Lower School Curriculum

In our small classes, each child receives just the right amount of support and challenge. This enables the girls to realise their innermost academic potential. Pupils are equipped to be independent learners. For example they are encouraged to ask questions and to find out the answers themselves, continually expanding their learning.

Balanced curriculum

The Lower School curriculum is varied and lively. Pupils study English, Maths, Science, ICT, Languages and Humanities. In addition, the girls follow a rich Personal Social Health, Citizenship and Economic Education programme. This includes philosophical enquiries which encourages pupils to form their own opinions, while listening to other points of view.

Pupils’ horizons are also broadened through Music, Art, Drama, Sport and Forest School. These are often taught by specialist teachers. You can find out more about the different areas of the curriculum on the following pages. You can also see our impressive results here.

Bringing learning to life

During every school day, pupils receive engaging academic teaching and endless learning opportunities.

In addition, we often have special guests visit to give inspirational talks and run interactive workshops. Themed days and weeks, from charity days to Design and Technology week and Eco week, are packed with practical classes, fun activities and opportunities to try something new.

Pupils take part in local and national competitions such as the National General Knowledge, Science and Mathematics Championships, public speaking contests and sports tournaments. The girls are always very proud to represent the school and we see much success. This is particularly impressive for a small school where we encourage all the girls to take part in different activities, whatever their ability.

“Pupils reach excellent levels of attainment in lessons, work and public examinations”

From ISI inspection report 2023 - rated 'excellent'

The Learning Hub

The aim of the Learning Hub is to support pupils so that each and every one is able to make the most of the education at St Mary’s.

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