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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.

Senior Leadership Team

Mr Ayling - Headteacher

Hello!  My name is Darren Ayling and I am proud to be the Headteacher here at St. Mary’s C.E. Middle.  My favourite teacher at school was a science teacher called Wendy Sibley.  She made us prepare and teach small 5 minute segments of the lessons to help develop our confidence in speaking in front of people.  It was her teaching methods that made me decide to pursue a career in teaching.  My favourite children’s author is currently Anthony Horowitz and I am enjoying reading the Alex Rider series.  I also like the books by David Walliams because I really like his recurring character of the newsagent Raj and his special offers.  I am a great fan of Formula One and follow the progress of AFC Bournemouth. My secret skill would be singing (although not so secret in assemblies!) and a surprising fact is that I once appeared a television game show.  I, rather surprisingly, also have my first three belts in kickboxing.

Mr Hilborne - Deputy Headteacher

Mike Hilborne – I am the Deputy Head of School at St Mary’s.  I very much enjoy my job, working with others, getting to know the children and learning from them.

(Believe it or not!) I started life as a PE teacher in what seems quite a long time ago.  Outside of school I enjoy being a member of Wimborne Running Club.  At the moment I am aiming to lose some weight and find some fitness.  I really enjoy taking part in the weekly ParkRun in Poole Park and have completed 142 of them.  I can recommend ParkRun to everyone.  I am also hoping to return to playing some recreational tennis after back and Achilles injuries.

A favourite children’s book is “Stig of the Dump”, read to my class when I was at school and an enduring story of friendship.  I also much enjoyed  “the Goalkeeper’s Revenge” by Bill Naughton, again from my youth, which is actually one of several short stories, all interesting , some with humour and also, at times, sadness

Hello, I am Mel King and my current role is Inclusion lead/ SENCo at St. Mary’s. As part of this role I am on the Senior Leadership team and oversea the Education for All department and staff. 


My history teacher, Mr Edwards inspired me. I always found learning really difficult and would work very hard but seem to never really ‘get it’. But Mr Edwards way of teaching history really worked with the way I learnt and once I started ‘getting it’ my confidence grew and this started affecting my grades in all areas. My GCSE’s results were a great surprise to everyone - including me. And I went on to study History at A level and Degree level. 


My favourite children’s author is David Walliams, I just find him really funny and it is so important we enjoy what we are reading. I am currently reading the Subtle Knife from His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman with my daughter. I would recommend any of these books and I really like books written as diary entries like Tom Gates.  


Outside of school I enjoy going to the cinema, spending time with my family and I love to go to the theatre. 

Mr Tubb - KS3 Leader


Hi……my name is Mr. Tubb and I am currently the Head of KS3 at St Mary’s and this is my fourth year at the school.  I have been fortunate enough to spend my entire career in middle schools and I think that they are a fantastic environment in which to learn and grow.


My main subject is English and I love it.  If I had to select my favourite children’s book it would be anything with Asterix in!  Otherwise, I enjoy everything by Roald Dahl, but you really can’t beat “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak.

When I was at school, my favourite teacher was my A level French teacher, Mr Rushton.  Although I liked French, it wasn’t my favourite subject but he really cared about me and how I was doing and even now, if I go back to my hometown and see him, he’ll stop and ask how I’m doing.  He was what you could call a ‘firm but fair’ teacher and I really respected him for that.


My secret skill is that I’m pretty good on a surfboard – I love anything to do with being on or in water, and I have been surfing since I was about 7 years old.  A surprising fact about me is that I have sung on stage at Wembley Arena with Metallica.  Thanks for reading!

Mrs Ellison - CCN Provision Leader
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