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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.


These pages have been recently updated to reflect the new school uniform guidelines that will come into effect from September 2019.  We ask parents to be mindful of these guidelines and move to follow them as quickly as possible.  For the current term, the guidelines in the school homework diary can continue to be applied on previously purchased items.  Any newly purchased school uniform should meet the requirements set out below.



(Banner/SWi) and St Mary's have now “Gone Live” with our Direct to Parent purchasing scheme for the following items:

  • School sweatshirt with school logo
  • Pro-tec Reversible rugby top
  • PE Socks
  • PE shorts


This will mean that as of today you will be able to go on-line and purchase these items - you can click on the word "registration" at the end of this sentence which will take you directly to their website for your initial registration.  


We will still hold stocks of school ties, which will now be supplied from Keltic Ties who will be supplying us with Eco Ties made from plastic bottles!!   These are the only items of school clothing which need to be purchased in this way. 


Please visit our school website to see the full list of uniform required and especially the section regarding school shoes, which has recently been updated.


There are two ways to order items:


  1. If you spend more than £70 then you can have free delivery to home.
  2. If you spend less than £70 you can still order on-line and then you can either opt to pay for delivery to home OR you can arrange for free delivery to school, where we will issue the items directly to your child.  (There will be a once a week delivery to school on a Monday for items ordered by Thursday of the previous week).



If you receive Pupil Premium funding for your child and decide your parental element of the funding should be used, we will be able to order this straight from school, using the attached order form, this is the only reason we will accept the order form in school. 


The order form and the guidance notes for registering your own account with the company are below.


I am sure you will find this a useful way of ordering your child’s uniform but if you have any issues then please do not hesitate to speak to the company directly, or the school for further advice.


Uniform - Code of Dress


We expect the children to be smartly dressed in school uniform and ask for your continued co-operation to ensure that it is worn correctly.  The school will strictly enforce the rules regarding uniform and pupils may asked to return to change if their uniform is incorrect.


Girls Uniform Boys Uniform
White shirt (long or short sleeved) White shirt (long or short sleeved)
St. Mary's school tie (purchased through the school office) St. Mary's school tie (purchased through the school office)

Dark grey or black tailored school trousers/shorts or dark grey/black skirt

 Dark grey or black tailored school school trousers/shorts

Black/grey socks or tights (white knee/ankle length socks may be worn with skirts)

Black/dark grey tights

 Black/grey socks
St. Mary's school sweatshirt with school logo St. Mary's school sweatshirt with school logo


  • Tight fitting trousers/leggings and trousers with prominent zips (other than a small zip for the flies) are not permitted.  Belts need to be unbranded and black or brown with a simple fastening.  Printed fashion belts are not permitted.
  • Pupils are allowed to wear one set of plain stud earrings without a protruding pin.  Nose, eye brow, belly piercings and piercings to the upper ear are not permitted.  Earrings should not be worn during PE/Games lessons.  Children who have recently had their ears pierced should wear tape over the earrings during the lessons for the period of healing (6 weeks).
  • Make up, including nail varnish must not be worn to school.   Make-up that has been applied in school may be confiscated and returned at a later date to the parents/carer of the child.  Make-up remover will be used to remove any cosmetics worn.
  • Please make sure that hear is kept neat and tidy.  You may be asked to tie back long hair in some lessons and so you should have a hair band available.  Extremes of hairstyle are not permitted.  No temporary hair colour should be worn to school and pupils are also not permitted to have hair colour outside of what would be considered a natural colour.
  • Pupils are allowed to wear hair band (plastic or fabric) providing that these do not have protruding parts (such as cat shaped ears).  Bows are also allowed to be worn in hair providing that they are of a small to medium size and are used for the purpose of restraining hair.


Please be aware that the school cannot provide a list of every rule relating to uniform and that common sense for what would be considered acceptable should be applied.   Parents should contact the school office if they have any questions about personal appearance, hairstyles or uniform before any purchase or procedure.  We encourage all parents to be fully aware of the uniform rules that will be strictly adhered to when pupils transfer to Thomas Hardye's School at the end of Year 8 which can be found here.



St. Mary's C.E. Middle School follows the guidelines on appropriate footwear that have been agreed across all three DASP middle schools and The Thomas Hardye School.  Pupils are required to wear formal black school shoes which must be leather/leather-look/polishable and have a sole colour matching the shoe.  Trainers, boots (including Doc Martins), skate shoes, shoes designed for leisure wear, suede or canvas shoes or shoes with prominent logos (including Vans) are not permitted. (See photos below showing examples of acceptable/unacceptable  shoes – this is not an exhaustive list and is intended as a guide).


Acceptable Shoes


Unacceptable Shoes


Physical Education



Basic P.E Kit  - P.E Teachers will inform pupils of which kit to wear and when. As much prior notice will be given as possible. 


Blue St Mary’s reversible P.E top* (these are available from the school office) 

Plain white t-shirt

Blue Shorts (Nylon or cotton)

Long blue football socks

White sports socks



Cold Weather Wear

A plain track suit may be worn. (available from the school office)

Pupils can wear their school jumper as an extra layer should they wish.

Base layers may be worn. Pupils wearing base layer leggings or shorts must also wear the blue P.E shorts over the top. 


Football/Rugby/Hockey/Lacrosse - To ensure your child's safety, the following safety kit will be required 

Football - Boots (Moulded sole/blades) and shin pads 

KS2 Rugby - Boots (Moulded sole/blades/rugby boots) 

KS3 RugbyBoots (Moulded sole/blades/rugby boots) and gumshields

Hockey - Shin pads and a gum shield

Lacrosse - Shin pads and a gumshield



One piece swimming costume


Footwear (To walk from the changing rooms to the pool in)

Goggles and a swim hat are optional 


No jewellery is to be worn in PE lessons. i.e studs, rings, watches, necklaces etc. It is the pupils responsibility to ensure they bring tape to cover their earrings should they not be able to remove them prior to the lesson. 


Hair must be tied back. It is the pupils responsibility to ensure they bring a hair tie to the P.E lesson. 



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