Sunday 10th February
Despite the high winds causing loss of power to the school on Thursday, the trip to the West End still went ahead. A group of students from Years 9, 10 and 11, including all those studying Drama GCSE, went to see The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.
It is a highly original play that portrays the world as seen through the eyes of a young man with autism. The impressive set and compelling mystery both make for an entertaining and thought-provoking experience and it was greatly enjoyed by staff and students.
The previous evening we held our sixth form options evening in the Main House. Mr Stuart spoke to many of our Year 11 students and their parents about the unique character of the sixth form at Stoke. With highly experience staff, small tutorial-style classes and private study spaces Stoke offers an exceptional opportunity to study A levels and to access Russell Group universities.
We also offer BTEC courses and IELTS preparation meaning that students who want a vocational pathway and those who want to access a British university from overseas can equally benefit from our sixth form.
After the address we held a subjects fair, where the teachers of each course had an information stall and families could discuss with staff in greater depth what each course entails. A number of courses are new at A level, such as Psychology and Economics, so the chance to find out more about these courses was particularly helpful.
We were pleased with the number who attended the evening as well as the number of sixth form scholarship applications we have received and look forward to seeing many of our students continue into Year 12.
Subject choice forms are due back after half term and if there is anyone reading this blog considering Stoke as their sixth form destination they are asked to contact us as soon as possible.
Finally, a big thank-you to all the students and parents who helped out at Open Morning on Saturday. It was a very good day and our visitors were hugely impressed with the enthusiasm, engagement and good nature of all our pupils.