Beyond school

Supported by our bespoke advice and inspiration, students leave us confidently prepared for their next steps.

Leavers 2019Looking to the future

In our Sixth Form, girls move up to study the subjects they love in greater depth at A-Level. Our Sixth Form leaver destinations highlight what a diverse range of inspiring paths they go on to take.

Dedicated careers service

Our Careers Department works with students from Year 7 onwards, getting to know each girl's individual talents, interests and ambitions.

We take a holistic approach, helping younger girls to appreciate that everyone has something unique to offer. Rather than asking younger girls ‘what would you like to do after school?’, we encourage self-reflection, creating opportunities for young people to develop their personalities, passions, and broad skills, and to consider how these impact each other. We also focus on more practical aspects of career planning, such as interview skills and CV writing.

Expert advice and connections

We offer a full programme of careers events, delivered by highly-accredited external providers, as well as by our Careers Department and tutors. We also have excellent links with:

  • Specialist Further Education establishments and prestigious universities
  • Local and national organisations offering highly-regarded Apprenticeship programmes

Our location in Cambridge allows us to forge connections with many employers, from dynamic small businesses to world-leading organisations such as Mott MacDonald, the Babraham Institute and Microsoft Research. In our Sixth Form, these connections offer great opportunities for our students to undertake work placements.

InvestIN Partner Schools Programme

We were one of the first schools in the UK to become an InvestIN Partner School. This provides priority access to a range of immersive career experiences, for our students aged 15 to 18.

InvestIN experiences provide unique insights into key professions, including: investment banking, medicine, business, law, architecture, politics, journalism, engineering, psychology and computer science. InvestIN’s popular 1-day to 5-day programmes use interactive role play, seminars, case studies and Q&A sessions to deliver a 360-degree career experience. They also provide a Beyond Programme, for 12-15 year-olds, to highlight the inspiring career paths that each curriculum subject can open up.

St Mary’s girls have already experienced the positive benefits of InvestIN’s Young Engineer, Young Banker, Young Doctor, Young Lawyer and Young Business Leader programmes.

More about InvestIN

Alumnae inspiration

Sixth Form (2016)

Heidi Au

"I am a highly motivated and passionate individual with an aspiring interest in global health. After wrapping up my Masters studies, I completed the 4-part Statistical Analysis online course offered by Imperial College London."

  • Heidi was Head Boarder at St Mary's and Chair of our Democracy Committee
  • Graduated from the University of Southampton with a BA in Geography
  • Progress to the London School of Economics to study a Masters in Global Health Policy

Sixth Form (2017)

Lily Bravery

"St Mary's encouraged me to follow my dream of becoming an opera singer. I was invited to join the Royal Academy of Music as a Junior, and went to London every Saturday for three years to have coaching."

  • Three A Levels at St Mary's in English, Music and Drama
  • Won a coveted place at the Royal Academy of Music
  • Aims to fulfil her ultimate goal to sing at the Royal Opera House

“We are delighted with the school. Our daughter is very well cared for and the staff teach excellently. She is achieving excellent academic results and blossoming in a loving community.”

Parent survey 2019

“We feel that the leadership of the school is outstanding and has a far-reaching influence on the day to day experiences of our daughter.”

Parent survey 2019