Attend an Open Day

Kindergarten and Lower School
Friday 29 and Saturday 30 September, 9.30-11.30am.

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Find out more about how St Mary’s empowers girls by downloading a prospectus and reserving a place at our Lower School Open Days on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 September, 9.30-11.30am. See the amazing facilities and the range of activities available, from French to Forest School.

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Are you looking for a school that can empower your daughter for the future?

Attend an Open Day to find out more about how St Mary’s empowers girls:

  • experts in contemporary girls’ education
  • recently rated excellent in ISI Inspection
  • 12th highest performing prep school in England (Sunday Times)
  • impressive SATs and 11+ results
  • numerous extra-curricular opportunities
  • focus on character education
  • approach to empowering girls to navigate friendships
  • opportunities from our Eco-Schools and international Round Square memberships

Academic excellence

St Mary’s Lower School is the 12th highest performing Prep School in England, as ranked by the Sunday Times. Alongside English, Maths, Science, ICT, Languages and Humanities, pupils follow a rich Personal Social Health, Citizenship and Economic Education programme, including philosophical enquiries.

Our pupils perform significantly higher than the national average in SATs. We also have a high 11+ pass rate for those who choose to sit the exam, alongside a consistently strong record of scholarship offers to independent secondary schools, including 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, and by giving the pupils the encouragement and support they need to aim high.

Caring community

Our pastoral support is at the centre of all we do and we’re delighted the national Wellbeing Award for Schools recognises our excellence in this area. 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.


St Mary’s Lower School is the 12th highest performing Prep School in England, as ranked by the Sunday Times.

We are experts in girls’ education and in our small classes we’re able to tailor our teaching to each and every pupil, not just in terms of level but also preferred method of learning. We also monitor progress closely to ensure each girl is fully supported, encouraged and stretched in every area.

Preparatory Class Full-time, Years 1 & 2 £3,910
Years 3 & 4 £4,450
Years 5 & 6 £4,850

There are three terms per academic year. Fees include lunch and drinks, certain books, extra tuition and learning support required.

School day

Parents bring their daughters to school from 8.30am and the school day begins at 8.40am. The school is easily accessible with ample parking for a convenient and safe school run.

School finishes at 3pm for infants and 3.25pm for juniors. Infants can join activity club until the juniors finish at 3.25pm and then numerous clubs are available, from ballet to chess.

Alternatively, our finishing time allows pupils to continue with any clubs, interests or hobbies they have outside of school.

Wrap around care

In addition to clubs, wrap around care is available from 7.30am and our daily Breakfast Club begins at 8am, designed to help busy families. Children enjoy a light breakfast and a chance to catch up with friends before the school day. After-school childcare is available until 6pm.

Holiday clubs

St Mary’s Activities in the School Holidays (SMASH) runs for four weeks in the summer holidays, a week in the Christmas holidays, a week in the Easter holidays and each half term.

Days run from 9.30am-3pm with the option of an early start from 8.30am and late finish of 4.30pm. Individual days or whole weeks can be booked.

Sessions often include arts and crafts, drama, sports, adventure, games and outings.

Meet some of our Lower School girls

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