Welcome to York
The most modern of all our boarding houses, York encourages more independence and responsibility in preparation for life beyond school. Home to around 30 Sixth Form girls, York is situated behind the Health and Wellbeing Centre, a minute's walk away from the main school building.
Distinct from our other boarding houses, York has bedrooms around the outside and a private courtyard garden in the centre for relaxation, quiet study and summer barbecues. Bedrooms are either shared or single and are designed as study bedrooms, encouraging a focused atmosphere.
Although everyone is working hard, York boarders still like to have fun. In addition to the common room, a large social area with a bar (The Ancient Library Club) is open within the boarding house at weekends and on special occasions. There are many trips, meals out and takeaways, plus the infamous York House Christmas party. There is a good mix between work and play, meaning everyone gets the most out of their final years at school.
Sixth Form offers more privileges and freedom but also more independent study and self-discipline. York reflects this and aims to foster self-reliant, happy young adults. Whether a student has progressed throughout Stonar or is a new starter, when joining the House, students explore more independence as they prepare for life after School, with help and guidance never far away. The atmosphere of support and inspiration encourages students to bring out the best in each other, celebrating personal and others' success. The hard-working atmosphere and varied ambitions of students help everyone prepare for the next stage of their lives.
Alongside the support of the Houseparent team, another key member of staff involved in York boarding is Mrs Charlotte Bennett, who is Head of Sixth Form. She regularly visits York and is on hand to offer advice, guidance, care and encouragement through the triumphs and challenges that everyone experiences during their A Levels. She provides this in addition to the daily support provided by the Sixth Form mentors.
The atmosphere of support and inspiration encourages students to bring out the best in each other, celebrating personal and others' success."
Meet The Houseparent: Lucy Noad
Mrs Noad graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA Hons before studying at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge to obtain a MSt in Jewish-Christian Relations. She has worked at Stonar since 2012 and is subject leader for Philosophy, Religion and Ethics, as well as teaching some other humanities lessons in KS3.
Mrs Noad lives at Stonar with her husband, Andy, twin daughters Grace and Freya, their cat Sweep and their puppy Smudge who is particularly popular with York boarders!
Mrs Noad spent her primary education overseas and then boarded in the UK for her secondary education, so this combined experience means she fully understands what is needed to create a positive boarding experience that supports students of all nationalities. Mrs Noad seeks to create an environment in York which, while being warm and supportive, also equips students to make the transition to life after Sixth Form study.
The York house staff are like our mentors and house mummies! Whenever there is a problem with boarding, the academic life, the food or family and friends, they are always there for you to support