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Welcome to St Mary's C.E. Middle School

Thank you for visiting the website for St. Mary's C.E. Middle School. We are a 9-13 middle school situated on the outskirts of Puddletown, a small village in the beautiful Dorset countryside. We are a church school with an ethos built on the core Christian values of respect, forgiveness, justice, uniqueness, equality and acceptance.

Our aim is to give every pupil the chance to achieve their God given potential in all areas of their life and we are proud to have been assessed as an outstanding church school in our last two Church of England inspections. We expect the highest standards in both academic work and behaviour and we place our children at the centre of everything we do.

The pupils, staff and governors are very proud of our school and we hope that this website will allow you to see why. We look forward to having the opportunity to meet you in person.

GL Annual Assessments (Years 5, 7, 8)

St. Mary's C.E. Middle School uses a suite of tests produced by GL Assessment to measure both the attainment and progress pupils make over a set period of time whilst at St. Mary's.  These progress tests are administered at set points throughout a pupils journey through the middle school.  They are nationally standardised tests and allow individual pupils and the schools overall performance to be assessed against national benchmarks. 


The grid below shows when the pupils sit the tests and which tests are taken.


  Year 4 Year 5 Year 7 (Start of Year) Year 7 (End of Year) Year 8
 GL Tests Taken

Progress Test 8 in:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science

Progress Test 9 in:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science

Progress Test 11T in:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science

Progress Test 12 in:

  • English
  • Maths

Progress Test 13 in:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
Timing in Year These tests are taken at first school during the summer term before transfer to middle school These tests are taken in the summer term at the end of Year 5 These tests are taken at the start of Year 7 These tests are taken at the end of Year 7 These tests are taken at the end of Year 8
How the test is used This is used as a baseline grade for entering middle school and allows us to assess progress during the whole time period at middle school. This test allows us to look at progress during the first year at middle school. This test is designed to give an indication of how ready pupils are to start the Key Stage 3 curriculum. This test allows us to look at progress from the start of Year 7. This test allows us to look at how much progress has been made during the whole time at the school.
Dates for this academic year Dates set by individual first schools

Wednesday 6th June 2018 (English)

Thursday 7th June 2018 (Maths)

Friday 8th June 2018 (Science)


Monday 4th June 2018 (English)

Tuesday 5th June 2018 (Maths)

Monday 11th June 2018 (English)

Tuesday 12th June 2018 (Maths)

Wednesday 13th June 2018 (Science)


Please note that we do not use GL assessments in Year 6 due to the end of key stage SATS tests.  There is also no GL science assessment available for the end of year 7.

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