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High praise for Beaminster St Mary's

This lovely article was published recently in the parish magazine.

Beaminster St Mary’s Academy

You may have noticed that there’s been lots going on at St Mary’s recently and I’m not referring to the superhero day we had today, exciting though it was!  The last few months have seen a huge transformation in the actual school building.  Gone is the peeling paintwork and dull exterior and in its place shiny new windows and doors and smart cedar cladding.  Inside is more of the same with a complete refurbishment of the communal areas. “It’s like a completely new school!” one of our younger pupils said with wonderment and I have to agree.

The school had been lucky enough to have a bid for refurbishment granted and work began back in the summer holidays. This week we have signed off the classroom extension for our Year 4s and they are looking forward to finally moving in to beautiful, spacious room in which they can spread out as opposed to knocking knees as they were previously.

As the builders tidy away and leave the children to take charge of the playground again, we are busy putting in a bid for phase two.  After all what is good for our Year 4s should be available to all. So we are hoping that when the summer comes around again we will see our friends the builders once more and St Mary’s will grow a little larger and smarter still.  After all, our children do deserve the very best. Watch this space…


Mrs Teri Goodinson

Head teacher

The Rector writes...2

Mrs Goodinson is being a little modest in her writing. St Mary's School was forced to become an academy school under the government's academy programme two years ago. during that time, under her leadership, the school has made great strides in improving on all fronts. The children are making steady improvements in their levels of achievement across the curriculum. I believe that the atmosphere when you enter the school is wonderful and the children appear to be in a happy environment where learning is fun. The school is supported by a willing Local Advisory Board (Governing Body) chaired excellently by Mrs Jessica Teasdale.

The last few years have been exceedingly difficult for all of us associated with St Mary's school, but I really do believe that the corner has been turned, the past is behind us and a bright future lies in front of us. On behalf of every one at St Mary's Church I would like to thank Teri and Jessica for their outstanding contribution to the life of the school in Beaminster and I would whole heartedly hope that our school becomes the first choice for all parents in our town.

David Baldwin