St Mary's School, Cambridge
|Type||Independent day and boarding school|
|Headmistress||Miss Charlotte Avery|
|Location||6 Chaucer Road(Junior Sch)
Bateman St (Senior Sch)
|DfE URN||110912 Tables|
|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.
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. 99% of its A Levels candidates were accepted into their first and second choice of university.
Former pupils are known as Pastonians, named after Paston House.
- School Website
- Profile on the ISC website
- Profile on MyDaughter
- 2010 ISI Inspection Report (Senior School)
- Ofsted Social Care Inspection Reports
- ISI Inspection Reports