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A reminder to all that this Friday, 14th February is Inset Day and we return to school Monday 24th February 2020 after half term.

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.


If you wish to apply for a place in Year 5 here at St Mary's or one of the other middle schools for next September  please follow the Admissions Procedure available at the link below.  Applications must be received no later than 15th January in the year of admission.

If you wish to apply for a place at an Upper School or Secondary school for your child who is currently in Year 8 here at St Mary's please read the letter below and follow the instructions.  Please note the Closing Date for applications is  31st October of the year preceding Admission.

Children’s Services

School Admissions

County Hall, Colliton Park


Dorset DT1 1XJ


Telephone:  01305 221060

Fax:               01305 228635


DX:                DX 8716 Dorchester



Dear Parent/Guardian



Children due to start Secondary or Upper school in September 2019


According to our records, your child is due to start or transfer to a Secondary or Upper school in September 2019. You must apply for a Secondary or Upper school place through the local authority where you live.


If you are a Dorset resident:


Please read the Parents’ Guide before making your application. The Parents’ Guide contains lots of useful information on how the school admissions process works, how to apply and what evidence you may need to supply to support your application. Some schools have their own admissions policies which will detail what evidence they may require and how places are allocated at their school. You can read or download the guide and the schools admissions policies on our website  


Apply online at our website via a smart phone, tablet or computer.  You can create an account and then complete the application which should take no longer than half an hour.  You will receive a confirmation email once you have submitted your application.  If you cannot access the internet, please call 01305 221060 to discuss alternative ways of applying.  


Apply by the closing date this will give your child the best chance of being offered a place at one of your preferred schools. If you post anything to us, such as copies of evidence, please use the address at the top of this letter. The Post Office can provide you with a proof of posting receipt. If you would like us to confirm receipt of your copies of evidence, please enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope.


Important Dates


Child’s Date of Birth

Type of Application

Closing Date

Offer Date


01.09.04 - 31.08.05

Starting Upper School

31 October 2018

1 March 2019


01.09.06 – 31.08.07

Starting Secondary School



If you move house between now and when your child starts school please let us know.  We can then assess your child’s transport entitlement and ensure the outcome letter is posted to the correct address. You can advise us of your change of address by emailing



If you are not a Dorset resident:


If you do not live in Dorset you should contact your own local authority for information on how to apply for a school place and not complete a Dorset County Council application form. This includes those living in Bournemouth and Poole who should apply through their home authority. 


If you need any further information or help please contact School Admissions on 01305 221060. 


Yours sincerely


Ed Denham


Ed Denham

Sufficiency School Places Manager




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