Thank you to all the parents who came along to the Parent Teacher Association AGM last week. We had a very positive meeting and I was particularly thankful for the offers of help we received for our work experience placements next summer and for the speaker series we are launching.

Over the coming academic year we are aiming to run a series of talks from a variety of speakers in a wide range of careers. The aim is to give our students a greater sense of the world of work and the possibilities open to them.

We will be announcing talks in the coming weeks and we would be hugely grateful to any parents who might be keen to come in to school to speak about their own career.

Last summer our current Year 11s each had a work placement for a week with the estates department at Cambridge University. They have generously offered to provide the same opportunity this year. We would very much like to build upon this successful experience for this year’s Year 10. If you were able to offer a placement for a Year 10 student next summer please contact me at Stoke. 

We are aware that there are many more compliance requirements than in the past before a place of work can offer work experience so understand that this is not a small gesture of support that we are asking for. However, if you work place is already geared up for work experience, or you would be happy to undertake the necessary preparations, please let us know.

We had a very positive first week of activities this past week and look forward to seeing it settle down into becoming part of the new routine. It has been fantastic to see so many students take part.

We also saw our older Prep School pupils start their cycling proficiency on Monday. The course leader was hugely complementary about both their positive attitude and polite manners so well done Year 6!