St Margaret's Preparatory School
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This school has 1 parent review


Curzon Street
Calne
SN11 0DF
01249 857220
Pupils
180
Ages
3 - 11
Gender
Co-Ed
Type
Other Independent
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NATIONAL AVG. 2.08
Independent Inspection Report
PREP

Independent preparatory schools do not have to follow the National Curriculum or submit test results to the Department for Education so there is no individual school performance data or star rating.

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Scholarship Status
£1,255
to
£4,590
Day Fees Per Term

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NURSERY 3+

Co-educational nursery

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School Description

An independent day preparatory school for boys and girls age 3-11. The children share the excellent facilities of St Mary's, Calne, including sports pitches, gymnasium, 25m indoor swimming pool, theatre, Chapel and dining hall. The school has a specialist languages room, a dedicated Computer Suite and Music Room. There is an After-School Club which provides wrap-around care until 6.00pm each evening.
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St Margaret's Preparatory School Reviews

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BY PARENTS, FOR PARENTS

“Perfect pastoral care; fantastic all round education”
AUTHOR:
I cannot speak highly enough of St Margaret’s. The commitment of the staff, teachers and headmistress, to get the best out of each and every child is second to none. My son receives a fantastic all round education in an environment built around respect, hard work and enjoyment. The sports department excels at introducing the children to competitive team sports and organises a comprehensive fixture list each term to back it up. Pastoral care is perfect, and the communication between parents and teachers is very open. No problem was ever left unresolved. Music and performance builds self confidence in every child and all are encouraged to take part. It’s always amazing to see less confident children getting involved (often revealing incredible hidden talents). Positivity, maturity and all round confidence are the three things I have seen develop in my son – I can’t ask for more than that.
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News & events from St Margaret's Preparatory School

Last update: 13 May 2021
ST MARGARET’S PREP EXCELLENT ACROSS THE BOARD SAY INSPECTORS

  
Staff and pupils at St Margaret's are celebrating their latest inspection report after inspectors declared its education standards excellent.

The Independent Schools Inspectorate, the Ofsted equivalent for independent schools, graded the school excellent for the quality of both the children’s academic and other achievements, as well as the quality of their personal development.

Mrs Karen Cordon, headmistress at the time of the inspection, said: ‘I am absolutely thrilled that St Margaret’s has been graded ‘excellent’ across the board.  We could not be more pleased with the way the inspection team captured the ethos of the school and in particular the essence and the spirit of the children.
 

Read our latest report >>


   

Discover what our children love about St Margaret's at one of our Open Events.

 

Individual Tours
we can offer an appointment to talk to the Headmaster by video link and/or organise a visit to the school (after the school day has finished) at 4.30pm. To make an appointment, please contact:

Mrs Simone Hughes, Marketing & Admissions Manager
01249 857379
[email protected]

Open Mornings & School Visits >>
WHAT MAKES ST MARGARET'S SO SPECIAL? 

 

 

St Margaret's Prep is a thriving independent day school for boys and girls aged 3-11, sharing a 28-acre campus with St Mary's Calne. We moved to our current premises in 1940 and have gradually grown to what we are today – a happy and vibrant school of 180 pupils with broadly equal numbers of boys and girls. At St Margaret’s, we believe our duty is to prepare the children in our care to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world; to equip them with the life skills and attributes that will allow them to flourish in their senior schools and beyond.

We offer a holistic and balanced education, with strong values at its heart. These values provide a framework for our children as they interact with one another, experiencing the challenges and achievements of their educational journey with us. Our aim of ‘Inspiring Excellence’ is central to our commitment to ensure that each pupil aspires to fulfil his or her potential.

We aim to instil a positive sense of self in each pupil and a drive to be the best that they can be in all respects. Our philosophy is underpinned by the belief that children thrive when they are happy, stimulated and encouraged. 

Fulfilment at St Margaret’s is not just about academic rigour, it’s also about respect and understanding for each other and giving our pupils the tools to understand themselves. Throughout their time at school we see our children grow in independence, self-esteem and confidence as they learn key ‘soft skills’ and acquire knowledge and understanding with a growth mindset. We all work towards ensuring that firm foundations are laid before the children move on to senior school and face the challenges that the workplace and wider world will present in the future. 

Through embracing our shared school values, we create an atmosphere which gives our children the confidence to achieve their best in a supportive and engaging environment.

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

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ST MARGARET'S EVACUEES

A mixture of high-tech wizardry and old-fashioned arts and crafts helped transport children from a Calne school back to the time of the Second World War.

Pupils in Year 6 at St Margaret’s Prep School traditionally visit the Steam museum in Swindon as part of their history lessons on the war.  But this year Coronavirus restrictions meant that the trip could not go ahead, so creative teachers decided to organise their own day to bring the era alive.  Both Year 6 classes at the school came dressed as evacuees carrying gas mask boxes they had made at home as part of a homework assignment.

They were met by teachers also dressed as schoolmarms from the 1940s. Year 6 teachers Georgina Gibson and Olivia West threw themselves into the role play.

Mrs Gibson said: “Teachers and teaching assistants all jumped at the chance to dress up and embrace the event.

“It was a fantastic day and one I hope the children will remember.”

The difficulties for families living through the Blitz were brought home as blacked out classrooms were turned into virtual tube station shelters thanks to the Internet. 

Mrs Gibson said: “It gave the children the chance to feel what it would have been like with the bombs coming down.”

The children also sang songs of the day used to keep morale high and made Spitfire aircraft out of paper.  They also tried their hand at Enigma codes.

Head of Art Helena Harris helped the children create large models of gardens from the World War Two era complete with Anderson shelters fitted with bunk beds, vegetable patches and people.

 

  ST MARGARET'S AWAREDED FAIRAWARE STATUS

Children at St Margaret's are learning they have the power to make a difference to the world by becoming part of the Fairtrade movement. The FairAware status is gained by carrying out a number of projects including an audit to check if Fairtrade products are being used everywhere from staff room coffee to cotton in uniform.

They also held a Fairtrade cake sale to complete the challenge section of the award scheme. Year 6 teacher Emma Symonds said: “The application was led by Year 6, and involved the whole school. We teach Fairtrade as a topic in Year 6, and in addition to the classroom-based learning, the children led an assembly and held a cake sale with cakes made from Fairtrade ingredients. We are now working towards the next level which is FairActive.”

 A spokesman for Fairtrade Schools, which is part of the Fairtrade Foundation, said: “Becoming a Fairtrade School means joining a worldwide movement – a movement where young people learn that, whatever their age, they have the power to make a difference in the world.

“It offers a great opportunity to look at global issues such as where our food comes from and how we are connected to people around the world. Students can also learn a range of skills, from teamwork and co-operation to persuasive writing to running a stall or tuck shop.”

 

  ST MARGARET'S WAVES THE FLAG FOR ALL THINGS GREEN.

St Margaret's Preparatory School has now received our third Green Flag from Eco-Schools which is part of Keep Britain Tidy.

Luckily St Margaret’s managed to finish its application before lockdown began and instead of an inspector paying a visit, as would normally happen, was judged on its portfolio of work.

Lee Wray-Davies the Eco-Schools manager for England said: “Congratulations to St Margaret’s on achieving your third Green Flag.I would like to thank you for continuing to work on your Eco-Schools Green Flag during these unprecedented time- it is a true reflection of your school’s determination to make a real difference.”

St Margaret’s eco lead and Year 6 teacher, Emma Symonds, praised pupils in her year who led the project and encouraged children from all age groups to become more aware of environmental issues. One of the young eco warriors came up with the idea for a competition to see which class could collect the most used batteries so they could be recycled properly. Miss Symonds said: “I am very proud of all our Eco-Committee. They led the whole
project and decided which of the ten topics listed for the Green Flag award they wanted to work on. They all put in a lot of time and effort and inspired other children.”

Green Flag is the highest of three awards given by Eco-Schools and to keep the status has to be renewed every two years.

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Meet the Head: Mr Luke Bromwich

Before St Margaret’s, Luke Bromwich was the Deputy Head of Prep at Kellett School, the British International School of Hong Kong. Mr Bromwich has an extensive experience of leading successful schools both in the independent and state sectors, in the UK and internationally. Mr Bromwich grew up in Devon and studied Engineering at Exeter University before pursuing his passion in education which eventually led him to Hong Kong where he has lived for the past six years.

Who/what inspired you to become a teacher?

Exeter University offered an undergraduate programme that was designed to encourage students close to graduation to consider teaching. Unsure of my next steps, and looking to bolster my bank balance, I signed up! Little did I know, this was the first step in what has so far been a rich and exciting career which has taken me across the world. Immediately I was drawn to the variety and interest of teaching such a range of subjects within Primary settings and loved the quirkiness only young children can offer. It was a refreshing perspective after my undergraduate studies –– the buzz of being in the classroom and the joy sharing every success with the pupils is hard to replicate!

What achievement are you most proud of as Head?

My proudest moments throughout my career have been seeing pupils achieve something that once seemed unobtainable to them- those light bulb moments. It is these achievements that are the most precious because this is learning –– grappling with challenge and reaching goals. Ultimately learning is a continuum that never ends. On a personal note, my appointment as Head of St Margaret’s was a very proud moment, it is a privilege to take on this role and I am very excited about the future of the school.

What does a successful school look like to you?

Happy children, enjoying their learning and achieving their potential. Walking into classrooms and seeing a rich and varied curriculum which is engaging and exciting children. Opportunities to explore interests –– quality sports, technology, music, art and languages contributing to a broad curriculum. A happy and fulfilled staff team who are committed to their roles in leading learning and are eager to continue evolving to meet the needs and changes in education in this modern world. Facilities and resources used to their fullest to enrich children’s experiences. These are all pointers to a successful school which should sit at the heart of a community.

What is the most important quality you want every child to have when they leave your school? And why?

Resilience. Learning, like life, is a journey that has its ups and downs. A resilient pupil will bounce back when they are faced with challenge.

Please give 5 words to describe the ethos of your school.

Excellence, community, opportunity, trust, nurturing.

St Margaret's Preparatory School Catchment Area Map

This school is independently managed and its admission criteria may be selective. There is no set catchment area as pupils are admitted from a wide variety of postcodes and, in the case of boarding schools, from outside the UK. Contact the school directly or visit their website for more information on Admissions Policy and Procedures.


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