Stowe School in Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, England is a co-educational, full boarding School
of nearly 773 pupils aged 13 to 18, having grown from
610 in just five years. This is an elite prestigious school, beautifil historic houses and gardens, top of the class facilities. Very difficult to get in if you do not apply earlier in time. The School enjoys a national reputation and
attracts boys and girls rom across the UK; a further 10% of its pupils are
international. Nearly 90% of pupils enjoy full boarding, but the School
also welcomes over 70 day pupils from nearby towns and villages – some
of these are on scholarships specifically intended for local pupils.
|Year of foundation:
||Stowe School opened with its first 99 pupils, mainly aged 13, on 11 May
1923. There were two boarding Houses, Bruce and Temple, then both in the
western part of the mansion. The following term Grenville and Chandos
Houses were formed in the eastern wing, with Cobham and Grafton
following soon afterwards as further parts of the house were converted
into accommodation and classrooms. Chatham was the first purpose-built
house, designed by the school’s first architect, Sir Clough
Williams-Ellis. He had been instrumental in developing a vision for
saving Stowe as a new centre of learning to match its crucial role in
national culture and politics of the 18th Century. He had personally
bought Stowe Avenue in 1922 before old Etonians presented it as birthday
gift to the new School in 1924.
|Campus size and facilities:
Set in 750 acres of the most remarkable landscape gardens
and parkland, and within one of the finest neo-classical palaces in
Europe, Stoics enjoy surroundings of extraordinary historical and
architectural significance. Unique to Stowe are the lessons in ‘Visual
Education’ given to all boys and girls in the Third Form – these provide
new Stoics with an understanding and appreciation of their environment.
Name of Director: Dr Anthony Wallersteiner
Rolling or fixed admission date? Rolling
Application fee: 100 GBP
International application fee: 100 GBP
Cost of tuition
7 days boarding: 29895 GBP
Day school only cost: 21690 GBP
About the school
Long description: Stowe is proud that since its foundation 87 years ago, every reigning
monarch or monarch’s consort has visited the School: most recently Queen
Elizabeth II, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh in November 2007, to
open one of our new boarding Houses for girls.
Dress code: Formal
What we offer?
Pupils are encouraged to
make the most of their academic abilities. Through discussion and
guidance from their Tutors, they are set targets and given a clear
understanding of our expectations. Progress is closely monitored and
reported back to both Stoics and parents, through the reporting system
and weekly one-to-one Tutor sessions.
Academic work is
monitored on a whole School basis at least twice per term through our
programme of Academic Progress Grades (APGs).
Each pupil is
awarded an attainment grade by all their subject teachers (A – E scale)
which is based on one or more formal summative assessments marked
according to examination board assessment criteria. In addition pupils
are graded according to their overall quality of work (1 – 4 scale) as
well as for their work ethic and engagement (also a 1 – 4 scale). The
grades are sent to parents by email together with a brief report from
the Tutor. Our system provides a vital opportunity for a Tutor to talk
about work with the pupils. It also allows staff to compare notes and to
work out together how best to help any individual who may be
The School aims to see every pupil achieve the very best that they are
capable of: Stoics are regularly offered places at Oxbridge, and last
year 87% of pupils gained places at their first choice university.
Nearly 75% of our pupils achieved A/B grades at A2. This academic ethos
is balanced by a huge variety of extra-curricular, sporting and artistic
opportunities. Stowe sets itself apart in its commitment to nurturing
the individual passions and talents of each pupil – wherever these may
Number of teachers and their qualifications: Stowe is committed to attracting the finest teaching staff in the
country. The ratio of pupils to teachers (marginally better than 8:1) is
amongst the lowest of all major independent Schools.
Social life & attractions
||One of the most valued advantages enjoyed by pupils at a boarding school
is the opportunity to participate in a wide range of extra curricular
activities. There are few who have been through Stowe whose interests
have not been aroused by one or a number of the activities on offer.
Thereafter the pursuit of excellence takes over which, with the
consequent rise in confidence, has the inevitable, beneficial effect on a
Stoic's overall progress and achievements. We encourage our young
people to participate in a new activity each term during their early
years at Stowe, to try out something that they would not normally
Sport and culture
||Sport is an important part of life at Stowe, whether representing the
School, playing in an Inter House event or just for enjoyment with
friends. Through the enjoyment of sport we enable Stoics to develop a
range of desirable personal qualities such as initiative, perseverance
and leadership skills, while learning to understand the importance of
team spirit and sportsmanship. Development of physical confidence helps
establish self-esteem, so valuable in other areas of life.
|What we offer?
Clay pigeon shooting
|Culture and arts:
The Art Activity is run to offer Stoics opportunities to develop both
their practical coursework and pursue personal work. Stoics are
encouraged to move between the different disciplines on offer. One
activity a week is dedicated for Sixth Form to draw from the figure
using a wide variety of techniques and approaches. This has enabled some
of the Sixth Form students who are applying to Art Schools/Foundation
courses to build upon an essential element of their portfolios.
There are currently five activities a week where Stoics are able to
use the excellent printmaking facilities. The delivery of Art activity
is shared by the three full time members of the Art Department. Art
activity is a good opportunity for Stoics to work on the contextual
analysis of works of Art that plays such an important role in their
development as successful GCSE and A Level pupils. Above all the
activity time is a chance for students and staff to have more creative
flexibility than would be realistic during lessons.
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