Stover School 斯托弗中学, 斯托弗学校Newton Abbot,
Devon TQ12 6QG
Tel: 01626 354505 Fax: 01626 361475
• GIRLS. Girls 2_ -18 Day, 8–18 Boarding (full & weekly); Boys 2_–11 Day only
• Pupils 510, Upper sixth 60
• Termly fees £1345–£2495 (Day), £3665–£5245 (Boarding), £3545–£4495 (Weekly)
• GSA, SHMIS, BSA
• Enquiries and application to the Registrar
What it’s like
Founded in 1932, it lies in 64 acres of grounds, part of the original Stover
Park. There are beautiful landscaped gardens and fine playing fields with
splendid views across Dartmoor. The main building is a superb 18th-century
Palladian mansion, formerly the home of the Duke of Somerset. Since foundation
there have been several additions and developments, most recently a new art and
IT centre. A relaxed and friendly atmosphere prevails and there is a policy of
trying to suit the needs of the individual. Worship is in the Anglican
tradition. A sound general education is provided and results are good. There is
a good range of music, performing arts and art. A standard range of games and
sports is available, and there is a variety of extra-curricular activities.
Considerable emphasis on outdoor pursuits for which the environment is ideal,
and an impressive record in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 2_ -18; 510 pupils (420 girls, 90 day boys).
Senior department 10–18, 300 girls (220 day, 80 boarding).
Entrance: Main entry ages 2_, 5, 10, 11, 16. Own entrance exam,
standardised tests and interview. No special skills or religious requirements
but strong Anglican links. State school entry, 50% main intakes plus occasional
pupil to sixth form.
Scholarships, bursaries & extras 4 pa scholarships and bursaries
value 10%–33% fees. Parents not expected to buy textbooks.
Parents 10+% live within 30 miles; 5+% live overseas.
Head & staff
Headmaster: Thomas A Packer, in post from 2004. Educated at Kimbolton
School and University College Durham. Previously Deputy Head at Victoria
College, Jersey; Head of Science at Downe House.
Teaching staff: 30 full time, 12 part time. Average age 40.
GCSE: In 2003, 30 pupils in Year 11. 93% gained grade C or above in 5+
subjects. Average GCSE score 50 (47 over 5 years)
A-levels: 14 in upper sixth. Average final point score achieved by upper
sixth formers 273.
University & college entrance Sixth-form leavers usually all go on to
a degree course (30% after a gap year). Majority follow courses in arts &
humanities (particularly law and business), 15% take courses in science & maths.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 16 AS/A-level subjects.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level;
mixture of arts and sciences encouraged.
Vocational: Work experience encouraged; study skills course.
Special provision: Some for pupils with dyslexia; learning support.
Languages: French and German offered to GCSE and A-level. Regular
exchanges to France.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (1_ hours a week in Years 6–9) and
across the curriculum; all pupils take short course GCSE. 60 computers for pupil
use (10 hours a day), all networked and with e-mail and internet access.
Music: Over 50% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams
can be taken. Musical groups include ensembles, groups, choirs eg string, flute,
madrigal, brass. Some pupils play with the Devon Schools Orchestra.
Drama & dance: Both offered. GCSE drama, A-level theatre studies, ESB,
LAMDA, gymnastics and modern dance awards exams may be taken. Some pupils are
involved in school productions and all in house/other productions.
Art & design: On average, 20 take GCSE, 8 A-level. Design, pottery,
textiles, photography and media studies also offered.
Sport & activities
Sport: Hockey, cross-country, rugby, football, cricket, swimming, tennis,
netball, rounders, athletics, riding. Sports are compulsory, options vary with
age group. GCSE, BAGA, RLSS exams may be taken. Regular county team members; Ten
Tors teams at 35 and 45 miles; riding.
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award. All students learn first aid. Up to 30 clubs: Young Enterprise area
winners 4 times in past 7 years, Tycoon business game, national maths olympiads.
Uniform: School uniform worn, dress code in the sixth form.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. Prefects, head girl, head of
games, head of house and house prefects – appointed by the Headmaster after
consultation with staff and prefects.
Religion: Morning service compulsory. Regular weekly services.
Social: Some trips abroad, eg sports tours (Barbados 2002), French
exchange, ski trip. Sixth form allowed to bring own car/bike/motorbike to
school. Meals self-service. School shop.
Discipline Removal of privileges is the normal sanction. Pupils
failing to produce homework expect prep detention.
Boarding Head girl has own study bedroom, sixth form in doubles;
remainder in dormitories of 5+. Houses divided by age. Resident qualified nurse.
Central dining room. Sixth form can provide and cook own food. 2 weekend exeats
and half-term. Visits to local town allowed.
Alumni association (SPA) is run by Mrs Eileen Shilabeer, c/o the