St Mary's Calne

Type of school: Girls Senior school

Nearest international airport: Bristol (45km)

Age Range: 11-18

Number of pupils: 350

Number of boarders: 283

Fees per term: Boarding: £12,550
Day: £9,350


St Mary’s Calne is a boarding and day school for around 350 girls aged 11–18. Approximately 80% of the girls board and it is a rich boarding life with all girls taking part in the full-curriculum and extracurricular activities on offer.

Outstanding pastoral care

St Mary’s is renowned for its outstanding pastoral care. The school has a close and caring community where every girl is known and cared for as an individual. Every girl has a Tutor to support and guide her through every aspect of school life, from organisational skills and subject choices through to university application. All girls go on to higher education, and the new purpose-built Sixth Form Centre, a tailor-made lecture programme, a women in corporate culture conference, debating competitions, careers advice, leadership roles and much more prepare the girls for university and beyond. Different opportunities give the Sixth Form girls (110+) independence, yet they remain an integral part of the school and are fantastic role models for the younger years.

Academic excellence

St Mary’s is committed to providing an education that will challenge and inspire its pupils, as well as helping them to achieve outstanding public examination results. On average, 15% are Oxbridge candidates and the overwhelming majority of the girls gain places at their first-choice university. St Mary’s Calne is the top performing independent school in the South West based on 2017 exam results (The Sunday Times Schools Guide 2018, Parent Power) and ranked 3rd Girls’ Boarding School in the UK based on 2017 A Levels (  In 2017 the school also became the first independent school in the UK to be awarded the Platinum Science Mark (one of just 10 schools in the country to hold this award).

Beyond the classroom

80% of girls play musical instruments and take part in a wide variety of ensembles. The girls perform at many community events and in January 2018 performed at a special fundraising concert for Wiltshire Sight with blind pianist, Derek Paravicini, raising £10,000 for Wiltshire Sight and The Calne Foundation Trust. Drama productions in the purpose-built theatre are of the highest standard and have transferred to the London stage. The Drama Department has a unique relationship with RADA, which includes offering a course in advanced communication skills in Year 12. The girls also perform annually at the Edinburgh Fringe and Year 9 have staged successful productions at a professional theatre in Bath.  All girls work for the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, with large numbers going on to higher levels. The girls also perform exceptionally well in the Young Enterprise Programme, reaching the National Final in 2017.

In sport, St Mary’s Calne is a force to be reckoned with. The school is represented at county level in several major sports, nationally in athletics and lacrosse, and internationally in horse riding, with all girls taking advantage of the on-site fitness suite, 25-metre indoor pool and the full-size astro pitch. The girls also enjoy many other sports, including tennis (with some elite players in their tennis academy), hockey, fencing, ski racing and much more. The girls benefit from numerous cultural and educational trips; recent trips have included a Science trip to Costa Rica, a History trip to Russia, a History of Art trip to Paris, a Geography trip to Iceland, a French trip to Rouen and the girls are preparing for a Music trip to Poland this year.

It is the individualised approach to every aspect of school life that makes St Mary’s Calne special.


Two hours west of London. Escorted travel to and from London and airports for all holidays and exeats.


“Pupils at the school are well-rounded, articulate and self-confident young people.”

ISI Report, 2017