St Margaret's Preparatory School

St Margaret's Preparatory School

St Margaret's is a thriving independent day school for boys and girls aged 3 -11, sharing a site with St Mary’s, Calne.  Our ethos is based on traditional values with an innovative approach, providing a happy environment for all children in a friendly, caring community.  Within this context, we hope that our pupils will learn the value of hard work and how to accept discipline and responsibility.   We aim to foster creativity and to help our children become independent learners.


We have a happy, successful school where ‘teaching and learning’ is at the heart of all that goes on.  Our children demonstrate self awareness, the confidence to perform in front of an audience, tolerance and humility; attributes that are not easily quantified.

Children generally start life in the Kindergarten which offers a safe and stimulating nursery environment for 3 and 4 year old children. The focus is on nurturing and building the children’s confidence to make the move to one of the Reception classes the following year far less daunting.  Both classes are housed in light, bright and spacious classrooms, situated in a modern, purpose-built facility specifically designed for our youngest children.  The children benefit from dedicated and fully experienced Early Years teachers, who are supported by well qualified Teaching Assistants.

The curriculum comprises an extensive range of activities, designed to promote not only learning, but also personal growth and development.  This is enhanced by the extensive extra-curricular programme, planned to enrich every child’s experience whilst at the school; this includes the 'hidden curriculum' – what our children learn from the way they are treated and how they are expected to behave. 

Our ethos - ‘commit to excellence’ - provides a very positive focus for the entire school community.  We all have different talents but striving to be the best you can possibly be is what we aim to instil in everyone at St Margaret’s.  We expect good manners and consideration for the needs of others, but at the same time we want the children to be inspired, not be afraid to take risks and above all, have fun and enjoy learning!

The Year 6 children are thoroughly prepared for Common Entrance and Senior School 11+ examinations and the school has an impressive record of success in gaining entry to first choice schools as well as major scholarships to leading independent schools, both in academic areas, sport and in The Arts. 

We are a busy and vibrant school, where the happiness of the children is of paramount importance, because we believe that a happy, secure child is one who will learn, blossom, thrive and succeed.

Visitors are welcome throughout the year.  Please contactl Mrs Simone Hughes to make an appointment:  01249 857379 or email


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School Information

D Boys 3 -11 , Girls 3 -11

Headmistress: Mrs Karen Cordon
Curzon Street, Calne, Wiltshire, SN11 0DF
01249 857220

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