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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.

Year 8 Careers Day - Press Release


St. Mary's C.E. Middle School, Puddletown welcomed 6 guest speakers, the Barclays Life Skills team, a Wildcat Royal Naval helicopter and a police response vehicle to its Year 8 Careers' Day on Wednesday 29th March. The Careers' Day was organised following a very successful initial day last year and the introduction of careers education into the Year 8 curriculum this year.

Each guest speaker had a Year 8 ambassador who had written their invitation, and helped them on the day. The line-up included:


  1. Chief Inspector Dipple, Dorset Police
  2. Lieutenant Commander P R Barron, Royal Navy
  3. Head of Nuclear Medicine, Poole Hospital, Dr. Kat Dixon
  4. C. G. Fry and Sons, builders and developers
  5. Sports journalist and broadcaster, Jordan Clark
  6. Veterinary Surgeon, Dr. Ruth Kirby


Abbie Elliot, Learning Mentor, comments: "We are extremely appreciative of all the professionals spending their time and sharing their expertise with our pupils. The aim of our Careers' Day was to prepare our students for the next stages of their education - we have built on a structured program of careers education in PSHE lessons this term with the aim of helping each pupil realise their full potential. St Mary's has worked collaboratively with Thomas Hardye School (THS) to ensure ​careers material used in Year 8 PSHCE lessons and during the careers day is reflective of work which will be carried out in Year 9.

Pupils have also drafted personal statements which will be sent to THS in preparation for the next step of their careers' guidance. By listening to such motivational speakers we hope to lift the pupils' aspirations and drive them to engage with their learning. The quality of the presentations was excellent, and our pupils are very lucky to have had the opportunity to listen to such experts."

All Year 8 pupils were asked who they would be interested to hear from during their Careers’ Day, and this input helped target which speakers to invite. During their presentations, each speaker talked about their field of expertise; answered a range of questions created by the students; gave feedback about what they look for when employing new staff; and explained routes in to their profession and qualification requirements. Much advice was given about employers looking for good communication and problem solving skills in their new recruits, as well as drive to succeed, dedication and untapped potential. It was a real eye-opener for the students to see just what some careers require in terms of qualifications and experience; with the need for a solid grounding in English and Maths proving crucial.

One highlight of the day was giving the children the chance to watch a Royal Navy Wildcat helicopter land on the school field, and then get inside and see just how it functions. The pilot and navigator were on hand to answer questions about how to get into the Navy, along with trying on some of the kit used by the crew. There was also the chance to explore a police patrol van and try on different police uniforms and equipment. Dr Dixon brought in a sample of radioactive material that the students could try to locate on a life-sized cut-out of the Incredible Hulk! It was very much a hands-on experience throughout the day.

Ruby, a Year 8 pupil, explains: “I thought that the career day experience was absolutely incredible and my highlight of this year so far. I believe that it gave an educational, exciting and inspiring look towards careers and opened up many new ideas about what we, as pupils want to do when we are older and able to work, but to me it was absolutely epic!”

For more information and images, please contact Abbie Elliot on 01305 848293 or

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