St Mary’s Calne

| Day & Boarding | 11-18yrs

Type: Prep, Senior
Founded: 1873
Entrance Procedure:

For entry at 11, 12 or 13+, girls will be invited to a Taster Day, which is an informal day full of activities that will encourage girls to get to know one another and become more familiar with the school, and enable the school to begin to know them. They will then be invited to attend an Entrance Day which is a time for St Mary’s to assess and evaluate each girl. This is not a day of formal examinations; girls will sit a computerised test (Verbal and Non-Verbal reasoning and Mental Arithmetic) and participate in other activities designed to assess each girl’s ability and future potential. Places are offered subject to satisfactory performance at examination – Common Entrance if their schools have prepared them or St Mary’s Own Entrance/Scholarship examinations.

For Sixth Form entry, places are offered subject to satisfactory individual assessment- based reports from the Head of their previous school and girls will sit written papers here at St Mary’s Calne and have an interview too. Offer of a place will be conditional on satisfactory GCSE results. Girls should achieve As and Bs in the subjects they wish to take forward to A Level.

Fees per term:
Boarders: £12,975
Day: £9,675
School Visits: Contact Admissions on or call 01249 857341

Head's Up

“St Mary’s Calne provides exceptional all-round education for girls in a warm and nurturing environment, coupled with outstanding pastoral care and an enviable extra-curricular programme, with over 60 clubs and activities.”

Dr Felicia Kirk

Inside Scoop from a current parent

When choosing our next school, we were looking for one that educates girls holistically – encouraging academic achievement and excellence within a strongly nurturing environment. Our first visit to St Mary’s Calne gave us a clear sense of that, more so than any other school we have visited before or since…and our experience, with two (very different) daughters at the school, has proven that to be the case.

Our girls arrived at St Mary’s as young girls and are turning into highly engaged, inspired, independent young women with a very clear sense of their place in the world and strong determination to play a full part in it. The amazing spirit that St Mary’s engenders allows this to happen.

As Parents, We Love...

  • Flexibility to cater for very different children’s skills, abilities and talents
  • Support given to the girls – academically, building independence and achieving their ambitions
  • Leadership of the school – sets the tone in pursuit of what one might call “excellence with compassion”

Our Children Love...

  • The culture of the school
  • The horizontal boarding (i.e. in year groups) throughout the school
  • The depth of friendships they are making

School Highlights

  • St Mary’s Calne is the first UK independent school to be awarded the Platinum Science Mark.
  • Following on from a successful Music Tour to Poland, St Mary’s Music Department hosted a spectacular evening in January 2019 at the Royal Academic of Music, raising significant funds for The Armed Forces Fund.
  • In December 2018, St Mary’s Calne Tennis Academy won Wiltshire LTA’s Education Award.
  • In November 2018, the school held its third London Art Exhibition at Mall Galleries, which included nearly 100 pieces of art produced by current pupils, alumnae, parents and staff.
  • The Autumn Term 2018 was full of many sporting achievements for the girls, starting with the girls winning all four A Team County Lacrosse Championship trophies.
  • The annual Autumn play was a stunning production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the school continues to enjoy a unique Communications Programme with RADA.

Contact Us

63 Curzon Street, Calne, Wiltshire, SN11 0DF
01249 857341

Useful Dates

Term dates:
Autumn Term: 4th September – 11th December 2019
Spring Term: 6th January – 26th March 2020
Summer Term: 20th April – 4th July 2020

Open days: