01. Head

‘Pupils at the school are well-rounded, articulate and self-confident young people.’ ISI report 2017

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02. Hard Hats

'In Year 7 we had an amazing week in Bude, where we did different, fun activities.'

03a. Friends

'In Year 7 you make really good friends very quickly.'

04. Two Girls Science Award

First UK independent school to be awarded the Platinum Science Mark.

05. Girls are happy Group of  Sixth Formers

'Girls are exceptionally well cared for, & are happy in their school.'

06. Artist

‘Pupils excel in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities.’ ISI report, 2017

06a Pupils excel - rafting

‘Pupils excel in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities.’ ISI report, 2017

07. Drama Cabaret

‘Pupils achieve highly in the creative arts’ ISI report 2017

08. Sport

'Girls benefit from a wide range of opportunities outside the classroom, from traditional sports to fencing & sail racing.'

09. Music Junior Choir

'There are over 13 different musical groups & ensembles.'

10. Science Girl in orchard

'Teachers have taken a genuine interest in me as an individual.'

11. FD House 24/7 boarding

A 24/7 boarding school ...

12. Overseas trips

Trips and expeditions abound, taking girls to all parts of the globe.

13. Exudes Warmth Sixth Form House girls on sofa

'St Mary's exudes a lovely warmth as one wanders around the school.'

St Mary's School, Calne

Dr KirkWelcome to the St Mary’s Calne website. I feel very privileged to be the Headmistress here, leading the school and building on the extraordinary achievements of its past.

St Mary’s Calne is an independent boarding and day school for girls aged 11-18, a happy, purposeful and flourishing community of around 340 pupils with a 80% to 20% boarding to day ratio.

Founded in 1873, the school has been providing an outstanding education for girls for 140 years, and our alumnae have prominent positions in every profession from the law, politics and medicine to the arts, drama and sport. There is a strong tradition of the core academic subjects and strength in science and mathematics, as well as modern languages, arts and humanities. Our girls go on to study at top UK and American universities; the striking range of courses they embark upon shows the wealth of choice available to our pupils.

Located near the market town of Calne and amidst the natural beauty of the Wiltshire Downs, we are also within easy reach of the university towns of Bath, Bristol and Oxford and just over an hour by train from London. Our ideal location means that our girls benefit from a huge range of curriculum-enhancing opportunities as well as extra-curricular ones.

We provide an exceptional, all-round education for girls. As a relative newcomer, what makes St Mary’s a really distinctive school for me is its special blend of excellence in pastoral care and academic development in a nurturing environment. I have been tremendously impressed by the St Mary’s girls; they are articulate and confident as well as warm and caring, taking an active part in local community service. The St Mary’s staff are highly professional: their dedication underpins the warmth and vibrancy of this boarding community where the individual girl matters most.

We offer an enormous range of opportunities for every girl in sport, music, art, drama and more. In sport we have skiing, horse riding and fencing as well as hockey, netball, lacrosse and tennis. Our girls take part in Duke of Edinburgh expeditions and school trips to extraordinary locations, from Iceland to China. They sing in our renowned choirs and play in our orchestra - and take their music to faraway places from Italy to America. Their creativity and flair are in evidence in our superb drama productions and artwork.

St Mary’s girls become independent thinkers and responsible citizens, empowered for the future and ready to take their place in the world as generations of our inspiring alumnae have done. The school has great traditions and is proud to be a vital part of the local community.

Together with the staff and girls I encourage you to come and get a real sense of what makes a St Mary’s education so exciting, enriching and relevant. I hope that we shall see you and your daughter in school for a visit very soon and I very much look forward to meeting you.

Dr Felicia Kirk
BA (University of Maryland), MA (Brown University), PhD (Brown University)