Stoke College is to launch a scholarship scheme that will offer 20 talented young people from across the UK the chance to get a first-class Sixth Form education. Those selected will be offered a free place to study A levels, with fees fully covered to attend either as a boarding or day student. Support will also be offered to cover transport and uniforms – additional costs which are not always covered in scholarship programmes – with the aim of including students from the most challenging economic backgrounds. The students will also be offered mentoring and support throughout their two-year journey.
Students will be selected via an assessment process that will take place between 11th January and 5th February and will take up their places in Autumn 2021. Committed to reaching students from as broad a range of backgrounds as possible from anywhere in the UK, Stoke College is working with experts in diversity and inclusion to ensure that students less likely to be able access independent education are encouraged to apply. The scheme has been made possible through the generosity of Mark Wang, a businessman, lawyer and disability rights campaigner from China who bought the school last year and has since invested in staffing, facilities and technology.
Stoke College Sixth Form offers a broad programme of A Levels as well as a new Stoke College Diploma, designed to equip students for the global workplace they will enter – including the opportunity to travel to China for an educational visit. The Stoke College Diploma includes an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), awarded for a project chosen by each student by exam body AQA; an IT Qualification, the European Computer Driving License (ECDL Level III), alongside a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award; LAMDA, music and dance awards; sports coaching qualifications; bespoke careers mentoring and introductory courses to Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. In the most recent year of Sixth Form graduates, there was a 100% pass rate for A Levels with 83% of students gaining A-C grades.
Speaking about the Sixth Form package, Principal Dr Lloyd said, “Our brand new package offers young people a really exciting opportunity to develop their understanding of global issues, cultures, economies and even languages, all the while leading to the UK’s best universities and career paths. High level competencies and communication skills are key factors in achieving lifelong success.” Mr Wang commented “I am so proud of the opportunities that my team at Stoke College are creating to help the young people of the UK create a better world.”