St Margaret's is an independent day preparatory school for boys and girls aged 3-11 based in Calne, Wiltshire.
The school has an ethos that is based on traditional values combined with an innovative approach, providing a happy environment for all children in a friendly, caring community. Within this context, it is hoped that boys and girls will learn the value of hard work and how to accept discipline and responsibility.
The St Margaret's curriculum comprises an extensive range of activities, designed to promote not only learning, but also personal growth and development. It is based around the subjects of the National Curriculum which are delivered, in the main, by class teachers, all of whom are experts in the relevant ages. This is then enhanced by specialist tuition in Sport, Music, Latin, ICT and Modern Foreign Languages, as well as the extensive extra-curricular programme, designed to enrich every child's experience whilst at the school; this includes the ‘hidden curriculum’ – what the children learn from the way they are treated and how they are expected to behave. It is important that the pupils learn to grow into positive, responsible adults who can work and co-operate with others, whilst at the same time developing their knowledge and skills in order to achieve their true potential.
Sport plays an important part at St Margaret's and the school is fortunate to share a 25 acre site with St Mary's, Calne. Consequently, the children benefit from a wide range of facilities not always available to preparatory school pupils. These include a 25m indoor swimming pool where all children from Kindergarten to Year 6 have weekly swimming lessons and an all-weather surface astroturf offering facilities for hockey, tennis, football and lacrosse. Every child enjoys up to five timetabled sessions of sport in school each week; these include swimming, PE and Games. The main games for the boys are rugby, hockey and cricket and for the girls, netball, hockey and rounders. St Margaret's competes throughout the year with other schools in Bath, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and Somerset at various inter-school matches and festivals. Other sporting activities include tennis, football, cross-country and athletics. All children are encouraged to improve their physical co-ordination and to compete with confidence on the games field.
The Performing Arts have a high profile and there are Music and Drama opportunities at every age group. The children are encouraged to enter for external examinations, as well as competing in local festivals, in which their success rate is high. The school is especially proud of its award winning Chamber Choir. There is a comprehensive performance programme in place, which is enjoyed by both performers and spectators alike!
St Margaret's is extremely proud of its pupils' academic achievements. The children are thoroughly prepared for entrance examinations to senior schools and they enjoy an impressive record of success in academic and specialist subject scholarships, as well as consistently gaining entry to first-choice schools.
Good manners and consideration for the needs of others are expectations, but at the same time the children are inspired, not afraid to take risks and above all, have fun and enjoy learning!
Visitors are warmly welcomed throughout the year.