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Malvern St James

Malvern St James

15 Avenue Road, Great Malvern, WR14 3BA, Worcestershire

01684 892288



Malvern St James
School type Girls' Boarding & Day
Founded 1893
Headteacher Mrs Olivera Raraty
Date Appointed 2016
Girls Age Range 4-18
Number of pupils 400
Number of boarders 200
Day fees per annum £8,445 - £19,380
Weekly Boarding fees per annum £19,725 - £33,285
Boarding fees per annum £21,915 - £36,720
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:8
Associations GSA, BSA, ISCis, ISA

"…full of girls who are going to change the world". Good Schools Guide 2017

MSJ is a leading independent school for girls set at the foot of the majestic Malvern Hills. What helps to make us distinct and refreshing, is our recognition and active support for the individual talents, interests and passions of girls, and the liberating and inclusive ethos the school embraces.

We nurture a freedom of spirit, respect for others and support of every member of our school community. Our staff are innovative and passionate about their work and constantly evolve new ways to inspire learning and exploration of their subjects, often beyond the curriculum. We actively encourage debate and open discussion. We explore the world around us, at home and across the globe. We believe in maintaining truth and transparency as a school community.

The Prep Department, Senior School and dedicated Sixth Form Centre sit together on the main school site, whilst Boarding houses are a stone's throw away, and a short walk from the town of Malvern where girls can go to shop, have coffee, or to see a film or play as they grow older and more independent. As well as full or weekly boarding, girls can flexi-board one, two or three nights per week.

MSJ is a refreshing and inspiring school for girls. A school that helps girls to truly develop their thinking skills, to explore who they are and to develop the courage and self-belief to go out into the world and be true to who they are.


MSJ doesn't produce a 'type' of girl. We achieve excellent academic results but we are not an exam factory. Our ethos is one of inclusion and respect. Girls can pursue their passions and interests in the field of their choice - all routes are equal. It may be horse riding, engineering, politics, the environment or climbing. We recognise the importance of allowing each individual to grow and flourish. We find ways to support girls to achieve their passions.

The curriculum also supports pupils who need special provision including very able pupils, and those for whom English is an additional language. Those who have specific areas of expertise have adapted timetables to allow them to focus on their specialism, giving time to practise and train, with personalised coaching and mentoring sessions.

Our 'Russell Up' provides preparation for the most competitive UK and international universities and career pathways.


Academic, Drama, Music, Art, Riding, Technology and Sport Scholarships are available and our Founders' Awards bursary programme enables outstanding girls applying for Sixth Form to access the excellent educational opportunities offered at MSJ. We also offer generous bursaries.

Entrance examinations

  • Prep: informal assessment.
  • Senior School: cognitive ability tests (CAT 4) and an English comprehension examination.
  • Sixth Form: three subject entrance papers and general essay. Girls will also have an interview, face-to-face or on Skype, and there will be an additional EAL paper for non-native English speakers.


The School benefits from being positioned in the small but culturally lively town of Malvern, on a direct rail route from London Paddington. The M5 and M50 are nearby and London, Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester airports are within easy reach.