As a girls’ boarding school, we know how important it is to stay in touch with the world beyond our community. St Mary’s pupils are busy in their service of others, and raise substantial amounts of money for charities. We have a lively network of partnerships with local state and independent schools, with whom we hold regular joint academic and social events.
There are also quizzes, discussion suppers, sports events and joint talks and workshops, and the girls on the Socials Committee enjoy devising new events. We enjoy a strong partnership with Eton, with whom the girls meet up for societies, talks and other events. The girls love getting together with boys at socials on Saturday nights, and we hold these regularly for all ages with Eton, Winchester, Harrow, Radley, Papplewick, Ludgrove and Woodcote. Reeling is a particularly popular activity. Our Sixth Form Ball at the end of the summer term is a wonderful celebratory event for the girls, their partners and parents.
The Thames Valley Learning Partnership is an equal partnership of state and independent secondary schools in Berkshire, and St Mary’s is proud to be one of the Partnership’s founding schools. The TVLP hosts collaborative educational experiences for pupils across the academic curriculum and beyond, bringing pupils from different schools together in a programme of diverse cultural and social engagement. St Mary’s pupils take part in, and frequently host, events such as Model United Nations conferences, music festivals, Philosophy conferences, writing workshops and environmental action groups. TVLP schools join us for our annual International Women’s Day events.