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

Year 6 Olympic Sailing in Portland

Year 6 Olympic Sailing in Portland

Year 6 enjoyed a quite stunning day at the Andrew Simpson Sailing Academy in Portland this week, as they got to experience a mornings sailing as part of Dorset's brilliant 'sail for a fiver' scheme. Everyone had an amazing time, with the instructors commenting on just how natural many of the children were out on the water. Afterwards year 6 enjoyed a well earned lunch (and geography lesson with Ms Pooley) on the stunning Chesil Beach.

SkillForce Social Action Project

SkillForce Social Action Project

Year 6 visited Bridport Cemetery as part of the social action element of their SkillForce Junior Prince Award programme. The visit involved finding out about on the condition of the twenty-four war graves within the cemetery. This information will then be submitted to the Commonwealth War Graves Commsision, to help ensure that all war graves are maintained to the required standard. Having visited Briport Cemetery Year 6 found that only two of the twenty-four graves were well enough maintained, with many requiring sanding/cleaning due to weathering and environmental wear.

Ofsted Inspection Outcome

Ofsted Inspection Outcome

Staff and pupils at Marshwood are celebrating a good inspection report.

The school was inspected under the new tougher Ofsted framework, on May 16th 2017, having previously been inspected in January 2013. Despite the more challenging criteria, the school retained its “good” status with inspectors praising the "school's tireless work to provide a good level of education and a curriculum that extends pupils thinking and challenges them with new concepts."

Inspectors also commented on the effectiveness of the topics children study, as these "reflect the pupils' interests and help to engage them continually." It also highlighted the schools success as part of the Acorn MAT, which has seen teachers “gain confidence in their practice and pupils thrive on the challenges and support received.”

Well done everyone!

Roman Chariot D&T

Roman Chariot D&T

Lamberts Class have been busy learning about the design process as part of their Roman topic. They were challenged to research and find out about Roman chariots, before designing a chariot of their own. Having designed a chariot they had to decide which resources and skills they were going to use, before making a chariot. Finally, they had to evaluate how well they thought they had done, by comparing their finished product to their orginal design idea.

Senior IBM Inventor Visit

Senior IBM Inventor Visit

The children had the pleasure of meeting a real life inventor today, when 'inventor John' from IBM came along to Marshwood. During his visit he told the children all about the challenges he faced when trying to develop a probe to visit space. Not only did his probe have to reach space, but it had to return to earth safely, so that the data onboard could be collected. Thankfully, John was successful and he explained to the children how anyone one of them could be an inventor, and could send a probe of their own into space!