Stowe School Buckinghamshire

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Flowertop Sun 02-Jan-11 17:12:14

Wondering about this school for my DS year 9. If anyone knows of the school or has attended would appreciate feedback.
thanks

BlessingsGalore Sun 02-Jan-11 18:18:52

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BlessingsGalore Sun 02-Jan-11 18:20:36

Meant to add that I would not be sending DS to a school where he shares his grounds with the general public - Stowe Gardens, National Trust. Other schools cost the same but their 800+ acres are solely for the pupils use.

Flowertop Sun 02-Jan-11 18:48:56

Oh dear that doesn't sound too good. Thanks for your feedback. X

thinkingaboutschools Mon 03-Jan-11 12:02:14

I recently heard some really not very nice things about Stowe - came across as extremely arrogant etc.

Litchick Mon 03-Jan-11 19:08:56

Stowe is very beautiful indeed.
And the education there is of a high standard and what one might describe as classical.

However, there is no getting away from the fact that it is very easy to get into academically, and so is seen as somewhere to send not-so-bright children.

Obviously bright children do go there. But not in numbers.

Litchick Mon 03-Jan-11 19:10:13

Flowertop - given this school is termly boarding, I'm assuming geography isn't an issue. How about Rugby, or Haileybury?

Flowertop Mon 03-Jan-11 20:20:55

Thanks for your feedback. LP as well as boarding they also take day pupils which we could do. I understand they have about 70 plus day pupils which is why I was asking for feedback. We don't have much in our area and need a school for year 9. My concern is that the captive audience is VERY wealthy and DS would not be living in the real world. We are ok with the fees but certainly no planes/boats/mansions. I was hoping for someone to come on and say that they do also have 'normal' kids too.

Flowertop Mon 03-Jan-11 20:23:29

Could I also add that DS falls into the 'not-so- bright' category so the fact is not academic is a bit of a plus for us.

thinkingaboutschools Mon 03-Jan-11 22:12:17

I have heard good things about Bradfield - have you considered this school?

Jajas Mon 03-Jan-11 22:16:46

Stowe is stunning, sharing it with a few national trusters isn't really a huge problem.

I know some people who's children go there and they are ghastly tbh but they don't have a yacht or a mansion (oh well ok but only a little one). They are extremely arrogant and so are their oiks offspring.

I would go and visit if I were you.

beachyhead Mon 03-Jan-11 22:20:42

It does have the reputation of being Eton for the thick.....I'm sure there are other better options. Also, a friend went to look around recdently and said it looked a little run down - probably because it has such expensive listed premises to upkeep....

beachyhead Mon 03-Jan-11 22:21:11

Sorry, recently....

Quattrocento Mon 03-Jan-11 22:21:25

The best thing about Stowe is I think the name of the old boys association - which is charmingly - 'Old Stoics'

Am looking into boarding for the DCs in the 6th form - a couple of years away yet, and did look at the school. The grounds are lovely however it did seem to be populated by the naice but dim (and stonkingly wealthy). I didn't think that either of my DCs fitted either of those three categories so I've crossed it off the list.

Jajas Tue 04-Jan-11 00:26:50

Oh god it's beautiful as a 'hice', had loads of work done on it over the last few years. Honestly it really is a swoonworthy location.

Atomant Tue 04-Jan-11 00:45:52

Went to university with an old stoic. Extremely wealthy & very arrogant (to the point where classmates actively avoided him) he dropped out after 2 years as he was failing miserably. He had no life skills what so ever.

That said he was actually quite a nice chap who just had no idea about the real world, or how to interact with other human beings...

Litchick Tue 04-Jan-11 09:28:05

I do think it's a bit daft to draw any conclusions from having met someone who once went there who was a bit of a twat.

From my comp, at least three are in prison. A couple dead. And one joined a commune. That's only the ones I know about...

But back to Stowe. Utterly beautiful setting. Academically not particularly rigourous. Kids pretty wealthy and from trad backgrounds.

However, the vast majority termly board, so being a day pupil would certainly set your DS apart. Not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing. Why not ask to be shown around by a day boy and cross question him?

Flowertop Tue 04-Jan-11 09:46:10

Thanks for all your posts. Have made appointment for later this month and will report my findings back. Must admit all my fears have been highlighted on here so it's probably going to be a no.

OneMoreMum Thu 06-Jan-11 13:29:52

If you wanted a day school in that area but a bit less of the helicopters & yachts brigade then Akely Wood is only a few miles away.

They also don't have the cream of the academics (Royal Latin grammar school in Buckingham takes them for free) but it has a lovely friendly atmosphere.

mumzy Thu 06-Jan-11 17:40:28

My friend's son went there on a music scholarship (v. gifted musician)so do have ordinary kids and families. The grounds are beautiful and was'nt it Richard Bransons old school?

sweetcornfortea Thu 06-Jan-11 18:54:33

OneMOreMum, do you know any more about Akeley Wood? We are hoping to send our children there sometime in the near future. It seems lovely but you just never know until you start somewhere, bit like a new job!

OneMoreMum Fri 07-Jan-11 12:16:40

Hi Sweetcorn

We had a senior school place there for our DS but were lucky enough to get a good out-of-catchment state school place so didn't take it up.

Quite a few kids from our prep school go there - usually the less academic ones to be honest - and so far I've heard good things about it.

They seem to have put a lot of money into the facilities in the last few years which used to let them down a bit. Nice, sporty & friendly is the impression I get. Not academically high achieving (as I said the brightest kids tend to go to the Latin) or the poshest (Stowe) but a good middle ground.

sweetcornfortea Fri 07-Jan-11 18:57:58

Thank you!

Mine aren't made for grammar and the local alternative isn't great as I'm sure you know!
So a less academic but good school would be perfect I think. Do you happen to know if the assessment day is difficult or just routine? Worried that they won't get in!

Glad to hear that it is friendly and nice, just what we are looking for, thank you again!

Sorry to hijack thread OP, good luck with your search.

OneMoreMum Sat 08-Jan-11 14:59:18

The assessment day was fine, DS enjoyed it and had no problems, he is pretty average ablity.

Everyone I know was offered a place, although some on condition of taking up extra help in either maths or english for extra ££ which is a bit cheeky!

Good luck

itsatiggerday Sat 08-Jan-11 15:07:25

Just to say re Stowe, the 'nice but dim' is a bit accusatory. Its value add is exceptional, very small class sizes and effective setting so the kids who need more attention in class get it. I've spent some time there in an affiliated capacity and know quite a few old boys and girls, many of whom are lovely. Yes, there's money, but don't underestimate the influence of family in these places, the 'oiks' are usually already that when they arrive and the normal ones likewise! Worth having a look with an open mind I'd say.

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