How to get into St. Mary’s Ascot


A Roman catholic independent day & boarding school for girls.

Registration Fees (as of publication of this blog):


Fees (as of publication of this blog):

Boarding – £15,190 per term, Day – £10,820 per term

Current Head (as of publication of this blog):

Mrs. Danuta Staunton

About St. Mary’s Ascot

St. Mary’s Ascot is a Roman Catholic School strictly for girls in Ascot Berkshire, England. It was founded by the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM) and was consecrated by Bishop John Baptist Cahill in 1906. At the annual Tatler School Awards in 2015 it was named “Public School of the Year”.

Is St. Mary’s Ascot good for you?

St. Mary’s Ascot was ranked as number 17 in the top 20 independent schools list by the Sunday Times in 2022. Pupils who attend this school consistently achieve outstanding results.

As a catholic school, it’s also focused on the spiritual and personal development of the pupils. Prayers are made every morning in the chapel and the mass is held every Sunday.

The school holds open mornings four times a year. Two in the Michaelmas term, one in the lent term and one in the summer term. The open mornings involve a question and answer session and a guided tour. To participate, you need to book online.


St. Mary’s Ascot asks that parents register their children at least two years prior to the year of entry. This ensures your child is placed on the candidate list to write the entrance exams.

The school accepts 65 students every year. Entry is at 11+ (the main intake), 13+ and 16+. Applicants are assessed with the school’s own entrance. Although they accept all applications, preference is given to girls who are Roman Catholic.

Scholarships are awarded to the following categories – academic, art, music, all-rounder and Sixth Form science scholarships. All candidates sitting their entrance exam for entry at 11+, 13+ and 16+ are considered for the general academic scholarship.

Entrance exams and interviews

Entrance examinations and interviews take place in November/December prior to the year of the entry for 16+ and in January/February of the year of entry for 11+ and 13+ pupils.

11+ exams are scheduled to be written in a day. The students will sit examinations in English, Mathematics in addition to a general paper which tests their non-verbal reasoning skills. There will also be a gym session.

13+ pupils have their exams scheduled over two days in February. Applicants would have to spend the night in the school. They would sit examinations in English, Mathematics, Religious Studies, a modern language, Geography or History and a Latin paper, in addition to an interview.

16+ sit a general paper examination and have an informal discussion with the Heads of Departments of the subjects they would like to study for A-levels, in addition to an interview.

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