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.