Welcome to Marshwood CE Primary Academy

Welcome to Marshwood CE Primary Academy

Welcome! At Marshwood Primary Academy we are committed to helping our children be happy, successful and supportive of one another. We have a fantastic staff, small class sizes and have been described as 'one big happy family'.

Founded in 1842 Marshwood Primary is one of Dorset's longest established Primary schools. Around sixty children attend the school and there are three classes. The head of school, teachers and teaching assistants work together as a strong team to provide the children with an excellent education. Standards at the school are high and the latest Ofsted (Jan 2013) described the staff as all ‘sharing a commitment to becoming an outstanding school’.

Children at Marshwood love learning outside. Many of the lessons take place within our fabulous grounds, with the stunning backdrop of the Marshwood Vale. We can even see the sea from our playground!

As a Church Aided School we have taken Mark 12 v 30-31 as our mission statement:

                                                        "Jesus said

                                                Love the Lord your God                      

                                       with all your heart, with all your soul,

                                  with all your mind and with all your strength.

                                          Love your neighbour as yourself."

At Marshwood pupils are helped to display these values through:

  • A love of God
  • Respect for others
  • Respect for other faiths, creeds and cultures

If you would like to visit our school or would like more information, please contact us.

Luke Owen

Head of Marshwood CE Primary Academy.

Safeguarding Statement

We recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice. The Senior Designated Officer (SDO) is the Head of School Mr. L. Owen. For a copy of the School’s Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy please click on the policies link under the information tab above.The procedures contained in this policy apply to all staff and governors and are consistent with those of the Dorset Safeguarding Children Board (DSCB).

e-safety Statement

At Marshwood we are committed to the use of computer technologies and recognise the Internet as a valuable tool for learners of all ages. We acknowledge that computers and the internet do have the potential for inappropriate use and access to undesirable material and that we have a duty of care to protect our pupils.

All pupils use computer facilities, including the internet, as an essential part of the curriculum and to support learning opportunities within the school. There are well publicised concerns regarding access to materials on the internet that would be unsuitable for pupils. The school takes reasonable steps to minimise the access to unsuitable material by ensuring supervised usage of the internet alongside a filtered internet service provider which prevents access to specific internet sites.

For more information about e-safety, or any other safeguarding issue, please see the information board by the school office, or use the links below.




Prevent Duty

In July 2015, the Government published advice for Governing bodies, school leaders and school staff. The advice explained what the Preventy Duty means for school and how schools should demonstate compliance with the duty.

The Prevent Duty is part of the school's safeguarding procedures and practices.
The leaflet below has been created by Dorset on preventing terrorism and radicalisation within our communities. 
Dorset Prevent Leaflet569.13 KB
Marshwood School Safeguarding Leaflet 108.5 KB
SSCT Parents Esafety Newsletter Autumn 2016362.99 KB
SSCT-Parents-Online-Safety-Newsletter-Spring 2017432.59 KB
Marshwood Safeguarding Policy 2017.pdf293.27 KB

Awe and Wonder

Awe and Wonder

The children wished to share the beautiful scene which greeted them this morning. A blanket of mist was sat in the vale, as the winter sun was rising behind St Mary's Church. Absolutely stunning!

Community Speed Watch & Road Safety

Community Speed Watch & Road Safety

To kick off 2018 the children joined members of the local Community Speed Watch Campaign in monitoring the speed of traffic passing the school. All of the children were involved and they were disappointed to find that 37% of cars passing were exceeding the speed limit, with one vehicle recorded at 48 mph. The children have explored this data in their maths lessons, and presented it various ways. In Literacy they have composed letters to their local MP and councillors expressing their concern at the issue, with some of the children suggesting that all schools should have a 20mph speed limit in order to help safeguard children. Great work everyone and a big thank you to the speed watch volunteers for coming along to work with the children!

Carols by Candleight in St Mary's Church

Carols by Candleight in St Mary's Church

A packed St Mary's Church were treated to delicious mince pies and mulled wine, before Marshwood Schools annual Carol Concert. As the children entered, the lights were dimmed and the church was illuminated by hundreds of candles, before the children and congregation belted out Once in Royal David's City, Ding Dong Merrily on High and Away in a Manager. KS2 also treated everyone to a gorgeous rendition of the French Carol 'Il est ne, le Divin Enfant'. Each song was punctuated by prayers and poetry written by the children, along with readings from the bible. The Rev Stephen also shared a whole school prayer and blessing, while the school's many talented musicians played their guitars, violins and trombones along to the various carols.

It was a quite beautiful spectacle, with singing and music to match!

Nativity Play

Nativity Play

Children of Marshwood CE Primary academy enjoyed showcasing their singing, dancing and acting talents in front of a packed St Mary's Church this week. Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 put on a stunning Nativity performance of the 'Hoity-Toity Angel', as they shared the story of the first Christmas and its true meaning. The performance was simply superb, with many parents and members of the community rightly declaring it to be the 'Best ever!". Well done Coney's Class and all involved!

Super Scientists Explore Heart Physiology

Super Scientists Explore Heart Physiology

Pilsdon Pen enjoyed an amazing afternoon of scientific inquiry, as they dissected lambs and pig hearts, with the help of parent governor and science teacher Mrs Ballam. During the afternoon, the children got see the different chambers of the heart, and see just how different the thickness of each chamber wall was. They also discovered that arteries were far thicker than veins, because they transport blood under pressure. It really was a fascinating experience for all involved, and it was lovely to see the children sharing their knowledge, so enthusiastically with parents and the rest of the school, during celebration worship. Super learning everyone and thank you Mrs Ballam!

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