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: Mrs Beccy Morgan-Doak
6DH - Mrs Beccy Morgan-Doak /Mrs Jo Hammett
6SC - Mrs Polly Scott/ Miss Nancy Chantrell
6S - Mr Chris Stow
6WE - Mrs Laura Welch / Mrs Clare Evans
Mrs Beccy Morgan-Doak
Hello, my name is Beccy Mogan-Doak and I am Head of Year 6 and in charge of Maths for Year 6 too. I mostly teach Maths and English to Year 6 but also love teaching other areas of the curriculum too. I moved to Dorset three years ago from London where I spent 10 fabulous 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 wife and I spend our weekends strolling the Dorset countryside, eating cake and binge watching Star Trek. We have two fluffy ginger cats called Ginny and Hendrix who are very silly and very spoilt!
Hello! My name is Mrs Welch and I’m the KS2 English leader at St Mary’s Middle School. I mainly teach English across the school with some RE in Year 6. I love reading stories and listening to them, as well.
When 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. You might even read it in Year 6 as part of GREATime.
Outside of school, I’m busy looking after my two young children: Robyn- who is at preschool- and Jack- who started school this year! As a family, we all love to spend time outside: Moreton Walled Gardens and Dorset Falconry Park are particular favourites. Jack, my husband (Sam) and I all share a love of Pokémon and superheroes; even our 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?
Hello, I'm Jo Hammett and I coordinate Humanities at St Mary's.
Hello, my name is Polly Scott and I am proud to be a Year 5 tutor here at St Mary's Middle School. I currently work Monday to Friday across Year 5 and 6 with a little expedition into Year 7 when I am allowed! When I was at school, My favorite teacher was Miss Harrod-Eagles. She taught us English, French and drama - but there would always be a little something extra. I will never forget the day she started talking Chinese accidentally! She was quite strict, but had a twinkle and showed me that you could really enjoy learning. When I am not at school I enjoy music and reading. Having a young daughter myself, I am enjoying the opportunity to read new books which have been written by up and coming authors. We have recently read The how to train Your dragon books but particularly enjoyed A Pinch of Magic by Michelle Harrison (whom we met at the Bath Literary festival last year!) I also like to go to the theatre and cinema when time allows. I have recently become a bit of a guinea pig fan and currently have 8 of them living it up in my conservatory. I grew up with pets, but none of them were as spoiled as the ones we have now! I do play the piano and last year I decided to have a go at Ballroom dancing. 'Strictly' here I come . . .
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.
Mr C Stow
Hello, My name is Mr Stow and I teach maths at St Mary's. I've been teaching for 20 years. I've worked in schools as far apart as London and Barcelona and learned so much from all the children I've shared a classroom with. A person that has inspired me is a man called Hans Rosling, his job was to help keep people healthy all around the world. I first came across him when he did a speech telling us that we knew less about the world around us than chimpanzees. He used numbers, statistics and graphs in a beautiful way to inform us about the truth of how wonderful the world we live in is. When I was a child, I especially enjoyed reading Roald Dahl. Now I have my own children, my favourite author is Cressida Cowell and the 'How to Train a Dragon' books. I loved reading them to my children as they were growing up and, as the sagas continued, the books got better and better. As well as being funny, they contain many truths about growing up and finding your way in the world. I love them. Outside of school, I enjoy sport, especially cricket, NFL and of course my hometown football team, Pompey. I played rugby for many years in the second row but now I'm mainly a spectator. I enjoy taking my sons their cricket matches all around Dorset and going to the Rose Bowl to watch Hampshire play.
Hello! My name is Clare Evans and I am a Food Teacher at St. Mary’s Middle School. I wanted to teach Food ever since secondary school. Mrs Phillips, my Home Economics teacher (that’s what cooking lessons were called in those days), inspired a love of food and cooking in me and even though my Victoria sandwich cake ended up on the classroom floor once, she still believed in me!
My favourite children’s book are; The Tiger That Came To Tea, I love the way that everyone is so ‘matter-of-fact’ about having a tiger in the house and although it’s for young children, it still makes me chuckle; Roald Dahl’s- Danny The Champion of The World, I remember a teacher reading it to us at school, I was captivated by it and still love it today!
One of my proudest moments was reaching the summit of Mount Kinabalu – the highest peak in South East Asia, it was hard work but breath-taking- literally as the air was quite thin up there!
I love travelling, singing and dancing, theatre and acting and even do the ‘Park Run’ every Saturday but I’m still searching for my secret skill.