In its quiet setting in 80 acres of parkland and gardens, Stonar lies just eight miles east of the World Heritage City of Bath. Stonar currently educates girls aged 2–18 and boys aged 2–11. From September 2016, the School is planning to admit boys into Year 7 to extend co-education through the Senior School.
Boarders can take advantage of the escorted buses which are provided for boarders to major airports. Access to London and Bristol international airports is easy. Chippenham and Bath Spa rail stations are within ten minutes’ drive.
Raising the academic bar
Central to Stonar’s ethos is ‘adding value’ to a child’s education, which often results in pupils scoring at least one grade higher than predicted at GCSE and A-level. Therefore, Stonar comes out in the top 15% of schools throughout the UK in terms of pupils’ academic progress.
As a member of the NACE Education Group, Stonar has 22 international partner schools which it collaborates with to offer a unique educational experience. Together, these members come up with academic projects, exchanges as well as joint music, drama and sporting festivals.
Expansive grounds and top-class facilities
With the 80 acres of stunning parkland and gardens, there is plenty of space for excellent sport and arts facilities including an indoor pool, floodlit AstroTurf, sports hall, fitness suite, music school and drama hall.
A state-of-the-art Sixth Form and Arts Centre contains a social centre, seminar room, study centre and art studios.
The UK’s leading equestrian school
Pupils from the age of nine can ride horses to their heart’s content at Stonar’s renowned Equestrian Centre, irrespective of their level of expertise. With stabling for up to 70 horses, keen riders may bring their own horse or loan a school horse. The School’s Director of Riding is a former international eventer who is experienced in training youth teams in many countries.
Now in force is a new Rider Development Programme for gifted riders. The programme is divided into key stage phases and offers learning and development which closely follows the philosophy that underpins UK Sport’s training phases.
‘One of the strongest features of boarding is the relationship amongst the pupils themselves and between the staff and pupils’
‘The quality of pupils’ achievements and learning is excellent’
ISI Inspection Report, April 2012