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.
4th May 2016 - inaugural meeting
Last week there was a meeting for the re-established Parental Engagement Group. We are all aware of the vital link between the school and home and of the need to communicate to ensure we do the best for the children as they grow into adults.
In the past the Parental Engagement group has looked closely at communication with parents and also at the issue of homework. It was in part due to the input from the group that the school purchased Show My Homework and introduced the weekly newsletter last summer.
In the meeting last week, we looked at how learning takes place in school and the strategies being developed in lessons.
There were excellent contributions from everyone present and from the meeting we agreed that the next meeting would look at assessment. This is especially topical as you will be aware of the movement from the use of levels to a system of ‘Age Related Expectation’. If you would like to come along your views would be very much valued.
We would like to increase the number of parents involved in the group to at least 20.
The date of the next meeting will be Wednesday, 8th June at 6.15pm. The meeting will last no more than one hour.
Mr M. Hilborne