Scholarships and Bursary Awards: Information for External Candidates

Download a pdf file of the Scholarship Prospectus for 2019 entry

At 11+

Scholarships available 

  • Academic
  • Art
  • Choral (for first-study singers)
  • Drama
  • Music (for first-study instrumentalists)
  • Sport

Candidates shortlisted at Entrance Day for the Academic Scholarship will sit papers in English and Mathematics in the January of the year of entry.  These examinations are sat at St Mary’s Calne.

The Art, Drama, Music and Sport Scholarship Auditions and Assessments take place in the second half of the Autumn Term of Year 6 (December) and are conditional on good performance at either Common Entrance or St Mary’s own entrance examinations in January.  Art, Drama, Music and Sport Scholarship candidates may alternatively choose to sit the Academic Scholarship papers if they wish to be considered for an Academic Scholarship as well. 

In addition to the full Academic Scholarships, Academic Exhibitions may be offered to candidates showing outstanding ability in a single subject.

For more information on these scholarships, please contact the Admissions Department.

At 13+

Scholarships available 

  • Academic
  • Bodinnar All-Rounder
  • Art
  • Choral (for first-study singers)
  • Drama
  • Music (for first-study instrumentalists)
  • Sport

For 2019 Entry, candidates shortlisted at Entrance Day for the Academic or Bodinnar Scholarship will need to be registered by St Mary’s Calne with the Independent Schools’ Examination Board (ISEB) and will sit the Common Academic Scholarship Examinations in February 2019.  The application fee charged by the ISEB for the examination is £115, and a cheque made payable to St Mary’s School Calne should accompany the application form.

The Assessment Day for Bodinnar, Art, Choral, Drama, Music and Sport Scholarships will take place in February 2019 and scholarships will be offered by the end of the Spring Term. 

Art, Choral, Drama, Music and Sport Scholarship candidates may choose to sit the ISEB Common Academic Scholarship papers if they also wish to be considered for an Academic Scholarship. 

For 2020 Entry, St Mary’s will be setting its own 13+ scholarship examinations. Candidates will be assessed in English, Maths, Science and a Modern Foreign Language.  The 13+ Academic Scholarship exams will take place on Monday 27th January 2020. Art, Choral, Drama, Music and Sport Scholarship auditions and assessments will be held on Tuesday 28th January 2020.

In addition to the full Academic Scholarships, Academic Exhibitions may be offered to candidates showing outstanding ability in a single subject.

For more information on these scholarships, please contact the Admissions Department.

Value of Awards

Academic Scholarships (including Bodinnar) for pupils joining from other schools at 11+, 13+ and Sixth Form are awarded up to 40% of a scholar’s boarding or day fees as applicable.  To be able to allocate funds to those girls who would most benefit from them financially, only a proportion of the percentage offered - 5% - is awarded automatically.  The remaining 35% - or a proportion thereof - is allocated, subject to a means test, at the Governors’ discretion.  This process remains entirely confidential and parents may request the relevant forms at the time of the scholarship award.   

Academic Exhibitions for excellent performances in one or more subjects may be awarded up to 10% of the boarding or day fees as applicable.  Only 5% will be awarded automatically, the remainder being subject to a means test at the Governors’ discretion.

Music Scholars will be awarded two free music lessons per week; Choral Scholars will be offered free vocal tuition; Drama scholars will be awarded up to two LAMDA lessons per week.  Art and Sports Scholarships are largely honorary awards, for which the recipient will be awarded £1,000 per annum. Art Scholars can use their scholarship for the purchase of relevant materials, entry to galleries, and trips at home and overseas to see works of art. Sports Scholars can use their scholarship money for the purchase of relevant equipment or clothing, sports courses, tours/training at home and overseas. Scholars submit a request for funding or present a receipt which is signed off by the Director of Teaching and Learning. 

All awards are retained to the end of Sixth Form and are reviewed at regular intervals.  Candidates who are successful in gaining an award, but require greater remission in fees in order to be able to take up their place, may apply for a means-tested Bursary.  Forms are available from the Admissions Department and should be returned to the Bursar. 

Sixth Form

Scholarships available 

  • Academic
  • Art
  • Choral (for first-study singers)
  • Drama
  • Music (for first-study instrumentalists)
  • Sport

Academic Scholarship examinations and practical assessments will take place in the Autumn Term of Year 11.  For more information, please contact the Admissions Department. 

Foundation Scholarships

One Foundation Scholarship is available annually at 11+ and one at Sixth Form to particularly gifted and talented pupils from the state education sector who, for reasons of financial restriction, might otherwise be prevented from applying to the school.  All Foundation Scholarships are retained to the end of the Sixth Form.  The Scholarships are means-tested and could reduce the Day Fees by up to 100%. 

At 11+, the Scholarships are granted solely on merit as the result of competitive examination and require the support of a candidate’s Head Teacher. Candidates sit examinations in English, Mathematics and a computerised test to assess their verbal and non-verbal reasoning skills and their numerical ability.  In addition, they are interviewed by a member of teaching staff and the Headmistress. 

At Sixth Form, Scholarships are made subject to academic record, interview, reference and personal statement.  Work relevant to the subjects for proposed A Level study should be submitted with the application form.  Candidates may also be required to sit examinations in subjects they wish to study at A Level.

All Foundation Scholarships share the same application process. Applicants should register interest in the Scholarships in September of the year preceding entry. 

CGA Bursaries

Bursaries from the Calne Foundation Trust Bursary Fund may be available.  This Fund has benefitted 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.

HM Forces Discount

For members of the permanent Armed Forces (or reservists on full-time duties, for the duration of those duties) a means-tested discount of up to 20% is offered.  Please contact the Admissions Department for more information.