St Mary’s School, Colchester

St Mary’s is an independent school in Colchester, Essex for girls age 3–16 and boys age 3–4 in the Kindergarten.

The school is proud to have charitable status, meaning all fees are reinvested into the school. Being truly independent, with no owners or shareholders, the school is overseen by a committed governing body.

The Lower School is ranked in the top 25 highest performing Preparatory Schools in England by the Sunday Times. Many girls achieve scholarships to senior school, and there is an impressive 11+ pass rate for those who choose to sit the exam. At the Senior School GCSE results are also regularly amongst the best in the country.

In 2019, overall, 97% of GCSEs at St Mary’s were graded at four or C, or 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.

St Mary’s strongly believe that success in life comes from more than just impressive exam results. A brilliantly balanced education is offered in order to develop exceptionally well-rounded individuals. With a huge variety of clubs, enrichment activities, music and drama productions, visits and international travel experiences on offer, there’s ample opportunity to learn new skills and develop talents.

There are numerous positions of responsibility available to the girls, which help develop their leadership skills, and foster team spirit through initiatives such as the School Council and School Houses.

For young people to thrive they must feel confident, relaxed and secure. Every child is known and understood at St Mary’s and the girls feel comfortable challenging themselves and asking questions. Before children even start at St Mary’s time is taken to get to know them and their families, and there are initiatives in place from induction programmes to buddy systems to help students settle in. There’s a very positive culture at St Mary’s and visitors often comment on how staff and students are always smiling.

The school believes in instilling the values of respect and courtesy, and through its charity and outreach work, the students develop a strong sense of community. St Mary’s is a leading Eco School and and a global member of the Round Square Organisation, those who attend St Mary’s benefit from international links, which helps to broaden their horizons.

Essentials

  • Head Mrs Hilary Vipond
  • Mrs Hilary Vipond
  • Age range 3 - 16
  • Day / Boarding Day
  • Religious affiliation A broad, Christian ethos
  • Exams
  • 14+ GCSE, IGCSE
  • Other exams O-Level, Level 2 Certificate, L1/L2 Vocational Award, Level 1 Latin, ELC Latin, FCSE, (Functional Skills) - possibly, depending on the cohort
  • Fees (per term) September 2020 - August 2020
  • Prep/Junior School
    • £49,95 - £4,215 per term
  • Senior School
    • £4,940 - £5,145 per term
  • Find out more about fees >
  • Exams
    • Exams
    • 14+ GCSE, IGCSE
    • Other exams O-Level, Level 2 Certificate, L1/L2 Vocational Award, Level 1 Latin, ELC Latin, FCSE, (Functional Skills) - possibly, depending on the cohort
  • Fees (per term)
    • Fees (per term) September 2020 - August 2020
    • Prep/Junior School
      • £49,95 - £4,215 per term
    • Senior School
      • £4,940 - £5,145 per term
    • Find out more about fees >

Bursaries & Scholarships

Scholarships are available to girls wishing to join the Senior School in Year 7. St Mary’s 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.

Scholars act as role models and leaders to other students and as ambassadors for St Mary’s. They are encouraged, and expected, to make the most of the wealth of educational opportunities available to them to extend, broaden and strengthen their aptitudes and talents, and to gain valuable experience that will stand them in good stead for the future.

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Scholarships & Bursaries offered
  • Academic scholarships
  • All Rounder awards
  • Art scholarships
  • Bursaries for new entrants
  • HM Forces discounts
  • Hardship awards for existing pupils
  • Lump-sum payment discounts
  • Music scholarships
  • Sibling discounts
  • Sport scholarships

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St Mary's Lower School - a brilliantly balanced education
St Mary's Senior School - a brilliantly balanced education

Disclaimer: Data is provided by the school, the GSA is not responsible for inaccuracies.

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