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As the number of boys grows, more upgrades and developments are inevitable. But the head aims to keep the school ‘family-sized.’ One girl told us, ‘it really isn’t a case of just going to school and then going home at the end of the day; it’s a whole community thing – there’s much more going on than just school.’ Since 2013, NACE has been funding Stonar as its flagship English school and pupils are now benefitting from an exciting programme of cultural, academic and…

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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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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.

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

What The Good Schools Guide says

Head

Since 2015, Dr Sally Divall MA PhD PGCE, previously deputy head academic. Originally from London, Sally gained a PhD in natural sciences at Cambridge before working at BP, the Bristol Exploratory, UWE and Bath University. As a scientist she was inspired by the ‘hands-on approach to learning’ and teaching seemed to be a natural progression. Sally joined Stonar as head of physics in 1999 and has no intention of leaving. Parents are more than happy about this, one telling us, ‘Dr Divall is an inspiring headteacher and very approachable.’

Head of prep since 2008, Mark Brain BA (Ed), formerly deputy head of Kelly College Prep (now Mount Kelly Prep). Also an independent schools inspector, he lives on site with his young family. Originally from the Cotswolds, Mark studied education at...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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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