The Stonehenge School is a co-educational comprehensive school located at the heart of the historic rural town of Amesbury. Situated in 11 acres of attractive, tree-lined open fields the school is just 2 miles from the Stonehenge world heritage site.
The placid and welcoming environment we are fortunate to occupy helps to keep the school what it has always been – a friendly, caring school at the centre of its community. Our purpose is to retain these features whilst building upon the sustained improvements of recent years.
We have high expectations of all our students and our committed and professional staff work very hard to enable each child to reach his or her potential.
Central to the school’s work is the provision of teaching and learning of the highest quality, and we are justly proud of our reputation in this respect.
We value our relationship between home and the school, and parents are always welcome to visit. Working together we will guide children through five successful years at school, and
prepare them for further education and their future careers.
This prospectus gives just a summary of our school. Please visit us, you will be most welcome.
At Stonhenge we believe there is no limit to any student's potential.
We aspire to develop a positive learning community in which effort, participation and achievement are valued.
Striving for excellence, we aim to create an outstanding school where students are happy, healthy and given opportunities to exceed their expectations.
Enriched by history and culture, Stonehenge is a school for the future.
'striving for excellence, exceeding expectation'
A Rich School
We are a truly comprehensive school, catering for both boys and girls. We have students across the entire ability range and we offer special provision for the Gifted and Talented students as well as those with learning difficulties or disabilities. We are a specialist centre for the hearing impaired. We are a leading school in the use of Soundfield technology which enables everyone in a learning area to hear clearly. We have invested considerably in Information & Communication Technology so that students and teachers can experience a broad range of teaching and learning activities.
“Students make very good progress in all years”
“Students are very well looked after and cared for”
From Year 7, students are set by ability in the majority of subjects. Set placements are reviewed every year to ensure children are taught in an environment where they learn best.
The Stonehenge School provides a breadth and depth of study that extends beyond the National Curriculum. We adopt the Accelerated Learning model in lessons and all teachers and teaching assistants have participated in training for it.
In the early years of secondary school we place great emphasis on developing the essential skills of ICT, literacy and numeracy, and we have embraced many aspects of the government’s National Strategy.
All students receive regular homework, from Year 7 upwards. Students record their homework in a school planner which we ask parents to sign and check weekly.
Provision in the Upper School
We offer both academic and vocational courses in Year 10 and Year 11. We aim to prepare students for adulthood with the capacity and enthusiasm for lifelong learning. All students study GCSE courses in mathematics, English Language, English Literature and Double Science. GCSE options currently offered include Drama, Art, Religious Education, Information &
Communication Technology, Resistant Materials, P.E., Textiles, History, Geography, Music, French, German and Spanish
Vocational GCSE courses include Catering and Leisure & Tourism (Double Award) NVQ courses run in conjunction with Salisbury College include Construction, Personal Therapies
and Motor Vehicle maintenance. All Year 11 students participate in Work Experience.
Preparing for the future
Qualifications are highly important, and our examination results reflect our commitment to this. However school is also about preparing students for their future career and roles in the larger community. Students are offered many opportunities to develop team working and leadership skills. The prefect team in Year 11 is led by the Head Boy, Head Girl and their deputies. Students can initiate projects and share
decision making through an active School council. Other students work as library monitors and all students are given the opportunity to work as a junior receptionist. Careers guidance is provided in Years 10 and 11, and
we have strong links with the Connexions service and
with colleges of Further Education.
Activities beyond the curriculum
The Artsmark award from The Arts Council recognises the school’s commitment to the areas of music, dance, drama and art. A large number of students enjoy taking part in activities
throughout the school year, including drama productions and musical concerts. Individual music tuition is provided to over a hundred children.
We have excellent sporting facilities on site and at Amesbury Sports Centre, as well as exclusive use of the 22 acre playing field on Holders Lane. We run many sports teams and offer a number of extra curricular sporting clubs, including rugby, netball, hockey, football and cricket. Trips and visits are run regularly; Year 9 can visit Pencelli Activity Centre in Wales and older students may take part in the annual ski trip to
Europe. There are regular Geography field trips and the Languages department arrange annual visits to France or Germany. History students have the opportunity to visit World War 1 battlefields in Belgium.
Stonehenge is a community school.
All admissions are controlled by the School Admissions Team, County Hall, Trowbridge BA14 8JB . To contact them by telephone dial 01225 713000; alternatively by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org . Stonehenge School is a mixed, comprehensive school. We cater for boys and girls of all abilities aged 11 – 16.
Published Admission Number (PAN)
Our normal limit is 164 pupils into each year, divided into 6 forms of entry. We currently have almost 780 pupils enrolled.
For the last two years we have received more than 164 applications for places in Year 7 – that is, the school has been ‘over-subscribed'. When there are more applications than available places, the following priority order applies:
- Vulnerable children; (includes looked after children, children registered as asylum seekers and those with a severe medical condition. The number of children in this category is normally very low.)
- In area siblings; a child with an older sibling in Year 7, 8, 9 or 10 at Stonehenge School living in the school's designated area*
- Other ‘in area' children; a child living in the designated area* for Stonehenge School
- Siblings; a child with an older sibling in Year 7, 8, 9 or 10 at Stonehenge School
- Other children
[*Designated area – the school's designated area includes all of the following: Amesbury, Shrewton, Orcheston, Newton Tony, The Woodfords and villages and hamlets in the Woodford Valley south of Amesbury. The new Archers Gate housing development to the south of Amesbury is within the school's designated area. Further information about the school's designated area is available on the County Council website www.wiltshire.gov.uk ]
For the last two years we have received more than 150 first preference applications for places in Year 7. Parents who list Stonehenge School as their second preference may possibly succeed in gaining a place if their first preference is unsuccessful. However, with approximately 150 places allocated to first preferences, it follows that the number of second preference applications actually gaining a place will not be high.
Visits to the school
Prospective parents are welcome to tour the school with their child before applying for a place. A guided tour with a senior member of staff can normally be arranged at a mutually convenient time on any day of the week. To arrange a visit, or to request a prospectus, please telephone 01980 623407 or mail us at email@example.com