About St Mary’s School Henley
St Mary’s School is a nurturing preparatory school where a broad and exciting curriculum is enhanced by subject specialist teachers at every stage.
We work hard to create a welcoming, safe and inclusive community and educational environment for children of all ages and levels, not only supporting them on their learning journey, but also in their personal development.
We constantly challenge our pupils to push the boundaries of what they believe is possible and often delight in seeing them go further than they imagined.
St. Mary’s Private School in Henley-on Thames, Oxfordshire has a rich tradition of providing exceptional education to children for over 90 years. St. Mary’s approach reaps rewards, with results from academic yearly progress tests consistently exceeding the national average in all core subjects. Outstanding results ensure children are offered places at some of the most prestigious schools in the area, including the offer of scholarships, awards and exhibitions.
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 150 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.
The ethos at the school is fundamentally a very simple one – to instil a love of learning for life in all our pupils and to provide them with a safe, inclusive and nurturing learning environment that helps them grow personally and academically.
We believe that hands-on experiences are essential to complement and enhance children’s education and our teachers work hard to inspire and enthuse pupils at every stage of their learning journey.
Our school values are Honesty, Independence, Collaboration, Respect and Courage.
- to work in partnership with parents to encourage the development of a love of learning within a structured, broad and balanced curriculum with additional extra-curricular opportunities
- to nurture individual pupil diversity, celebrating individual talents and achievements in a wide range of fields, including academic, music, sport, art and drama
- to develop a sense of self-respect and consideration for others becoming well-balanced and healthy individuals in both body, mind and spirit in preparation for their educational journey ahead.