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University & Careers

Stonar’s Careers Centre is run by Mr Anthony Curtis, Head of Careers, supported by highly experienced teaching staff. 

The Centre provides access for pupils throughout the Senior School to a comprehensive range of on-line careers and higher education guides. This includes over 200 resources covering a wealth of up to date career opportunities, E-clips on-line (careers advice to Year 10-13 pupils); KUDOS (all Year 11 pupils) and ISCO (the Independent School Careers Organisation) for all Year 10-13 pupils.

In addition to the PCs in the Careers Office, our resources can also be accessed on-line and in the Student Resources area of the School intranet. An extensive programme of Careers Talks with guest speakers is followed throughout the year.

Senior School General Careers Programme:

Advice and guidance on A-level subject choices and University course selection

Advice and guidance on GCSE and A-level subject choices is offered from Year 9 upwards to all pupils, both as an integral part of the tutor programme and through one to one meetings with personal tutors.  In addition, a programme of careers talks are provided by expert speakers in their chosen field, covering a wide range of career pathways, and pupils are able to discuss their career plans with speakers after all events.

  • Year 11 pupils have individual sessions on Kudos to examine career interests and abilities. Mentoring sessions take place with senior staff on progress and A level choice.
  • In Year 10, pupils join ISCO Independent Schools Careers Organisation. Sessions are held on making choices and the Careers Centre is available for personal research.
  • Year 9 pupils receive guidance on GCSE option choice both in groups and individually.
  • Year 7 and 8 pupils visit the Careers Centre for group sessions to discuss skills and how to improve them.
  • Advice and guidance on taking a GAP year - Careers evenings are provided to all senior school pupils on taking a GAP year, and these involve established partnerships with approved GAP year providers (e.g., The Leap, Gap 360). Pupils are also given opportunities to attend GAP year fairs held at University campuses.

Our pupils progress to their first choice among excellent universities and popular courses of study. They choose a surprisingly wide range of destinations because they are confident about the course they want and they have developed a genuine interest in their studies. 

The Arts

Pupils are part of a community where the visual and performing arts are vibrant and diverse and where everyone has the chance to participate and have fun.

 

As the stunning work on display around the school shows, our modern, well-equipped studios provide opportunities to work in a range of media including fine art, photography, ceramics and textiles. Pupils are given every chance to discover and express their own interpretations of the world around them. Stonar was awarded the 'Artsmark Award' by the Arts Council, England in 2012, in recognition of the excellence of the arts and cultural provision at the school.

Our busy music department encourages pupils to develop an appreciation of and confidence in all musical genres. The wide ranging programme of musical activities, in school and beyond, enables everyone to participate whether this is as part of the Chamber Choir, orchestra, rock concerts or musical theatre performances. Specialist music teachers provide instrumental and vocal tuition and there will be plenty of opportunities to take music exams and compete in festivals.

Drama at Stonar is inspirational and ambitious. Many pupils will take part in productions and public events, performing to a variety of audiences. A specialist drama teacher will coach those who are keen to take Speech and Drama qualifications. Drama is taught in a way that develops pupils' confidence to perform and their creativity to entertain, move and challenge audiences.

Sport

We have a long tradition of sporting excellence, specialist teaching and coaching, superb facilities and a diverse range of sports. All of this helps pupils to acquire and develop sporting skills, keeping them fit and healthy.

The major girls team sports during the Autumn and Spring terms are hockey and netball. Regular summer term fixtures are in cricket, athletics, swimming and rounders.

For boys, football is the major sport during the Autumn term, followed by hockey in the Spring term and cricket and athletics in the Summer term.

A comprehensive programme of fixtures enables pupils to compete regularly and enjoy success either as part of a team or as an individual.

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