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St Mary’s School Cambridge // 11 Plus, Year 7 Entry – CEM Select


Founded in 1898, St Mary’s School Cambridge is an independent Catholic school for girls. Conveniently located close to Cambridge City Centre, the school occupies two sites, close to the city’s facilities and amenities. St Mary’s educates approximately 400 senior school pupils and provides day and boarding programmes to students in Year 7 and above. Approximately 20% of senior pupils choosing to board at the school.

How to Apply for Year 7 (11 plus) Entry to St Mary’s School Cambridge

Before registering with St Mary’s, the school advises parents and prospective students to arrange a tour to see its facilities and to meet the Head and other staff members. To book an individual appointment, parents should contact the school’s admissions officer at [email protected], or on 01223 224167.


The school also runs Open Days, Taster Workshops, and Action Days throughout the year. More information on these events can be found on the school website.


All students who wish to attend St Mary’s School, Cambridge need to be registered well in advance. Parents can complete the registration form online or download a printed version to submit by post or email. An application fee of £75 also needs to be paid at the time of registration.


The application process at St Mary’s begins at least one year prior to the Year 7 date of entry. Later applications are welcomed as long as there are places available at the school. In cases where there are more applicants than places, the school offers a waiting list option.


For more information on the admissions process at St Mary’s School Cambridge, please see the school’s admissions booklet.


Girls who apply for an 11 plus place at the school are invited to a pre-assessment tea prior to the formal assessment day.

The St Mary’s School Cambridge 11 Plus Entry | CEM Select Assessment

St Mary’s School Cambridge uses the CEM Select for Year 7 entry. The assessment tests students’ reasoning skills by specifically focusing on verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning and non-verbal reasoning.


As outlined on the St Mary’s school website, the CEM Select assesses reasoning with words in the verbal battery, reasoning with numbers in the numerical battery and reasoning with shapes and figures in the non-verbal battery.


The school has one formal assessment day per year, although it does offer students the opportunity to take the CEM Select at other times of the year.

St Mary’s School Cambridge Admissions Criteria

Although St Mary’s assesses pupils’ academic potential, the school also aims to identify students who will immerse themselves in the school’s ethos. In addition to the online test, the school also interviews all prospective students and asks for references from their current school. St Mary’s is interested in identifying students who have a desire to learn and take part in the many extra-curricular activities on offer.


Once a place has been accepted at St Mary’s, a refundable deposit of £500 should be paid. The deposit is paid in addition to the school fees and is returned at the end of the pupil’s time at the school.


For more information on the admissions process at St Mary’s School Cambridge, parents can email [email protected], or telephone 01223 224167.

How to Prepare for the St Mary’s School Cambridge CEM Select Assessment

At Pretest Plus, we believe that a little familiarisation with the test layout can give students a competitive edge. We publish practice tests and skill-specific resourses that can help students prepare for the St Mary’s School Cambridge entrance assessment. They are designed to build students’ confidence and improve their performance. They also offer age-specific result statistics.

St Mary’s School Cambridge 11 Plus Practice Tests and Courses

Practice Tests

Our CEM Select practice tests are highly accurate, ensuring that your child’s preparation is targeted and efficient. Each timed module is marked automatically. Your child will then be able to review every question in detail with clear step-by-step explanations. Statistical averages, based on the scores of other students who have taken the same practice test, are provided so you can get an idea of your child’s relative performance against their peer group.


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Skill Practice

Our Skill Practice product consists of focused tests that allow your child to target specific question formats that appear in the CEM Select. They are an efficient way to improve skills and boost scores quickly.


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The information in this post was correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.

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