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Welcome to Mark First & Pre-school CE Academy 

With strong Christian values at the heart of all we do, we 

'Create a love of learning'




Mark First and Pre-school CE Academy is situated on the Somerset Levels in the village of Mark, near Burnham-on-Sea. We offer an enriching education for children aged from 2 to 9 years of age.
Our school is a thriving part of the Wessex Learning Trust which includes a first, middle and upper school structure. The majority of our children transfer to Hugh Sexey Middle School at the end of Year 4.

We are a friendly, nurturing school and we aim to provide a stimulating environment where our children can grow and learn with independence and confidence, enjoyment and enthusiasm. We are committed to providing a broad and balanced curriculum that promotes creativity, celebrates individuality and inspires a love of learning.
We have close links with our local church and a Christian ethos is reflected in all we do. Our core Christian values are closely linked to our School Vision-  Courage, Respect, Enthusiasm, Aspiration, Trust, Empathy.
The school currently has five classes and a Pre-school. Our main hall serves as the sports hall, dining hall and space for collective worship, drama, dance and music. we have a large playing field, Forest School and pond area. 
We have strong support from our governors, parents and members of the local community. We work closely together to provide the very best education for the children in our care. 

We have been awarded a 'Gold Artsmark' from the Arts Council which acknowledges our outstanding provision for The Arts. Performing through dance, music making, drama and art are used to help provide a rich varied and exciting curriculum whilst developing self-confidence. 


We have been re-accredited with the Inclusive Dyslexia Friendly Status Award which recognises our strong inclusive teaching and supportive classroom practice. This has been embedded effectively over the last three years and externally validated.


Our school management structure consists of Lorna Parle, our Headteacher and Cheryl Bull, our Deputy Headteacher.


Please feel free to contact our Operations Officer, Emma May, via the the school office with any questions you may have or to arrange a visit. Emma can be contacted by phone on 01278 641262 or via email at We would be delighted to show you round and you are always welcome.


Lorna Parle Headteacher

Cheryl Bull Deputy Headteacher