St Mary's Calne
The school aims to 'develop in young women the academic and moral strength for them to become bold, resourceful, well-balanced individuals who have the capacity to lead and shape our modern world.' The school encourages ambition, 'firmly rooted in an understanding of community and the good of others. Above all, we want the girls to learn how to enjoy life and to make the most of their undoubted potential.'
Acting Head Diana Harrison says: 'We provide an exceptional, all-round education for girls. I believe what makes St Mary's a really distinctive school 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.'
Attain asked the school, what makes St Mary's Calne different – and why should parents consider it?
St Mary's Calne offers a transformative and empowering education in a relaxed environment where girls love learning and aspire to be their best selves.
In a successful, happy school such as St Mary's the pupils feel good about themselves. The school is small by design - each girl is known individually and their unique talents and gifts are spotted and nourished.
The school provides an enriching, personalised curriculum and inspirational teaching, so the students are able to achieve outstanding exam results.
The students' school experience is enhanced by superb facilities as well as trips, outings and over 70 co-curricular clubs.
The informal 'motto' at St Mary's Calne, which has been adopted by the pupils, is 'Calne Girls Can' and this perfectly reflects the character of a 'Calne Girl' – determined, resilient and prepared to give everything a go!
We encourage prospective parents to visit the school with their daughters, so they can see first-hand all that St Mary's Calne has to offer.
The school is a registered charity managed by a board of governors. Read more on the Charity Commission website.
The school was last inspected in January 2022. Read the inspection reports on the school's website.
Diana Harrison is Acting Head of St Mary's Calne.