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School promotes resilience in the pursuit of excellence but it’s the value placed on relationships and the individual approach which really sums up St. Mary’s. ‘Sport has improved dramatically over the past few years. There’s a bigger department, better facilities and frequent success on the playing fields. The head has...'  Girls here are spirited and embrace challenge but also have a good sense of fun. One year 6 told us that her favourite time of the week was Fri-yay which is music and dancing around the classroom.  ‘We get to be silly and get our bodies moving to music.’  And it doesn’t stop in prep…

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St. Mary’s fosters an environment for each and every girl to reach their full academic and personal potential, with a focus on generating a love of learning and enquiring minds. A wide variety of subjects allows girls to pursue their talents with Drama, Art and Music available at A level, alongside all the traditional subjects. Academic success means that girls progress to a range of universities from Oxford, Exeter and Imperial College London to Royal Holloway and the Central School of Speech and Drama. All of this is achieved within an environment that considers, and works with, the individual to enable them to reach their goals; combined with an outstanding system of pastoral care this means each girl develops the confidence and self esteem to thrive and succeed. A broad selection of co-curricular activities ensures that the girls emerge as genuinely well rounded, self-assured young women. ...Read more

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Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.

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Since 2018, Patricia Adams MA PGCE. BA in French and Spanish at St Catherine’s, Oxford, MA in applied linguistics at University of Essex and returned to Oxford for PGCE in modern languages. Previously academic deputy head at Blackheath High. Unusually, first teaching position was head of Spanish at Oxford High and there realised her ambition to be a headmistress. Then from head of department to head of modern languages at Headington School and director of studies at Norwich High. Still teaches some Spanish. Hobbies include walking, reading and creating textile art. Loves renaissance art although favourite gallery is not Uffizi in Florence but the National Gallery. She tells us, ‘I love the paintings and it’s closer to home.’ A pragmatist, by all accounts!

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Special Education Needs

St Mary's aims to support girls with special educational needs to achieve their potential, and to boost their confidence and self esteem. A learning support teacher offers guidance to girls who have sought help themselves, or have been recommended for such help by parents, teachers or educational psychologists. This teacher acts as a channel communication between these parties, as well as providing specific help. It may take the form of class support, individual or group sessions, covering: spelling, a wide range of study skills- including organisation skills, time management, question analysis and planning an answer, effective reading and note taking advice, revision and examination techniques, and counselling.

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

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