The parent tutor meeting last Wednesday was an important event for the Senior School. We very much want establish a strong link between you as parents and the tutors of your children. We hope that having the opportunity to sit down together at the beginning of the academic year has established a strong basis for communication. Any concerns, whether academic or pastoral, can be raised with your child’s tutor who will either tackle them directly or ensure that the right person in the school is contacted to help.

Coming up this week we have five young visitors from China who will be joining our youngest pupils’ class for a week for an experience of British school life. We think it will be an exciting time for all our pupils too, as they get to know children from the other side of the globe and learn more about their language and culture. It will certainly make their regular Mandarin lesson come alive this week!

Pupils in key stage 3 lessons will have a similar opportunity the following week as we will be joined by a group who will board with us for a fortnight. This term we began Mandarin for the first time in the senior school and to have the chance to buddy up with a native Mandarin speaker for ten days will be a fascinating and educational experience.

On Wednesday this coming week we have our parent teacher evening for Prep School and on Thursday we have our Year 11 into Sixth Form evening at 6 pm. If you child is either Year 10 or 11 you should already have received an invitation from Mr Stuart. The event proved very valuable last year for our previous Year 11 students. This year we will be offering a wider range of A levels and BTECs and the event will be an excellent opportunity to find out more.

Finally, thank you to all families who will be supporting us this coming Saturday with Open Morning. We are very grateful that your children come in for the morning to help show the very best of the school because it is the relationship between pupils and staff that is at the heart of life at Stoke.