleagues and students and being part of such an active Catholic community. I am delighted that the School has appointed a new Headteacher, Ms Andrea Waugh-Lucas, to start in September. I have a lot of thank yous to say before I leave but I will save these for my fi nal “Headline” in the Summer edition.
Thank you all for your continuing support for the School.
Paul Enright, Headteacher