St Mary’s School: Calne, Wiltshire, UK

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St Mary's is a girls independent private boarding school in Calne, Wiltshire, England with an internationally acclaimed Chamber Choir. St Mary’s Calne welcomes girls between the ages of 11 and 18. Girls are selected on the basis of sound academic achievement and their potential to contribute to the many different areas of school life. Eighty per cent of the girls play musical instruments and the Chamber Choir has recently performed in London, Paris and New York. This boarding school is a member of: AGBIS (Association of Governing Bodies of Independent Schools) BSA (Boarding Schools Association) GSA (Girls' School Association) ISA (Independent Schools Association) ISC. 

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7 days boarding: 

12,975 per term

About the school

The School was founded in 1873 by Canon John Duncan, the vicar of Calne. He was a man of vision and determination and for over thirty years worked unstintingly to establish St Mary's as an outstanding girls’ school with an Anglican foundation.

The school is extremely well-resourced and has excellent facilities which contribute to the quality of the teaching and learning on offer. All departments, including the science laboratories, are very well equipped, several with subject libraries and a number with interactive whiteboards. The taught curriculum is complemented by outings to cultural events, supplementary lectures and field study courses, including trips abroad.
The small classes (typically 15 in a class, with fewer at AS and A Level) allow the highly qualified teaching staff to focus on the needs of the individual, stretching and supporting her as appropriate, and encouraging her to enjoy learning and to develop and pursue her particular interests. Facilities for study are excellent: girls benefit from no less than three libraries – a junior library, a senior fiction library and a reference library – which are well stocked and provide an environment conducive to private study. The school has a wireless network, offering access to the internet from anywhere in the classroom wing and in the Senior Boarding Houses.

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Location Description

From M4 Westbound Leave the M4 at junction 16 and at the roundabout take the second exit onto the A3102 towards Calne. Remain on the A3102 for 12 miles into Calne. At the roundabout junction with the A4, turn left on to Curzon Street. Continue for a further 0.5 miles and you will find us situated on the left hand side. From M4 Eastbound Leave the M4 at junction 17 and at the roundabout take the fourth exit on to the A350 towards Chippenham. Continue into Chippenham and at the roundabout continue ahead on to the B4158, Malmesbury Road. At the next roundabout take the third exit on to the A420, New Road. From the right hand lane, bear left under the railway bridge. At the Bridge Centre roundabout, take the third exit signposted Calne. Follow signs to Calne A4. As you arrive in Calne, continue ahead at the roundabout junction with the A3102 on to Curzon Street. Continue for a further 0.5 miles and you will find us situated on the left hand side. By Train The nearest station is in Chippenham. We are a short taxi ride from the station. For further information on train times and fares, please call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50, or visit

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