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St Mary's Calne

St Mary's Calne

Curzon Street, Calne, SN11 0DF, Wiltshire

01249 857200



St Mary's Calne
School type Girls' Day & Boarding Senior & Sixth Form
Founded 1873
Acting Head Mrs Diana Harrison
Date Appointed January 2023
Girls Age Range 11-18 years (boarding from 11)
Number of pupils 360
Number of sixth formers 119
Day fees per annum £34,860 per annum
Boarding fees per annum £46,725 per annum
Average Class Size Max 17, smaller in the Sixth Form
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:5
Associations BSA, GSA, HMC, AGBIS, ISC

St Mary's (founded in 1873) is an independent boarding and day school for girls aged 11-18, a happy, purposeful and flourishing community of around 360 pupils with an 80% to 20% boarding-to-day ratio. St Mary's welcomes cultural diversity and around 15% of the students come from overseas.

The school is located in the market town of Calne and amidst the Wiltshire Downs, an area of stunning natural beauty and historical significance. The school is within easy reach of the university towns of Bath, Bristol and Oxford and just over an hour by train from London. This ideal location means that the girls benefit from a huge range of co-curricular opportunities.

Focus on the individual

Small by design, St Mary's provides exceptional all-round education in a warm, nurturing environment. It is the individualised approach to every aspect of school life that makes St Mary's Calne special.

The pastoral care is outstanding. Every girl has a Tutor to support her through aspects of school life, from organisational skills and subject choices through to university application.

High Achievers

St Mary's Calne has a well-deserved reputation for academic excellence and is committed to providing an education that will challenge and inspire its pupils. In the Sunday Times Parent Power Schools' Guide 2023, St Mary's was ranked 1st independent school in Wiltshire and 3rd in the South West. St Mary’s is also the first independent school in the UK to be awarded the Platinum Science Mark Award.

In 2023, the girls went on to study at a range of leading universities including Oxford, St Andrews, Durham, Edinburgh, Exeter, King's College London (KCL) and London School of Economics (LSE), Royal Holloway and Warwick. In recent years, several girls have been successful in gaining places at prestigious universities in the USA.

Outside the Classroom

Opportunities in sport, music, art and drama abound and the facilities are superb, including a £2.55 million sports complex and full-size astro, theatre, a Sixth Form Centre and a state-of-the-art new library, overlooking the orchard.

Almost 80% of girls play musical instruments and take part in a wide variety of ensembles. The girls perform at many events, both in the local community and further afield.

Drama productions in the purpose-built theatre are of the highest standard. In Year 9, pupils perform at a professional theatre and senior students perform annually at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

In Art, in addition to holding a triennial exhibition in London, the girls have received numerous awards, including having artwork selected for the Young Artists’ Summer Show at the Royal Academy of Arts. The girls are also very active in the local community and have helped in local hospitals, residential care homes, the community library and in local schools.

Sport plays a very important part in school life and all the students are encouraged to participate, whatever their ability. Several girls represent the county in Lacrosse and Athletics and many have gone through the county development system in Netball and Hockey. Girls have represented England and Wales in Lacrosse, trained for the GB Pony Eventing Teams and competed in the English Nationals for swimming. The Tennis Academy was a National Finalist in the LTA's prestigious 2021 'School of the Year' Awards. In addition, a huge range of co-curricular sports, such as ski racing, climbing, golf and ultimate frisbee are available.

For further information, or to book onto one of our Open Days, please visit: www.stmaryscalne.org