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.
Head of Year - Wendy Young
5YM - Wendy Young (4) / Luc Mitchem - Room 5.1
5A - John Aspinall (5) - Room 5.2
5SC - Polly Scott (4)/ Nancy Chantrell (1) - Room 5.3
5FM - Sophie Foot (3) / Luc Mitchem (2) - Room 5.4
Miss Young – I am Head of Year 5 and a Year 5 tutor. I love reading and am part of a book club outside school, this means I read books by authors that I would not know and I find that really thrilling. One for my favourite books is "The One and Only Ivan", it is a really powerful story written in the voice of the main character...Ivan the Gorilla. I live in Dorchester with my family and my gorgeous dog Daisy. I love walking with her in the woods or along the beautiful coastline we are lucky to enough to live near, here in Dorset. My love of the coast came from my favourite teacher at school who was my Geography teacher, Miss Jenkins, she taught me that the world was an interesting place that I could discover.
Hello, my name is Mr. Mitchem. I have been at St Mary’s for over 2 years now. I originally started as a 6-week replacement for a Year 8 tutor and have been here ever since! My main teaching subjects are KS3 geography and history as well as KS2 Humanities. However, part of my role involves covering lessons when other staff are absent. I have covered every class in every lesson at least once in my time here – including swimming and sewing. This is something I love doing, as I get to know all the pupils really well and get to see them excel in all the different things they do here at St Mary’s. As a child, I really enjoyed reading the Harry Potter books and would often finish a book in super quick time, impatiently waiting for the next one to be released.
Outside of school, I keenly follow and play lots of sports. I am a big tennis fan and a big Roger Federer fan – his skill, longevity and overcoming of setbacks really inspire me. I am also fairly proficient at playing the piano and participate in all the school concerts. I have a particular love of classical music (particularly the Romantic period) and enjoy trying to learn and play pieces by Chopin, Liszt and Rachmaninoff. It was Elton John and the Lion King movie though that inspired me as a young boy to want to play the piano.
My name is Sophie Foot and I am a class teacher in my sixteenth year at St Mary’s. My favourite book is the “BFG” because Roald Dahl is amazing and the protagonist is called Sophie, perhaps after me, or maybe after Sophie Dahl, Roald’s granddaughter. My favourite teacher was Mr Strange who taught me French and Latin and once wrote in my book “Sophie, you are capable of more than this, you DONKEY.” I have abseiled down Hardy’s Monument and I have kissed the King of Spain (but not on the same day…!) I also came fourth in the Weymouth Half Ironman relay event in 2019. We want to get on the podium this year!
Greetings! My name is Mr Aspinall and I teach English (among other subjects) at St. Mary’s Middle School. In addition to this I am also the form tutor to the amazing 5A tutor group.
In my spare time, I like to explore the savage beauty of the Jurassic Coast and marvel at the majesty that is Durdle Door! My hobbies include kayaking, reading, theatre, films, running, walking and cooking- although not necessarily in that order.
Attempting to disclose my favourite book has proved difficult as there are many. As a child, I enjoyed reading the complete stories of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle. The character’s ability to solve a case, using a variety of his acquired skills impressed me no end. Other authors whose work moved me include Harper Lee, Charles Dickens, David Almond, Roald Dahl and more recently Harlan Coben.
One interesting fact about me is that I once had an all-too-close encounter with a shark; I have the scars to prove it!
I am Nancy Chantrell and I teach French at St Mary’s.
I was inspired to learn French by my teacher in Edinburgh, Miss MacDonald, with whom I kept in touch after leaving school. I was also inspired by my grandfather, Donald Brown, who travelled Britain and France as a golf club salesman and spoke fluent French. My mother’s French was good, though confined to cookery terminology since she was a Cordon Bleu cook, but she was always encouraging.
My favourite children’s author? Gosh! There have been many. Arthur Ransome’s books are delightful. I enjoy Richmael Crompton – William still makes me laugh. I’d recommend their books, along with the Biggles and Worrals books by Captain W.E. Johns (showing my age now). And, of course, there is J.R.R. Tolkien, whom I discovered young. For more recent writing, you can’t go far wrong with Michael Morpurgo.
I have practised and taught Yoga and meditation for many years and they are a foundation to my life. I am a member of the Quangle Wangle Choir and enjoy singing. I love my garden, walking, photography, reading, knitting and sewing, my cats and, of course, languages. Recently, I’ve been learning Italian and have been working on reviving my German.