Stonar School

Coordinates: 51°23′20″N 2°13′04″W / 51.3888°N 2.2178°W / 51.3888; -2.2178
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Stonar School
Cottles Park

SN12 8NT

Coordinates51°23′20″N 2°13′04″W / 51.3888°N 2.2178°W / 51.3888; -2.2178
TypeOther Independent School
Local authorityWiltshire
Department for Education URN126512 Tables
Head teacherMatthew Way
Age2 to 18 Edit this at Wikidata

Stonar School, founded in 1895, is a non-denominational UK independent day and boarding school, at Cottles Park, near Atworth, Wiltshire, south-west England.[1] The school occupies 80 acres of parkland and gardens in a location about 8 miles from Bath. There are about 420 pupils from 2 to 18 years old. An ISI inspection in 2018 found the school "excellent".[citation needed]


The school was established in 1895 as a girls' school at Stour House, Sandwich, Kent, and adopted the Stonar name when it moved to the larger Stonar House, also in Sandwich.[2][3] The school was evacuated to Cottles House when the Sandwich premises were requisitioned by the Ministry of Defence in 1939.[2]

The school was acquired in 2013[2] by Globeducate, a subsidiary of American private equity firm Providence Equity, which operates over 50 schools in several countries.[4] Boys began to be accepted by the school in 2016 and it became fully coeducational.[2]

Cottles House[edit]

The Grade II-listed Cottles House was designed by Thomas Jelly and John Palmer of Bath as a country house for Robert Hale, and built in 1775–78 on the site of an earlier house belonging to the Hale family.[5] The name comes from the Cotel family who held the manor (also known as Little Atworth) in the 13th century.[6]

The house was extended c.1832 by H.E. Goodridge, who also designed St Michael's church at Atworth.[5][7] The result is described by Historic England as "rambling L-plan" and by Pevsner as "early 19th-century Gothick".[8]

The room which is now the school library has a late 16th-century stone chimney piece with caryatids, which may have come from the earlier house;[6] Pevsner states it is splendid but "much too big for the house".[8] Elsewhere, joinery including doors and window shutters is from the early 19th century, and there are Adam-style fireplaces on the first floor.[5]

Equestrian education[edit]

Stonar offers an equestrian education alongside the academic curriculum.[citation needed] Facilities include an indoor school, an 80 x 40m surfaced arena, four cross-country courses and stabling for up to 65 horses and ponies. Guest trainers include Mary King.[citation needed]

Notable former pupils[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Stonar School at The Hobsons UK Boarding School Guide Archived July 11, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b c d "School History". Stonar School. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
  3. ^ "Sandwich: Stonar House School: Full Inspection". National Archives. 1935. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
  4. ^ "Globeducate". Retrieved 7 July 2021.
  5. ^ a b c Historic England. "Stonar School (1263046)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
  6. ^ a b "Cottles". Bradford on Avon Museum. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
  7. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Michael and All Angels, Atworth (1250853)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
  8. ^ a b Pevsner, Nikolaus; Cherry, Bridget (revision) (1975) [1963]. Wiltshire. The Buildings of England (2nd ed.). Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. p. 96. ISBN 0-14-0710-26-4.

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