Magnolian 2020/2021

#stillstmarys | Annual Review

Welcome to Magnolian 2021

This year's Annual Review celebrates the achievements, resilience, creativity and positivity that has defined a year unlike any other. We hope you enjoy sharing and exploring the great work of both our students and staff.

Header images

The images of St Mary's staff wearing face masks above are selected from a unique St Mary's art project ‘Portraits Preserving Experiences (PPE) in Lockdown’ inspired by UK portraiture artist Thomas Croft and his famous ‘Portrait for NHS Heroes’ paintings. Designed to celebrate the heroic efforts of key workers, these emotive images create a lasting record of a strange time in everyone’s lives. Find out more...

Explore different elements of school life:

From our Head Mistress

Mrs Avery reflects on three Cs that encompass the core experiences of the past school year: Covid-19, Campaigning and Championing and Climate Change.


Image credit for Ethos and Strategy: Sophia A.

A year in photos

Magnolian Blogspot

Explore all our blog highlights from 2020/21
Image: Laura C.


“If we can all tackle Covid-19, I am sure that we can tackle anything, and we will always be able to remember that ‘once a St Mary’s girl, always a St Mary’s girl’!”

Tabitha D. Head Girl

“I would like to say a sincere ‘thank you’ to the boarders and boarding staff, all of whom have shown tremendous adaptability and resilience, often in uncertain and difficult circumstances this year. They have adapted superbly to new roles, new ways of working and new routines.”

Miss Elliott, Head of Boarding

“...we have a generation of young women who engage with the problems, and have ideas and an evident passion to solve them, thereby creating a cleaner, fairer and more inclusive world in their image.”

Mr O'Reilly, Head of Juniors

“The highlight of Sixth Form this year has to be the ability of students and staff to maintain our close-knit community through challenging times.”

Ms Taylor, Head of Sixth Form

“Faced with the need to show greater autonomy when learning online, the students have positively flourished, producing work that has showcased their ability to think for themselves, plan independently and manage their time effectively.”

Dr Flint