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  • St Mary's School, Cambridge
    Bateman Street
    CB2 1LY
  • Head: Ms Charlotte Avery
  • T 01223 224167
  • F 01223 357451
  • E [email protected]
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  • An independent school for girls aged from 4 to 18.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Cambridgeshire
  • Pupils: 622; sixth formers: 91
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Fees: Day £10,923 - £17,031; Boarding £27,600 - £35,301 pa
  • Open days: 10th October 2020 Senior School online open day; 17th October 2020 Sixth Form online open day
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

Now the only girls’ school left in Cambridge. The empowerment of women, strong women, is a theme throughout. The girls seem to absorb this. Unaffected and naturally pretty. Very little make up worn and no strutting divas to behold – thank goodness. Instilling self-esteem and confidence is very much an ethos of the school and many parents spoke about it along with the Mary Ward philosophy that they have great belief in. ‘My daughter was very shy when she started but they have…

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What the school says...

St Mary’s School offers an inspiring pathway to some of the most prestigious universities and careers in the world as the leading independent day and boarding school for girls aged 4-18 in Cambridge.

Founded in 1898, our education is built for girls. By providing girls a space in which their intellectual and social confidence can flourish, we empower girls to aim high. At St Mary’s, our girls love learning and we support them to discover, develop and share their unique talents. From sports stars and performers, to creators and thinkers – each girl is valued for her individuality and unique potential.

Girls from all faiths and secular backgrounds join our happy, diverse school community. From coding robots at our Junior School, to creating award-winning art at our Senior School, our girls pursue their passions and develop the skills and values they need for a life of fulfilment.

Boarders join us from Year 5 and live in our exceptional boarding house, which overlooks Cambridge University’s beautiful Botanic Garden.

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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.




What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2007, Charlotte Avery (40s). English degree Oxford, PGCE Cambridge. Taught in various schools, deputy head at Highgate where she oversaw the transition to co-ed. St Mary’s is her first headship. One of triplets, all with Oxbridge degrees. A formidable intellect who is determined to get her point across. Dedicated to girls’ education. Brisk and efficient but also kind and caring. Obviously stands no nonsense. Well liked and respected by parents. ‘She can talk the hind leg off a donkey, but in the nicest way,’ said one parent. ‘She’s brilliant, a whirlwind with great enthusiasm who carries everyone along with her.’ Many parents spoke of her great vision and the ‘huge changes she has made’. Others spoke of how she has promoted internally. ‘A very nice person, tough and a great leader.’ Very high...

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Special Education Needs

We offer in-house assessment of any pupil who enters the school with an existing educational psychologist's report or whose performance in school raises cause for concern. Pupils who have been identified as requiring extra assistance in literacy, numeracy or other study skills are offered help according to their needs. Some have private lessons in or outside lesson times with a peripatetic dyslexia specialist; others are offered tuition in small groups by members of St Mary's staff. In some cases, pupils may follow a reduced timetable in order to meet their needs. 10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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