Sunday Times ranks Lower School as 12th highest performing prep school in England

23 November 2020

The Sunday Times has identified St Mary’s Lower School in the top 20 best preparatory schools in the country! Ranked by recent examinations results, the Lower School was placed 12th in England in the Sunday Times Parent Power list.

We are absolutely delighted to be ranked 12th in the Sunday Times’ top independent preparatory schools in England,” said Mrs Emma Stanhope, Director of St Mary’s Lower School. “This result is made even more impressive by the fact that we are not academically selective on entry. It showcases the excellence of the education on offer here at St Mary’s Lower School, along with the support and dedication of our highly experienced staff.”

The latest Parent Power listing ranks schools according to the outcomes of the national Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs) in reading, maths, and spelling, punctuation and grammar taken by Year 6 children in 2019.

“Whilst this position is a reflection of our girls’ academic ability, we work very hard to get the balance right between academic achievements and a brilliantly balanced education that prepares girls for senior school and beyond,” continues Mrs Stanhope. “Our girls not only get a fantastic grounding in English, Grammar and Maths, they are also encouraged to take advantage of all that our School has to offer – from Forest School to Philosophy, and from Ballet to Japanese!”

“These results once again prove that ‘happy girls are high achievers’, concludes Mrs Stanhope. “Our pastoral support is at the centre of all that we do – our girls thrive in confidence as a result of our warm and happy environment.”

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