Stowe offers an exceptionally wide range of other sports alongside the key sports, giving everybody the opportunity to take part in an activity they enjoy.
There is the opportunity to train all year round for athletes that are serious about their Athletics and each athlete will receive an individualised training programme to complement their other sporting commitments for the School. In the Lent term athletics is focussed on indoor competitions such as the South of England Championships and London Indoor Games at Lee Valley, also the England National Championships in Sheffield.
In the Summer term we have over a hundred athletes training, which provides a fantastic atmosphere and all our athletes are extremely supportive of one another. We compete against other schools during the term including Harrow, Eton, Rugby and Magdalen College. We also compete in the English Schools' Track and Field Cup where last year both our Inter boys and girls made the Regional Finals. Other competitions include County Championships along with the English Schools. In 2015 Octavia Cavil won Gold in the inter girls High Jump and went on to win Silver for England in the SIAB Schools International in Scotland.
We also host an annual Prep Schools competition as well as a whole School Sports Day, where all 13 Houses compete against each other. It is a great day with many friends and family attending in support.
Swimming at Stowe is a thriving sport. We are blessed with a six lane, 25 metre training pool. Stowe pupils can swim for fun or compete in inter-school galas to County, Regional or National ASA swimming levels. We are very proud to promote some of our pupils representing their countries at an International level. We also have a link with Northampton Swimming Club.
In addition to a very healthy fixture list, the School competes in the English Schools National Swimming Championships, County Championships and the swimming pinnacle for all HMC Schools - The Bath Cup. Stowe also hosts its own increasingly popular Stowe Relay Championships and the Prep Schools team relays.
Inter-House rivalry culminates in the House swimming competition held in February, where both House and individual performances are rewarded. Swimming takes place on a daily basis - dedicated swimmers can take advantage of both early morning, afternoon and evening training sessions. With afternoon sessions for recreational swimmers wanting to keep fit, improve their stroke or try something new.
Head of Swimming: Cheryl Davis
Golf has been played in the grounds of Stowe since the 1930s but it was not until the 60s, when the old rustic course was redesigned by C. K. Cotton. Without question, Stowe is blessed with one of the finest golf courses of any school. Stoics have the opportunity to play and learn the game throughout all three terms and many Old Stoics look back with fondness on their years at Stowe with huge gratitude for the golfing opportunities that were on offer. The great ‘Laddie’ Lucas and John Langley were both educated at Stowe and benefited enormously as they both went on to represent Great Britain and Ireland in The Walker Cup.
Following the appointment of Andrew Hancox as Stowe’s PGA Golf Professional, golf is now enjoying a significantly higher profile at all age levels across the School. As a PGA Qualified Golf Professional, PGA Level 3 coach and former PGA European Challenge Tour player, Andrew brings with him an illustrious playing and coaching career having competed across the globe on numerous professional tours, along with nurturing many top young golfers from both the UK and overseas. Having also played at the highest level of amateur golf by competing in the Peter McEvoy Trophy, British Boys’ Championship and English Amateur Championship, Andrew has an excellent understanding of the level that is required in order to successfully forge a career within the professional game.
PGA coaching is readily available during the golf activity and private golf lessons can be arranged. All coaching incorporates detailed technical analysis of the golf swing using the very latest V1 golf coaching software. Playing lessons and course management sessions are also built in to the programme in order for Stoics to develop their strategy when competing in high profile fixtures.
There really are exciting times ahead for golf at Stowe as we launch The Stowe Golf Academy in September 2017, which will coincide with the arrival of our inaugural Golf Scholar. The Golf Academy will provide pupils with a unique opportunity in which they will have access to top-level golf coaching whilst also being able to develop a first class academic education. More detailed information can be obtained from Andrew.
Recent performances from both the Junior and Senior golfers have been extremely encouraging and in 2017 Stowe was crowned champions of the Gerald Micklem plate competition at Woking Golf Club following resounding victories against Harrow and Charterhouse.
There is a full schedule of both Junior and Senior Inter School fixtures throughout all three terms with the likes of Eton, Harrow, Charterhouse, Radley, Bradfield, Wellington, Winchester, Rugby, Warwick, Cheltenham, Malvern, Bedford and Uppingham featuring prominently on our fixture list. Our home fixtures are normally held at Stoke Park Golf Club – a fantastic Harry Colt layout – and we are extremely grateful to Chester King (Old Stoic) for enabling these fixtures to take place. In addition, Stowe Golfers compete in the ISGA National Golf competitions, HMC Foursomes, HMC Singles and the extremely prestigious Gerald Micklem Trophy at Woking Golf Club. There are also numerous golfing encounters throughout the year with the Old Stoic Golf Society – these fiercely contested encounters take place at Stoke Park with particular interest being drawn to our pre-Micklem warm up matches at Sunningdale Golf Club and Woking Golf Club.
Master in charge: Mr Andrew Hancox
We are very fortunate at Stowe to be able to offer Polo to all abilities throughout the three terms of the School year. We currently have over 25 players of mixed ability, from beginners to Young England players. During the Arena season we have matches against Rugby School, Harrow, Eton, Wellington and Marlborough College which enables all our players to get some much needed match practice before the Schools National Championships held at Rugby Polo Club in March. For the past two years we have been the school with the most teams entered (A to D teams!) and we have won several divisions.
During the Summer term we have many matches for all of our teams, making sure that the beginners get plenty of experience as well as our seasoned players. In 2015 our A team played against the Sandhurst Military officers (and won!) at Sandhurst Academy in front of a large crowd. We are hoping this will be a regular fixture. In 2015 our A team also competed in the prestigious Copenhagen Cup held at Guards Polo Club, an invitation only event for select schools.
Our current Captain of the A team, Jamie Grayson (England U18), has a huge amount of experience and talent and is hoping to continue his polo into a professional career when he leaves Stowe, he is very supportive of all the new players joining our Wednesday and Friday practices! We have two coaches, John Martin and David Ashby. We practice at Heathfield Polo Club during the Arena season and Kirtlington Polo Club during the summer.
Master in Charge: Mrs Fiona Corthine
Basketball is played in our well-equipped sports hall. As well as the main goals there are also six practice goals which enable small group practices and greater participation across the width of the hall. There is also a wall-mounted, electronic scoreboard. There are two outdoor basketball courts on the Shop Courts and a further outdoor basketball court at the Athletics Track.
Stoics are introduced to basketball during timetabled PE lessons and Stoics who wish to further develop their basketball skills have the opportunity to do so during afternoon and evening activities.
Basketball is mainly played in the Lent term when there are many inter-school matches against other public schools and the local maintained schools. We run boys’ teams at U14, U15, U16, U17 and U18 level and girls' teams at U14 and U16 level and we will have an U18 team from the 2016/17 season. We enter County and National competitions for both boys and girls. We also run numerous Inter-House competitions as well as an evening basketball club for the boys and girls.
First and foremost, basketball is played for enjoyment, however, the practices and matches serve to develop self-confidence, a sense of belonging, high skill levels, self-discipline, fair play and the ability to win and lose gracefully.
Master in Charge & Head Coach: Mr Isaac Michael
Football is offered to the pupils all year round at Stowe with a comprehensive senior fixture list in the Lent term. We have a strong fixture list which sees us taking on teams from the Midlands such as Oundle, Uppingham, Bromsgrove and Rugby. We also play local teams that includes Abingdon, St Edward's, Bedford Modern and Akeley Wood. The season culminates in the annual Stowe vs Old Stoics fixture.
We field three Senior teams with strong junior players allowed to trial for these teams. The majority of games are played on a Saturday afternoon, although there are some midweek fixtures. The 1st & 2nd XI teams train twice a week with well qualified coaches, focusing on skill development and tactical awareness.
Acting Master in Charge: Mr James Knott
In water polo we field U14, U16 and Senior boys teams in inter-school matches over the year. Water polo fixtures are mainly played in the Lent term, but we also enter the English Schools' Water Polo Championships every year. Water Polo is also played at House level and there are various cup events we run during the School year.
Head of Water Polo: Mrs Cheryl Davis
Badminton is played in the Michaelmas term and depending on numbers we can often field two boys' teams and one girls. Our coach Sara Sankey (ex-England International) joins us twice a week to put pupils through their paces. Sara not only helps the team members to progress, but also assists with identifying talent and bringing younger players through. The team plays on average 10 matches throughout the term and Stoics have the opportunity to practice four afternoons a week. Junior and Senior Inter-House tournaments are held during the term and are fiercely contested. In addition a tournament for the regular team players is held at the end of the term.
Master in Charge: Mr Isaac Michael
The Eton Fives court area was rejuvenated during the summer of 2004 and the courts are a hive of activity. During the Michaelmas and Lent term Fives is played three times a week with extra days being played particularly in the Lent term with fixtures against other schools, The Eton Fives Association and Old Stoics. John Skinner, the Master in Charge, is a level II coach and on a Friday an external level II coach - Matt Wiseman - is also utilised.
From 2015 we were able to field a full girls’ team for the first time, and it is good to see that the numbers are still on the rise regarding participation. The three courts are in a good condition and all players have the opportunity to use the courts outside of activity time. The annual round of Inter-House matches always sparks extra interest with additional new players as well as spectators.
Master in Charge: Mr John Skinner
Sailing is available to boys and girls of all ages at Stowe. It takes place primarily at Great Moor Sailing Club at Calvert, in our fleet of brand new Firefly racing dinghies. During the Summer term we have a School team, which has included both boys and girls, competing against other schools. We also teach Stoics to sail, sometimes using the Toppers on the Eleven Acre Lake at Stowe.
Master in Charge: Mr Duncan Syme
Stowe primarily participates in sculling events, which involves rowing with two oars as distinct from one, which is described as 'Sweep Oar' rowing. We offer sculling to all pupils including beginners and is available four days a week. To be successful at rowing it is expected that pupils practice four days a week with a mixture of fitness training as well as work on the water.
The School has a boathouse based on the 11 acre lake, once pupils have demonstrated the basic skills and express a serious interest in competing there is the possibility to go to Northampton each Wednesday and Saturday to practice on the River Nene using the facilities of Northampton Boat Club. As well as practice on the water there is also technical training on the rowing machines (Concept Ergometers). The pupils who are in the team will be expected to attend fitness training twice a week (one erg session and one fitness circuit) plus two sessions on the water.
We have a variety of boats at our disposal and have recently purchased two coxless quads. In our boathouse we have a selection of single sculls, double sculls, quads and an Octuple. We have a safety boat on the lake to support pupils while they are practicing.
While we are still a very small club, we have had some amazing success stories over the past few years. James Rudkin (Walpole 12), who was Captain of Boats at Stowe, went onto study Geography and recently graduated from Newcastle University where he was Captain of the University Boat Club and is now residing at Leander Club in Henley and is part of the GB squad. Hugh Gallie (Bruce 08) was one the fastest university scullers in the UK having won many prestigious events around the UK. Dani Fusco-House (Lyttelton 16) was awarded a full sports scholarship to Tulsa University in the USA in 2016 and is now a member of their women’s’ rowing squad.
In the last couple of years we have managed to take some of our better scullers to Boston, USA in the autumn to participate in the Head of the Charles River. We have entered the women’s’ junior singles event, men’s’ junior double sculls event and in 2017 we entered a coxed quad into the junior men's event. We also participate in a range of other Regattas here in the UK to include, National Schools’ Regatta, Head of the River, Cambridge Small Boats and Birmingham Regatta to name a few.
Master in Charge: Mr Michael Righton
There is the opportunity to train in the Michaelmas and Lent term for Cross Country and each athlete will receive an individualised training programme to complement their other sporting commitments for the School. In the Michaelmas term competitions are based around the Chiltern League where athletes run for Marshall Milton Keynes AC, who is our local athletics club and the English School Cross Country Cup. In the Lent term we continue with the Chiltern Leagues but also compete in other events such as the Wellington Relays, County Championships and the English Schools. Last year we had three athletes qualifying for the English Schools.
We also hold our whole school Inter-House cross country race in the Michaelmas term, where all 13 Houses compete against each other and it is a great day with many friends and family attending in support.
Squash is a fast growing sport at Stowe, both in terms of results and participation.
A comprehensive fixture list is played across both the Michaelmas and Lent Terms and includes the likes of Eton, Wellington College, Oundle, Rugby, Oakham, Uppingham and Abingdon plus several others.
Our three glass-backed courts have been recently refurbished and new lighting installed.
Tricia Malliff, a Level III coach, heads up the coaching team which is complimented by Stowe Staff.
There are four leagues and a hotly contested Inter-House competition, and we can field three Senior sides and four Junior teams.
Stowe is highly competitive on the inter-school circuit and the team has achieved strong results during recent seasons.
The disciplines we offer at the moment are foil and epee, in which we field a squad who are able to fence to a high standard in competition. Two of our Senior fencers have represented England and Wales respectively at Under 17 level. Along with various open competitions, we regularly enter the English Public Schools Team Championships in London. Last academic year the squad returned with a Bronze medal at Under 18 and a Bronze and Silver medal at Under 16.
Master in Charge: Jonathan Cook