St Margaret's Preparatory School

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This school has 1 parent review

Curzon Street
Calne
SN11 0DF
01249 857220
Pupils
200
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: 16 March 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.
 

Read our latest report >>


   

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

We hold Open Mornings twice a year in March and October.  The Mornings are for prospective families interested in learning more about St Margaret's and offer an opportunity to see the school on a normal working day, to meet current pupils and to talk to both teachers and other interested parents. Our next open day is on:

St Margaret's Prep School Calne Open Day
October 2020 - date to be announced soon


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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NEW HEAD APPOINTED FROM SEPTEMBER 2019

   


 

Mr Luke Bromwich has been appointed Headmaster of St Margaret’s following the retirement of Karen Cordon after 22 years. 

Mr Bromwich, 35, was Deputy Headteacher of Kellett School, the British International School in Hong Kong, was chosen to lead the school after a rigorous selection process carried out by the Governors.  Chairman of Governors Svante Adde said: “He was our unanimous choice and stood out as the leading contender in a very strong field of candidates, both from this country and abroad.”

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 been living for the last six years.

 

 

LEARNING OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM
 


 

Our school takes teaching beyond the confines of the classroom and has become one of a small group of schools in Wiltshire to be recognised by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom.

St Margaret’s Preparatory School has been awarded the Bronze award by LOtC, after undertaking a rigorous assessment.

A report by assessor Kim Hudson said ‘St Margaret’s Preparatory School is offering its pupils a large array of real-world learning experiences in their school grounds and beyond the school premises.  I have no hesitation in recommending them for LOtC Schools Bronze Mark.’

The school’s Outdoor Learning Co-ordinator Kim Callaway said that to qualify, the school had to show it did far more than just building camps and lighting fires.

She said ‘The award recognises everything that happens outside the confines of the classroom. Not only the curriculum lessons that are taken outside on a regular basis, but everything from residential trips to visiting guests, such as the NSPCC and musical theatre companies. It also encompasses sponsored walks, taking part in Devizes Eisteddfod and maths competitions.’

St Margaret’s pupils regularly take part in a LEGO League challenge, which tests their programming skills and recently even had a visit by the UK Space Agency. Its Chamber Choir sang at The Royal Festival Hall in March and also supported the annual Julia’s House ‘Carols by Candlelight’ charity event. It is soon to join with other local schools to hold ‘The Big Outdoor Lesson’.

A representative for LOtC said ‘The Bronze LOtC Mark recognises those schools and settings which have an awareness of the benefits of providing frequent, continuous and progressive LOtC to all pupils. The award also acknowledges attempts to integrate LOtC into the life of the school and a commitment to developing LOtC to enrich the learning of pupils.’

 

ST MARGARET'S AWARDED UNICEF GOLD AWARD 

 

 

St Margaret's has taken a golden opportunity to show it respects the rights of its pupils and encourages them to respect the rights of everyone else.

The school has been awarded the highest possible accolade by the charity UNICEF after showing it was worthy of its gold award.

A spokesman for UNICEF UK’s Rights Respecting School programme said: “The third stage of the award means St Margaret’s has fully embedded children’s rights throughout the school’s policies, practice and ethos.”

For the past two years St Margaret’s has been going for gold after achieving the silver status in 2017. Children were elected as ambassadors to lead campaigns including a bid to improve air quality in the school.

Pupils from Year 2 took part in the UNICEF/Clarks shoe share scheme which raised money to support education of young people around the world. More than 200 pairs of shoes were recycled.

The school’s Rights Respecting Co-ordinator Jo Perkins said: “Our ambassadors support children in all age groups and regularly lead discussions and assemblies on children’ rights.”

Headmaster Luke Bromwich, who took over leadership of St Margaret’s this term, said he was delighted that the school was leading the way on such an important issue.

He said “The award demonstrates our ongoing commitment to ensuring that outstanding pastoral care is at the forefront of everything we do here. Such an accolade is a wonderful way to celebrate the quality provision that our pupils experience at St Margaret’s Prep”.

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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.

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