Dr Gareth P Lloyd

Headmaster (June 2020)

Gareth joins us from Times College, Nanjing, where he has been the founding Foreign Principal for the past two years.  Prior to that, he was Headmaster of Ratcliffe College, overseeing significant growth and innovation over 8 years, and of St John’s College Cathedral Choir School, Cardiff.  Gareth grew up in South Wales, read Music at the University of Exeter, undertook his P.G.C.E (Music and Modern Languages) at Homerton, Cambridge, an M.Sc in School Management at the University of Reading, before completing his doctorate in musical composition at the University of Sheffield.  His twin passions for education and music are complemented by a love for languages, sports, theatre and reading.  He is immensely excited to be joining Stoke College, and would be delighted to meet you in person in the near future. 


Charis Hunn-Smith

Deputy Head, Marketing and Sixth Form

What’s your degree in?
BA(Hons) English and History (University of Reading) and PGCE Secondary English (University of Bristol)

What does your role involve?
I am responsible for showcasing the school and marketing it at a local, national and international level, making sure we attract new children and families to become part of the Stoke College Community. I also collaborate with other local schools to enrich the educational experience of our children.

I am also responsible for spearheading our Sixth Form to become a truly international learning environment where young people not only gain the highest level of academic achievement but also be prepared for independent living as they enter University or employment. 

What are you most looking forward to over the next year?
I’m really looking forward to creating the events that will put Stoke College on the map (like our Arts Festival). I want to show the world what a fantastic school we are. This is a chance to build a family-friendly educational environment that offers something different: at the cutting edge of technology while also immersing ourselves in our beautiful rural surroundings. 

What are your ambitions for the school?
I would like us to take full advantage of our facilities and restore them to something akin to their former glory: beautiful landscaped gardens and using the river. And I want to connect our students to the local community through events in the village and working with care homes and other community groups so that we learn the importance of serving others. 


Rebecca Watson

Deputy Head (Pastoral) and Designated Safeguarding Lead

What’s your degree in?
I began my teaching career in 1999, completing a PGCE in English and Drama. Before this I gained a BA (Hons) in Literature and Art History.

What does your role involve?

My role includes working with our Stoke College families to ensure that every student has the pastoral care that they need in order to thrive. As we are a small school, we are able to provide tailored pastoral care to our students as they journey through each age and stage. It is an absolute privilege to see the students join the school and blossom into independent, confident and happy individuals.

What are you most looking forward to next year?

I am really looking forward to welcoming our new Stoke College families whilst also continuing to work with our existing families. I am also looking forward to being a part of the growth of our school as, with the support of our investors, we develop our facilities and restore our wonderful countryside setting to meet its full potential. This is such an exciting time for us.

What are your ambitions for the school?

As our facilities are developed, my ambition for the school is for even more local and international students to be able to access the unique educational experience that Stoke College provides.


Simon Quick

Deputy Head (Co-curriculum)

What’s your degree in?
I have a BSc (Hons) Geography, an MSc (Sport Science), PGCE, and PhD Sports Coaching (on-going).

What does your role involve?
I get to oversee all the exciting parts of the school! It’s the stuff that happens outside of the curriculum (that’s what co-curriculum means). So it includes things like clubs and activities for things like sport, drama and music.

What are you most looking forward to over the next year?
I want to give our students as many new experiences as possible. Our co-curriculum programme is going to exciting and thriving. There will be so many opportunities for children to develop new skills and challenge themselves. I want our students to find ways to enhance their CVs and find out what they’re passionate about.

What are your ambitions for the school?
I would love us to be more integrated into the local community – I’m looking forward to be part of making this happen.


Dr Rui Chen

Deputy Head (Academic)

Dr Chen joins Stoke College in September 2020 from Scarborough College where he was Head of Mathematics. A Chief Examiner for A-level in both Chemistry (in which he has a doctorate from Oxford) and Maths, Rui combines academic acumen with a passion for teaching students of all abilities.

What’s your teaching philosophy?
Every student is unique and thinks and develops in a slightly different way. My aim is always  to create a positive and encouraging environment to help students learn. Delivering strong exam results is one important challenge, but every good school goes beyond grades.

Why have you chosen to come to Stoke?
I am excited by the vision to create a truly international Sixth Form alongside the existing local school. Having come from an IB environment at Scarborough, I am also drawn back to A-level. I see international integration as key to Stoke’s future  success – and my Chinese background will help me drive integration and teamwork from both sides in the Sixth Form. An extensive extra-curricular programme will facilitate this integration.


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