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  • St Mary's School (Shaftesbury)
    Donhead St. Mary
    Shaftesbury
    Dorset
    SP7 9LP
  • Head: Mrs Mary Arnal
  • T 01747 852416
  • F 01747 851557
  • E registrar@stmarys.eu
  • W www.stmarys.eu
  • A mainstream independent school for girls aged from 9 to 18
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Dorset
  • Pupils: 200
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Fees: Day £15,750 - £19,950; Boarding £19,500 - £30,990 pa
  • Open days: October, November and March
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

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.’ Young maths teacher runs a GLEE club. ‘The school needs a bit more singing outside the chapel choir'...

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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.
A visit is a must!
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Headteacher

Since January 2016, Mrs Mary Arnal MSc, PGCE, FRSA, previously head of Sherborne International School, and before that head of the prep school at St Teresa's, Effingham. She is an applied linguist with a masters from Edinburgh, and has a background in university lecturing and teaching in the UK and overseas, including being senior housemistress at St John's School Leatherhead. Her specialist subjects are English language and philosophy and she has experience teaching the IB in Spain, where she was director of studies at a school in Madrid. She has also taught and lived in Peru. She describes herself as English by birth, Irish by blood and Spanish in spirit.

Mary is married to mathematical analyst, Don Antonio Arnal; they have two children.

Academic matters

Popular A level subjects include English literature, history...

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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 Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
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
Not Applicable
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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