St. Mary’s Calne 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information – Key Details




St. Mary’s Calne is an independent boarding and day school for girls aged 11–18. It is located close to the market town of Calne in the Wiltshire Downs and is a relatively small school with just 360 students, of which approximately 80% are boarders.


St. Mary’s was first established in 1873 by the vicar of Calne and takes its name from the local church. The school was originally attended by nine daughters of local tradespeople and farmers, but gradually grew and expanded. It moved to its current site in 1907 and has acquired more land over the years. It now occupies a 25-acre site, which boasts several impressive new buildings, including a state-of-the-art library and wood-clad sixth form boarding house.


St. Mary’s is consistently listed as one of the UK’s top boarding schools for girls in league tables. It is highly academic and particularly strong in science and mathematics. In 2017, the school’s science department was awarded the Platinum Science Mark Award. The award is held by just ten schools in the UK and St Mary’s was the first independent school to receive it.


11 Plus Exam Information for St. Mary’s Calne


Address: St. Mary’s School, Calne, Wiltshire, SN11 0DF

County: Wiltshire

Admissions info: 01249 857206 or

School Type: Girls’ independent boarding and day school

Number of Students: 360 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 7: 30 (approx.)

Open Day Date: Throughout the year

Exam Date: January of Year 6

Exam Type / Board: ISEB Common Entrance


St. Mary’s Calne 11 Plus Admissions Procedures


St. Mary’s Calne is extremely popular and the school advises that a girl should be registered for 11+ entry when she turns 8 years old or earlier. The school has fairly rigid entrance procedures and carries out a pre-assessment of all candidates prior to examination.


Parents are expected to make an initial enquiry 3–4 years ahead of entry and, following this, to visit the school and meet with the Head Teacher. They will then be invited to register their daughter by completing a registration form and paying a non-refundable registration fee of £250.


Following registration, parents will be sent confirmation of a reserved place and regular newsletters and details of events being held at school. Please be aware that the reserved place is not a confirmed offer and is subject to assessment and examination.


Girls who have a reserved place will be invited to an informal taster day, usually towards the end of Year 5. They will then be invited to attend an entrance day in September of the year prior to entry, which is when they will be assessed and evaluated by St. Mary’s. They are asked to take samples of recent work to the entrance day with them.


Based on performance during the entrance day, offers of places are made subject to achieving satisfactory results at Common Entrance (or in the St. Mary’s 11+ examinations).


Some girls may be invited to enter scholarship examinations. To be accepted as a scholarship student, St. Mary’s must be the girl’s first choice of school and approval must be given by her current head teacher.


The Common Entrance for 11+ is usually held in the autumn or spring term of Year 6. The 11+ exams (for girls who are not entered for the Common Entrance) and scholarships exams are held in January.


A copy of the St. Mary’s Calne admissions policy is available on the school’s website.


The school has a limited number of Foundation (fee-assisted) places available and applications for these should be sent directly to the Head Teacher.


For more information on the entrance procedures for St. Mary’s Calne, please contact the admissions department.


St. Mary’s Calne 11 Plus Exam Format


St. Mary’s School Calne uses the ISEB (Independent Schools Examinations Board) Common Entrance at 11+, which consists of exams in English, maths and science.


The exams are usually taken at your daughter’s own school in the autumn or spring term of Year 6.


The English exam assesses reading comprehension and composition, including syntax, grammar and punctuation.


The maths exam assesses the skills and knowledge set out on the National Curriculum for Key Stage 2, with a strong focus on the Year 5 and Year 6 Programmes of Study.


The science exam broadly reflects the National Curriculum for Key Stage 2, with an emphasis on ‘Working Scientifically’.


The complete syllabuses for these exams can be found on the ISEB website.


The St. Mary’s Calne 11+ examinations, taken by girls who are not entered for the Common Entrance, are likely to reflect the Common Entrance exams in style and content.


How to Prepare for the St. Mary’s Calne 11 Plus Exam


One of the best ways of preparing for competitive entrance exams is to use practice papers. These help students to familiarise themselves with the format and question types they will encounter in the actual test in an efficient and effective manner. They also provide an excellent opportunity for students to practise working under time pressure.


Our practice papers, which are available for immediate download, print and use after purchase, offer excellent practice and preparation for the Common Entrance at 11+. They cover all the key skills and can be used to identify any weaker areas that require additional work ahead of the exam and to help build confidence.


Our 11+ practice papers are thoroughly researched and up to date. Every year, they are used successfully by tens of thousands of students targeting schools with a competitive entrance examination process. They are designed to be age appropriate but challenging, to reflect the demands of the Common Entrance at 11+.




To prepare for the Common Entrance English exam, we would highly recommend using the following practice papers, which will help to improve comprehension and writing skills, including spelling and vocabulary:




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To prepare for the Common Entrance maths exam, we would highly recommend using the following practice papers. Please note that some of the questions towards the end of these papers go slightly beyond the ISEB 11+ Maths syllabus.


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11+ Problem Solving


11+ Mental Arithmetic 


11+ Algebra


11+ Angles & Degrees




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11+ Factors & Multiples


11+ Fractions, Decimals & Percentages


11+ Measurements


11+ Money


11+ Operations


11+ Perimeter, Area & Volume


11+ Position & Direction


11+ Probability


11+ Properties of Shapes


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11+ Reflection, Rotation & Symmetry


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11+ Special Numbers


11+ Speed, Distance & Time


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