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St Mary’s Shaftesbury

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St Mary’s Shaftesbury

Address: St Mary’s School, Donhead St Mary, Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 9LP
Website: stmshaftesbury.uk
Founded:1945 by the IBVM nuns
Number of Pupils: 200
Fees: Day – £5,600-£7,200; Boarding – £6,950-£10,900
Ages: 9-18
Head Teacher: Mrs Maria Young
Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic (but for children of all faiths and none)
Entrance Procedure:ISEB pre-test at Year 7 for prep school children, followed by Common Entrance.  All other entries via the school’s Entrance Assessment.
Contact:Catherine Kelleher, Director of Admissions
Email: [email protected]
School Visits: Open Mornings: Friday 6thDecember 2019, Friday 20thMarch 2020, Friday 1stMay 2020

The Curriculum

The academic curriculum offers GCSEs and A-level qualifications. There is an extensive academic enrichment programme across the year groups which develops all pupils beyond the exam syllabus. 

Games & The Arts

We give all our girls a love of sport and set them on the path of life-long physical activity. Whether they have a passion or unique talent in a particular discipline or excel across the board, we provide a tailored experience for each pupil.

Pastoral Care

Our pastoral care ensures pupils are equipped with the skills to confidently face the challenges of life beyond school. St Mary’s girls radiate an inner confidence and resilience borne of outstanding teaching and learning, strong spiritual formation, secure interpersonal skills and deep bonds of friendship. The values of Mary Ward, our founder who championed the role of women in society and spiritual life, lie at the heart of our community. 

Recent University Places

In 2019 14 per cent of pupils were in receipt of and achieved Oxbridge places.

Head Teacher’s Philosophy

My aim is to preserve and build on the great strengths and traditions of the school, but also to continue the reflective process of positive change and development which is necessary for an ambitious 21stcentury school. I am a passionate advocate of single-sex education for girls.

Outstanding Characteristics

There is something remarkable and distinctive about ‘the St Mary’s girl’. St Mary’s girls are confident young women who are deeply articulate, reflective, creative, energetic, outward-looking and possess a strong set of values.



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