Medical and pastoral care

The St Mary’s School, Cambridge staff member recognises that ours is not a one-size-fits-all approach.

He or she is a committed person who provides a strong moral and spiritual framework for our students, exemplifying the core values of integrity, justice and respect for human dignity. They guide our students through their educational journey and are dedicated to nurturing new talents and to opening doors to creativity, self-development, and new friendships. They walk alongside our parents, valuing their role as the first educator of their child and create a learning environment of love, hope and joy based on Gospel values in which individuals are cherished and genuine relationships are nurtured.

Medical and pastoral care

Aodain Fleming

Deputy Head: Pastoral

Kay Dodsworth

Lay Chaplain

Yvonne Green

School counsellor

We have a fully trained, part-time school Counsellor, Mrs Yvonne Green, who sees students confidentially by arrangement. Sessions can be arranged by the student themselves, by referral from the nurses or teachers, tutors or our boarding team.

We also have an independent listener, whose contact details are readily available on posters throughout the boarding area. She is there for students should they wish to talk to an adult independent of the school.

We have an excellent female Lay Chaplain, Mrs Kay Dodsworth, who is trained as an expert listener. Students visit her without the need for an appointment in the Chaplaincy Room.

All boarders will be registered with the School Medical Officer, Dr Lea-Cox, who is based at Trumpington Road Medical Centre. She will treat and prescribe for students as necessary. Dr Lea-Cox visits the school on a weekly basis and other appointments can be organised if the need arises. Boarders who study with us for less than one term will not be registered with the School Medical Officer, but will still be treated if needed under the NHS temporary resident arrangements.

Our Medical Centre is staffed by three part-time registered nurses who are available on a rota to assist students between the hours of 8.00am and 4.00pm. Outside of these hours the Head and Boarding, Housemistress, and Boarding Matrons, who all hold a first aid qualification, are responsible for the care of the boarders.

Claire Green

School nurse

Fiona Myers

School nurse

Tanya Fynn

School nurse

Medical emergencies are seen at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, a centre of excellence in the region.

Healthy eating

It is important for our girls to have a balanced and healthy diet, packed with nutrients, to keep them healthy and provide the energy that their bodies and minds need to function at their best.

All food is labelled and care is taken to cater for students with medical or religious dietary needs wherever possible.

Week days

Our kitchen team provides a wide range of high quality, nutritious and varied school meals. Breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner are provided during the week with the addition of a breaktime snack on weekdays. Boarders are expected to attend all mealtimes where there is a range of delicious food on offer such as hot dishes, salads and fruit. A register is taken at each meal time.


The weekends are relaxed with flexible times for breakfast, brunch between 11am and 12 noon and a more formal meal in the evenings. At weekends students may choose to cook for themselves and should discuss this with staff. Students in Year 10, Year 11 and the Sixth Form may eat out on Friday and Saturday evenings with prior permission from the boarding staff. Students in Year 7, Year 8 and Year ear 9 may eat out on Friday evenings but must attend all meals on Saturday and Sunday.