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St Mary's Calne, Wiltshire

School Details
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United Kingdom,
SN11 0DF

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

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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:

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

Scholarships & Bursaries:

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

What we offer

  • Photography
  • Economics
  • Government/Politics
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Classics
  • Philosophy/Ethics
  • Drama/Theatre
  • Psychology
  • Theology
  • Critical thinking
  • ICT
  • Mandarin
  • French
  • Greek
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • English
  • English as foreign/2nd language
  • German
  • Chinese
  • Ancient Greek
  • Spanish
  • Archery
  • Swimming
  • Squash
  • Rugby
  • Martial arts
  • Hockey
  • Golf
  • Football
  • Cross-country
  • Tennis
  • Badminton
  • Fencing
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Netball
  • Water sports
  • Table tennis
  • Athletics
  • Fitness training
  • Rounders
  • Volleyball
  • Cricket
  • Polo
  • Touch rugby
  • Astronomy
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Canoeing
  • Shooting
  • Adventure training
  • Horse riding and management
  • Sailing
  • Rowing
  • Ballet
  • Young Enterprise
  • Drama productions
  • First aid/life savers
  • Public speaking/Debating
  • Horticulture
  • Skiing
  • Scuba diving
  • Chess
  • Yoga
  • Dance
  • 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
Head PhotoSt Mary's provides exceptional all-round education for girls (aged 11-18) in a warm, nurturing environment. The pastoral care is outstanding and the school has a well-deserved reputation for academic excellence.
"Pupils are well-rounded, articulate and self-confident young people who leave the school able to face the future with confidence." (ISI Report, 2017)

The overwhelming majority of girls gain places at their first-choice university. St Mary's is the top achieving independent school in the South West (Sunday Times Schools Guide 2018) and 35th nationally, based on 2017 results and is the only independent school in the UK to have the Platinum Science Mark award. Girls go on to study a range of subjects at top universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, other Russell Group universities and in the USA.

Opportunities in sport, music, art and drama abound and the facilities are superb, including a Sixth Form Centre with 120+ girls. 80% of girls play musical instruments and take part in a wide variety of ensembles. The girls perform at many events, both in the locally community and further afield . Drama productions in the purpose-built theatre are of the highest standard and have transferred to the London stage. The Drama Department has a unique relationship with RADA, offering a course in advanced communication skills and girls also perform annually at the Edinburgh Fringe. The girls do exceptionally well in the Young Enterprise Programme, progressing to the National Final in 2017. Many pupils are talented artists and 2018 saw one girl win the Digital Prize in Saatchi's National LOVE ART Competition and two girls had their works longlisted by The Arts Society to become Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) Scholars. The girls excel at sport, and the school is represented at county level in several major sports, nationally in athletics and lacrosse, and internationally in horse riding, with all girls taking advantage of the superb sports facilities, including a new £2.55 million Sports Complex which opened in May, 2018. The girls also enjoy many other sports, including tennis, hockey, fencing and ski racing. Trips abound have recently included a Classics Trip to Rome, a French Trip to Samoens and a Music Tour to Poland.
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