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 Enrichment week – inter alia, gung ho girls in camouflage crawling enthusiastically under netting taking orders from an army officer - was in full swing when we visited, but we were pleased to note an A level history class of about six discussing Mary Tudor’s relationship with the clergy, rather than the apparently ceaseless rehashing of the two world wars. Ditto Northanger Abbey read in its entirety in year 9 – none of these bite-sized chunks beloved of modern exam setters. The arts take centre stage. Huge portraits adorn the entrance (colloquially known as the goldfish bowl)...

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What the school says...

Throughout a girl's time at St Mary's, she is taught as an individual and is supported continually by her personal tutor who supervises her general welfare and academic progress and gives her parents a clearly identified point of contact. St Mary's encourages independent learning that motivates, challenges and inspires the girls so that they become lifelong learners.

'We had high expectations and St Mary's has exceeded these consistently' - Current parent. We look for girls who have potential and an eagerness to learn, whatever their education before joining us.

There are many opportunities for leadership, community service and extra-curricular activity which enhance and are a key part of the curriculum. The Chamber Choir regularly performs at home and abroad. Drama productions in the theatre are exceptional and have transferred to both the London stage, due to our unique relationship with RADA, and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The school is currently represented nationally and at county level in sport, and all girls have access to our fitness suite and indoor pool. Life at St Mary's is about much more than what goes on in the classroom; the girls thrive in a safe, healthy and happy atmosphere.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Economics at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)

Sports

Polo

Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.

Rowing

Fencing

Shooting

What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmistress

Since 2013, Dr Felicia Kirk MA PhD (early 40s). Born and raised in Maryland, USA, Dr Kirk’s distinguished academic career in languages, both ancient and modern, took her to the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, where she met the Brit she would later follow to England and marry, leaving the groves of academe for the real world of teaching children. Her first job was at the Royal Hospital School in Suffolk, followed by a move into girls’ education as director of higher education at Wycombe Abbey, then latterly as head of sixth form at Ipswich High School. Of her move to Calne, she says, ‘I missed the boarding, and I liked the fact that the school is small, yet ambitious’.

Totally committed to girls’ education, she intends to build on...

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Special Education Needs

St Mary's has a well-established learning support department who support girls with individual learning needs. The girls may be dyslexic, dyspraxic or merely struggling with a particular subject. Our objective is to 'fill the gap' and provide individual tuition to girls. We maintain a close liaison with subject staff in order to support specific needs. 09-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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