Mark College – Priory Education Services

Special needs catered for

Mark College is a specialist secondary school for boys and girls aged 10-19 with specific learning difficulties associated with dyslexia and language disorder. Many students have struggled in mainstream schools and benefit hugely from being in an environment with other SpLD students where the level of support and teaching methods are specifically designed to overcome the challenges that dyslexic pupils face.

Specialist facilities

There is a large sports hall and ample playing fields. Many computers and excellent boarding facilities. Pleasant, open site with all facilities on one campus. Well resourced. Mark College prides itself on its sporting achievements, often competing at both county and national levels, and offers extensive sport and leisure facilities across nine acres of games fields, two hard tennis courts and a large sports centre.

Support services provided

Subject specialist staff trained to teach students with SpLD. Small classes and work structured for individual student access. The College aims to reach the whole child taking into consideration their strengths, weaknesses and individuality.

Home school links

Four reports per annum (varied formats). Frequent phone contact. Parents’ days. Open day at year end.

General environment

The College is centred on a Grade II Georgian house set in 24 acres of grounds at the edge of a Somerset village. Near to the M5 (four miles to Junction 22). A cluster of purpose-built brick buildings around an early 19th century Grade II listed house.

Aims and philosophy

To provide a full and broad education in a caring, supportive and developmental environment. Our Ofsted reports confirm that this aim is achieved by the College and state that GCSE results are ‘outstanding’.

Staff qualification and selection

We select trained and experienced teachers who are specialists in their subject area. Half of our teaching staff have undergone specialist courses in teaching students with SpLD. All new appointments are CRB checked. Mark College has an international reputation for its educational work with dyslexic students. DfE approved, CReSTeD Specialist Provision. Ofsted grades of Good for Education and Good for Care 2011.


Mark College – Priory Education Services








Principal: Polly Adams

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Length of school year

35 weeks

Age range


Number on roll

Number of Places: 100

Type of school

Co-educational - full/weekly/day


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