Round Square


St Mary’s, Colchester is a candidate member of the Round Square Organisation, a worldwide network of 180 top schools in 50 countries, which offers the school a unique framework for excellence and continuous improvement, as well as opportunities to collaborate and share experiences with like-minded peers and establishments across the globe.


Membership was granted to St Mary’s in June 2017 after passing a rigorous inspection by representatives of current Round Square member schools, which focused on six key ‘Ideals of Learning’ – internationalism, democracy, environmentalism, adventure, leadership and service – identified by German educational philosopher, Kurt Hahn, who founded the Round Square organisation in 1966.

The first international education event to which St Mary’s is invited is the Round Square International Conference in Cape Town in October 2017. Representing the school will be Year 10 students with St Mary’s Principal, Mrs Vipond, and Head of History, Mr Rassell, who is the school’s Round Square Representative.

The Round Square ethos is very much in line with that of St Mary’s. At our school, the emphasis is on encouraging pupils to be happy and to make the most of all the opportunities school life brings. When they feel secure and supported, students do their best academically while developing as individuals, building confidence and discovering talents and interests that bring them fulfilment throughout life. We are a British Council INTERNATIONAL School; we have a thriving and DEMOCRATIC School Council; we are an Ambassador ECO School; We promote ADVENTURE through a programme of visits and trips and regular Forest School sessions; student LEADERSHIP is embedded; we make a difference through SERVICE by charitable fundraising and community involvement, which is part of our ethos.

We look forward to embracing the opportunities that membership offers for our students and to emphasising the IDEALS as foundation stones on which our school is built.

For more information about the Round Square please visit:

Round Square Website

Round Square Presentation



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