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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.



Please follow the links below to locate the job advert, job description and application pack on the Dorset For You website.  Applications should be made through this online system.  We hope that you will consider St. Mary's C.E. Middle for the next step in your career and we welcome candidates to come and see the school in person before applying. 

Teaching Assistant (temporary post until July 2022)

Grade 3, 15 hours per week


As part of the Greenwood Tree Academy Trust, St Mary’s CE Middle School is seeking to appoint a Teaching Assistant to be part of our thriving school, where everyone’s learning is core to our community.

The successful candidate must have high expectations of children’s learning and behaviour and be able to work 5 days per week from 10am to 1pm.  This is a temporary role until July 2022.

The candidate will be joining our experienced and successful SEN Education for all department across both KS2 and KS3. 

Experience of working with children with specific learning difficulties, including dyslexia and ASD is desirable.

Qualities required are discretion, loyalty, commitment, patience, flexibility, good personal organisation, firmness, to be numerate and literate, a team worker and to have good oral communication.  

They must have achieved a qualification in English/literacy and mathematics/numeracy, equivalent to at least Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework.

Employment is to the Greenwood Tree Academy Trust and employees may be required to work across any of the Greenwood Tree Academy Trust Schools in accordance with operational requirements.

Should another similar vacancy become available within the Multi Academy Trust during the recruitment process, please state in your personal statement if you would like to be considered for this.


Please click on the following link to apply on the Dorset Council website


Closing date: 31 October 2021

Interviews: week commencing 1 November 2021




St. Mary’s C.E. Middle School and the Greenwood Tree Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in the school.  In order to meet this responsibility, we follow a rigorous selection process to discourage and screen out unsuitable applicants.  The process is outlined below, but can be provided in more detail if required.


This post is classified as having substantial access to children, and appointment is subject to an enhanced police check of previous criminal convictions (DBS).  Applicants are required, before appointment, to disclose any conviction, caution or binding over including ‘spent convictions’ under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exemptions) Order 1975.  Non-disclosure may lead to termination of employment.  However, disclosure             of a criminal background will not necessarily bar individuals from employment—this will depend upon the nature of the offence(s) and when they occurred.


Only those candidates meeting the relevant criteria indicated on the personal  specification will be taken forward from application.


Shortlisted candidates will take part in an interview with questions relating to the job description and person specification and will take part in other selection exercises such as lesson observations.

Reference Checking

At least two references will be requested, normally from previous and current employers.  These may be contacted before the interview and in all cases, before an offer of employment is made.  Please be aware that there may be checks carried out on all aspects of an application to confirm the validity of information supplied.


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