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Welcome to St. Mary's C.E. Middle 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.

URGENT Letter Regarding Provision for Key Workers



As the Government continues to roll out its strategy to push back the coronavirus pandemic, from the end of the day on Friday 20th March, all schools in the UK will close to the majority of students.  This means that, after Friday, it is the Government’s expectation that the majority of pupils will be at home. A small number of pupils will be invited to attend school. Those pupils are either:


  • Those that are considered most vulnerable

Schools will decide which children they consider to be most vulnerable and this will include factors such as those with an EHCP and those with an assigned social worker.

  • Those who live with adults, all of whom are ‘key workers’

Parents will need to tell their school urgently if they consider that all the adults at their child’s home are key workers and if they wish for their child to be looked after by the school.


At the time of writing, the Government has not yet published a full list of ‘key workers’. The list below includes those categories that we think will be included but it also invites other parents to tell us if they think they may be key workers: we will cross-reference any forms that are returned with the Government’s list once it is published.  We are working on this definition of a ‘key worker’:


  • Prison Officers
  • Fire Fighters
  • Environmental health officers
  • Highways Agency Workers
  • Supermarket workers
  • Delivery drivers
  • National Health Service
  • School Staff
  • Armed forces
  • Care home workers
  • Social workers
  • Police Officers


To allow us to coordinate our provision for Monday, if you consider yourself to be a key worker and require your child to attend school please go to the letter on the dedicated COVID-19 web page (under the News and Events tab), find the Key Workers Information sheet at the end of the letter, complete it and return it to the school reception by 9am Friday 20th March or email the information requested to  I understand that this is a very tight timescale and thank you for your cooperation.


Transport arrangements are currently being reviewed although we understand that school transport will operate as normal on Monday 23rd March.  We will update you on arrangements going forward once we know them.


In the meantime, our current staffing supports the school remaining open as normal until Friday, so all students should attend school on Friday 20th March as normal.   From Monday, it is our understanding that any pupil should only attend school if absolutely necessary.


Once again, we thank you for your patience and understanding whilst we apply any guidance eventually given by the Government and are grateful for your patience whilst we work out the finer details to support our pupils and their families.


Yours sincerely,


Darren Ayling


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