Mary Ward House and The Elms

A home from home

We have created the best possible environment in which to live, learn and grow.

Keeping boarders safe

The measures we are taking to protect our boarders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Further information about COVID-19 measures

The Elms - Year 12 and 13

Just a 10 minute walk to the train station and main shopping areas, The Elms provides the best of both worlds - modern amenities but steeped in history - becoming a home for boarders of St Mary's from as early as 1906

The Elms provides single bedrooms and facilities for our Year 12 and 13 (Sixth Form) boarders.

Set in the grounds of the main school, The Elms offers incredible views of the University of Cambridge Botanic and a tranquil, safe home from home.

Boarders take advantage of all the on-site facilities such as tennis courts, music rooms and outdoor gym, while also having their own private space and room, in which they can study and relax.

The Elms Boarding House


Mary Ward House - Year 5 to 11

Opened in 2017 and located in a quiet residential area in Cambridge, Mary Ward House is home to our Year 5 to Year 11 boarders. It provides spacious student and staff accommodation, plus large communal spaces over a beautiful, three-storey house.

Located in a quiet, safe residential area within easy walking distance of our schools, Mary Ward House is a beautiful, three-storey property, set in substantial grounds. It accommodates 90+ students, plus our team of boarding staff who live in, caring for the girls before school, each evening and at weekends.  

The spacious, modern accommodation includes:   

• Generous, shared rooms for younger boarders 

• A designated kitchen for boarders to use at weekends and vibrant dining area 

• Comfortable common rooms with TVs, DVDs, a Wii and board games 

• WIFI throughout and communal computers 

• A well-being room for health and relaxation Virtual tour

A typical day

Take a virtual tour of Mary Ward House

Life as a boarder

The well-being of our boarders is key and life at Mary Ward House and The Elms is shaped by our Boarding Principals and Practice guidelines, which reflect our wider school ethos.

Our boarding experience is full of activities and trips which make the most of living in Cambridge, a vibrant and entertaining city.

Our boarding options

"The girls are given great moral and emotional support, with careful attention to their education outside the school setting. Our daughter, we believe, has really benefited from the routine, peer friendships and the excellent care you have provided over this term." Ms G. Parent