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.
Miss Emily Wilkinson
Hello! My name is Miss Wilkinson and I’m a teaching assistant linked to The Bridge at St Mary’s.
A person who inspires me is a woman called Emilia Bassano. She has been largely forgotten for centuries, but she was the first English woman to publish poetry professionally. She has been rumoured to have inspired much of Shakespeare's work and was one of the early feminist voices. I am really inspired by her strength and resilience and refusal to be silenced in a time and profession where the male voice was dominant. Morgan Lloyd Malcom’s play 'Emilia' chronicles the life of Emilia Bassano and is one of my favourites.
When I was younger I really enjoyed reading Jacqueline Wilson’s books, I also really love David Walliams’ writing, especially 'Gangsta Granny' and 'Mr. Stink'. 'Goodnight Mr. Tom' by Michelle Magorian and 'To Kill a Mockingbird' by Harper Lee were also favourites of mine growing up.
Mrs. Emily Peachey
Hi, I'm Emily Peachey, Teaching assistant linked to the Bridge.
There are many people who have inspired me over the years, however I think my biggest inspiration has come from a group of women. As of March 2021, 65 women have flown in space, including cosmonauts, astronauts, payload specialists, and space station participants. The first woman in space was Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova who flew on Vostok 6 on June 16, 1963. The first American woman in space, Sally Ride, flew aboard the Space Shuttle STS-7 in June of 1983. Helen Sharman was the first British astronaut as well as the first woman to visit the Mir space station in May 1991. Women have participated in science on the space station since 2001 and continue to help push forward boundaries.
My current favourite children's authors are Rick Riordan, Cressida Cowell and Kieran Larwood. I have always been interested in mythology, especially Greek and Roman. I love the way Rick Riordan brings mythology to life and how he interweaves them with today's world. I also love the way Kieran Larwood writes, especially in the Legend of Podkin one Ear. The lines “Stories belong to the teller,’ says the bard. ‘At least half of them do. The other part belongs to the listeners. When a good story is told to a good listener, the pair of them own it together” really resonate with me. I think sharing a book with someone is magical.
My book recommendation is "A Monster Calls" by Patrick Ness. I won’t give too much away but it made me cry, lots.
Something you might not know about me is that when I was at university I studied Geology and completed my final year thesis on tephra fallout from volcanoes. I love going for walks and can often be found on the local beaches scouring the waterfront for fossils and interesting rock formations.
Miss Charlotte Allgood
I’m Charlotte Allgood and I am one of the teaching assistants within The Bridge team. At school, my favourite teacher was Mr Sutton, who was the headteacher at my middle school. He always got so involved with all the children and was such a genuinely lovely man. Mr Sutton also helped me to improve in maths, which I have always struggled with, and he used to teach us magic tricks at the end of every maths lesson! When I was younger, I loved reading anything by Jacqueline Wilson. I also quite enjoyed a good Roald Dahl book, especially Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Who wouldn’t love to visit a chocolate factory and eat everything?! The book also teaches a lot about selfishness and shows that children who are honest and well behaved often receive the most rewards. Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a Disney obsessed princess, who loves giraffes and Christmas. I have two pet guinea pigs called Gus and Chip (named after Disney characters, of course). My favourite days out are going to the zoo or to theme parks and I enjoy baking too.