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As is the case all the way up the school, it’s the small classes and personalised learning that makes the prep stand out and enables it to cater for the broadest of academic spectrums. ‘Once they recognised my daughter’s abilities, they nurtured what she was good at and worked on what she wasn’t – and if they ever have any concerns, they don’t wait until parents’ evening to tell me,’ said one parent. While the fabric of the school is somewhat warren-like, it somehow all flows together and facilities have dramatically improved in recent years. Plenty of sport going on, although it’s not ...

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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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Since September 2018, Patricia Adams MA (40s). Formerly academic deputy head at Blackheath High. Wholesome, polished and amiable, she is described by parents as ‘professional’, ‘smart’, ‘friendly’ and ‘smiley’. ‘Gained respect quickly from everyone – not easy when you’re filling big shoes,’ one parent told us. ‘Lovely with the girls’ and ‘comes to every single concert and art show.’ ‘Not gushy, extrovert or a schmoozer – she is a strategist and listener and always considered in her response.’ Pupils says she is ‘supportive’ and ‘kind’, with a sixth former telling us she is ‘seriously helpful with UCAS and personal statements’.

Degree in modern languages from Oxford, masters in applied linguistics from Essex, and returned to Oxford for her PGCE. Has previously worked in senior leadership at Norwich High, been head...

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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.

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