St Mary’s School, Calne | 13+, Year 9 Entry » Key Details

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St Mary’s School Calne is a day and boarding independent school for girls in Calne, Wiltshire. Characterised by exceptional academic performance, St Mary’s was founded in 1873 to provide girls with an outstanding education, grounded in healthy competition, discipline and responsibility. [1]


The wealth of academic opportunities at St Mary’s is coupled with an effective extracurricular offering, encompassing everything from German Club, debating and filmmaking to Cultural Society, DofE and dance. The school prides itself on its extensive facilities, including a 25-metre swimming pool, a fully equipped theatre and the magnificent Lime Kiln Garden, which help connect the curriculum with fun and exciting experiences beyond the classroom. [2] [3]


A deep sense of mutual respect pervades the school’s vibrant community, facilitating a pursuit of academic excellence that goes well beyond the national average. A place where everyone is treated with care and consideration, St Mary’s successfully addresses individual needs and learning styles in line with its rich tradition of inspiring success.


13 Plus (13+) Admissions Information | St Mary’s School, Calne


Attending Open Day is a fantastic opportunity for you and your child to learn more about everything on offer. Taking place throughout the year on Saturday mornings, the events consist of tours of facilities and meetings, which typically commence with an address from the Head. Details on how to book are available on this page.


Deferred entry into Year 9 is through formal assessments, taking place in the Autumn term of Year 7. Top-performing candidates will be invited to sit Scholarship exams (in January of Year 8).


Please note that, in order to be considered for the pre-assessment, your daughter should be registered with the school (usually five years prior to entry). The registration and acceptance fees are £250 and £2000, respectively. 


13 Plus (13+) Pre-Assessment Information | St Mary’s School, Calne


Address: Wiltshire SN11 0DF UK

Admissions info: [email protected] or 01249 857206

School type: Independent day and boarding girls’ school

Open days: Throughout the year

Exam type / Board: CEM Select


As part of the assessment process for Year 7 entry, your child will be asked to complete the CEM Select assessment. 


The test contains a number of unusual question formats that your child is unlikely to have encountered before. These include drag and drop digits and sentence auto-completes.


The assessment will be divided into a series of highly time-pressured sections. Your child doesn’t necessarily need to complete all the questions in each section to do well.


13 Plus (13+) Pre-Assessment Format | St Mary’s School, Calne


The CEM Select assessment will cover the following areas:


  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning
  • Numerical Reasoning


The Verbal Reasoning section of the test assesses your child’s ability to solve problems using words, with a special focus on depth and breadth of vocabulary.


The Non-Verbal Reasoning section requires your child to solve problems using shapes and patterns with a main focus on one specific question type.


The Numerical Reasoning section assesses your child’s ability to solve problems using numbers and arithmetic.


13 Plus (13+) Practice Tests | St Mary’s School, Calne


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Each timed module is marked automatically. Your child will then be able to review every question in detail with clear step-by-step explanations.


Statistical averages, based on the scores of other students who have taken the same practice test, are provided so you can get an idea of your child’s relative performance against their peer group. Click the below links to learn more and purchase: 


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The information in this post was correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.


Please note that Pretest Plus is an independent publisher of practice tests and not affiliated with or endorsed by the publishers of CEM Select or any other test publisher.

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