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.​

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.

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

Hockey in the Rain

On Tuesday 15th November, the senior girls hockey team played Gosfield and, after a big loss the first time round, the team were keen to not have a similar result.

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Senior Swimming Gala

ISA EAST Swimming Gala results are as follows:

Sean M: 2nd with 47:25
Georgiana: 6th with 1:18:19
Sean R: 5th with 59:50
Ben B: 6th with 1:55:87
JJ: 3rd with 1:59:19

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