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Fulfilling potential

Adding value

An Excellent Education

for girls & boys

“What we find unique about Stonar is the fact that we have three very different children each with individual talents and needs, yet all three are fully catered for and encouraged to be the best they can be. Stonar nurtures self belief and confidence in a safe learning environment.�



STONAR Established 1895


Growing intellectually

WELCOME TO STONAR 5 Introducing Stonar 8 Where is Stonar? 10 The Global School 12 Meet the Head

A Co-Ed School


16 Growing intellectually 18 Nursery 22 Prep School 26 Meet the Head of Prep 28 Senior School 32 Sixth Form

74 Equestrian


A Co-Ed School

Boys are now an integral part of our Senior School. 44


 he top equestrian T school in Europe

Stonar Boarding

Stonar boarding is the ideal preparation for life and work in the global 21st century. 47 Boarding Houses 49 Pastoral Care 53 Gardens International Students

Sport for girls & boys

All of our pupils receive specialist coaching – and the chance to play competitively.




Pupils have been riding at Stonar for nearly 100 years, longer than at any other boarding school. 82

Clubs & Activities




Uniforms/Sports Kits Results, timetables, options


Unlocking Potential A whole world is opening up for our pupils.


Joining Stonar


Steps to entry Money Matters


The Arts

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STONAR people Directors Mr Sergio González Andión, Director, NACE (UK) Ltd and CEO, NACE s.l. Mr Andrew McEwen, NACE (UK) Ltd (Chairman) Carolina Rodríguez-Inciarte, Director, NACE (UK) Ltd Head: Dr S Divall MA (Cantab) PGCE Deputy Head: Mrs N Hawkins MSc BSc Hons PGCE Bursar: Ms Claire Sparrow BA (Hons), MBA, ACMA Senior School Director of Studies: Mrs A Rivers BSc Hons PGCE Head of Sixth Form and Co-curriculum: Mrs C Bennett BA Hons PGCE Mrs S Aikman BA Hons PGCE, Head of Modern Foreign Languages Mrs K Bouchard BSc Hons PGCE, Science Mrs H Brain BA Hons PGCE, Learning Support Mrs T Brain BA (Ed) Hons, English/Drama/ICT Mrs J Brighouse BA Hons PGCE, EAL/French Miss K Broadhurst MA PGCE, Houseparent of Ganbrook Miss A Catt BA Hons GTP, EAL Miss S Cholmondeley MEng Hons PGCE, Subject Leader of Maths Miss H Culverhouse BSc Hons PGCE, PE and Games Mr A Curtis MSc BSc Hons PGCE, Head of Careers/ Psychology Ms E Davies BSc Hons PGCE, Subject Leader of Biology Mrs C Deans MA TEFL Dip, Head of EAL Mr J Dyde BA Hons PGCE, Head of English Ms N Gardiner BFA Hons PGCE, Art and Photography Miss T Gates BA Hons PGCE PGDip, Learning Support Dr L Gibbons B Eng, Learning Support Miss S Gomersall BA Hons PGCE, PE and Games Mr N Goodall BA Hons MMus PGCE, Director of Music/ICT Mrs H Gwynne, Subject Leader of Business Studies Miss L Havranek BA Hons PGCE, French/Spanish/ Houseparent of Hart Mme M-P Jones BA Hons, French Mrs S McQueen BA Hons PGCE, EAL Mrs L Medworth MA PGCE, Maths/Learning Support Miss S Meehan BA Hons PGCE, Assistant Director of Music/English Mr R Miller BA Hons QTS, Director of Sport Mrs V Nelson MA PGCE, Dance Ms P Nix MSc BSc Hons PGCE, Head of Chemistry Mrs L Noad MSt BA Hons, RS/Houseparent of York Mr A O’Hanlon BA Hons PGCE PGDip, Head of Art and Photography Mr N Proud MA BA Hons PGCE, Head of Drama Mrs H Ross MEng MA PGCE, Head of Learning Support/Maths Mrs L Ross BA Hons PGCE, Subject Leader of History Mrs B Russell MLD BA Hons HLTA, Pastorial and Learning Support Mrs G Sherman BSc MCLIP MBCS, Head of ICT and Maths/Latin Mrs L Smith BSc Hons PGCE, Head of Humanities Mrs T Tilley BSc Hons PGCE, PE and Games Mr D Wicks MA BSc Hons MSc PGCE, Head of Science/Physics Mrs J Wigley BLib Hons MCLIP, Learning Resources Supervisor Mrs P Willcox BA Hons PGCE PGDip, Learning Support Ms N Wills B Arch PGCE, Subject Leader of Food and Nutrition


Prep School & Nursery Head of Prep: Mr M Brain BA (Ed) Hons Deputy Head of Prep: Mrs A Thethy BEd Mrs I Alexander-Gunn FdA Level 6, EYFS Lead Practitioner Mrs T Attwell BA (Ed) Hons, Reception Class Tutor Mrs S Crouch NNEB, Teaching Assistant Miss K Fielding BA (Ed) Hons, Year 3 Tutor Miss E Fiducia-Brookes Level 4 Diploma, EYFS Assistant Mr G James BA Hons PGCE, Year 2 Tutor Mrs H Mittra BSc Hons PGCE, Year 4 Tutor Mrs J Redsull NNEB, Forest School Leader Mrs J Skinner BA Hons PGCE, Year 5 Tutor Mrs A Thethy BEd, Year 6 Tutor Mrs M Tober MEd, Year 1 Tutor Miss M Urbieta Irastorza QTS, EYFS Nursery Manager Mrs K Willder BA Hons PGCE EYPS, Reception Class Tutor Administration & Support Staff Mrs K Blacker, Administration Assistant Mrs G Bush, Reprographics Technician Mr A Cameron, Security Guard (Weekdays) Mr G Carter, Caretaker Sister S Day RGN, School Nurse Mrs B Elmes, Head of Housekeeping Ms V Feltham, Relief Houseparent Mrs S Hall, Accounts Assistant Mrs Julia Harper, Relief Houseparent Mrs M Humble, Senior Science Technician Mrs K Ibbott, Registrar Mrs S Light, Catering Manager Miss E Peacock: School Secretary Mrs J Porter, Relief Houseparent Mrs R Pritchard: Director Boarding Marketing Mrs T Taylor, Domestic Bursar Mr P Townsend, Security Guard (Weekends) Mrs R Whincup, Marketing Officer Mrs M White, Executive Secretary Mrs E Williams, Home Economics Technician Mrs M Winslow, HR Officer Mrs J Wood, Fees and Accounts Manager Equestrian Centre Director of Riding: Mr D Scaife FBHS BE AcCoach UKCC Level 3 Assistant Director of Riding: Miss E Halsey BHSII & SC Miss J Chilcott BHSII Senior School Instructor Miss J Foster BHSAI Prep School Instructor Miss D Haines Yard Manager and Instructor Mr N Hubbard Centre Manager Miss J Cockin Yard Assistant Mrs E Sowels Equestrian Secretary

STONAR Welcome

Welcome Long-established values, modern education.


he question most often asked by prospective parents and pupils is what makes Stonar special? My answer is that Stonar has a unique ethos. There is a ‘can-do’ attitude that equips each pupil to make exceptional progress. This attitude to life, alongside the warm, friendly atmosphere and excellent teaching underpins our pupils’ success. For over 100 years Stonar has educated girls to take a confident and effective place in the world. As that world has changed, so has Stonar. Now we are offering the same ambitious, personalised upbringing to boys as well. Boys and girls already study together up to the age of 13 and this will be further extended in 2017 with a co-ed intake into Year 9 and the opening of a co-educational Sixth Form. We will be fully co-educational by 2019. Stonar is a small school that is part of a much bigger international group, offering each pupil wide opportunities. We know every pupil very well and they know us, enabling us to help each individual to progress academically and personally to achieve more than they thought possible. Pupils have opportunities here that may pass them by in bigger schools. Life at Stonar is very active with many opportunities for everyone to take part: your child will be playing in a team, performing in a production, following their own particular interests in our co-curricular programme and, crucially, be getting attention from our staff to foster their academic progress.

At Stonar we set high standards, and we expect everyone to aim for them. • We are in the top 10% of schools for ‘value added’ at GCSE. This shows the extra marks pupils gain from being at Stonar and means that our pupils regularly exceed expectations • Equestrian education at Stonar is of the highest quality and riding programmes are integrated into the school day for aspiring pupils. Our outlook is global, with joint activities and projects with other NACE schools, preparing our students to become citizens of the world. Dr Sally Divall, Head

Do come and see how we blend the best of traditional and new. 6



The idyllic rural situation is in 80 acres of its own grounds, surrounded by farmland and open countryside.


tonar was founded in 1895 in Kent and was evacuated out to its current location during the Second World War, where it has occupied the 18th Century manor house ever since. There are plenty of shops and restaurants locally; in Bradford on Avon, a beautiful historic market town, and in Chippenham and Melksham which are also nearby. The World Heritage Site of Bath is within 9 miles, and regular trips for boarders are arranged.

Senior boarders may visit Bath and the local towns at the weekends 8

The school’s location is peaceful and safe; its own grounds are perfect for sport, riding, playing and exploration. The school is well connected, with easy access to the M4 motorway for London and the airports and stations at Bath and Chippenham.

AIRPORTS London Heathrow 1¼ hours by car. London Gatwick 2¼ hours by car. Bristol International 40 minutes by car.

RAIL LINKS Bath Spa Station (First Great Western) 30 minutes max. by car. Chippenham Station (First Great Western) - 30 minutes max. by car.





A British school with a global outlook

onar is part of NACE Schools, an educational group currently operating 21 international schools in four countries: Spain, France, the UK and India. Stonar is the group’s flagship UK school. As part of the NACE Schools family, Stonar is developing a unique global facet to its pupils’ education. Exchange trips, language immersion weeks and cross-cultural events bring schools in the group together and allow students to work alongside peers of other nationalities.

CROSS-CULTURAL EVENTS & EXCHANGES Cross-cultural events offered each year are an opportunity for the students to hone their language skills, participate in challenging events, experience different cultures, exchange views and ideas, and form new friendships. This fosters a sense of respect and tolerance towards others, which is a key value of NACE Schools. The events include: • NACE Olympics – 3 days of international sporting challenge • NACE Model United Nations – students debate global issues, learn about diplomacy, international relations and the UN, and sharpen their public speaking skills • NACE International Music Week – a great musical week culminating in a student-led concert • NACE Academic Olympics – 3 days of problem solving and scientific competition

As part of the NACE family, there is a unique international facet to Stonar’s education. 10

Other international learning opportunities include language immersion trips to NACE schools in Spain and France. UK students join their overseas counterparts in lessons, practise their language skills and visit cultural highlights. In turn, Stonar plays host to students from within the group. These experiences play an important part in building our NACE community.

CAPITAL INVESTMENT Stonar is benefiting from major capital investment with significant projects underway in 2016/17. Following the demolition of two older buildings, a new classroom block will open in Spring 2017 with new rooms for humanities and languages teaching as well as a brand new ICT suite. This will be followed by the construction of a recreation area for Senior pupils. Major works have taken place in our Equestrian Centre, with new reception and visitor facilities, as well as stables and a hay barn. New horses and ponies will continue to be added to the stock to ensure the best selection of experienced mounts to meet the varied needs of our pupils. Boarding houses have already had a major refit. In addition, the swimming pool, the ICT network and play areas for nursery and early years have all been upgraded. The vision is to ensure that Stonar offers modern, practical spaces for teaching, learning and relaxing; enhancing all aspects of our pupils’ experience.


Meet DR SALLY DIVALL Head of Stonar


grew up in London and studied Science at Cambridge University, specialising in Physics. After graduating I worked in business planning and in scientific research. During my career I was involved in a variety of research projects that included looking for methods of retrieving fingerprints from items that had been underwater, modelling the impact of energy costs on industry and modelling the heating effects of ultrasound scans during pregnancy. I also spent some time working at Exploratory, the science centre in Bristol, and was inspired by the hands-on approach to learning to move into teaching. I initially joined


Stonar as Head of Physics and was Deputy Head Academic before being appointed as Head. My fondest memories of my own schooling involve doing science experiments that might now be considered too risky. We had a weather station on our school roof and had to climb out onto the roof to take readings; once out there we had fantastic views over London. We also had open fires in our classrooms and used to bring in potatoes to bake in the ashes. Apart from Science, my favourite subjects were Art and English and in my spare time I was keen on riding though, living in London, I wasn’t able to do this as much as I would have liked. I know that I would have been thrilled to come to a school

Academically I want pupils to remain curious and open minded; to learn to think, question, debate and argue logically and to enjoy doing so.

like Stonar where you can choose to include horses in your daily life. I have lived for most of my adult life in Bath and have two grown-up daughters. In my spare time I like to be out of doors and I take part in off road running and long distance mountain treks when I have the opportunity. Having become part of the NACE Schools group we are going through a very exciting time at Stonar. The school is transforming into a thriving co-educational community where pupils grow up to be confident and caring young people who are at home in an international world. We are developing exceptional opportunities for pupils to work alongside

their peers in other European schools and take part in inter-schools events. Academically, I want pupils to remain curious and open minded, to learn to think, question, debate and argue logically and to enjoy doing so. Alongside this, we have to foster creativity and provide opportunities for pupils to develop the personal and interpersonal qualities that will equip them to flourish in and contribute to the modern world. At Stonar, there is a real emphasis on each pupil developing as an individual to become the best he or she can be both personally and academically and our staff go out of their way to support each child in this.



Reflections of a

FORMER PUPIL I joined Stonar in Year 6. Joining a new school is always hard, particularly if you are boarding but Stonar is so welcoming. Team-building activities helped us form new friendships and I was allocated a buddy – whom I also shared a dorm with – so I was never by myself or lost at any time of day. After a week I knew my way around. The one aspect of Stonar I loved most was the genuine family atmosphere, particularly in the boarding houses. The teachers at Stonar are so friendly and, in my view, closer to the students than in many schools. They were always there to help you, whether with homework or any other problems. Boarding was so much fun; the older pupils spend time with the younger ones – at mealtimes and bed time – so everyone knows each other well. The weekends were amazing. Friday nights in the summer were spent out on the front lawn relaxing or playing sport with the other houses. On Saturdays there were activities, sports fixtures, homework and the riders would go to the equestrian centre. We all came back together on Saturday nights for takeaways and films in the common room. Sundays were very chilled and Sunday brunch was the best meal of the week. Although I wasn’t particularly sporty, I was on the rowing team and had riding lessons for several years. I loved drama and took LAMDA and RADA Shakespeare exams, as well as taking part in the Mid Somerset Festival every year. I performed in the annual school productions and was also in the chamber choir. I was well prepared for life after school. Boarding teaches you to get on with those you live and work with. Stonar provides many opportunities to develop independence and strength of character; with a huge range of academic and adventurous trips, inspirational visiting speakers, assemblies celebrating pupils’ achievements and the many charitable projects that the school is involved with. I would absolutely recommend Stonar to others. I loved it from day one. In the future I hope to work with children and teach at somewhere like Stonar. Matilda Thomson, a former Deputy Head Girl, left Stonar in 2015 and went on to study a BA in Geography at Royal Holloway University of London.



Pupils start aged 2 in the Nursery with a ‘mud kitchen’ and digging area, a bug hotel, a hill with a slide, and music and sound areas are surrounded by plants: flowers, grasses and herbs.



By the age of 18, leaving the Sixth Form, our students are ready for the challenging global marketplace and the likelihood that they will have not just one but several careers.




Nursery We share the glorious setting of the Prep and Senior School. All the facilities are there for us, yet we have our own special and separate place where small children feel secure as they take their first steps in education.

To help busy parents we offer flexible sessions with before and after school care from 8.00am-6.00pm.



This is where everything starts: intellectual, social and emotional development. We never forget the big picture. Your child is an individual. Your child is a whole person. First of all we gain the trust of the children. This is where they learn to love school and love learning, ready for all the years that follow. Children learn through play as well as teaching. We guide them gently to try new things, so that they grow in independence and self-confidence. Shared activities, where they interact in different groups, are carefully planned to build their social skills and their emotional resilience. Every day, the children spend time in the open air. The colourful equipment in the play area stimulates their creativity and imagination. Our new sensory garden has a magic ‘secret garden’ feel, with its jungle area and a fairy glen. A ‘mud kitchen’ and digging area, a bug hotel, a hill with a slide and music and sound areas surrounded by plants: flowers, grasses and herbs.

“The team treats every child as an individual: with understanding, patience and great ways of getting the best out of each one.” NURSERY PARENT



With our small classes we can pace the learning for every child, tailored to their needs. We foster curiosity and allow children to explore at their own pace and follow their own interests. Alongside this, we make sure each child feels the constant buzz of achievement, completing new activities and absorbing new skills. We encourage them to develop perseverance and concentration and celebrate their achievements with them. Every Early Years child has a ‘Key Person’ who provides a loving and secure base for establishing relationships with other staff and children, and helps your child develop their sense of belonging. The Key Person is also a friendly, supportive point of contact for the family.

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PREP SCHOOL From the very beginning we develop confident, inquisitive and independent girls and boys, who enjoy their education and are well-prepared for the next stage of their school careers.


e have small classes and experienced, primary and subject specialist teachers who provide creative and imaginative learning that fuels children’s engagement, motivation and love of learning. Prep School children have access to a great range of facilities on site – sports pitches and indoor pool, Equestrian Centre, drama & dance facilities, music, Forest School and junior boarding (for Year 5 & upwards) for full-time boarding or occasional overnights. There are wide expanses of lawn to play


outdoors. Numerous clubs and afterschool activities provide plenty of action beyond the classroom and there is free before and after-school care for parents who need this flexibility. Now, with links to 20 schools worldwide and international mindedness taught as part of their curriculum, Prep pupils are benefitting from an education that offers a truly global perspective. Older Prep pupils have academic and cultural exchanges with sister schools in Europe, plus classroom collaborations aided by technology.

ACADEMIC Our busy, learning-focussed curriculum, delivered by the Prep School’s excellent teachers inspires creativity and intellectual curiosity. Themed learning brings an exciting dimension to the curriculum, immersing children in a learning experience which builds knowledge, skills and understanding across the subjects. The emphasis is firmly on active learning. Pupils enjoy lots of trips and activities which support their learning and keep them stimulated and engaged.

Some pupils show obvious academic ability from an early age; others may need more encouragement. At Stonar Prep we help each child discover their aptitudes and develop their confidence as they experience numerous opportunities within and beyond the classroom. Pupils are encouraged to aim for the best in all that they do, whether it is academic, sporting, creative or performance, and we have high expectations of them.



We encourage the boys and girls to take responsibility for their own learning, behaviour and progress. This helps them become more independent. We involve parents in their child’s education at every step along the way; progress is regularly and rigorously reported and the achievements of pupils are recognised and celebrated. Because the children learn and grow within our secure and nurturing environment, they develop a caring attitude towards each other, their school and the world around them. This is underpinned by the Prep School CARE code which was devised by the children to summarise our school rules: Communicate kindly Aim high – always do your best Respect – treat others as you would be treated yourself Enjoy – and appreciate what you have. Academic progress is monitored by form tutors and our learning support staff. Targeted, small group intervention is provided for more able pupils and pupils who require further reinforcement. Regular progress tests help teachers and pupils understand what is required to make improvements in learning.


When pupils progress to the Senior School, we ensure that they are ready for the next stage of their education as confident learners equipped with the skills required to thrive.


SPORT & CLUBS A long term athlete development programme focussing on fundamental motor skills and activities combined with superb facilities enable Prep pupils to experience many different sports. They not only develop their core skills but learn to enjoy competition. The boys and girls are taught by specialist sports coaches from the age of six with an emphasis on enjoyment, participation and excellence. All children compete in an inter-schools’ fixture programme from age seven.

We involve parents in their child’s education at every step along the way





hen I was at school English, Games and PE were my highest achieving subjects, but I remember particularly enjoying French and History. Later at Exeter University I gained a BA Hons in Education (PE and English). Outside the classroom I played rugby and football to county level and later played football semi-professionally, which included trialling for a professional club academy. The inspiration to become a teacher was a stint of work experience in a primary school coupled with helping coach youngsters at my local football club. I have previously worked at much bigger schools, but Stonar is the most inclusive. Naturally there is competition, through sports for example, but also an acceptance of each other’s differences. That does not always exist in larger, highly competitive schools, where the strong get stronger and the weak weaker. At Stonar, each individual is valued and nurtured. We strive to get the best out of every child, not just academically but also as a person. Stonar children tend to be confident, they have solid self belief and they do everything – plays, concerts, sports teams. It’s very rare to turn a child down for any activity. Stonar just doesn’t do that to children. Why would anyone want to tell an eight-year-old that they are not good enough at something, when they are so young and have so much learning still ahead of them? I enjoy teaching at Stonar because you get time with each child in every lesson. Small class sizes mean you come to understand each child’s strengths and areas for development. You feel as though you have achieved something in every lesson for every child. I also enjoy the lack of restriction in creating lesson content – it’s often not possible in schools that are handcuffed by exam pressures and government policy. We benefit from being part of the NACE group of schools by taking children in Years 5-8 to spend a week in Barcelona. This trip has a multi-faceted focus on culture, language and social skills. Alongside the integration of a unique international element to some of our units of work, the children are truly given great opportunities to prepare them for an increasingly globalised world.




At Stonar you will find and develop your own individual talents. Many schools say this; we actually do it.

Senior School

It’s our job to know you better than you know yourself. We achieve this with small classes, a high ratio of staff to pupils and personal attention in and outside lessons. High fliers are stretched and there is exceptional support for those who need it. Our pupils flourish as they are guided to uncover and explore the full potential in their talents - and we join with them in celebrating their achievements.


At Stonar you are not only taught: you learn how to learn.


As a result, Stonar pupils stand out when they leave. They don’t just follow the beaten track. They look for fulfilment, not conformity. You’ll be ready for real life, because alongside the learning you will absorb real-life skills such as problem solving, team working, leadership. And Stonar is now linked to 20 sister schools internationally: your global career starts with a global education. No wonder other people – employers, universities, colleagues – are so impressed when they meet Stonar’s past pupils. Academically, we are expert at ‘adding value’ This means you are likely to get better grades here than you would in nine out of ten other schools. At Stonar you are not only taught: you learn how to learn. Right from the start you will analyse and manage your own learning. Regular sessions with your tutor group will sharpen your study skills and place your studies in the broader context of current affairs, careers, the arts and the environment. The ability to think for yourself and explore new ideas, imagination, resilience and high aspirations – these qualities will stay with you for the rest of your life. For GCSE we build the timetable, as far as we can, around your choice of academic subjects and outside interests, so that competitive riders and keen athletes, for instance, have time to practise. We work you hard – and we want you to enjoy it.



Stonar is regularly in top 10% of schools at GCSE for value-added Pupils regularly achieve outstanding results which are beyond expectations both academically and personally. Small class sizes, excellent teaching, high expectations, individual support and an exceptionally wide range of opportunities mean that we develop the talents of every individual, inspiring pupils of all abilities to maximize their potential across and beyond the formal curriculum. We are renowned for our outstanding pastoral care, nurturing environment and our ability to gain high levels of ‘value-added academic achievement’ for all our pupils. With 36% of the grades across all subjects at GCSE awarded A*-A grades (almost 3x the national average) it’s easy to forget that Stonar admits pupils with a wide range of academic ability. We instil curiosity, confidence, compassion and independence so that pupils develop the skills and attitudes that will enable them to flourish in the future. 31


The Sixth Form Experience The Sixth Form is a stepping stone to where you want to head in life and we will help you prepare.


ith small classes and close working relationships with teachers and tutors, Stonar’s Sixth Form provides a fantastic environment for fulfilling your academic potential. Alongside this, our Sixth Formers are given the opportunities for personal development, leadership and co-curricular activities they need to become happy and successful young adults. You will be free to express your individuality and will not be pressured to conform. An outstanding tutor team will support you and go the extra mile in helping you at every turn. Relationships between staff and students are


excellent - in classes, at social events, whilst pursuing challenging activities and in mentoring during these two important years. Even after students leave, they maintain contact with tutors and frequently seek advice – whether on CV writing or an academic essay – and of course our tutors are delighted to help. Whilst the majority of our students go on to university, this is not the only option and you will find that instead of being pigeon-holed, we will explore all options with you. More importantly you need to be ready for the challenging global marketplace and the likelihood that you will have not just one but several careers.

You will be free to express your individuality and will not be pressured to conform



There are numerous ways to stretch yourself

BEYOND THE CURRICULUM Alongside your academic career, we encourage our Sixth Formers to embrace leadership opportunities. Our Head Girl and prefect team lead the school and there are numerous other ways to stretch yourself. Some Sixth Formers supervise activities in the Prep School and help out in the boarding houses. Others lead the various inter-house competitions, or take a key role in running fund-raising activities. There is a Year 11 and 12 planning committee that shapes the events and activities for the next academic year in the Sixth Form, ensuring that these match the interests of the students. The choice of activities is wide and there are trips and challenges which broaden pupils’ horizons and prepare them for the wider world.

CHALLENGES & EXPERIENCES Our Romania Challenge experience sends a team of Sixth Formers to a Romanian slum, where they work with destitute families on a project such as building a new dwelling, or farm buildings to help the family take steps to a more sustainable way of life. Pupils are responsible for all their own fund-raising, and many describe it as ‘life-changing’. The Duke of Edinburgh Award is very popular with our Sixth Formers, who can take the Silver or Gold awards. A rewarding journey where you’ll grow in confidence and become more independent, achieving a DofE Award opens doors to education and employment opportunities. Pupils can take the opportunity to complete the Culinary Skills course which includes the Leith’s Cookery Toolkit; invaluable either for those looking for a career in the hospitality industry, planning a ski season, or simply as a life skill. Following a successful Camps International trip to Borneo in 2016, we will be preparing a group for a trip to Kenya in 2017; an extraordinary opportunity for travel, adventure and personal development.



LIFE AFTER STONAR The Head of Careers is an integral part of the Sixth Form team. You will have access to a careers programme which delivers inspiration and information. As well as individual support and mentoring, backed by the robust Futurewise careers system, a programme of visiting speakers, careers seminars and work experience opportunities expose pupils to a broad range of options. Considerable support is also provided to hone interview skills, develop compelling CVs and personal statements and, for those who are aiming for top institutions, Oxbridge mentoring. We also offer coaching in body language and social skills, to ensure that pupils project the best impression from the off. Life after Stonar is a life skills programme delivered by the Head of Sixth Form which runs through Years 12 and 13. You will learn about mortgages, income tax and a diverse range of topics designed to equip you with essential skills and required in the wider world.




STONAR 2006 – 2015

I studied Chemistry, Biology and Maths for A Level and played a lot of netball too. I had great support from teachers during my university applications, including help with practice interviews. My Maths teacher’s son-in-law is a doctor and she arranged for him to talk to me about medical school and show me around Liverpool where he was a student. I was Deputy Head Girl which was a real honour. There were three of us in the Head Girl team so we could spread out the responsibilities. I boarded from Year 5; my parents chose Stonar because they knew I would be well looked after. When we were younger we used to go out and play hide and seek on the front lawn. By the time I was in York, the Sixth Form House, when we got back to the dorm in the evening everyone did their own thing. Sometimes we played on the Wii and we always enjoyed the dance games. In my final year, we were mostly studying. As a boarder you are much more involved in the school; you get to know everyone so well. House events at Stonar are special and the support you get is amazing. For example, when you’re running the cross country and you hear everyone cheering for you, it’s a great feeling. I play the tenor horn and I was in the Wind Band and Chamber Choir. I’ve been playing since I was four so I’ve grown up with music. It’s helped me learn how to prioritise time. The relationships with teachers are so strong; I loved this about Stonar the whole way through my time there. Because the school is small it’s more informal – the staff know more about you. They are professional and we got a lot of work done, but we could have a laugh at the same time. Abbey is now studying Medicine at Cardiff University.



STONAR 2009 – 2016

The teachers are one of the best things about Stonar. They are all really helpful and gave me so much support, even during the holidays. They work hard to make each lesson different. History was a favourite subject. Lessons were discussion based, but everyone had laptops and the teacher emailed documents and links as the discussion progressed so we could all access them instantly. If you like sport, there is plenty at Stonar. The coaching is excellent, with specialist teachers for each sport. I was in the first netball team and we had plenty of opportunities to play together as a team, with fixtures on Saturdays. As captain of the netball team, deputy head of Hart House and finally as Head Girl, I had plenty of opportunities to develop leadership, but I’ve also seen the importance of working in a team. I ran a lot of the house events. Inter-house dance and music competitions give everyone a chance to show off talents that might otherwise not be seen. I met regularly with our careers advisor during the Sixth Form who helped me and talked through all the different options open to me. A really good Sixth Form club, Life After Stonar gave us an insight into aspects of adult life such as taxes and mortgages. Study Skills classes provided guidance on working independently which will stand me in good stead at University. Favourite Stonar memories include the Year 10 activities weekend at Weston-SuperMare. We camped and had a go at activities like indoor skiing, abseiling and rock climbing. Stonar has such a strong community feel. Everyone knows everyone – pupils and teachers. I have made friends for life here. There is something for everyone, whether you’re an all-rounder or a specialist: good sport, music and a ‘gifted and talented’ programme. Felicity is now studying Modern Languages at Durham University.



A CO-ED SCHOOL Building on our successful and solid foundations in the Prep School to grow a vibrant and dynamic co-ed Senior School.


ith a fully co-educational Prep School, boys have long been an integral part of the Stonar community. The first boys to join our Senior School are now a much valued part of our cohorts in Years 7 & 8, and will be joined by a co-ed intake in Year 9 and Year 12 in 2017 as we build to becoming fully co-educational by 2019. Introducing co-education in the Prep School has been wholly successful and extending co-ed into the Senior School was a natural next step. Facilities, the curriculum, pastoral care, sport and co-curricular activities have all been comprehensively considered and recalibrated to ensure that we offer the best education we can to both genders. Both boys and girls are now benefiting from Stonar’s careful, individual approach to education, and co-education enhances their overall school experience.


A CO-ED SCHOOL STONAR’S UNIQUE SPIRIT Warm, attentive and encouraging – parents and pupils have valued Stonar’s special atmosphere for over 100 years. We are big enough to provide everything you expect in a good school, but small enough for everyone to have a go and to feel among friends. No one gets lost from sight at Stonar.


ABOVE: the Senior boys’ boarding house


Why my son will be educated at Stonar A PREP PARENT EXPLAINS Alexander joined Reception at Stonar Prep in 2011. Although his class initially had 2 boys and 5 girls, more boys have since joined. In September he moves up to Year 5, a class of 15 with a 50/50 boy–girl split. I asked him what he particularly enjoys about Stonar; he said: ‘it is lots of fun, the teachers are very kind and I have lots of friends both in my class and throughout the school.’ What more could any parent ask for? First and foremost we chose Stonar Prep so that Alexander could share in the same wonderful, caring atmosphere in which his two older sisters blossomed. We also believe that children benefit from growing and learning in a co-educational environment as that better prepares them for life, which after all is co-educational. We are so pleased that Stonar has decided to admit boys to the Senior School from 2016. As Alexander loves sport we look forward to seeing enough boys entering the Senior School to allow for full boys sports teams to compete with local schools. We want Alexander to stay in the Stonar environment as he can then continue to thrive as a big fish in a smaller pond. The smaller size of the school and emphasis on every child fulfilling their potential to become the best person they can be is extremely appealing. Whether your child is academic, sporty, creative or any combination of these, we know that Stonar will provide the opportunities and guidance to fully utilise all their talents; this has to make for a more rounded and positive individual going forward. Our family doesn’t think of Stonar in terms of girls and boys, rather as an engaging and nurturing environment in which any child is encouraged to be the best they can be.

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When you’re at work, you’re at work. And when you’re at home, you’re 100% focused on family life. 21st-century parents? Yes, and 21st-century boarders.


Make lifelong friendships and share the whole day with those friends.

Weekends are lively: There’s a wide variety of trips, clubs and activities to suit all interests.

80 acres of gardens and parkland to stretch out in

Concentrate on your homework: in school time, and with advice from teachers on hand. Make lifelong friendships and share the whole day with those friends. Fill your spare time with sport, arts, excursions and more activities than you can imagine. Learn to get on with others in the community of your boarding house – helping the younger ones, learning from the older ones and other nationalities, taking on responsibility. This is the ideal preparation for life and work in the global 21st century.


STONAR BOARDING Boarding is life turned up to the max. Pupils like it (and increasingly they are the ones that choose it) because they don’t spend time commuting and they are not distracted by the different demands of school and home. Parents of our boarders agree. Boarding is not a substitute for home: it’s a bonus. At Stonar, boarding is full-time and we do not have exeat weekends - a real plus for international or far-from-home boarders - though parents can take pupils home for a weekend if they wish. Occasional boarding is also offered to day pupils including two free nights per term.

Work seriously, play energetically, relax completely.

All boarding houses have WiFi and are fully equipped with TV, DVD and games consoles.


Our cosy boarding houses all share a family environment, where pupils can relax, be themselves - and also have a lot of fun. Our highly experienced team of houseparents work to create a supportive and homely atmosphere. Because Stonar has such a friendly, inclusive and nurturing environment, pupils naturally develop a strong sense of responsibility, caring for fellow pupils, their school and the wider world. As members of one of our junior and senior Houses, boarding and day pupils mix together; everyone benefits from the experience of a residential style of education. Stretched and inspired by everything they experience at Stonar and supported by our strong community, pupils develop into confident, outgoing young adults. Full boarding is popular and flexible options are also available. An exciting range of evening and weekend activities with choice and variety ensures that pupils’ existing interests are catered for, whilst everyone is encouraged to try new things. As part of a diverse community with an international dimension, pupils make friends from all around the world, developing an appreciation and understanding of different cultures and viewpoints.


Modern boarding is a vastly different experience to that of a generation ago


Pupils, parents and teachers alike often describe Stonar as a family.


the team. She works with Prep and Senior pupils to provide additional support for children with a variety of needs wherever necessary. The Health and Well-Being Centre HWBC lies at the heart of the campus, both geographically and emotionally and is staffed during school hours by Registered Nurses with training in all aspects of young people’s needs, triage, minor injuries and practice nursing providing complete professional care to all pupils. The Lead Nurse is also an integral part of the Pastoral Care Team. Sister Day and Sister Walford in the Medical Centre hold drop-in sessions every day, and a school counsellor joins the school on a weekly basis with her therapy dog, Holly. A doctor from the local Health Centre holds clinics for the boarding community twice a week.



ur nurturing ethos is integral to the school, backed up by an outstanding and robust pastoral structure which ensures the very best care for your child. Headed up by our Deputy Head, Nicola Hawkins, the Pastoral Care team ensures that a watchful and caring eye is kept on all pupils. Through a tutor and pastoral house system, each pupil has designated staff responsible for their wellbeing and there is a broader network of staff who are always available for pupils to talk to. Houseparents are all supported by Graduate Resident Assistants, who are always happy to provide an approachable and supportive listening ear. Mrs Branwen Russell, our Pastoral Support Worker, is an exceptionally experienced member of


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Food Food at Stonar is great and the pupils tell us so. All meals are served in the dining room. There’s plenty of choice and all special dietary requirements can be provided for. Every morning there’s a breakfast with cereal, porridge, toast, yogurts, fruit and a full cooked breakfast. You can also have toast toppers or croissants depending on the day of the week. Juices and hot drinks are also available. At lunchtime, pupils are treated to a bistro-style service with plenty of variety. As well as hot options with generous portions, there is a range of self-service platters with tasty warm salads from grilled halloumi to warm poached salmon and chorizo, falafel to chicken Caesar salads. Every day there’s a home-made, hot pudding with firm favourites such as fruit crumbles and sponge. There’s always plenty of fresh fruit, yoghurts and other tempting mini gastro desserts to sample. Dinner is when the whole boarding community comes together; there is a great family atmosphere, lots of chat and plenty of laughter. The supper menus offer a similarly varied choice to lunchtime. Menus can be downloaded from the parents’ website:

“The food here is really good and so varied. The self-service really helps cut down on wastage as you can choose how much you want to eat.” LAUREN, YEAR 13.



With spectacular views across to Salisbury Plain, Stonar’s grounds and gardens are are an idyllic place in which to study, play and grow up



International Students

We offer a traditional British boarding school education to a carefully controlled number of international students from different countries.

It is vital that such pupils are immersed in English language and culture. Accordingly, tutor groups and boarding rooms are well planned to ensure that our international pupils are fully integrated and make plenty of British friends. International students achieve higher results at Stonar in their IGCSEs and GCSEs than the UK and worldwide averages. Stonar is also consistently in the top 10% of schools for ‘value added’, which means that students typically exceed predicted figures for academic achievement. The majority of students go on to study at the top UK or international universities. As well as long-term placements, international students are also welcome to come for shorter stays, ranging from half a term to one year. Such pupils are fully integrated into the rich academic and extra-curricular life of Stonar and are supported with EAL (English as an Additional Language) lessons. Boarding at Stonar is friendly and safe with a genuine family feel. Boarders enjoy every opportunity to develop their hobbies and talents and learn useful life skills. International students can bring their own horses or loan one to take part in one of the most highly-regarded equestrian programmes in the UK. The can take part in many sports, enjoy art, drama, dance, swimming and many other pursuits. Pupils are encouraged to become more independent but are always supported with the highest standards in pastoral care. For further information see:



International Students


YEAR 9 Lucy, aged 13 from Moscow, joined Stonar in Year 7 as a full-time boarder. She has gradually developed her language skills since joining, becoming more confident in spoken and written English. Outside of lessons Lucy is a keen rider and loans a Stonar pony. The best thing about riding at Stonar is the opportunity of different things I can do; dressage, show jumping, hacking, going to competitions, and accumulator to check yourself. Looking after a horse on loan has given me more experience with horses and becoming organised. I have to wake up early otherwise I’ll be late for school. I learned how to get on with horses and how to get a feel for them. You learn to actually understand them. Spending time with horses and riding means I have more energy and am feeling more positive after I come from the yard. So for the rest of my school day I’m feeling good and it helps with exams, revising and doing prep. It also teaches me to do stuff I’ve never done before… I’ve got something to do and I really like it. Having the Equestrian Centre at school means that I have progressed in my riding, as I ride nearly every day. When I return to Moscow I miss getting up early to go to the yard, having a horse to look after, doing stables after school and trying to be fast and not late. It’s like an adventure when you’re trying not to be late for school. I am loaning Tilly and have discovered that not all horses are easy; she’s quite a difficult horse. So I get a lot more experience because she teaches me how to get on with everyone.


Stonar 2005-2012

From Hong Kong, Rachel joined Stonar aged 12 When I joined Stonar in Year 7, it was my first time away from home; I spoke poor English and was quite nervous. The staff and other students were so welcoming and supportive, I quickly felt at home. I was not that keen on studying but soon found that lessons were fun. Since teaching groups are small, there was plenty of help. This was important because English is my second language and I quickly settled down. My passion for Law developed after my GCSEs. It is important to have a target which is also something you enjoy. I studied ICT, Maths and Business Studies at A Level. My tutor and the Head of Sixth Form helped me prepare well for the university application process. Being a boarder made me more independent. You have more control over your time which helps during exams as it is easier to manage your own time. Results are better as there are fewer distractions for boarders; you are more motivated to study and can achieve higher grades. Stonar brings out the best in you, with supportive staff who encourage you to try new things. I was not particularly sporty but was persuaded to join a team and enjoyed it. Participating in public speaking really helped my confidence. I would never have dreamt of being a prefect, let alone Deputy Head Girl but I became both. The range of opportunities available at Stonar is fantastic and you really make the most of them. I went on to study Law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, a highly competitive course dependent on high grades. I know I am well equipped to meet whatever the future brings and that is in no small part due to my time at Stonar.


Daring to be different &



hen you are aged 13, 15 or 18: who are you? You may not know yet – and why would you? A whole world is opening up to you. You are seeing it all, experiencing it all and testing your place in it for the first time. It’s tempting to seek comfort by trying to conform; but that’s not the answer. Every person is different. Being different means ‘believing in your own abilities’. Good teachers will help you to do this. When I was at school an inspirational teacher gave me confidence in myself. Now I and my colleagues at Stonar want to do the same for you. Look at past pupils from Stonar and you will see confident, mature and sensitive adults. Of course you will make mistakes. We all do. The point is to learn from them, to change and move forward. At Stonar you will do more, and do better, than you had ever

imagined – in the classroom and in all the other activities on offer, from sports and arts to clubs and societies. You will surpass your own expectations.We want to see you excel – to enjoy that feeling of having done your best and knowing that everyone else has seen and appreciated it. We understand how you learn and what your strengths are, and then we build on them. You matter to us. We take as much pleasure as you do in your achievements, and we will tell you so. At Stonar, you don’t just come to school: you become part of our community. You are secure here, you can be comfortable in your own skin, you can belong. The more happy and relaxed you are, the more you will learn and grow as a person. We will support you all the way.

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New challenges are on offer to all. Learning to ride and look after a horse can be hugely rewarding.



From football to Dragon’s Den, Stonar has an enormous range of lunchtime, after-school and evening activities.

Everyone in the Senior School chooses at least two after-school clubs per week.

There are plenty of opportunities for adventure and outdoor challenges.


The choice is diverse; we always take pupils’ interests and suggestions on board.

At Stonar you will do more, and do better, than you had ever imagined – in the classroom and in all the other activities on offer, from sports and arts to clubs and societies.



The Arts

Pupils are given every chance to discover and express their own interpretations of the world around them. Our modern, well-equipped studios provide opportunities to work in a range of media including fine art, photography, ceramics and textiles.



The Arts Our busy music department encourages pupils to develop an appreciation of and confidence in all musical genres. The wide ranging programme of musical activities, in school and beyond, enables everyone to participate whether this is as part of the Chamber Choir, classical ensembles, rock concerts or musical theatre performances. Specialist music teachers provide instrumental and vocal tuition and there will be plenty of opportunities to take music exams and compete in festivals. Dance is taught as part of PE and can also be taken as a GCSE option, an exhilarating and challenging course which teaches both dance creation and performance. There are also opportunities to dance outside of the curriculum, and the inter-house dance competition is always a highlight.


Drama at Stonar is inspirational and ambitious. Pupils will take part in productions and public events, performing to a variety of audiences. A specialist drama teacher coaches those who are keen to take Speech and Drama qualifications. Groups and individuals regularly perform outside of school, notably at the Mid Somerset Festival where we have an excellent track record. Drama is taught in a way that develops pupils’ confidence to perform and their creativity to entertain, move and challenge audiences. For those who don’t pick drama as a curriculum option, there are still opportunities to get involved, with a main Senior School production in the autumn term, inter-house drama and a key stage 3 production. 65


SPORT We develop the abilities of every child in every area, including sport.


ll of our pupils receive high levels of coaching – and all of them have the opportunity to play competitively, through weekly inter-school fixtures or our comprehensive inter-house sports competitions. Late developers, or children who don’t consider themselves ‘sporty’, get the same opportunities as everyone else. Many bigger schools cannot say as much.



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Stonar punches above its weight when it comes to competition. Talented athletes play for older teams and join clubs or attend national competitions.



n addition to Physical Education and Games lessons, there is an impressive range of extra-curricular sports, including including Hockey, Netball, Football, Cricket, Rounders, Tennis, Athletics, Swimming, Riding, Dance, Badminton, Kick-boxing, Fitness and Orienteering. Additionally, as part of the NACE Schools group, pupils have the opportunity to participate each year


in the NACE Schools Olympics. Up to 200 pupils from partner schools compete in a range of sporting events, hosted by one of the schools in the group. Boys and girls are equally well supported in sport. We also draw upon strong contacts with clubs which share our facilities, including Bradford on Avon Swimming Club, Bradford-on-Avon Rugby Club, Melksham Football Club and Corsham Cricket Club.


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Boys’ SPORTS It is important to us, that while we grow the number of boys in the school, they are able to access a good sports programme that enables them to be the best they can. Pupils receive a strong grounding across many sporting disciplines in the Prep School, and will build on this in the Senior School, through coaching and a fixtures programme that gives all an opportunity to play. Our pupils tend to have a real ‘go get it’ attitude. They are brought up in a school that highly values commitment, integrity and enthusiasm and our pupils show this in all that they do in the sports field. The boys and girls are great hosts to visiting teams, and excellent visitors at local sports tournaments and fixtures. They understand the importance of sportsmanship, and do not give up easily in any sport. Our most able athletes are encouraged and supported in all that they do, and several have represented not only Wiltshire, but also Great Britain. For all pupils, we foster enjoyment and participation, laying the foundations for a positive, active and healthy future.




There is a full programme of fixtures in major and club sports. SENIOR GIRLS TERM







Cricket, Tennis

Athletics & Rounders


The Prep School follows a similar programme to the Seniors, the only differences being that the major girls’ summer sports are Rounders and Tennis, Athletics and Swimming, with Cricket as a club. The boys’ summer sports are Cricket, Athletics and Swimming.













Pupils have been riding at Stonar for nearly 100 years, longer than at any other boarding school.

Stonar Equestrian

With such longevity, extensive BHS highly commended training facilities and outstanding equestrian staff, Stonar Equestrian offers an unrivalled riding education alongside the academic programme and is a UK centre of excellence. 74


Stonar Equestrian

Riding is available at all levels from complete beginners to international competitors. You can ride for pleasure, develop discipline-specific skills, train to compete or take equine qualifications to lead to an equine career. Our coaching philosophy underpins each rider’s progress: every rider firstly gains a thorough grounding, a correct position and


a correctly trained, happy horse. We create individual development plans for more advanced riders, enhanced with regular clinics delivered by specialists and Olympians. As an official Pony Club Centre, pupils are able to work towards Pony Club attainment tests and compete in Pony Club inter-branch competitions.


YEAR 10 RIDER I love Wednesdays because I have Drama, Home Economics and Biology which are some of my favourite subjects; I ride in between break and lunchtime and then it’s the weekly ‘Accumulator’ competition after school. Drama is great – with the best teacher ever. He’s fun – he’s good at instructing and very fair, but lets you have fun too. We’re working on the play at the moment and I’m really enjoying it. I love acting. Being a scientist I love all the sciences: Physics, Biology and Chemistry. I am on the Rider Development Programme which means two individual riding lessons per week and a stable management lesson. I loan a school pony and can ride every day. Initially I lacked confidence so the Equestrian Centre suggested I ride Seth. He is a quiet pony who didn’t like jumping. Now I’ve gained confidence and we have progressed together. We started going over poles and now we are jumping together. The instructors are great. I compete in the weekly Accumulator which is alternately dressage and show jumping. You can do a prelim or a novice test and get points which are added to a leader board. If you jump a clear round you get a rosette. It’s lots of fun. I spend a lot of time at the stables, starting the day there at 7.15 am, before going for breakfast at 8.00 am. I return at break time, lunch time and after school until 6pm. At these times I’m looking after Seth and riding. I love boarding and have made so many friends with people right up to Year 13. There’s always plenty going on at weekends - cookery, professional street dancers to teach dancing, Zumba, cinema trips, trips to Bath, riding – there’s so much variety. If I was describing Stonar I would say it’s a big but small school. It’s small because everyone knows everyone, but it’s big because of the beautiful grounds, range of subjects, the great Equestrian Centre and lovely boarding facilities. All round it’s a lovely school.


Stonar Equestrian

Facilities include a floodlit Olympicsized outdoor school, a 20m  x  40m indoor school, two full sets of BSJA show jumps, a cross-country schooling field and an off-road hacking track across our 80-acre country estate. We have stabling on-site for 70 horses, and you can bring your own horse (from Year 5 onwards), loan a school horse or simply have a weekly lesson. See our website for further details:



Stonar Equestrian

COMPETITIONS Stonar & External


e hold internal weekly dressage and show-jumping competitions which run as accumulators throughout the school year. There are also inter-house riding competitions and an annual show for riders who do not own or loan a pony. In December, the Christmas Show is hugely popular and fun for all. We offer opportunities to take part in tetrathlon and run a range of equestrian trips. Each week, we take a limited number of riders to compete at the nearby West Wilts Equestrian Centre, one of the top equestrian venues in the South West; we book the transport and a member of Stonar Equestrian staff accompanies the pupils.


Stonar fields dressage, show jumping and arena XC teams and individuals in eight National Schools’ Equestrian Association (NSEA) qualifiers annually, leading up to the NSEA Championships in the autumn. The Inter Schools One Day Event Championships (ISODE) were established at Stonar in 1988, and every year schools come from all over the UK to compete. Classes cater for minis and juniors at the Mini ISODE in May, through to an FEI Pony class at the Senior ISODE in September.

A RIDING Education

Stonar Equestrian is a British Horse Society (BHS) ‘Highly Commended’ training and examination centre and an official Pony Club Centre. You can be a member of the Pony Club, work towards Pony Club attainment tests and compete in Pony Club competitions. In the Senior School you can choose to pursue our unique Rider Development Programme - a long-term development plan that is integrated into the school day and which includes a clear pathway of learning, incorporating Pony Club and British Horse Society examinations. It is led by the Director of Riding and an experienced BHS qualified team of instructors and yard managers. From Year 11 you can be prepared for examinations leading to the British Horse Society Assistant Instructor’s certificate (BHSAI). This recognised qualification within the equine industry is classed as an International Instructor Level 1. The course is tailored to suit individual needs. In the Sixth Form it is also possible to pursue other equestrian vocational qualifications alongside your A Levels. You can discuss this with us when the time comes to choose your subject options.

EQL & UKCC Qualifications for Sixth Form riders The EQL in Horse Care and Management is a practical, industry-recognised qualification. Pupils will acquire a broad knowledge base, equipping them with the skills they need to enter a wide variety of careers involving horses. The UKCC are taught through a mixture of theory and practical sessions. Students completing Level 2 will hold a certificate which qualifies them to teach.


Allotment, Arabic, Art, Ballet, Board Games, Chamber Choir, Cheerleading, Chess, Choir, Concert Band, Cookery, Cricket, Dangerous Club, Debating, Drama, Duke of Edinburgh Award, Elite Swim Squad, English as an Additional Language, Explorer Club, Film Club, Football, Forest School, Fun French, Fundamental Movement Skills, Hockey, Improvers Swimming, International Society, Japanese, Kit Car, Latin, Lego Robotics, Life After Stonar, Martial Arts, Netball, Open Art, Photography, Pony Club, Recorder, Riding Accumulator, Rounders, Rugby, Science, Stable Club, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tap, Team Games, Tennis, Textiles, Thinking and Reasoning, University Challenge What’s In The News?, Wonders Of The World






Most items of uniform and sportswear are only available from Schoolblazer via their website: Schoolblazer provide a very useful name-tagging service too.

LEFT: Prep girls wear kilts in the autumn and spring terms and a dress in the summer term.

LEFT: Children wear uniform when they join Upper Nursery. RIGHT: Prep boys’ uniform


SENIOR SCHOOL Senior boys’ and girls’ uniform is similar to the Prep uniform. Shortstay pupils may purchase items from Schoolblazer but key items of uniform are also available to borrow from the school.



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EQUESTRIAN Equestrian jackets are available via All other equestrian kit can be purchased from external outlets.


SIXTH FORM DRESS CODES As role models for the rest of the school Sixth Form students should maintain a high standard of appearance. This includes a smart suit or jacket and trousers or skirt.




Stonar has a broad academic intake and the pupils achieve beyond expectations.

GCSE Options

Exam Results

Each pupil should have a balanced choice of subjects to enable them to make the best possible use of their abilities and to ensure a broad base from which to choose their AS and A2 options in the Sixth Form. In order to achieve this the following subjects are compulsory for all pupils:

With a staff to pupil ratio of 1:6 and rigorous tracking (CAT, ALIS, YELLIS) individual strengths are nurtured and developed. Our aim is to gain the best academic development for every child – but not at the expense of everything else. Stonar’s results, when looked at in relative rather than absolute terms, are impressive: Value-added scores compare well with competitors’ and both GCSE and A level grades are anything up to 30 per cent better than the national average. Academic high fliers achieve results which stand up anywhere: 13 A*s at GCSE from some high fliers and consistent offers from Russell Group universities year on year. Maths and sciences are amongst the strongest subjects, with Spanish the most popular modern language at GCSE. Our EAL exam results are consistently impressive; international pupils regular achieve outstanding results and gain places on their first choice of university courses.

COMPULSORY SUBJECTS: • English Language and English Literature, or IGCSE English as a Second Language • Mathematics • RS (short course) • Science – either double or triple science, depending on science set


Physical Education and Games continue as compulsory, non examined subjects, in addition to GCSE PE for those who choose it. All pupils will have PSHE lessons and follow a tutor programme.


• Languages: French, Spanish • Humanities: History, Geography, Business Studies • Other subjects: Art, Photography, Drama, Dance, Food and Nutrition, Music, Physical Education, Statistics • Rider Development Programme For further information download the GCSE Options booklet:

Details of GCSE and A Level results can be viewed on our website:


Academics A Level Options Sixth Form students study 3-5 subjects of their choice. Alongside classroom tuition, pupils also learn how to study and research for themselves, just as they will at university. Sixth Formers have private study areas in the school, including the study area within the Sixth Form Centre. Teachers provide as much support as they need both inside and outside timetabled study periods. A wide range of subjects is available, which may vary year on year subject to demand and currently includes: • • • • • • • •

Art Biology Business Studies Chemistry English Literature French Geography History

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Maths Music Photography Physics Physical Education Psychology Spanish Theatre Studies

International students may also take an A Level in their native language.


Research Skills & EPQ Cookery EAL qualifications including IELTS Rider Development Programme EQL in Horse Care and Management UK Coaching Certificate

For further information download the A Level Options booklet:








Assembly or tutor time


Period 1

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Prep School break and Period 3

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Period 4

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11.25 –11.45am



Period 5 11.45–12.15

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12.20 – 1.00pm

Period 6 12.15 – 12.45 Prep-prep lunch 12.15 12.45

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1.00 –1.35pm

Pre-prep Period 6 Prep lunch 12.45–1.10 Lunchbreak 1.10 –1.40

Senior lunch 1


Period 7 1.40–2.15

Senior lunch 2 and registration


Period 8

Period 7


Period 9 Pre-prep home at 3.30

Period 8


Prep time from 3.25 Prep home at 4.00 or tea to 4.15

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Cross-phase clubs Prep Clubs to 5.00

Activities and clubs


Joining Stonar

The best way to discover what makes Stonar special is to come and see us VISITS & OPEN DAYS


You are welcome to visit at any time of the year and can meet the Head, staff and pupils, see the facilities and gain a sense of the atmosphere here. Karen Ibbott, the Registrar, handles all admissions enquiries and will be happy to arrange your visit. Contact her by telephone +44 (0) 1225 701741 or via email Open and Taster events take place during the year where you and your family can experience the school in action.

Nursery (ages 2-4): Children can join immediately after their second birthday – at any time of year – and stay until the September after their fourth birthday. Prep School (ages 4-11): Children join the Reception class in the September after their fourth birthday and can join later years as appropriate. At age 11 we prepare pupils for entrance to senior school. Senior School (ages 11-16): Stonar has a broad academic intake. All applicants sit an entrance test (in the January prior to September entry or by arrangement in special circumstances) to show us where their strengths and weaknesses lie and to ensure that they are able to access the curriculum and flourish at Stonar. We also seek a report from their current school. Sixth Form (ages 17-18): you will take an entrance test (in the November prior to September entry or by arrangement in special circumstances) and be interviewed by the Head. We also seek a report from your current school.

For dates contact Karen Ibbott or see our website:

INTERNATIONAL APPLICATIONS (AGES 9-18) Pupils joining Stonar for one year or longer: if English is your second language you will take tests in EAL (English as an Additional Language) and Maths and you will have an interview by Skype, to assess your level of spoken English. We also seek a report from your current school. We always recommend visiting Stonar or having a boarding taster but understand if international students are unable to do so ahead of joining. Pupils joining us for short stays, from half a term (6 weeks) to one or two terms: you do not take an entrance test, but we seek a report from your current school. You will join the normal school programme, which will includes EAL sessions.


For further details see our website:

BUS ROUTES Day buses routes run from towns including Bath, Bradford on Avon, Chippenham, Devizes, Marlborough and Trowbridge. Contact the Travel Office for details of the latest routes and prices on The travel office can also arrange transfers from airports and taxis during term time.




Academic year 2016/2017 BRITISH PUPILS FULL AND WEEKLY BOARDERS Senior School (from approximate age 11) Preparatory School

Termly £9,500 £6,485

Annually £28,500 £19,455

DAY PUPILS Senior School (Year 9 onwards) Senior School (Year 7 & 8) Preps 5 & 6 (approximate ages 9 & 10) Preps 3 & 4 (approximate ages 6 to 8) Reception & Preps 1 & 2

Termly £5,265 £4,875 £3,655 £3,180 £2,710

Annually £15,795 £14,625 £10,965 £9,540 £8,130

Registration fee for all pupils is £75. A Deposit applicable to all UK pupils is £500 (except Nursery pupils). INTERNATIONAL PUPILS FULL BOARDERS Senior School (from approximate age 11) Preparatory School Registration fee for all pupils is £75 Deposit (payable upon acceptance):

Termly £10,070 £6,485

Annually £30,210 £19,455


SHORT STAY Minimum stay 6 weeks (a shorter stay may be possible by special arrangement). Please contact the Registrar, Karen Ibbott, for details of fees and availability. EQUESTRIAN Rider Development Programmes fees and Livery & Loan / Livery costs are available from the Registrar, Karen Ibbott (admissions@stonarschool. com) or the Equestrian Centre (

DOWNLOADS: The Nursery fee sheet & Stonar bank details can be downloaded from


Fees include compulsory text books and stationery, core curriculum trips, pupils’ personal accident insurance, certain clubs and all lunches. Laundry is also included for boarders’ school uniform and own clothing. Fees do not include entry fees for public and other examinations. Parents are recommended to take out their own insurance for loss of or damage to personal effects. Fees must be received 14 days prior to start of term. A charge of 1.5% per month will be added to accounts for late payment. Parents are asked to note that fees are calculated as an annual sum and collected in 3 equal instalments at the start of each term as per our terms and conditions. £25 may be deducted for payments made prior to the due date. There is no deduction for day pupils who opt not to have lunch. Fees are reviewed annually in the autumn; parents will be advised of fees for the following year. There is a discount on the above fees (as reduced by scholarships etc, if any) for siblings amounting to 5% for each subsequent child at the school simultaneously. The discount will apply to the younger child/children. Details of charges for riding/ livery not listed on this sheet can be obtained from the Equestrian Centre. Overseas boarding fees include up to 4 EAL lessons per week, the cost of visa administration between the School and the UK Borders Authority and membership of the International Society.



OPTIONAL SUBJECTS (per term unless otherwise shown) Riding lessons

Senior Riding lessons Prep Riding lessons

Scholarships honour outstanding ability.

£275 £255

Culinary Skills Course (single charge)

Talented new pupils entering the school (normally in Year 7, Year 9 or for the Sixth Form in Year 12) may qualify for scholarships in these areas:


Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme (single charge) Bronze £280 Silver £315 Gold £340 Direct Gold £370

• Academic • Art

• Drama

All musical instruments & solo singing per instrument £230* Speech & Drama Grades 1 - 5 £120 Grades 6 & above £145* *Parents billed direct by teacher Learning support Extra EAL

• Music • Sport

• Riding

Bursaries provide financial support for families who could not otherwise afford the fees. The number and size of bursaries are not set in advance.

£38 per hour £42 per hour

OCCASIONAL BOARDING 2 nights per term are included free of charge in the day fees if space permits. Subsequent nights are charged as follows.

You will find more information online at

£50 per night for max 10 nights. Additional nights - £60 per night.

TRANSPORT CHARGES As at March 2016, reviewed termly Sunday church £55 / trip (discount if shared; surcharge for an escort). Other transport such as medical escorts charged at cost as incurred. AIRPORT TRANSPORT (per journey) as at March 2016, reviewed termly



Bristol Airport

Bath Spa Rail Station

2 x passenger





1 x passenger 3 or more passengers

£150 £55

£180 £72

£80 £33

£35 £15

Airport escort duty £100 for max 1½ hours (discount if shared on same flight). Additional parking & waiting times may be charged. Unsociable hours 2400 to 0600 subject to a surcharge. Sunday transfers may incur a supplement.


Index A-Level options 92 Admissions 94 Arts 62  – 65 Boarding

44  – 53

Co-education Curriculum

38 – 43 16 – 37

Drama 65 Ethos 6 Equestrian 74– 81 Extra-curricular 82– 83 Fees 96–97 Food 50 Former pupils 15, 36, 37, 47 Gardens GCSE options

52 – 53 91

Head 6 – 7, 12 – 13 Head of Prep 26 – 27 Health 49 International

54 – 57

Music 64 NACE Nursery

10 – 11 18 – 21

Open Days


Prep School

22 – 25

Results 91 Senior School Sixth Form Sport and PE

28 – 31 32 – 35 66 – 73

Timetable 93 Uniform

84 – 89

This prospectus is intended to indicate the broad principles on which Stonar is run and gives an indication of policy and ethos. This prospectus does not form part of any agreement between the School and parents. Parents wishing to place specific reliance on any statement within the prospectus, which was believed to be correct at the time of publication, should seek written confirmation of that statement before accepting the offer of a place. Certain statements may go out of date from time to time. September 2016


Stonar Admissions: The Registrar Mrs K Ibbott Nursery to Sixth Form

Tel: +44 (0)1225 701741

Fax: +44 (0)1225 790830


All other enquiries Tel: +44 (0)1225 701740

Fax: +44 (0)1225 790830


Stonar Cottles Park, Atworth, Wiltshire, SN12 8NT


WHOEVER YOU WANT TO BE Close to the city of Bath, Stonar excels academically, in the arts and sports. Boys and girls habitually exceed their ambitions. Our leading national equestrian facilities form part of the exciting opportunities on offer, including strong links to schools overseas. In this environment your child will build confidence, develop leadership skills and become globally minded, as they discover how amazing they can be. | 01225 701 741

Stonar Prospectus 2016  
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