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All the STEM subjects are given high status throughout and staff understand that ‘science is a puzzle and it can take time to make the connections,’ said a parent. Good to see wide range of languages on offer: French, Spanish, German, Latin, Greek and Mandarin at GCSE (French and Mandarin begin in the juniors). For A level, girls are encouraged to study subjects that don’t necessarily ‘go together’. ‘I am doing maths, music and French and that’s normal,’ one girl told us. The Leith cookery course is…

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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 3-18 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 non-religious backgrounds join our happy, diverse school community. From coding robots at 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 the beautiful Cambridge University Botanic Gardens.

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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.



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Since 2007, Charlotte Avery. Degree in English from St Anne’s, Oxford; PGCE from Cambridge; MA in education management from King’s College London. Taught in various schools including South Hampstead and Norwich high schools before becoming deputy head at Highgate where she oversaw the transition to co-ed. Clearly has a formidable intellect although it is her infectious enthusiasm and lively manner that stand out. No mean feat to keep up with the (almost) non-stop flow of conversation but we found it enjoyable nonetheless!

Strong believer in single-sex education. ‘The benefits to the girls of the deep and lasting friendships that are built here, and the female role models in every sphere of their lives at school, is incalculable,’ she adds. Welcomes campaigns such as Everyone’s Invited for having shone a light on...

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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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