St Mary’s Scholarships
Please click below for information on specific scholarships:
- Academic Scholarships
- All-Rounder Scholarships
- Art Scholarship
- Music Scholarship
- Sports Scholarship
- Sixth Form Science Scholarship
All candidates sitting assessment for entry at 11+, 13+ and 16+ will automatically be considered for the general academic scholarships.
At 11+ there are three academic scholarships available. The value of each scholarship is 5% of the fees. Candidates sit papers in English and Mathematics and also complete a general paper.
At 13+ there are three academic scholarships available. The value of each scholarship is 5% of the fees. Candidates sit papers in English, Mathematics, Science, Religious Studies, a modern language (French, Spanish, Italian or German), Latin, and choose from either History or Geography.
At 16+ there is one academic scholarship available. The value of the scholarship is 5% of the fees. Candidates sit an essay paper, meet Department Heads of those subjects they wish to study at A Level, and are also interviewed by the Head of Sixth Form.
Scholarships are tenable throughout the scholar’s time at St Mary’s, subject to certain conditions.
At 11+ and 13+ one all-rounder scholarship is awarded at each age group to a candidate who is likely to contribute exceptionally well to the overall life of the school. The value of each scholarship is 5% of the fees. It takes into account ability in two areas of activity outside of the classroom (art, drama, music or sport) as well as academic potential. Recipients will be selected from the entrance assessments, and the current Head teacher’s reference will be given careful consideration. The scholarship is tenable throughout the scholar’s time at St Mary’s, subject to certain conditions.
Award: One scholarship of 5% of the fees
Eligibility: Application for the scholarship is open to those pupils applying for entry to St Mary’s at 11+, 13+ or to the Sixth Form. The scholarship is awarded to a girl who shows outstanding potential in any aspect of art. The candidate must also demonstrate a strong commitment to, and enthusiasm for, art in general. She must, of course, satisfy the academic requirements, as assessed in the entrance examination and interview.
Procedure: Application forms are available from the Registrar from 1 October 2020, and should be submitted by 11 December 2020. Candidates should submit a portfolio of between 10 and 12 pieces of work, not exceeding A1 size, covering a range of different processes and techniques. Ceramics and other 3D work will only be accepted for consideration in photographic form. The portfolio must show evidence of work produced at home as well as at school. Each piece should be clearly labelled with the candidate’s name, age and the date when it was undertaken. All the work should be presented in a folder.
Art scholars are selected on the basis of an excellent portfolio, an art examination and an interview. A written statement should be received by the school from the candidate’s current art teacher.
Candidates will be required to submit their portfolios, clearly named, together with a written statement from their current art teacher, by 9.30am on Monday 25 January 2021. Successful candidates are invited by the Head of Art to sit an examination in either drawing or painting.
Pupils holding an art scholarship are expected to make a strong contribution to the artistic life of the school. They are expected to follow the Art and Design course leading to GCSE.
Award: One scholarship of 5% of the fees and up to three 30-minute music lessons per week
Eligibility: The scholarship is open to pupils applying for entry to St Mary’s at 11+ or 13+. The scholarship is awarded to a girl who shows outstanding potential in music. The candidate must also demonstrate a strong commitment to, and enthusiasm for, music in general. She must, of course, satisfy the academic requirements, as assessed in the entrance examination and interview.
Procedure: Application forms are available from the Registrar from 1 October 2020, and should be submitted by 11 December 2020. Please note that the applicant’s current Head teacher must sign the form and that a detailed report from the candidate’s first study instrument teacher must be enclosed with the application form. Parents are asked to send copies of all music, including relevant accompaniments, one week prior to the audition.
Candidates who are selected from their application by the Director of Music will be called for an interview and audition and should expect to be at the school for approximately one hour.
Pupils holding a music scholarship are expected to make a strong contribution to the musical life of the school. They are expected to follow the Music course leading to GCSE.
Sixth Form Scholarship
Award: One scholarship of 5% of the fees
Eligibility: The scholarship is open to pupils applying to St Mary’s at 16+ for the Sixth Form and to current pupils from St Mary’s. Eligibility depends on the candidate satisfying the usual conditions for Sixth Form entry. These are:
- GCSE results: the requirement is at least 5 passes at grade C or above. Grades B or above are expected in those subjects to be studied at A Level
- completion of a satisfactory interview at St Mary’s
- a report from the candidate’s present Head teacher.
In addition, candidates must:
- have grade estimates from their present school of AA at GCSE in two of the following subjects: Physics, Chemistry or Biology; or in dual award balanced Science
- intend to take three subjects to A Level in Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Mathematics
- intend to follow a degree course in a science or science-related subject after leaving school
- be prepared to sit a two-hour scholarship examination at St Mary’s in Mathematics and Science subjects
- undergo an interview with the Head of Science.
The successful candidate will be:
- of sound academic ability in the sciences
- able to communicate her interest and enthusiasm for science to others
- willing to help promote an interest in science to younger girls.
Award: One scholarship of 5% of the fees
Eligibility: The scholarship is open to pupils applying for entry to St Mary’s at 13+. The scholarship is awarded to a girl who shows outstanding potential in at least two sports which are played at St Mary’s (netball, hockey, tennis, athletics, and swimming). The candidate must also demonstrate a strong commitment to, and enthusiasm for, sport in general. She must, of course, satisfy the academic requirements, as assessed in the entrance examination and interview.
Procedure: Application forms are available from the Registrar from 1 October 2020, and should be submitted (together with a current passport-sized photograph) by 11 December 2020. Please note that the candidate’s present Head teacher and Head of PE will be asked for a detailed reference. The candidate is required to submit a record of her sporting achievements and any positions of leadership held. In addition, any reference submitted by an external coach is beneficial but not compulsory.
Candidates selected by the Head of PE from their application will be called for an interview and assessment at St Mary’s. They should expect to take a series of practical tests, some relevant to all sports, some specific to the two sports they have nominated, and be interviewed by members of St Mary’s PE department.
Pupils holding a sport scholarship are expected to make a strong contribution to the sporting life of the school.
St Mary’s School Ascot is able to provide means-tested bursaries, which are awarded on an annual basis to parents who are financially eligible and who meet the application requirements. Due to the limited financial resources of the school, not every eligible application for a bursary will be successful.
The deadline for submission of the completed ‘Confidential Statement of Financial Circumstances in Support of an Application for School Fee Assistance’ is 1 October in the year prior to anticipated entry.
All offers of bursaries are subject to the pupil successfully gaining a place through the normal admissions process.
For further information on bursaries and to request an application form, please contact the Bursar by email, or telephone him on 01344 296621.
Open Mornings during Lockdown
We would very much like to offer an Open Morning experience for prospective parents during the current circumstances, albeit in a different format. Our next Open Morning will therefore be conducted online and will begin with a live address by the Headmistress, Mrs Staunton. You will then be taken on a video tour of the school by some of our girls. The morning will finish with a live Q&A with Mrs Staunton and other senior staff.
Please register for this Open Morning by contacting the Registrar, Mrs Sandra Young, either on +44 (0)1344 296614, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our normal programme of Open Mornings for prospective parents will resume as soon as government restrictions allow. These Open Mornings take place four times a year, two in the Michaelmas term, one in the Lent term and one in the Summer term. The mornings begin with refreshments and a welcome from the Headmistress, after which you will have an opportunity to ask questions. This will be followed by a guided tour of the school and a short concert in our Chapel. You are invited to stay for a buffet lunch where members of staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.
Our next Open Mornings are on:
- Saturday 26 September 2020 (online)
- Saturday 21 November 2020
- Saturday 13 March 2021
- Saturday 15 May 2021
Booking is essential for all Open Mornings. Please register your interest and request a programme from the Registrar, Mrs Sandra Young, either on 01344 296614, or by email at email@example.com.
We look forward to welcoming you to St Mary’s.
The school accepts about 65 pupils each year. Entry is at 11+ (our main intake), 13+ or 16+ and is by the school's own entrance examination, an interview and a report from the current school. About 40 pupils are admitted to Year 7 (11+), 20 to Year 9 (13+) and about 5 to the Sixth Form (16+).
If you wish to apply for entry to St Mary's Ascot, we suggest that you register your daughter at least two years prior to the year of entry. This will place your daughter on the candidate list to sit our entrance examination. If you would like to discuss any aspect of our admissions procedure, please contact the Registrar, Mrs Sandra Young, either by telephone on: 01344 296614 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The examinations and interviews take place at St Mary's in November / December prior to the year of entry for 16+ entrants, and in January / February of the year of entry for 11+ and 13+ candidates.
|11+ Assessment||Monday 25 January 2021|
|13+ Assessment||Tuesday 10 & Wednesday 11 February 2021|
|16+ Assessment||Wednesday 25 November 2020|
The school does not issue past papers but will supply guidelines to the current school or parents upon request. The subjects tested are:
- at 11+: English, Mathematics and a general paper (which could include: graded spelling; non-verbal puzzles; listening skills)
- at 13+: English, Mathematics, Science, Religious Studies, History or Geography, French or an alternative modern language (Spanish, Italian or German) and Latin
- at 16+: a general paper, and interviews in the subjects to be studied at A Level
Please contact the registrar, Mrs Sandra Young, on 01344 296614, or by email at
email@example.com, if you have any queries about our entrance examinations.
Results are normally notified within three weeks of sitting the examinations.
Academic Year 2020-21
|Boarding fee||£13,580 per term|
|Day boarding fee||£9,670 per term|
Under the current circumstances, it is still possible for you to come in to discuss your daughter's education with the Headmistress, and to be shown the school by a senior member of staff. Unfortunately, our girls are not permitted to conduct tours at the moment. Alternatively, we hold four Open Mornings a year, usually in March, May, September and November. At the moment, these events are taking place online, but as soon as circumstances permit, you and your family will be welcome to come and look at the school and meet staff and girls informally.
You can register your daughter for a place to sit the entrance examination as soon as you wish. This ensures that the school can keep in touch with you until your daughter comes to sit the entrance examination. We do suggest that registration take place at least two years prior to the entry date. All who are registered come to St Mary's to sit their entrance examination in the January and February of the year of entry.
The school’s main intake is at 11+, when we accept about 40 girls. There is also a smaller intake of about 20 girls at 13+. The school also has a small intake at 16+ for Sixth Form.
St Mary's conducts 11+, 13+ and 16+ entrance examinations at the school. At 11+, girls come to St Mary's for a day in the January of the year of entry. They will sit examinations in English, Mathematics, a general paper and will also have a session in the gym. Examinees are looked after for the day by a current Year 7 girl who will take her to break, lunch, to and from examinations and to see the school.
At 13+ girls come to St Mary's for two days in the February of the year of entry and candidates are invited to spend the night at school. The examinations will include English, Mathematics, Religious Studies, Science, a modern language, Geography or History and a Latin paper.
Both the 11+ and 13+ examinations are similar to Common Entrance, although girls also have an interview with the Headmistress or one of the two Deputy Headmistresses. The 11+ and 13+ St Mary’s examinations do not require girls to be coached or trained, and examination results are not the sole factor in a place being offered.
At 16+ girls come to St Mary's for a day. They sit a general examination paper and will also meet the Heads of Departments of the subjects to be studied at A level. In addition they have an interview with the Headmistress and the Head of Sixth Form.
St Mary's gives preference to girls who are Roman Catholic. 98% of girls at St Mary's are Roman Catholic. The Catholic ethos forms a cornerstone of life at St Mary's. The whole school gathers for prayers in the chapel every morning. Our resident chaplain says Mass every Sunday.
Only approximately 15 girls are day boarders and these girls live very locally to the school. Day boarders participate fully in the programmes of activities organised at weekends and are required to be at school when their House is on duty at a weekend.
Day boarders have to be at school by 8.15am. Although lessons end at 4.30pm, day boarders must stay at school to complete their study and/or take part in sports matches, drama productions or clubs. Day boarders must attend on a Saturday morning until 12.15pm. The majority of day boarders will go on to board as they progress through the school.
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