Hot Chocolate Friday: 20 September 2019

This week it was the turn of Y8 for Hot chocolate Friday. One person from each form was nominated for the following reasons:

  • Holly – Has amassed over 11 ambition points in the first week! More than anyone else in the form by a margin.
  • Mia – Helped a new student to form and is always cheerful, polite, ready, and respectful. She will do anything she’s asked with a smile. She is reliable and trustworthy, tries hard in lessons – basically, an all-round good egg!
  • Emma – Has had excellent performance with Ambition Points so far this term: Emma is the form leader with 11 points so far. She is polite and respectful, and always tries her best.
  • Freya – Freya experienced a difficult time last year, but after the summer she has returned with a fantastic attitude. She has settled into her new tutor group very well, she is always ready to learn and is a friendly student to have in the tutor group.
  • Rose – Has had the best start to year 8 in the tutor group – 15 ambition points! Well done so far.
  • Kate – Is incredibly polite and is always willing to help out in form. She is very mild mannered and always does the right thing.
  • Isabella – Always polite, always does as asked, and always tries her hardest. She has made multiple contributions in the latest assemblies.
  • Lauren – A lovely student who is always on time, always has her equipment ready and has just made a really good start to the new academic year!

Hot Chocolate Friday: 13th September 2019

First up for Hot Chocolate Friday in the 2019-2010 academic year were our fantastic new Y7s. One person from each form was nominated for the following reasons:

  • Jennifer – for helping others in the form with Chromebooks, settling in well and being independent.
  • Samuel – for helping other students with their Chromebooks set up and log in, and making positive progress from the very first day.
  • Wilfred – for being ‘super polite’ and helpful, especially with other pupils when they were getting their Chromebooks set up. He also received the most ambition points last week in the form.
  • Stephanie – for being bright and cheery all the time!
  • Ted – for making an excellent start to the year with 7 ambition points received in three days! He is very polite and ready to learn.
  • Teddy – who has shown fantastic ambition already. He has 100% attendance and has not allowed any transition challenges to deter him from getting the most out of Stokesley, particularly in French where he listened carefully, enthusiastically volunteered several answers and was even courageous enough to perform in front of his class.
  • Matilda – for settling in really well and in the first writing task, made the effort to use good vocabulary demonstrating strong perseverance and motivation.
  • Rosie – for helping a student in her form who became upset when she realised that she had homework due in and did not understand it. Rosie kindly offered to help her by giving up her lunch time and going to the library with her. Rosie has proven herself to be an excellent role model to her fellow classmates already, promoting the supportive tutor group environment we are striving to achieve.

Stokesley School Celebrates GCSE Success

Stokesley School is proud to be celebrating excellent results in 2019. Progress scores for all students have improved from 2018 with some stand-out individual department and student performances. 25% of all grades were 7-9 (the equivalent of A and above)  and 6.5% were grade 9s which is the new top grade harder to achieve than the old A*. Both of these figures are above last year’s national figures. Science were the top contributing department to the grade 9 tally with 60 students achieving top marks!

As well as pushing the high achievers, the school has been focusing on the progress of both boys and disadvantaged students and are pleased to report that both measures have improved this summer.

In terms of individual student success, the six students who made the most progress – outperforming their targets and their peers of similar ability – are Jenny Petch, Will French, Katie Cooper, Holly Margetts, Daisy Brown and Ellie Brown. The students who secured the highest grades in the year group are Phillipa Myers and Imogen McConnell who proudly received their eight grade 9s, one grade 8 and A* in Further Maths. What a fabulous set of results! They were closely followed by Jenny Petch, Euan Sanderson, Dominic Gordon and Katie Cooper who also got a range of outstanding top grades as well as a their Further Maths at A or A*.

Headteacher Hannah Millett said “Although we are pleased to see some improvement in our data as a whole school, what really matters on days like today is the individual students and their personal success. We are delighted to see so many students achieving beyond their expectations and look forward to welcoming many of them back into our successful sixth form next month. For those who are moving on to pastures new, we wish them every success for the future.”

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Stokesley School Sixth Form Celebrates A-Level Results

It was a pleasure to see our sixth form students collecting their fantastic results in the sixth form centre today. Overall, our school is proud to be celebrating 56.3% of students gaining grades A*-B across all of their subjects which, once again, places us way above the national average. 99.6% of all our students passed their A-Levels with grades A*-E. We also carried on our strong academic tradition with 29% of our students achieving at least AAB in two or more facilitating subjects (those subjects required by the most prestigious universities).

In terms of individual successes, Matthew Calvert was our top achiever with 4 A* grades and will go on to study Mechanical Engineering at Manchester University but Ewan Atkinson and Grace McConnell were not far behind with 3 A*s each and will soon be in Nottingham and Durham studying medicine and English Literature respectively. Four more students achieved 2 A*s and an A; three achieved 2 As and an A*; one achieved 2 A*s and a B; and seven other students, including our Head Boy and Girl Joseph Denny and Olivia Dell-Price, achieved 3 straight As.

We are very proud of all our students’ achievements and wish them well in the next stage of their lives.



Hat-trick of awards for Laura at national dressage event

Laura Curson, a Year 9 student at Stokesley School, has excelled at the National Riding for the Disabled Dressage Championship bringing home a haul of three awards. Riding Hunky Dory, Laura won the graded dressage test and was awarded the Charley Dargie trophy for the highest score in this test. She went on to win the graded freestyle dressage to music, and came 2nd in the dressage pairs with Kathryn Pavitt. As if this wasn’t enough, Laura and her groom were placed third in tack and turnout. However, the icing on the cake was when Laura received a surprise award at the final presentation when she won the Bob Galbreath Trophy for the best combined graded score over the whole weekend.

Laura has Glutaric Aciduira Type One, a rare metabolic condition, which affects her mobility. Her passion for riding is not only her greatest hobby but it also helps to stretch her muscles and improve her core strength.

Laura has developed a very special and unique bond with Hunky Dory, the pony she partnered at the national championships at Hartpury College in Gloucester. Hunky Dory belongs to Claire Robinson, the Manager of Stokesley Riding for the Disabled and Robinson’s Equiteach. Laura rides at the RDA Centre several times each week and her grit and determination to succeed have really paid off.

Robinson’s Equiteach kindly paid for all the Stokesley RDA competitors to enter the national championship and Jane Curson, Laura’s Mum, wanted to help towards the £2,000 entry fee and the additional costs of transporting the horses. Laura was delighted to raise £1,700 from a 10-hour gymathon to which Jane said: “I could not have completed this challenge without the support of family and friends, in particular Helen Wilson, who was my minion for the day!”

Laura commented: “These achievements mean the world to me and I am in my element. I feel I am going from strength to strength with my riding and getting closer to my ultimate dream of becoming a Paralympic champion one day. I would like to thank everyone who made this possible as I could not have done this without them.

Laura isn’t resting on her laurels and is already back in the saddle and looking ahead to next year’s championship. Her long-term goal is to represent Great Britain in the Paralympic Games in the future.

Hannah Millett, Headteacher at Stokesley School, concluded: “We continue to be exceptionally proud of Laura: not just for her incredible sporting achievements, but also for her general warmth and sunny disposition around our school. We are very lucky to have her as one of our students.”

Congratulations to Ben Bergstrand – European mountain running champion

Congratulations to ex-student Ben Bergstrand who represented Great Britain in the European Mountain Running Championships in Zermatt, Switzerland. Ben, along with his three Team mates in the Under 20 category, competed against numerous other U20 athletes representing mantle European countries.  The course was 3.4 miles with 1600ft of climbing. Ben had a fantastic run, finishing 15th. With his team mates, one of whom won, they won the European Under 20 Team title! A fantastic achievement. Just goes to show, always keep striving for your goals! As Ben has just got better with age! He didn’t qualify to represent his county until year 12! Now he has a GB vest!

Sundae Friday: Hot Chocolate Friday 12 July

The final Sundae Friday winners of the 2018-2019 academic year were the following fantastic students: Kate, who is ‘always good and extra helpful’ and has made excellent contributions to the form; Oliver, who is a ‘lovely student’ that has learned resilience and, like Kate, is always helpful; Jamie, who is simply an ‘excellent student’; Tanith, who is very polite and has had an excellent year; Katie, who is ‘quiet and unassuming’ but tries to be the best she can be every day without a fuss – she also gave an excellent performance last night with ‘Crash, Bang, Wallop’; and Benji, who is the ‘House point superstar’! Congratulations to a wonderful group of students who bring to a close another year of us giving our first attention to the very best conduct.

Unsung heroes scoop top honours at County Teaching Awards

Two caretakers at Stokesley School and Sixth Form College have gone to the top of the class after being honoured at a prestigious educational awards ceremony.

Dave Harston and Ollie Williams scooped the award for outstanding non-teaching team in a secondary setting at the North Yorkshire County Council Teaching Awards, hosted at a glittering ceremony at Thirsk Racecourse.

Ollie has been a caretaker at Stokesley School for seven years, working in partnership with Dave who has clocked up almost thirty years of service. They are highly regarded by staff and students, regularly going the extra mile to ensure the school day runs smoothly.

The duo were nominated by Hannah Millett, Headteacher, who said: “When the site manager began a period of long term sick some months ago, Ollie and Dave stepped up to the mark without being asked, covering the site manager’s work as well as their own, cancelling holidays to ensure there was always cover in school. For Dave and Ollie the school comes first and they do this for no acclaim; simply to get the job done. On top of all of this, Ollie became a dad for the second time very recently and has a little baby at home. You cannot fault their dedication which makes them so deserving of this award.”

Dave and Ollie are an integral part of the support network for staff, students and visitors to the school, who recognise their value both during school time and also at after-school events throughout the year. Hannah Millett accepted the award on their behalf as they were unable to attend the ceremony as Dave was working and Ollie was at a football match with his son.

Dave and Ollie were overjoyed to be presented with the award and Ollie commented: “We have never won anything before and we are just really delighted.”

Anyone for tennis?

Congratulations to Jasmine Foster and Roisin Dunkley who have been selected for the U13 Area Tennis. Both represented the Area team competing in a tournament at Ryedale School. A fantastic achievement, well done Jasmine and Roisin.

Sundae Friday: Hot Chocolate Friday 5th July

Today’s Sundae Friday students were: Joanna whose Head of House described her as a ‘good egg’, someone who never gets into trouble, works hard and always wants to do well. She has a mature attitude, is always kind and respectful and has excellent attendance; Will who was simply described as a ‘great ambassador’ for the House; Gracie, who is an excellent student who has a really positive approach to school; Amari who has been an excellent help to Mrs Roberts in the library showing outstanding commitment and support; Kieran who has made an excellent start to his time at Stokesley School and is always polite, hardworking and gives his best; and finally Daisy who has made a big improvement to her attendance. Well done to everyone!