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Stowe School
Stowe, MK18 5EH, UK Buckingham
+44 (0)1280 818000

Welcome to Stowe

Our vision for Stowe, a co-educational independent boarding and day school in the heart of the English countryside, is of a school that delivers the highest academic and cultural achievement; and a school that continues to foster the development of Stoics who are as original and individual as their school. Stowe can and should lay claim to being one of the country's great schools. We take inspiration from our remarkable founder, JF Roxburgh who gave us a truly distinctive ethos to which we stay resolutely true: Stowe celebrates youth rather than stifles it, nurtures individuals rather than conformists, and it inculcates the notion of what it is to be a civilized being. A school of unsurpassed beauty, it embodies the ideals of the English Enlightenment. It is justifiably acclaimed for its tolerance of diversity and commitment to the pursuit of intellectual, cultural and sporting excellence.
At Stowe we pride ourselves on the friendly and supportive environment that is one of Stowe's distinguishing characteristics. Confidence and tolerance of others flourish in a close community. Our family atmosphere and Christian ethos encourages pupils to develop a lasting sense of moral, social and spiritual responsibility, and our House system provides a caring environment in which pupils learn to consider the rights and needs of others. With our strong emphasis on pastoral care we can extend the ideal of the family into education.
We continue to work towards ensuring that Stowe fulfils our high expectations. The expansion of co-education throughout the School will enable us to become one of the finest co-educational boarding schools in the country. There has been a significant emphasis placed on improving academic standards and intellectual rigour throughout the School and I am delighted to report that we are now managing waiting lists for places.
Three centuries after Stowe House was first built, and just over eighty years since the great JF Roxburgh, our founding Headmaster, welcomed the first 99 into the School, Stowe is in remarkably good heart.
The main School building, once the mansion of the Dukes of Buckingham and Chandos, is set in 750 acres of historically significant landscaped gardens and parkland. This setting, steeped in the splendour and heritage of its unparalleled location, provides Stowe with a unique educational environment and atmosphere.
We hope you will come to Stowe.

Dr Anthony Wallersteiner, Headmaster


Choosing the right school for your child is clearly a very important decision, with many factors to take into consideration: what the school is able to offer your child and will your child be happy at the school enabling them to reach their full potential - just two of many key issues. We have given a range of information here on our website and in our school literature which we hope will help you in your decision making process.

Admissions procedure at Stowe
Pupils (both boys and girls) generally enter Stowe at aged 13 (into our 3rd Form - Year 9) or at 16 into our Lower Sixth Form (Year 12). Sometimes places may become available in other year groups - the Admissions Office will be able to advise on their availability.
A prospectus can be requested by contacting the Admissions Office directly or completing the enquiry form.

Visit to Stowe
Our website, school prospectus and hearsay provide only provide part of the picture, there is no alternative to coming to see Stowe for yourself, to sample the atmosphere and, most of all, to meet the people. You are therefore warmly invited to Stowe. You may initially prefer a more formal group introduction by attending one of our open mornings when you will have the opportunity to meet a wide range of our academic staff - these events are popular so please do book well in advance. If you would like a personal, individual visit, then please contact our Admissions team to arrange a suitable date. A typical visit will include an individual school tour, with a current pupil as your guide; a private discussion with the Registrar and/or the Headmaster; a House tour and a meeting with a Housemaster or Housemistress.

Your child can be registered with Stowe at any time. A Registration Form is included with our Prospectus. This enables us to keep in regular contact with you regarding developments at the School, the availability of places and advise you of the next steps to consider at the appropriate time. It is advisable to register at least 3 years prior to entry.

Acceptance of a Place
When you wish to confirm your intention to take up an offer of a place at Stowe, you should request an Acceptance Form. At this stage, completion of the form and payment of a deposit will ensure a place is reserved for your child at Stowe, subject to the relevant entry qualifications being met. You may also express a preference in your choice of Boarding House. The deposit is refundable after your child has left the School.

Entry Qualifications
Entry to Stowe is conditional on your child gaining 50% or more at Common Entrance in the core subjects (Maths, English and Science), or in our own Stowe Entry Papers, and a satisfactory reference from your child's present school. Sixth Form entrants need to achieve a minimum of three B grades and three Cs at GCSE.
Scholarships, up to a maximum of one half of the appropriate fees, are awarded through competitive examination held in the year prior to entry at 13+ and Sixth Form level. Bursaries may further supplement scholarships and are awarded after financial assessment.

The school does not currently offer bursaries at point of entry for pupils who have not received a scholarship. Further details of the scholarships available are given here.

Our team in the Admissions Office will be pleased to assist you in any way and at any stage in your considerations to find the right school for your child. Please do not hesitate to contact us.
Mr David Fletcher
Mrs Ann Payne
Admissions Assistant
Mrs Sue Ferrie
Admissions Assistant
Mrs Jane Collins
Marketing and Admissions Director

You can contact the Admissions Office by telephone on either
+44 (0)1280 818323 or +44 (0)1280 818205
by fax on +44 (0)1280 818181
or by emailing



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. Each subject is graded on a scale of A (high) to E (low) for the standard of the work during the previous three or four weeks. Effort is rewarded by a plus or a double plus, or, if inadequate, a minus or a double minus mark. The grades (TWOs) are sent to all parents by post or 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 individuals who may be experiencing difficulties.
All pupils are given academic planners, to be kept with them throughout the academic day. Primarily the planners are for recording all prep at the time it is given. Pupils are asked to note down the due date for each of their preps and to cross off each assignment once it has been completed. Tutors check planners regularly and support and encourage their tutees in the organisation of their private study and in meeting all academic deadlines. In addition, the planner is a useful means of communication between a Teacher and a Tutor to make sure that any concerns, or indeed positive feedback, are passed on quickly.

Lower School 3rd Form
The full curriculum for the 3rd, 4th and 5th Forms, complete with notes on each subject, is published separately each year in the GCSE Courses Guide. Specific subject information can be found on individual academic pages presented here or the full publication is available on request from the Admissions Office or can be downloaded from here. The Guide provides full details of the whole GCSE education provided at Stowe.
In their first year, pupils join the 3rd Form and study 17 or 18 subjects:

Religious Studies
Design & Technology
Visual Education
Spanish or German

or Extra Science

Before moving into the 4th Form, based on first year preparation and Tutors' guidance, pupils choose their GCSE subjects from various options, in addition to the core subjects of English Language, English Literature, Mathematics and Science (dual). Options include:

Classic Civilisation
Design & Technology (Resistant
Sport Science

materials or graphics)

Pupils follow 8 to 10 subjects at GCSE. Work more challenging than conventional GCSE requirements is made available in classes where possible, and also through Societies such as Symposium and Debating.

Upper School at 6th Form
Full details of the Sixth Form curriculum are published separately each year in the Sixth Form Courses Guide. Specific subject information can be found on individual academic pages presented here or the full publication is available on request from the Admissions Office or can be downloaded from here. The Guide gives full details of the 6th Form academic studies provision and careers guidance available at Stowe.
For GCE A level studies Stowe operates a '4 column system' where pupils choose one subject from each column, enabling them to study a minimum of 4 subjects as AS level in the Lower 6th. Experience has shown that a Grade B at GCSE is a realistic indicator for success in a subject at AS level. Subjects offered include:

Art Economics Modern Languages
English Music
Business Studies Georgraphy Physics
History Politics
Classical Civilisation History of Art
Sport Science
Design & Technology Latin Theology
Drama & Theatre Studies Mathematics (& Further Maths)

In addition: Critical Thinking, Greek and ECDL (European Computing Driving Licence) are usually available off timetable.
Entry qualification for the 6th Form is currently six GCSE passes (A to C) with three or more at Grade B or above. The minimum requirement for continuation to A2 in the Upper 6th is three AS pass grades.


Pupils are expected to comply with the School Uniform regulations. Full details of the uniform regulations and clothing lists for boys and girls are given in the two documents provided here. These also include guildelines on sports equipment, name marking, laundry and dry cleaning etc.
After lunch on Saturday's, unless otherwise directed, pupils may change into casual dress for the weekend. The Sixth Form may also change into casual dress after 2.50 pm on weekdays and after lunch on Wednesdays. Casual dress may include sports shirts, clean and tidy jeans or trousers in good repair and training shoes. In the Summer Term T-Shirts and shorts will be permitted. Casual dress must be clean, reputable and in a good state of repair.

If you ever have any additional queries regarding obtaining items of School clothing please do feel welcome to contact our School Shop Manager, Mr John Jago, his contact details are given below.
Equally, your son's or daughter's House Matron would be pleased to advise on any aspect of housekeeping or laundry within their House.

School Shop Opening Times

During Term Time
Books, Stationery,
Mon to Fri
09:00 to 12:00
Clothing & Sportswear

& 13:00 to 17:00

09:00 to 12:00
During Summer Holidays
School Uniform
Mon to Fri
09:30 to 12:00
Clothing & Sportswear

& 13:00 to 16:30
(appointments recommended to avoid delays)

Contact Details
Mr John Jago, School Shop Manager
Tel: +44 (0)1280 818219 / 818208
Fax: +44 (0)1280 813312


The standard daily routine and timetable for everyone is outlined below. Each Stoic has a copy of this printed in their Stowe 'Student Planner' which contains their own particular academic timetable for the current year showing the location of their lessons, the prep that has been set, their own personal academic targets and other individual information important to them during the year. So there should be no excuse for any Stoic not knowing where they should be and what is expected of them.
Click here for Morning Timetable >
Click here for Afternoon Timetable >

In addition there are other regular activities for those involved:
Evening Societies
as written in Calendar
9.05pm in Portakabin
9.05pm in Portakabin

and 7.15am in room 13
Detention / Sanctions (Sat)
8.30pm in Portakabin
Sixth Form Centre and
Tuesday and Thursday
Sixth Form Club
9.30 to 10.15.

Saturday 9.00 to 10.15
Lock up

10.30 or 6.00
12.30 to 1.15
6.30 to 7.15
Close Time
by House arrangements
Lock up

Wed 9.10pm (Chapel)
Communion Service
Thurs 5.30pm to 6.30pm
Lower Sixth Career Seminar
Fri 8.45pm (Blue Room)
Sat 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Design Workshop
Sun 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Supervised Free Swim
Sun 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Art School
Sun 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Design Workshop

Mon 12.35pm
Jazz Combo and Intermediate Clarinet Quartet
Mon 5.30pm
Senior Clarinet Quartet
Mon 6.30pm
String Orchestra
Tue 12.35pm
Trumpet Group
Tue 12.35pm
Choir (Sopranos & Altos)
Tue 3.30pm
Senior Saxophone Group
Tue 5.30pm
Blues Club
Tue 5.30pm
Theory Class
Tue 6.30pm
Senior Clarinet Quartet and Jazz Band
Wed 6.30pm
Wind Quintet
Wed 12.35pm
Senior String Quartet and Brass Group
Wed 12.35pm
Flute Ensemble
Wed 6.30pm
Senior Clarinet Quartet
Thur 12.35pm
Theory Classes
Thur 6.30pm
Chamber Choir and Wind Band
Fri 12.35pm
Junior Saxophone Quartet and Junior Brass
Fri 12.35pm
Chapel Choir (Tenors & Basses)
Fri 3.30pm
First Orchestra
Fri 5.30pm
Full Chapel Choir


Our House system is at the heart of our pastoral care at Stowe. A happy, settled and secure pupil is more likely to succeed academically and have a positive social and personal life. Our supportive family atmosphere and Christian ethos encourage pupils to develop a lasting sense of moral, social and spiritual responsibility.
Home for Stoics is one of the eight boys' or two girls' houses (soon to be three from September 2007), either in the Mansion House itself or in more recently built buildings adjacent or close by. Each House has around sixty pupils and becomes the Stoic's 'family.' Houses share common values, whilst also reflecting the characters of the Housemasters or Housemistresses. The Housemasters are supported in their role as mentors both by their families and close-knit staff teams of visiting Tutors and the residential Matrons and Under-Housemasters. The Matrons, as well as looking after the domestic issues, care for the health and well-being of their charges, supported by the Medical Centre staff and School Doctor. There is always someone a Stoic can turn to for advice or encouragement.
As Stoics move through School, the Housemasters and Tutors provide sensitive academic and pastoral advice on subject choices and eventually university considerations. In fact, the friendship of many Housemasters extends far beyond the time when a pupil leaves Stowe.
In addition, Stowe has a carefully and sensitively planned programme of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) which, along with study skills, forms the basis of a weekly tutorial lesson. There is also a very strong and popular network of Christian meetings and societies. The ideal is to turn out self-confident, caring people, who have the information and the ethical framework required to make good calls on difficult decisions.
All main meals are taken together in the Mansion, giving an opportunity for social interaction across all year groups. Kitchens are also provided in Houses, providing another focal point for relaxed interaction, in addition to the central House rooms, and for occasional in-house leisurely breakfasts on a Sunday morning! For more background to the catering services at Stowe, and the weekly menus, please visit our Catering page.
We care very much about the health of your daughter or son while they are with us at Stowe and we are suported in this care by our own team of qualified Nurses and our School Doctors, who hold a surgery every weekday morning. Our permanently staffed Medical Centre provides all the details about our health care provision and emergency contact procedures.
There is a wide range of activities: dramatic, sporting, artistic, musical and cultural, detailed elsewhere - activities which pupils are expected to select from and participate in each day after lessons and on Wednesdays afternoons when there is a longer period for sports fixtures, games and activities. Evenings and weekends see many activities within the House and as inter-House events.
We actively encourage parents to come to the School to support their children in the sports fixtures, drama or musical performances. Keeping in touch with home is important - each pupil has a personal email and there are Exeat weekends, generally in the middle of each half-term and parents may take pupils out at weekends by prior arrangement.

In essence, our aim is that Stoics are well-equipped to succeed in an increasingly pluralist, complex competitive adult world. The twenty-first century makes ever greater demands for the qualities and values instilled by an education at Stowe.

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