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  • Stowe School
    MK18 5EH
  • Head: Dr A Wallersteiner
  • T 01280 818323
  • F 01280 818181
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  • A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 13 to 18
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Buckinghamshire
  • Pupils: 796
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Fees: Day £24,780; Boarding £34,470 pa
  • Open days: Minimum 2 per term, see website. Individual visits welcomed.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

Head passionately believes if one path is blocked others should be tried, so good teaching and openness to new ideas, delivered in a supportive environment, are the priority. 'I watch some staff teach and feel so humble: many are masters...

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What the school says...

Housed in a beautiful ducal palace, surrounded by 750 acres of historically significant landscaped gardens, Stowe provides a unique educational environment in which youth is celebrated rather than stifled, where creativity is prized and academic rigour encouraged. At Stowe we believe in the pursuit of excellence, to identify and develop the individual strengths of each of our pupils, guide their talents and prepare them for the future. All pupils are encouraged to participate fully in a diverse range of extra-curricular activities and to participate in new pursuits that they might not otherwise have considered. Life at Stowe really does stimulate the individual to achieve his or her best. ...Read more

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Boys taking Design & Technology Product Design at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Speech & Drama at an English Independent School (VRQ Level 1)



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What The Good Schools Guide says

Head passionately believes if one path is blocked others should be tried, so good teaching and openness to new ideas, delivered in a supportive environment, are the priority. 'I watch some staff teach and feel so humble: many are masters of their craft, they are inspiring and motivating.' He pleads the fifth amendment when we quiz him about weaker departments and staff, but concedes...


Since 2003, Dr Anthony Wallersteiner MA PhD (late 40s), Cambridge history scholar and art historian, married to Valerie, three children. Previous two posts were at the academic powerhouses of St Paul's and Tonbridge, but in Stowe he has discovered his nirvana. Charming, impressive, a maverick with a keen sense of fun; on arrival we said, 'Think sired by Stephen Fry out of Nelson's Column with a trace of HRH the P of...

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Special Education Needs

The Skills Development Centre at Stowe exists primarily to give help and support to pupils with different learning abilities, in order to help them fulfil their academic potential. Our aim is that those who have special needs should both be understood and supported, while at the same time taught to cope with and overcome their difficulties. Special help is provided within the department and close liaison maintained with the teaching staff as a whole, since all pupils are expected to remain integrated in the mainstream curriculum. 10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
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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