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!

Cross Country Winner!

Back in the warm indoors, Lilia enjoys her Gold medal

Twenty of our students from the Prep and Senior Schools competed in last week’s Cut Hedge Cross Country Trophy event at Gosfield School. The students faced wet and windy conditions, hardly conducive to this open air endurance event, but we were delighted with our results, competing against thirteen other schools.

Lilia came first out of 80 girls in the Years 5&6 race, and is pictured here with her gold medal. Lilia ran a superb race, really impressing our own and other schools’ PE teachers with her pace and determination.

Patrick also performed really well, coming fifth in a field of nearly 50 Years 7&8 boys.

We are very grateful to Mr Kelsall and Miss Fryers for all that they do to train students for these competitions, and to all the students who took part for representing Stoke College so exceptionally well at external events.

We’ve Been to the Zoo, Zoo, Zoo

Thumbs up, boys!


On Tuesday 14th November Year 6, Eagles class went to Colchester Zoo to investigate the different adaptations of the animals at the zoo. We followed in the footsteps of Charles Darwin to classify insects and considered the evolutionary traits of different birds by the features of their feet and beaks.

We fed lorikeet birds with nectar and were fascinated by their long furry tongues for drinking sticky nectar, we also fed the giraffes and the elephants and discussed the different ways the animals have evolved to solve the same problems of living and finding food in the African savannah.

It was a brilliant day, very educational but also great fun.

Stained Glass Museum Trip

On Monday the Kingfishers (Years 3 & 4) and Owls (Year 5) went to the Stained Glass Museum inside Ely Cathedral.  The children were greeted by a monk from the 12th century who spoke to them about the history of stained glass.  Then all the pupils made their own stained ‘glass’ leaf picture and a glass bead buddy as well as learning about how to ‘read’ stained glass pictures and the meaning behind them.  It was a great day and we are looking forward to visiting again next year.

Watch this space for an update on the Eagles’ (Year 6) trip to Colchester Zoo, which is taking place today!

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.


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

Our Harvest Donations

The pupils from Year 1 visited the Haverhill food bank to present the donations kindly given by parents at the Harvest Festival today. The pupils were given a short tour of the Foodbank and were able to see how the food was stored and given a short talk on how the food is distributed.

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