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WOW. Didn’t recognise the place. Totally transformed since our last visit and some of the most exciting (and cleverly sited to act as a windbreak) school buildings we have ever seen. Loads of staff changes since head’s arrival, certain number of redundancies, and terrific young buzzy staff abound (think policemen). School now boasts ‘a strong academic team’. Tinies wear delightful green and white check tabliers and girls evolve from gym slips to proper kilts; we checked, most were eight pleats thick…

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What the school says...

St Mary's is a co-educational Prep School with its own Kindergarten on site. It is mainly a day school with a flexible boarding facility. Day children can stay from 7.30 am (breakfast club in school) right through to 7.30 pm, by which time they will have done their prep and had supper. Kindergarten can stay till 4 pm.

The new Hamilton Building has been named after the school's founder Mr John Hamilton who founded St. Mary's in 1895 on its current site in Abbey Park. The project has been funded in full by a most generous donation from a charitable trust who want to support the work of St. Mary's School.
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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2010, William (Liam) Harvey BEd (40s). The son of a local doc, and an FP, he went on to George Watson's followed by a BEd in PE at Liverpool John Moores University. Taught PE to A level in the state secondary sector before moving to Belhaven as housemaster and head of history and PE.

We met Harvey’s Canadian wife, Marnia, efficiently organising the mysteries of the gap student's computer. Their daughters are in the school.


All things to all men. The only independent school in the borders; children come from within a 50 mile radius, can come mid-term at any time if space available, otherwise automatically up from kindergarten. The odd state child has been known simply to come for an '18-month blast' before going back into the maintained sector,...

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Special Education Needs

At St Mary's, children are initially screened when joining school to identify any particular learning needs. If necessary, support is provided through a 35 minute one-to-one lesson twice a week. These lessons are individually tailored to the particular needs of each pupil. Our Additional Support for Learning Department is staffed by two experienced and appropriately qualified teachers.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
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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