Joining Us

Liz SzczerbiakWelcome to St Mary’s, a vibrant, happy school, where new joiners settle in very quickly.

There are a number of ways you can find out about St Mary’s, including one-to-one meetings with Mrs Adams, Headmistress, and tours.

Girls may enter at any point from Nursery, at age 3, upwards and girls in the Prep Department transfer to Senior House at 11+.

We welcome applications for all year groups. We currently operate waiting lists for most year groups and therefore encourage applications at least 12 months in advance.

Please contact me, Mrs Liz Szczerbiak, via email for further information, to book a visit and for information regarding the availability of places.


Mrs Liz Szczerbiak

Attend an Open Day or arrange an individual tour of the School

If you are thinking about applying to St Mary’s, we would urge you to come and visit the school. This can be arranged by contacting the Registrar, Mrs Szczerbiak, on 01753 883370 or via email. You will have a tour of the school and spend time with the Headmistress, Mrs Adams, who will be happy to talk to you about the education we offer and answer any queries you may have. You might also like to attend one of our Open Days.

Register your daughter

The next step is to register your daughter. We take registrations for girls from birth and at 2 years old she will be invited to a Stay & Play. For older girls we will arrange for her to come in for an assessment. The format of this varies according to her age but we always try to make this occasion as enjoyable and ‘stress free’ as we can! There is a non-refundable accompanying registration fee of £100, plus an additional non-refundable assessment fee of £100 (assessment fee is for Year 3 upwards).

Please click here to download the registration form for Nursery to Year 11.

Please click here to download a registration form for Sixth Form (External applicants only).

Alternatively, if you would prefer to complete the registration online, then please click here.

Attend an assessment

In Early Years, parents, who have registered their daughter, are invited to bring their daughter in  for a Stay & Play session during which the Early Years staff will observe the child within the Early Years setting and assess their suitability. A report will be prepared (for the Headmistress) as a result of which an offer will be made if it is felt that the child would thrive and flourish at St Mary’s. A familiarisation session follows acceptance of the offer.

Later entry to the Preparatory Department involves an informal assessment day, during which girls are assessed in Numeracy, Literacy and (from 7+) Non-Verbal Reasoning.

Entry is selective at 11+ by assessment (English, Mathematics, Verbal/Non-Verbal Reasoning) and interview appropriate to the age/year of pupils. At other stages and times the same process will apply, as appropriate to the age of the candidate seeking entry.

Parents are welcome to contact the Registrar for more details.

A small number of places are available each year in the Sixth Form. At 16+, entry is based on academic ability, a minimum of 5 GCSE grades 9-5, and a minimum of grade 6 in any subjects to be studied at A Level.

References provided

At each stage of entry (except Early Years) references are required from the candidate’s current school and will be influential in the decision-making process.

Receive an offer of a place

 An offer of a place is usually made within two days following the assessment day, except for entry into Year 7 when an offer is made within 2-3 weeks.

 Payment of your deposit confirms acceptance of the offer.

You can find full details in our admissions policy here.

Important dates for entrance exams (2023 admissions)
Deadline to apply for Sixth Form Scholarships
Sixth Form Academic Scholarship Examinations & Presentations
Monday 31st October 2022Deadline for all Year 7 2023 registration forms and all scholarship applications for September 2023
Saturday 12th November 2022
Year 7 (11+) Entrance Examination
Year 7 (11+) Art, Drama, Music & Sports Scholarship Examination

Year 3 (7+) Scholarship Examination

Year 7 (11+) Academic Scholarship Examination