GCSE celebrations Girls and staff at St Mary’s Calne are celebrating following the girls’ record-breaking GCSE results, with an outstanding 62% of all entries grade A*, the best results achieved by girls at the school to date. The girls also achieved a superb 86% A*-A and 98% A*-B grades.

26 of the 54 girls achieved A*-A grades across all their subjects, including eight girls with a clean sweep of A*s. Special congratulations to our top three performers: Frances Arnold, Hannah Barber and Sophie Mallinson (all with an exceptional 11 A*s) and to Zara Collier Baggs, Lily Douglas-Pennant, Sylvia Rutherford, Ila Shetty and Charka Stout who all gained 10 A*s. In addition, Zara (who joined St Mary’s on a Foundation Scholarship, offered to gifted and talented girls from the state sector*) and Ila also achieved the highest possible grade (9) in the newly reformed English Language examination. Congratulations also to Katya Green for achieving 10 A*s (including the English Language equivalent, of grade 9).

There were some excellent results in many of the subjects, including: 100% A*-A in Art, Music and Greek, 96% A*-A in Spanish, 94% A*-A in both Biology and Latin, 92% A*-A in History and Religious Studies, 91% A*-A in Geography, 89% A*-A in German, 83% A*-A in English Literature, 82% A*-A in Chemistry and 80% A*-A in French, Maths and Physics. This year also saw the first year of the reformed English Language paper, graded 9 to ,1 and we are delighted that our girls achieved the equivalent to 72% at A*-A.

Headmistress, Dr Felicia Kirk, commented: “The girls richly deserve these outstanding results and I would like to congratulate each and every one of them. There is a culture of achievement and academic rigour at St Mary’s and the girls have really risen to these academic challenges, while also enjoying the huge breadth and quality of extra-curricular opportunities open to them. My thanks to all the teaching and non-teaching staff who are so dedicated in supporting the girls to enable them to achieve their goals. In our recent ISI inspection, the inspectors commented that the ‘relationships between pupils and their teaching staff are excellent’ and highlighted the importance that the girls’ tutors play. All the girls are exceptionally well supported in both their academic and extra-curricular pursuits at St Mary’s Calne and this is, I believe, one of the factors that make the school so special. The girls are certainly well poised to make the most of all the opportunities awaiting them in the Sixth Form and I am sure they will continue to flourish in all areas of school life.”

St Mary’s Calne Sixth Form offers a dynamic learning environment, with 100+ girls. The school provides a top class academic and all-round education with excellent facilities, including a new Sixth Form centre, Sports Centre with indoor pool, fitness suite and gym, full-size astro, a purpose-built theatre, Art studio and much more. We will be holding a Sixth Form Open Day on Saturday 23rd September, 2017. This will include talks, Academic Department stalls and a tour. Open Days will be held on 7th October and 11th November 2017. For further information, or if you would like to attend, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

* Foundation Awards for state school applicants are available at St Mary’s Calne for 11+ and Sixth Form entry in 2018. For further information please call 01249 857200.