Our school sits at the heart of the vibrant, creative and thriving community of Larkhall just on the outskirts of Bath. Quite uniquely, we also see our community as the heart of our school and encourage our students and staff to actively participate and support our local community wherever possible.
Over recent years, we have developed strong relationships with our local business community and community groups. Our social enterprise magazine, The Larkhall News, is pivotal to creating and building on these links, providing opportunities for local residents, students, businesses and organisations to come together and share knowledge and experience. We believe that it is vital that our students know about their community, take pride in its surroundings and take ownership of improving it for everyone.
We are well supported by an active and vibrant PTA who work with staff and students to put on a variety of events throughout the school year. These include:
- The Larkhall Festival – inviting members of our community to join us for a day of art and craft workshops together with an exhibition of artwork by the students of St Mark’s and The Valley Schools;
- A Christmas Fair with seasonal goodies, crafts and home-made treats to set the mood for festive fun;
- A Christmas Community Party, inviting over 100 more senior local citizens to join us for afternoon tea, mince pies and entertainment. This event is now a firm fixture in the St Mark’s Calendar.
- Summer Fair – a wonderful day of entertainment, BBQs and bouncy castles. Fun for all of the family!
- An annual celebration performance to showcase the talents of our students;
- St Mark’s Day – an annual celebration of St Mark, inviting nearly 200 Year 5 pupils from The Valley Schools to join us for a range of creative, sporting and fun academic activities;
- The Valley Added initiative actively encourages students from St Mark’s and The Valley Schools to engage with local businesses and community groups to develop local enterprises run by local children;
- The Goldies Garden is a newly developed area of St Mark’s School that has been created with help from Golden Oldies founder, Grenville Jones. The garden is a tranquil place for elderly residents to enjoy, take part in some gentler gardening tasks or simply to admire the view over Solsbury Hill.