General information for students

A special welcome to our new students.

We hope you will enjoy studying at the Mary Ward Centre.

Classes are friendly and informal, but we do understand that some people can be nervous about returning to learning after a gap. Others may have had difficult experiences of studying in the past. Our tutors do their best to make their students feel at ease: you may be feeling anxious about the class, worrying that other students might know more than you or thinking that they will be older, younger or quicker to learn than you are.  The important thing to remember is that there will be others in the class who are there for the first time, so you will not be the only one who is a little nervous.

Always talk to your tutor about any concerns you may have – in many cases small adjustments can make a big difference.

Support for learning: 

When you enrolled, we asked you to tell us of any support needs you may have.  Sahara Williams is our Equality and Diversity Officer, and she will contact you if you have requested assistance, such as a special seat or lighting, or a classroom with level access.  She can be contacted on 020 7269 6030.  Your tutor can provide special learning materials, e.g. handouts, materials on CD and can refer you to additional learning support if that is required.

We want all our students to be on an appropriate course and to enjoy learning.  If you feel you need to withdraw from a class for an educational reason, we can refund your fee (less a small administration charge) if you let us know within 3 working days of the first meeting of the class and if the class is longer than four meetings.

Can’t afford to study? 

If you are on a low income, we may be able to help you via our Student Support Fund, which provides money for students to help with travel to and from the Centre, for childcare, materials and equipment for courses, and help with fees.  An information leaflet is available from Reception.

Download the Learner Support Fund Guidelines.

Download the Application Form.

For Childcare Download both form:s Parent & Childcare Provider

Donating to The Mary Ward Fund

By donating to the fund you can help us to help current and potential students & secure the long term future of the Mary Ward Centre. Your donation will go in its entirety towards those who otherwise would be unable to study at The Mary Ward Centre. If you are able to contribute to our Fund to help others in need, please ask at Reception or click here for more details.

Information and Advice: 

Student services staff in Reception can give you information and advice about all Mary Ward courses, and information about other adult education courses in London.  We are keen to help you continue with your studies at the end of your course here.  Tutors can advise about progression onto another course here or at another college.

The membership fee:  

You will have paid a membership fee with your enrolment.  The fee was introduced in 2007 when the Government asked colleges to raise more money from fees.  Our small membership fee helps us to do that whilst keeping the increase to a minimum. The membership fee is not charged to Widening Participation and Literacy and Maths students.  As well as giving membership of the Centre, the fee helps pay for the prospectus, and discounts on some books, materials and software.

We miss you if you don’t turn up

If you know you are going to miss a class, please let us know by phoning the student absence line – 020 7269 6086 – or send an email to  It is important that you do this for any class, in particular the first meeting of a course.

Refund Policy

The Centre wants its students to be on an appropriate course and to enjoy their learning. A full refund or a transfer to another course will apply under certain  circumstances. Please see the  Refund Policy for more information.

Class location: 

Please check your course description, the website or the prospectus for information about the location of your course.  It may be at either of the Centre’s buildings, 42 Queen Square or 10 Great Turnstile, or at an off-site venue.   A map will be provided as appropriate.

The cafe:  

Our vegetarian cafe at 42 Queen Square serves a range of hot and cold food and drinks.  It is open every day during term time.  More information is available here.

How to find us:  

The main Centre building is in Queen Square, off Southampton Row via Cosmo Place.

The nearest tube stations are Russell Square and Holborn.

Our second building is at 10 Great Turnstile off High Holborn. Nearest tube stations are Holborn & Chancery Lane

Local buses: 

59, 68, 91, 168, 188 stop in Southampton Row

1, 171, 243, 501, 521 stop in Kingsway

19, 38, 55 stop in Theobald’s Road

8, 25, 242 stop in High Holborn

25, 98 stop in Red Lion Square

Our other building near Waterloo is Blackfriars at 1 Rushworth Street SE1 0RB. Nearest tube station Southwark (Jubilee Line) & Waterloo.

Local buses:

The following buses stop close to Great
Suffolk Street:
35 stop name Southwark Street
40 stop name Southwark Street
45 stop name Pocock Street
63 stop name Pocock Street
100 stop name Pocock Street
133 stop name Southwark Street
343 stop name Southwark Street
344 stop name Great Suffolk Street
381 stop name Lavington Street
C10 stop name Southwark Street