Bright Sparks is an after school session aimed at year 6 pupils that runs on a Wednesday from the last week of September through to the first week of July. The sessions from September are open to all year 6 pupils at our feeder schools, letters are sent out to local primary schools at the start of the Autumn Term.
The purpose of each session is to help students to familiarise themselves with the school layout, subjects and staff and to support the transition process for those students who eventually select Stoke Park as their secondary school. From the start of the Summer Term, Bright Sparks is attended only by those who have been given a place on roll for September. Students continue to enjoy a range of lessons whilst getting to know each other and making new friends.
We have run the Duke of Edinburgh scheme at Stoke Park for a number of years now, allowing students to challenge themselves in a meaningful way that shows a level of perseverance for them to achieve this highly rated award. We are now looking to extend this award and to get more students involved with the scheme.
Stoke Park School and Community Technology College aims to promote high attainment for clearly identified more able learners through excellent teaching and a relevant curriculum that gives each individual the opportunity to realise their full potential.
We want to encourage a desire for life long learning and extend and support the learning experiences of our more able students.
We aim to provide: classroom climates that promote celebrated excellence; planned opportunities for demonstrating and developing high levels of aptitude both within lessons and from enrichment activities; clearly differentiated activities and scope for intellectual initiative.
Students are identified using the information from primary schools and in class assessment and their progress is monitored throughout their time at Stoke Park. We offer a range of extra-curricular activities, this year they have included theatre and museum visits, coaching opportunities and their involvement in a national Stand Up to Hatred campaign. We aim for the higher attaining students to become the leaders of the future and give them the opportunities to develop the necessary skills both in and out of school.
Strategies for Challenge
Strategies that teachers use to stretch our higher attaining students in lessons:
As part of our commitment to ensuring that students have the courses that are most suited to their needs, we recognize that we cannot cater for every student. We have access to a wide number of courses aimed at a wide cross section of students that we target with students who we believe will benefit from this additional resource. Students study a variety of courses from Engineering, motor vehicles right through to construction courses. We aim to allow all students to achieve their full potential.
Click here to download a list of our recent STEM activities.
The school choir is for students from all year groups.
We perform a range of material and regularly perform in school concerts as well as at Walsgrave Hospital and Myton Hospice. We also perform in larger-scale events outside of school; we have taken part in a Coventry Schools' workshop at Tile Hill as well as a charity event at the Royal Albert Hall.
There is no audition required , but you have to commit to regular practices and performances and get along with everyone else. We rehearse on Tuesday and Thursday lunchtimes and Wednesdays after school until 4.30.
Through out the year we offer a varied and broad enrichment programme. This complements the activities being taught within the curriculum. Students can choose from a range of sporting opportunities including Netball, Football, Rugby Union and Rugby League, Dodgeball, Basketball, Gymnastics, Trampolining, Multi-gym, Badminton, Table Tennis, Cricket, Rounders, and Tennis. These are offered during our lunch break and after school. They are open to all and the emphasis is on fun and participation initially.
For students who wish to push themselves and compete at a higher level, we enter a variety of local and National Competitions including Regional Trampoline competitions, Football Coventry Cup, Basketball Coventry Shield and Cup competitions. We enter School Games competitions in Table Tennis, Trampolining, Badminton. We are a part of the RFU local Rugby festivals and enter all year groups into the city Netball leagues.
We have strong school - club links with Pinley Rugby club and Infinity Trampolining club.
For further information please see posters in form rooms or contact a member of the PE department.