St Mary’s is home to more than 70 boarding girls and is run by Housemistress, Mrs Rebecca Steinebach, who teaches German, ably assisted by a Resident Deputy Housemistress, Miss Ainhoa Novillo Cruces, who teaches Spanish.
There is also a Boarding Assistant, Miss Fran O’Neill, who teaches RS and is one of the Forerunners, our Graduate Assistant, Miss Ellie Ross, the House Chaplain, Br David Jarmy and our Matron, Mrs Nikki Webb.
St Mary's has a strong, friendly, family atmosphere. The girls feel a sense of belonging and they enjoy living in a community founded on mutual respect and co-operation. There is always something going on and someone to talk to in St Mary’s, whether you prefer to relax in the house with friends, or participate in our varied programme of evening and weekend activities, from cooking to candle-making, to Christmas shopping in London.
St Mary’s girls learn how to use silence and how to listen: there is a distinctive, supportive atmosphere across all year groups and St Mary’s girls have a spiritual confidence and dignity that gives them a distinctive advantage in life. They know who they are and have great respect for each other, founded in our strong Benedictine ethos of community, worship, hospitality and service. Through early leadership opportunities, many of our girls go on to hold prefect positions in their final year. Our girls excel both on the sports field and in the classroom, and aim to give their best in whatever they are doing in preparation for the exciting challenges they will encounter in their future lives.
From the start of the 2017-18 academic year, St Mary's will be moving to a new location on the campus.