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Youngsters adore the place: ‘Once you get here you never want to leave; when it snows, it looks more magical than Narnia.’ Stowe was in the doldrums when head joined. It needed lifeblood and direction and he’s made it his mission to return it to its glory days, but with a 21st century twist. 'Old Stoics have set the world alight; I want that to continue.’ Whether running or reading, beagling or bugling, singing or shooting, there’s something for everyone ...

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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)

Sports

Unusual sports

Polo

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

Rowing

Fencing

Shooting

Sailing

What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmaster

Since 2003, Dr Anthony Wallersteiner MA PhD (50s). Cambridge history scholar and art historian, married to Valerie, three children. Previously at the academic powerhouses of St Paul's and Tonbridge but in Stowe he has discovered his nirvana. He certainly seems a perfect fit for this unique school with his erudite and maverick charm and even his lack of a watertight educational track record. Indeed, his prep school report told of a time waster, a lazy boy who would never amount to anything, yet his final school report raved about a cerebral scholar off to Cambridge. ‘Children need to find their passion and drive, to be inspired and to inspire, to appreciate the beauty of life, to be creative, to find their utopia. And that’s what we do at Stowe, awakening pupils’ enthusiasm and excitement...

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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
Aspergers
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
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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