On-demand open event for international families and agents

We hosted a very popular online event in December, thank you to all who could make it. We know some of you were busy, however we are delighted to let you know this is now available on-demand!

Explore teacher talks and films from our recent online Open Event for international families and agents.

Hear from our Headmistress and Head of Boarding, as well as our Head of English as an Additional Language department, and our academic leads.

Do also pass this on to your interested families. 

Register for on-demand access now.

Hong Kong BN(O) Visas update

In 2020 the UK Government launched a bespoke immigration route for British Nationals (Overseas) citizens, ordinarily resident in Hong Kong.

The BN(O) visa enables families to move to the UK from Hong Kong, to work or study. If you are moving to the UK on a BN(O) visa, we offer support for entrance exams, Zoom meetings and more to help you secure a place at St Mary's School, Cambridge for your daughter.

We offer day, and boarding places for BN(O) visa applicants who meet the appropriate criteria.

Please contact our Admissions team for further information

Learning Lunches go digital to explore careers in the pharmaceutical industry

Despite Lockdown III, St Mary's Sixth Form girls are still taking every opportunity to connect with extra-curricular learning opportunities.

This week, we were delighted to share a lunchtime Zoom with Julez Kovacevic, a St Mary's alumna currently living and working in Serbia.

Julez works as a Medical Writer for Ergomed, a global company focused on clinical development, trial management and pharmacovigilance for over 200 different clients, including the world's top 10 pharmaceutical companies. With the race to develop Covid-19 vaccines so topical at present, Julez provided girls with a very interesting 'behind-the-scenes' insight into the complexities involved in bringing safe medicines to market. 

Find out more.

Full steam ahead for Junior School STEM Learning Lab

The proposed plans will take St Mary's STEM provision to the next level, enabling our specialist STEM teachers to further nurture students on their journey to becoming tomorrow's innovators. The STEM lab will be developed on the Junior School site and puts forward an original and exciting design, which includes:

  • A large teaching display
  • Clever storage for STEM equipment
  • Flexible folding desks, which can be hidden to open up floor space for collaborative, practical tasks

This development will build on a strong track record for STEM in Junior School - a STEM Ambassador School - where students have celebrated success as international iCool Robotics finalists, national RoboCupJunior Champions.

St Mary's girls 'got talent' as they wow celebrity judges

In December St Mary's girls took part in the very first St Mary's Got Talent online talent competition judged by celebrity husband and wife team, McFly's Harry Judd and former finalist from Britain's Got Talent, Mrs Izzy Judd.

Take a look at the judging in action in this short film, and find out who won! 

St Mary's Agents' news 22 January 2021

Happy New Year from everyone at St Mary's School, Cambridge!

Welcome to our latest round-up of news and developments. As you may be aware we are emailing you as the UK is in a national lockdown and our school has yet again closed its physical doors to all but keyworker children (keyworkers include those working for our National Health Service and Education, for example). 

Our boarding facility has remained open for those boarders who could not return home, however, and we are continuining to support all of our boarding students with our excellent remote learning provision, as well as, of course, mantaining contact regularly to ensure they remain positive, and mentally well, in such challenging times. 

In addition, our Admission's team remain open during usual office hours, and are still processing applications and offering places so do get in touch should you have a girl who you think would be a good fit for our school. 

This lockdown we are building on the excellent feedback we had in response to our remote learning provision that has been in place since March, and through our hybrid (face-to-face and online) learning that we have provided when we were allowed to restart physical teaching and learning. We feel confident, therefore, for all new and existing boarders, they will still benefit from an excellent British education despite the current challenges. 

Find out what we have been getting up to in this month's newsletter, and best wishes to you all in these difficult times.

Mrs Jeanette Ariano

Head of Admissions and Marketing

PS - Why not take a look at our film libraries and Youku channel to learn more about St Mary's?

Mrs Joanne Christian to become new Head of Juniors in Sept 2021

As you know, at St Mary's we welcome boarders into Years 5 and 6 in our Junior School. We are delighted to announce that Mrs Joanne Christian has been appointed as Head of St Mary’s Junior School, Cambridge, starting in post in September 2021.

Read more about our exciting new appointment.

Year 11 recreate Julian Opie's digital art

Year 11 students have been investigating the work of Julian Opie, an English contemporary sculptor and digital artist from Oxford who is perhaps best known for portraits that reduce subjects to essential lines and colour planes. 

Find out more.

Georgia and Matilda awarded the Sir Arthur Marshall Future Champions award!

Two Senior School girls have been awarded the Sir Arthur Marshall Future Champions award in support of their swimming achievements.

Find out more. 

Questions you should ask before choosing the right independent school for your daughter

We meet many families who are thinking hard about whether an independent school education is right for their daughters. In this blog, Head of Marketing and Admissions, Jeanette Ariano, talks about what questions to ask to help you decide, and also looks at the St Mary's provision.

From 'Does the school's values match yours' as a family?' to 'Does the school's values match yours' as a family?' this blog answers many questions and may provide a useful resource to pass on to your families who are looking for a school for their child. 

Read this blog, or send to your families

Take a virtual tour of our boarding houses

Boarders live in beautifully furbished facilities at Mary Ward House and The Elms.

Boarding life is filled with fun, friendship and laughter; whilst allowing for privacy and quiet moments when needed. Our boarders love living in Cambridge, a culturally vibrant city, with a long history of learning. We have a wealth of online tours for you, and your prospective families. 

Our boarding prefects filmed their own tour last year - which is probably a lot more fun than ours'! Take a look below:

Celebrating musical success

Our Sixth Form musicians continue to flourish and thrive despite the current restrictions. This photo was taken during the recording session of the song ‘True Colors’ for our virtual Christmas showcase. This was the perfect opportunity to present Lottie B.-T. with the Gilvan Trophy for Singing which she won at the Cambridge Music Festival earlier this year. Congratulations Lottie!

Find out more about music at St Mary's. 

Take a look at our other newsletters

If you have families who are interested in St Mary's, why not share our newsletter with them that we have created for each school:

Junior School families 

Senior School families

Sixth Form families

Do share any feedback with us about what they are interested to read in our next issues. 

Remote learning...the return!

We asked one of our Year 6 parents, Alice D., to share her thoughts after the first week of remote learning following the government's lockdown announcement. 

Here is her interesting and entertaining blog, we hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

News from our School

Christingle service marks the end of term

The Year 7 Christingle service this year looked a little different to usual, but it was still a lovely ceremony which marked the end of their first term at the Senior School for our Year 7 students.

Learn more about our history and ethos

Useful resources

Contact us

Our Admissions team is comprised of:

Jeanette Ariano Head of Marketing and Admissions
Loreto Salinas

International Admissions Officer

Junior School (Year R-4) | International Day students

Junior School to Sixth Form (Year 5-13) | International Day & Boarding students

Tracey Headland

UK Admissions Officer

Senior School Year 7-11 | Day & Boarding students

Sixth Form Year 12-13 | Day & Boarding students

Debbie Hodson

UK Admissions Officer

Junior School Year R-6 | Day & Boarding students

Emily Brown Admissions Assistant

Contact us via email on, or find out more about our Admissions Team.

Read our International Prospectus

We have a prospectus for you and your prospective families. Let us know if you need any more resources that you would find useful - especially in these unprecedent times.

You can read our prospectus online.

Contact us

On-demand International Student Open Event

Applications to our Junior School

We are currently accepting applications for the Junior School, and we have started to accept applications for Reception starting in September 2022 and 2023. To learn more about how to join St Mary's, please visit our website.

Apply to St Mary's Senior School

Some key dates to be aware of in the admissions cycle include:

When to apply for scholarships (International applicants)

For international students, there is no formal deadline for applications, and they will be considered at the Headmistress’ discretion.