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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.

SATS Annual Assessments (Year 6)

Pupils are required to sit SATS tests towards the end of Year 6 (at the end of Key Stage 2).  These tests are used to assess the attainment of the pupils before moving into secondary education (Key Stage 3) at the start of year 7.  In other school systems (such as the traditional 2 tier system of primary and secondary schools), pupils will sit these tests in their last year of primary school before moving into Year 7 at a different secondary school.  In the middle school system, pupils sit these tests at the mid-point of their journey through the school.  This gives the school the advantage of having the pupils for two more years after the tests and, already knowing the pupils well, are better placed to address any areas in need of improvement.


Pupils sit tests in the following subjects:

  • Reading
  • Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
  • Maths (Arithmetic and Mathematical Reasoning)


In addition, pupils will also be teacher assessed on their ability in writing (with these judgements being compared against those of other schools by Year 6 SATS moderators).  Pupils may also be required to sit a Science test paper which is completed in a sample of schools nationally each year to track the standard of science education across the country).


The 2018 tests will be administered in the week starting on Monday 13th May 2019.  The test schedule is shown below:


Date Tests
Monday 13th May 2019 English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 1: questions


English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 2: spelling

Tuesday 14th May 2019 English reading
Wednesday 15th May 2019 Mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic


Mathematics Paper 2: reasoning

Thursday 16th May 2019 Mathematics Paper 3: reasoning


Most pupils will sit the tests in the classrooms normally used each day for their learning.  Some children will be split into smaller groups in line with normal classroom practice.  This is done so that the pupils are comfortable and familiar with their surroundings and so that they can be spaced out appropriately. 


Each room will have enough staff to ensure the correct administration of the test and the staff involved will have been given training on test format and style, their role and what they may or may not read to a pupil in a particular test including any subject specific issues that might occur.  During the Reading test, no part of the test may be read to a student.


Should you have any further questions of concerns over the tests, please contact Mrs. Tantrum (Key Stage 2 Leader) through the school office.


Further details on the content of each of the tests and how the tests are graded can be found on the links below.

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