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

Receptions Go to Morrisons

Receptions Go to Morrisons

Today, Miss Ward and Mrs Strawbridge took their annual trip to Morrisons with the Receptions. We had a great time, trying lots of different fruits and exploring behind the scenes of Morrisons in Bridport. We sampled pomegranate and dragon fruit and saw lots of different types of fish. We went into the warehouse and had a look in the big freezer. It was very cold! Then we went into the bakery and had a go at sugaring our own doughnuts. We enjoyed eating them too! Thank you very much to Steve for making us feel so welcome and a big thank you to Mrs Jones for helping us get there safely in her car.

Charlotte said, "I liked the juice!"

Owen said, "I liked trying the pomegranate seeds."

Hannah said, "I liked watching the dough mixing in the bakery."

Connie said, "I liked the pomegranate because I liked the seeds."

Alex said, "I liked all of it!"

Harvey said, "I liked eating the cheese."

Louise said, "I liked getting a doughnut."

Theo said, "I liked eating the pomegranate."


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Exploring Living Things

Exploring Living Things

This afternoon, we took to the wild and windy outside area to see what living things we could find. All the children really impressed me by being able to decide if things were living, dead or had never been alive. They even managed to remember all the living processes between them (Movement, Reproduction, Sensitivity, Nutrition, Excretion, Respiration, Growth). Well done, Coney's Class!

Coney's Composers

Coney's Composers

Coney's Class became composers this afternoon. The children worked in groups of three to write and play their own pieces of music on a glockenspiel. They wrote the notes out on pieces of card and then arranged them in the order they wanted to play them. Everyone had a go at making amazing music!

Coney's Class Internet Safety

Coney's Class Internet Safety

Coney's class have been learning all about Internet Safety through CEOP's 'Thinkuknow' website https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/. Today they found out about what information they could share online and what personal information they should keep to themselves. The children also discovered that to be super safe online they should create a character with a nickname to protect their identities.

Have a look at the strange characters that were created today!

Stockland Races

Stockland Races

Well done to all the children who took part in Stockland Races on Friday. Also a big thank you to Mrs Morgan and the parent/carers who got you there safely. All our runners looked very professional in our Marshwood running vests and despite the cold, wet and mud all of them gave it their all on what is a tough course and were a real credit to Marshwood.

Keep running!