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  • Stonar
    Cottles Park

    Atworth
    Wiltshire
    SN12 8NT
  • Head: Matthew Way
  • T 01225 701744
  • F 01225 790830
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.stonarschool.com/
  • An independent school for boys and girls aged from 2 to 18.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Wiltshire
  • Pupils: 348 (229 girls, 119 boys) ; sixth formers: 61 (47 girls, 14 boys)
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: Day £9,120 - £17,715; Boarding £24,450 - £36,960 pa
  • Open days: Prep School Virtual Open Evening, Wednesday 3rd February, Senior School Virtual Open Morning, Saturday 6th February, Equestrian Open Morning, Wednesday 10th March, Whole School Open Morning, Saturday 15th May
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

The head says there’s ‘a unique, innocent charm’ about the pupils. ‘If you’re a rider then we have brilliant facilities but 50 per cent of our pupils don’t ride. No one just does one thing. If you have a child who is outdoorsy, bright and wants to work hard they’ll thrive here.’ Parents praise the community feel and say the school ‘brings out the best in children, regardless of their academic or sporting ability’. One mother told us, ‘We’ve seen…

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What the school says...

A British school with a global perspective, Stonar develops the talents of every pupil through small class sizes, excellent teaching, high expectations, individual support and an exceptionally wide range of opportunities. Our pupils are active, ambitious and energetic – they pack a huge amount in to their busy days. With a well-established culture of care and attention to the individual, Stonar pupils do more, and do better, than they ever thought possible.

We excel at ‘adding value’ to a child’s education, which means pupils generally score up to one grade higher than predicted at GCSE. This puts Stonar in the top 10% of schools throughout the UK in terms of pupils’ academic progress. Those who respond to Stonar’s thoughtful and personal approach know they are doing better than they would at five out of six other independent schools.

Pupils’ achievements shine in many areas – academic, riding and sports, performing and visual arts, community spirit. Our pupils become accomplished in tackling challenges, team working, leadership, building strong relationships and move on to achieve success and fulfilment in a huge range of university courses and careers. As part of NACE Schools, Stonar has international partner schools with whom we collaborate to offer a unique educational experience, including academic projects, exchanges and joint music, drama and sporting festivals.

Set in 80 acres of stunning parkland and gardens, excellent sport and arts facilities include an indoor pool, floodlit AstroTurf, tennis courts, sports hall, fitness suite, dedicated music school and drama hall. A superb Sixth Form and Arts Centre comprises a social centre, seminar room, study centre and art studios. Stonar’s renowned Equestrian Centre offers pupils the chance to ride, whatever their level of expertise, and has stabling for up to 70 horses.
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Other features

All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

Sports

Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.

What The Good Schools Guide says

Head

Since 2019, Matthew Way BSc (Econ) (50s), previously deputy head of Milton Abbey. Educated at Pangbourne College and then read history and politics at Swansea University. Served as an infantry officer in the army for six years, followed by a one-year stint as a management consultant, before realising he wanted to teach. ‘My last job in the army was training recruits of 16 or 17 who were away from home for the first time,’ he says. ‘It was a very pastoral role and was part of my move towards teaching.’ He taught at Pangbourne while waiting to do his PGCE at the University of Bath, then moved to Kelly College (now Mount Kelly), where he became a housemaster. Spent six years at Stowe as a housemaster and head of boarding and another five years...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Genetic
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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