Founded in 1885 by the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St Mary’s School Ascot is a Roman Catholic boarding school for girls aged between 11 and 18 years. Preference is given to girls who are Roman Catholic and faith plays an important role in school life, with the whole school gathering in the chapel for hymns and prayer each morning.
The school, which has just 380 pupils, occupies a 55-acre site in Ascot and accepts around 40 new girls into Year 7 (11+) each year.
The school’s most recent ISI (independent Schools’ Inspectorate) quality inspection found it to be ‘excellent’ in all areas relating to pupils’ achievements and personal development.
The website for St Mary’s School Ascot provides more information about its Catholic ethos, academic programme and boarding principles.
Address: St Mary’s School Ascot, St Mary’s Road, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 9JF
Admissions info: [email protected] or 01344 293614
School Type: Girls’ independent boarding school
Number of Pupils: 380 (approx.)
Number of Places in Year 7: 40 (approx.)
Exam Date: January
St Mary’s School Ascot is a selective school with preference being given to girls who are Roman Catholic.
Parents who would like their daughter to be considered for a place at St Mary’s must register with the school. All registered applicants sit an entrance examination in January of the year of entry. They are also interviewed by the headmistress or one of the deputy headmistresses.
Parents are usually notified whether their daughter is being offered a place or not within three weeks of the examination.
There are three academic scholarships and one all-rounder scholarship available for 11+ entrants at St Mary’s School Ascot. There is also one art scholarship and one music scholarship on offer each year. However, there is competition for these from entrants at 13+ and/or 16+ too. A limited number of means-tested bursaries are available.
A copy of the school’s official admissions policy is available on request from the Registrar: [email protected]. This is also the email address to contact if you have any queries about the admissions process.
St Mary’s School Ascot holds four open mornings for the parents of prospective pupils each year. The dates of upcoming events can be found on the school’s website. Booking is essential for all open mornings and can be made by emailing the admissions office.
St Mary’s School Ascot recommends that girls who are interested in a Year 7 place are registered at least two years prior to the year of entry. The registration fee is £200.
To register your daughter, you should contact the Registrar directly on 01344 293614 or [email protected].
The 11+ entrance exam at St Mary’s School Ascot consists of three papers:
The general paper covers a variety of skills and may include questions that test spelling, non-verbal reasoning and listening.
The school does not publish past or specimen papers, but will supply some guidelines upon request.
One of the best ways of preparing for competitive entrance exams is to use practice papers. These help students familiarise themselves with the format and question types they will encounter in the actual test in an efficient and effective manner. They also provide an excellent opportunity for students to practise working under time pressure.
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