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Arrival here holds a wow factor, the much-loved granite manor house sitting between Dartmoor and the sea at the end of a long driveway with an arching double-sided staircase and soaring pillars, reminiscent of a period drama backdrop. Benjamin Franklin’s famous quote, ‘Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn,’ sprang to mind as we sat in on lessons. From year 2 pupils walking around the classroom trying to identify and explain artefacts used by Florence Nightingale to year 12 economics students delivering…

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  • Stover School
    Newton Abbot
    TQ12 6QG
  • Head: Mr Richard Notman
  • T 01626 354505
  • F 01626 361475
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • Stover School is an independent school for boys and girls aged from 3 to 18. Day fees for Stover School are between £8,970 - £14,730 pa and boarding fees are between £20,925 - £30,600 pa. Interested in reading more? Access our unbiased Stover School review.
  • Read about the best schools in Devon
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Devon
  • Pupils: 497; sixth formers: 45
  • Religion: Christian
  • Fees: Day £10,515 - £15,990; Boarding £22,695 - £33,195 pa
  • Open days: See website
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What the school says...

Everyone who visits Stover School - pupils, parents, staff and guests - recognise that this is a very special place. Perhaps it is our location, in the foothills of Dartmoor, in glorious Devon countryside, just a few miles from the sea, which makes Stover unique. We are a close and warm community, all working towards one goal, the full realisation of our children’s talents, from the early years, right through to young adulthood.

Excellence in teaching, nurturing and encouragement of the pupils lie at the heart of all we do. As a Christian school, we teach boys and girls about the value of moral standards, respect and good standards of behaviour. Our curriculum is at the cutting edge of educational practice; it embraces our research-based learning pedagogy that grows creativity, flexibility, problem-solving, communication, team dynamics and other essential life skills. As a relatively small school we know every pupil; their needs, strengths and learning styles, and this fuels each pupil’s achievements at the school and beyond.

We aim to ensure that every child who joins us enjoys their experience at Stover and looks back on their school days with a sense of pride in their achievements and great affection. We hope pupils leave us with a healthy sense of self-belief and the qualifications that skills that will enable them to take on new challenges, achieve the best they are capable of and grasp new opportunities.

As a Day and Boarding School for boys and girls, we are always open and here to welcome visitors. Please take the opportunity to discover for yourself what we mean by a Stover Education.
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Since 2014, Richard Notman, previously head at Cundall Manor School, Yorkshire. One of life’s enthusiasts. Fast talking, driven and empathetic, he speaks of wanting to deliver ‘a bespoke education that takes full advantage of our 64-acre classroom’ and of being committed ‘not to shaping your child but recognising, rewarding and enhancing their unique idiosyncrasies and abilities’. Justifiably proud of the 50 per cent increase in pupil numbers since he took over, including a 27 per cent increase during the pandemic.

Following his degree in accountancy from Birmingham, he initially worked in finance. PGCE from Manchester led to eight years teaching in inner-city state comprehensives before moving to the independent sector. Senior teacher and head of maths at Alderley Edge School for Girls, then five years as deputy head at Longridge Towers, Northumberland. Recently completed an MBA...

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Special Education Needs


Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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