St Mary's School - BeckenhamIn 1968 in Beckenham, near London, the Handmaids founded Saint Mary’s Catholic Primary School.

Although, since 1999 the school ceased to be an independent school, the spirit of Saint Raphaela Mary is still very present, through the participation of Handmaids in the Board or through the atmosphere lived at the school. Approximately 500 children – from 3 years of age up to the 6th grade – grow up surrounded by green spaces and feel loved and valued as unique individuals in a unique school.

Westgate Road, Beckenham
Kent, BR3 5DE
Tel +44 (020) 8650 2355


The motto of the schools run by the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, ad finem fidelis – faithful to the end – expresses a way of educating through a belief in people, willing to commit to the development of each person to their full extent.

This way of educating translates into its own pedagogy, the pedagogy of the heart, that combines firmness and tenderness in order to form hearts that are both strong and sensitive, able to align with the joys and sorrows of those around them, and committed to building a fairer and more humane world.