Our School

St Mary's Catholic Primary School and Plymouth CAST
St Mary's school is one of two Catholic schools in Poole, not far from the town centre. It has a traditional feel, though the school is well equipped with plenty of modern facilities.

Separate playgrounds for younger and older children

A nature adventure trail

All new gym equipment in the hall

A School Chapel

A friendly library

Two computer suites

Class laptops and tablets for the children to use

Astroturf sports field

Two minibuses

St Mary’s has a history dating back to 1850. It has been situated at its current site in Devon Road since 1967 and has grown to become the two form entry primary school that it is today. The school caters for 420 children aged between 4 and 11 years old offering a broad and balanced curriculum. Our aim is to enable the child to develop fully, gaining a rich educational experience in a happy and caring atmosphere.

St Mary’s is an academy and part of Plymouth CAST – a partnership of schools across Dorset, Devon and Cornwall. The school works closely with St Edwards RC/CE Comprehensive School.  With them, it offers the benefits of a Catholic Church School, which will be best achieved through the shared religious commitment of parents, parish and school community. The School serves the parishes of St Mary’s and St Anthony’s. 
St Mary's Catholic Primary School is a 2 form entry school, spanning Key Stage 1 (Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 2) and Key Stage 2 (Year 3 to Year 6).
It is a feeder school for the St Edwards RC/CE VA School (secondary school), normally transferring into Year 7 at age 11.
Contact details for St Edwards RC/CE VA School:
Dale Valley Road, Oakdale, Poole  BH15 3HY
Tel: 01202 740950
Plymouth CAST 

St Mary's is part of the Plymouth CAST (‘Catholic and Anglican Schools Trust’), a Multi Academy Trust set up by the Diocese of Plymouth to create a secure environment for its partner schools to achieve their academic and pastoral objectives through collaboration and support for one another and to further develop Catholic ethos and values. Plymouth CAST comprises 35 schools working in partnership across Cornwall, Devon and Dorset, making it the largest Multi-Academy Trust of its type in the country. Together CAST employs 1300 staff and provides for 8,000 pupils.

The formation of CAST did not represent a change in direction for its schools and our fundamental mission continues to be derived from the wider mission of the Catholic Church. It was, however, decided that the change of legal status enhanced capacity to fulfil our shared mission.

Further information about CAST can be found on the Plymouth CAST website

Plymouth CAST Support Office can be contacted via:

St Boniface House
Newton Abbot 
TQ13 7JL
Contact: Helen Moram
Telephone: 01364 645450