Welcome to Wareham St Mary Website.

We do hope you enjoy visiting our site and looking at all the wonderful things we are doing here at Wareham St Mary Primary School.

We include a small sample of the work we do here, and a few of the necessary documents you need to have access to.  We even try to keep our newsletters up to date.  However, please bear with us on occasions when we miss the odd newsletter.

We welcome views on our website, and should you have any great ideas on how to improve could you please email them through the office email, for us to consider.

As with all schools we are extremely proud of the children and staff in our school, we work hard to do our very best.  We believe the school has many strengths, which we hope to show you through this site, and a few things we need to work on.  Over time with the help from parents and our local community we have every confidence that we will be a great place for your child.

If you are looking at this website to see whether this is the right place for your child, please give us a call and come and visit.  Come and see the staff and children at work – I am extremely confident that you will not be disappointed.


Ms S Craig

Head Of School


Saturn Education Trust Statement:

The Saturn Education Trust has been created by three primary schools in the Purbeck area of Dorset.  The core aim of the Trust is to deliver better opportunities for the children in our local communities.  The Trust is responsible for the strategy, management and administration of the three primary schools; Corfe Castle Primary CE School, Swanage St Mark’s CE Primary School and Wareham St Mary CE Primary School.

All schools within the Trust are committed to provide our children with excellent education; we are committed to nurture and inspire our children to achieve  their potential; morally, spiritually, socially, culturally and academically; regardless of their educational needs and their social, economic or cultural background.

Delivering excellent education, whilst remaining small community focussed primary schools, is however not an easy task.  Small schools are under increasing funding pressure and support from the local authority is reducing.  We do not have a multitude of staff to devote solely to lead the many and varied aspects of modern education.  We therefore need to work in partnership with others, within and outside our schools, to have the capacity to excel.

The Trust’s aim is to build education communities that ‘Learn Together’.  To achieve this we adopt three key strategies to enable the local schools to succeed:

  • Share: We will share knowledge, skills and resources across the trust to ensure that we deliver and evolve the best practices, both educationally and managerially, in all schools.
  • Support: We will design our processes, training and systems to deliver the support that all staff need if they are to continually develop and excel.
  • Challenge: We will create a reflective culture that allows professionals to review the outcomes we enable our children to achieve, and to assess our effectiveness at delivering these outcomes.

The Trust’s philosophy revolves around securing a thriving, vibrant future for local schools which might otherwise find it hard to excel in a world of increasingly scarce skills and reduced funding.


In February 2013 we had a visit from Ofsted which judged our school to be good with outstanding aspects-

“Good teaching ensures that new skills are effectively taught and well planned lessons provide demanding activities that help the pupils do well.  Teaching of sounds letters make (phonics) is a key strength”.

“Pupils acheive well.  Attainment is rising, with the large majority of pupils on track to reach at least the levels expected for their age by the end of Year 6 and in many cases exceed them, most notably in writing”.

“Pupils goos behaviour and positive attitudes to learning benefir their education”.

We recently had a monitoring visit from Ofsted where progress and capacity to continue that progress was recognised a good. Please read the Ofsted letter for more details.

I am fortunate to have truly dedicated and enthusiastic staff who are passionate about providing the very best learning opportunities for all of the pupils in our care.

I believe that caring for each child in our school as an individual is central to all we do. The views and opinions of our pupils and indeed all members of the school community are important to us.

Our school is a very happy and positive community where our pupils thrive. Please feel free to arrange a visit to see us. You will be very welcome.

Yours sincerely,
Ms S Craig