At St Mary’s Calne, the approach to teaching and learning is well-defined. We focus on the theme of ‘Connected Teaching and Learning’: on teachers connecting with each other across departments to share best practice; on pupils making connections across disciplines; on peer learning; on using technology to enhance learning; and teachers connecting to cluster groups and expertise beyond St Mary’s.

The seven most important attributes we wish to develop in our learners at St Mary’s to equip them to be ready for the academic and wider challenges beyond school are:


Proactive Learners who show or have:

  • Initiative
  • Ability to work independently
  • Discerning research skills
  • Active reading and listening skills
  • A desire to develop scholarship, depth and rigour
  • Willingness to ask for help

Inquisitive Learners who:

  • Show curiosity
  • Have a thirst for knowledge
  • Analyse not just accept
  • Investigate patterns and connections
  • Evaluate
  • Question

Creative Thinkers who are:

  • Inventive
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Original
  • Willing to think outside the box
  • Imaginative

Confident Learners who:

  • Challenge assertions
  • Are risk takers
  • Are adventurous
  • Take the lead
  • Are receptive to new ideas and approaches

Collaborative Learners who:

  • Work effectively with their peers
  • Work well with others
  • Show tolerance and understanding of others’ views
  • Value the contribution of others in a group
  • Are empathetic

Robust Learners who are:

  • Self motivated
  • Ambitious
  • Determined and persevering
  • Resilient
  • Resourceful

Reflective Learners who:

  • Show self awareness and assessment of their own learning
  • Demonstrate the ability to be self reflective and self evaluative
  • Take responsibility for their own learning
  • Respond positively to feedback