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Academic

Stonar offers EAL lessons to international pupils as part of the curriculum. Extra individual tuition may be advisable and can be arranged.

  • Prep School Years 4 - 6 (age 8 - 11) EAL support is given to international pupils in the prep school. Pupils usually have 4 lessons per week. Materials appropriate for younger learners are used and lessons concentrate on building vocabulary and developing listening and speaking skills essential for participating in class.
  • Years 7 -9 (age 12 - 14) International pupils may study EAL instead of joining English lessons. This gives pupils the chance to concentrate on developing their linguistic level with the support of specialist staff. Developing a sound command of the English language is vital for academic success. Pupils who have a good command of English after their first year may be moved into mainstream English classes until the end of Year 9. Pupils have the opportunity to take Cambridge ESOL exams (PET, FCE, CAE, CPE) or IELTS at a local centre.
  • Years 10 and 11 (age 15 - 16) Pupils follow an IGCSE English as a Second Language two-year course. This course concentrates on the skills pupils will need in life for future jobs or study. At the end of the course pupils will be able to use English effectively for practical communication and have a good awareness of how the English language works. In exceptional cases, pupils who are fluent in English may follow mainstream GCSE English Language and English Literature courses.
  • Sixth Form (age 17 - 18) Pupils are prepared for the IELTS exam or FCE/CAE (necessary for UK and worldwide university entry). When requested, TOEFL preparation lessons (necessary for university entry to US institutions) are available at an extra cost. Some pupils may spend 3 years in the Sixth Form to achieve the best possible results.

Life at Stonar School

International pupils are encouraged to join in clubs at lunchtimes and after school. This is important for socialising and also helps them to improve their spoken English in an informal atmosphere.

An International Students' Society organises social events and is a forum for international pupils to voice their ideas and concerns. Every year we hold an International Dinner. An international menu is provided and girls organise entertainment including singing, poetry reading and sketches.

Support

Stonar provides a generous level of support to each individual student, and outside the boarding house there are a number of individuals who provide support on a regular basis. Each class has a form tutor who will provide academic and pastoral support.

Small class sizes allow pupils to get to know teachers well and they will be happy to talk over any issue, whether academic or personal.

The Medical Centre is at the heart of the campus, both geographically and emotionally. It is staffed during school hours by qualified nurses who provide full professional care to all students. The school counsellor can provide additional support to pupils who may require further help

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Meet some former pupils

Rachel Lui (Deputy Head Girl) Stonar 2005-2012

"When I joined Stonar in Year 7, it was my first time away from home; I spoke poor English and was quite nervous. The staff and other students were so welcoming and supportive, I quickly felt at home.

I was not keen on studying but soon found that study was fun at Stonar. Since teaching groups are small, there was plenty of help during lessons. This was important because English is my second language and it helped me settle down quickly.

My passion for Law developed after my GCSEs. It is important to have a target which is also something you can enjoy. I studied ICT, Maths and Business Studies at A Level. My tutor and the Head of Sixth Form helped me prepare well for the university application process.

Being a boarder made me more independent. You have more control over your time which helps during exams as it is easier to manage your own time. Results are better as there are fewer distractions for boarders; you are more motivated to study and can achieve higher grades.

Stonar really brings out the best in you, with supportive staff and by providing opportunities to try new things. I was not really interested in sports but was encouraged to join a team and enjoyed it. Participating in public speaking really helped my confidence. I would never have dreamt of being a prefect, let alone Deputy Head Girl but I became both. The range of opportunities available at Stonar is fantastic and you are encouraged to make the most of them.

I gained a placed at the Chinese University of Hong Kong to study Law, a highly competitive course dependent on high grades. My career plans are not decided but I know I am well equipped to meet whatever the future brings and that is in no small part due to my time at Stonar."

Marie von Eltz Rubenach (Germany) 1999 - 2005

"Stonar helped me to become more independent and confident. At a very young age I arrived unable to speak a word of English and thanks to the small classes and the intensive lessons I was able to understand almost everything very quickly. I also met various new people from all over the world and am still in contact with them now.

The horses were a reason for choosing Stonar and would recommend the school to any horse lover. After Stonar I went on to Performing Arts School and have just graduated with a diploma in performing arts; as it is a tricky business you need a lot of patience to find a job but it's worth it."

Claudia Law (Hong Kong) 2003 - 2009

"I am now a Year 4 medical student at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Looking back on those precious years I spent at Stonar, I feel extremely fortunate to have had such a wide range of opportunities and experiences in the loveliest ambiance, which prepared me to get to where I am now. The small group learning and interactive style were stimulating, and encouraged a good learning attitude. I learnt to explore ways to solve problems on my own first and was encouraged to ask questions not only when I had queries, but also about topics beyond the textbook.

The wide range of subjects available enriched me in so many ways, as did the different formats of learning such as group projects. Hence it was relatively straight forward to prepare for major exams. I joined extra-curricular activities such as the orchestra and sports teams. Through all the practice, competitions and concerts, I learned teamwork and improvement alongside my peers.

Stonar is very international; it is like a melting pot where you can see different cultures merge and people from around the world live together in harmony. Stonar is an all-rounded school that equipped me to achieve more than I could imagine and most importantly, I enjoyed every second in that lovely campus."

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