School Policies

If you would like a paper copy of any information on this website please contact the school office. There is no charge for this service.

Accessibility plan

Admissions Policy for September 2018
Admissions Policy for September 2019
Admissions Policy for September 2020
Admissions Policy for September 2021
In-year application form (for children joining St Mary’s part way through a school year or in September for a class other than Reception)
Dorset Council consultation for admissions 2022/2023
Admissions Policy for September 2022 (draft)

Dorset County Council have produced a guide to school admissions as well as a helpful timetable for school admissions. For admissions appeals, click here.

Anti-Bullying Policy

Attendance Policy & Guidance (as adopted by all Purbeck Education Partnership Schools). See also the leave of absence form and attendance statementPlease note that 100% attendance is the expectation for all pupils. See also the note about attendance and term-time holidays at the bottom of the home page.

Behaviour Policy

Bereavement Policy

Charging & Remissions Policy

Child Protection – see Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy (link below)

Clothing – see School Uniform page for PE kit requirements and uniform ordering

Complaints Policy

Curriculum Policy

Equal Opportunities (CAST)

Equality Action Plan

Equality Policy

E-Safety Policy

Exclusion Policy

Freedom of Information (CAST)

Health & Safety Policy
Maria Gadston, Head Teacher:
Janice Williams, Business Manager/Health and Safety Co-ordinator:
John Lejeune, Designated Governor:

Home Learning Policy

Intimate Care Policy

Keeping Children Safe in Education (DFE): a link to this document is on the Safeguarding & E-Safety page.

Local Offer: We are an inclusive school that welcomes and celebrates diversity.  All staff believe having high self-esteem is crucial to a child’s emotional well-being and academic progress. We have a caring, understanding team who look after all of our children. Also, you can look at for details of the local offer in Swanage.

Medicines and Medical Conditions (replaces previous Administering Medicines Policy)

Publication Scheme

Publications List

Pupil Premium Policy (see also CAST policies, below, and other information on this page)

Relationships & Sex Education (this is a draft policy, under consultation until 20 March 2020, see this post for more information; see also RSE A Model Primary Catholic Curriculum)

Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy | Safeguarding Addendum (COVID-19) January 2021

Safer Recruitment Policy

SEN & Disability Policy

Staff Code of Conduct

Use of Force & Physical Restraint

Whistleblowing Policy (CAST)

CAST policies & strategies

Other policies relating to CAST-wide internal procedures can be found at

last updated: 13 January 2021