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St Mary`s School Ascot
St Mary`s Road, Ascot
+44 (0)1344 623721

Welcome from the Headmistress
St Mary's Ascot is a leading Roman Catholic girls' boarding school set in 55 acres of beautiful grounds in the heart of Berkshire. We are a friendly, stable and caring community, proud of our academic and sporting achievements and dedicated to bringing out the full potential of each of our 350 pupils. We are committed to full boarding, with spaces for a few day pupils living nearby. We offer a stimulating range of extra-curricular activities which take place in the evenings and throughout the weekend.

Our web pages will give you some information about our school, the excellent opportunities and the facilities we offer.

Mary Breen

Roman Catholic
We are a Catholic school. The Chapel is at the heart of our school both in a physical and spiritual sense. We try to encourage in our girls a sense of their spiritual relationship with God which informs their daily lives.

We meet as a whole school every morning to pray and sing hymns together, to celebrate and share in each others successes; to offer the new day to God.

Click here to listen to our own Campion Singers perform in their Lenten Concert.
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    o Retreats 
    o Parents & Prayer 
    o Liturgy 
    o Mary Ward 


St Mary's provides a broad and balanced curriculum to GCSE including: Art, biology, chemistry, drama, English, French, geography, German, Greek, history, Italian, information technology, Latin, mathematics, music, physics, physical education, religious studies and Spanish.
Our average class size is between 18 to 20 with A Levels being taught in small groups.
Year 7 to 9

In Year 7 girls are introduced to all the major curriculum subjects and learning skills.

In Years 8 and 9 there is the option of a second modern foreign language. Girls may choose from German, Italian or Spanish. Greek is an option available in Year 9.

There are numerous extra curricular activities also on offer. Girls are encouraged to participate in as many as possible. Further information about these activities can be found here. Girls make their GCSE choices in the Lent term of Year 9.
Pupils have lessons in:

Art & Design
English language and literature
Information&Communication Technology
Personal & Social Education (Lifeskills)
Physical Education
Religious Studies
Year 10 and 11
These are the GCSE years. The programmes of study last 2 years and are examined in the summer of year 11. Girls typically take 10 subjects at this level. They make their choices in the Lent term of Year 9.
We have a compulsory core of 7/8 subjects which provides a balanced education and a secure foundation for further study at more advanced levels.

Girls may choose their additional subjects from the list shown.

During these years all girls continue with Lifeskills lessons.

There are numerous extra curricular activities also on offer. Girls are encouraged to participate in as many as possible. Further information about these activities, including the Duke of Edinburgh Award is here.

The core subjects:

English language
English literature
Science (dual award-2 GCSEs) OR
Science (triple award -biology, chemistry and physics GCSEs)
Religious Studies
Option subjects:
Art & Design
Information & Communication Technology
Physical Education
Sixth Form
Advanced subsidiary (AS) subjects are taken in the Lower Sixth year.
Girls are advised to take 4 subjects at AS level and continue with 3 at Advanced level in the Upper Sixth.

Physical education is available during and after the working day. A variety of sporting activities is available, ranging from the more traditional hockey and netball, to step aerobics, fencing, self defence and yoga. Girls are encouraged to participate in at least two different sport sessions per week.

As well as their chosen subjects girls attend:
2 Religious Studies lessons
2 Key Skills lessons
2 General Studies lessons
2 Physical Education sessions
Community service

There are numerous extra curricular activities also on offer. Girls are encouraged to participate in as many as possible. Further information about these activities, including the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, can be found here.

AS/A level subjects offered:

Art & Design
Classical Civilisation
English Literature
Government & Politics
History of Art
Further mathematics
Theatre studies

The case for the new Performing Arts Centre

St Mary’s School Ascot is highly successful in terms of academic results and achievement, our reputation and popularity, and our strength of faith and mission. The resources and facilities are impressive and the school has further ambitious plans for the future.

However, to rely on fee income alone means that our ideas and exciting plans for new development can only be afforded over a much longer period than ideally we would wish.

Our Concert Hall which was built in 1914 has been, over the years, the venue for countless excellent productions. However, there are many limitations in the dated facilities it provides and now we consider that the time has come to invest in a Performing Arts Centre. This will provide significant further opportunities for the pupils to develop their musical and dramatic talents and give the enthusiastic drama and music departments more scope for diverse productions.

The achievement of our goals will require your support.

We have already identified a suitable site for our new theatre. The opening in January 2005 of our wonderful sports facility, The Orchard Centre, has meant that the old gymnasium has been vacated. This site is perfect for a new theatre, since it is situated at the heart of the school campus and will be ideal for the girls when they are busy rehearsing late into the night and when we are using the Performing Arts Centre for late evening events. We are basing the new, large building on the footprints of the existing gymnasium and, crucially, we have been successful in obtaining full planning permission for the new project.

If you would like to download copies of the images of the plans in order to obtain a clearer view, please click here.

The Design


How You Can help

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If you have any queries, we will be delighted to hear from you. Please contact the Development Director, Mrs Wanda Nash, (please click here) or the Development Secretary, Mrs Cathy Leneghan, (please click here).
Alternatively you could telephone on: 01344 293647 or 01344 623721 extn 684/685

                          Welcome From the Registrar
Welcome to St Mary's Ascot. I hope that you enjoy our web site, and it encourages you to come and see our excellent school.
Admissions Procedure
The school accepts about 65 pupils each year. Entry is at 11+ (our main intake), 13+ or 16+ and is by the school's own entrance examination, an interview and a report from the current school. About 40 pupils wil be admitted to Year 7 (11+). 15 admitted to Year 9 (13+) and about 5 to the Sixth Form (16+).
If you wish to apply for entry to St Mary's, we suggest that you register your daughter at least one year prior to the year of entry. This will place your daughter on the candidate list to sit our entance examination.
If you would like to discuss any aspect of our admission procedure, please contact the Registrar, Mrs Sandra Young, (please click here).
Alternatively, if you would like to receive a copy of our prospectus, please click here to send an online form.
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