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Saturday 11th March

The highlight of the week has to have been the hatching of the chicks! Amidst all the major events of school life the emergence of new-born chicks from their eggs created huge interest and excitement. It was wonderful to see the sheer delight and curiosity of the Prep School children as they raced in each morning to find out what progress there had been overnight.Read More

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Saturday 4th March

Having just returned from the British Boarding Schools Workshop in Heathrow yesterday evening, I am now with Mrs Hunn-Smith and the scholarship candidates for September 2017. All seems to be well and the pupils have started their papers relaxed and focused. It is a quiet Saturday morning and it is good to hear the Spring birdsong as well as two woodpeckers, which are also hard at work.Read More

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It’s just over a week now since the ski trip returned and a number of parents remarked on just how well it went. The accompanying staff did a wonderful job and the pupils were a real credit to the school. Stoke’s unique ethos was very much in evidence. In the words of one parent, “One of the things I love about Stoke is the way pupils of widely varying ages interact so well together.  It is something that really marks out Stoke as being different to other schools.”

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Saturday 4th February

Last Monday saw the launch of our new website which we have been working on for the past three months. The site greatly needed to be refreshed with more up-to-date images, a more striking design and to be more tablet and phone friendly. We do hope you like the design.

It is early days, so if there are any glitches, please let us know. One change we have made, is to email the weekly menu to you via iSAMS rather than publish it on the website and you should receive each week’s menu from now on, on the preceding Friday.

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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