“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.