Stonar School

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Stonar School
Stonar School, Atworth, Wiltshire - - 256240.jpg
Cottles Park

SN12 8NT

Coordinates51°23′20″N 2°13′04″W / 51.3888°N 2.2178°W / 51.3888; -2.2178Coordinates: 51°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

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.


The Grade II-listed Cottles House was designed by Thomas Jelly and John Palmer (1738–1817) of Bath for Robert Hale and built in 1775–78 on the site of an earlier house belonging to the Hale family,[2]

The school was evacuated to Cottles House from Sandwich, Kent in 1939. At that time, the property had been empty for several years and was beginning to deteriorate.[3]

Equestrian education[edit]

Stonar offers an equestrian education alongside the academic curriculum.[citation needed] Its Equestrian Centre is headed by Ellie Halsey. 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.

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. ^ "Stonar School, Combe Lane (west side)". English Heritage. Retrieved 26 January 2010.
  3. ^ Wiltshire Community History at Wiltshire Council

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