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.
It is vital to our ability to plan staffing levels and travel arrangements that you let the school know as soon as possible of your intention to send your child back to school. You must inform the school office, either by phone or by email, by the end of school on Thursday each week if you are intending your child to return. Please also inform us if you have decided to withdraw your child from school if they have been attending.
Unless we have already been notified, the earliest your child can now return to school will be on Monday 29th June.
Please Note: We are approaching capacity with our 'bubbles' for all of our groups. It remains the process that pupils in Years 5, 7 and 8 should only be in school if there is no safe alternative for pupils to be looked after at home.
The following guidelines will be in place for all pupils attending school from Monday 1st June. There will be strict arrangements to ensure the health and safety of all pupils and staff (necessary due to the increased number of pupils in school). These procedures have been put into place following the recently produced government guidance. The four key documents can be found below:
It is essential that you talk to your child before they return to school. The learning environment and the style of learning will be very different to what they are used to. Pupils have restrictions on who they are able to socialise with and what they are able to do whilst at school. A video explaining these changes will be posted on the school website next week to explain to pupils what to expect. Please notify the school if you feel that your child is particually anxious or worried about returning to school. A display of the key rules and guidelines to keep them safe will be on display in all classrooms being used.
Further specific information regarding the arrangements for the reopening of schools (published by the Department for Education) can be found below:
Before reading this section, all parents need to be aware that it will not be possible to maintain a strict 2m distance between pupils whilst at school. This is recognised in the guidance from central government. The provisions put in place are to limit contact to a consistent core group of other children and adults.
The entire school building and sports hall will be having an anti-microbial fog deep clean on Friday 29th May to disinfect all surfaces and objects in the school. The school will therefore be closed to ALL pupils on this Friday. This treatment will remain effective on surfaces for 30 days.
Each of the teaching rooms used by pupils will be cleaned thoroughly each morning before pupils arrive.
Staff in each teaching room will have a supply of cleaning products for wiping down surfaces and equipment as needed during the school day, including door handles.
Pupils will be given opportunities to wash their hands regularly throughout the school day. There will also be hand sanitizer available in each classroom area.
Toilets will be cleaned in the middle of the school day and also at the end of each day.
Please note: Confirmation of first aid procedures and the protocol for dealing with a suspected outbreak of the virus will posted here during the next few days.
The arrangements below are in place whilst the school is closed (except to pupils of key workers, children with EHCP and children of families deemed as vulnerable). There will be revised guidelines in place once the school starts the process of partial reopening, starting with Year 6 pupils being allowed to attend from Monday 1st June onwards.
The government has asked all schools to open to a very small number of pupils during the current national crisis. This is for pupils who are from a vulnerable family or those where one parent is a key worker. The specific guidance document can be found here: Key Worker Information. Please can I ask that all parents who may consider themsleves within one of the stated categories of workers to notify us of whether your child will be attanding school at least 24 hours before you are asking them to attend.
These are very clearly exceptional times and we continue to be commited to working with our local community to support essential infastructure as part of a nationaly coordinated emergency plan. We will do all we can to sustain this provision for as long as required, Monday to Friday, including through the holdiay periods.
Whilst it is clear in the guidance that families do only need one key worker to qualify for educational provision and you are being encouraged to send your child into school, we ask that this option should only be used when there are NO OTHER OPTIONS OPEN TO YOU. We, like all public services, are operating with a depleted workforce and the system is under conciderable strain. We need total cooperation within the community to make these arrangements work for the good of all members of society.
Anyone with questions should contact the school office where we will endeavour to get back to you as quickly as possible. Please be aware that the volume of email traffic and phone calls are extremely high at the moment and a response may be slower to reach you than normal. The school office is open from 8.30am to 3.30pm each day.
Up until half term, if you are coming into school during the time of school closures, you DO NOT need to come in school uniform. You are going to be doing at least one physical activity a day and so it would be good to be in something you can do sport in. You will also need to bring the following items into school with you: