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    Treading the boards - Ben Woods

    Past pupil Ben Woods' latest moment in the spotlight is in 'Thrill Me' the Leopold and Loeb story. He is currently touring with the show and will even appear nearby at The Rep on Friday the 22nd and Sat 23rd May. Ben has been going from strength to strength and has been gaining more and more substantial roles in a variety of plays, films and television productions. To view the programme for his latest show follow the link below.

    Thrill Me Programme | PDF

    Back to School Teaching Placement By pupil Rebecca Pinfold

    Since completing my A Levels in June 2014 at Stratford upon Avon School I have started a three year Primary Education degree at the University of Winchester. Becoming a primary school teacher has always been an aspiration of mine, and one which Stratford School supported me with; helping to set up work experience and offering advice in the profession. The University of Winchester is situated in the heart of the city, and is small yet full of activity, allowing me to build a strong circle of friends, a crucial part of starting university. The course itself balances the theory of education with practical sessions based on curriculum subjects and a large proportion of school placements where we are able to experience first-hand a working primary school. This combination aims to make us well rounded, enthusiastic teachers with a good understanding of not only how the education system has evolved, but also where it is heading. 

    As part of this, we are encouraged to complete a self-directed placement in a secondary school in order to see the continuation for pupils and notice any differences between the two institutions. The school welcomed me back and were extremely helpful, showing an interest into my degree course and offering advice and additional documents which may be helpful to have in my portfolio. I had several discussions with the teachers that I worked with about my observations and was able to gain an insight into their understanding which further developed my own.Thank you again for my week back at school, it was exactly what I needed for my course and it was great to see everyone again.                                                                    

    Matthew Bonsell and his Battalion Charity Bike Ride

    Past pupil Matthew Bonsell is now an LCPL serving in the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards - in Matthew's Words

    "I had the privilege of going to Stratford high school from 2004 - 2009 and i fully believe it was the base line for my future and career! The teachers encouraged and supported me a lot throughout the years which prepped me for the bigger world. I left Stratford high 2009 and I joined the Army in 2010".

    Matthew's battalion has put together a charity bike ride from London to Bennecourt France which is taking place on the 17th of September to help raise money for the Army Benevolent Fund. They will be taking 150 cyclists from Wellington Barracks to Bennecourt, which is twinned with the town of Coldstream and situated just to the west of Paris. We will set off from Wellington Barracks on 17th September 2014 with the serving element of the Regiment from the recently returned 1st Battalion, a veteran contingent and Regimental friends and family, arriving in Bennecourt on Saturday 20th September 2014.

    There will be a WW1 commemoration in Bennecourt with the citizens of the town and French authorities.

    Each cyclist will be expected to raise a minimum of £1,600 (plus £400 Gift Aid, thus achieving £2,000). To help Matthew and his team members raise their funding please go to:


    Past Pupil Anna Schmidt-Hansen -Dig Deep High Atlas Mountain Expedition 2014

    A past pupil of our school, Anna Schmidt Hansen, who is currently studying at the University of Westminster is supporting the charity 'Dig Deep' by participating in an expedition to the Atlas Mountains.

    Dig Deep is a small charity run almost entirely by volunteers, that provides clean water and renewable energy supplies for communities in Kenya. Since its formation in 2007 it has created clean water supplies for over 25,000 people and renewable energy supplies for the schools and orphanages of five communities.

    To raise money for this worthy charity Anna will be climbing 1,600 miles into the Atlas mountains across three different countries and hopes to raise £1,200 pounds or more.

    If you would like to help Anna in this enormous challenge please go to her fundraising page for more details.

    MyDonate: Anna Schmidt Hansen

    Lynn Helliker

    We are very sad to have to inform you of Lynn Hellikers recent passing. For details of her memorial service that was held in school please follow the link below.

    Lynn Helliker

    Past Head Boy, Ed Williams, Fundraising for Breast Cancer

    Many of you will remember our Head boy from last year, Ed Williams. We are proud to be able to support Ed's fundraising campaign on behalf of the Breast Cancer Campaign.

    The cause has always been close to Ed's heart due to close family members of his suffering from the condition. When Ed heard about Lynn Helliker's passing he decided to raise funds for the campaign by cycling from London to Paris. If you would like to support his efforts please go to his just giving page via the link below.

    Good luck Ed!!

    Virgin Money Giving: Ed Williams

    Basketball’s Brandon Hitchman checks in from Windwind Prep, Arizona (extract from Loughborough Sport Article)

    Brandon Hitchman graduated from the Loughborough Basketball Programme and Charnwood College in July and has since headed overseas to continue his basketball at Westwind Prep in Phoenix, Arizona.

    Brandon was a student at Charnwood College as well as a boarder at the Leicester Riders’ Field House and was part of the Loughborough Student Riders EBL Division Four team for the majority of the National League season. Brandon also made appearances in the EBL Division Two and BBL roster whilst competing for Charnwood College in National Colleges competitions throughout the 2012/2013 season.

    How are you finding your time so far at Westwind:

    Everything at Westwind is great, it’s a small prep school but the educational side of the school is really good.

    How is the style of of basketball compared to the UK?

    The basketball is a lot quicker and more athletic, but Coach Jai Steadman has coached overseas and in the NBA D-League so he likes to put in a lot of European sets which fits my game a lot better.

    How did your time at Loughborough Basketball, Charnwood College and Field House help prepare you for the transition overseas?

    Being at Field House helped me a lot , living on your own and in a new country is really hard but living away from home in Field House helped me be more independent and mange my school work well.

    How are things off the court?

    Outside of basketball in the US everything is great, the weather in Phoenix is crazy! It has only rained once since I’ve been here and even that was only for five minutes. It’s sunny every day, it’s perfect! As a team we’ve been to some American football games in Phoenix as well as watching a lot of Phoenix Suns NBA games downtown in the city.

    What, if anything, are you missing most from the UK?

    The main thing I’m missing from the UK is my family and friends. Other then that, the Sunday roast and of course my Mum’s cooking.

    And what are you enjoying most about the experience so far?

    The thing I most enjoy out here is just getting up everyday and knowing there’s a court I can go and play on any hour of the day! We had great access at Loughborough but here we have a free court 24/7. We have our own gym as well as a LA Fitness across the street so we can shoot, lift, and play pick-up games whenever we like. Also the Mexican food out here is crazy good!!

    (Published 7th February 2014)

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