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St Mary’s bijoux stature (30 to 40 girls per year group) enables it to cater for the broadest of academic spectrums, from Oxbridge types all the way down. Some take Bucks 11+, although even those who pass tend to stay put in the main. ‘Amazing’ head of senior creative arts faculty appointed 2011 ‘transformed art department,’ according to parents, getting to the nitty gritty of what kind of work inspires girls. Superb fashion drawings recently led to a show with girls modelling recycled or upcycled garments made with their own fair hands...

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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 extra-curricular activities ensures that the girls emerge as genuinely well rounded, self-assured young women. ...Read more

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2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking ICT at an English Independent School (Cambridge Int Certificate Level 1/Level 2)

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Since 2010, Mrs Jean Ross BA NPQH (50s). Educated at Manchester University (French) followed by an interpreting course. Took an unusual route to headship: founded business with husband manufacturing Swarovski crystal animals which they grew to 150 people. Maintained a burning desire to teach, however, which finally got the better of her once eldest daughter entered sixth form, when she started her PGCE. Taught French at large comprehensive in Dunstable for five years before joining St Albans High School, where she spent nine years and was head of modern languages and ultimately deputy head. Says it was love at first sight with St Mary’s (‘I knew instantly this was my school’) and the love affair continues: ‘I can’t believe I get paid to be here,’ she says.

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