St Margaret's Preparatory School

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Curzon Street
Calne
SN11 0DF
01249 857220
Pupils
180
Ages
3 - 11
Gender
Co-Ed
Type
Other Independent
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NATIONAL AVG. 2.06
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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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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: 01 October 2020

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.
 

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Come and explore what children love about St Margaret's at one of our Open Mornings.

St Margaret's Prep School Calne Virtual Open Day - 8th October 2020 

The first virtual event will take place at 10.00am and will be an Early Years Open Morning.  This is designed for parents who would like to know more about what we can offer their child who would be entering Kindergarten or Reception.

The second virtual event will take place at 4.00pm and is for parents who currently have child(ren) at school and who are in Year 1 or above.

During both events, Mr Luke Bromwich, our Headmaster, will give a live presentation and this will be followed by a Q&A session.  Members of the Senior Leadership Team and Admissions will also be available to answer any questions.  

We will use Microsoft Teams to run the Open Events and we will email you a private link nearer to the time.  The duration of each event should be no more than 1 hour.

After registering for the Open Day, our Admissions Manager, Mrs Simone Hughes, will contact you with further information and details. 

Individual Tours
If you are not able to come to our Open Morning, individual visits can also be arranged during term time. To make an appointment, please click on the link below or contact:

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

Open Mornings & School Visits >>

WHAT MAKES ST MARGARET'S SO SPECIAL? 

 

 

The right environment
Your child will learn in a safe, nurturing environment. 30 acres of campus and offsite facilities mean there’s space to explore, learn, play, let off steam, relax, think and grow.

Facilities and opportunities to develop potential
Wherever your child’s strengths and interests lie, we have the facilities to support them. 

A tailored learning programme
Teaching throughout the school is tailored to meet the needs of the individual child. Children are encouraged to reflect and evaluate their own learning and with support identify their next steps. 

Zest and vitality
Your child will join a school with real spirit and energy, which lives each day to the full. 

Foundations for life
Of course you want your children to be happy, alongside giving them the best possible start in life. St Margaret’s is a place where friendships and special memories are created and where a love of learning is established.

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A COLOURFUL RUN TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE RAINBOW TRUST

Children and their families who were dressed as rainbows brought smiles to the streets of Wiltshire when they took part in a run that met lockdown restrictions to raise charity cash.

Pupils of St Margaret’s Preparatory School, Calne raised over £2,500 for the The Rainbow Trust - a charity which supports families with sick children.

Head of sport Daniel Dury said: “As a school we were blown away by the support of our families during these challenging times. We raised over £2k with members of the general public asking the children what they were doing as they ran past their homes dressed up in their rainbow attire and offered to sponsor some of our families whilst they ran along country lanes.”

The children should have been taking part in a Colour Run at school but when Coronavirus put paid to this event Mr Dury came up with the idea of the Rainbow Run which pupils and their families could do in their gardens or nearby streets.
 

More than 150 people took part dressed in bright colours. Some wore face paints and adorned themselves with ribbons. 

Oonagh Goodman fundraising director of the Rainbow Trust said: “Our family support workers, who are classed as ‘key workers’ in the current crisis, have been part of the national response to rapidly increasing demand, providing critical care and support to seriously ill children and their families in this new frightening reality. 

“We are giving emergency practical, mental, and emotional support 24 hours day to families, many of whom have children who are classed as some of the most at-risk because they are in cancer treatment, organ transplant patients and have compromised immune systems.

“Yet whilst our services are in demand more than ever our income has dropped almost overnight as every fundraising event is cancelled. 

“We rely on the generosity of the public raising money to fund support to families. So we are doubly grateful to all the families at St Margaret’s Prep School for their resilience, imagination and kindness in going ahead with their colour run ‘virtually’.” 

 

  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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