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Why join Sandford St. Martin's?

Choosing the right primary school for your child is a significant decision. We're excited to share why Sandford St. Martin’s is the perfect choice:

  • Exceptional Staff: We take pride in our wonderful team of dedicated educators who go the extra mile to nurture and support every child's unique needs. Our staff are passionate about creating a warm, inclusive environment where children can thrive both academically and emotionally.
  • Outstanding Behaviour: We believe in cultivating a positive and respectful school environment. Good behaviour is at the core of our values, promoting discipline, responsibility, and empathy among our children. We are thrilled that this was recognised by Ofsted, who have rated Sandford St. Martin’s as OUTSTANDING for Behaviour and Attitudes.
  • Wrap around care: Sandmartins Activity Club (who hold an outstanding Ofsted rating) share our site and offer excellent wrap around care for your children before and after school if you can't manage our drop off and pick up times due to work commitments.
  • Large and Modern Grounds: We are fortunate to benefit from expansive grounds and a modern school building. These well-maintained, spacious surroundings provide an ideal backdrop for learning, outdoor activities, sports, and exploration, enhancing the overall educational experience.
  • Ofsted Rating of Good: We are very proud that Ofsted has recognised the many amazing qualities of our school. We were inspected by Ofsted in November 2022 with an overall rating of GOOD with OUTSTANDING features. This reflects our commitment to maintaining high educational standards and support for every child. Read our Ofsted report here.
  • Feeder School for Lytchett Minster: We are delighted to be a feeder school for the highly regarded and much sought after Lytchett Minster secondary school. In 2023, first choice applications were over-subscribed by more than 20%. All first-choice applications from children at Sandford St. Martin’s received their place. Our strong partnership ensures a seamless transition as your child progresses through their academic career. Children also move up to The Purbeck School in Wareham.
  • Excellent Pastoral Care: We understand the importance of emotional well-being alongside academic success. Sandford St. Martin’s commitment to pastoral care ensures that every child feels safe, valued, and empowered to grow not only as learners but as individuals.
  • Active Forest School: At Sandford St. Martin’s, we take learning outside the classroom with our beautiful Forest School, situated within the school grounds. This nature-based initiative, with FSA qualified staff, fosters a deep connection to the environment, encouraging your child to develop valuable skills, build resilience, and enjoy outdoor exploration. Read about our Forest School here.
  • Vibrant Lunchtime and After-School Clubs: Our commitment to your child's holistic development extends beyond the school day. We offer a diverse range of after-school clubs, both sporting and creative, providing opportunities for your child to explore their interests and passions.
  • Fresh on-site school meals -At Sandford we are very lucky to have our own kitchen and catering staff. The 3 options of hot school meals and puddings are cooked from scratch every day and the children also have a ‘Harvester’ style salad cart that they can help themselves to. Please see the section on school meals for more information and menu choices. 

In summary, we passionately believe that Sandford St. Martin’s is the ideal choice for parents seeking a nurturing and enriching educational environment for their children.

If you would like to know more, please contact us on 01929 552949 or email us  at, and we will be delighted to answer your questions or make an appointment for you to visit and have a tour of our grounds.