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Ofsted report on the recent inspection is now available in the Ofsted section of the website. We are delighted to have been rated as a GOOD 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 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.


St. Mary's C.E. Middle School views the safeguarding of pupils as it's highest priority.  All staff are trained in a range of Safeguarding issues on a yearly basis.  This area of the school website is where you will find the most up to date policies regarding the safeguarding of pupils and access to resources that will help you safeguard your child out of school.


The designated lead for Safeguarding at St. Mary's is:  Mr. Darren Ayling (Headteacher)

The deputy leads for Safeguarding at St. Marys are:  Mrs. Alison Taylor and Mrs. Rebecca Ross

Should you have a concern over the welfare of a child at St. Mary's, please contact the school office and ask for one of the three safeguarding leads to contact you as soon as possible.


If you have concerns over any child's safety, you can also contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 01202 228866 or e-mail on

If your concern for a child's safety is urgent, you should contact the Police on 999.


Please use this link to access the Dorset For You Child Protection web pages including links to the social care teams across Dorset.


St. Mary's C.E. Middle School Child Protection Policy


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