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Vision & Values

The cornerstone of our educational philosophy

With a rich history spanning 90 years and a commitment to nurturing excellence in education, we are dedicated to creating a learning environment where children thrive academically and personally.

Our vision is to provide a holistic education that instils a love for learning, fosters individual growth, and shapes confident, independent, and well-rounded individuals.

Our core values guide us in every aspect of our mission, reinforcing the importance of community, respect, and a commitment to each child's unique journey towards success.

Shaping a bright future for your child

Discover excellence in education, a nurturing community, and a future full of promise.


Love of Learning

We work with our children to cultivate a love of learning, through a well-structured curriculum and diverse extra-curricular opportunities.

Celebrate the Individual

We embrace and celebrate the unique talents and achievements of each pupil, spanning academic, music, sports, art and drama.

Holistic Development

We foster the development of self-respect and consideration for others, promoting overall well-being in body, mind and spirit, preparing our pupils for their educational journey ahead.


At St. Mary’s, our vision is simple: to cultivate a lifelong love of learning in every child. We are dedicated to fostering a safe, inclusive and nurturing environment, that supports personal and academic growth.

We firmly believe that hands-on experiences are indispensable in enriching children’s education. Our passionate teachers work to inspire and enthuse pupils at every stage of their learning journey, igniting a passion for learning that lasts a lifetime.


At St. Mary's Preparatory School, our core values serve as the compass by which we navigate the educational journey of every child.

Our commitment to fostering honesty, independence, collaboration, respect, and courage forms the bedrock of our school community. We believe that these values are not just words but guiding principles that shape the character of our students.

Honesty encourages integrity, independence fosters self-reliance, collaboration nurtures teamwork, respect builds a strong sense of community, and courage empowers our students to embrace challenges with determination and grace.

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Shape a bright future for your child

Book a personal tour today to discover excellence in education, experience our nurturing community, and envision a future full of promise for your child.

90 Years of Excellence

St Mary’s was founded in 1926, at which time there were just 44 pupils. In the 90 years since, we’ve gone from strength to strength and despite growing to around 140 pupils, have maintained small class sizes and the welcoming, nurturing community atmosphere that has always been such an important feature of life at St Mary’s.

In 2006, we became part of the Cognita Schools Group, who have continued to support us in the creation of a stimulating, exciting and nurturing school. Since our inception, we have had just five headships, which is a testament to the inspiring and special learning environment that we’ve created.

Our Team

We are passionate about providing high quality education that gives children a strong foundation for future learning.

Our highly skilled team of teachers, Early Years educators, and support staff, ensure children have an excellent start to their education, providing rich learning opportunities in an exceptional learning environment.

Every staff member here at St Mary's Preparatory School is dedicated to the safety, happiness, development and academic success of all pupils.

The Senior Leadership Team works closely together to ensure the smooth running of our school.

Unlock Your Child's Potential

Discover the enriching journey your child will embark on

through the various school stages at St. Mary’s Preparatory School.


2 - 4 yrs old


4 - 7 yrs old


7 - 11 yrs old


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