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Stonar’s reputation as being a place for the dim and horsy is undeserved and out of date. Not a hothouse, but the distinction made between exhorting pupils to do their best and exerting too much pressure is well made. ‘No muddy boots!’ on every outside door – we’d never seen so any pairs of Hunters and Du Barrys gathered in one place. The riding is prominent, not dominant. About a third of the pupils ride, but those who don’t are…

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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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What the parents say...

GSG provides a very good overview of the school. The transformation of our daughter (boarder) in terms of academic achievement, motivation and self confidence since joining 2 1/2 years ago in year 10 has been quite astonishing. We agree that some of the buildings and boarding facilities need a spruce up. However, we didn't choose Stonar for its 5* accommodation but for its ability to extract individual potential, whilst fostering a deep sense of community, team work and responsibility in the wider world. With his prior experience, popularity and understanding of all aspects of the school, we very much welcome the appointment of Mr Nutt, who we hope will re-establish mission and leadership, whilst maintaining Stonar's ethos and core values. Being a fanatic equestrian family, of course our (our daughter's!) decision to choose Stonar was swayed by the fantastic equestrian facilities, but to be honest we were initially a little disappointed with this side of things. We are today happy to report that things are now much better with recent noticeable improvements to the yard management, lessons, competition opportunities etc. If we have any gripes I guess it's in terms of parent representation and consultation, particularly for those of us overseas that only get to the school perhaps once a year. More needs to be done to improve transparency and communication in respect of the board of governors meetings and decisions, and there should be more involvement of rank and file parents in decisions impacting school life. More use of social media that encourage regular discussions and comment between parents, teachers, head and governors could be one way to improve things. In summary, a great school with great teaching and sense of community that provides our daughter with all the opportunities and facilities to let her "blossom" and develop to her maximum potential.

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Head

Since 2015, Dr Sally Divall MA PhD PGCE, previously deputy head academic. Following a BSc and PhD in natural sciences at Cambridge, Dr Divall has worked variously at BP, the Bristol Exploratory, as a visiting lecturer at UWE and as a research fellow at Bath University before joining Stonar in 1999. Providing a welcome stability after several predecessors failed to stay long in the saddle, she has two grown up daughters and is a qualified mountain leader. Away from work she enjoys off-road running and mountain trekking.

Head of prep since 2009, Mr Mark Brain BA (Ed), formerly deputy head of Kelly College Prep (now Mount Kelly Prep). Engaging sporty, outdoor type, married with a young family, so very at home in this setting. Has experience of state and maintained sectors,...

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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
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
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
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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