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St Mary's School, Waverley

St Mary's School, an independent Anglican School for girls, was established in 1888 and is the oldest school in Johannesburg. St Mary's caters for pupils from Pre-school (Grade 000) through to Matric (Grade 12). It is a school with a rich history which exudes spirit, integrity and passion. It welcomes the enrichment provided by other cultures and religions. It is an unpretentious school, which offers a real and relevant education to all in its care.


Throughout St Mary's 125-year history, it has endeavoured to make a difference in the community and add value to the lives of its pupils while, at the same time, maintaining standards of excellence in every sphere. St Mary's believes in sharing its privilege because that is the very essence of being an Anglican school.


Proud to embrace its history, the School is also committed to providing a dynamic, relevant education for each girl in the 21st century. The students are then ready to go out into the world knowing that, as women, they can do anything to which they set their minds

Curriculum and Matriculation Results

St Mary's offers a challenging curriculum with a wide range of subjects. The intranet, a wireless campus and interactive whiteboards in most classrooms ensure that the School is up-to-date with technology.


Since the Independent Education Board's inception, St Mary's has enjoyed a 100% Matriculation pass rate. 2013 was no exception, with St Mary's girls excelling as 41 pupils (39%) achieved an average of 80% or more, 57 pupils (55%) achieved an average of 75% or more and 27 pupils (26%) obtained 7 or more distinctions. 100% received a Bachelor Degree pass. St Mary’s had 45 placements in the top 1% in a subject.  Both the very talented and those who find their studies challenging fulfil their potential because they develop a positive work ethic and are encouraged and supported by an experienced, highly-qualified and dedicated staff. Girls are encouraged to be involved academically, culturally and on the sports field.



Cultural, Sport and Boarding

Cultural: Our new state-of-the-art visual, performing and creative arts centre, The Edge, boasts a 500 seat concert hall or theatre, natural light Art studios, a Dance studio and a large number of Music and Drama practice rooms. Creativity and individual expression are essential elements of a balanced education. Cultural activities, such as Music, Art and Drama are firmly entrenched in the curriculum.

Sport: St Mary's has a proud tradition of excellent sporting achievements. Among other sporting facilities is our superb Aquatics Centre with its Olympic-size pool, waterpolo pools and exceptional diving boards and bubble. The girls have notable successes in a variety of sports and many pupils are selected annually for Provincial and National teams.

Boarding: St Mary's offers a unique family-orientated boarding facility which is offered from Form I (Grade 8) to Matric. There are four lovely homes, each with a unique but friendly ambience. Dedicated, professional staff members monitor the academic, emotional and social progress of each girl, ensuring that each one thrives in this environment.





There is a varied cultural extra-curricular programme offering:                                                                          Sports offered are:

Choir,                                                                                                                                                                   Swimming,

Marimbas,                                                                                                                                                            Hockey,

Orchestra,                                                                                                                                                            Diving,

Jazz Band,                                                                                                                                                           Tennis,

Rock Band,                                                                                                                                                          Waterpolo,

Chess,                                                                                                                                                                  Netball,

Private tuition in 14 different instruments,                                                                                                            Rowing,

Public Speaking,                                                                                                                                                  Squash,

Current Affairs Club,                                                                                                                                            Athletics,

Ceramics,                                                                                                                                                             Basketball,

Writers' Circle                                                                                                                                                       Equestrian 

and Photography to mention a few.                                                                                                                     Gym


Detailed School Statistics

Suburb: Waverley
  Lowest Grade: Grade 8   Boarding: Yes
City/Town: Johannesburg
  Highest Grade: Grade 12   Lowest Boarding Price P/A: R68250.00
Province: Gauteng   Lowest Tuition P/A: R39450.00   Highest Boarding Price P/A: R74600.00
School Type: Girls   Highest Tuition P/A: R92450.00   Curriculum: IEB South African
Religious: Christian Ethos (Anglican)   Administration Fee: R300   Teacher/Pupil Ratio:
Number of Pupils: 1057   Founding Year: 1888   School Phase: High School

Associated schools

St Mary's, Little Saints
St Mary's, Junior School

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Pre-prep School Principal:
Des Hugo
Prep School Principal:
Des Hugo
High School Principal:
Deanne King

Contact: Lynsay Miller
Tel: 011 531 1800
Fax: 086 504 1122
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GPS Co-ordinates:
S26 °08.491´ | E028 °04.696

Physical Address:
55 Athol Street

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