Senior School

See behind the scenes at St Mary’s Senior School, the only independent all-girls secondary school in north Essex

A message from the Head of the Senior School, Miss Anwen Jones

Welcome to St Mary’s Senior School, situated in impressive historic buildings on Lexden Road, Colchester. We’re the only truly independent secondary school in Colchester with charitable status, meaning all fees go to providing the outstanding education we offer here, with no profits to owners or shareholders.

We’re also the only independent provider of single sex education in Colchester. We’re part of the Girls’ Schools Association (GSA) and are experts in contemporary girls’ education.

The following pages will give you a sense of the academic excellence, endless opportunities and outstanding pastoral care provided at St Mary’s Senior School. But nothing will give you a better insight into our vibrant school than taking a look around. So please arrange a virtual tour or reserve a place at an upcoming Open Morning.

Academic excellence

At St Mary’s, every girl is not just known but understood. In our small classes we’re able to tailor our teaching to each and every student, not just in terms of level but also preferred method of learning. We also monitor progress closely to ensure each girl in fully supported, encouraged and stretched in every area.

Despite not being a selective school, 99% of all GCSEs at St Mary’s were at grade 4 and above and an impressive 57% of St Mary’s students achieved A*-A/Grade 9-7, compared to 28.9% of UK GCSE entries. There was a 100% pass rate in 22 subjects – English Language, English Literature, Further Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, German, Fine Art, Photography, Classics, Drama, Fashion and Textiles, Geography, History, Hospitality and Catering, ICT, Latin, Music, Physical Education, Religious Studies, Statistics and Russian.

We believe in providing a balanced education and as a result don’t just see excellent academic results, but success across the board, from The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) to public speaking.

Caring community

Our pastoral support is at the centre of all we do. We spend time getting to know every girl and their families, and when students join us at the Senior School they are assigned a buddy and become part of a buddy family consisting of a girl from each year.

Carefully chosen and trained Year 11 girls act as Listeners to provide peer support, and staff are all trained in the area of wellbeing. We have many initiatives in place to support the welfare of our students and really do believe that happy girls are high achievers.

Miss Anwen Jones, Head of St Mary’s Senior School

Anwen Jones, Director of Senior School, St Mary's, Colchester

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