Stokesley School awarded ‘Champion School’ status by National Citizen Service

National Citizen Service (NCS) has awarded Bronze ‘Champion School’ status to Stokesley School. The award has been given to those schools which have exceeded expectations in student recruitment year upon year.

About NCS

NCS is a government backed programme established in 2011 to help build a more cohesive, mobile and engaged society. By bringing together young people from different backgrounds for a unique shared experience, NCS helps them to become better individuals, and in turn better citizens.

NCS is open to 16 and 17 year-olds across England and Northern Ireland, regardless of circumstances or additional needs. The two to four week programme, which takes place in school holidays, includes outdoor team-building exercises, a residential for participants to learn ‘life skills’, a community-based social action project and an end of programme celebration event. NCS focuses on three core principles of social cohesion, social engagement and social mobility, all of which have benefits not just to the participants but to communities and society as a whole.

The Facts:

  • Almost 400,000 young people have taken part to date
  • NCS graduates receive a certificate which is Nationally recognised and signed by the Prime Minister
  • NCS counts towards your UCAS application
  • More than seven million hours of community action have been completed
  • For every £1 spent, NCS delivers up to £2.42 of benefits back to society
  • It costs participants just £50 or less to take part in NCS and bursaries are available on a case by case basis. Support is provided for young people with additional needs.

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Hot Chocolate Friday 18 January 2019

Hot chocolate Friday comes around very quickly each week! This time, Tamsin was nominated for being an exceptional role model to her peers, as well as being always polite and positive; Neave was chosen for being an excellent student and doing lots of charity work in and out of school; Shane’s nomination was due to him making a great start at Stokesley School and always smiling; Sam has improved his attendance and was also recognised for his happy smiling face; Leah was chosen because she has been an enormous help during her form tutor’s absence; and, finally, Evie’s nomination was a result of her simply being ‘an absolutely lovely student who is exceptional’.

Hot Chocolate Friday 11 January 2019

Congratulations go to our first hot chocolate nominees of 2018! Chloe was nominated for being an excellent role model to younger students in school; Eshanie was simply described as an ‘excellent student’ by the Head of House’; Freedom was celebrated for making such an excellent start to Stokesley School; Faye was described as ‘a hard-working and well-mannered student’; and Erin has put 100% effort into everything she has done in the last few weeks!

They were such a wonderful group of students to spend 25 minutes with – a credit to their parents/carers and the school. Quote of the afternoon goes to Chloe though: “I’m so sad it’s Friday; I love school!”

Foodbank Appeal

A very big thank you to all students and teachers who gave generously towards the Trussell Trust Foodbank Appeal.  

The donations were gladly accepted by the foodbank volunteers who stated that there will be many local families who will receive the food.  They also said that they had visited a few schools over the last few weeks and we are certainly one of the most generous – well done everyone!


Christmas Paperchain Competition

Students from Rowan house took part in a Christmas Paperchain Competition last week.

All forms were given a set number of sheets at the start of the week with strict instructions that they needed to plan a strategy to finish the quickest within 10 minutes.

The winners were R-GFS who finished well within the time, followed by R-BLA then R-HS. It was the idea of Rowan’s house captains and one which was well received by all!

Fabulously Festive

Our Annual Christmas Jumper day was celebrated today with everyone looking fabulously festive in their jumpers around school. Money was raised for Save the Children. Final total to be announced.

Hot Chocolate Friday 14 December

Huge congratulations to the final hot chocolate nominees of 2018! In fact, Aaliyah, Hannah and Maddie will be the last year elevens of this academic year as, after Christmas, we will not be disrupting this year group’s valuable lesson time. Aaliyah was nominated for being the ‘unofficial’ form rep and always organising tutor activities; Hannah was described as a hardworking student who is an asset to Stokesley School; and Maddie is simply an ‘absolute star’ and an all-round lovely girl who always does her best.

In what was an all-girl event, our other three students were Izzy, Aimee and Grace. Izzy was nominated for being fantastic in her form tutor’s absence and also being extremely helpful; Aimee was nominated for having an excellent start to life at Stokesley School; and, finally, Grace was chosen because she has received an excellent progress report and has been promoting the issues related to palm oil use.

Well done to all of the students; I hope they have a wonderful Christmas break.


Hot Chocolate Friday 07 December 2018

Congratulations to this week’s hot chocolate nominees who were Charlotte, Ruby, Hanley and Adam. They were nominated for: staying after school to help with serving food and always helping with tutor activities; being a model student; working hard across school; and being an excellent help in tutor time. It was a pleasure talking to them about their school.

Christmas Jumper Day

On Friday 14th December we will be holding our 6th Annual Christmas Jumper Day in aid of Save the Children.

Students are invited to wear a Christmas themed jumper with their normal school uniform, donating £1 to Save the Children (blazer/ shirt/ tie optional for the day).

The jumper can of course be a purchased one, or last year a number of students decorated their school jumpers, with tinsel, baubles and some even had fairy lights!

Health Care Professionals Networking Evening

Thursday 20th December 2018  @ 6.30-8.30 pm
Sixth Form Conference Suite

Considering a career in the Health and Care Sector ?

Come along with a parent/guardian and meet some Health Care Professionals

Get answers to your questions, find out what it’s really like to work in this sector and information on how to train.

Places are limited, to book yours –  email:

Optician, Radiographer, General Practitioner, Consultant Psychiatrist,
Sports & Exercise Therapist, Educational Psychologist and more…