St. Mary's Hare Park is a Roman Catholic Independent School and Nursery established as a Charitable Trust under the management of the Board of Trustees.
The school was founded to provide education for Roman Catholic children. However, the school has a rich, multi-cultural tradition and the Trustees will consider applications from families of other denominations/religions who are willing to support the ethos of the school.
Admission is open for girls and boys from 3½ years to 11 years. The Nursery admits children from 2½ years.
Our small classes allow children to receive high quality teaching input and individual attention. Qualified Teaching Assistants support in each year group further improve the already excellent adult:pupil ratio.
The school buildings are pleasantly situated in two acres of beautiful grounds, a short distance from Gidea Park Station.
The beautiful 'Old House' is of great local historic interest, being part of the estate of the original Grade II Listed Building, Hare Hall, and provides accommodation for the Early Years and younger Infants. Its original features have been maintained and nurtured whilst the building has been upgraded to the highest levels of modern safety standards.
The 'Old House' also boasts a fully-equipped specialist music room where a vast array of musical and percussion instruments are complemented by a modern interlinked Keyboard Laboratory. The Music Room is used by visiting specialist instrumental teachers, who offer a wide range of individual and small group lessons across the orchestral range (string, woodwind and brass and percussion instruments.)
The 'New House', added as a purpose built extension in 1971, accommodates the upper Infant and Junior classes, specialist Art and Science Rooms. Both buildings feature fully equipped and well-stocked libraries.
The Nursery building, completed in 1994, has been specially adapted to suit pre-school nursery children and benefits from a fenced garden area.
A large hall is used for Assemblies, Masses, and Services as well as Speech and Drama classes, Choir and Orchestral rehearsals and specialist P.E. lessons. It is also the venue for our locally renowned Summer Extravaganza Productions and Christmas Carol Services.
An exciting building programme, completed in 2005, added a large, purpose-built Media Suite, named The Lodge, to enhance our already extensive facilities and is used by the Music and ICT Department. The weekly Orchestra practises are also held in The Lodge. The building benefits from access for people with disabilities.