St Mary's is an academic school and our students' exam results never fail to impress, despite the fact that our school is not academically selective. Whatever their starting point, our students achieve the results they need to move on to the next stage of their education with confidence.
Our Lower School pupils consistently exceed all national expectations in Key Stage One and Two SATs and their excellent results have placed St Mary's in the Sunday Times' list of the Top 100 Preparatory Schools in the UK for the past few years.
At GCSE, our students' results are consistently the best in the local area for non-selective schools. In fact, St Mary's was named by the Sunday Times as the 13th highest achieving school without a sixth form in the UK in 2016 and regularly appears close to the top of the league table of schools in Essex. The first of the Government's new Attainment 8 tables placed St Mary's in 11th position in the county, behind eight grammar schools.
This is hugely impressive for a school without an entrance examination - pupils joining the Lower School are simply observed to make sure that St Mary's is able to offer the academic support each individual might need, and those joining the Senior School take a one-hour on-line Entrance Assessment which is used for later academic tracking.
St Mary's Lower School academic results
St Mary's GCSE Results 2017
Attainment 8 January 2017
Small classes and individual attention
The key to St Mary's academic success is the fact that every student is well known in our close-knit community. Classes are small and teachers are approachable and helpful and will certainly do all they can to support our students with their learning on an individual basis, whether in the classroom, in specific sessions or by suggesting extension work tailored to suit the student's needs.
The confidence to 'have a go'
In such a supportive, all-girl environment, our students develop the confidence to put up their hands even if they're not sure of the answer, or push themselves to try a new activity or more challenging task. At St Mary's, our young people are taught that making mistakes is an important part of learning and they should never be afraid to try. In this way, our students often discover they are capable of much more than they had ever imagined.
Our teaching staff are very experienced and in the main have been at St Mary's for many years. They enjoy their work and are always on hand to support and guide. Several members of staff are highly respected in their fields and act as mentors to staff at other schools. They are experts at teaching the girls in their subject or year group and share new ideas and approaches with other successful schools that are members of the Girls' Schools Association and the Association of Independent Preparatory Schools.
Former students of St Mary's achieve success in all walks of life. We encourage our pupils to make the most of all the opportunities St Mary's offers to develop their talents and maximise their learning. By choosing university courses and careers that really interest them, they are more likely to succeed and find fulfilment in life, so our students are inspired to aim high and do all they can to achieve their goals in life.