St Mary’s Calne is top achieving independent school in the South West

St Mary’s Calne is top achieving independent school in the South West

28 November 2017

The top performing schools in the South West were revealed in Parent Power, The Sunday Times Schools Guide 2018, published in The Sunday Times and online on Sunday, November 26th and we are delighted that St Mary’s Calne is the top achieving independent school in the South West, ranked by recent examination results! St Mary’s Calne is also placed 35th in the national independent school rankings.

St Mary’s prides itself on offering a superb all-round education, where extra-curricular activities go hand-in-hand with a first-class academic education. Indeed, this is something echoed in the recent findings in the ISI Report, where inspectors found that “pupils have outstanding attitudes to their learning” and also “pupils excel in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities“, due to the “excellent coaching and commitment from staff.”

Headmistress, Dr Felicia Kirk, commented: “In this, the first year of the more complex and difficult A Levels, we are delighted that our girls have sustained their outstanding A Level performances, achieving 93% A*-B, whilst also engaging in a tremendous breadth of curriculum-enhancing activities. Girls at the school are happy, well balanced and healthy and this, coupled with the highly individualised provision and superb teaching, has enabled the girls to achieve these outstanding results; we are very proud of all of the girls.”

About Parent Power:
Parent Power is widely acknowledged as the most authoritative survey of the country’s best schools. The rankings in the secondary school league tables are determined by the percentage of examination entries gaining A* to B grades at A-level this summer (which is given double weighting) and the percentage of entries returning A* and A grades at GCSE. For English and Maths at GCSE, the new grades outcomes of 9 and 8 are treated as the equivalent to an A* grade, and grade 7s the equivalent to an A grade. They are published several weeks ahead of the official Government tables for secondary school performance.

The 25th edition of Parent Power identifies the 2,000 highest-achieving schools in the UK, ranked by their recent examination results. A fully searchable database by school name, local authority, town and postcode, together with new regional rankings are available to Times and Sunday Times subscribers at:

As well as assessment of all academic results on a school-by-school basis, Parent Power enables parents to compare the performance of a given school with other schools in the same town, local authority or nationally. There are also live links to school websites and schools’ most recent inspection reports.


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