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Choosing the right school for your child is clearly a very important decision, with many factors to take into consideration: what the school is able to offer your child and will your child be happy at the school enabling them to reach their full potential - just two of many key issues. We have given a range of information here on our website and in our school literature which we hope will help you in your decision making process.

Admissions procedure at Stowe

Pupils (both boys and girls) generally enter Stowe at aged 13 (into our Third Form - Year 9) or at 16 (into our Lower Sixth Form - Year 12). Sometimes places may become available in other year groups - the Admissions Office will be able to advise on their availability.

A prospectus can be requested by contacting the Admissions Office directly or completing the enquiry form.

Visit Stowe

Our website, school prospectus and hearsay provide only part of the picture, there is no alternative to coming to see Stowe for yourself, to sample the atmosphere and, most of all, to meet the people. You are therefore warmly invited to Stowe. You may initially prefer a more formal group introduction by attending one of our open mornings when you will have the opportunity to meet a wide range of our academic staff - these events are popular so please do book well in advance. If you would like a personal, individual visit, then please contact our Admissions team to arrange a suitable date. A typical visit will include an individual school tour, with a current pupil as your guide; a private discussion with the Registrar and/or the Headmaster; a House tour and a meeting with a Housemaster or Housemistress.


Your child can be registered with Stowe at any time. A Registration Form is included with our Prospectus. This enables us to keep in regular contact with you regarding developments at the School, the availability of places and advise you of the next steps to consider at the appropriate time. It is advisable to register at least 3 years prior to entry.

Acceptance of a Place

When you wish to confirm your intention to take up an offer of a place at Stowe, you should contact Admissions with your permission to write to your child's school for a confidential reference. Before we are able to send an Acceptance form we need to have met with your child on a private appointment. Following the appointment, we will send to you our Acceptance Form. Completion of the form and a deposit payment will ensure a place is reserved for your child at Stowe, subject to the relevant entry qualifications being met. You may also express a preference in your choice of Boarding House. The deposit is refundable after your child has left the School. 

Entry Qualifications

Entry to Stowe at 13+ is conditional on your child achieving at Common Entrance an average of 55% across all subjects with a minimum of 50% at level 2 in the core subjects of Maths, English and Science, or in our own Stowe Entry Papers.  We will also request a satisfactory reference from your child's present school.  Sixth Form entrants need to achieve a minimum of six GCSE passes at grade B.

Scholarships, up to a maximum of one quarter of the appropriate fees, are awarded through competitive examination held in the year prior to entry at 13+ and Sixth Form level. Bursaries may further supplement scholarships and are awarded after financial assessment.

The School does not normally offer bursaries at point of entry for pupils who have not received a scholarship. Further details of the scholarships available are given here.

Our team in the Admissions Office will be pleased to assist you in any way and at any stage in your considerations to find the right school for your child.

Please do not hesitate to email or telephone on any of the numbers listed below.

Mr David Fletcher, Registrar 01280 818209
Mrs Sue Ferrie, Admissions Manager 01280 818205
Mrs Ann Payne, Admissions Manager 01280 818323
Mrs Dawn Breward, Administrative Assistant 01280 818409
















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