St Mary’s Senior School

St Mary’s Senior School is the only 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.

Our GCSE results are regularly amongst the best in the country for non-selective schools and we offer a brilliantly balanced education in order to develop exceptionally well-rounded individuals.

2020/21 ST MARY’S SCHOOL TERMLY FEES
Years 7, 8 & 9 £4,940
Years 10 & 11 £5,145

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.

Find out more about fees, including spreading the cost

There are a range of ways for parents to pay their fees, including spreading your fees and paying monthly through My School Fee Plan, 0% APR.

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:

  • lunch and drinks
  • certain books are included in the fees, but there are some additional books (depending on the subjects) that do incur an extra cost
  • extra tuition and learning support are also included in school fees
  • accident insurance

Additional fees or ‘extras’ include:

  • Entry fees for external examinations are not included and are payable separately on application. This is normal at most independent schools.
  • Private music lessons are available for singing, all string, woodwind and brass instruments, guitar and drums. The fees range between £15-£20 per session,  payable to the individual music teacher.
  • Homework Club, £2.50
  • There are some extra-curricular activities that incur an additional cost (eg ballet, tennis etc). These costs will be outlined before pupils sign up.
  • Some trips, both optional and part of the curriculum, incur a cost.

Scholarships and Awards

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

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 understands and acknowledges that it is a data controller in relation to the personal data that you have provided. We will ensure that we comply with all legislation and regulatory requirements in force relating to its use. For more information about how we use the data and your rights, please read our Privacy Notice.
On occasion we may contact you with information that may be of interest to you, for example upcoming admissions deadlines, news and events.
Note - you may withdraw consent at any time by contacting the School’s Data Protection Manager at dpm@stmaryscolchester.org.uk. This will not affect the lawfulness of any processing carried out by the School before you withdraw your consent.

About St Mary's

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.

Excellent academic results

Despite not being a selective school, last year, 98% of GCSEs at St Mary’s were graded at 4 or above.

Last year there was 100% pass rate in 22 subjects:
English Literature, Further Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Combined Science, French, German, Spanish, Art, Classics, Drama, Geography, History, Hospitality and Catering, ICT, Latin, Classics, Music, Religious Studies, Textiles, and Statistics.

Brilliantly balanced education

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.

Caring community

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.

See behind the scenes at the school

Watch aerial footage of the grounds

Arrange a visit

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.

St Mary’s understands and acknowledges that it is a data controller in relation to the personal data that you have provided. We will ensure that we comply with all legislation and regulatory requirements in force relating to its use. For more information about how we use the data and your rights, please read our Privacy Notice.
On occasion we may contact you with information that may be of interest to you, for example upcoming admissions deadlines, news and events.
Note - you may withdraw consent at any time by contacting the School’s Data Protection Manager at dpm@stmaryscolchester.org.uk. This will not affect the lawfulness of any processing carried out by the School before you withdraw your consent.

Our Locations