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Welcome to St. Mary's C.E. Middle School

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 8 Staff

Head of Year - Mrs Catherine Clark


Tutor Groups


8CW - Mrs Catherine Clark / Mrs Jenny Welsby


8B - Mr Justin Bingham


8MC - Mrs Jo Crocombe / Mrs Lucy Moore


8D - Mrs Dawn Masters


Mrs Clark


Hello, I am Mrs Clark. I teach Textiles, Art and History here at St Mary's.


I like to learn new things. I think that is why I like teaching so much. Everyday is different and students ask some great, off the wall questions. At school, I had a wonderful English teacher who was so patient and kind. She has inspired me to want to teach children and clarify their learning.


I am a huge Harry Potter fan. I am pleased to see children are still as excited as I was when I read them. If you are a fan and haven't read the books - what are you waiting for? They include so much more detail that the films were not able to capture. Even if you don't think you are a fan, give it a go!


At home, I love to sew. Surface manipulation is so much fun! I like exploring different decorative techniques and combining them to create unique effects. 

Miss J Welsby

Mr J Bingham


Hello, my name’s Mr Bingham and I’m lucky enough to have the position of Head of P.E at St Mary’s. I also teach year 8 Cooking and Nutrition and year 7 History. 


P.E has always been my favourite subject with my old P.E teacher, Mr Fall, inspiring me to utilise the skills learnt in P.E in everyday life. To this day I am still in contact as he regularly comes to watch me play football at weekends. Outside of school as I’ve just mentioned I am still involved in playing football for a local team, which I still really look forward too. I also have an incredibly active 4 year old son that I love spending time! 


My favourite children’s book is one me and my son regularly read together, Fantastic Mr Fox. I surprisingly (to my colleagues) have an interest in water colour painting and pastel drawing, when I get time in the school holidays I really enjoy spending time experimenting with these. 

Mrs J Crocombe


My name is Jo Crocombe and I am a new MFL teacher. I teach French and Spanish. An inspirational person to me is Paul Heaton. He is a superb songwriter who has lived by his values throughout his career. My favourite author is Roald Dahl but a book I remember very well from my childhood is Stranger with my face by Lois Duncan. In my spare time, I love watching films, seeing comedians and travelling. My secret is, if Mr Ayling had passed his driving test, I would have never met my husband.

Mrs L Moore


Hi, my name is Mrs. Moore and I am a Year 5 form tutor and teach English in year 7&8 and some French across the school. I am new to the school, having taught in Poole for the last 12 years. I haven’t always been a teacher – having worked in Finance, Marketing and Law previously. I changed careers 13 years ago and love teaching, especially English, Hums and French. I’m not sure I have a favourite children’s author but I love the rhyming Lynley Dodd books like Slinky Malinki, Charlie Higson and any Greek Mythology. My secret addiction is detective, crime and thriller stories. My figure shows my love of all things foodie and I love to cook. When I was at school my favourite teacher was my Geography teacher, Miss Blake, who had been a missionary and had driven the  Trans Amazonian Highway in her Morris Minor! She was fascinating.  A surprising thing about me? I love to race and have competed in rowing, sailing and even raced a Ferrari around a track. I love all music from - classical to rock, opera to dance and am even a secret heavy metal fan. I look forward to meeting you!

Mrs D Masters


I am passionate about establishing firm foundations and building mathematicians for the future!  I started here at St Mary's in September 2016 when I relocated to Puddletown with my daughter.  We have a Cocker Spaniel puppy who seems to be a cat in disguise, you might notice the bite marks and scratches on my hands; she really is quite a handful! You might see us walking around Puddletown village or Puddletown Forest. Bailey loves climbing up on the table when I am marking your work. I am not sure if she is attempting to help but, reorganising my pile of books, chewing my purple pen and running off with every piece of paper she can get her teeth on, is far from helpful!


One of my favourite books as a child was 'The Magic Faraway Tree' by Enid Blyton and I loved reading it to my daughter when she was little.  “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” ― Dr. SeussI Can Read With My Eyes Shut!     As an adult I enjoy reading a range of different books but I especially enjoy fiction which is set in the past or in a different country so I can imagine I am there. I enjoy teenage fiction and vampire literature is one of my guilty pleasures!


One of my favourite series of books is the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer.


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