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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.

COVID-19 School Information

This page has been set up to allow parents to access the most up to date information regarding the ongoing COVID-19 virus pandemic and, more specifically, the effect that this may have on the operations of St. Mary's C.E. Middle School.  This page will be updated as new advice and materials become available.

What’s the current situation?


  • The school will close to the majority to pupils on Friday 20th March and will remain closed until further notice – this is the current official guidance which we will continue to follow.
  • The government announced on Sunday 10th May 2020 that it might be possible for a partial reopening of the school to Year 6 after Monday 1st June 2020.  The school is currently putting plans together to meet this request from central government and will issue guidance on how this will work and what safety measures will be put in place as soon as possible.
  • Pupils should attend school if there is no alternative for pupils to be looked after safely at home.  Parents and carers should do all that they can to NOT bring their child to school at the current time to maintain maximum social distancing.  Please can I ask that you consider your child's safety as the reason for attending and not send them to school because they are bored with being at home.
  • The school is currently only open to children of parents who have been designated as key workers (as defined by the government guidelines as detailed via this link), children with an EHCP or those children who are in families who have been deemed vulnerable (those families with a social worker involvement or identified as such by another outside agency).  Parents of these children DO NOT have to send their children into school and should only do so if there is no alternative for pupils to be looked after safely at home.
  • School is open to receive pupils from 8.15am in the morning and closes at 3.30pm.  If you want your child to attend and you meet the criteria set out above, parents must give a minimum of 24 hours notice by contacting the school office. 
  • Arrangements for single, one to one, peripatetic music lessons will be made through the individual music teacher.
  • The residential trip to Plas Pencelli (Year 7) has been postponed until November 2020.  The overseas French trip for Year 8 pupils has been cancelled.  No other school trips will run this academic year.
  • The school will be operating on a skeleton staffing level for the foreseeable future, to maintain maximum social distancing.  The school will remain open for as long as it can safely staff the number of pupils in school.
  • If your child or any member of your household shows any of the symptoms for COVID-19, they MUST stay at home for the amount of time stated in the most recent government guidance.  Any pupils showing symptoms will be sent home and told to self isolate.
  • All Year 6 statutory testing has been cancelled for this academic year.  The school will use a diagnostic test for all pupils once they return to school.  We will publish the timetable for this testing once we have confirmed arrangements for pupils returning to school.


Updates, Newsletters and Other Parental Communication

Please use the links below to find the pages where updates and letters sent home to parents are posted.  These will be continually updated throughout the period of the school closures.

What we need you to do


  • If you’ve recently changed your contact details, please inform the school office as soon as possible, either by phone, e-mail or through use of the SIMS parents app.
  • Talk to your children about the coronavirus. It’s a scary time and we should make sure children feel supported.  BBC Newsround has regular updates for younger children and YoungMinds has practical steps older children can take to help with anxiety
  • Come and collect your child straight away, if we ask you to (we’ll contact you if they become ill with either a temperature or a new, continuous cough).  We understand that this may be difficult but please do this as soon as possible.
  • Check that you and your child has access to Show My Homework from home, and let us know if there are any issues (so we can make sure we’re well prepared for remote home learning).
  • Please limit face to face contact with school staff and pupils (other than your own) wherever possible.  Please only come into the school office if it is unavoidable.  This is in line with recommendations from Public Health England.

If you have any questions


Please consult the:

  • School office, if you have any questions about our response to this issue.  A member of staff will be able answer the phone between 8.30am to 3.30pm each school day.
  • NHS, if you want to know more about the symptoms of coronavirus. If you think you or your child may have the symptoms, use NHS 111 online if at all possible before calling 111.
  • Department for Education’s coronavirus helpline: 0800 046 8687, if you have any questions about the government’s response to coronavirus in relation to schools.

General Advice

St. Mary's C.E. Middle School will continue to follow the advice provided by Public Health England (PHE) and the Department for Education (DfE).  The main documentation that we are reffering to can be accessed through the links below.

What to do if you show symptoms of COVID-19


The main messages are:

● if you or any member of your household have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 14 days from when your symptoms started.  This includes leaving home to collect essentials such as food.

● plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home.

● ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home.

● stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people in your home whenever possible. 

● sleep alone, if that is possible. 

● wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water. 

● stay away from vulnerable individuals such as the elderly, those with underlying health conditions and pregnant women as much as possible.


These actions will help protect others in your community whilst you are infectious.

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