Girls at St Mary’s Calne have very good reason to celebrate, following another set of superb A Level results, with 15 girls achieving straight A*s and As and over half the entries graded A*-A.

All of the girls who held offers for Oxbridge were successful in gaining their places, not only meeting but exceeding the extremely high grades required. Head Girl, Charlotte Paterson secured her place to read Mathematics at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge with 4 A*s and Eleanor Swire, who joined St Mary’s in the Sixth Form, was also awarded 4 A*s and will be studying Human Sciences and Political Science at Homerton College, Cambridge.  Heading for Oxford University is Cynthia Li, who, with 4 A*s and 1 A, will be reading Mathematics and Statistics at Somerville College, while local girls Isobel Smith (1 A*, 2 As) from Tytherton Lucas, Wiltshire, will be reading History at Lady Margaret Hall and Laura Steel (2 A*s, 1 A) from Calne goes on to study Biological Sciences at Magdalen College.  Isobel and Laura are also to be congratulated on achieving A*s in their Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).   

Other local girls who received exceptional grades include: Helena Boase from Calne, who secured her place to read History at St Andrews with 3 A*s and A* in her EPQ; Juliet Baker from Bath (2A*s, 2As) who intends to study History of Art after taking a gap year; Luana Sharp from Bath (1 A*, 2 As) who will be studying Chemical Engineering at Manchester and Jessica Enthoven from Spye Park, Wiltshire, (3 As) who will be reading Philosophy and Politics at Edinburgh.

Congratulations to Amanda Cai who received a remarkable 3 A*s, 2 As to secure her place at Imperial College to read Mathematics and also to Francesca Pullan (3A*s) who will be reading Chemistry at Durham, with both girls exceeding their required grades.  Esme Graham and Georgia Murdoch also received all A*s and As to secure their places at Sheffield to read Medicine and Modern Languages at Durham respectively and Hebe Field secured her place to study History of Art at Edinburgh with straight As.

The girls will be studying a diverse range of subjects, such as Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Geography, History, Law, Mathematics, Medicine, Modern Languages and the Arts at prestigious universities such as Oxford, Cambridge and other leading universities. Examples include: Music at Birmingham; History of Art at Bristol; Anthropology, Theology and Religion at Exeter; History of Art, Social Anthropology, Russian Studies and English Literature at Edinburgh; English and History at Leeds; Economics at Manchester; Earth Science and Geography at Newcastle; Chemistry at Nottingham; Economics at Southampton and Physiotherapy at St George’s (University of London). We are also delighted that three girls will be heading to universities in the USA to major in: Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University; Architecture at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and Chemical Engineering at Georgia Tech.

The impressive results included 100% A*-A grades in Further Maths for the sixth consecutive year (with all Further Mathematicians achieving A*A* in Maths and Further Maths); 100% A*-A grades in Music, 86% A*-A grades in History, 83% A*-A grades in Art, 75% A*-A grades in Latin and 64% A*-A grades in Chemistry.

Headmistress, Dr Felicia Kirk, commented “I am delighted and very proud of all the girls who have worked so hard to achieve these results.  So many of the girls have not only met, but by far exceeded the extremely high grades required to secure their university places, and I am sure they will flourish as they move on to the next stage of their education. The girls at St Mary’s enjoy and achieve so much in all areas of school life – sport, art, drama and music - and participate in so many extra-curricular activities which enrich their time here, so it is especially rewarding to see them attaining these fantastic academic results.  I would like to thank the teachers and staff who have supported and encouraged the girls exceptionally well and wish the girls the very best of luck as they leave St Mary’s.”

St Mary’s Calne Sixth Form is flourishing with 110+ girls and the school offers pupils a top class academic and  all-round education with excellent facilities, including a new Sixth Form Centre, Sports Centre with indoor pool, fitness suite and gym, full-size astro, a purpose-built theatre, Art Studio and much more. We will be holding a Sixth Form Fair on Saturday, 24th September 2016.  This will include talks, Academic Department stalls and a tour.  For further information, or if you would like to attend, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


PHOTO:  the first photo in the slideshow shows (left to right): Lianne Aherne (Head of Sixth Form), Helena Boase, Luana Sharp, Dr Kirk (Headmistress) and Laura Steel.