Long Road sports fields
Our major project currently is the redevelopment of the Long Road sports fields, to bring the facility firmly into the 21st century.
Subject to planning permission (currently in progress) the new facility will include state of the art AstroTurf pitches for hockey, rugby and football; netball and tennis courts; a cricket square; athletics facilities; and a modern sports pavilion with changing and shower facilities, a fitness studio, physio and treatment room, and offices. This development will be transformational for the school’s PE (Physical Education) and games provision.
We are partnering with a University of Cambridge college which will help us to realise our intention of providing outstanding sporting opportunities for our girls, now and in the future.
Rowing with the City of Cambridge Rowing Club
In addition, we are partnering with City of Cambridge Rowing Club (CCRC) to enable our girls to have full access to Cambridge’s most iconic sport. We currently offer rowing exclusively to our Sixth Form students and our crews have rowed in the Schools Head of the River Race and in local regattas and Head races. Through this partnership, which involves helping CCRC to replace their current, out of date, boathouse, we will be able to offer rowing to girls aged 12 and above, as they will be able to join CCRC as junior members via the school, to represent both the City and the school in competitions.
By partnering with other institutions we have ensured long term investment, both financially and in terms of the excellence of facilities for St Marys’ School, Cambridge sport. However, as part of the agreement with our partners, we have to raise the sum of £750,000, which will enable us to purchase our share of the boathouse, boats and equipment, and to contribute to the fitting out and branding of our revitalised facility at Long Road.
To realise our sports projects we need your support. To find out how to support us, please get in touch.
Alternatively, please donate here.
Mary Ward House
In December 2015 the school purchased the former Hope Nursing Home in nearby Brooklands Avenue. The property is currently being converted into a wonderful new home for our boarding community, named Mary Ward House after our foundress Mary Ward.
Currently our boarders are housed in accommodation at the top of The Elms, on site at the Senior School, and in a number of privately rented houses in Bateman Street. We have long been searching for a suitable home where all boarders will be able to be housed together, and one which is owned by the school, giving us security of tenure and enabling us to make a transformative investment in our boarding provision.
We are aiming to raise £3 million over the long term to refurbish Mary Ward House and make it a flagship international and national boarding facility where girls from all over the world can come and experience a St Mary’s School, Cambridge education. Full, weekly and flexi boarding provision will be available in a ‘home from home’ environment overlooking the Cambridge University Botanic Garden, and within easy walking distance from the school itself.
Over time, Mary Ward House will also become an income generating investment for the school as, once renovations are completed, it can be let out during the school holidays to international schools and businesses as an accommodation and conference venue. Refurbishing the property to the highest standards will enable a greater income to be generated, which can then be reinvested to ensure that our boarding facilities are the best they can be and remain so over the long term.
If you would like to find out how you can help with making Mary Ward House the best possible home for our boarders, please get in touch.
The Sister Christopher Bursary Fund is the third, and the on-going, strand of our fundraising efforts.
Named after Sister Christopher, former Headmistress, Head Girl and student of the school who, at 99, still embodies what it is to be a ‘St Mary’s girl’, and currently teaches in Zimbabwe. The Sister Christopher Bursary Fund was set up to enable girls who could not ordinarily be able to attend the school due to either financial or family circumstances to do so. It also enables us to help families who suddenly find themselves in a situation where they can no longer pay fees, thereby ensuring that their daughter’s education can continue uninterrupted.
Our own foundress, Mary Ward, recognised the need for women to have access to education over 400 years ago and we continue to address this need today. Currently, 38 percent of our girls are on some sort of bursary support. We would like to increase our capacity so that in future we can support girls who would only be able to attend our school with the full 100 percent financial bursary support.
The formal education of women as a right, at least in the western world, is little more than 150 years old, so the opportunities for women to create their own personal wealth is still in its infancy in historical terms. This has had major implications for all-girls education institutions in terms of the potential for alumnae donations and endowment; the vast majority of girls’ schools, including our own, do not benefit from the security of a large historic endowment.
We are committed to building long term support in the form of the Sister Christopher Bursary Fund so that girls from all walks of life, regardless of their financial background, can come and experience a St Mary’s School, Cambridge education and benefit from the increased opportunities that education offers to women.
If you would like to make a donation to support the Sister Christopher Bursary Fund or find out more about our commitment to women’s education, please do get in touch.