St Mary's School, Worcester

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St Mary's School, Worcester
Motto Sine Macular (without fault, without stain)
Established 1934
Closed 2014
Type Independent day school
Religion Roman Catholic
Headmistress Mrs C Jawaheer BA PGCE DipEd NPQH
Location Mount Battenhall
Coordinates: 52°10′53″N 2°12′18″W / 52.1814°N 2.2051°W / 52.1814; -2.2051
DfE number 885/6000
DfE URN 117006 Tables
Gender Girls; Boys (ages 0-5)
Ages 0–18

St Mary's School, Worcester (also known as Worcester's Girls' School) was an independent day school for girls aged 0–18 (and boys aged 0–5) in Worcester, England. The school was located at a Victorian mansion centered on a 15-acre campus. Following a surprise announcement that the school had become impossible to run partly due to recession, the school ceased operations at the end of the summer term 2014.[1]



The building which the school occupied, Battenhall Mount, dates back to the Victorian period and was built during the 1860s. It was taken over by Sir Percy Allsopp who extended the building, modeling it after the Italianate style popularised by Prince Albert. His family business went bankrupt and the house was sold off. It was one of many stately mansions used as a convalescent home-cum-hospital during World War I.


In between the wars, the house was put on sale. The Sisters of St Marie Madeleine Postel from St Joseph's Convent School in Reading bought the property in 1934 and turned it into a school. Among its early pupils was Margaret Elgar, great-grandniece of composer Sir Edward Elgar.[2]

The school comprised three divisions: Early Years (3 months – 4 years), the Preparatory School (4 – 11 years) and the Senior School (11 – 18 Years).


  1. ^ Bate, Gema (24 June 2014). "St Mary's School "impossible to run" say governors". Worcester News. Newsquest (Midlands South) Ltd. Retrieved 8 August 2015. 
  2. ^ History

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