Beyond Junior School

The next step at St Mary's

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An exceptional head-start for Senior School and beyond.

By the time girls enter Year 6, we understand their personalities, strengths and preferred learning styles – we know their true potential. This knowledge is passed on with great care to our Senior School team.

We are also proud to see girls awarded Scholarships to study at Senior School, using their talents in academic study, dance, drama, sport, art and more.

We help girls and parents prepare for Senior School by:

  • Fostering a sense of belonging – in our homely, warm community, everyone feels a real sense of belonging, that stays students when they leave us.
  • Building positive relationships – in our recent parent survey, 100% of parents rated pupil/parent/teacher relationships very good or good.
  • Creating connections – this happens naturally as we work closely with colleagues in Senior School.
  • Buddying up – many Senior School girls mentor younger pupils and they support Year 6 girls as they prepare to settle in.
  • Ensuring academic continuity – girls continue to build familiar High Performance Learning values, skills and attitudes gained in Junior School.
  • Increasing familiarity – with our Senior School environment reduces any anxiety Year 7 pupils experience as they get used to a larger setting.

Finally, we shouldn’t underestimate the importance of friendship. As a Mary Ward School we create an environment where friendship and supporting others are key. Girls approach Senior School very positively, because they are embarking on a new adventure with friends!

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