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St Marys Convent School
Mount Battenhall, Worcester,WR5 2HP
01905 357786


St. Mary’s Convent is a school that balances traditional values with the very best of educational initiatives and an ability to think laterally and move with the times. This is evident in all parts of the school ranging from outstanding Early Years provision, through to exceptional Junior Department opportunities and excellent examination results in the Senior School. All girls gain places at the universities of their choice including Oxford and Cambridge. Not surprisingly, St. Mary’s consistent value-added performance at GCSE puts the school amongst the top-performing schools nationally.

Since it is our aim to educate the whole person, pupils at all stages are offered a well-balanced curriculum that encompasses academic opportunities as well as those in drama, music, art and sport. A St. Mary’s girl is her own person. She is valued for herself and her opinions are respected.

The school is housed in an impressive Victorian mansion set amidst 15 acres of gardens and woodland. It has been painstakingly maintained and cleverly extended to combine the tranquillity of an earlier age with the very best of modern technology.

St. Mary’s is a school well-equipped to deal with future challenges, confident in its present successes and informed by its past traditions.

I would be delighted to give you a tour of the school so that you will be able to experience at first hand the very special atmosphere conducive to teaching and learning that is so readily apparent here at St. Mary’s.

Susan Cookson


The school seeks to promote high academic achievement, self-confidence and an unselfish concern for others.

At the heart of the ethos of St. Mary’s is the acknowledgement of the uniqueness of each person, pupil or staff member, within the school community.

Great importance is attached to the needs of the individual and the school prides itself on its ability to maximise the potential of each individual. At all stages dignity is accorded to the learner and the enhancement of self-esteem is intrinsic to success.

The individual’s contribution to the school community is vital. This participation requires and develops the abilities of considering others, including others, understanding and respecting diversity and the viewpoints of others.

Expectations are high and all members of the school community are expected and enabled to achieve their very best in all that they do.

Our impressive value added results place us amongst the top schools nationally. They are testimony to the fact that girls, in the right learning environment, are highly motivated. Through the formative years, they are ahead of boys in all ways. They have, therefore, a much more mature attitude to their studies and in a girls only school, their learning and progress are allowed to go forward at a pace without hindrance. Their training for life can flourish as they set the agenda and make decisions without deference to the opposite sex. It is little wonder then that they make formidable professionals and business women.

Traditionally, boys and girls in Britain have been educated separately and successfully. The move to co-education was supported by research undertaken in the 60s and 70s into how boys and girls thought and learnt.

At that time it was thought, quite simplistically, that the academic, social and emotional development of both sexes could be influenced in a positive way if girls and boys were treated in the same way at school.
More recent research, supported by scientific procedures, allows us to understand brain function, structure and organisation. It informs us that significant gender differences in the brain are present from before birth and influence the very way in which girls and boys think, learn and develop.

In a single sex school, girls are offered many opportunities to explore the full range of their abilities, to hold positions of leadership and to compete strongly among themselves without the danger of gender stereotyping. In so doing, they will leave school with the drive and self-confidence to achieve their highest at university and in their future careers.

We are, nevertheless, delighted to welcome boys into the Kindergarten and Infant Department where they have traditionally gained a head start to their school careers and their company has been greatly enjoyed by all.

School Structure

The school consists of the Preparatory School and the Senior School. The Preparatory School is divided into the Kindergarten, the Infant Department (Key Stage 1) and the Junior Department (Key Stage 2). The Senior School which starts at Year 7 (age 11yrs.) is divided into Key Stage 3, Key stage 4 and the Sixth Form.

The Foundation Stage:

Key Stage 1:


Year 1
Year 2

18 months – 3 years
3 – 4 years

5 – 6 years
6 – 7 years

Key Stage 2:

Year 3
Year 4
Year 5
Year 6

7 – 8 years
8 – 9 years
9 –10 years
10 –11 years
Key Stage 3:

Key Stage 4/GCSE:

Lower Sixth/AS Level:
Upper Sixth/A2 Level:

Year 7
Year 8
Year 9

Year 10
Year 11

Year 12
Year 13

11 – 12 years
12 – 13 years
13 – 14 years

14 – 15 years
15 – 16 years

16 – 17 years
17 – 18 years

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