Stowe School: Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, UK

Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom

Stowe School: Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, UK

Price Range ₤ 20,000-30,000 per annum


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: 1923
Some history: 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

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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

Academic life

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 experiencing difficulties.

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 lie.

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

Description: 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 consider

Sport and culture

Sport Facilities: 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? Athletics
Clay pigeon shooting
Cross Country
Table tennis
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.

Famous People Who Attended This School

Richard Branson


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