Dear Friends of Stoke College,
It really was great to see so many of you when we hosted first webinar a week and a half ago to prepare for online schooling; and again this week when we explored how to maximise the safety of your child online.
Just a reminder, if you or your child have any queries at all, please do not hesitate to contact us. Parents should normally contact the Form Tutor in the first instance, while students may wish to approach either their Form Tutor or the relevant subject teacher. Of course, Deputy Heads and I remain available at all times if you feel you need to contact one of us on a particular matter.
We are very proud of the way all students have, once again, adapted to online learning, and I am extremely grateful to my staff for their exemplary professionalism, as well as to yourselves for your support at home. We never underestimate how challenging these circumstances can be, so never ‘sit on’ a concern in isolation – contact a fellow parent or any member of staff, as we all benefit from a supportive shoulder to lean on.
Starting this week, we shall be running our complementary community activities: the calendar of wildlife and flora photographs; the recipe book of our favourite dishes; the race to China (and possibly back if lockdown continues through to the Easter holidays!); our Reading Club; and Gospel Choir. If you have not yet registered interest in any of these, but would like further information on how to join, please contact Mr Quick or Mrs Paxton, and they will help connect you to those responsible for the activity. These activities should prove very rewarding, not least because of the involvement of Old Stokians, village residents and our sister schools in China.
Staff have now completed their training to test colleagues, students and visitors for Covid-19, and we are all hoping and praying for a rapid roll-out of the vaccination programme. We are continuing to assess our public examination year students in particular, should evidence be required, and are keeping abreast with national discussions regarding possible assessment strategies. There is far too much unhelpful speculation in the media, so our sole objective is to keep our students focused on their work, with suitable pastoral support to help sustain them, and we shall update you and them further at the appropriate time.
With my very best wishes,
Dr Gareth Lloyd