Academic life at St Mary’s is not confined to the classroom. We are proud of having a vibrant, varied, pupil-led programme of events that is constantly responding to the needs and interests of the pupils and the world in which we live. Our Inspirational Women lecture series regularly brings in eminent speakers on a wide range of topical issues, to broaden their intellectual and moral engagement with the world. The Academy, our stretch and challenge group, runs a programme of readings, discussions, lectures and independent research. Our super-curriculum programme gives pupils the opportunity to combine their skills in large inter-disciplinary projects on topics such as Identity or Enterprise.
Trips are a regular feature of boarding life. Academic departments run outings to museums, theatres and activity centres, as well as fieldwork courses. There are frequent overseas residential trips, such as an Outdoor Adventures trip to Cambodia, a Geography trip to Iceland, a Classics trip to Athens, choir tours to European cities, a Year 9 battlefields trip, a Year 8 French trip to Normandy, and a sports tour to South Africa. More details of all of these societies, activities and trips can be found on the individual department pages of the website.