Junior School Online Open Morning

Saturday 26 September 2020 | 9.30am-11.15am


Empower. Inspire. Nurture.

I warmly invite you to join me, our teaching staff, pupils and parents for a series of live virtual talks, engaging videos and interactive Q&A sessions.

This virtual event will take place over Zoom and will be full of information about life and learning at St Mary’s and how to join our welcoming Junior School community from age 4 up.

We can't wait to meet you,

Matthew O'Reilly, Head of Juniors


To join us for this online event, please register to receive further details.


Timetable - 26 Sept 2020, 9.30am-11:15am

Time Session   Speaker
9:30 Welcome to St Mary's Junior School

Welcome to St Mary’s Junior School

Discover some of the unique aspects of a St Mary’s education, from our welcoming community to our history and all-girls’ advantage. We’ll also share insights on what our current parents value about our Junior School.

Matthew O'Reilly, Head of Juniors
9:40 Teaching & Learning in Junior School

Teaching & Learning at St Mary’s

Learn more about our dedicated, inspiring teachers, class sizes and High Performance Learning philosophy, and how girls benefit from access to specialist teaching across a range of subjects.

Kerry Owens, Deputy Head
09.50 ABCs and 123s - Literacy & Numeracy

ABCs and 123s - Literacy & Numeracy

An overview of our approach to teaching literacy and numeracy across the Junior School, followed by an interactive Q&A with our subject leads.

Sarah Cliffe, Assistant Head, Academic
10.00 Girls in STEM - Science, Tech, Engineering & Math

Girls in STEM - Science, Tech, Engineering & Maths

Learn more about our unique focus on engaging girls in STEM subjects from age 4 up, followed by an interactive Q&A with our subject specialists.

Andrew Severy & Tessa Shercliff - Subject Specialists
10.08 Create, perform, play - Creative & Performing Art

Create, perform, play - Creative & Performing Arts

Explore all the stimulating opportunities we offer for girls to create, perform and explore the arts, drama and music. Followed by an interactive Q&A with our subject leads.

Jane Freebairn, Y6 Teacher and Pupil Voice and Well-being Coordinator
10.18 On your marks - Sport at St Mary’s

Our Sport for All ethos

Hear more about our exciting new Long Road sports facilities, and all the sporting opportunities available in the Junior School. Followed by an interactive Q&A with our specialist sports lead.

Kimberley Cooil - Head of Prep Sport
10:30 & 10:45 Choose your own adventure

On the day, we will run two blocks of concurrent sessions, starting at 10:30 and 10:45. You can choose to attend two of the following six breakout sessions:

St Mary's Approach - concurrent breakouts
Starting School in Reception Agata Richards

Starting School in Reception

Explore how we settle in our youngest girls at the start of their St Mary's journey. Time for Q&As.

Take the lead & make a difference Sarah Cliff

Take the lead & make a difference

Learn more about our breadth of opportunities for girls to take the lead and to develop an understanding of responsible citizenship and to make a difference by taking action. Time for Q&As.

Beyond the classroom Eleanor Lowe

Beyond the classroom

Find out more about our extra-curricular clubs, sport, trips, adventures and our Woodland Explorers programme. Time for Q&As.

Joining a loving community Kerry Owens

Joining a loving community

Explore the Mary Ward values that sit at the heart of our education, alongside the high priority we place on the happiness and well-being of every girl. Time for Q&As.

Supporting individual needs Daniel Taylor

Supporting learning

Discover how we tailor our approach to each individual girl, from helping them to settle in, to recognising preferred learning styles, supporting SEN and our approach to digital and online learning. Time for Q&As.

Why we love St Mary's Current parents & pupils

Meet our parents & pupils

Hear what some of our current parents and pupils love about St Mary’s, with opportunity for informal Q&As at the end.

11.00 The St Mary’s Journey

The St Mary’s Journey

Explore how we prepare girls to transition to Senior School and our high academic standards, including what girls go on to achieve beyond St Mary’s. Also learn about opportunities for flexi-boarding from Year 5 up.

Charlotte Avery, Headmistress of St Mary’s School
11.05 Closing words and Q&A

Closing words and Q&A

Closing words from Matthew O’Reilly, including an open Q&A opportunity to ask anything else you would like to know.

Matthew O’Reilly, Head of Juniors
11.15 Meet our Admissions Team or take a virtual tour

Meet our Admissions Team or take a virtual tour

We invite you to stay on and chat with our admissions team in an open session covering issues including how to apply, our selection process and other FAQs. Alternatively, sit back and enjoy our virtual tour film, to see all the key areas within our Junior School.


YesSheCan at St Mary's Junior School

A typical day in Junior School

A Midsummer Night's Dream - Summer 2020

Keeping girls safe during the pandemic

“St Mary's School, Cambridge has changed our daughter’s life. She is happy and inspired every day and we are really grateful to everyone at the Junior School for the support they have given her.”

Parent survey 2019

“It’s a wonderful, dynamic and loving place and we have been truly blessed to have had the opportunity to send our girls here.”

Parent survey 2019

“St Mary’s enables its girls and young women to stand out from the crowd. They are confident, caring and positive. However, most of all [my daughter] leaves St Mary's with the knowledge that to get on in the world, she can shine without it being at the expense of others. I certainly feel the whole school nurtured Emily to know that: 'She Can!' ”