St Mary's Calne is a boarding and day school of around 360 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. It is the individualised approach to every aspect of school life that makes St Mary’s Calne special.
All girls go on to higher education, and a lecture programme, debating, careers advice and much more prepare the girls for university and beyond.
About the school
St Mary’s is committed to providing an education that will challenge and inspire its pupils, as well as helping them to achieve excellent public examination results. On average, 15% of the girls go on to Oxbridge every year and the vast majority of the girls get into their first choice of university.
As well as being noted for academic excellence, St Mary’s is renowned for outstanding pastoral care. The school has approximately 360 girls, including a strong Sixth Form ( approx 120 girls), and it is a close and caring community where every girl is known and cared for as an individual. Every girl has a Tutor to support and guide her through every aspect of school life; from organisational skills and subject choices through to university application.
St Mary’s Calne is situated two hours west of London and offers a coach service to Reading and London on Fixed Exeat Weekends and Half Terms.
Our 2021 Open Days: Saturday 8th May, Saturday 9th October & Saturday 6th November. Pre-register by contacting: email@example.com
Scholarships, Bursaries & Fees
• Academic • Art • Drama • Music (for first-study instrumentalists) • Sport
• Academic • Bodinnar All-Rounder • Art • Choral (for first-study singers) • Drama • Music (for first-study instrumentalists) • Sport
Art, Drama and Sports Scholarships are honorary awards, for which the recipient will receive £1000 per annum. Music Scholars will be offered two free music lessons per week.
One Foundation Scholarship is available annually at 11+ and one at Sixth Form to particularly gifted and talented pupils from the state education sector who, for reasons of financial restriction, might otherwise be prevented from applying to the school.
For further information, please contact the Admissions Department: firstname.lastname@example.org
St Mary's Calne girls scoop award for Best Young Enterprise Company in Wiltshire
St Mary's Calne Young Enterprise company 'Mushy Peas' – who created a fun-filled card game to raise people’s spirits – have won 'Best Company' in Wiltshire. They are now looking forward to the South West Regional Final on Tuesday 25th May.
14th May 2021 — On Wednesday 5th May, St Mary’s Young Enterprise company, ‘Mushy Peas’, represented the school at the virtual Area Final, competing against schools from Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Bristol.
Thirty girls in Year 12 took part in the Young Enterprise Company Programme this year.
'Mushy Peas' created a fun-filled card game to raise people’s spirits, particularly given the challenges faced by everyone this year, in order to bring friends and family closer together.
The colourful, dynamic game can be played either as an App or as a printable pdf.
Led by Managing Director, Saskia, the team submitted a professional ten-page report telling the story of their company in advance of the Area Final.
Saskia, Khalilah, and Emily represented the team at the finals by giving an assured presentation on Zoom and skilfully answering a range of probing questions from the judges.
The judges were fulsome in their praise, saying theirs was a ‘very confident presentation with energy and enthusiasm and great use of visuals’, the product was ‘innovative with great foundations for growth’ and that the team had ‘adapted brilliantly to accommodate the challenges of COVID’.
All in all, they came across as a ‘well thought-out, researched, inclusive and considered company’ that has created ‘a scalable business with a real future’.
The girls won awards for Best Report, Best Presentation, Innovation and the overall trophy for the Best Company in Wiltshire.
The girls showed incredible resilience and positivity to thrive in the face of very challenging circumstances this year.
It has been an exciting journey and they have developed a whole host of skills that will be invaluable in their careers.
By virtue of winning this round, they are now looking forward to representing St Mary’s Calne at the South West Regional Final to be held online on Tuesday 25th May.
St Mary's Calne Tennis Academy nominated for LTA's National Education Award
St Mary's Calne Tennis Academy has been nominated for the LTA's National Education Award, following its success at County and Regional level.
23rd April 2021 — Following the announcement that St Mary's Calne Tennis Academy (SMCTA) won the County Education Award in March, we're delighted that the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) has now awarded SMCTA with the South and South West Regional Education Award.
Director of Tennis, Jonathan Hayes, commented: 'This is the highest award that SMCTA has received to date and it demonstrates the progress of the coaching programme at St Mary's. The coaching team will be attending the Regional Award virtual ceremony in the coming weeks, and we are very proud to be representing St Mary's on the night. SMCTA has now been nominated for the National Education Award for the very first time and we will be competing against the remaining five regions in England, Scotland, and Wales.'
The LTA's County and Regional Team will be invited to St Mary's to present the coaching team with the awards and certificates when Covid-19 restrictions allow. We look forward to sharing this experience with you very soon!
2013 Leaver, Zoe Spicer, has excelled at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and commissioned as a 2nd Lt into 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards this month - the first girl to join The Queen's Dragoon Guards!
14th December 2020 — Congratulations to 2013 Leaver, Zoe Spicer, who commissioned as a 2nd Lt into 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards on 11th December at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS).
Zoe has competed on an equal basis with the boys in all aspects of military life and has been awarded The Bahrain Communication and Applied Behavioural Science Prize and The Commandant’s Commendation. She was also in the top 5 students in her intake and will be the first girl to join The Queen's Dragoon Guards, where she will be based in Norfolk.
Zoe's parents wished to thank 'the wonderful staff who taught and supported her through St Mary’s' for their 'belief in her abilities and huge encouragement which helped to get Zoe where she is today!'
Our Year 11 girls have faced the unexpected challenges of the times with great resilience and flexibility and we are very proud of them.
20th August 2020 — In these unprecedented and unsettling times, when so many people around the world have lost loved ones and suffered due to COVID-19, our thoughts at St Mary’s are with all those who have been affected.
Our Year 11 girls have faced the unexpected challenges of the times with great resilience and flexibility and we are very proud of them. Naturally, it was disappointing for them not to be able to sit their GCSEs to show how hard they had worked and all they had learnt. The confusion over the last few weeks about how the grades were to be awarded has undoubtedly added to the anguish felt by students across the country. We congratulate the girls on how they have responded to these challenges and we are very pleased that their outstanding results reflect their talent, flair and hard work across the whole range of subjects.
Although the girls could not sit their exams, they have nonetheless been very busy. The girls participated in A Level taster sessions through our online remote learning platform, ‘Calne Connected’, and several of them have been volunteering in their local communities. Many of the girls participated in the fundraiser ‘Run 5, Donate 5, Nominate 5’ (originally ‘Run for Heroes’) which called on people in the UK and all over the world to walk or run 5km, donate £5 to the NHS and tag five friends to do likewise.
Octavia Sanger, from Winchester in Hampshire, used her initiative and decided to learn a new skill - by teaching herself how to make a film. She spent June and July filming a documentary about people's experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic, interviewing 35 people, both adults and children, across the world (including the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, the USA and Nigeria) for her film, Life in Lockdown. The 75-minute film looks at seven key areas: school, work, faith, exercise, the virus, relationships and family life and deals with how the pandemic has altered people’s lives. Octavia used her mother’s camera and learnt filming and editing skills as she went along. She was delighted to be interviewed about the film by BBC South, and her documentary, Life in Lockdown, will soon be available to view on the Amazon Prime streaming platform.
Headmistress, Dr Felicia Kirk, commented: ‘I have been very impressed by the girls and how they have reacted positively to the changing circumstances which we have all faced. It has been a difficult and unprecedented time and they have navigated the situation admirably. My heartfelt thanks go to all of the teachers and pastoral staff who have supported the girls so well and who have really gone the extra mile to deliver the curriculum (and indeed extra-curriculum) through ‘Calne Connected’. The girls can now look forward to a new, exciting chapter in their lives as they commence their Sixth Form studies at St Mary’s Calne in September.’
St Mary's Calne celebrate the achievements of their 2020 Leavers
Despite all of the uncertainties, St Mary's Calne Sixth Form girls have achieved results at the same high level as in previous years, with 91% successful in gaining places at their first choice of university.
13th August 2020 — In these unprecedented and unsettling times, when so many people around the world have lost loved ones and suffered due to COVID-19, our thoughts at St Mary’s are with all those who have been affected.
Our 2020 Leavers have experienced what no other pupils have experienced before them. We are very proud of all of the girls and how they have faced these unexpected challenges with great resilience and flexibility. Although they, like so many other pupils across the country, have not been able to sit their A Levels, they remained focused and continued working, opting into the pre-university seminars offered by St Mary’s to bridge the gap between A Level and university. The girls had worked exceptionally hard towards their A Levels, a key stage in their school life. Despite all of the uncertainties they faced, they have achieved results at the same high level as in previous years, and we are delighted that 91% of them have been successful in gaining places at their first choice of university.
In addition to their pre-university seminar studies, many of the Year 13 girls have been proactive in supporting their communities during the COVID-19 lockdown. The girls have assisted their communities in various ways, some have helped by delivering provisions to the elderly and vulnerable in their area, while others have worked in their local supermarket as key workers. Annabel Fenton (Head of Sport) has been a Dorset COVID-19 volunteer and helped the elderly in her area through this. Lucy Jefford has helped to tutor children whose parents work for the NHS, while Rose Morley put her baking skills to good use, making cupcakes for care workers. Several girls have also undertaken personal challenges during this time in order to raise money for a number of charities that they are passionate about: Yu Ying Sy is currently running 100km in 10 days for Blood Cancer UK, while Amena Boyd unicycled 60 miles to raise money for the Rainforest Alliance and also wrote letters to migrant workers who were quarantining.
The girls will be going on to study at a range of leading Russell Group universities including: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Durham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Leeds, LSE, Manchester, Newcastle, Queen Mary and UCL. 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. Every year a few St Mary’s girls also choose to study abroad and this year Amena Boyd has been accepted to read Computer Science at Minerva University, USA. In addition, a few students each year decide to study a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design before deciding which Higher Education path to follow, and this year, Hum Hunt-Davis has also been successful gaining a place on the prestigious Fashion Management course at the London College of Fashion.
Headmistress, Dr Felicia Kirk, commented: 'I am full of admiration for our girls. They adapted brilliantly to the opportunities that were available to them through our online school ‘Calne Connected’ and many of them have also volunteered and supported those less fortunate than themselves in these challenging times. The girls have all worked hard throughout their time at St Mary’s and, while it is of course disappointing for them not to have been able to sit their exams, they can now look to the future with confidence and build on the knowledge, skills and values which have been instilled in them at St Mary’s. My sincere thanks also go to the teachers and pastoral staff who have supported the girls throughout their school journey. We are looking forward to holding a proper farewell for our 2020 Leavers as soon as we are able, and we wish them the very best as they move on to the next exciting stage of their lives.'
St Mary's Calne Girls scoop 5 awards at Young Enterprise County Final
St Mary’s Calne Young Enterprise company, ‘Perspective’, represented the school at the ‘virtual’ Wiltshire County Final, held online for the first time and won the overall trophy for the Best Company in Wiltshire.
26th May 2020 — St Mary’s Calne Young Enterprise company, ‘Perspective’, represented the school at the ‘virtual’ Wiltshire County Final, held online for the first time. The girls, led by Rebecca (Year 12), submitted a ten-page report telling the story of their company, a digital image of their trade stand and a four-minute video presentation.
Perspective aim to bridge the gap between parents and teens by encouraging story sharing and creating a more open environment for all perspectives. They have created a book called ‘Note To Self’, written by 28 members of the team; full of art, anecdotes and articles sharing their personal viewpoints on a range of topics close to their hearts. They have sold over 300 copies of their book and garnered effusive praise from many readers. Furthermore, they have supplemented the book with a podcast, ‘Pod To Self’, in which Susie (Year 12) interviews the authors of the articles to develop the conversation in more depth.
The judges gave glowing praise, with judge Bruce Oliver saying 'They are the best Wiltshire team I’ve seen in 20 years with Young Enterprise' highlighting how impressed he was with their values, resourcefulness and sense of responsible empowerment. Another judge said: 'The product is both imaginative and practical, delivered to the consumer in a number of novel and creative ways. The podcasts were terrific, the video was very well delivered and the fact that they achieved downloads in every continent made this submission all the more remarkable.'
The girls won awards for Teamwork, Customer Focus, Brand Creation, Social Responsibility and the overall trophy for the Best Company in Wiltshire.
Congratulations to the girls on their achievements and their efforts throughout the year. It has been an exciting journey and they have developed a whole host of skills that will be invaluable in their careers. Having been crowned the best Young Enterprise company in Wiltshire, they are now looking forward to representing St Mary’s at the South West Regional Final to be held online on Tuesday 2nd June.
St Mary’s Calne welcomes girls between the ages of 11 and 18.
Girls are selected on the basis of sound academic achievement and their potential to contribute to the many different areas of school life.
We encourage equal opportunities for all, and do not discriminate against applicants on the grounds of race, creed or disability.