The Careers Department aims to help students recognise their personal capabilities and competencies and to explore strategies for coping with change at key points of transition in their education. They are encouraged to make informed choices with regard to GCSE and A level subjects and all aspects of further education.

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St Mary’s is a member of Inspiring Futures (formerly known as the Independent Schools Careers Service-ISCO). This ensures that pupils benefit from regular input and advice from regionally-based, highly qualified and experienced careers guidance professionals.

Girls leave us with the necessary confidence and academic and social accomplishments to pursue a diverse range of careers. We are always delighted to hear of their successes whether it be heading up a team at Reuters, showing a keen interest in human rights as a barrister, leading troops in Iraq as an officer or working creatively in the fields of architecture, fashion design or the theatre. The list of interesting careers that our girls follow is endless. We are proud to have set them on the road to a happy and fulfilled life safe in the knowledge that qualities honed during their school years will come to the fore in their working lives.


Charlotte Jones, Playwright

Charlotte Jones

After receiving a double first in English from Balliol College, Oxford, Charlotte worked as an actress for six years before turning to writing. Her plays have been performed on Radio 4, in the West End and on Broadway. ‘Humble Boy’ premiered at the National Theatre and starred Dame Diana Rigg and Felicity Kendall and has been performed worldwide. A recent project was writing a book for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical – an adaptation of the Wilkie Collins’ novel, ‘The Woman in White’.


Annie Amphlett, Doctor of Medicine

Annie Amphlett


Annie read Classics at Oxford before studying medicine on a fast-track graduate programme at St George’s Medical School in London. At Oxford she was awarded three Blues as a member of the University Women’s Football team and represented the university in fencing, athletics, hockey and rowing.


"At St Mary's, My strengths were encouraged, my opinons were respected and I was given the self-belief to follow my dreams. The academic attention and encouragement that I was given at school were the very best, but as important to where I am today was the school's concentration on the whole person; : an ethos of responsibility, empathy and fun accompanies its fostering of confidence and individuality, a great springboard into adulthood. It's what got me to and through Oxford and into doctoring which I love."