Stonar School 斯顿拉中学,斯顿拉学校Cottles Park, Atworth, Melksham, Wiltshire
Tel: 01225 701740 Fax: 01225 790830
• GIRLS, 2–18 Day, 7–18 Boarding (full & weekly)
• Pupils 450, Upper sixth 44
• Termly fees £1500–£2950 (Day), £4550–£5250 (Boarding)
• Enquiries/applications to the Admissions Secretary
What it’s like
Founded in 1895 at Sandwich, it moved to its present site in 1939. The main
building is a very handsome listed Regency country house set in 80 acres of
splendid parkland. Facilities are very good, boarding accommodation is
comfortable and an extension to the junior school recently completed. Religious
worship is compulsory in the Anglican tradition but all denominations are
welcome. A good general education is provided. There is a big commitment to
music, drama and art. A fine range of sports and games is available and there is
an excellent variety of extra-curricular activities, including riding in the
school’s internationally renowned equestrian centre. A promising record in the
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 2–18; 450 girls (225 day, 225 boarding). Senior
department 11–18, 330 girls.
Entrance: Main entry ages 5, 11–13 and 16. Own entrance exam used; for
sixth-form entry, report and reference from previous school (GCSE at least grade
C in sixth-form subjects). No special skills or religious requirements. State
school entry, 25% senior intake (plus few to sixth form).
Scholarships, bursaries & extras Scholarships up to 50% of day fee
(to age 16): academic, good all-rounder, drama, music, art, sport, riding.
Services bursaries available to age 16. Parents not expected to buy textbooks;
maximum extras £100.
Parents 30+% live within 30 miles; 10+% live overseas.
Head & staff
Headmistress: Mrs Clare Osborne, appointed 2002. Educated at Southampton
University. Previously Deputy Head at St Joseph’s College, Ispwich, and taught
in both independent and maintained schools. Also research and committee work in
curriculum development; teacher fellowship at Merton College Oxford; and member
of A-level Standing Committees.
Teaching staff: 33 full time, 15 part time (teaching). Annual turnover
3%. Average age 40.
GCSE: In 2003, 51 pupils in Year 11: 67% gained at least grade C in 8+
subjects; 24% in 5–7. Average GCSE score 56 (54 over 5 years).
A-levels: 44 in upper sixth: 18% passed in 4+ subjects; 59% in 3; and 18%
in 2 subjects. Average final point score achieved by upper sixth formers 296.
University & college entrance 82% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course, (39% after a gap year). 38% took courses in science &
engineering, 48% in humanities & social sciences, 14% in art & design. Others
typically go on to non-degree courses eg nursing, HND or art, or direct into
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 20 GCSE subjects, 19 A-level.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 3–4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at
A-level; general studies is not taken. 25% take science A-levels; 15%
arts/humanities; 60% both. Key skills integrated into curriculum plus an
Vocational: Work experience available. BHS AI taken by riding students
(competition riding course).
Special provision: Help with dyslexia. Specialist teacher for EAL.
Languages: French, German and Spanish offered to GCSE.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (2 lessons/week in Years 7–11) and
across the curriculum; most pupils take GCSE short course. 80 computers for
pupil use (18 hours a day), all networked (including boarding houses) and all
with e-mail and internet access.
Music: Over 50% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams
can be taken. 5 musical groups: choir, brass and wind bands, orchestra. Music
school has own recording studio.
Drama & dance: Both offered. GCSE, AS and A-level drama and LAMDA exams
may be taken. All pupils are involved in school and house/other productions.
Art & design: On average, 30 take GCSE, 15 A-level. Photography A-level
Sport & activities
Sport: Hockey, netball, tennis, athletics, swimming compulsory. Optional:
volleyball, golf, riding, tetrathlon, badminton, squash, table tennis, cross
country, canoeing, football. GCSE, BAGA and BHS exams may be taken.
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award. Some 50 clubs, eg various sports and music, CDT.
Uniform: School uniform worn; suits in the sixth form.
Houses & prefects: Prefects and head girl appointed by sixth form and
staff, following application process. School Council.
Religion: Pupils of any faith welcome. Most boarders attend Anglican
service on Sundays.
Social: Organised local events and trips abroad. Pupils allowed to bring
own car/bike/horse to school. Meals self-service. School shop. No tobacco or
Discipline Pupils failing to produce homework once might expect a
warning; those caught smoking cannabis on the premises would expect expulsion.
Boarding Sixth form have study bedrooms, rest share 2–5. Houses of
approximately 35. Qualified nurse. Central dining room. 2 weekend exeats and a
week at half-term; flexi-boarding popular. Regular excursions.
Former pupils Katharine Schlesinger (actress); Gita Sereny (author);
Romola Garai (actress).