St Mary's Colchester 


It's among the best schools in the country according to the Sunday Times, but at St Mary's School, Colchester success is not only measured in exam results, but in the development of each pupil's individual character, talents and interests.
"Small classes and attention to the best methods of encouraging each pupil to achieve her potential mean that our students' academic results are impressive, whatever their starting point", says Mrs Hilary Vipond, Principal of St Mary's, the independent day school for girls aged three to sixteen, with boys aged three and four in its Kindergarten. "However, although we are an academic school, our pupils also play an active part in school life, making the most of a broad, stimulating education in our happy environment".

In St Mary's very positive culture, young people are keen to achieve and St Mary's pupils' GCSE results are consistently among the best in the area. At age 11, SATs results are well above national expectations and pupils achieve grammar school places and Senior School scholarships. No wonder the Sunday Times' ParentPower judged St Mary's to be the 13th highest achieving school without a sixth form in the UK and among the country's Top 100 Prep Schools. Superb GCSE results achieved by students in 2016 has also placed St Mary's as the 11th highest-achieving in Essex, according to the new 'Attainment 8' league table.
All this despite the fact that St Mary's is not an academically selective school. St Mary's students feel secure, supported and able to do their best academically and also to develop as individuals - finding confidence, talents and interests that will bring them pleasure and fulfilment throughout their lives.