Hot Chocolate Friday 22 March 2019

Today’s students recognised for being the best they can be were: Emmy, who has excellent behaviour around school and in form – she is always polite and very committed to her studies; Maisy who is described as a ‘wonderful student’ who is ‘extremely supportive’; Neve, who sets a great example to others and is a ‘top student’; Amelia who has improved her attendance ‘massively’; Rory who is making positive changes and will be the student ambassador of our new Zen Garden; and Libby who is part of a duo who did a sponsored silence for charity!

Stokesley students set to tackle Yorkshire Plate rugby final

Ten Stokesely School students are limbering up for the final of the Yorkshire Plate rugby final when they will make up over half of the U15 Guisborough RUFC squad.

The students train and play for Guisborough, under the watchful eyes of coaches, brothers Dean and Blake Sewell, and Mark Ferguson. There are very close ties with Stokesley School as Dean, head coach, and Blake, assistant coach, are both ex-students and are delighted that the passion and commitment for rugby continues to be strong within the School.

Blake Sewell, assistant coach, comments: “Throughout this season all of the boys have shown great dedication to training sessions and match-day fixtures, along with positive attitudes towards their team mates and coaches. They have all grown in stature since joining, proving time and time again how their commitment to training has helped them to improve their technical ability, leading to securing a place in the prestigious county Yorkshire Plate final.”

The students will face Morley RUFC at the final, at Scarborough RFC, on Sunday 7th April, after beating Selby in the semi-final 17:12.

Darren Beattie, head of PE at Stokesley School, adds: “Achieving such an impressive representation in the Guisborough RUFC team is testament to the drive, determination and unfaltering skill of our students. To account for over 50% of the total team from the area is a great achievement and I am extremely proud of the students ongoing commitment and success, which is also equally strong in their approach and delivery of sport at School.”

Mackenzie Proll has captained the team this season after demonstrating great leadership skills, not only throughout the current season, but in previous years also. Mackenzie says: “It’s a great honour to lead the team to the final of the Yorkshire Plate. It’s a reflection of how much effort every player in the squad has put in all season and the effort of the coaches which has resulted in us reaching the final. We are really looking forward to the match.”

Mackenzie is supported by Roshan Parker-Mian and Ben Houlgate, who possess a great skill-set leading to selection for the Yorkshire County squad. Jack Parkes has become a key figure in the team, with Ben Thompson, Barney Rider, Fin Darcy and Ben Barker all showing brilliant progression, adapting well to the constant changes in the game both physically and mentally. Michael Gray and Joe French are the most recent squad members and are proving to have great potential, demonstrating very high standards of rugby and showing more is yet to come!

Blake concludes: “The boys from Stokesley School have proven to be core members of the team, continuing to improve their ever-growing talent. From both myself and Dean, it has been a pleasure coaching them and watching them develop into outstanding players and well mannered, pleasant young men.”

Pictured left to right: Back row – Barney Rider, Roshan Parker-Mian, Mackenzie Proll (Captain), Jack Parkes, Finley Darcy. Front row: Joe French, Ben Houlgate, Ben Barker. (Unfortunately Michael Gray is missing from the shot)












Finley sprints to success!

Finley Maynard, age 11, sprinted to success at a recent competition at Gateshead College. The Rowan House student, who was representing Middlesbrough (Mandale) Atheletics Club, competed against 14 other runners in the under 13 race.

Finley said of his victory: “I went to Gateshead College for the 60m sprint race. There were two races which I competed in. I won my heat with a time of 8:71 seconds. When I won the heat it felt amazing! I then went on to compete in the final race and won by 8milliseconds with a time of 8:56. This just goes to show how close athletics can be. When I won the final it felt ten times better than winning my heat because the top 3 from the final went onto their podium to collect their medal!”

Exceptional support from employers and training providers at Stokesley School’s Appenticeship Information Evening

Exceptional support from local businesses and training providers guaranteed Stokesley School’s apprenticeship information evening was a resounding success. From aviation to conservation, beautician to technician, building to filming, there was a fabulous line-up of career avenues represented by employers and colleges at the school’s bi-annual event.

The evening was open to all students, attracting many Year 10 and 11 students considering their options for further study and the world of work after their GCSEs and keen to find out about the many opportunities available to them through apprenticeship schemes. Twenty-three employers and colleges attended including Hambleton Community Action, who offer the popular ‘Wheels to Work’ scheme, loaning mopeds to help students living in rural areas travel to work.

Comments Janine Harrison-Henry, Careers Leader at Stokesley School: “I am delighted with the incredible backing the event received, appealing to companies and training providers across a range of industries, giving our students a taste of the many job roles and fields available to them. There was a real buzz throughout the evening and I would like to thank students and parents for attending and, in particular, all the supporters who gave up their valuable time to ensure the event was such a success.”

Bill Ashton-Wickett, Northern Team Apprentice Supervisor at the North Yorkshire Moors National Park was delighted to attend, accompanied by apprentices Jack Banfield and Tom Houlgate, both ex-students at Stokesley School, who are working towards their Countryside Worker qualification. Bill said: “We are looking to train the next generation of countryside workers, in particular youngsters who live in the area so they don’t move away. Our apprentices get a good start to their working life gaining qualifications in first aid, chainsaw, pesticide and strimmer training, all great transferable skills for a career in countryside management or grounds maintenance.” Apprentice Jack went on to say: “As an apprentice I get a lot of great opportunities, hands-on experience and qualifications.”

The evening showcased an introduction from Jo Thompson of Tees Valley Learning Providers Network, who presented an overview of apprenticeships of all levels. This was followed by Sean Devereux, Senior Project Leader at Labman Automation, who gave a presentation on apprentice opportunities and career prospects at Labman. Guests were then invited to visit the marketplace of employers and training providers, which included a number of apprentices who were able to talk first-hand about life as an apprentice. A carousel of workshops delivered presentations included: higher and degree level apprenticeships, the application process, Globalbridge digital CV profiling and LMI – what it is and how to use it.

Paul McGarrell, Student Recruitment at Askham Bryan College, commented: “We have always had a good relationship with Stokesley School and are more than happy to attend to promote our apprenticeship programme.”

Sally Porter, Quality and Compliance Mananger at Cyrrus, a leading international consultancy providing a range of specialist aviation support services, concluded: “We were delighted to have the opportunity to talk to students first hand about the opportunities that we offer at Cyrrus. We are keen to encourage talented students with strong results in mathematics and science-based studies to apply for an apprenticeship in Instrument Flight Procedures design and are looking forward to receiving applications from Stokesley School.”


Fast and furious Quicksticks hockey tournament

The Lead On team, five students from Years 8 and 9, welcomed four primary schools (Hutton Rudby, Ingleby Greehow, Osmotherley & Stokesley) to the SSSC Years 3 and 4 Quicksticks Hockey tournament, hosted at Stokesley School.

Quicksticks is version of hockey aimed at primary schools students played with a bigger, lighter ball so the action was very fast and furious from the outset.  You would never have known that for many of the 24 competitors this was their very first taste of playing in a ‘real’ competition. They worked hard all afternoon, passing, moving, tackling, intercepting and, of course, scoring goals.  The competition was very close, just like the recent netball tournament, it came down to goal difference with Stokesley’s superior firepower just edging out a very determined Ingleby Greenhow for the top spot!  Thank you, as ever, to the support of our five umpires

Lindsey Asher, Stokesley School Sports Coordinator, commented: “As the afternoon went on it was great to see the teams really gelling together and improving their teamwork, leading to some great passing and the creation of lots of scoring opportunities.  An amazing 46 goals were scored across the competition!”

For anyone in Years 3, 4, 5 or 6 interested in playing some more hockey there are free training sessions run by Stokesley Hockey Club on Thursday evenings. Please contact Dave Tucker 07443 436664 for more details or visit

Hot Chocolate Friday 15 March 2019

In the midst of raising money for charity as part of ‘Comic Relief’ and ‘Red Nose Day’, four fantastic students joined me for hot chocolate Friday. Elliot was nominated for being a wonderful asset to his form and the school; Katie is simply an ‘excellent student’; Imogen is a quiet student who contributes a great deal by working hard, being positive and being generally a ‘lovely young person’; Nerissah is our star improver – both in her attendance and her whole approach.

We’d like to thank them all for being the best they can be!

Forty-four students sample home life in Paris

It’s 5am and Stokesley School car park is strangely alive with excited students triple-checking their essentials.  Phone? Check. Passport? Check. Sheep-shaped travel pillow? Check. It can only mean one thing; the annual Paris home stay trip has arrived!

Forty-four year 9 and 10 students, and four teachers, made the journey by coach to be welcomed by the iconic Palace of Versailles glowing gold in the evening sun. Host families greeted the students who set a fabulous example by introducing themselves in French and presenting thoughtful gifts. The next morning saw Stokesley on tour around the Eiffel Tour, Champs du Mars and the Champs Élysées, where students once again put their French into action, much to the delight of the city’s macaron sellers. Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studios were next. Students enjoyed princesses, pirates and fearsome rides (the teachers stuck to ‘It’s a small world’) before heading back to meals en famille in Versailles.

The final day included a tour of some of the world’s best impressionist art at the Musée d’Orsay and scaling Montmartre to the Sacré Cœur to savour the unseasonably beautiful weather and stunning views across Paris. Finally, it was back to our host families for pizza parties, home-made baguettes and group photos (including the pets of course)! Back at Stokesley, tired but happy, the students returned with new stories, glowing reports from host families of politeness, kindness and willingness to try new things, and invitations to keep in touch. They can be immensely proud of what they have achieved.

Fantastic five-a-side footballers score £67 for Cancer Research

A fantastic five-a-side football tournament took place after school on 5th March for any Year 7 students who wanted to represent their house. Around 32 students participated, and what an event it was!

Ahead of the tournament, the students decided they would like to donate all proceeds to Cancer Research UK and, by paying £2 each to enter and some extra donations, they raised £67.45, which helped to make this event a resounding success. The games were keenly contested, in a group stage format, before the semi-finals and the final. The winners were Alder, who defeated Rowan 4-1 in the final, with the score line not reflecting a hard-fought and keenly contested match.


Year 8 Girls are Area Hockey Champions!

The Year 8 Girls Hockey team travelled to Cundall Manor to compete in the Hambleton & Richmondshire Area Hockey Tournament.

In their first match, against Cundall Manor, they used their pace and positioning to outwit their opponents, with sisters Emma and Zoe scoring the first two early goals.  Cundall Manor pulled one goal back, but Emma sealed the win with a first- time shot from the top of the D.

Next up, was a much tougher task against a more experienced team from Thirsk and the match swung from end to end. Neither team could take advantage of their possession but some great defending from the player of the day, Sarah, saw the match end in a 0-0 draw.

Stokesley were the winners overall on goal difference which is a well-deserved reward for the team as they have been very dedicated all year, working very hard all in both training and matches in preparation for this tournament.



Student leaders excel at primary multi-skills event

An eleven-strong team of Year 8 and 9 Stokesley School students demonstrated exceptional leadership skills when they were instrumental in the smooth running of a primary sports event hosted at their school.   The young leaders and Lindsey Asher, Stokesley School Sports’ Co-ordinator, welcomed Foundation Stage Students from local primary schools to come and have a go at a range of multi-skills – the building blocks of PE.

The four and five year olds ran, jumped, hopped, balanced, skipped, crawled, threw, rolled and, most importantly, smiled their way around the sports hall as the students guided groups through a carousel of nine different activities.

Comments Lindsey Asher, Stokesley School Sports Co-ordinator: “It is always a great pleasure to welcome the youngest of our local primary children to multi-skills events and see how much they get out of the activities. Our young leaders engage so well with the children and it’s wonderful to watch them growing in confidence. They are a real credit to the school and their parents. We look forward to seeing what they can achieve in the future on their journey through PE at school.”

The Foundation Stage students are always a delight when they visit Stokesley School, something staff and students have come to expect from the smallest members of their cluster. They came prepared with their determination, passion, respect and self-belief. It is very rewarding for the young leaders to hand out Fair Play Awards to children demonstrating all of these important school games values. However, without exception, everyone was fantastic on the day and after a few nervous moments at the start they all gave everything their very best, whether it was something new to them or an activity they had done before.

This is just one of a number of events that the school offer to primary schools in the Stokesley area, with a number of other activities, including a netball tournament, hockey festival and Change-4-Life Festival, taking place this term.