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St Mary`s Hall School
Eastern Road, BN2 5JF, UK Brighton
+44 (0)1273 606061

St Mary


St Mary’s Hall is an Independent Day and Boarding School for Boys aged 3 - 8 and Girls 3 - 18. Located in Brighton, Sussex the School offers Nursery, Pre-preparatory, Preparatory, Secondary and Sixth Form education. St Mary’s Hall was founded in 1836 and is one of England’s oldest private schools for girls. Situated in attractive grounds, in easy reach of Brighton’s historic centre and overlooking the sea St Mary’s Hall is very much a city school.

Educating for confidence
Our aim is to develop the personal qualities necessary to make a positive contribution to a changing and unpredictable world.

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Educating for confidence

At St Mary's Hall, our aim is to develop the personal qualities necessary to make a positive contribution to a changing and unpredictable world. This aim is underpinned by the intentions of the Founder, fostered in unbroken line by his descendants. The latest Inspection Report says: "The Quality of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils throughout the School, highly praised in the previous report, is outstanding".

This requires each individual in the community to be ready for life-long learning, to be adaptable, to have the courage to face challenges, to acquire transferable skills, to be able to work independently and as part of a team, to show self-discipline, commitment, flexibility and openness to change.

To achieve this, the School will

  • encourage a culture of learning and a respect for knowledge and achievement;
  • focus upon the individual and each pupil's academic and personal development in preparation for higher education, the world of work and personal responsibility;
  • promote the shared and lasting values of love, knowledge, integrity and truth within a caring multi-cultural community which fosters understanding, tolerance and consideration of others in accordance with the School's Christian foundation and ethos.


St Mary's Hall has been both an independent day and boarding school since it was established in 1836. The focus of boarding life at St Mary's Hall is the individual student and her personal and academic development.

Boarding is about belonging to a community, sharing and learning to become a team player.

In keeping with the School’s Statement of Purpose, 'Educating for Confidence', our intention is to promote the values of love, knowledge, integrity and truth within a caring multi-cultural community.

Our aim is to develop each boarder’s responsibility for herself and consideration for others. We hope to achieve this by encouraging every boarder to discuss matters with any member of staff, confident that she will be treated and respected as an individual.

Our community is a thriving one, enriched by each individual. Students come from the local community and from all over the world to make St Mary’s Hall their home. A caring, dedicated House staff provide a secure, comfortable and happy environment. Our boarders shape the boarding life of St Mary’s Hall.

We look forward to welcoming you into our community.


Our Junior School building, Gloucester House, opened in January 2006 and is situated on the St Mary’s Hall campus in Brighton, in attractive grounds, overlooking the sea. This architecturally feted building is bright and airy and houses our Nursery, Pre-Preparatory and Preparatory departments providing our pupils with a seamless primary education. We welcome girls from the age of 3 – 11 and boys aged 3 – 8 to our Junior School.

Junior School Facilities
Multi-purpose, light and spacious Hall
Information Technology Resource Suite
Design Technology Room
Music Room
Safe Access to Playing Fields
Secure Outside Play Area
Tennis/Netball Courts
Indoor swimming pool
Medical Centre

Full, weekly and flexi-boarding in Venn House for junior girls from the age of 8 mostly in twin-bedded rooms.

An extended day
To meet the needs of parents and to allow our pupils to take full advantage of extra-curricular activities, we offer an extended day with Pre-school care from 8am and After-school care until 6pm.

Minibus Service
We run an extensive minibus service throughout East and West Sussex. Each year the routes are planned to meet the needs of our students.


Nursery now open 50 weeks from 8am - 6pm!

The Nursery at St Mary's Hall is based in the Junior School on the campus on Eastern Road, Brighton. The Nursery provides the basic foundation for all future learning in an atmosphere that is relaxed, caring and secure. Creative play allows young children to develop social skills and the basic skills of communication and reasoning. Our dedicated, qualified staff work closely with parents to guide the children’s learning and development in this crucial foundation stage.

The high staff/pupil ratio allows teachers to devote plenty of time to each child.

We encourage children to experience a sense of ‘success’ to build confidence and self-esteem.

We offer flexible attendance and extended nursery provision and nursery education grants are accepted.

The children who attend St Mary’s Hall Nursery and Pre-Prep Department learn in bright, airy classrooms in Gloucester House.
They use the hall for music, movement and apparatus work, and the library for choosing non-fiction books.
They play in the fresh air and make use of the extensive school grounds to explore and investigate nature. Some of the work is topic-based and will often include outings to places of interest or visits by a variety of people from the community, providing stimulation for classroom activities.


At St Mary's Hall teaching and learning activities are designed to meet each child’s changing needs and the time spent in formal situations is increased. We plan a balance of activities around the following ideas:
  • Helping children learn how to work and play happily together, to understand and respect themselves and others.
  • Creating a happy, caring atmosphere where each child feels confident and secure and is valued as an individual.
  • Providing a stimulating environment in which children can learn and develop skills that will enable them to have confidence, understanding and enjoyment in reading, writing, mathematics, music, craft & art, design technology, drama and movement.
In the Reception Class the Foundation Stage curriculum is continued, providing links with the familiar learning that takes place in the Nursery. Most children will achieve the Early Learning Goals during the Reception year. They will then be gradually introduced to the curriculum for Key Stage One which will comprise learning in:
    Design and Technology
    Art and Craft
    Physical Education
    Information Technology skills
    Religious Studies
The children start to learn French through conversation and songs.
In Year 1 and Year 2 the teaching builds on the skills the children have already acquired with full coverage of all areas of the curriculum.
In Year 1 and Year 2 the children begin swimming lessons and in Year 2 they also learn to play the descant recorder.

The Preparatory Department

In the St Mary's Hall Preparatory Department we guide each child through the next stages of the curriculum in a stimulating and positive environment where effort, interest and achievement are praised. In this phase we accelerate the learning of each child and our responsibility is gradually to increase every pupils’ acquisition of knowledge and study skills.

We challenge each pupil’s imagination and inventiveness in group and personal projects linked to the core curriculum. They are also taught the benefits of independent study through a programme of homework which begins with a few simple tasks and increases every year.

Homework (Prep)
Prep is designed by teachers to be a task that the child can do independently. Parental help should be minimal and if there is a problem you should let the teacher know. Please establish a suitable place and time for prep to be undertaken to enable children to get into good habits early on. We are very grateful for help given by parents who hear their child read, test them on spellings or take them to the library if there is a need for research.
Prep is set for all year groups. It begins with a few simple tasks per week for Year 3, in addition to their reading books and spelling lists. It increases over the years to a full 50-60 minutes (2 subjects) in Year 6.
A Homework Diary is supplied to each child, who should write in daily what they have been given to do. Parents are asked to check the homework diary and sign when the work is completed.
A prep timetable will be given to your child. Please assist them to meet deadlines and encourage them to work carefully and attentively for the set amount of time. If work has not been completed in the time allocated, please sign the child’s work, adding comments if appropriate.


Situated in attractive grounds, in easy reach of Brighton’s historic centre and overlooking the sea, St Mary’s Hall is very much a city school. The cultural buzz and artistic dynamism of Brighton & Hove make it one of the most exciting cities in Britain.

Senior School Facilities:
    Multi-purpose Hall
    Science Laboratories
    Information Technology Suites
    Design Technology Centre
    ESL Department
    Music Studio
    Careers Centre
    Art Centre
    Modern Languages Department
    Mathematics Study Centre
    Tennis/Netball courts
    Indoor swimming pool
    Sports Field
    Studio Theatre
    Sixth Form Study Centre
    Medical Centre
Learning Support Unit
Students who have difficulty in certain aspects of their learning may be given individual or group support lessons in place of a second modern language. The progress of these students is monitored by the Learning Support Co-ordinator.

English as a Second Language (ESL)
We see our cultural diversity as an asset. A team of talented ESL specialists provides support and tailor-made tuition for students from all over the world. Their aim is to enable all overseas students to study successfully and happily within the St Mary’s Hall community.

We offer full, weekly and flexi-boarding in our two boarding houses on the campus. Venn House is for juniors from the age of 8 upwards and accommodation is mostly in twin-bedded rooms. Elliott House, opened in September 2006, is our senior boarding house and the majority of students are provided with single study bedrooms.

An extended day
To meet the needs of parents and to allow our students to take advantage of extra-curricular activities, we offer an extended day. The School is open to students from 8.00am until 6pm with after-school supervised prep.

Minibus Service
We run an extensive minibus service throughout East and West Sussex. Each year the routes are planned to meet the needs of all of our students.
At St Mary's Hall we have specialist teachers for every curriculum subject in the Senior School. A form tutor oversees each student’s work, assisting her to select subjects and develop study skills. The Director of Studies monitors students’ academic programmes and, in consultation with subject teachers and form tutors, advises on GCSE and A level choices. The curriculum is regularly reviewed to reflect national developments and the needs of our students.

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