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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.

Eligibility Criteria

In times of tighter school budgets access to Pupil Premium Funding can make a significant difference to our school. Last year we received over £90,000 in additional funds through Pupil Premium and we suspect that not everyone entitled to register had done so. Accessing funding that is rightfully available for your child can make a really positive impact to the school, your child and indeed all our children.  Below are the criteria that determines if your child is eligible to receive funding through pupil premium.  If you feel that any of these apply to you then you should complete a registration form which can be found at or you can speak to Mr. Ayling or the school office.  Any discussions would, of course, be held confidentially.


Eligibility for Pupil Premium Funding


Your child is eligible for Pupil Premium funding if you are in receipt of any of the following;

  • Income support
  • Income based job seekers allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross salary of no more than £16 190 as assessed by HMRC
  • Are in the Armed Forces


The following criteria is used by the DfE to determine the amount of pupil premium funding the school receives.


Ever 6 Free School Meals (FSM)


The pupil premium for 2017 to 2018 will include pupils recorded in the January 2016 school census who are known to have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) since May 2011, as well as those first known to be eligible at January 2017.


Children who are adpoted form care or have left care


Children adopted from care or who have left care The pupil premium for 2017 to 2018 will include pupils recorded in the January 2017 school census and alternative provision census who were looked after by an English or Welsh local authority immediately before being adopted, or who left local authority care on a special guardianship order or child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order). These are collectively referred to as post-LAC in these conditions of grant. The total amount allocated to the school is £2900. There are individual plans for LAC children.


Ever 6 Service Children


Ever 6 service child For the purposes of these grant conditions, ever 6 service child means a pupil recorded in the January 2017 school census who was eligible for the service child premium since the January 2011 census as well as those recorded as a service child for the first time on the January 2017 school census.



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