St Mary's School, Cambridge

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St Mary's School
Established 1898
Type Independent day and boarding school
Religion Roman Catholic
Headmistress Miss Charlotte Avery
Location 6 Chaucer Road(Junior Sch)
Bateman St (Senior Sch)

England Coordinates: 52°11′43″N 0°07′37″E / 52.195225°N 0.126891°E / 52.195225; 0.126891
Local authority Cambridgeshire
DfE number 873/6001
DfE URN 110912 Tables
Students 613 (2010)
Gender Girls
Ages 4–18
Former pupils Old Pastonians

St Mary's School is a Roman Catholic independent boarding school for girls in Cambridge, England. The school occupies two sites within walking distance of Cambridge city centre, close to the University Botanic Gardens, with sports fields a short distance away.


St Mary's School was founded 1898 by the sisters of the Venerable Mary Ward and the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who had also founded a school of the same name in Ascot, Berkshire 13 years earlier. The Sisters started out with two day girls and two day borders. In 1904 the swelling numbers necessitated a change of venue and the Elms on Bateman Street was purchased for £6,000. The house had a tradition which was very much in keeping with Mary Ward's vision. It had previously belonged to Dr B H Kennedy, former Regius Professor of Greek at the University. As the school continued to grow other premises were added. Paston House was purchased in 1909.[1]

The junior school was part of St Mary’s until it closed in 1987, when it reopened as St Catherine’s Prep School and was governed by a group of parents who became the board of directors. In 2006 St Catherine’s became St Mary's junior section. Both schools are governed by a single Board.


St Mary's has an excellent academic record. In the 2011 GCSEs, candidates achieved a 100% pass rate and 98% received five or more A*-C grades.[2] 99% of its A Levels candidates were accepted into their first and second choice of university.[3]


St Mary's offers a full or weekly boarding programme.[4] There are two buildings: Bateman House for Sixth Formers and The Elms for girls in Years 7-10.

Old Girls[edit]

Former pupils are known as Pastonians, named after Paston House.[5]


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