About us

We are a non selective school with high academic ambitions.

We are set in tranquil parkland overlooking the upper reaches of the river Stour. We pride ourselves on providing a forward thinking and holistic education.

Our new investors bought the school and are investing heavily. This includes introducing an affordable, transparent fee structure.

Stoke College is led by Dr Gareth Lloyd, who was previously Head of Ratcliffe College and St Joseph’s College.

Dr Lloyd is leading the school at an exciting time. Alongside our new investors, he is determined to transform the education we offer, providing innovative and exciting opportunities for all our pupils and establish ourselves as a model of high quality, affordable independent education.

Alongside embedding ourselves in the local community, we will develop an innovative international outlook, which will include having an international sixth form.

Our investors are committed to investing millions in the success of the school, including new buildings, infrastructure and technology.

Our Heritage

Stoke College has an extraordinary heritage.

  • The College traces its name back to 1415, when a college for priests was founded on the site.
  • The College served as a pleasant rural retreat and an extra source of income for senior churchmen, who usually held livings elsewhere or were fellows of Cambridge
  • The last Dean was Matthew Parker, Archbishop of Canterbury under Elizabeth I, and effectively the founder of the Anglican church. For Parker, his College at Stoke-by-Clare was his favourite residence for 12 years.
  • Stoke College “can lay claim to a place of honour in British history,” says Suffolk architectural historian Leigh Alston in a recent study. “For it was here that Parker developed the ideas that allowed him, as one of the major figures of the 16th century . . . to create a stable Church of England from the chaos of the Reformation.”
  • Until Mr Alston’s investigation, the Dean’s Lodging, 70 feet long, two stories high and built of stone, had lain unsuspected for centuries inside this large country house.
  • Stoke College, set in tranquil parkland overlooking the upper reaches of the river Stour, also has a 15th-century dovecote “that preserves some of the finest decorative medieval brickwork in Britain,” according to Mr Alston. The park wall is possibly one of the earliest brick walls in the country, dating back to the 1460s.