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Blandford St Mary

Church of England Primary School

'Knowing we are loved, we learn and grow to be the best that we can be.'

School Primary FAQ's

What time does school start?

Doors open at 8.30am - registration is at 8.45am. You're considered late after this!


When can I come to assembly?

Friday at 8.50am is when we celebrate and worship with our community. Check out the latest newsletters to see which class will be sharing their work and then serving refreshments afterwards.


When do clubs run?

Clubs change each term. In the first week of a term we allocate clubs so no clubs run. There are no clubs in the final week of term. If there are Parents Evenings in a week - no clubs will take place that week.


Where can I get uniform?

From Ragtags and Branded Design in Blandford.


What should I put in a packed-lunch?

A balanced meal! Limit the chocolate to one small bar/cake. No chocolate bars, sweets or fizzy drinks please!


What About Holidays - can I take my children out of school?

This is a tricky one and certainly an issue that is very 'live' at the moment. Recently (2013) the government has changed legislation to say that Headteachers can only give permission for families to remove their children from school for holidays in exceptional circumstances. as a group of schools in Blandford - we have agreed that these exceptional circumstances are:


  • Bereavement
  • Family Wedding
  • Leave related to military services and their return to UK or posting
  • Children in care requesting time away from school
  • Families requesting time for respite
  • Families requesting time for religious observance


If you take your children out of school without the time being authorised by the headteacher it will be recorded as an unauthorised absence. You could then be required to pay a fine by authorities. In time - you may find you are required to attend an attendance panel either in school or within the Blandford Network to discuss your unauthorised absences.


Holiday is taken to mean any time out of school with the exception of medical appointments, being educated at an alternative venue or any of the exceptional circumstances above.


Follow this link to read more.