St Mary’s Senior School is the only all girls 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.
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 is fully supported, encouraged and stretched in every area.
Students achieved outstanding GCSE results for 2021. 99% of all GCSEs were at Grade 4 and above with 98% of all candidates achieving five or more GCSEs at Grade 4 and above, including Maths and English. An impressive 57% of St Mary’s students achieved A*-A/Grade 9-7, compared to 28.9% of UK GCSE entries. We offer a brilliantly balanced education in a happy and enriching environment, in order to develop exceptionally well-rounded individuals.
|2021/22 ST MARY’S SCHOOL TERMLY FEES|
|Years 7 & 8||£5,085|
|Years 10 & 11||£5,295|
There are three terms per academic year. Fees include lunch and drinks, certain books, extra tuition and learning support required.
Please note that fees are reviewed every Summer term.
There are a range of ways for parents to pay their fees, including spreading your fees and paying monthly through My School Fee Plan. More information can be found on the School Fee Plan website
Parents who wish to pay several years’ fees in advance, may be able to take advantage of a discount and should contact the Finance Office for a quote.
Please note that fees are reviewed every Summer term.
St Mary’s School fees are inclusive of:
Additional fees or ‘extras’ include:
Girls travel from far and wide to St Mary’s, on St Mary’s own fleet of school buses or on services run by other operators.
New for September 2021! Due to growing demand, an additional St Mary’s bus route will be serving Nayland, Great Horkesley, Chesterwell, West Bergholt, Braiswick and David Lloyd, Colchester.
We currently serve places including Danbury, Chelmsford, Maldon, Witham, Felsted, Great Notley, Braintree, Coggeshall, Stanway, Mersea, Peldon, and Layer.
Other providers of school transport stop right outside St Mary’s Senior School.
Our routes are flexible and we try to accommodate any requests. Please get in touch with our Registrar on 01206 594180 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Scholarships are available to girls wishing to join the Senior School in Year 7. We welcome applications from prospective students who can demonstrate significant potential in Art, Drama, Music or Sport.
Performance in the Entrance Assessment determines which students are offered St Mary’s Academic Scholarships.
Miss Comrie Scholars are held in high regard and are awarded following their meeting with the Principal and an independent panel, to those who have the potential to make a substantial contribution to the life of the school.
There is no financial assessment for St Mary’s Scholarship applicants. All Scholarships are awarded solely on merit and in open competition, and there is no set limit to the number of Scholarships that may be offered in one year of entry.
Scholarships attract a fee remission, at the discretion of the Principal.
Arrange a visit of St Mary’s Senior School to find out more about our small classes, academic success, brilliantly balanced education and excellent pastoral care.
St Mary’s is an independent school in Colchester, Essex for girls age 3-16 and boys age 3-4. We are proud to have charitable status, meaning all fees are reinvested into the school.
We are also truly independent, with no owners or shareholders, and are overseen by a committed governing body who help ensure we provide a high quality and brilliantly balanced education, and a happy learning environment.
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.
As a global member of the Round Square Organisation, those who attend St Mary’s benefit from our international links, which helps to broaden their horizons. St Mary’s is also an International School, accredited by the British Council, which gives us opportunities to forge links with schools and organisations around the world.
St Mary’s is an Ambassador Eco-School and hosts national conferences, sharing our expertise with other schools and organisations. We are also an accredited Healthy School and health and nutrition are taken seriously.
Despite not being a selective school, this year, 99% of GCSEs at St Mary’s were graded at 4 or above with 98% of all candidates achieving five or more GCSEs at Grade 4 and above, including Maths and English.
An impressive 57% of St Mary’s students achieved A*-A/Grade 9-7, compared to 28.9% of UK GCSE entries.
There was 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. Enrichment sessions and lunchtime clubs, from sports and DofE to public speaking and orchestra, present a whole variety of opportunities for students to broaden their interests.
A full-scale drama production takes place every two years. Science Week, Activities Week and Wellbeing days take place annually and there is a programme of trips and visits to enhance students’ learning in all subjects.
At St Mary’s, every girl is not just known but understood. We have many initiatives in place to support the welfare of our students and really do believe that happy girls are high achievers.
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.
Take a visit of St Mary’s Senior School to find out more about our small classes, academic success, brilliantly balanced education and excellent pastoral care.