Welcome to St Mary’s CE VC First School set in the beautiful village of Charminster, on the edge of the town of Dorchester. We pride ourselves on our nurturing school which has every child at the centre of all we do. We have a fantastic team of dedicated staff who believe in working in partnership with parents and the community, to ensure that all the children are both happy and successful. We love being part of the Charminster Church Community and always strive for the very best for all the children in our care.
We are a Church of England foundation school and Christian values are central to our work – ‘At St Mary’s, the Christian ethos strongly influences all aspects of school life, resulting in excellent progress by all learners, above average academic results, outstanding relationships and respect for all, including those of other cultures and faiths’ (SIAMS Inspection March 2014). This inspection graded us outstanding in every aspect.
We hope you will share our pleasure and excitement. We are determined that when children leave St Mary’s they will be successful lifelong learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens. We achieve this through a dynamic, child-led curriculum which is underpinned by teaching and learning of essential basic skills and where learning is innovative, fun and creative. In 2009 Ofsted described our school as ‘Outstanding’.
We are extremely proud of our children and our school and would always welcome the opportunity to show you around. We look forward to meeting you.
Suzanne Garner ( Head Teacher)