Two St Mary's Lower School pupils sitting in a Library holding books and laughing

Lower School

A message from the Head of St Mary’s Lower School Colchester, Mrs Emma Stanhope

Welcome to St Mary’s Lower School Colchester! We are an independent Preparatory School situated in an impressive historic building, set within nine acres of beautiful grounds on the outskirts of Colchester, Essex.

The following pages will give you a sense of the academic excellence, brilliantly balanced education and caring environment we offer. But nothing will give you a better insight into our vibrant school than by taking a look around. So please arrange a private tour at a time that is convenient to you, or reserve a place at an Open Day.

Academic excellence at St Mary’s Lower School Colchester

I was so proud when The Sunday Times ranked St Mary’s Lower School 12th highest performing Prep School in England.

The pupils here perform at well above the national average in maths, spelling and grammar, reading and writing. We also have a high 11+ pass rate for those who choose to sit the exam. In addition, our pupils achieve a consistently strong record of scholarship offers to independent secondary schools. This includes our Senior School, where Lower School girls along with siblings are given priority for places offered.

We’re able to achieve such success by tailoring the education to suit the needs of each individual in our small classes. We also give the pupils the encouragement and support they need to aim high. We offer a brilliantly balanced education and provide opportunities for the girls to grow and develop wherever we can. You can read more about our impressive results here.

Rated excellent by the Independent School Inspectorate (ISI)

St Mary’s was rated excellent by the Independent School Inspectorate (ISI) in February 2023. This ‘Excellent’ rating is the highest award given and covers both ‘the quality of the pupils’ academic and other achievements’ and ‘the quality of the pupils’ personal development’.

The key findings emphasised the high levels of attainment across the curriculum for Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), in National Curriculum tests for Year 6 and at GCSE level.

Our emphasis on the importance of pastoral care was also documented, with inspectors commenting on the school’s culture of monitoring pupils’ progress and wellbeing, which allows the girls to develop and express themselves to be reflective learners.

Caring environment at St Mary’s Lower School Colchester

Our pastoral support is at the centre of all we do, pupils thrive when they are happy and as a small school, every girl is known and understood.

The atmosphere at the school is calm, supportive and nurturing. Every pupil is valued and the girls here are not afraid to have a go at something new, to take risks or put themselves forward to be a leader. It is in this positive environment where the girls develop the self-confidence needed to really blossom.

If you’re looking for an excellent private primary school in Colchester, Essex, that delivers an excellent academic and all-round education with outstanding pastoral care, arrange to visit us today.

Mrs Emma Stanhope, Head of St Mary’s Lower School Colchester

See behind the scenes at St Mary’s Lower School Colchester

See behind the scenes at the 12th highest performing Prep School in England:

“Pupils make excellent progress in the Lower School”

From ISI inspection report 2023 - rated 'excellent'

Our Locations

St Mary's Colchester
Two St Mary's Lower School pupils sitting in a Library holding books and laughing
Additional places now available

Due to increasing demand at St Mary’s, additional places are now available from September.

 

Enquire today to find out more: www.stmaryscolchester.org.uk/contact/enquiry-form/