All girls are screened for any indications of learning difficulties when they start at St Mary’s. Any issues are monitored and action taken as, and if, appropriate. Girls are given lessons in study periods or during lunch breaks so they do not miss lessons. Lessons are one to one and are timetabled as one per week at the same time, on occasion a girl may receive two lessons per week.
Any child known to have SEN prior to entry to the school must have an up to date Educational Psychologist’s report and a History of Need and Provision from their current school in order to ascertain the suitability of St Mary’s Calne for the child.
Candidates who are shortlisted at Entrance Day for the Academic Scholarship will sit papers in English and Mathematics in the January of the year of entry. Girls will sit these examinations at St Mary’s Calne in the January prior to the year of entry.
The Art, Drama, Music and Sport Scholarship Auditions and Assessments for Year 6 girls will take place in December, prior to the year of entry. The offer of an award is conditional on good performance at either Common Entrance or St Mary’s own entrance examination in January.
Art, Drama, Music and Sport Scholarship candidates may additionally choose to sit the Academic Scholarship papers of they wish to be considered for an academic award as well.
For more information on these scholarships and application deadlines, please contact the Admissions Department.
Bursaries from the Calne Foundation Trust Bursary Fund may be available. This Fund has benefited enormously from the generous gifts from Old Girls of their own charitable fund and the Matthews Bursary Fund. Means-tested bursaries are, therefore, available for the daughters of former pupils wishing to enter the school. Once awarded, bursaries are usually paid termly, and reviewed annually, to confirm that the parents’ financial situation is unchanged.
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.
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)