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.
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. Mary's are: Mrs. Becca Ross and Miss Rachel Foad
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 Children's Advice and Duty Service (ChAD) on 01305 228866 (Parents) or 01305 228558 (Professionals).
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.
A Lockdown procedure is in place at St Mary's CE Middle School, Puddletown. This follows the advice of Counter Terrorism, Policing and/or advisors at the Local Authority.
The Lockdown Procedure is practised routinely and at least annually. We generally aim to alert staff and students in advance of a lockdown drill, but this may not always be possible.
In the event of an actual lockdown situation parents and carers:
* Should BE ASSURED that the School understands concern for their child's welfare and is doing everything possible to ensure student and staff safety.
*Do NOT contact the school.
*Do NOT come to the school
* Should WAIT for the School to contact them about when it is safe to collect their child, and where this will be from. Students will not be allowed to leave during lockdown.
Parents and carers are requested to ensure that the School always has up-to-date contact information by telephone, text and email.
The RUN HIDE TELL poster developed by the Counter Terrorism Policing is attached for your information.
The link below will take you to our Parental Advice Zone website area. Here you can find links to different websites and documents that will help and support you with a range of different child safeguarding and wellbeing areas. If you find any other resources that you feel it would useful to sahe with other parents, please send the link and details to the school office.