How do you measure an excellent education? Some would argue it's by exam results and a smooth passage to the next school, but I firmly believe that the unquantifiable aspects are every bit as important a benchmark.
St Margaret's is so much more than just a stepping-stone to academic success at 11+. In joining our vibrant community your son or daughter will start a life-long journey of exploration. We will provide your child with endless opportunities to unearth talents, ignite interests, take risks, and experience failure as well as success. Along the way your son might discover a passion for music, or your daughter may become a gifted sportswoman.
Like you, we aspire for your child to be more than the sum of his or her academic achievement. That's why we place just as much value on building self-confidence and self-esteem, on encouraging self-assessment and personal organisation. These qualities are harder to measure, but they are the key to your child ultimately being the best he or she can be.
Naturally, you'll be keen to understand what makes St Margaret's special? You will undoubtedly want your children to be happy and enjoy a broad and stimulating education that's rich in opportunities. But St Margaret's is so much more.
The right environment
Your child will learn in a safe, nurturing environment and spend each day in modern, stimulating and purpose-built teaching spaces. 30 acres of campus and offsite facilities mean there's space to explore, learn, play, let off steam, relax, think and grow.
Facilities and opportunities to develop potential
Wherever your child's strengths and interests lie, we have the facilities to support them. Learning spaces are contemporary, vibrant and well-equipped; these have been purpose-built in the last 10 years. These include dedicated specialist teaching rooms; a 25m indoor swimming pool; sports pitches; all-weather Astroturf; Chapel; dining hall; theatre and an outstanding Library and Computer Suite where interactive learning takes place. Additionally, outdoor space is plentiful and children enjoy time spent in the school garden; wildlife area, courtyard classroom or one of the many play areas.
A tailored learning programme
Teaching throughout the school is tailored to meet the needs of the individual child. Children are encouraged to reflect and evaluate their own learning and with support identify their next steps. Specialist teachers offer a wide range of experiences and as a result, our teaching delivers truly personalised learning for each child. An extensive range of mobile technology enhances learning across the curriculum.
Zest and vitality
Your child will join a school with real spirit and energy, which lives each day to the full. We purposefully pack excitement and learning experiences into every moment. Our staff are passionate about teaching and lessons are fun, vibrant and engaging. The children's love of learning is infectious and we hope it'll rub off on you too!
Foundations for life
Of course you want your children to be happy, alongside giving them the best possible start in life. St Margaret's is a place where friendships and special memories are created and where a love of learning is established. Your children will understand that success requires hard work, personal responsibility, respect and consideration for others. These qualities will remain with them, equipping him or her for future challenges and providing an edge in years to come.
I would really like to have the opportunity to find out more about your family and help you decide whether St Margaret's is the right place for your child's exciting journey of adventure and exploration. Please contact us to arrange a visit - we welcome parents throughout the year.
St Margaret's is an independent day preparatory school for boys and girls aged 3-11 based in Calne, Wiltshire.