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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 and acceptance.

Our aim is to give every pupil the chance to achieve their God given potential in all areas of their life and 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.

Year 5 Staff

Head of Year - Wendy Young


Tutor Groups

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 - Head of Year 5

Miss Young – I am a part-time teacher in Year 5 so am around school Monday to Wednesday.  I love reading and am part of a book club, this means I read books by authors that I wouldn’t know and I find that really exciting.  My favourite book is, The One and Only Ivan”, it is a really powerful story written in the voice of the main character….Ivan a Gorilla!!

I live in Dorchester with my family and my gorgeous dog Daisy.  I also have a Guinea Pig called Scuttles who we think might be Houdini as he can escape is cage in ways we cannot figure out!  My favourite teacher at school was Miss Jenkins who taught me that the world was an interesting place that I could discover.

Mr Mitchem

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.

Mr Aspinall

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!

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