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.
Schools have been tasked with providing facilities for all pupils in middle or secondary schools to be given 3 lateral flow tests 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. All parents will have recieved a letter outlining the return to school arrangements and the link for giving consent for testing. You can access this letter by clicking here.
The tests are very easy to perform. The graphic below shows you what each test will involve. Pupils will be supported in taking the test.
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:
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.
The full risk assessment for the mass testing program can be found by clicking here.