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‘Education is about drawing out – teachers are coaches and mentors’, says head: ‘the guide on the side’ rather than ‘the sage on the stage’. We could only get superlatives out of parents when it came to arts: ‘outstanding’, ‘worlds apart’, ‘superb’. Rugby main sport for the boys with five senior teams; lacrosse for the girls, played across two terms. We watched girls putting Radley boys in their place on the pitch: far from a jolly, it looked seriously competitive out there. A country school, not as cosmopolitan as...

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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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Sports

Unusual sports

Polo

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

Rowing

Fencing

Shooting

Sailing

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Headmaster

Since 2003, Dr Anthony Wallersteiner MA PhD (50s). History at Cambridge, doctorate in art history and theory at University of Kent. Taught history at Sherborne, St Paul’s and Tonbridge before arriving as head.

Passion for art, progressive approach to pedagogy and irreverent humour - all very ‘Stowe', an uncannily good fit. Enlightenment values evident in the school’s architecture inform ‘the genius of the place’ today, he says; teaches year 9s a visual education course about the significance of their surroundings. His study is the house’s old library, a mini replica of Henry VII’s chapel in Westminster Abbey - totally OTT until you learn that it’s a rare example of Sir John Soane doing Gothic revival (seriously cool, if you’re into that sort of thing). PhD on Cornish artist Peter Lanyon led...

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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 Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health Y
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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