“Our curriculum is geared to instilling a genuine love of learning, whether it’s Paradise Lost on the syllabus, or the knack of repairing a combustion engine.”

Learning at Stoke

Our curriculum is geared to instilling a genuine love of learning, whether it’s Paradise Lost on the syllabus, or the knack of repairing a combustion engine.

In the Prep School, the approach to learning is topic-based rather than simply subject-based. Each term a new topic pulls numerous strands together from different subject areas – Geography and History, Maths and Science, Modern Languages, the Arts – to create a synthesis.

In the Senior School (Years 7 to 11) we pursue a broad curriculum where practical subjects like Food Technology and Design are studied alongside Mandarin and all three sciences. When it comes to GCSE choices, we are flexible enough to let children play to their strengths: our chief concern is that each child pursues the subjects he or she finds most rewarding.

In the Sixth Form, which was only established in 2017, we are now proposing to expand and use the international connections of our investors to develop boarding and grow our A-level programme.

Not infrequently, children come to Stoke from other schools which have not worked out. Parents credit the College with allowing their children to escape the tyranny of SATS or the injustice of being valued for how many 8s or 9s you get at GCSE.

This does not mean that we do not pursue academic success. GCSE results are a source of pride. Our new Deputy Head Academic, Dr Rui Chen, an A-level examiner in both Chemistry and Maths, builds on our strengths in STEM subjects. We have fantastic pedigree in Performing Arts and Languages.

Our Pre-Prep, known as the Dovecot, provides a caring and nurturing environment for our youngest children

Prep School years are of crucial importance to every child’s development. When your child joins us, you can rest assured that their natural talents will be developed.

Whether your child is joining our Senior School from our own Prep School or from another school, They will get the very best start at Senior School possible. 

Today’s children are going to face a very different world to us. Creativity, resilience, adaptability and a global outlook are going to be just as important as exam results.

Learning Development

It’s not just Richard Branson who says 40% of the world’s millionaires are dyslexic. The data is now clear that learning ‘difficulties’ often correlate with unexpected perspectives and striking abilities.

Our Learning Development Centre, located at the heart of the old school building, is staffed by a wonderful team of teachers with vast experience of all kinds of learning challenges, from formally diagnosed disorders to recognised weaknesses which need a little extra time and attention.

Our SENCO Kate Hearn ensures that support is tailored to children individually. Some require regular one-to-one sessions with a Learning Development Specialist, others can work in small groups; a very small number require a Learning Assistants alongside them in the classroom, but Learning Assistants are more commonly used for supported study – help with homework or areas of weakness, sometimes in small groups. The whole team are devoted to their craft, and strive to nurture optimism, confidence and friendship along the way.

Children who require additional support are thoroughly assessed before they join us. We do have a few children with EHCPs (children with special education plans, sometimes supported by the county), but we only accept children that we believe can access a mainstream curriculum. If they cannot, they may better be placed in a different school or setting.