St Mary's School (Shaftesbury) A GSG School
- St Mary's School (Shaftesbury)
Donhead St. Mary
- Head: Mrs Mary Arnal
- T 01747 852416
- F 01747 851557
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- 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 The Good Schools Guide says..
In the past we have described St Mary’s as ‘a jolly nice girls’ Catholic boarding school’ but this belies its true character. A reasonably pacey school, St Mary’s is performing pretty well on all fronts …
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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What The Good Schools Guide says
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.
Popular A level subjects include English literature, history...
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 Syndrome [archived]|
|Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders||Y|
|Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]|
|CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia|
|Delicate Medical Problems [archived]|
|English as an additional language (EAL)|
|Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory|
|Has SEN unit or class|
|HI - Hearing Impairment|
|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|