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Please note that the school is currently closed to all pupils except those of critical workers and those deemed vulnerable. Please see letter regarding bad weather school closure in case of disruption due to snow.

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, acceptance and kindness.

We look to inspire our school community and give them the tools to thrive in the modern world, summed up by our school aim of 'Inspire today to shape tomorrow'. 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

Act as if you have it - Stay Home, Protect the NHS and Save Lives

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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?


As previously advised, educational provision will remain open to vulnerable children and young people and the children of critical workers only.  The school has recieved update guidance from the government which clearly states that 'parents and carers who are critical workers should keep their children at home if they can'.  The school would ask that all pupils who are catorgorised as vulnerable are in school (staffing permitting).  The children of critical workers should only attend where there is no alternative for them to be looked after safely at home.  Whilst the guidelines say that only one parent in a family needs to be a critical worker for a child to attend school, if it is possible for the other parent to supervise your child at home, the government advice now suggests that it strongly recommends these children do not attend school.  We are glad to provide the service for in school learning for those critical worker families that absolutely require it and for anyone we have approached as vulnerable using Government definitions but we will be keeping staff and pupils safe by rejecting requests outside these categories.


It is a legal requirement that pupils MUST stay at home if any of the following apply to them (even if they have meet the criteria for being in school):

  • are ill with virus symptoms (even if this is suspected and they have not been tested for coronavirus).

  • have tested positive for coronavirus, even if they are asyptomatic (are showing no outer signs of the virus).

  • have been advised by NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate.

  • are in a household with a person who has tested positive, even if this person is asymptomatic.

  • are required to self-isolate for travel-related reasons.

Failure to follow these guidelines will put all members the school community at risk and may result in further action being taken.  If you are in any doubt that your child or a member of your household may be infected with coronavirus, do not send them to school until it is confirmed that they are not infected.


If we have identified your child as vulnerable only due to their lack of access to ICT resources at home, we will expect these pupils to remain at home and engage in online remote learning once they are supplied with equipment to allow them to access this learning from home.


Please note the definitions for pupils concidered vulnerable and the list of pupils whose parents can be concidered critical workers for the flight against coronavirus are found below.  These are the only children who should be attending school at the current time.  We would request that if your child is attending school that this is for all sessions in the week and not part-time as the online learning timetable and the timetable of those pupils in school are different.

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.  It is vital that we are able to contact you if we have any concerns over the health of your child.
  • 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 make suse that pupils are using their own log-ins and not their parents.
  • 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

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.
  • All DfE guidelines for schools can be found online by clicking here.

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.

In addition to the information published on the school website and through Department for Education (DfE) website, parents are able to contact the dedicated DfE Corona Virus Telephone Helpline using the contact details shown below.


Phone: 0800 046 8687

Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm.


Dorset Council Helpline for Families


Are you worried about how your child is coping with the coronavirus crisis and lockdown?

Dorset Council’s Educational Psychology Service has set-up a helpline to support those who are worried about their child or teenager during the lockdown.  The COVID helpline is here to support parents and carers so they can help their children cope with the lockdown. If you live in the Dorset Council area and are concerned about how your child is managing and you need someone to talk to, please ring us.


The helpline number is: 01258 474036. It is open from Monday to Friday from 9am to 4.45pm. Callers need to ring and make an appointment for a 30 minute phone consultation.  Calls are confidential unless there is a risk of harm to the caller, their child or someone else. Brief records are kept of each call.


If you are experiencing financial difficulties due to the current crisis, support is available.  If your income has dropped, or you have lost your job you may be able to get help with costs including school meals, transport and uniform. Call Dorset Citizens Advice on Freephone 0800 144 8848.

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