Stover supports Christian values and welcomes people of all faiths. Our ethos is centred on the care and support of our pupils. We teach them to care for each other and respect their differences. We hope to install in them a set of moral standards and behaviours that will help them throughout their lives.
Stover is a family community where support is naturally sought and found. Regular tutorial sessions ensure that every pupil is in close contact with one member of staff to whom they can turn in confidence. We have a very strong house system that provides a framework for pupils to develop a sense of togetherness and we see them thrive within this supportive environment.
When things are going well, pupils are happy, focused and confident to pursue their studies with vigour. But sometimes, a crisis or setback occurs and then we are ready to give them the support they need. This works well because we already have a close relationship with all our pupils and so we can spot the signs early. Pupils feel able to come to us for advice and guidance, or sometimes just to talk things through. They know who to turn to and they do. It's what makes Stover a special place.
Of course, we have all the systems in place to monitor and track issues that occur. When there is an issue that needs to be dealt with in a formal manner - and it is rare - we are ready to take action and deal with it fairly and calmly to the satisfaction of all involved.
Our sanatorium is available to all pupils if they are feeling unwell and a qualified nurse is on call 24 hours a day to look after boarding and day pupils.
The School Chaplain takes an active role in school life and is very experienced in dealing with emotional issues that face children growing up and this role as mentor is valued by the school. The Chaplain also organises collective worship and runs the Christian Union Group.
The school counsellor provides a professional, independent service to pupils of all ages. The counsellor holds professionally recognised qualifications for practice including a Level 4 Higher diploma in Counselling and a Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice. Lucy is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and is professionally insured. In addition to this, Lucy is training as a Social Worker (BA Hons) at Plymouth University. Lucy has vast experience in dealing with both young people and families and provides an expert service to the school.
No section on care, especially in a boarding school, would be complete without mention of food! We have a fantastic catering team who serve healthy and delicious food in our bright and airy dining room, including vegetarian options. They can also accommodate special dietary requirements. Home Economics is a popular subject for pupils at Stover and we all enjoy the enticing sights and smells that emerge from our Home Economics room!