School policies






Other policies including those listed below are available by email or printed copy on request from the Registrar:

Mission Statement, Aims and History

Admissions Policy

Behaviour Policy

School Rules, Discipline and Sanctions Policy

Curriculum Policy

Special Educational Needs Policy

Anti-Bullying Policy

Health and Safety Policy

First Aid Policy

Complaints Policy

Staff list

The Lord Hemphill (Chairman)
Mr Mark Armour
Mr Nicholas Davidson
Mr Peter Davis
Baroness Hogg of Kettlethorpe
The Hon Mrs Olga Polizzi
The Hon Martin Hunt (Chairman)
Mrs Annoushka Ayton
Mrs Clare Colacicchi
Miss Jo Ebner
Mr Martin Hattrell
Mr Edward Horswell
Mr Peter McKenna
Mr Gordon Moore
Professor Richard Parish
The Rev Dr Dermot Power
Sr Michaela Robinson CJ
Miss Clementine Vaughan
Mrs Danuta Staunton (Headmistress)
Mrs Cathy Ellott (Senior Deputy Head)
Mrs Jo Devine (Pastoral Deputy Head)
Mrs Barbara Breedon (Academic Deputy Head)
Mr Andrew Smith (Director of Co-curricular)
Mr Christopher Ellott (Director of External Communications)
Dr Daniel Coughlan (Director of Sixth Form)
Mr Giles Brand (Bursar and Clerk to the Governors)
Mrs Sandra Young (Registrar)
Mrs Phyllida Dewes (Development Director)
Mrs Kate Jenkinson (Mary Ward)
Mrs Helena West (Babthorpe)
Mr Tom Parsons and Mrs Katie Parsons (Bedingfeld)
Ms Roisin Toner (Poyntz)
Mrs Helen Jansen (Rookwood)
Mrs Valerie Hutchinson and Mr Nigel Hutchinson (Wigmore)

Public benefit

St Mary’s School Ascot has a long history of providing financial support to children who would otherwise not be able to afford a St Mary’s education, and we place great importance on the school’s means-tested bursary scheme. This scheme is funded by the school and the St Mary’s School Charitable Fund (Charity number 800450), which was established for the purpose of providing funds for the St Mary’s School Ascot bursary programme. The scheme operates two types of means-tested bursary: admissions and hardship. Each case is assessed on its own merits and awards are made accordingly, subject to the school’s ability to fund these within the context of its overall budget. This year the value of means-tested bursary awards totalled £507,422. This provided assistance to 29 pupils, of whom eleven benefited from in excess of 80% remission of fees, and six of these benefited from 100% remission of fees. Information about fee assistance through means-tested bursaries is provided to all applying to the school and is published on our website.

The school undertakes work and activities for the public benefit throughout the year with children from local schools and with the local community, and these are fundamental to the Catholic ethos and spirit of the school, and in line with its charitable objectives.  They are core activities for staff and pupils alike, who welcome them as part of our day-to-day life. The significant investment in time, energy and resources into our work with local state schools reflects our belief that these activities are the most effective way of broadening and widening access to St Mary’s resources to the public, including those in poverty. 

This year we have continued to develop our close relationship with the two local state schools with whom we have formal Memorandums of Understanding: Charters School and St Francis Catholic Primary School. Our engagement with these schools involves both the sharing of resources and the dual use of teaching staff:

Charters School Latin GCSE. St Mary’s Classics Department continues to provide Latin language teaching to support Year 10 and 11 pupils at Charters School studying for Latin GCSE in one after-school lesson per week at the Charters site in Sunningdale. Last year six Year 11 pupils successfully completed the new 9-1 Latin GCSE and this year seven pupils will be entered. St Mary’s also provides text books, Latin language and literature teaching resources, handouts and revision booklets.

St Francis Primary School university taster events. St Mary’s has developed two two-hour courses for Year 5 and 6 pupils from St Francis to give them a taste of university-style education.  These highly successful courses are run at and entirely resourced by St Mary’s, and include contributions from the Art, History of Art, Classics, Music, ICT, Drama, Science, Music and Modern Foreign Languages departments.

This year St Mary’s hosted 24 pupils and four staff from IntoUniversity (Charity Number 1118525) for a two-night residential stay free of charge, thereby facilitating primary school children from deprived areas of west London to gain an understanding and taste of university life. The school made minibuses and drivers available for their visit to the University of Surrey.

Other examples of activities carried out this year for the public benefit include:

Nine Lower Sixth pupils from Mulberry School came to St Mary’s in July 2018 for an Oxbridge Preparation Day run by an outside provider. This involved a full programme of activities including personal statement workshops, a talk by a former Oxford admissions tutor and introductory practice interviews.

Support with UCAS applications for two state school pupils.

Annual joint interview afternoon with Charters and Mulberry Schools for Upper Sixth Oxbridge candidates and applicants to courses requiring an interview. 28 Charters School pupils and 17 Mulberry School pupils attended. All interviewees were provided with written feedback.

Russian Club and Mandarin taster lessons

Provision of a safe but exciting venue for the St Francis Forest School on a weekly basis throughout the year

Provision of facilities and resources to allow Charters School Music Department to use St Mary’s as an INSET venue.

Council planning conditions restrict the use by others of our athletics and hockey facilities. 

Details of our arrangements with Charters School and St Francis Catholic Primary School can be found on the Schools Together website:




The new Upper Sixth Courtyard officially opened on Saturday 30th June 2018. The completion of this ambitious 18-month project heralds an exciting new phase in the boarding life of the school, increasing the space and facilities for all the girls without increasing the school's numbers.

The new Upper Sixth accommodation comprises 64 en-suite bedrooms spread across five houses gathered around an attractive central courtyard. Each house has a large kitchen and dining area, and there are also three new residential staff houses.

In addition, there is a light and spacious pastoral centre containing an amphitheatre-style lecture hall, a multi-use space for modern dance, yoga and entertaining, a reading room, a kitchen, and a series of rooms for meditation, prayer and reading, with clear views across the field and open spaces beyond. The pastoral centre is designed to create a peaceful, calm atmosphere which will be welcoming and inviting for the Upper Sixth pupils.

Our architect for this project, Angus Neil, has worked with us on many projects before, including the Orchard Centre, the Rose Theatre, the refectory and the senior library.

Importantly, the opening of the Upper Sixth Courtyard will not lead to an expansion in the number of pupils in the school. It will merely give us more space. We believe that the school is already the perfect size, allowing every girl to be known and valued by all, while maintaining a Sixth Form strong enough to attract and retain the very best teachers, and offer a full range of academic subjects at A level. That means holding to the current system, with forty boarders arriving in Year 7, joined by a further twenty in Year 9, our aim being that they all stay on for the Sixth Form. 380 pupils is also the maximum number that can fit into Chapel – a very important consideration for a community which meets every morning for prayer.

Therefore, the current Mary Ward Courtyard becomes the Lower Sixth Wing, and Year 11 move into single rooms in the wing of the school formerly occupied by the Lower Sixth. In this way, the new boarding complex benefits not only the Upper Sixth, but the whole of the school, by freeing up space in what had become a rather cramped main building.

Thus we remain faithful to the essence of what has always made St Mary's such a special community and school, and ensure that we can remain unique and special for generations to come.

Job opportunities

Please click below for information about job opportunities at St Mary's.

Application and Recruitment Process Explanatory Note

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

Privacy Notice for Job Applicants



Teacher of Photography (maternity cover)

Closing date 6 November 2019

Photography Teacher job description

Photography Teacher application form

Support roles:

Catering General Assistants

28 weeks, 4.30pm to 8.30pm, Monday to Thursday - £4,550 per annum

28 weeks, 6.00pm to 8.00pm, Monday to Friday - £3,550 per annum

Please email for word versions of application forms and job descriptions.

For further information, please contact Mrs Nicola MacRobbie at:

01344 296710

All our jobs are advertised on SCR.Education

Ascot Alumnae Association

Welcome to the AAA section of the St Mary’s School Ascot website. By the time girls leave St Mary's, they have made some of the most important friendships of their lives, and the Association helps them to preserve, extend and deepen those friendships. It is a thriving network comprising some 2700 alumnae based in the UK and in 55 countries worldwide. All our Upper Sixth pupils are invited to join the Association, which then helps them to stay in touch with each other, both professionally and socially, after they have left the school.

In the summer of 2018 we launched AAA Connect, our new online platform for the AAA, which makes it much easier for members to stay in contact with us and each other, to keep abreast of news, to join networking groups, and to find out about reunions and other events. Members are also able to learn more about how to help current St Mary’s girls, for example by offering careers advice, mentoring or work experience. We would love to hear from any alumnae who are not yet members, and who would like to be part of our community.

If you are an Ascot alumna but have not yet registered on AAA Connect, you can do so here.

You can also update your details here.

The Association is run by the AAA Committee, which consists of the Chair, Deputy Chair, the school’s Alumnae Director Cathy Leneghan, and three other alumnae. The Headmistress or the Senior Deputy Head also attends its three meetings a year as a representative of the school.

We would love to hear from any alumnae wanting to learn more about the Association and forthcoming events, to update their contact details, to give feedback, or to be put in touch with old friends or career contacts.

For more information about the Association, or AAAConnect, or for details about how to join, please contact the Alumnae Director, Cathy Leneghan, at or on 01344 296685.


Examination results

We are delighted to celebrate our examination results again this year. We continue our very strong record at A Level, with 39% A* grades, and 77% A*-A.

At I/GCSE our girls achieved a stunning 95% grades 9 -7 (or the equivalent of grades A*-A).


We are extremely proud of all our girls, who have worked so hard and so cheerfully, and we are grateful also for the excellence and diligence of our teaching staff.


Please click this link to download the A Level and I/GCSE results in pdf format.


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New girls information

These are the times for new girls to arrive at the beginning of the Michaelmas term 2019.

LVI new girls arrive Sunday 8 September 18:00
Year 9 new girls arrive Monday 9 September 15:30-16:00
Year 7 new girls arrive Tuesday 10 September 15:30-16:00

Girls should arrive in uniform, either summer dress and navy jumper or navy skirt and navy jumper

To purchase uniform please visit this website: