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School Details
United Kingdom,
SN11 0DF

Tel: +44 1249 857200
Fax: +44 1249 857207

Web: www.stmaryscalne.org


Dr Felicia Kirk

Admissions Managers:
Mrs Sarah Pennington and Mrs Julie Dillon

Accreditations and affiliations:
Religious affiliation:
Church of England
Teaching languages:
Age Range & Fees
11 - 18
Day Fees
Annual Weekly
Boarding Fees
Annual Full
Boarding Fees
Number of Pupils
School Boy
School Girl
Full board
Number of Staff
Full Time
Part Time
GCSE Pass Rate - age 16
At Grades A* to C
Pass Rate - age 18
courses are offered for age 18 exams
Higher Education
Pupils who went on to Higher Education or took Gap Year

Method of Entry:

Scholarship exam, Interview, Common Entrance, Entry test or exam, GCSE results, Taster days, Visit school, Registration, Report from previous school

Scholarships & Bursaries:

Other bursaries, Drama, Academic, Choral, Financial need, All-rounder, Music, Art, 6th Form, Sport, Armed forces discounts or bursaries

What we offer

  • Classics
  • Economics
  • ICT
  • Theology
  • Drama/Theatre
  • Psychology
  • Photography
  • Philosophy/Ethics
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Government/Politics
  • Critical thinking
  • Spanish
  • Ancient Greek
  • Chinese
  • German
  • French
  • Greek
  • Latin
  • English
  • Mandarin
  • Italian
  • English as foreign/2nd language
  • Rugby
  • Squash
  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Tennis
  • Fencing
  • Cricket
  • Cross-country
  • Football
  • Polo
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Martial arts
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Water sports
  • Gymnastics
  • Touch rugby
  • Volleyball
  • Rounders
  • Fitness training
  • Athletics
  • Lacrosse
  • Netball
  • Astronomy
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Drama productions
  • Dance
  • First aid/life savers
  • Yoga
  • Chess
  • Scuba diving
  • Skiing
  • Horticulture
  • Ballet
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Horse riding and management
  • Adventure training
  • Young Enterprise
  • Shooting
  • Public speaking/Debating
  • Canoeing
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Choir
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Organ
  • Pipe band
  • Brass
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • Percussion
  • Jazz
  • Particular diets
  • Experience of expatriates' children
  • Rail/Airport services
  • Experience of diplomatic corps' children
  • Experience of services' children
  • Experience of international students
  • Experience of gifted children
  • Autistic Spectrum of Difficulties
  • Hearing Impairment (HI)
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • Epilepsy
St Mary’s Calne is a boarding and day school of around 335 girls aged 11–18. Approximately 80% of the girls board and it is a rich boarding life with all girls taking part in the full-curriculum and extracurricular activities on offer.

St Mary’s is committed to providing an education that will challenge and inspire its pupils, as well as helping them to achieve fantastic public examination results. In 2012, the girls continued their strong performance in maths and the sciences with A*–A grades across the board in Chemistry, Physics and Further Maths A Levels. 14% of the year group won a place at Oxford or Cambridge and the overwhelming majority of the girls got into their first choice university and achieved or exceeded their personal aims.

At GCSE, St Mary’s recorded its best ever performance: more than four in five GCSEs (85%) were awarded A*–A grades and over 70% of the girls gained eight or more A*–A grades. Moreover, an amazing one in four girls achieved full marks in at least one of their GCSE subjects.

As well as being noted for academic excellence, St Mary’s is renowned for outstanding pastoral care. The school is small by design and it is a close and caring community where every girl is known and cared for as an individual. Every girl has a Tutor and in the Sixth Form a Director of Study, to support and guide her through every aspect of school life; from organisational skills and subject choices through to university application.

All girls go on to higher education, and the purpose-built Sixth Form Centre, a tailor-made lecture programme, a women in corporate culture conference, debating competitions, careers advice, leadership roles and much more prepare the girls for university and beyond. Different opportunities give the Sixth Form girls independence, yet they remain an integral part of the school and are fantastic role models for the younger girls.

St Mary’s sportswomen compete at a national level in several major sports and the school regularly fields a successful team for the British Schoolgirls’ Ski Races. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is very popular. 80% of girls play musical instruments and take part in a wide variety of ensembles, including the award-winning Chamber Choir. Drama productions transfer to the London stage and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the department boasts a unique relationship with RADA.

It is the individualised approach to every aspect of school life that makes St Mary’s Calne special.
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