Our setting

We offer a dynamic, inspiring environment in which our students can learn, live and grow.

Set in the heart of Cambridge, our Senior School is housed in historic buildings, surrounded by tranquil grounds that adjoin Cambridge University Botanic Garden. Across our school we strive to create an inspiring, dynamic learning environment.

Art @ No.47

We offer a varied and balanced curriculum in which every subject has an equal value and have proudly invested in our fine art facilities.

Art Centre

No. 47, our dedicated Art and Photography Centre on Bateman Street, is fully equipped with four art teaching spaces, a Sixth Form study space, a dark room and a photography studio.

Boarding

In 2017, we welcomed students into brand new boarding facilities, at Mary Ward House on Brooklands Avenue which provide a comfortable, homely setting, within easy reach of the Senior School. 

Gallery of Mary Ward House

Sport

Our Senior School gymnasium is the ideal arena for indoor sports such as badminton, gymnastics and dance. We also have an outdoor gym, table tennis, netball and tennis courts.

In 2016 we partnered with the City of Cambridge Rowing Club (CCRC), the oldest rowing club on the River Cam, to rebuild the current boathouse and provide rowing opportunities for girls throughout our school.

Our vision for sport

We have secured an historic partnership with a University of Cambridge college to regenerate our outdoor sports facilities at Long Road. The regeneration of this site will give us state-of-the-art sports facilities, including:

  • Two new AstroTurf pitches - for hockey, rugby and football
  • Netball and tennis courts
  • Athletics facilities -  grass running track, long jump pit, high jump and shotput
  • Practice nets for all ball sports
  • A new pavilion, including physio room, kitchen, changing facilities
  • Floodlighting

This programme of development is subject to planning approval by the City Council.

Science

In 2015, Dame Mary Archer opened our innovative new science hub, acknowledging its “triumph of aesthetic appeal”. Our light, bright and airy laboratories offer the perfect setting in which to inspire our girls to expand their understanding of the world through science.

Here the engineers, medics, inventors and scientists of tomorrow ignite their dreams for the future.

Drama and Music

Drama is a popular part of the curriculum and plays a vital role in helping students to build confidence, develop interpersonal skills and express themselves creatively.

Our girls particularly love working in our purple and silver Drama studio, and have use of our full-size stage for school productions, curricula performances, and Speech and Drama examinations. Our Music facilities, which boast magnificent views across the Botanic Gardens, include a large teaching room with keyboard work stations, an additional room for GCSE and A Level Music studies and individual rooms for peripatetic music teaching.

Learning Resources Centre

Our Learning Resources Centre provides a space dedicated to independent study and learning. It includes reference rooms, areas for private study, a conference area equipped with a Smart TV providing space for talks from external speakers, tables for group activities, plus laptops and iPads for student use.

Chapel

Our Chapel provides an essential space for members of our community – from staff and students to parents, governors, and guests of the school – to spend time in quiet personal reflection, or to participate in one of the school’s regular Masses, prayer groups, or annual events such as the Year 7 Christingle service.