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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...

We have a long tradition at St Mary's School, Cambridge of welcoming girls from all faiths, backgrounds and nationalities. Our girls are renowned for the way they care for each other and the world outside. Their happy, friendly self-confidence is evident and their achievements, whether academic, sporting or cultural, are impressive. The most important thing to us is the uniqueness of each girl: each girl is genuinely cared for, known, guided and appreciated, and valued for who she is.

Full and weekly boarding is available for ages 11 to 18. From the Junior School's Reception class, through to the Sixth Form, we offer girls an independent education in a caring Christian environment, within which they can realise their spiritual, intellectual, social and physical potential.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Latin at an English Independent School (GCSE Short Course)

Other features

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.

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmistress

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
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
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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