121 years of single sex education ends

The start of term was a historic week at Stonar as boys join the Senior School for the first time, ending the single sex tradition which has been part of the school since its foundation in 1895.

The Prp School has been co-ed for some years and now the first boys have been welcomed into Years 7 and 8. The school will be fully co-educational by 2019.

"It's been a fantastic return to school this week with a real buzz across the whole community and we are thrilled to open our doors to our first Senior boys. We believe co-education is an important part of preparation for adult life; women and men need to work together and should learn to do this at school," commented Dr Sally Divall, Head.

It is an exciting time at Stonar and a new classroom block will open in the Spring to house Languages, Humanities and a brand new ICT suite.  Substantial upgrades have been made across the site, with improvements to facilities in sport, the swimming pool, throughout classrooms and major development in our Equestrian Centre. A fully refurbished boys boarding wing has been opened in Hart House, combining modern and comfortable rooms with the quirks and charms of a Grade II listed farmhouse.

"It is great to see the impact of all the investment that has been made in our facilities, ensuring the school continues to be well-equipped to deliver a modern and well-resourced education. In addition, our international connections with sister schools in Europe are adding global experiences to pupils' education," said Dr Divall. "There is a vibrant and confident feel about Stonar and I am looking forward to a successful future as a co-educational school."

Stonar will be growing the new co-ed cohort with mixed intakes into Years 7, 8 and 9 in 2017 and welcomes all enquiries from parents of boys. Alongside this, we will also be opening up our Sixth Form to boys in 2017. Stonar's Prep School took the decision to go co-educational in 2011 which has been very successful and boys now make up almost 50% of the total intake.