Senior School Online Open Morning

Saturday 10 October 2020 | 9.30am-10.45am


Empower. Inspire. Nurture.

I warmly invite you to join me, our teaching staff and students 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 Senior School community from age 11 up.

We can't wait to meet you,

Mrs Charlotte Avery, Headmistress


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


Timetable - 10 Oct 2020, 9.30am-10:45am

Time Session   Speaker
9:30 Welcome to St Mary’s Senior School

Welcome to St Mary’s Senior School

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

Charlotte Avery, Headmistress, St Mary’s School
09.37 Aim High

Teaching & Learning at St Mary’s

Explore our approach to academic progress, enabling girls to achieve their full potential and how we work with parents to communicate progress.

Stephen Seidler
09.42 Teaching & Learning in Senior School

Teaching & Learning at St Mary’s

Learn more about our dedicated, inspiring teachers, class sizes and High Performance Learning philosophy and our academic results.

Kate Latham & Stephen Seidler
09.47 Core subjects - English, Mathematics & Religious Studies

Core subjects: English, Mathematics & Religious Studies

An overview of our approach to these core curriculum subjects, plus highlights of learning at St Mary’s. Interactive Q&A with our subject leads.

David Walker/Jo Cottingham, Dominic Divito, Daniel Bennatt
09.54 Sporting opportunities at St Mary’s

Sport for All

Hear more about our exciting new Long Road facilities, our Sport for All ethos and the breadth of sporting opportunities available in Senior School. Followed by an interactive Q&A with our specialist sports lead.

Louise Powell, Sports Specialist
10.00 Happiness & Wellbeing Matters

Happiness & Wellbeing Matters

Explore how we take a holistic approach to education, placing a priority on the wellbeing of all our students - including our Girls on Board initiative.

Aodain Fleming
10:05 Discover Your Passion

Discover Your Passion

Find out more about our extra-curricular clubs, STEMM Award, Arts Award, the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme, our Enterprise opportunities and trips.

Ruth Taylor, Head of Sixth Form and Janine Norman
10:10 Meet Our Students

Meet Our Students

Hear from our Head Girls about the student experience at St Mary’s.

Ruth Taylor, Head of Sixth Form, Tabitha D, Head Girl and Prefects
10.14 The St Mary’s Journey

The St Mary’s Journey

Explore how we prepare girls to transition to Sixth Form, the university courses they secure and what our students go on to achieve beyond St Mary’s.

Charlotte Avery, Headmistress of St Mary’s School and Ruth Taylor, Head of St Mary’s Sixth Form
10.18 A Personal Tour of Senior School

A Personal Tour of Senior School

Join Charlotte Avery for a personal tour of some of the Senior School's key facilities.

Charlotte Avery, Headmistress, St Mary’s School
10:20 Live Q&A session


Time to ask any further questions you might have, in a live Q&A with all our speakers.

All speakers
10.30 Closing words

Closing words

Closing words from Charlotte Avery

Charlotte Avery, Headmistress of St Mary’s School
10.32 Meet our Admissions Team

Meet our Admissions Team

We invite you to stay on to talk to our Admissions Team in an open session covering issues such as how to apply, our selection process and other FAQs.

Admissions Team
At your leisure Continue your armchair tour

At the end of the open event, we will share a link to the following recorded teacher talks, for you to explore at leisure.

Additional talks
Creative Arts (Art, Photography and Textiles) Sue Conroy and Maria Kakengi

Creative Arts

Explore our approach to Art, Photography, Textiles and Design Technology across Senior School, including the highlights of these subjects at St Mary’s.

Performing Arts Sonia Gears and Esther Roberts

Performing Arts

Music and drama are integral to life at St Mary’s - explore the amazing opportunities we offer for girls to expand their skills and perform.

Science in Senior School Cristina Alves Martin, Anita Chatterjee and Jane Crawshaw

Science in Senior School

Discover more about our approach to teaching Biology, Chemistry and Physics at St Mary’s.

Design Technology Lauren Pink

Design Technology

Understand how we teach Design Technology across Senior School.

Supporting individual students Jane Earley

Supporting individual students

Discover how we tailor our approach to each individual girl, from helping them to settle in, to recognising preferred learning styles and supporting SEN.

Computing Simon Clarke


Explore how we inspire the coders and computer scientists of tommorrow across Key Stage 3 and 4.

Exploring Humanities Sophia Leighton-Scott & Alison Gundy

Exploring Humanities

Explore our approach Geography and History across Senior School, including the highlights of these subjects at St Mary’s.

We love Languages Nicky Lees, Rachel Hill & Rebecca Lyon

We love Languages

Discover why we all love learning new languages at St Mary’s - both Modern Foreign Languages and Ancient Languages such as Latin and Greek.

Classics Rebecca Lyon


Explore how we teach Classics in Key Stage 3 and at GCSE level.

Food and Nutrition Rebecca Landshoff

Food and Nutrition

Discover how we teach girls about the importance of a healthy diet and our Food and Nutrition GCSE.

English as an Additional Language Patricia Brooks

English as an Additional Language

Explore how we support the English Language skills of our international students.

Leadership and Scholarships Laura Burgess and Emma Hall

Leadership and Scholarships

Explore how we support each girl in developing her leadership skills. Thinking of applying for a scholarship? Find out more about this brilliant opportunity.

Life at St Mary's Senior School

Keeping our Boarders safe

“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!' ”