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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 contact the school office if you believe your child falls under this criteria and you want them to return to school.

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.

Information about COVID-19 testing of staff and pupils

Schools have been tasked with providing facilities for all pupils in Years 7 and 8 to be given a rapid flow test to detect any pupils who may be asymptomatic for coronavirus.  The following slides and information is to give you information about the testing and how it will work.

The mass testing taking place at the school will be undertaken in line with the guidelines set out by the DfE (Department for Education) and PHE (Public Health England).  It is being undertaken as part of the NHS Test and Trace strategy.  At St. Mary's C.E. Middle School, the testing will be undertaken in three ways:

  • All staff will tested once a week
  • All pupils in Years 7 and 8 will be tested twice (three days apart) upon their return to school.  Pupils currently in school (due to them being considered vulnerable or as a child of a key worker) will be tested before schools reopen.
  • All Key Stage 3 pupils and staff who are identified as a close contacts of a person who has tested positive for coronavirus will be offered testing for 7 days following contact with the infected person.  Providing they test negative, this means that they will not be required to self-isolate and miss school.


The following images will take you through the testing route for pupils and staff.

Giving consent to take part in mass testing


  • Adults taking part in the testing process will register in advance of a test and will receive their result via email confirmation.  Registering for the test acts as giving consent for participating in the test.
  • Pupils will not need to register online before being tested in school but must have consent given by parents for them to take part.  Parents will have been sent a link where they can give consent for their child to participate in the testing.


How will the results be communicated


  • Adults participating in the tests who have pre-registered using the NHS Test and Trace App will receive their results by email or text (depending upon the method selected at registration).  Results should be notified to you within 2 hours of taking the test.  If you have not received your result within 24 hours of taking the test, please return to take another test.
  • Pupils will only be told their result if they have returned an indication that they may be positive for coronavirus.  Pupils should assume that they are negative if they have not been given a result.
  • Parents will not be notified of a negative result.  Parents will be contacted if their child has returned a positive result and they will be asked to collect their child from school as soon as possible.  Pupils who have returned a positive result will be isolated within school until they can be collected.


Information about 7 day close contact testing


Pupils who are deemed to have been in close contact with a pupils has been confirmed to be infected with coronavirus will be offered the chance to be tested for the next 7 school days to check that they do not develop the virus.  Pupils who takes these tests each day and show a negative result will be allowed into school as normal.  This removes the requirement for staff or pupils who are deemed close contacts to self-isolate and miss school.  Any pupils or staff who do not participate in this 7 day testing will have to follow government advice and self-isolate for 10 days.


Useful documents


The full risk assessment for the mass testing program can be found by clicking here.

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