St Mary’s unveils £25 million fundraising campaign

St Mary’s School, Cambridge, has launched a £25 million five-year fundraising campaign to mark its 125th anniversary. The campaign aims to transform the school’s learning facilities for future generations of girls and young women studying in the city.

St Mary’s unveils £25 million fundraising campaign
St Mary’s School, Cambridge launches its Magnolia 125 campaign (Photo: St Mary’s School, Cambridge)

To mark its 125th anniversary in 2023, St Mary’s School, Cambridge, has launched a £25 million five-year fundraising campaign, which will help transform the school’s learning facilities for future generations of girls and young women studying in the city.

At a gala dinner held at Peterhouse on 31st March, the school officially launched its Magnolia 125 campaign – outlining its ambition of raising £25 million by 2027.

Under the banner of Magnolia 125, St Mary’s wants to transform buildings across its’ historic sites in the Bateman Street area – enriching the learning environment for students and enabling a community outreach education programme focused on STEM subjects.

Guests at the Magnolia 125 gala dinner heard about five carefully selected projects, each designed to deliver far-reaching benefits for existing and future cohorts of students, as well as individuals accessing outreach activities at the school.

The projects include a brand new Creative Arts Hub, improvements to St Mary’s Senior School, a new Sixth Form Centre, a Music Theatre and an expanded STEM outreach programme.

Headmistress Charlotte Avery said: "Within Cambridge, our single-sex educational offer is already unique, but we want to go even further, enriching our learning environment for the future.

"From increasing the number and quality of our classrooms, to creating dedicated arts and music spaces, our proposed plans for Magnolia 125 will help propel education at St Mary’s to the next level and will also extend the benefits of our unique education further afield through extensive outreach work."

She continued: "125 years on from the founding of St Mary’s we’re continuing to look forward and build for the future – empowering, educating and inspiring tomorrow’s leaders, changemakers and global citizens."

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