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Marymount International School: parents’ guide to Year 7 entry

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Jan 31, 2023, 2:07 PM

Marymount International School: a parents’ guide to Year 7 entry


Marymount International School is an independent day and boarding school for girls aged 11 to 18 in Kingston-upon-Thames.

It was founded in 1955 as part of Marymount International London, which is a network of schools directed by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (RSHM). Pupils at Marymount belong to a diverse community of over 40 different nationalities and enjoy exchanges across the Marymount international network, helping them to develop cross-cultural understanding.

The school is the first all-girls school in the UK to adopt the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. Girls learn in small classes and, alongside their subjects, produce an extended essay, take part in a Theory of Knowledge course and engage in a Creativity, Activity and Science programme to enhance their personal and social development.

In 2021, 100% of Marymount students achieved a 100% pass rate in the IB Diploma (compared with a global pass rate of 79%), with nearly half of the year group scoring 40 points or above. This is higher than four A* grades at A level and is typically only achieved by 5% of students worldwide. As well as Russell Group universities, other higher education destinations in 2021 included top universities in the USA, Canada, Japan and South Korea.

Key information for Marymount International School

  • Headteacher: Mrs Margaret Giblin

  • Address: Marymount International School London, George Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT2 7PE

  • London Borough: Kingston upon Thames

  • Admissions contact: Kirsten Crossland – [email protected], 020 8949 0571

  • Age range and gender: 11–18, girls only

  • Number of pupils: 258

  • Number of places in Year 7: undisclosed

  • Ratio of applicants to places: undisclosed

  • Open day date: Saturday 24th September 2022 – register online

  • Overview of selection procedure for Year 7 entry: Assessment day

  • Registration opens: open throughout the school year – apply here

  • Registration closes: open throughout the school year

  • Assessment date for Year 7 entry: rolling dates

  • Scholarship assessment date: TBC

Marymount International School fees and financial assistance

The 2021-22 tuition fees at Marymount International School were £26,510 in 2021-22. There are additional fees for boarding students, with boarding fees at £16,470 per year for weekly boarders and £18,370 per year for full boarders.

Marymount offers means-tested fee assistance to families whose daughters show potential but who can not otherwise afford to attend. The income threshold for eligibility is not disclosed.

Scholarship information can be obtained directly from the school.

Marymount International School term dates

The term dates for Marymount International School in 2022–23 are:

  • Semester 1: 5th September – 16th December 2022

  • Half term: 17th – 28th October 2022

  • Semester 2: 9th January – 31st March 2023

  • Half term: 13th – 20th February 2023

  • Semester 3: 17th April – 22nd June 2023

  • Half term: No half term – one day of school holiday on 30th May 2023

Admissions process for Marymount International School

Marymount International School works on a rolling admissions basis, with potential pupils encouraged to contact the admissions team to discuss mid-year admissions. However, September entry for Year 7 (known as Grade 6) tends to follow the same process:

  1. Grade 6 application required (along with the £100 application fee)

  2. Grade 6 assessment day: November

  3. Grade 6 first round of offers sent: Mid-December

  4. Grade 6 scholarship application deadline: February

  5. Grade 6 additional assessment day: February

  6. Grade 6 final offers sent: March

Marymount International School entrance exam format

Marymount International School uses a bespoke Assessment Day to determine whether girls are a suitable fit for the school. This is designed to be an enjoyable and enriching experience for applicants and consists of four parts:

  • Aptitude testing

  • Student meet and greet

  • Individual conversations

  • Group observations

Marymount International School does not disclose details about the aptitude testing. However, you may find the following articles helpful to improve your child’s general exam technique in commonly tested areas:

How to help your child prepare for the selection process at Marymount International School

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The aptitude testing at Marymount International School will likely assess your child’s knowledge of the Key Stage 2 curriculum (or international equivalent). Atom Nucleus takes your child through personalised learning journeys across English, maths and science, with over 90,000 interactive teacher-created questions.

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