As we enter the last four weeks of the academic year, we are very much in the middle of the GCSE examination season. The Year 11s have overcome their pre-exam nerves and have settled in to a routine of revision and performance. Staff are continuing to support them in their revision and anyone who needs extra help should feel they can contact staff at any time.

Our Year 10s will be out tomorrow for a week’s work experience at Cambridge University. They will be experiencing a number of areas of operations in this world-class organisation, currently ranked the fifth best university in the world, and will get a genuine taste of adult working life.

The developments and refurbishments at Stoke are progressing well, with the Stable Block conversion nearing completion. In addition, the Library and Chinese Room will be restored over the summer to provide our Sixth Form with space to both study and socialise.

We are completing our staff recruitment for next year over the coming fortnight and will be in touch with parents before the end of term with a complete update.

The past few weeks have been extraordinarily unsettled for us as a country but at such times all parents feel a determination to ensure that their children’s lives remain happy and secure. We are very aware of this at Stoke and whilst we will of course continue with the routine of school life and the special events of the summer term, there is something more that underpins our work. It is a determination and belief that the education we are providing both nurtures children as they grow and prepares them with the knowledge, skills and personal qualities they will need for their future lives.