Boarding at St Mary's

Empowering girls since 1898

All Boarders live in beautifully furbished facilities at Mary Ward House.

Boarding life is filled with fun, friendship and laughter; whilst allowing for privacy and quiet moments when needed. Our boarders love living in Cambridge, a culturally vibrant city, with a long history of learning.

We warmly invite you to visit us in the meantime, this collection of videos offers a great insight into boarding life.

A home away from home

Mary Ward House is located in a quiet, residential area within easy walking distance of our schools.

All boarders (Year 5-13) live at Mary Ward House.

All bedrooms provide ample space and are fully equipped with beds, desks, wardrobes, drawers, sinks and safes. Bathrooms are spacious and private, with plenty of showers and hot water for all! There is also an efficient laundry facility.

My experience of boarding

Anneka, one of our short term boarders, talks about why she enjoyed her boarding experience at St Mary's.

Christmas at the University of Cambridge

A highlight of the boarding year is our annual Christmas Dinner, held at the University of Cambridge.

Join our Boarders for a Tour

Our Boarding prefects invite you to explore Mary Ward House.

Our experienced, caring team

Meet some of our Boarding Team, who support boarders on a daily basis in this light-hearted video, filmed in Mary Ward House.

Boarders exploring Cambridge

Mary Ward House


Mary Ward House floor plans

Want to know more?

If you would like more information about joining St Mary's School, please contact our friendly Admissions Team.

International admissions


Be part of our friendly boarding community

Discover more


Videos on YOUKU for our Chinese boarders

Quick facts
  • Boarding from Year 5 (age 9)
  • c.20% of our school community are boarders
  • Single rooms for Sixth Formers
  • Common rooms
  • Spacious grounds
  • Live-in team of staff
  • School medical officer and nurses

What our boarders say ...

About our sense of community

What our boarders say ...

Support from staff and prefects

What our students say ...

About joining St Mary's from overseas