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  • Academy Newsletter issue 2

    Published 04/10/23

    Please click the link below to read the second edition of our Academy Newsletter 2023/24, including the Barcelona residential and Open Evening.

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  • Academy Open Event

    Published 25/09/23

    The Academy Open Event for prospective parents takes place on Thursday, 28th September 2023 from 4.30pm to 7.30pm. As usual the Academy will close early to students to prepare for this event.


    On Thursday 28th September 2023 the Academy will close at 2.10pm and students will be able to leave.


    Should there be any issues about childcare up to 3.10pm, please contact the academy on 01782882300 or and the relevant Year Manager will be in contact with you. If you are a prospective parent you are welcome on the evening of the 28th September 2023. There is limited availability and you need to book via our website or social media platforms.

    There will be two booking slots for prospective parents at 4.45pm, 5.45pm and following the speeches, there will be tours of our Academy led by our students, where we will be showcasing our rich, successful and vibrant Academy. If your son or daughter has volunteered to support the event a separate letter will be sent home.

    Thank you for the continued support that you give to both your son/daughter and the Academy.

    Yours sincerely

    Mr S.Richardson


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  • Year 8 Football Match v Ormiston- Match Report

    Published 22/09/23

    Thursday kicked off the Year 8 football season, but it seemed some of our star players had been lured away on "international duty" in sunny Spain with Mrs. Askey and Mr. Horscroft. Consequently, Mr. Ahmed fielded a team of seven debutants against the formidable Ormiston Horizon, leaving the young lads feeling like they have been thrown straight into the deep end.

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  • A Magical MatinĂ©e with "The Ocean at the End of the Lane"

    Published 15/09/23

    A group of Year 8 students embarked on a journey into the realms of fantasy when they had the wonderful opportunity to witness the enchanting world of "The Ocean at the End of the Lane" at the Regent Theatre in Hanley.

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  • Year 11 visit Coalbrookdale

    Published 15/09/23

    Our Year 11 History GCSE students started the year with a fascinating curriculum visit to the Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron. Nestled in Shropshire, the Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron is an immersive journey into the heart of the Industrial Revolution—a vital part of our history GCSE course.

    Mrs Hodgkins, our Head of History, couldn't be happier with our students' behaviour and enthusiasm: "Our students were amazing. They were respectful to everyone they met, and they really got into exploring the museum and the historic sites around Coalbrookdale. This experience will greatly enrich their understanding of the history we're covering in class."

    A museum representative shared their delight in hosting our students: "So great to welcome students to Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron yesterday! We wish them the best of luck with their GCSE studies."

    Well done to year 11 and thank you Mrs Hodgkins and other staff who accompanied on the visit.

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  • Family Welcome Evening

    Published 15/09/23

    We are thrilled to share the success of our recent Family Welcome Evening, as we came together to strengthen our partnership with parents and carers.

    On Thursday 14th September, we had the pleasure of welcoming hundreds of parents and carers into the Academy. This event provided an opportunity to discuss our educational goals, values, and approach.

    Your active participation and questions demonstrated your commitment to your child's education. Your presence at the Family Welcome Evening is a testament to your dedication to Co-op Academy Stoke.

    We deeply appreciate your support and look forward to continuing our journey together.

    If you have any questions or want to get more involved, please don't hesitate to reach out using the details shared in the Family Welcome Booklet.

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  • Aspiring Engineers Shine at Engineering Experience

    Published 15/09/23

    We are thrilled to share that, over the summer, a group of our Year 9 and 10 students participated in Staffordshire’s Next Engineers: Engineering Experience.

    Over the course of a week, our students worked in close-knit teams with students from across the county, applying their "Engineering Habits of Mind" to tackle real-world engineering projects.

    From the "Save The Water" challenge to constructing a fully functional hydraulic arm and even the formidable "Trebuchet" challenge, our students proved their mettle.

    But the experience didn't end there. Our students also had the opportunity to visit Staffordshire University and explore the General Electric sites in Stafford and Redhill. These visits allowed them to witness first-hand the boundless opportunities the engineering industry offers.

    On Friday afternoon, our aspiring engineers showcased their projects and hard work to an audience of over 150 family members, friends, and esteemed business guests.

    Being selected for GE Foundation's Next Engineers initiative is an honour, and it highlights our students' commitment to learning and developing the skills needed for a future in engineering.

    We are very proud of our students who embraced this opportunity with zeal and determination. We are committed to nurturing the engineers of tomorrow and providing them with the skills, mentorship, and experiences they need to succeed in the engineering field.

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  • CAS Racing Compete at Aintree Racecourse

    Published 15/09/23

    Students from our CAS Racing Elective recently embarked on a memorable journey to Aintree Racecourse, where they had the unique opportunity to put their custom-built car to the test in the Greenpower race. 

    After an early start, our enthusiastic students arrived at Aintree Racecourse to participate in the highly anticipated Greenpower F24 race. This event is a platform for young engineers and budding racers to showcase their talents, and it draws participants from schools across the UK.

    The star of the day was undoubtedly the car meticulously designed and crafted by our students.

    Each week, these students dedicated their time and effort to refining their creation, blending engineering finesse with innovative solutions.

    Our team took to the track with gusto, manoeuvring the challenging Aintree circuit with impressive skill and teamwork. The excitement in the air was palpable as our students demonstrated their prowess lap after lap. Throughout the day, what truly shone through was the collaborative spirit and unwavering enthusiasm of our students. They have done a fantastic job to build the car and learn more about the world of automotive engineering.

    Congratulations to our dedicated students, and a sincere thank you to Mr. Parkes and Mr. Parsons for their invaluable contributions to this remarkable experience. We look forward to sharing more exciting updates from the team in the near future. Stay tuned!

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  • Match Report: Co-op Academy vs. Biddulph

    Published 15/09/23

    Match Report: Co-op Academy vs. Biddulph

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  • Oxford University Summer School

    Published 15/09/23

    A group of our students embarked on a prestigious summer school as part of our association with Universify. During the holidays, they got the chance to spend a week at Oxford University, providing a window into the world of higher education and academic excellence.

    During their Oxford visit, our Year 10 students engaged in a range of activities, including attending university-style classes, living in student rooms in college, exploring the historic city of Oxford and talking to current university students.

    Now in Year 11, these students have embarked on a year-long mentoring program designed to support their academic growth and university aspirations.

    We are incredibly proud of the dedication and ambition demonstrated by our Year 10 students during their participation in the Universify programme and look forward to supporting them throughout Year 11 and beyond.

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  • Co-op Academy Stoke Students Embark on a Thrilling Sailing Adventure in the Isle of Wight

    Published 15/09/23

    The summer holidays took an exciting turn for a select group of students from the Academy as they set off for the Isle of Wight to participate in the UKSA Sea Change sailing programme. Upon arrival, students wasted no time in getting acquainted with the world of sailing. They learned essential skills such as knot tying, navigation, and safety protocols. Under the guidance of experienced instructors, they quickly became adept sailors.

    The UKSA Sea Change programme provided students with opportunities to challenge themselves and build self-confidence. Facing the open sea and taking responsibility for their vessel boosted their independence and self-esteem, all whilst working in teams with students from across the country.

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  • Super Summer School

    Published 15/09/23

    We were thrilled by the enthusiasm of our new cohort during our recent summer school programme, designed to warmly welcome some of the incoming Year 7 students. The event served as a fantastic introduction to our academy and ignited the enthusiasm of our new students.

    Drama took centre stage as students delved into the world of theatre with Mickey's Theatre School, in addition to scaling our climbing wall, learning some new instruments and valuable life skills.

    Music enthusiasts discovered their musical talents while others embraced cooking.

    Our summer school commenced with creative workshops led by Middleport Matters. Students engaged in diverse art projects, exploring their artistic talents and setting a creative tone for the summer. These experiences were not only enjoyable but equipped our students with valuable life skills. Students participated in various sports activities, promoting fitness, teamwork, and sportsmanship. They also had a memorable visit from a travelling zoo.

    Thank you to our dedicated staff, especially Ms Garrity, Ms Aitken and Mr Rowley, and community partners who made this summer school a memorable experience for our Year 7 students.

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