St Mary’s Senior School

 

Transport

Our expanding St Mary’s bus routes include (NEW FOR 2023): Frinton, Thorpe-le-Soken, Great Bentley and Wivenhoe to join our existing routes to: Nayland, Great Horkesley, Chesterwell, West Bergholt, Braiswick, 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 requests. Please get in touch with our Registrar on 01206 594180 or at registrar@stmaryscolchester.org.uk to find out more.

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Arrange a tour of St Mary’s Senior School to find out more about our expertise in educating girls, 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.

St Mary’s Senior School is the only all girls independent secondary school in Colchester and is proud to have charitable status, meaning all fees are reinvested into the school.

There are fantastic GCSE results each year at St Mary’s Senior School. In 2021, 99% of all GCSEs were at Grade 4 and above. Such success is achieved by tailoring the education to suit the needs of each individual in small classes and by giving the girls the encouragement and support they need to aim high. In this positive environment our young people develop the strength of character and the self-belief they need to make the very most of the life that lies ahead.

We offer a brilliantly balanced education in a happy and enriching environment, in order to develop exceptionally well-rounded individuals.

2022/23 ST MARY’S SCHOOL TERMLY FEES
Years 7 & 8 £5,295
Year 9 £5,395
Years 10 & 11 £5,545

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.

Arrange a visit

Arrange a tour of St Mary’s Senior School to find out more about our expertise in educating girls, 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 are part of the Independent Schools Association (ISA) as well as 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 having a broad academic intake, in 2021, 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.

 

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.

Meet a group of new Year 7 St Mary's students

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Arrange a visit

Visit St Mary’s Senior School to find out more about our expertise in educating girls, 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.

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