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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' Boarding & Day
Founded 1873
Headmistress Dr Felicia Kirk
Date Appointed January 2013
Girls Age Range 11-18
Number of pupils 365
Number of boarders 290
Number of sixth formers 120
Day fees per annum £29,025
Boarding fees per annum £38,925
Average Class Size Max 17, smaller in the Sixth Form
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:5
Associations GSA,HMC,AGBIS,ISCis,BSA

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 365 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 curriculum-enhancing opportunities as well as extra-curricular ones.

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. The school was the top achieving independent school in the South West, (The Sunday Times Schools Guide 2018) and is also the first independent school in the UK to be given the prestigious Platinum Science Mark Award. In 2018, St Mary's Calne students went on to study at a range of leading Russell Group universities including: Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Imperial, LSE, Newcastle, UCL and Warwick. The girls will be studying a diverse range of subjects, ranging from Architecture, Chemistry, Civil Engineering to Fine Art, Politics & Modern Languages, Law and Medicine.

Outside the Classroom

Opportunities in sport, music, art and drama abound and the facilities are superb, including a new £2.55 million sports complex and full-size astro, theatre, and 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 a student 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. The girls also enjoy many other sports, including tennis, hockey, fencing and ski racing.

Trips abound and in 2017-18 included a Classics Trip to Rome, a French Trip to Samoens and a Music Tour to Poland.

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