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Elvis to Rock the Schoolhouse

Stoke College’s musical this year will be ‘All Shook Up’ by Joe DiPietro, with songs by Elvis Presley. Famous songs include, ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’, ‘Love me Tender’, ‘Jailhouse Rock’ and ‘A Little Less Conversation’. The production team are currently auditioning and the cast will be announced soon. 

We look forward to seeing you there on 12th and 13th March, 2020. 

GCSE Celebration

Stoke College students were celebrating excellent GCSE results today (Thursday  22nd August) with a number of pupils achieving the top grades across many of their subjects.

The school’s results were again well above national averages. The total number of GCSE’s passed at grade C/4 or above was 87%, around 17% higher than the national picture. Given the academic profile of the intake at Stoke is broadly in line with the national average, it is very pleasing to see how well Stoke students have done.

English, Mathematics and Science were all well above national averages too. English achieved 93% (grades 9-4), Mathematics 82%, Combined Science 75% and Separate Sciences 100%. The Mathematics department were especially pleased to see 20% of students achieve grades 9 – 7 (A*/A). This is almost double the national average. 

Ninety-three percent of eligible students achieving five GCSEs at grades 9-4,  (equivalent to A*-C under the old grading system) and 80% of the eligible students achieved five GCSE grades 9 – 4, including English and Maths. 

Notable achievements include Ben who achieved three Grade 8s, two grade 7s and two Grade 6s, Callum who received one Grade 8, three Grade 7s, and three Grade 6s and Anni who gained three Grade 7s and five Grade 6s.

Last year’s Sports Captain, Anneke, was very happy with her results too. She was dreading opening her results envelope but delighted with the strong grades she found inside and is looking forward to returning for A levels at Stoke College Sixth Form next term.

Headteacher, Frank Thompson, said, “We are so pleased for the students who have worked consistently hard to achieve their grades. This year the staff provided even more additional support sessions after the mocks, and combined with the hard-working response of the students, this has really paid dividends.

“We are particularly pleased with our Maths results this year where, once again, the vast majority of our students significantly exceeded expectations and with the Science results where there was such a strong pass rate.

“At Stoke College we are proudly non-selective and close working relationships with staff allow pupils to make strong progress. 

“Our small class sizes benefit pupils of all abilities and we are particularly pleased to see how pupils at each end of the academic spectrum have exceeded national expectations. 

We look forward to seeing a number of them again in September as they start their A levels.”

Stoke College is an independent day and boarding school for pupils 4-18 located on the borders of Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire. It opened a sixth form in September 2017.

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A Level Success

Stoke College is celebrating its first set of A level examination results today. With so much discussion in the press regarding the difficulty of the new Maths A level, we were delighted that 50% of our Maths candidates achieved an A grade and that A grades were also achieved in Computer Science and the Extended Project Qualification. Total ‘A’ grades achieved were 17% and 56% were achieved at A*-C.

The majority of students achieved their first choice place at university and the courses they will be studying include Economics and Mathematics at Royal Holloway, University of London; Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) at the University of Kent; and Business Management at the University of Westminster. 

We congratulate both staff and students for all their hard work and wish our class of 2019 every success in their future studies and careers.

Mathletes

On Wednesday we awarded certificates from the national maths challenge to Amaris and Sean. Amaris was best in school in this prestigious national competition, achieving a gold award. Former student Sean, who was best in school in the junior competition went forward to the National Junior Maths Olympiad. He was amongst the top 25% in the country and received a silver medal.

Life Saving Skills for Stoke Students

Would you know what to do if somebody near you was suffering from cardiac arrest?

Thanks to their training in the Restart a Heart campaign, all Stoke students from Years 7-13 now know how to help someone in this situation.

With small group sessions from the local ambulance service, our students were able to practice giving chest compressions and rescue breaths which could save someone’s life.

If you would like to learn more about the techniques students were taught, you can find out here:

https://www.bhf.org.uk/how-you-can-help/restart-a-heart/restart-a-heart-in-6-easy-steps

Meet our PE Teachers

Mr Simon Quick is Head of Sport and Physical Education at Stoke College. He was previously Director of Sport at Craighouse School in Chile. Prior to his employment in South America, he was Head of Physical Education and Sport at Giles Academy in Lincolnshire where he implemented Rugby, Fencing and Rowing as new sports. He has diverse experience in both academic and practical Physical Education which he is looking forward to implementing here at Stoke College. With experience of A Level, GCSE and BTEC qualifications, Mr Quick is well positioned to expand our current curriculum and allow bespoke opportunities for our students to discover their passion for sport.

 

Mr Quick is a Level 4 Tennis Coach and has developed county players at a variety of age groups. He is aspiring to be an LTA tutor, allowing him to deliver and award tennis coaching qualifications to our students here at Stoke College. In addition, Mr Quick is familiar with the county Rugby set up in Suffolk and Cambridgeshire and eager to become involved in coaching at a representative level.

He has a Masters Degree in Sport Science from Essex University and is currently writing his PhD thesis on ‘Developing an understanding of domain specific expertise in sports coaching’. As part of this on-going research, he has collaborated with Yorkshire Carnegie Rugby Club and a number of High Performance Satellite Tennis Clubs.

 

During his spare time Mr Quick plays Tennis, Squash and Golf; his life-long ambition is to complete the infamous ‘O’ circuit in Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia.

 

Miss Ashleigh Fryers currently holds the position of Teacher of Girls’ Games and Physical Education at Stoke College. Teaching at the college is her first professional teaching post since graduating as an outstanding teacher from Liverpool John Moores University. She studied Education Studies with Physical Education for her undergraduate degree and Secondary Physical Education for her postgraduate degree. This has enabled her to have a breadth of knowledge within her subject and to be able to apply different pedagogical approaches to ensure students’ educational needs are catered for.

 

As a new teacher, Miss Fryers offers a fresh and diverse approach, with the confidence and desire to ensure sport excels within the college. Her vision is that our Physical Education department becomes as diverse as those that we teach.

 

Miss Fryers has a depth of experience of team sports, particularly in hockey where she played for her club’s first eleven team for a number of years and was captain of her school netball team throughout her time at school. She also enjoys individual sports, especially badminton where she tries to sneak the odd game in when she finds the time.

 

It is her life long ambition to hold the position of Head of PE.​

Building Eco-Houses and Building Friendships

We were delighted to host a group of 15 students from Beijing Hepingjie No.1 Middle School in Stoke College last week, where they took part in two days of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) activities led by Mr Swain, our Head of Science. This follows last year’s successful visit which focussed on art activities and was led by Mr Reeves.

Our own Year 9 students worked in groups with our visitors to design and build an eco-house to suit the needs of our changing world. They considered ideas about the climate and sustainability and built some incredible models.

The Stoke College students were excellent hosts to our visitors, taking care of them and making friends with them over the two days.

We are looking forward to welcoming more students from Beijing Hepingjie No.1 Middle School when they return for another visit next year.

Falcons Fly In

We launched our 2018 programme of enrichment experiences with a visit from Fens Falconry. All students from Reception to Sixth Form were able to see a range of birds of prey up close, including the fastest animal on the planet: a peregrine falcon. We had hour-long sessions for each age group where they could learn about how the different birds of prey live in the wild. Students could also handle feathers, eggs and even bird pellets!

The day was finished with a spectacular flying display over our sports field. We were all amazed by the way the birds flew over our heads and always returned to receive some food.

It was fantastic to see all the children so excited by the birds. Some of the teachers also faced their fears by watching these magnificent creatures.

We are already organising our next enrichment experience: a visiting planetarium to teach the children all about astronomy and the night sky. Check back for more updates next half term!

GCSE Results Success

Stoke College students were celebrating excellent GCSE results today (Thursday  23rd August) with a number of pupils achieving the top grades across many of their subjects.

The school’s results have risen for the third year in a row, with 100% of eligible students achieving five GCSEs at grades 9-4. (Equivalent to A*-C under the old grading system.)

Stoke students benefit from small class sizes and this year 90% of the eligible students achieved five GCSE grades 9 – 4, including English and Maths.

Harry’s results included five grade 9s and a grade 8, whilst former Head Girl, Olivia, achieved six grades 7 and two grades 8. Both will be returning to continue their studies at Stoke College’s Sixth Form.

Headteacher, Frank Thompson, said, “We are so pleased for the students who have worked consistently hard to achieve their grades.

We are particularly pleased with our Maths results this year where, once again, every student passed and the vast majority significantly exceeded expectations, with 50% of all students gaining grades 9-7 (A*/A equivalent).

At Stoke College we are proudly non-selective and close working relationships with staff allow pupils to make strong progress.

Our small class sizes benefit pupils of all abilities and we are particularly pleased to see how pupils at each end of the academic spectrum have exceeded national expectations.

We look forward to seeing a number of them again in September as they start their A levels.”