Every girl and member of academic and boarding staff at St Mary's belongs to one of the six Houses. The House is not a building but a community of pupils who, under the care of the Head of House, work together to promote the development of each other in the House. The Upper Sixth House, the only geographically based house, is named after the foundress of the CJ, Mary Ward. The other five Houses are named after companions of Mary Ward. They are pastoral units which are designed on a vertical age grouping and are set up to ensure that the pastoral care of each girl is supervised by the Head of House who is a senior member of the teaching staff. Girls from the five Houses take part in Inter-House competitions such as sport, music, drama, science and public-speaking.
Heads of House
The Heads of House are the first point of contact for girls and parents. All Heads of House have an office in the main body of the school and live on site in family accomodation. The House Office is a focal point of contact for girls and parents; the Head of House is available to chat informally or to discuss problems in a sympathetic environment. The House Office is also where girls come to sign in after an exeat weekend. Heads of House are supported by members of staff, all of whom are allocated to a House.
Each House meets weekly, to review the business of the coming week and to celebrate and share in the successes of the past week.
These are opportunities to chat to girls from different year groups. They are held weekly at the home of the Heads of House, who are all situated on site.