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

World Book Day and Book Week.

World Book Day and Book Week.

To celebrate World Book Day, Marshwood decided to hold an entire book week. The week consisted of a range of activities, such as book swaps, DEAR (Drop everything & read whenever Mrs Hillier rang the bell), a competition for reading in strangest place, dressing up as a favourite book character, book reviews (by children and adults), parent readers and even book themed maths. To see what the children thought see the paragraph below:

Book week has been a real success at Marshwood School. There were some wonderful costumes, including a wide range of books. All of the lessons have been based around books, even maths!  Up in Pilsdon, we had book maths, making posters out of data we had collected from our books. Coney’s class really enjoyed Ms Pooley’s magical story telling bag, while Lambert's class managed to produce their very own 'Tell me a dragon" book! There has been a lot of bookmark and bookworm making. We think everyone would like a second book week, as it has been great fun.

By Izzy, Kaci and Annabelle

Amazing OAA Residential

Amazing OAA Residential

Our OAA Residential in Cornwall is almost over, but it has been an amazing privilege and experience to have been the company of this group of young people during the week. They have experienced so much in such a short period of time; including the acquisition of knowledge and the development of a range of physical, emotional and social skills. 

We hope that we may even have sowed the seeds for some life-long interests, and we are sure to be handing them back tomorrow far richer for the whole experience, with improved self-confidence, self-esteem and resilience...but please do have the bath and washing machinne ready!

 Well done Pilsdon Pen and thank you from Mr. Owen, Ms. Pooley and Ms. Jarrett.  

Highs and Lows at Nine Ashes

Highs and Lows at Nine Ashes

Well today was full of high and lows at Nine Ashes. The lows being the tunneling experience, where the children got to hunt for Haribo underground, while working on their navigation skills in an effort to locate the secret passage. While the highs, were the crate stacking and climbing wall, both of which were incredibly fun, and saw several children overcome their fears. On top of this the children also got to hone their bush-craft skills, during the fire starter activity! We also had our 'Robin-Hood' shoot off between Jake and Will. 

Woodland Go-Kart Grand Prix

Woodland Go-Kart Grand Prix

Last night the children enjoyed a spot of night-time Go-Kart Racing, as they hurtled around the woods in teams of three, in a fiercely competitive Nine Ashes Grand Prix. Despite some (complete with water hazard) amazing performances behind the wheel (and skulduggery) we don't quite think the children are quite ready for the open road just yet! After the 'wacky races', it was time to relax, as the children all got off to sleep far earlier than then the previous night.

Fingers crossed they all should be ready for today's tunneling, crate stacking and the climbing wall challenges. We also have the Nine Ashes world championship archery competition between Will and Jake, so watch this space! 

Orienteering & Zip Wire Madness

Orienteering & Zip Wire Madness

Pilsdon Pen have certainly enjoyed a St. David's day to remember! Today they have been honing their map reading skills, and getting to know the surrounding area a little better, by taking on the 'STAR' orienteering challenge. They have also been putting their bravery to the test by strapping on a safety harness and zip wiring through the canopy (staff to), with some of the children even doing it upside down! Needless, to say everyone is exhausted, and this evenings pizza wrap and ice cream feast did not last very long! Luckily the children will need as much energy as possible, as we still have the night-time pedal go-kart race, before bed.