Welcome to Green Oak Church of England Primary School and Nursery, an Academy in the Good Shepherd Trust

‘Together we care, learn and achieve.’ 

In the name of Jesus, The Good Shepherd

 “I have come that they may have life, and have it in all its fullness. I am the Good Shepherd” John 10:10-11

Headteachers’ Welcome

Dear Parents & carers

On behalf of the children, staff, Governors and The Good Shepherd Trust, I would like to welcome you to Green Oak Church of England Primary School. We hope you find our website clear, informative and easy to navigate. It is designed to give you a flavour of the vibrant life of our school, the work of our pupils and the quality education we strive to deliver.

We are committed to providing the highest quality care and education for your child; our teachers strive to deliver outstanding lessons which will stimulate and engage your child, and ultimately, foster a life-long love of learning. Underpinning this philosophy is the importance of each child’s wellbeing and our first class pastoral care which recognises that, for a child to achieve their educational potential, they must feel safe, happy and valued at school.

In 2018, our school were proud to be in the top Godalming school for progress in Reading, Writing and Maths and in the top 20% of all schools nationally. The school is now at and above National expectations for all areas of attainment.

Our newly designed ‘Harmony’ curriculum links 7 Principles as a framework for all foundation subjects for deepening their knowledge about God’s nature, the food they eat and the world around them.

Visits to the school are warmly welcomed so you can see the learning in action and get a feel for the right school for your child.

Please contact the school office for more information

Mr Mark Richards                              Mrs Philippa Leftley
Executive Headteacher                      Headteacher

Message from Mr Mark Richards, the school’s new Executive Headteacher 

I am delighted to have officially joined the Green Oak family as your Executive Headteacher from 1 April 2019; working closely with Children, Staff and Parents to build on the fantastic foundations already achieved.

New school under the Good Shepherd Trust

On Monday 1 April, balloons were stationed around the school and there was an air of celebration as we enjoyed the first day under the Good Shepherd Trust (GST) as an Academy. 1 year ago, there were conversations about the possible closure and from 1 April, we celebrated the school’s sustainable future in the GST. A huge thank you to all members of community who have stood by the school, campaigned to keep it and Mrs Leftley, the IEB and GST for working hard in the background, building a model that will work into the future.

New logo consultation

After consultation with children, parents and staff, here is the new logo design for our new school name St Mark and All Saints

A little about me?

I was appointed as Headteacher of St John’s Church of England Primary School 4 years ago after a succession of 9 Headteachers in 8 years. The school was previously rated as ‘Inadequate’ by Ofsted in 2013 and in September 2016, the school was rated as ‘GOOD’ in all areas. Since then, the school has been placed in the top 3% of all schools nationally for progress for the past 3 years, number 1 in Surrey in 2018 for progress and in the most recent church schools inspection, was rated GOOD in two areas and OUTSTANDING in two areas. St John’s is a very similar demographic to Green Oak and I am excited about the huge potential the school has with its excellent staff, children and parents. 

Prior to leading St John’s, I led a school on the Isle of Wight and have worked in two other Surrey schools. All schools have had varying make-ups from a large 500 pupil Primary school to a small junior school in Surrey.

“In everything, give thanks” 1 Thessalonians 5:18. I lead through a very strong sense of Christian values and puts this high on the priorities for implementing change and breeding success within the staff and pupils.

I have been linked to Green Oak since September 2018, working closely with the Headteacher and board to secure the school’s future. As part of the school’s conversion over to an academy, we are privileged to have been awarded a number of capital funding grants which will see our facilities improve over the coming months; adding to the curriculum to inspire and motivate children. Our aim is to make this school the best it can possibly be where children thrive and succeed in an area of high expectations and challenge.

This is a very exciting stage in the school’s journey and I very much look forward to working with everyone in making Green Oak / St Mark and All Saints the best it can possible be.  Mark Richards


Good Shepherd Trust – http://www.goodshepherdtrust.org.uk

Child Protection and Safeguarding policy

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Please CLICK HERE for our Child Protection and Safeguarding policy.