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

On behalf of our children, staff and the Interim Academy Board (IAB) governors and Good Shepherd Trust, I would like to welcome you to Green Oak Church of England Primary School and Nursery, an Academy in the Good Shepherd Trust.

We are a small, single form entry school set at the heart of a local community in Godalming. During the last year we have made significant improvements across our school which has been reflected in our end of year academic results and 1st position in Godalming for progress between year 2 and year 6. In most year groups, our children have made very good progress in Reading, Writing and Maths and are now at or above national expectations for Reading and Maths.

Christian values inform and underpin the ethos of our school and we focus on one of our values each half term to help prepare our children to fulfil their potential in the wider world and to become successful citizens in the future. Each week we welcome representatives from the local church to lead assembly to consider these values in more depth.

Our children learn together in an atmosphere of high expectations, mutual respect and friendship. We know and value each child in our school and believe in ensuring that all children achieve their best through high quality teaching and support. Learning at Green Oak is an exciting and challenging experience for each child. There is a strong emphasis on delivering all areas of the curriculum to a high standard, so that each child experiences a broad and balanced curriculum; developing skills, knowledge and understanding in all areas.

Pastoral care is a key strength of our school and communication and relationships with parents and the local community are strong. The children thrive in a happy, safe and caring learning environment.

We are fortunate to have a well-established and thriving Forest School on our site where our pupils can learn outdoors all year round. We also have a large, productive allotment with a poly tunnel where children plant and grow fruit and vegetables. We have our own pig, goats and chickens which the children visit and feed. Next to our small farm there are substantial playing field facilities which the children can access all year round and we also have two playgrounds which have various apparatus for the children to play on.

A wide range of clubs and extra-curricular activities are available for our children – including Forest School, football, multi sports skills, drama, choir, dance, art/craft, gardening, rugby and a debating/enrichment club. There is something for everyone to try.

We welcome visits from prospective parents so please call the school office on 01483 422924 to make an appointment to meet me and take a tour of our school to see the learning opportunities we can provide. I look forward to meeting you.

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

In September 2019, the school’s name will change over to St Mark and All Saints Church of England Primary school and over the coming weeks, we will be working with children and staff to build a logo & uniform colour. The school council have listened to their class mates about what they would like the logo to look like and after Easter, we will be consulting on the most popular. 

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.