With small class sizes, strong relationships between staff and pupils are at the heart of the academic experience for our pupils. Pupils can expect to be set challenging targets, and we work in partnership with parents to give all the help, support and encouragement that is needed.
Stonar consistently scores in the top 10% of schools for added value in an independent Durham University study and pupils make exceptional progress with an average 0.5-1 uplift in grades achieved against predictions measured at the start of Year 10.
With 15.6% of the grades across all subjects at Stonar awarded A* grade in 2017 (almost three times the national average) it’s easy to forget that Stonar admits pupils with a wide range of academic ability. However, every pupil takes the challenging IGCSE in Maths, English and the Sciences.
As pupils progress through Years 7 – 9, they develop independence and learn to analyse and to manage their own learning. High fliers are stretched and there is exceptional support for those who need it. Every week pupils meet with their personal tutors to sharpen their study skills and reflect on their studies in a broader context including current affairs, careers, the arts and environment.
Years 10 and 11 lead to GCSEs. We want pupils to enjoy their time at Stonar, so we build the timetable, as far as we can, around their choice of optional academic subjects and outside interests – so that competitive riders and keen athletes, for instance, have time to practise.
Throughout their academic journey, we want to motivate pupils to think for themselves, explore new ideas and develop independence, imagination, resilience, high aspirations and a sense of responsibility for their own progress. In this way they will acquire life-long learning skills and the ability to adapt to change.
Stonar School, Cottles Park, Atworth, Wiltshire, SN12 8NT, United Kingdom.