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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.


Welcome to the Governors' section.
Kate Connolly Community Governor, Chair 
Sarah Cooper Foundation Governor, Vice Chair
Revd. Sarah Hillman Foundation Governor
Jane Slough Parent Governor
Alexander Edwards Foundation Governor
Dawn Masters Staff Governor
Vacancies Foundation and Parent Governors
Darren Ayling Ex officio - Head of School
Anita Bonham Clerk to the Governing Body


The chair of the governing body can be contacted through the school office.  Please mark any correspondence for the attention of either the Chair of the Governing Body (Mrs. Kate Connolly) or Clerk to the Governing Body (Mrs. Anita Bonham).


Kate Connolly

Hello, I was asked to join the governing body at the summer fair, before Jess had started. Being an enthusiastic kind of person, I agreed.

I am now Chair of the Local Governing Body. My role is to work with the other governors, staff, children and the wider community to ensure the school and children continue to develop and grow.

I and my husband, Kevin have two children who both attend St Marys Middle School.

I work for BCHA in Bournemouth as a Business Manager and spend most weeks visiting sites in Exeter, Plymouth or Reading.


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