Sturminster Marshall First School

Grow, Achieve, Inspire, Nurture. SMFS where learning is an adventure.


At Sturminster Marshall First School children are put at the heart of what we do. We want them to thrive and enjoy their learning, be confident learners and enable them to achieve their potential.

Our school provides a nurturing, calm environment where we know each child as an individual and enjoy working closely with families. We are a values-based school, where the children learn about human values like kindness, equality, respect and peace, which we feel are important for the school community and wider society.

As a school we know the importance of using the outside grounds to develop a range of learning opportunities and well-being for children and how engaged they can be when they learn outside.

As a school, we have a lovely environment with a school field and wooded area, which we have made into our own forest school area. Our children benefit from structured forest school sessions throughout the year which develops their independence, self-esteem, resilience and teamwork.

Children are naturally curious and playful and our aim is to develop more purposeful playtimes to make them enjoyable and engaging learning experiences for our children. Our aim is to offer a range of opportunities so that all children can find something to engage them and have fun with their friends.

In today’s world, wellbeing and mental health are vitally important and we continue to develop this throughout the school, alongside movement and moments of stillness.

If you would like to visit our school, you would be most welcome. Please contact the office on 01258 857348 and speak to Mrs Selway or Mrs Young to make an appointment. We look forward to welcoming you.