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GCSEs, More Fantastic Results for our Students

There was much excitement and lots of smiling faces on GCSE results day. Amidst the confusion over the new grade system the results that we achieved were very impressive.

More than 50% of all of the results were graded at the A*/A and 9, 8 and 7 levels and over 80% A*-B and grades 9-6. 45% of our students achieved at least five A*/A grades and nearly 60% of the girls achieved A*-B and 9-6 in seven or more subjects.

Seven subjects, Biology, Chemistry, Business and Economics, Geography, Music, Spanish and Further Maths all achieved A*-B for all entries. Maths and English, which are both under the new banding system, saw several girls achieving grade 9s, meaning that nationally these girls are in the top 3.5% and 3.3% of results respectively.

Congratulations to the girls who achieved straight A* and A grades in their subjects, and also to those who worked hard to achieve results above their expectations.

Mrs Ross, the Headmistress commented, “I am so delighted with the results that the girls have achieved.  Their hard work and commitment have been well rewarded in what has been an uncertain and difficult environment.  Congratulations also to our dedicated team of teachers who work tirelessly to help our students achieve these impressive results.”


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Fantastic A level Results!

We are delighted that once again our Year 13 students have achieved an impressive set of A level results.

41% of all grades achieved were A*/ A (considerably higher than the national average), 69% A*/B and 88% A*/C. These results were particularly pleasing as they were accomplished within a climate of uncertainty where the format and specifications of the exams had been changed.

Five subjects recorded 100% A*/A grades, namely Biology, Business Studies, Art and Design, Spanish and French.

The Extended Project Qualification entries were once again all graded at A* or A.

The girls now move on to a range of universities, including Imperial, Newcastle, Brighton, Loughborough, Southampton, Nottingham, Bristol, Exeter and St Andrews to study a wide range of subjects such as Architecture, Politics and Economics, English, History, Geography, Spanish, Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Electrical Engineering.

Nearly half of our students achieved A*-B in all of their subjects and a special mention goes to those girls with straight A*/A grades. These results are a tribute to the hard work of the girls and the strength of our teaching staff who work tirelessly with each individual to ensure they achieve their optimum results.


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Gym and Dance Show

Whole School Gym and Dance Show

This July the School held its biennial Gym and Dance Show, a wonderful event that showcases gymnastics and dancing of all types across the entire school. From Early Years Ballet all the way up to Sixth Form routines, this show was an absolute joy to watch and a brilliant display of the amazing talent we are lucky enough to have at St Mary’s.


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Record Breaker Emma Mitchell at Speech Day

Emma Mitchell at Speech Day

Our annual Prize Giving was, as always, a fantastic event and we were delighted to welcome speaker Emma Mitchell, a Member of the Coxless Crew who completed the Pacific Ocean row from America to Australia in January 2016, setting two world records.      Emma was inspirational to listen to and spoke to our girls about resilience, and also humour! Both key ingredients in tackling any challenge head on. Congratulations to all the girls on their prizes, and sincere thanks to all the speakers, singers and instrumentalists.


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Prep Trash Fashion Show!

Prep Trash Fashion Show

Prep put their creative skills to the test at the end of term too, creating clothing from recycled materials, and then putting on their very own Trash Fashion Show!


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House Drama Competition

House Drama Competition

At the end of term the girls in Senior House were given a simple brief; choose a  children’s book by a British author from the 20th or 21st Century. They then had to create a play from that book including writing a script and making their own props and scenery. Temple-West chose Peter Pan, Butler chose Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Kirk chose Oliver and Latham chose Gangsta Granny. After some thoroughly creative and amusing performances, Latham were declared theatrical winners!



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Bonjour from France!

Bonjour from France!

Years 5 and 6 are having a fabulous time on their French trip, check our facebook page for regular updates on


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MUN Success at conference

Congratulations to the Year 10 Model UN team on their fantastic success last Friday. All 11 students spent the day arguing, negotiating, reporting and writing resolutions with other schools from across Bucks. The topic this year was especially challenging and dealt with The Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons. After an incredibly busy day of international politics and diplomacy, the students emerged victorious. Congratulations to Qi, Ellen, Aneet and Sara for their first place awards; Isabelle and Loletta for their special mentions; and Millie for writing the winning resolution. You all worked so hard for this and we are very proud of your wonderful achievements.


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Jess, Year 13, nominated for second film award

Year 13 Jess has been shortlisted for the second year running for the MediaMag Production Competition, she is one of the five students shortlisted for the Short Film section, which means she will be attending the Awards screening at the BFI Southbank on 5th July. Last year she won the Film Opening section.
You can watch Jess’s film at:


Well done, Jess!

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New Head Girl team announced

New Head Girl Team announced

Following careful scrutiny of the votes cast Mrs Ross was delighted to announce that Lizzie M will be the Head Girl for the coming year.  Her deputies will be Georgie and Maddie and Games Captain is Isadora.

New House Captains were also voted for and congratulations go to Libby, Alice, Amy and Lauryn.

The new team were introduced and the old team thanked in the traditional St Mary’s flag ceremony, followed by celebratory cake the next day.

Mrs Ross said: “Many thanks – and a small tear shed – to the exceptional outgoing team – you have been amazing girls – but so excited to be working with such an impressive team next year. Thank you to all of you, girls.”


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