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Strong traditional curriculum emphasises preparation for Common Entrance. On the day we visited an ITV film crew was looking at school’s lead work on plastic-free Melrose and River Clean Initiatives. Staff say that projects such as this help to broaden the horizons of pupils. Two school shows a year make sure that every child has the chance to perform – a parent commented, ‘What they do so well is confidence, there’s not a child who doesn’t get up on that stage and…

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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, Liam Harvey BEd, himself a proud old boy of St Mary’s. Following eight years working in the senior state sector on Merseyside and in North Yorkshire, he took the opportunity to move back to his roots in the Borders as housemaster at Belhaven School before returning to St Mary’s as head. Having grown up in nearby Coldstream (father a local GP and mother a midwife), he progressed from being a day boy at St Mary’s to full boarding at George Watson’s followed by a degree in physical education and English at Liverpool John Moores. He has a clear understanding of and commitment to the local community, a very modern approach to boarding and a determination to maintain a strong academic curriculum and extracurricular programme. As a parent said, ‘He’s given us solidity...

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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 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
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty Y
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment Y
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability Y
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment Y

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