St Mary's is the House for girls’ boarding pupils aged 11–18. It is situated in the beautiful Priory and is a term-time home to approximately 60 girls.
The Priory, a 1740, Grade II listed building, is situated on the boundary of the famous Prior Park Landscape Gardens. It has its own private patio and lawn, which is South facing, allowing for a unique place to work, relax or socialise.
The House has a dedicated live-in Housemistress, a deputy, a matron and a team of tutors, to ensure the pastoral care and organisation essential to the community and to every individual.
Junior boarders (Years 7 and 8) have their own newly refurbished area of the house with their own snug and separate shower room. There are a maximum of four girls in a room and more often twos or threes. Resident U6 Prefects and staff spend time supporting the girls and establishing good evening routines. This is paralleled with a range of tailored activities for the juniors to engage in over the course of the week and weekend. Our junior boarders have access to all areas of the boarding house, integrating them with the whole house community.
Many Sixth Form students have newly re-furnished single or twin rooms which reside on the upper corridors of the Priory.
The stimulating learning culture at Prior Park during the day is further enriched in the evenings and weekends with supervised Prep sessions in the boarding house. Staff are on hand to answer questions or make suggestions for further avenues of enquiry, and peers and older students are also potential sources of wisdom.
Main meals are taken in the dining hall of the Mansion, where all borders, boys and girls, eat together. Our catering department provide nutritious and delicious meals, suitable for all tastes and dietary requirements. After supper, the girls will engage in supervised Prep sessions. Senior girls in the house have the choice to work in their rooms or in the beautiful Senior Chapel Room. Juniors will have support during prep in the downstairs prep room followed by evening snacks in house.
The Priory kitchens allow the girls to be able access toast and hot drinks in the day and enjoy baking at weekends. There is free time each evening to relax in one of the three TV rooms, use the extensive on-site sports facilities or simply take an early night after a busy day. A local shop is a five minute walk from site and many girls use their free time to sign out and spend time with their friends. The evening is brought to a close with House Night Prayers.
Weekends engage our boarders in a wide range of activities, sports and free time to ensure a work life balance is maintained. Despite the distance separating borders from their families, links with parents are seen as an indispensable part of the support and development of borders and we welcome communication from parents. We also do our very best to ensure that our boarders living at the Priory feel it is a ‘home from home’.
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"St Mary's radiates a happy and nurturing community of girls with a sense of belonging. As the Housemistress, I aim to foster a dynamic and vibrant home in which the girls' wellbeing is paramount to their educational experience here at Prior Park."
Mrs Lisa Seward
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