Our Day Pupils play a full part in School life. They are involved in music, art, drama and sport and are fully integrated into the life of the School. Alongside our Boarders, our Day Pupils contribute fully to Stowe’s vibrant, friendly and inclusive community.
To show our commitment to our Day Pupils, in 2019 we are opening two bespoke Day Houses which have been carefully designed to meet the specific needs and requirements of Day Pupils. We want all Day Pupils to have the best possible experience of Stowe, either as members of Day Houses or as Day Pupils in a Boarding House. Both options offer the highest level of pastoral care and access to the whole educational experience that Stowe has to offer.
Our new Day Houses will be located around the Day Court with easy drop off and pick up zones next to the Houses.
The Day Court will be formed by Day Houses, Cheshire for girls and Winton for boys, and each House will have a maximum of 75 pupils aged 13 to 18 years old. From 2019, the Houses will take pupils into the Third Form, Fourth Form and Lower Sixth.
Cheshire and Winton will have designated spaces for each year group, with study spaces for every pupil and storage areas for books and sports equipment. The Houses will have changing and shower facilities. Pupils will join the rest of the School for meals in the State Dining Room, but they will also have kitchen facilities, in House, for light snacks and refreshments.
The Houses will have a central Common Room at their heart where pupils will gather for registration (Stance), notices and social time.
Cheshire and Winton pupils will be involved in the full life of the School and will have the same access to all the clubs, societies and activities as our Boarders. Cheshire and Winton will compete in House Competitions and will have their own identity, in the same way that our Boarding Houses do.
The Day Houses will open at 7.30am and registration will take place at 8.10am. Registration is followed by Chapel or Assembly after which pupils go into their morning lessons. At break, the pupils will return to their Houses to meet with their friends and collect their books for the next set of lessons before lunch. Lunch is served in the State Dining Room, where all pupils and staff have their meals, and is followed by afternoon lessons. Following lessons, pupils will be involved in sport and activities. When pupils return to their Houses later in the afternoon, they will have first prep (an opportunity to do the homework set by their teachers). After first prep (at 6.30pm), pupils may be collected by their parents, or they may stay for supper and second prep if they wish. The Houses may be accessed until 10.00pm.
Our Day Pupils attend School on Saturday until 5.00pm. However they may join our Boarders for social, academic and cultural activities which take place on Saturday evenings. For our Sixth Formers this will include participation in StoweBucks, our social club which opens on a Saturday night, providing a welcome respite from the academic rigour of A Level study and the end of the working week.
The staffing in our Day Houses will be closely aligned to our Boarding Houses, with a Housemaster or Housemistress and a full House team. Medical support is provided by our twenty-four hour Medical Centre and the team of nurses and school doctors.