Stonar School

Location: Atworth, Wiltshire

Age of pupils: 2-18 y.o.

Gender: Co-educational

Boarding: Day, Weekly boarding, Full boarding

Pupils: 350

Head: Mr Matthew Way

Last updated 25.03.2021

Short description of the school

Stonar School is an independent, co-educational independent boarding and day school in the village of Atworth, Wiltshire in South West England. It accepts boys and girls from the ages of 2 to 18.

Stonar is set in a stunning 80 acre campus in rural west Wiltshire, close to both Bath and Chippenham. The school's peaceful location on the outskirts of the village of Atworth ensures pupils benefit from an abundance of space and fresh air.

Stonar was originally established at Stour House in Sandwich which can be traced back as far as 1895. Founded as a single-sex school, the school made the decision to accept boys throughout the Prep School. Following this successful transition, 2016 was our first year of Senior co-education and the school is now fully co-educational.

Pupils have the opportunity to develop a global outlook through the school’s curriculum, trips and collaborative projects with pupils in partner schools. As a member of the Globeducate group, Stonar prides itself in developing pupils who are global citizens.

For riders Stonar offers something unique; Stonar is regarded as the UK’s finest riding academy. The equestrian facilities are at the heart of the school and pupils may bring their own horse to school or loan one of the Stonar stables. Around 40% of pupils ride, but many more non-riders enjoy coming to the stables and patting their favourite ponies at break or lunchtime.

The school is non-denominational but welcomes all faiths or none.

What makes this school different from others?

  • Set in 80 acres of parkland close to the UNESCO World Heritage City of Bath
  • Small class sizes with nurturing environment
  • World class on-site Equestrian Centre with stabling for up to 65 horses
  • Excellent sporting facilities for a small school including an indoor swimming pool
  • Stonar excels at 'value-added' and consistently is ranked among the top schools in the country for this
  • A member of the Globeducate group, Stonar prides itself in developing pupils who are global citizens

School strengths:

Strong Arts
Stonar has an excellent Creative Arts Department, offering both Art & Photography at GCSE and A Level (which is not very common), as well as Fashion Design & Textiles Diploma in the Sixth Form. Pupils achieve highly in these subjects, benefitting from teaching that encourages them to develop their individual style, whatever their preferred medium.

Strong Science
Stonar's Science Department has been one of the strongest academic areas of the school for decades, often being the most popular subjects studied at A Level with a significant number of graduates progressing to study Science based degrees, typically at Russell Group universities.

Strong Sports
Stonar has the UK's leading equestrian school, combined with fantastic sports facilities for a school of our size - 4 tennis courts, indoor swimming pool, astroturf pitch, large sports hall and sports pitches.

Message from the Head of the school

Headmaster photoWith our small class sizes, individual support and track record for getting the most out of each pupil, Stonar is a trusted environment for your child’s education.

With around 350 pupils and over 60 teachers, Stonar is a school where each pupil is known as an individual. Regardless of whether they are 3 or 18, a pupil is well known by their teachers, form tutors, house parents and fellow pupils across the school.

We develop transferable skills – problem-solving, team working, leadership – young people will need to deal with a future where the only constant is change. We do this through a broad and imaginative curriculum, high expectations, excellent teaching and the high-intensity care that comes from dedicated staff and small classes.

Matthew Way

Maps,addresses and directions

Stonar School
Cottles Park
SN12 8NT

programmes and subjects

core subjects:


English & English Literature Biology 
Mathematics Business
Combined Science Chemistry 
subject choices: Drama & Theatre 


English Language


English Literature 

Computer Science

Fashion Design

Design & Technology




Food and Nutrition









Religion & Ethics 
PE Photography 
Photography Physical Education 
Religious Studies Physics 
Spanish  Psychology

academic results

There are two grading systems applied in the UK. Grades in England are indicated by numbers from 1 to 9, where 9 is the highest grade.

System in Wales and Northern Ireland is evaluated using a letter grading scale from G to A*, where A* is the highest grade.

GCSE 2019-20
A*-A / 9-7 38%
B and below



A level 2019-20
A*-A 46%
B 24%
C and below 30%


Main sports 



Horse riding

Horse riding












Non-sporting activities

2D CAD Drawing Fashion Illustration
Charity Committee French Film Club
Current Affairs International Society
Debating Japanese
Drama Kit Car
Duke of Edinburgh Lego Robotics
Explorer Scout Music

boarding options

Boarding at Stonar School is available from age of 9 - 18 (Years 5-13).

Boarding Options

1+ nights: Occasional/flexi boarding
7 nights: Traditional full boarding

How can I apply to this school?

The main points of entry to the Stonar School are at ages of 5, 7, 11, 13 and 16, but the school also accepts applications for other year groups provided there are places. Boarders are accepted from the age of 9.

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Currency Converter:

2020-21 Academic Year

Year Age
Day fees
R 4-5 9,120 GBP NA NA
Y1 5-6 9,120 GBP NA NA
Y2 6-7 9,120 GBP NA NA
Y3 7-8 10,665 GBP NA NA
Y4 8-9 10,665 GBP NA NA
Y5 9-10 12,315 GBP 24,450 GBP NA
Y6 10-11 12,315 GBP 24,450 GBP NA
Y7 11-12 16,425 GBP 24,450 GBP NA
Y8 12-13 16,425 GBP 24,450 GBP NA
Y9 13-14 17,715 GBP 33,900 GBP 36,960 GBP
Y10 14-15 17,715 GBP 33,900 GBP 36,960 GBP
Y11 15-16 17,715 GBP 33,900 GBP 36,960 GBP
A Level
Y12 16-17 17,715 GBP 33,900 GBP 36,960 GBP
Y13 17-18 17,715 GBP 33,900 GBP 36,960 GBP

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