Our English teacher wrote the textbook!

International students learning English at Stoke College are now able to use the textbook authored by our very own teacher, Mrs Natasha DaSouza. Mrs Da Souza has a distinguished career in teaching and textbook publishing and we are delighted that her latest book, published by Cambridge University Press, is now ready in print for students to use in lessons.

The textbook is designed to help guide students towards their IELTS qualification, an internationally recognised certification of English language proficiency required by many universities in the UK.

With the help of Mrs Da Souza, our international students will rapidly improve their English language skills, opening up their abilities across the whole curriculum range. At Stoke College, students with English as an additional language receive one to one or paired lessons, depending on their level of English and their learning needs. All international students join with the core curriculum of English, Maths and Science and those in Years 5-9 join in with the full range of subjects. Students joining for a Pre-A Level course have a bespoke curriculum designed that best meets their needs and future educational ambitions.

More information about the new textbook is available here.


Maths Success for Sean

Sean, Year 8,  sat the Junior Maths Challenge earlier in the year and achieved a Gold certificate. In fact his score was so high he manged to get through to the next round, which is called the “Kangaroo Round”. Students can only take part in this by select invitation from the UK Maths Challenge team: in fact, only a few thousand students nationally are invited to this next round. The Kangaroo Round poses a huge step up from the Junior Challenge and Sean did extremely well in achieving his qualifying certificate. It is an extremely prestigious award, so extremely well done to Sean!

Arthur, Edith and Alessia: Mini Great North Runners

Proud finishers Edith and Alessia

On Sunday 10th September Arthur (Year 5), Edith (Kingfishers) and Alessia (Kingfishers) pounded the streets of Gateshead as they joined hundreds of other children in the Mini Great North Run.  Arthur ran a testing 4km, while Edith and Alessia ran 1.5km. This event is a hugely popular – entries for 2018 have already closed – and the three took the chance to raise money for the school through their fundraising.

Together, Arthur, Edith and Alessia raised a whopping £965 for the school PE Department, for which we are hugely grateful, and we look forward to updating you soon to show you how their kind donation has been spent!

Arthur in action

Record Results for Stoke

Our Year 11 students have done extraordinarily well in the GCSE examinations this year.

After last year’s success, the school’s results have again risen sharply, by over 20%. Stoke students benefit from small class sizes and of the 19 students in Year 11, 89% of pupils achieved 5 A*-C, with 79% gaining these grades including English and Maths*.

We are delighted for the students who worked consistently hard to achieve their grades. They were an excellent year group who encouraged each other. They received additional individual support from teaching staff as well as from LDU staff when it was needed. They often used social media too, to help each other in their homework and revision. Their achievements are a testament to their commitment and to that of staff and parents.

At Stoke College we are proudly non-selective and close working relationships with staff allow all pupils to make strong progress. Our small class sizes benefit pupils of all abilities and we are particularly pleased to see how pupils across the academic spectrum have exceeded national expectations.

We look forward to many generations of students succeeding at Stoke, not just at GCSE but also at A level, as we open our new sixth form in September.

(* English and Maths are now graded 9 to 1, with a grade 4 being the equivalent of a C grade.)

ISA National Athletics Success

In beautiful sunshine and soaring temperatures, hundreds of children from around the country competed at the ISA National Athletics Finals on Monday (19th June) at Alexander Stadium, Birmingham. Compared to last year, the weather was a welcome change but with it came a new challenge.

On one of the hottest days of the year, children from age 9 – 16 put on a real show of outstanding athletic ability, exemplary attitude and sportsmanship that was well placed within an international sports arena, which in the past has been graced by the likes Mo Farah and Jess Ennis.

Spectators were blessed with some remarkable performances and in total 20 national records were broken. High standards were maintained throughout the day, even throughout the relays when the competitors were quite understandably wilting, yet records were still being surpassed.

Regardless of all the outstanding individual and team performances, the day must be remembered for the achievements of all who were there. To qualify for this event is a remarkable achievement and one that every competitor should be very proud of.

The seven Stoke College pupils, from years 4 to 11, all made huge achievements in the regional competition to qualify. They competed in 13 different events and made the college and PE staff very proud.

Stoke won three medals: 2 Silver and 1 Bronze.


Results were as follows:
Year 4 Lilia Long jump 3.54m Silver Medal (only a centimeter behind the winner), 600m 2.05 Minutes

Year 6 Jessica 1.20m High Jump

Year 8 Gabriel 200m 26.55 seconds, He also represented the East Anglia boys relay team and ran a fantastic race in the 2ndleg.

Year 9 Jonty: Discus 24.48m Bronze Medal, Javelin 29.77 Silver Medal

Year 10 Jacob 100m Unfortunately suffered an injury in his race but still finished the race with great determination.

Year 10 Olivia: 800m 2.53.88 minutes, 1500m 5.52.47 minutes

Year 11 Charlie 200m 24.63 seconds, Javelin 30.81m

Junior Maths Challenge 2017

This year, students at Stoke College made us all very proud with their achievements in the Junior Maths Challenge. Three students in particular were awarded certificates for their achievements:

Iona in yr 8 achieved a bronze award

Albert in Year 7 achieved a silver award and

Sean in year 7 achieved a gold award.

Sean’s result was so high that he has been invited to a follow on round, named the “Kangaroo” which will be held in June. We wish Sean the best of luck with this.

Very well done to all who sat the Challenge, in particular many congratulations to these three students, whose mathematical problem solving earned them recognition in this tricky event. The Junior Maths Challenge is a national event, run by the UK Mathematics Trust, where able mathematicians are invited to solve a number of  intriguing problems. Over 600,000 students take part.

U11 Netball and U15 Rounders Teams Perform

It was a busy week for fixtures at Stoke with rounders and netball for the girls.

The U15 girls side travelled to Gosfield in the sunshine on Tuesday 16th May for their first rounders match of the summer.

We started in bat, scoring only 2 1/2 rounders. The Gosfield fielding side were excellent and caught out 5 of our batters. The first innings was over very quickly for Stoke.

In the 2nd innings the girls woke up and scored a lot more with Olivia being the top run scorer with 3 1/2. The team kept up the hard work utilising the mistakes of the Gosfield fielders with Jessie, Charlotte and Olivia scoring whole rounders.

Bowler Anni and backstop Anne were a great team making many catches between them and fielding the ball well to Lily on base to stump out more of the Gosfield side.

Even though the girls brought it back a little in the second half there was just a little too much work to do, eventually losing the fixture 18- 9 1/2. Players of the match were Anne and Lily.

With the rain making rounders very difficult on Wednesday, the U11 side requested a friendly game of netball. Gosfield kindly hosted us inside, sheltering from the wet. It was great to get the teams together before half term.

Stoke started very strong with a 4-0 lead after only 8 minutes. Goal Attack Jess scored 3 of the four goals and GS Lucy making the forth.

The second quarter was much of the same with excellent passing between the centre court players allowing 6 more goals for the Stoke side; Matilda adding 2 goals and Jess with 4 more to her tally.

Our defence of Ruby and Eden remained strong with no goals against us in the third quarter and Matilda continued with 2 more goals working well with Lilia in the attack.

Jess came back on for the forth quarter finishing her scoring tally to 10.

Gosfield utilised a mistake by the defence and scored their first goal in the game.

The final score 15-1 to Stoke.

Players of the match were Lucy and top scorer Jess.

16 Medals at ISA Athletics

25 senior school pupils travelled to the Cambridge University track on 10th May to take part in the regional ISA competition. The athletes had been training hard since before half term and been out every lunchtime training to perfect their events.Read More

PE Department publicly thank Stoke College PTA

The PE department would like to publicly thank the Stoke PTA for their incredible support and funding for new gymnastic equipment including a trampet, springboard and balance bar. Every pupil in the school has been able to benefit from their support and have used this equipment. They have improved their skills in balance, flight and travel while developing their body awareness, suppleness and muscle control.Read More

Easter Celebrations

We would like to remind you about our Easter service on Friday 31st March at St John the Baptist Church in Stoke by Clare at 2 pm. Please stay for refreshments and the PTA Easter Egg Hunt in the School grounds afterwards.

Click Easter Service 2017 for the Easter service programme.