St. Mark’s C of E Primary School

We are a Church school and we pride ourselves on our church school  distinctiveness and the very special ethos that pervades through our mission statement,  ‘St Mark’s, with the love of Jesus, will give us wings to fly.’ Christian values are promoted, and our a part of the everyday life of the school, and are developed through a two year cycle. The culture of our school is one of ‘learners and leaders’- all stakeholders are learning and developing together and in a small school with such a skilled staff and such enthusiastic children, everyone is a leader. Although a small school we have big ideas and, with our many partners, we can provide our children with extended opportunities for sport and enrichment, and for our staff and governors training and ideas for further improvement.

Address St. Mark’s Church of England Primary School, School Lane, Hadlow Down, East Sussex, TN22 4HY
Contact Receptionist
Address St. Mark’s Church of England Primary School, School Lane, Hadlow Down, East Sussex, TN22 4HY
Telephone 01825 830375
Web Site URL


Village Speeding – Your chance to help
As vehicles enter the village on the A272 from the Buxted direction, the speed limit changes straight from 60mph to 30mph, and this results in a very high proportion of these vehicles passing the four public crossing points between the 30mph sign, at the entrance to Waste Wood, and the School Lane/Wilderness Lane crossroads often at speeds exceeding 50mph.
These four pedestrian crossing points are used by the pupils of St Mark’s School to access the designated learning play area “Smile Meadow”; by our senior school children crossing to use their school buses morning and afternoon, and by the many residents that use Waste Wood for general recreation.
It has been noted that the existing speed detection device does encourage vehicles to slow down but to have a similar impact in the vicinity of where these four crossings are then the village needs another speed detector mounting post in the vicinity of the Church.
The Parish Council has obtained ESCC Highways permission for an additional post to be installed but the Parish Council only has sufficient funding to cover 50% of the £2,000 cost.
This is your chance to help reduce speeding throughout the village. This appeal is asking both parents and residents to support this project by helping to fund the additional £1,000 required to have this speed detector pole installed. Should we be successful in raising sufficient extra funds then the village could even purchase an additional speed detector device!
Such “Crowd Funding” cannot be administered by the Parish Council, so I have agreed to manage this appeal as a long-time resident of the village. St Mark’s School parents may wish to act together, through the School Office, to provide a donation.
To ensure accurate auditable payment records to be kept, it is only possible to accept cheques made out to Mr S L W Godfrey and posted through the letter box of Fir Tree Cottage (top of School Lane) or Bank Transfers to Sort Code 40-47-86, Account No. 80791415. Please use your “Surname – Speed”as your Reference. Full records of payments will be kept and be available on request from myself.
Thank you for taking the time to read this appeal and thank you in advance for any payments that you generously offer.
27 years a resident in Hadlow Down

A Taste of Sport

A Taste of Sport
Thanks to a grant (kindly provided by The Sussex Community Foundation), Wings to Fly are hosting an exciting multi-sport event on Friday 17th June at the Hadlow Down playing field and we would love it if you could join us.

During the afternoon, the children of St Mark’s will be taking part in a range of exciting sports. This will include Rugby, Taekwon-do, Stoolball and Cricket.
Gates will open to the Hadlow Down community at 3pm and the sports will run until 4pm. ‘The Friends of St Marks’ will be running a refreshments stall and a BBQ from 3pm.
For safeguarding reasons, please note that there will be NO parking at the playing field and limited parking around the school.
We look forward to seeing you there!

A Taste of Sport

Come and join the children of St Mark’s as they take part in ‘A Taste of Sport’ on Friday, 17th June (3.00 pm) on the Hadlow Down Playing Field. More info to follow in June.

St. Mark’s Swimming Success

St. Mark’s school were placed  first in the Uckfield Swimming Gala!

It was the first time the village school had taken part in the competitions and the participants were cheered on by the staff, parents & friends.  The school thanked  Uckfield College for organising the event and parents for their support.  The  super swimmers worked incredibly hard to secure a top 3 position in every race.

There were excellent individual performances and the overall team result was outstanding.

🥇 Winners of the Gala
🥇 Girls 25m Backstroke
🥇 Girls 50m Freestyle
🥇 Mixed Relay
🥇 Girls 25m Freestyle
🥈 Boys 25m Freestyle
🥈 Obstacle Relay
🥈 Girls 25m Breaststroke

Mavis Farrer

It is with sadness that we learn of the peaceful passing of Mavis Farrer, on November 2nd.  at the age of 98 .
For many years Mavis, past resident of Hadlow Down and wife of the late John, mother of Alison and Simon, grandmother and great grandmother. was a key member of the Variety Club and the Horticultural  Society as well as being a co-editor of the Parish Magazine.
The funeral is to be held at St. Phillip’s Church, Ticehurst Road, Burwash, Burwash Weald, UK, TN19 7NA at 11 am on Friday November 26th..