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 - Laura Osborne
8OR - Laura Osborne (3) / Natalia Rogers (2) - 7.1
8S - Chris Stow (5) - Room 7.4
8E - Tom Evans (3) / Jim Houldey (2) - Science Lab 2
8M - Ben Moss (4) / Jim Houldey (1) - Science Lab 1
I am head of music at St Marys Middle School. My favourite teacher at school was not surprisingly the music teacher Miss Aldis. I was always inspired by how many instruments she could play. My favourite children's author was Enid Blyton. My brothers and I loved reading his Famous Five books and had many adventures of our own exploring Poole harbour and neighbouring countryside.
I trained to be a teacher at the London Institute of Education as a secondary school music teacher and worked in many schools of the East end as part of my training before taking my first job in the West end of London. I left to be a full time professional harpist travelling the world performing on Cruise Ships and in hotels.
I am now content living in Dorchester with my two adorable girls Carmen aged 5 and Caprice aged 4. I continue to play for weddings and corporate events where possible and teach flute and harp to pupils in the DASP pyramid.
My hobbies now of course include; visiting play parks, baking elaborate birthday cakes and hosting playdates for little ones
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.
Hi, my name is Ben Moss. I am the Art Leader at St. Mary’s. I also have a year 8 tutor group Lots of people have inspired me in my life. Greta Thunberg is probably the most recent inspiration as she cuts through a lot of corporate and government rubbish and fights for the planet! Other people that have inspired me are; Walt Disney, David Attenbrough, Stan Lee, Claude Monet, Nick Park, Winston Churchill and Banksy. My favourite children’s author is Oliver Jeffers. I love his illustrations and the humour in his children’s story books. I would recommend the Artemis Fowl series as a book for children to read in school. When I am not teaching I like to design and make linocut prints. My artwork has a diverse range: anything from robots and rayguns to chameleons and pufferfish.