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We encourage students to keep in touch with us after they have moved on to pastures new. It is a delight to catch up with them to find out what wonderful things they have been doing since they left.

We are thrilled to have an ever-increasing number of past students joining our Alumni. They have fond memories of their days at Stokesley and like to keep in touch. Many kindly offer to come in to talk to our students about their lives and careers, or even share their expertise by occasionally getting involved in the classroom too. Students find listening to former Stokesley students sharing their experiences very inspirational, and these visits have had a very positive effect on the motivation of students across the whole school.

If you were a student at Stokesley School and would like to join our Alumni, please send us an email  - we would love to hear from you.

Charlie Tanfield

Congratulations to former student Charlie Tanfield on becoming World Champion!

Great Britain Cycling Team won a brilliant men’s team pursuit gold as the women’s squad took silver on day two of the 2018 UCI Track Cycling World Championships.

Introducing the shortlisted candidates of the STEM Awards 2017

Well done and good luck to former student, Maisie Snowdon, one of the shortlisted students of The Telegraph STEM Awards 2017.

Today’s students are tomorrow’s innovators – and the shortlisted candidates of the Telegraph STEM Awards 2017 suggest that the future is looking very bright indeed.

Now in its fourth year, the competition, held in association with Babcock International Group, encourages the most talented and ambitious UK science, technology, engineering and mathematics undergraduates to push themselves beyond their degree syllabuses. Entrants have the chance to win a £25,000 cash prize, plus a bespoke mentoring programme.

This year, students were asked to choose one of six sector-specific challenges set by the Awards’ sponsors: GSK (Healthcare), Atkins (Design), McLaren (Innovation), BAE Systems (Defence Technology), Rolls-Royce (Power Systems) and Semta (Energy). They then had to submit a proposal outlining how they would address it.

The sponsors were faced with the tricky task of whittling down the submissions to a shortlist of standout ideas. We’re delighted to announce the shortlisted candidates going through to the final of the 2017 Telegraph STEM Awards:

East Cleveland Klondike Grand Prix

Well done to Stokesley School Old Boys Harry Tanfield and his brother Charlie for an excellent result in the East Cleveland Klondike Grand Prix.

Harry Tanfield has thanked the home crowd for delivering him to the line in the East Cleveland Klondike Grand Prix.

Huge crowds lined the route of the inaugural event, organised by Velo29, which doubled as the opening race of British Cycling’s HSBC UK Spring Cup series.

Great Ayton’s Tanfield and his brother, Charlie, who rides for Brother NRG Driverplan, were cheered around every corner and up every climb of the testing 92.5-mile parcours.

And for the BIKE Channel Canyon talent, that support was crucial as he sprinted to third place behind winner Chris Latham, of Team Wiggins. The 23-year-old said:

“The crowds were huge. They were everywhere. Me and Charlie were getting shouted at all race, him in the break and me a couple of minutes later at the front of the peloton. “The support was massive. Without it, I would probably have given up at some point on that last lap but to have people egging me on was huge. “At Saltburn, on the last of the big laps, I almost got dropped on the climb. I had been riding on the front and then nearly got spat straight out the back when the attacks started. “I must have been 50th wheel out of Saltburn. Fortunately, it all came back together over the top of the climb. “I chased down the descent, moved up as much as I could before hitting the next climb and nearly got dropped on that, too! “I was really close to losing touch completely a few times. I thought it was game over when I couldn’t see the front at one point but those crowds kept me going. “I haven’t known a Prem like it. It was more like the Tour de Yorkshire. Other than the moors, there was big support all the way round the course, every village was rammed. “There were bandstands kicking around, people were having barbecues, I could smell them all day! It was just a really great atmosphere. “Charlie won the KOM award in the end, so it was a great day all round. I’m not sure whether the route will be the same next year but I can’t wait to ride it again.”

 Tanfield’s team-mates Sam Lowe and Chris Opie finished sixth and 11th respectively as BIKE Channel Canyon were crowned top team and took an early lead in the Spring Cup rankings.

It could have been even better, though, had Opie not been hampered by a big crash just inside the 1km to go marker. Tanfield added:

“For the final five or six km, there were a lot of us there. We were right at the front. Dexter (Gardias) pulled a massive turn, Rob (Partridge) did as well. “They pulled really hard with me, Sam and Chris in the wheels. I had recovered by then and was feeling really good. “Then there was a big crash with about 800m to go. I was at the front on the right-hand side of the road and Chris and Sam were on the left. “Sam dodged it, I think, but Chris got held up. I looked around and couldn’t see anyone. At that point I was on Latham’s wheel, so I figured here’s your race winner! “I didn’t think I could go far wrong by chasing him. I came into the last corner about sixth but just ran out of gas and the ex-Movistar rider (Enrique Sanz) got me on the line. “Who knows what result we might have got? I can tell you, though, if Chris had gone into that final corner in the position I was in, there would have been a photo finish!”

The Spring Cup continues with the Lincolnshire-based Tour of the Wolds, another new race on the calendar, next Sunday (12.30pm).

Alumnus Sean Devereux talks design, robots and lots of Lego!

I’ve been an employee of Labman Automation, a bespoke robotics manufacturer based in Seamer, just outside of Stokesley for three years. My journey towards this career in engineering all began at Stokesley School and Sixth Form.

Labman make a diverse range of weird and wonderful machines for large companies all over the world. Companies typically come across our robots on YouTube or our website, before coming to us to see if we can automate their laboratory process. These companies often have laboratory technicians doing very tedious and boring jobs, like moving liquids from one vial to another, or rubbing shampoo samples into hair! Our robots free up lab technicians so their time and expertise can be better utilised doing things like analysing data or conducting research – things that could lead to revolutionary drug advancements, or better shampoo.

I am currently a Senior Project Leader at Labman. My job involves identifying requirements for the robotic systems with customers, designing the robots in CAD, and leading the project team during the build of the robot. As well as this, I also look after Labman’s environmental impact, organise social events and get the pork pies on ‘FridayPie-day’!

Apart from all the time I spent playing with Lego as a kid, my real interest in design and engineering kicked off during college, where I did A-levels in Product Design, Maths and Physics. Maths and Physics were necessary to give me grounding in the fundamentals of engineering, but my love for what I do came from Product Design. I found the pr ocess of designing, making and delivering a finished product extremely rewarding. Presenting all the work in a clear and understandable format for the coursework seemed to come naturally to me too. The experience from those classes and the knowledge passed down by Mr Stevens and Mr Simpson definitely helped guide me to where I am now.

After Stokesley I went on to study a Masters in Product Design Engineering at Loughborough. University provided me with a greater technical understanding in areas of design and engineering, but the priceless experience I gained there was in teamwork and self-management. Juggling countless team projects, late-nights working and socialising, whilst keeping my self-fed and on time for lectures has shaped me into the person I am today! I first worked for Labman doing a Year-in-Industry between my 3rd and 4th years at Uni.

Labman has been perfect for me. The work is interesting, you are given lots of responsibility, it is local, family-owned, and all the people I work with in the open-plan office are friendly and like-minded.

If you love your STEM subjects, building things, fixing things, or just love playing with Lego, then don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Harry and Charlie Tanfield

Fantastic news from ex-Stokesley School students Harry and Charlie Tanfield.

Amateur british rider Charlie Tanfield won gold in the individual 4km pursuit on the second day of the Track Cycling World Cup in Minsk.

On Saturday the 21-year-old, originally from Great Ayton, who is not part of the British Cycling set-up, clocked 4 minutes 12.253 seconds to become the second fastest Briton ever. Only 1992 Olympic champion Chris Boardman has posted a better time.

In Sunday’s team pursuit event Charlie and his brother Harry, 23 rode as part of the Team KGF quartet team and won the team pursuit gold. They defeated Switzerland in round one, having posted the fastest time in qualifying.

Students inspired by innovation at Labman

A group of students, from Stokesley School and Sixth Form College, enjoyed a taste of working life when Labman opened their doors for a tour around their state-of-the art facilities.

Labman employs 100 staff at their HQ in Seamer Hill, and are experts in the design and manufacture of bespoke robotic automation systems for the laboratory, industrial and medical industries. Sean Devereux, Project Manager, himself an alumni of Stokesley School, kindly invited the students to visit to experience, first-hand, the realities of working in an engineering and design business.

The fourteen students, aged 11 to 16, all have an avid interest in engineering and STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), so were in their element seeing all the innovation and hi-tech robotic design that surrounded them at the Labman site.

Sean and his colleague Matt Smith, an apprentice in software development, presented the company with a personalised and interactive approach, demonstrating how the highly-specialised and technical robotics work with precision and accuracy across a diverse range of applications. The students were in awe of the level of detail that goes into the product development process and the many steps involved between initial concept and prototype, through to final manufacture and installation.

As well as being fascinated by the company’s engineering expertise, the students enthused about the working conditions at Labman. Matt and Sean explained the various routes for employment, from apprenticeships to university entrants, and the students couldn’t fail to notice the squash court, climbing wall, table-tennis and kicker-football tables, as well as a piano and the occasional fireman’s pole dotted among the workstations and development areas of the open-plan workspace. It was the mix of exciting and interesting projects coupled with a great working environment that impressed the students. A Year 10 student said: “ I’d love to work at Labman”, a sentiment echoed by several other students on the visit who could see that as well as being interesting and challenging, working in engineering could be great fun.

Janine Harrison-Henry, Careers Leader at Stokesley School, commented: “This was a fantastic opportunity for our students, visiting a company that not only leads in innovation in their field but demonstrates fabulous employee engagement and corporate social responsibility. Labman are great supporters of Stokesley School, offering work experience and regularly contributing to our careers’ events. We look forward to more of our students starting a career with Labman.”

The students were inspired by Andrew Whitwell, Labman’s Managing Director, who spent time explaining the key attributes, such as good communication skills, that will help them succeed in their working lives. He captivated the students with an entertaining presentation. His passion for engineering and the wellbeing of his staff was infectious, leaving a lasting impression on many of the students, who agreed that Labman was the type of company they would like to work for.

Sean concluded: “It was a pleasure to host the visit for Stokesley School and we hope the students left knowing that a career in specialist engineering and technology is on their doorstep. We hope we’ll see some of them returning to Labman for work experience in the future.”

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