St Mary's Calne
Curzon Street, Calne, SN11 0DF, Wiltshire
Girls' Boarding & Day
|Headmistress||Dr Felicia Kirk|
|Date Appointed||January 2013|
|Girls Age Range||11-18|
|Number of pupils||360|
|Number of sixth formers||120|
|Day fees per annum||£30,045|
|Boarding fees per annum||£40,275|
|Average Class Size||Max 17, smaller in the Sixth Form|
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 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.
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 2020, St Mary's was ranked 1st independent school in Wiltshire and 2nd 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 2020, 91% of the students secured their first choice of university and they will be studying a diverse range of subjects, ranging from Anthropology, Biochemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, English Literature, Geography, History, History of Art to Law, Liberal Arts & Sciences, Mathematics, Medicine and Modern Languages.
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, 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 local 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.
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 community and volunteer at a local school on a regular basis. In 2019, the girls raised £10,000 in support of a local homeless charity and over £4,000 for military bursaries.
The girls excel at sport, and the school is represented at county level in several major sports and 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, horse riding, fencing and ski racing.
For further information, or to book onto one of our Open Days, please visit: www.stmaryscalne.org