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Welcome to the Homepage of Marchbank Free School

Marchbank Free School opened in September 2013 and offers a full time, creative curriculum in line with the primary national curriculum. We offer education to children aged from 5 to 11 years within a fabulous setting which allows us to offer a nurturing environment where children can feel a sense of belonging and strive to reach their potential.


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Message from the Chief Executive 

We take the health and safety of our pupils and staff very seriously. Following updated government guidance on Monday 16th March 2020, please find below the current advice. We will continue to keep you updated with any developments, including whether we will need to close at some point in the future. However, all the Trust schools currently remain open. At this time, no pupils or staff at any of the Trust’s academies or schools have been confirmed to have the Coronavirus.  To help reduce the risk of infection, the Trust has purchased hand sanitiser and staff and pupils have been asked to use this, and to wash their hands, regularly.  Current guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) and Public Health England (PHE) remains that schools should stay open and pupils continue to attend school unless they have symptoms (a new and continuous cough and/or high temperature) or have received medical advice to stay at home. If anyone in your household has the above symptoms, all members of the household should self-isolate for 14 days.  We would ask any parents or visitors suffering from symptoms of Coronavirus not to come into school for any reason. It is likely that government advice will change as the spread of Coronavirus continues.  If we are required to close our academies, we will ensure you are informed and will do all we can to ensure that the effect on pupils’ education is limited. Any information about closure will be sent via text, published on this website and via the schools’ official social media (e.g. Facebook, FROG, Marvellous Me – whichever your Academy uses).  Further official advice can be found at Government advice on Coronavirus and Public Health England advice on Coronavirus.

 Kind regards 

 Mike Butler 

Chief Executive The Education Village Academy Trust

Salters Lane South 


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 Marchbank Free School offers a full time educational provision for primary aged children with Social Emotional and Mental Health difficulties (SEMH).  Marchbank is situated in Darlington serving both Darlington and the surrounding area.

Our school site is a red brick Grade II listed building at Mowden in Darlington which lends itself perfectly to our ethos of creating a nurturing environment where the children can feel safe and secure and develop a sense of belonging.

The school is set within magnificent mature grounds providing opportunities for outdoor learning across all curriculum areas and our established wooded area provides forest school lessons. We have raised beds to allow the children to work alongside adults to grow their own food and we have well-loved hens and ducks who provide us with eggs.  

Our vision is to provide an environment where primary children with SEMH can access an education that develops the whole child in a healthy and balanced manner addressing their physical, emotional and intellectual capabilities through a developmentally appropriate curriculum.

We warmly welcome requests for further information.

We are committed to dealing with any concerns/ complaints you may have about your child’s education as quickly and effectively as possible. If you have a concern/ complaint please do not hesitate to contact us so that your concern/ complaint can be forwarded to the correct member of staff. The person dealing with your concern/ complaint will contact you, in a timely manner, to discuss your concerns further. Leaders and Governors are committed to resolving your concerns/ complaints to your satisfaction.

Tel:- 01325 254670 / mobile: 07985478799 


Marchbank Free School

Barnes Road



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