St Marys Main Prospectus

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St Mary’s School

Senior Prospectus

“My daughter’s experience at St Mary’s has been fantastic throughout; the teaching staff, lessons, enrichment programmes, scholarships and vast range of extra curricular activities have given her so much confidence and she has found talents she never knew she had.” Current Parent

St Mary’s Spirit St Mary’s is a special place where your daughter will feel at home, confident in her own skin and ready for the future. Our school is warm, inclusive, and nurturing whilst the learning is exciting, innovative and pushes boundaries. The girls leave feeling empowered, confident, and self-assured and ready to take on any challenge in their exciting careers. At St Mary’s, your daughter will be able to shine, supported by an expert team of staff, who will steer her in the right direction to achieve her dreams and ambitions. We would be delighted to welcome you to experience our wonderful school and we hope to meet you and your daughter(s) soon. Mrs Adams, Headmistress

“Pupils are respectful listeners and highly articulate communicators orally and in writing.” Latest ISI Report

Academic Excellence Academic standards and expectations are high. We work closely with each girl to enable her to achieve her potential. We firmly believe that when girls are enjoying their learning and are engaged, they succeed with the support, encouragement and challenge provided on an individual basis. Our curriculum is broad and challenging; at GCSE subjects such as Textile Design, Dance, Physical Education, Business Studies and Computer Science are offered in addition to all the traditional subjects. French, German and Spanish are popular and both Combined and Separate Sciences are offered, as well as Further Mathematics. At A level, there are 26 subjects to choose from including Politics, Economics, Media Studies, Dance, Textile Design and Sociology. We offer Further Mathematics A level in addition to all of the usual traditional subjects. Students may also take the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). Technology is fully integrated into teaching and learning. Teaching staff are subject specialists and go the extra mile to ensure that each student works to achieve her goals and ambitions.

“A safe and happy school for my daughters to be thriving in; with an exceptional pastoral care system working alongside the girls.” Current Parent

Personal Development In Senior House the Pastoral Team is highly experienced and well qualified. Led by our Senior Deputy Head, a team of Pastoral Heads of Year, Heads of Section, and Tutors, ensure that pupils are well supported and that there is someone for them to talk to if and when they need to. We have a School Nurse and First Aid officer on site and girls are supported by two school counsellors. Staff and members of Year 12 have been trained in Mental Health First Aid and they are able to support our students in maintaining their wellbeing. Our resilience programme, focusing on character strengths such as kindness, courage, and the benefits of displaying resilience in the face of challenge, also promotes positive mental health.

“A school where it isn’t just academic learning but sports, creativity and wellness of the mind being at the forefront of what St Mary’s can provide.” Current Parent

Co-curricular & Enrichment The opportunities to excel in Music, Drama, Sport and Art permeate life at St Mary’s. Students enjoy finding their niche, trying something new and exploring new interests. From Robotics to Book Club, Current Affairs to Elite Dance, girls are encouraged to take part and play their part in our rich and exciting community. Our House system promotes healthy competition and a sense of camaraderie, and our St Mary’s spirit is much in evidence in the girls’ performances on stage and on the sports field alike.

“(Pupils) adapt easily to new situations demonstrating perseverance and strong resilience when faced with challenges.” Latest ISI Report

Leadership, scholarship & pupil voice Students assume leadership roles throughout the school from Digital Leaders, Subject Ambassadors, Mental Health Ambassadors, Diversity Champions and School Council Representatives to Prefects and the Head Girl Team. House Captains, sports team captains, and debating teams learn skills of collaboration, problem-solving, organisation and thinking quickly on one’s feet. They are excellent role models for our younger girls. Our scholarship programme enables girls to make further advances with their learning and to explore material and topics beyond the curriculum. We have scholars in Art, Music, Drama and Sport as well as a number of academic scholars in each year group. Sports Leaders enjoy organising and helping in sports lessons and fixtures. At St Mary’s each student finds her voice and every one is heard and valued.

St Mary’s School Packhorse Road Gerrards Cross Buckinghamshire SL9 8JQ 01753 883370