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With the school set in 55 acres of parkland and approached down a winding, tree-lined drive, there is a sense of leaving the outside world behind as one arrives at an imposing early Victorian mansion. Strongly underpinned by school’s Catholic faith, pastoral care is ‘brilliant’ and ‘house assistants are excellent’. ‘Somehow the school makes the girls very caring and respectful.’ 

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What the school says...

Set in 55 acres of beautiful Dorset countryside, St Marys Shaftesbury is an inspiring educational environment. Its unique ethos sets it apart, creating a happy and friendly community. Outstanding teachers and excellent pastoral care enable girls to achieve their ambitions in a relaxed but stimulating environment; Oxbridge and Russell Group university success is realised.
At St Marys, girls have the confidence to be themselves, explore the educational opportunities available and take part in all the extra-curricular activities on offer. Girls feel free to take risks, become resilient and independent and at the same time enjoy life-long friendships and being part of a close knit community.
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Headmistress

Since September 2018, Maria Young, previously deputy head pastoral and head of boarding at Worth School. Music degree from Durham and a PGCE in music from Cambridge; she has taught music at a variety of school including Bryanston, and was director of music at Simon Langton Girls' Grammar School before joining Worth, where she was also lay chaplain. She has spent 30 years as a director of music, writing and directing musicals and opera, as well as directing school choirs and taking them on tours around the world.

Academic matters

Popular A level subjects include English literature, history and history of art, geography, fine art and photography. Steady uptake of science, economics, business studies, maths and modern languages. For a small school with pupils of mixed ability, results are usually good. In 2018, 51 per cent...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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Special Education Needs

St Mary's is able to cater for pupils of at least average intelligence with mild difficulties of a dyslexic or dyspraxic nature, or mild ADD/ADHD disorders, who can access an academic curriculum. A maximum of two 35 minute individual lessons per week are taught by specialist support staff at an additional charge. There is currently no provision for in-class support. Extra Maths tuition is offered at an additional charge for pupils requiring support in the run-up to GCSE examinations, but is also available for younger pupils with weak numeracy skills.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
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 Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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