Senior Department

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:

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!

Maths Challenge Success

We have recently received the results for the Senior Maths Challenge, sat by our A Level Maths students. We are very pleased to announce that Howard achieved a Bronze award, Danny achieved a Silver, and Amaris not only achieved the Gold award for best in year and best in school, but scored so highly that she qualified for the next round, the Kangaroo Round, which she sat on Friday 1st December.

Students will be presented with their awards when we receive them from the competition organisers, and you can expect to see pictures of our very proud students (and their very proud teachers!) in due course.

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.

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!

Science Facelift

It’s been a busy time at Stoke College during the Christmas break! The Chemistry Lab has had new flooring fitted as well as ceiling and walls painted, the Biology Lab has had the ceilings refreshed and Physics has also had new carpet and redecorations. None of this would have been possible, in what is a relatively short break without the great dedication of our Maintenance Team and external contractors, big thank you to Blakes Decorators Ltd and Superior Finish for helping us with the facelift!