The Stamford Endowed Schools – in a historic market town
Located in one of the finest historic market towns in the heart of England, the Stamford Endowed Schools provide continuity of education for boys and girls from ages to 2 to 18. There are three separate schools: Stamford Junior School, Stamford High School (girls) and Stamford School.
With co-educational teaching in the junior years, and single-sex teaching in the teenage years followed by mixed teaching in the sixth form, pupils thrive in an environment where they are encouraged to reach their full potential, both academically and in extra-curricular pursuits.
Family-based boarding with quality provision
Five boarding houses, which are split by age and gender, are available to pupils. Between the ages of 8 and 11, pupils enter the co-educational junior boarding house. At the age of 11, pupils move on to single-sex houses. In the senior houses, pupils greatly benefit from single accommodation, which includes en-suite facilities.
All boarding houses are managed by a husband and wife team, while the majority of houseparents are teachers at the schools.
Boarders integrate very well with the day pupils. Students from Germany, Poland, China, Ukraine, Hong Kong, Italy and the USA attend Stamford School.
Boarding provision has been deemed as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted Inspectors – the highest grade achievable. The criteria were: helping children to be healthy; protecting children from harm or neglect and helping them to stay safe; helping children to achieve well and enjoy what they do; helping children make a positive contribution; achieving economic wellbeing; and organisation.
Ofsted: ‘Boarders receive excellent support from staff which is greatly enhanced by the warm and positive relationships which exist between them. The friendly and relaxed atmosphere within boarding is a significant feature of the school as a whole and enables boarders to feel well cared for and safe.’
A range of facilities
Each School benefits from its own site. Set among its own playing fields, the Junior School and Nursery has joint use of a sports hall and swimming pool. The Stamford High School for Girls site has a drama studio, music school, gymnasium, sports hall, floodlit artificial hockey pitch and indoor swimming pool.
Stamford School has a sports hall, observatory, gymnasium, art centre and technology block. As a result of significant investment, a new sixth-form centre and new Research and Learning Centre to benefit independent learning, have been built. A new sports centre with a 25-metre indoor swimming pool and fitness suite has also been constructed. Performance and rehearsal space is plentiful in the new Performing Arts Centre.
All pupils follow the National Curriculum until the end of Key Stage 2, with the addition of modern foreign language teaching and the inclusion of games. At Senior level, there is a broad base to GCSE curriculum choice. The two Senior Schools instruct pupils in mixed classes at sixth-form level, thus enabling the teaching of 28 A-level subjects.
Activities for all
Over 80 different activities have been offered in the same weekly period. These have been as diverse as badminton, bee-keeping, bridge, sailing, golf, and driving for 16-year-olds. A significant proportion of activities take place during lunch times and after school. The schools run an extended activity programme at the weekend. Formally organised activities for those aged eight and upwards are held on Saturday mornings.
Stansted, Heathrow, Luton and East Midlands International Airports are within easy travelling distance, some of which have direct rail links. There is a regular train service into London via Peterborough. Transport is available to Heathrow at the beginning and end of terms.