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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.

Year 6 Staff

Head of Year: Beccy Doak


Tutor Groups

6KH - Julia Goy (5) / Jo Hammett (1)


6DO - Becca Doak (5) / Emma Eary - Room 6.2


6WT - Laura Welch (4) / Alison Taylor (1)- Room 6.4


6OE - Holly O'Brien (4) / Clare Evans (1) - Room 6.1

Mrs Hammett


Hello, I'm Jo Hammett and I coordinate Humanities at St Mary's. 

A person who inspired me as I was growing up was Jane Goodall (now Dame!) She visited my school and gave a talk about chimpanzees. I've always loved nature and she inspired me to want to learn more about our natural environment and to travel to interesting places.
A book I'd recommend you to read is Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison as it tells you about aring black women who broke all expectations and boundaries to make the world a better place.
Outside of school I am a keen swimmer and mountain biker and love to make use of the outside playground where I live.

Miss Doak


Hello, my name is Beccy Doak and I teach mostly Yr6 with some History and science thrown in for good measure. I moved to Dorset nearly 2 years ago from London where I spent 10 years studying and teaching. My favourite teacher at school had to be my History teacher Mr Podesta. Being dyslexic, I really struggled at school and Mr P made sure lessons were fun and engaging. He got us to make podcasts on subject areas to help us revise and helped me get the grades I needed for university. 


Anyone who knows me knows about my love of all things Harry Potter. I was obsessed with the books growing up! Obviously, I am a Hufflepuff and if I were to teach at Hogwarts (I’m still waiting for my letter) I would teach History of Magic. My partner and I spend our weekends strolling the Dorset countryside, eating cake and binge watching Star Treck. We have two fluffy ginger cats called Ginny and Hendrix who are very spoilt! 

Mrs Welch


Hello! My name is Mrs Welch and I’m the KS2 English leader at St Mary’s Middle School. I teach English across the school and a variety of other curriculum subjects. Whilst I was at school, there was one specific person who inspired me: Mr Thornton. He was my Maths teacher and he was absolutely amazing; his homework tasks were alphabet themed and so funny. I aspire to add humour and different learning styles to my lessons for this reason. As a child and teenager, I really enjoyed reading books such as the Harry Potter books, The Hunger Games set and the Divergent series. My favourite book was, and still is, Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine: I love getting lost in the magical lands and the lives of these fantastical creatures. I thoroughly recommend it for anyone to read. Outside of school, I’m busy looking after my two young children, Robyn (aged 1) and Jack (aged 3). We love to spend time outside- Moreton Walled Gardens are a favourite. Jack and I share a love of superheroes; even my wedding was superhero themed! Which table would you prefer to sit at: The Bat-cave with Bruce Wayne or The Daily Planet with Clark Kent?

Mrs Taylor


Hi, I'm Alison Taylor and I am a Senior Teaching Assistant who works in the maths departments and  Deputy Safeguarding Lead here at school.  One of my past inspirations has been Lord Sugar.  I have worked with him and he is very impressive (and I  have even survived the boardroom!).  He came from nothing and never gave up.  He is still very driven and is constantly learning new things, although he could have comfortably retired many years ago.  Roahl Dahl  is the author that really drew me into reading.  He wrote timeless stories full of imagination and fun.  Other than his books, one of the books I would recommend reading is The One and Only Ivan by A P Applegate - brilliant.   I love art, any puzzle that makes me work hard to solve them and long walks with my family and dog Storm when I am not in school.  

Mrs O'Brien - Head of Computer Science & STEAM Co-ordinator 


Someone who has inspired me is Nicki Cooper (@GeekyNicki) who is a fellow Computer Science and advanced skills teacher. I really admire how she has developed units of work and her passion for the subject. 
I have only just recently discovered the author Katherine Rundell and she has become one of my favourite authors. I enjoyed her book Wolf Wilder and more recently Rooftoppers. Her use of language to describe settings and characters is wonderful. I would recommend any books by this author to expand children's use of literature.
My hobbies and interests include going for walks and bike rides in the woods with my son. We love seeing the different animals we can spot and collecting sticks of various shapes. 

Mrs Evans



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