After the first week back everyone is now fully into the swing of term time. We were fortunate not to have too much disruption on Friday with the snow being both later and rather less dramatic than forecast. However, we hope that the communication channels worked well and that everyone now feels familiar with how to check for the latest information on school arrangements during adverse weather conditions.Read More
The past week has been one of note for individual successes, where pupils have represented the school in a wider arena. We welcomed Oscar Roe back at our Wednesday assembly to present him with his prize for winning the design for the International Mathematics Olympiad to be held in the UK in 2019. Stoke has made all the difference for him, not least in his mathematics. However, whether he will be able to crack the 10-sided Rubik’s cube that came as part of his prize remains to be seen!Read More
The next two weeks will be extremely busy at Stoke with so many events to celebrate, including the GCSE Presentation Evening on Wednesday and our first Alumni event on Thursday. However it is worth taking a moment to note the week just past.
Our preparation for opening the Sixth Form in September 2017 continue apace. Last week’s Parents’ Forum on Sixth Form development went very well and we were able to give parents and Year 11 pupils the opportunity to meet with teaching staff to discuss the A level and BTEC courses which will be taught next year. Read More
Stoke is extraordinarily quiet at the weekends compared to the bustle of the week. It was a treat this weekend to enjoy the quiet beauty of the campus after such a positive Open Morning on Saturday. A huge thank you to all pupils who took part and of course to parents, for giving up your Saturday too, to ferry your children to and from school.Read More
We held our second Parents Evening of the half term on Friday. It was interesting to see how the half-term grades have helped to set the agenda for the evening’s discussions, aiding both Year 9 parents and staff to focus on where students are doing well and very importantly, where they need to focus to improve.
We had a very interesting staff training day on the last Friday of the half term break and special thanks must go to Mr David Cardle, our vice chair of governors, who led us in a very active session on raising the profile of the College. Feedback on the day was very positive, not only on the training sessions but also on the idea of a ‘bring and share’ lunch. Read More
Little did I realise as I wrote the blog last week that I would be receiving a phone call from the Independent Schools Inspectorate the following morning to announce that they would be coming to inspect us the following day. No matter how prepared you believe you are, the call is always a moment when you draw a deep breath and say a little prayer.Read More
t’s hard to believe it is only two weeks until half term and pupils are already taking mid-term assessments, which will be reported to parents during the break. These assessments are the next step in our use of the Parent Portal to share your children’s progress with you more often and to strengthen the home-school partnership that is so important for pupils to do well.Read More
It was good to see so many parents at the Parents’ Evenings on Wednesday and Thursday last week. We have always had a meeting early in the Autumn term for parents and class teachers in the Prep School to promote good communication and to ensure that the younger children are getting a secure start. Read More