A typical day

A typical week day at Mary Ward House

7.00am Girls are woken up by a Sixth Form student
7.15-7.45am Breakfast
8.30am Join day students for registration
4.00pm School day ends. Free time and a light snack at Mary Ward House
4.30-5.30pm Supervised homework for Years 5 and 6
4.45-5.30pm Years 7 to 9 attend a structured activity. This can be a boarding activity or an after-school club. Older students can opt to get a head start on homework, or to attend extra-curricular activities.
6.00pm Dinner for all
7.15-8.30pm Supervised Homework Club for Years 7-9


There are many organised activities to keep girls busy during their down-time including craft sessions, dance and cookery classes, and regular trips are organised by the boarding staff. Punting, bowling, the cinema and theatre trips are always firm favourites.

Many of our wider school facilities such as the Art and Photography Centre, Music and Textiles rooms, badminton and tennis courts are available to boarders. Girls also enjoy complimentary use of a near-by fitness centre and free entrance to the Cambridge University Botanic Garden.


Girls go to bed at different times, depending on their year group.

  • Year 5 and 6 : Technology handed in at 8.00pm / bedtime 8.30pm
  • Year 7 and 8: Technology handed in at 8.30pm / bedtime 9.00pm
  • Year 9: Technology handed in at 9.00pm / bedtime 9.30pm
  • Year 10 and 11: Technology handed in 9.30 / bedtime 10.00pm
  • Sixth Form: in bedroom by 10.00pm / lights out 11.30pm at the latest


Weekends have a different format, with girls enjoying brunch later on in the morning, before taking on a range of boarding activities.

Our boarding staff organise regular trips to places of interest, such as the London Fashion Museum or the Harry Potter Film Studios.

In between all the excitement and bustle boarding life, girls are encouraged to make time to stay in touch with family and friends.

Minibus at Sixth FormSafe travel

For getting safely to St Mary's School, we offer international students a chaperoned minibus service for airport transfers (an additional fee). We can also make arrangements for some students to travel from Mary Ward House to school each day by minibus.