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Ganbrook

Ganbrook House, our girls boarding house, is located on the upper floors of the main school building in what was once the home of the Dowager Lady Fuller. There are currently around 35 boarders. The boarding accommodation comprises 17 dorms of varying sizes, with wonderful views to the front over the Wiltshire countryside and lots of interesting nooks and crannies to explore.

The atmosphere in Ganbrook is happy and relaxed, and all the pupils contribute in one way or another to creating the family feel to the house. Saturday night take-aways are popular when all the pupils gather together to watch TV in the common room over a pizza or Chinese meal. All Ganbrook pupils are very supportive of the house and its members contribute in many different ways toward the friendly, sociable atmosphere.

Ganbrook’s houseparent is Mrs Tina Tilley. She has an “open door” policy in the house which means that whilst on duty her door is always open for girls to pop in for a chat or to discuss any problems or concerns they may have. Mrs Julia Harper is the assistant houseparent who works two evenings a week and some weekends. Two resident assistants help with the day-to-day routines in the house. 

Ganbrook House definitely has its own special ethos where all pupils are made to feel welcome and at home and part of the community.

Hart

Hart House is a converted farm house and Grade 2 listed building, with a rural feel and views across the surrounding countryside. It is set apart from the main school campus, but not more than 3 minutes walk away. There are around 35 pupils who board here in Years 7 to 11 and all rooms are double rooms. Rooms have all been fully refurbished recently and combine modern comforts with some of the quirks and features of a listed building. The Houseparents are Mr and Mrs Moore who live in the house with their own family, and the Relief Houseparent is Mrs Viv Feltham, supported by two live-in Resident Assistants and several duty tutors. The house is mixed, with girls and boys boarding in separate wings of the house.

There is a large but homely lounge, a fully equipped and refurbished kitchen and a large garden which is particularly valued in the summer term when the boarders play outdoor games, have barbecues or just enjoy spending time outside relaxing. The pupils, depending upon their age, take on different responsibilities within the boarding house to promote pride in it and responsibility for it. They are encouraged to decorate their rooms with pictures and posters to make it feel like their second home.

In 2016, we opened our new boys boarding wing in Hart which has been fully refurbished with new fixtures, furnishings and bathrooms. Rooms are spacious and comfortable. Boys have their own common room space and are also be able to socialise with girls in the combined common room area at certain set times.  

Hart House however is not just about boarding. The day pupils are just as important a part of the house as the boarders. The tutors and houseparents meet regularly to discuss the progress of each individual and to ensure that everyone is fully supported pastorally and academically. There is a strong house spirit which especially reveals itself in the various house competitions throughout the year. Pupils are encouraged to take part according to their interests and for many of the events, such as the annual house singing, dancing and drama competitions, there is a whole house element. There is a great atmosphere of mutual support and house pride in these events which sums up the essence of what it is to be a member of Hart House.

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York (Sixth Form)

York is designed to provide a pre-university experience to Stonar’s Sixth Form students. In York pupils are encouraged to be independent and to take a greater degree of responsibility for organising their time be it for study, sport or socialising.

York is home to up to 30 pupils at any one time. It is a modern building with a large comfortable common room, a kitchen, laundry, large study area /work room and a conservatory. The rooms are a mix of single and twin study bedrooms. There is a private garden which the pupils use for quiet study or relaxing during fine weather. It’s also a great venue for BBQs and summer gatherings.

York is run Mrs Lucy Noad who works to create an informal, supportive and homely atmosphere in the boarding house. Pupils living in York are also supported by Mrs Cathy McMahon who is the Assistant Houseparent, and a resident assistant. The York House team has a great deal of experience in supporting pupils though the Sixth Form and are on hand to offer advice, support, care and encouragement through the triumphs and challenges that the pupils experience during their final year at Stonar.

Although everyone is working hard throughout the A level courses, the pupils still like to have fun. Mrs Noad and Mrs Bennett, Head of Sixth Form, organise meals out in Bath, trips, activities and the infamous York House Christmas party; the aim being to foster a good mix between work and play so that everyone gets the most out of their final year at Stonar.

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