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St Mary's Calne School

Address: 63 Curzon St, Calne SN11 0DF, United Kingdom

Description St Mary's Calne School

  • Founded: in 1873
  • Location: Cologne, Wiltshire, UK
  • Age of students: 11-18 years
  • Total number of students: 345 people (260 at the hostel)
  • Type of education: separate (for girls only)
  • Type of accommodation: guesthouse (campus residences)
  • Language of instruction: English.

The St. Mary's Calne School was founded in Kaln (Wiltshire) in 1873 by Canon John Duncan. Mr. Duncan wanted to create a school where girls of 11-18 years could receive a quality education, fundamental knowledge in accordance with British standards - all in a comfortable, benevolent atmosphere. Next to the main campus is the St Margaret's Preparatory School - mostly students from St Mary's Calne School come from this preparatory institution.

The development of personal talents and abilities, the full disclosure of their own potential - these are the basic values ​​of the pedagogical and administrative staff of the school. Each girl can count on the help of her personal mentor: he helps girl to create an educational program, select subjects and electives, track successes and achievements in each area. High school students can also rely on the help of consultants from the special Sixth Form Center: here they are gradually prepared for the independent life of the university campus, organize classes for career guidance and career development, and give personal advice on choosing a specialty, faculty and university. Senior students are helped to register and send documents to universities, write applications and motivation letters correctly, interesting lectures and seminars are held for them - they are devoted to corporate culture, the status of women in the modern world, women's abilities to leadership.

In each class, up to 15 people are involved, and on the A-level classes even less (an average of 8-9 students). Approximately 14% of female students are foreign students: most girls come from Russia, Spain, France, China and Korea. The great advantage of the academic program is the teaching of such subjects as "Personal Development", "IT-technologies", "Critical Thinking": it forms girls as independent, independent, successful and comprehensively developed personalities.

Students demonstrate a high academic level:

  • GCSE: 49 pupils annually pass examinations in at least 10 subjects, reaching points from C and above (the list must include at least 1 foreign language, English, humanitarian and natural directions). 77% of schoolgirls take exams for the average score A * - A (highest grade).
  • A-level: 50 students receive on final exams in total from 383 points, taking 3 subjects or more. In 2013, 94% of the graduates received points A * -B. Note also that at the Sixth Form stage, many students receive an independent qualification of the EPQ (100% successful passing of the exams), carrying out scientific and sociological research useful for the society.

In general, school graduates continue their education in universities (20% prefer to take an academic year of rest):

  • 20% are successfully enrolled in the legendary Cambridge and Oxford (and in 15% it was the universities of the "first choice", that is, the most priority);
  • 57% study the humanities, social sciences;
  • 25% prefer natural sciences or engineering;
  • 15% choose the medicine, pharmacology, dentistry, veterinary medicine;
  • 3% are educated in the fields of art and design.

Among the universities that have priority among the graduates, you can see the names of the most famous and elite educational institutions in Great Britain and around the world: University of Bristol, King's College in London, University of Cardiff, Imperial College, etc.

The school adopted a uniform uniform - it is relaxed for students of the Sixth Form, which must adhere to the official-business style. The school belongs to the Anglican church, daily services are held in its own chapel - but religion is by no means imposed: representatives of any confession and religion can study here. The rules of conduct correspond to the notions of the usual strictness of English boardinghouses: for example, smoking is punishable by a fine (paid for charity), community service and a mandatory letter to parents, but the use of drugs in any form will entail an immediate exception.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in St Mary's Calne School

Program name
from 13 400 £ / term

Middle classes (11-13 years)

At this stage, the girls' education program fully corresponds to the strict National Curriculum. The list of compulsory, common for all subjects includes the following disciplines:

  • music
  • religious studies
  • physical Culture
  • art
  • history
  • mathematics
  • English
  • the science
  • IT and computer literacy
  • modern foreign languages
  • Latin language
  • geography
  • theater.

Particular emphasis is placed on the study of mathematics and the French language, twice a week there are mandatory Chinese lessons (Mandarin dialect). At the age of 12 the girls also begin to learn Spanish, and at the age of 13 they start another foreign language (either Greek or German).

Interesting and the subject "Personal development and critical thinking", mandatory for students of any age. From the age of 13, the curriculum introduces lessons on career guidance and career planning.

The cost of schooling is 13,400 £ per term, or 40,200 £ for the academic year (1 year = 3 trimester).

from 13 400 £ / term


A two-year course for students aged 14-16 (grades 10-11), completing a course of incomplete secondary education.

In total, at the end of 11 classes, 10-11 subjects are handed over at examinations: 7 mandatory and 3-4 elective, which you can choose at your discretion.

1) Compulsory subjects:

  • English
  • religious studies (introductory course)
  • mathematics
  • science (2-3 options)
  • English literature
  • at least one foreign language
  • Career planning and career counseling
  • Critical thinking
  • Personal Development
  • physical culture and sport.

2) Subjects to choose from (electives):

  • music
  • geography
  • modern foreign languages ​​(Italian, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Spanish, Ancient Greek, Latin)
  • Religious Studies (full course)
  • history
  • theater and drama, acting
  • art
  • astronomy.

The ICT program (information and computer technology) can be studied both as a separate examination subject, and can be part of other disciplines; Those who wish can take exams and get a computer literacy certificate ECDL. Also for students is an optional course of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in English. Each student passes a minimum of 1 exam in a modern foreign language to choose from.

Students with difficulties in education are provided with personalized qualified help, as well as foreign schoolgirls - for them the course of English as a foreign language (EFL) is taught.

The cost of schooling is 13,400 £ per term, or 40,200 £ for the academic year (1 year = 3 trimester).

from 13 400 £ / term


A two-year program for senior high school students, designed for students aged 16-18 (12-13 classes, Sixth Form). The number of subjects for study is small - only 3-5 options that girls can choose from a wide, varied list:

  • classical civilization (history and languages)
  • information technology (ICT)
  • economy
  • theatrical skills
  • art
  • mathematics
  • Religious Studies (Theology)
  • physical culture and sports
  • chemistry
  • history of art
  • geography
  • biology
  • French
  • personal development
  • Ancient Greek
  • higher mathematics
  • German
  • physics
  • English
  • history
  • classical Latin
  • sport as a science
  • policy
  • music
  • Spanish.

Classes on critical thinking, as well as personal (personal) development, as well as physical education, are included in the curriculum of each schoolgirl. There is a possibility of passing working practice, and for foreign students, also lessons of English as a foreign language (EFL) are conducted, assistance is provided to students with learning difficulties.

ICT (information and communication technologies) can be studied both as a separate examination subject and as components of other courses (for example, exact sciences).

The cost of schooling is 13,400 £ per term, or 40,200 £ for the academic year (1 year = 3 trimester).

Accommodation, housing and food

The school is available to schoolgirls 11 years and older. The youngest boarders live in common rooms for 3-6 people, from the 10th grade they can count on a personal bedroom, and at the stage Sixth Form (12-13 classes) - and on a personal room with amenities. Each house-residence is designed for 50 people (divided by age): there are fully equipped kitchens where girls can cook favorite dishes, a sandwich or sweets for tea. Also in the Houses for general use, there are living rooms with upholstered furniture, TV and DVD, games rooms, computer classes and laundry. On the campus there are 7 comfortable, cozy houses (4 for senior pupils, the rest for middle school students), all are under 24-hour video surveillance and care of educators. So the girls are guaranteed complete safety and comfort throughout the entire educational period.

The students' meals are served in the common spacious dining room: breakfasts, lunches and dinners are organized in self-service format, "free buffet". Every day, the girls are offered a variety of delicious and mouth-watering, healthy and balanced meals, including dietary and vegetarian diets.

Girls are allowed to visit the nearest city (of course, with the permission of the teacher), and high school students must leave at least twice in the trimester on campus for the weekend: for example, they can go to Oxford or Bath unaccompanied.

Subjects, specialties, faculties

Subjects list : algebra, American Literature, art, astronomy, ballet, biology, chemistry, Choral singing, Digital photography, drama, ecology, English, English literature, ethics, French, French literature, Geometry, graphic design, healthy lifestyle, humanitarian sciences, Latin language, Marine research, maths, music, Natural Sciences, philosophy, physical Culture, physics, Policy and government, Preparation of portfolio, psychology, Religious studies, social sciencies, Spanish, Spanish Literature, The art of dance, Visual arts, World history,  Creative writing,  History of america

Events St Mary's Calne School

More than 80% of pupils are constantly engaged in music - they play musical instruments, participate in school ensembles, they can even pass a specialized musical exam:

  • chorus for all girls regardless of age;
  • chamber choir;
  • school orchestra;
  • orchestra of wind instruments;
  • jazz collective;
  • string ensembles;
  • orchestra brass brass and many others.

The chamber choir of the school is particularly distinguished: it regularly goes on tour, records albums, takes part in major events and festivals, including in famous halls and cathedrals.

Also as a hobby, and as an examination subject, you can learn choreography, drama and acting, theater: many of the school productions participate in the largest and most prestigious Edinburgh Festival of Arts. Those interested in high school students can pass a specialized creative examination of the London Academy of Music and Drama (LAMDA).

No less popular and art and creativity courses - many girls rent at A-level items "Art" and "History of Art." There are many options and directions:

  • ceramics and pottery;
  • sculpture;
  • textile;
  • screen printing;
  • the photo;
  • etching;
  • painting;
  • design.

To girls with lectures and master classes often come recognized artists, gallery owners, historians and auction specialists, masters of their craft, ready to share their experience and knowledge.

Each girl, regardless of age, pays due attention to sports, physical development and training - the list of compulsory classes includes:

  • gym;
  • netball;
  • athletics;
  • dancing;
  • lacrosse;
  • tennis (large);
  • swimming;
  • hockey.

You can also learn to shoot from a bow or ride a horse, ski, learn sailing or rugby, practice aerobics or fencing.

It is possible to pass the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS) exam. Students regularly successfully represent the school at major national and international competitions in horse riding, cross-country running, netball, track and field athletics, lacrosse. For students of grades 7-8, a sports balanced program "Tests and adventures for all" was developed, combining sports and hiking, expeditions in nature.

Those interested in high school students can compete for the Duke of Edinburgh Prize: participation and victory in this competition (three main prizes will be played) will be a significant plus for enrolling in the university. In addition, there are more than 30 circles, communities, clubs by interests on the campus:

  • Athletics Club
  • Computer Club
  • Yoga
  • First Aid Courses
  • Cooking
  • Astronomy
  • Choreography and ballet
  • Debate and oratory, oratory
  • Drama and theater
  • Ceramics and pottery
  • Politics and political science and much more.

Constantly conducted interesting and fun activities on the campus, competitions, competitions and quizzes among the Houses - many events are also conducted with the invitation of young students from the surrounding boarding schools. Among the number of female students are the elders and prefects who represent the pupils in the School Council (they are personally appointed by the headmaster). Cognitive, fascinating trips to Great Britain and abroad are organized: Marlborough, Bath, Oxford, the Sinai Peninsula, the USA (Florida), Iceland, China, Florence (Italy).

Equipment St Mary's Calne School

The campus of the school is located in the picturesque county of Wiltshire (Wiltshire Downs): London can be reached in about 1.5 hours, and in an hour you can reach Oxford, Bristol or Bath and their famous universities. The school itself is located very close to the main market square of the cozy town of Kaln, which is so nice to walk on a day off.

The infrastructure of the school corresponds to the latest technology, strict British quality standards:

  • classes, lecture halls and lectures with interactive equipment, computers connected to the Internet, electronic boards;
  • state-of-the-art scientific laboratories for practical studies and research;
  • 3 large libraries;
  • a spacious computer room with the latest PCs (all connected to the Internet, the software is constantly updated);
  • own medical center;
  • large swimming pool;
  • modern fitness room and a zone with simulators;
  • numerous sports grounds - for individual lessons and team games;
  • theater studio with equipped stage;
  • Own Equestrian Center with the necessary equipment, equipment and platforms, qualified instructors.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

The cost of schooling is 13,400 £ per term, or 40,200 £ for the academic year (1 year = 3 trimester). This amount includes:

  • education on the selected program;
  • accommodation and meals - full board (school residence);
  • 24-hour student care and full security guarantee;
  • regular reports for parents;
  • basic medical insurance, service if necessary.

The indicated cost is not included and is paid additionally:

  • Registration fee = 200 £
  • Deposit confirming the place on the course
  • Examination Boards
  • Deposit for education (= cost of 1 trimester = 13,400 £)
  • Additional academic and language classes (optional)
  • Additional leisure activities and excursions (optional)
  • Guardianship (registration with the agency + guardian services)
  • Air tickets in both directions
  • Transfer in both directions
  • Compulsory medical insurance
  • Personal pocket expenses
  • Visa fees and services, translation and certification of documents
  • Consular fee (paid at the Embassy).

Extra fees:

  • Deposit for a course/programme 13400 GBP
  • Registration fee (for a programme/course) 200 GBP

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

Most of the students go to school at 11-13 and 16 years. For the selection of applicants apply its own entrance exam of the school, as well as a single testing of Common Entrance. The Admissions Committee will need a report card with grades from the previous educational place (for the last 2-3 years), and if the schoolgirl pretends to be a place in the A-level program, the GCSE certificate (at least 8 subjects handed in at level C, subjects planned to be studied at Sixth Form - from A).

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