Marymount International School London

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Marymount International School
Motto Spes Salus Consolatio Nostra
(Safety, Hope, Encouragement, Ours)
Established 1955
Type Independent day and boarding school
International school
Religion Roman Catholic
Headmistress Ms Sarah Gallagher
Deputy Head Ms Annah Langan
Chair of the Governors Ms Noreen Doyle
Founder Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary
Location George Road
Kingston upon Thames
51°25′01″N 0°16′08″W / 51.417°N 0.269°W / 51.417; -0.269Coordinates: 51°25′01″N 0°16′08″W / 51.417°N 0.269°W / 51.417; -0.269
Local authority Kingston upon Thames
DfE number 314/6058
DfE URN 102615 Tables
Staff 87~
Students 250~
Gender Girls
Ages 11–18
Houses 4

Navy blue, White,

Campus 7-acre (0.028 km2) rural campus

Marymount International School is an independent day and boarding school for girls in Kingston upon Thames, London, England. Founded by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary in 1955 it is open to children of all faiths or none.[1] It is situated on a 7-acre (28,000 m2) campus 12 miles (19 km) from central London.

Marymount is a fully accredited IB World School and is also accredited by the Council of International Schools[2] and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (USA).[3] It is a member of the Girls' Schools Association. As an international school it attracts children from expatriate families and also accepts local students.[4]


Marymount International School was founded in 1955 by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary to educate children from the business and diplomatic community. In 1979 it became the first school in the United Kingdom to fully adopt the International Baccalaureate programme as its main curriculum of instruction.[5]


Marymount has an excellent record in the IB Diploma.[1] In 2011, 20% of IB Diploma candidates received a score of 40 points or higher, placing them in the top 5% worldwide. In 2011 one candidate received a perfect score, a result achieved by less 0.2% of students worldwide. This is all the more impressive since the candidate took a seventh subject - Further mathematics- taken by barely a hundred brave students in the world. In 2008, one Marymount candidate received a perfect result of 45 points. In 2007, two Marymount IB Diploma candidates received the perfect score of 45 points, two of only 65 students in the world. Since, at least one student of the graduating class has received a full 45 points, often making them the class valedictorian.[6]

Most graduates go on to attend university around the world. Some destinations include Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, London School of Economics, Boston College, New York University, Stanford University, Australian National University, McGill University and Tokyo University.[7]


Year groups are called "grades" rather than "years". Marymount follows the Middle Years Programme (MYP) for girls aged 11 to 16 and the Diploma Programme for the last two years.[8][9]

Student life[edit]

Marymount is an international school which caters to a diverse student population and incorporates aspects of both the American and British educational traditions. The British-style blazer is part of the prescribed uniform and the house system is an integral part of student life. American nomenclature for year groups is used, meaning there is no "sixth form" as the final year of secondary education (age 17/18) is grade 12 rather than year 13 ("Upper Sixth"). Student leaders are elected into a "Student Council" and the head of the council is known as a president rather than head girl. In the middle of the school year, grade 10 and 11 students are elected into the National Honor Society.[10] A formal graduation ceremony is held at the end of the year to farewell grade 12 students.[11]


The four houses are named after founders of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary.[12]

  • St Jean
  • St Constance
  • St Felix
  • St Croix


Boarding is available to all students and about half the student body are boarders. They are housed in four main halls and cared for by houseparents and a resident nurse. Younger boarders usually reside in triple rooms and older students are allocated double or single rooms.[13]

Pastoral Care[edit]

As a Catholic school, spiritual life is an important aspect of student life. Students are expected to attend chapel services and invited to actively participate. A Sacrament of Confirmation is held every two years.

Students may also take part in community service projects through exchange programmes with its sister schools in the RSHM international network of schools.[14]

Notable alumnae[edit]


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