Join us

At St Mary's we welcome girls with a broad range of academic abilities – it is an important part of our ethos, and reflects our belief in the value of each individual.

How to apply

Joining St Mary's School, Cambridge

We are looking for girls who are enthusiastic, have a desire to engage in learning, and who will immerse themselves in school life; taking part in extra-curricular activities, supporting our ethos, and being an active member of our school community.

When to apply

The application process typically begins at least 12 months prior to joining, although we are happy to consider later applications, as long as places are available in the relevant year group. We do offer a waiting list if the year group in question is full.

We accept applications to all year groups (except Year 11 and Upper Sixth), subject to space. However, girls usually join in Reception, Year 3, Year 7 or Year 9. Sixth Form students join in Lower Sixth.

Applying from overseas

Our admissions process

To find out more about St Mary's School, download a prospectus or contact our Admissions team who will be happy to provide further information.

We encourage all prospective families and girls to visit us or to attend an Open Event.

To apply for a place, complete an application form online or download a form to complete and submit by post or email.

How to apply and application deadlines

Our final stage of the process involves formal and informal assessments; including tests and face-to-face interviews appropriate to the age of the applicant. We want to understand each girl’s potential as much as her current levels of achievement, and so try to make the process as relaxed as possible.

Girls applying for places in Year 3 to Year 9 are invited to a pre-assessment tea prior to our formal assessment day, to become familiar with the environment and meet current as well as other prospective students before assessment day.

At this stage we will also contact your daughter's previous school to request detailed references.

More about assessment

Additional information

If your daughter accepts a place at St Mary's School, we require a deposit to be paid. For UK applicants the deposit is £500; for EU applicants the deposit is £1,000; outside of the EU the deposit is £5,000. This deposit will be returned to you at the end of your daughter’s time at the school. This deposit must be paid in addition to school fees.