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.
For queries or further information about the English curriculum at St. Mary's C.E. Middle School, please contact the subject leader for these subjects: Mrs. L.Welch (Key Stage 2) or Miss C.Dunn (Key Stage 3).
We take reading very seriously at St. Mary's and recognise how important being a fluent reader is all areas of your education and life. We track the reading habits and progress of the children at St. Mary's by using an online platform called Accelerated Reader.
The links below will take you to guides on how to access an Accelerated Reader test once you have completed a book and other information about the scheme.
Accompanying the Accelerated Reader scheme is an online library of books through a platform called myON. Pupils use the same log-in as Accelerated Reader to access the online content and, once linked with their accelerated reader account, can access the tests at the end books from the myON platform. Click on the link below to take you to myON.
There are a number of different companies that offer free e-books and audiobooks forpupils to use on thir home devices. There is a really good mix of classic and contempory literature on offer. Try listening to an audiobook at night when going to sleep - a great way to relax.
Listening to fiction read by the aothor of the book is an excellent way to here how the author wants their work to be read. It is a good way to pick up tips for your own writing and also for reading out aloud. All of these resources are free.
Reading for empathy modern book collections:
Link to the Carnegie medal website. This has lists of modern high quality fiction for children.