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29/04/16 - Strode College Summer Workshops for Adults 11-22 July
Strode College Summer Workshops for Adults 11-22 July

If you have some free time between Monday 11 July and Friday 22 July and would like to spend time doing something interesting, fun, creative or relaxing, then have a look at Strode College’s Summer Workshop courses for adults. The specially created programme of short courses includes many activities not normally available at the college, taught by talented local teachers and practitioners. 

There are over 60 different courses on offer over the two weeks - and places are selling fast. Workshops include: acrylic etching, bread-making, creative writing, jewellery-making, quilting, social media, Thai cookery and many more.

To find out more or to book a place via the Strode Theatre website, visit: www.strodetheatre.org.uk or call 01458 844448.

This is the sixth year that Strode College has run its Summer Workshops, which were introduced to extend the number and range of courses offered to adult learners and are taught in Strode’s modern specialist classrooms and studios, and they are a great way for the college to share its excellent facilities and teachers with the local community.

27/04/16 - Public Services Students Practice with Professional Equipment
Public Services Students Practice with Professional Equipment

Our Public Services students gain the skills and knowledge they need to work in a range of public services including the armed forces, the prison service and security services. Practical learning is a key feature of these courses so that students learn the skills they will need in their future careers. 

Thanks to a donation of professional body armour and security equipment by SafeGuard Armour, we can now demonstrate to our students the type of equipment they are likely to come across if they choose to pursue a career in the uniformed public services.

Kevin Bushby, Course Manager for Uniformed Public Services at Strode said: “As part of our on-going commitment to students and their educational experiences, we are pleased to be working with SafeGuard Armour, an international manufacturer and distributor of body armour. This donation is of particular use to our Public Services students as it will provide them with hands-on learning and allow them first-hand technical knowledge of the equipment with industry standard information. The body armour provided will be used in role-play and technical analysis.”

Photo: Public Service student Zak Wheeler practices personal search techniques whilst wearing a protective vest provided by Safeguard Armour.

19/04/16 - The Wiz Review
The Wiz Review

If you missed the recent production of Strode College’s ‘The Wiz’, you may well have missed the opportunity to catch some stars of the future.  

From the opening bars of the overture, skilfully played by the 16-piece Strode College ensemble, the young team brought a vibrant energy to the familiar tale of Dorothy and her friends on their quest for happiness. The updated score, a fusion of disco, soul and Motown, got the audience toe-tapping from the outset as they were led through an Oz occupied by weird and wonderful creatures and the odd witch or two!

Having found herself in a strange place after being caught in a tornado, Dorothy, played by Emily Roberts, from Yeovil, is given a pair of silver slippers and sent to consult the Wiz by the sassy Addaperle, played by Sam Crane, from Cheddar.  Emily complimented strong acting with excellent vocals throughout, especially for the emotional ballad ‘Home’ to finish the show.  On her journey Dorothy meets The Scarecrow, played by Greg Maple from Martock; the Tinman, played by Noah Chant, from South Petherton; and the Lion, played by Shane Bustos, from Street.  All three students made the well-known characters their own. Greg and Shane made excellent use of movement to bring out the comedy of their roles, while Noah’s strong characterisation brought some lovely pathos.  His rendition of ‘If I Could Feel’, pulled on the heartstrings of the audience to great effect.

Dani Gore, from Norton Sub Hamdon and studying Performing Arts, as Evilene, displayed a strong rock vocal and provided some lovely comic moments with her ‘righthand man’ played by Patrick Olliffe from Frome.

The good witch Glinda, played by ably by Beth Irving, from Street, eventually reveals the secret of the silver slippers allowing Dorothy to click her heels and return to Kansas.

The enthusiasm of the entire cast was infectious, their energy filling the stage.  Dance numbers were polished and slick, and the ensemble singing was strong and joyful.  Smaller roles were all played convincingly well.

Charmaine Bray, Strode College Performing Arts teacher, said: “Our annual musical production is an enormously popular enrichment activity at the college, and provides fantastic opportunities for performing arts, drama, dance and music students, as well as opportunities for students from other courses to perform and work behind the scenes. A huge well done to all the students who took part in yet another stunning Strode College production.”

15/04/16 - Beauty Therapy students inspired in Iceland
Beauty Therapy students inspired in Iceland

Our Beauty Therapy students recently returned from an amazing trip to Iceland where they experienced the unique and inspiring facilities of the Blue Lagoon Spa. 

Among its extensive facilities, the Spa includes a dramatic natural lagoon with warm geothermal heated waters in the middle of black lava field in a volcanic landscape. The high natural levels of silica and minerals give the lagoon its rich blue colour.

The students enjoyed a full day at the Spa, with a guided tour and a careers seminar allowing them to see how the Spa manages to mix luxury with the finely balanced eco-system.  They had full use of the facilities including the sauna, the steam room and the lagoon where they relaxed in the 39˚C. heated waters.

A trip to Iceland would not be complete without taking in some other wonderful natural sights, so the students also visited the Gullfloss waterfall, geysers, 

the National Park and the Northern Lights, as well as enjoying some shopping in Reykjavik.

Susan O’Meara, Strode’s Level 3 Beauty Therapy Course Manager said: ‘All of the students agreed that they had some wonderful experiences in Iceland and this was definitely THE spa trip of a lifetime.’

14/04/16 - Awards Celebrate Outstanding Academic and Personal Achievements of Talented and Determined Students
Awards Celebrate Outstanding Academic and Personal Achievements of Talented and Determined Students

Strode College celebrated the outstanding achievements of over 30 students who completed courses last year, at an uplifting awards evening held in Strode Theatre this week.

The students, who were joined by friends, family and teachers, were praised for their excellent academic achievements and the exceptional personal qualities which helped them to reach their goals and fulfil their potential.

The majority of students honoured with awards had completed A Levels and vocational qualifications last year, but there were also awards for Higher Education Student of the Year, Adult Student of the Year and Apprentice of the Year. Seven Strode students who successfully completed the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award were also presented with their awards during the evening.

Student Awards 2016 - Amy Clegg, Altair Brandon-Salmon, James Staniforth and Alice GibbingsJames Staniforth, Principal of Strode College said: “At Strode we are committed to delivering high standards of education and support to all of our students, regardless of their individual academic abilities or personal needs. The combination of high standards of education and inclusivity creates an incredibly powerful and fruitful learning environment where students thrive.

“We are proud of all of our students who make such outstanding progress and go onto enjoy successful futures. These awards however, recognise the exceptional achievements, both academic and personal, of some extremely talented and hard-working young people; they should be truly proud of themselves. I would also like to recognise the outstanding quality of Strode teachers and the support given to these students by their family and friends. This has undoubtedly contributed to the students achievements at Strode and provided a solid foundation for future success.“

Strode College is the only Ofsted 'outstanding' sixth form in Mendip and South Somerset and one of only two sixth form or tertiary colleges nationally to have been graded outstanding in the last two years.

The college has 1500 students studying A Levels and vocational courses each year; it also trains apprentices, and offers university-level courses and courses for adults.

Student Awards 2016

Strode College Student Awards - 14 April 2015

Altair Brandon-SalmonOverall Student of the Year 2015 - Altair Brandon-Salmon
Studied: A Level History of Art (A*), History (A*), English Literature (A*) and Government and Politics (A)
Home town: Ston Easton
Previous school: Home Educated
Where now? Oxford University, studying History of Art.

 

Amy CleggOutstanding Contribution – Amy Clegg
Studied: A Level Biology (A*), PE (A) and Psychology (B)
Home town: Shipham
Previous school: The Kings of Wessex Academy
Where now? University of Exeter, studying Psychology with Sports and Exercise Science.

 

Anna MitchellAdult Student of the Year – Anna Mitchell
Studied: Education and Training, Level 5 Diploma
Home town: Street
Where now? Teaching Health and Social Care at Strode College.

 

Nancy HutchingsApprentice of the Year – Nancy Hutchings
Studied: Childcare, Intermediate and Advanced Apprenticeships
Home town: Street
Previous School: Crispin School
Where now? Employed as a Nursery Nurse at Fairfield Montessori Pre-School.

 

Chloe BlackwellBeauty/Complementary Therapies Student of the Year – Chloe Blackwell
Studied: Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy
Home town: Langport
Previous school: Huish Episcopi Academy
Where now? Beauty Therapist at the Cedar Falls Hotel Spa in Bishop’s Lydeard.

 

William OrchardJohn Lewis Award for Biological and Environmental Sciences Student of the Year – William Orchard
Studied: A Level Biology (A*), Chemistry (A*), Physics (A*) and Maths (A*)
Home town: Glastonbury
Previous school: Crispin School
Where now? Cambridge University, studying Natural Sciences.

 

Jessica BrankinBusiness Student of the Year – Jessica Brankin
Studied: Extended Diploma in Business (Triple Distinction Star) and Level 3 AAT Diploma in Accounting
Home town: Wedmore
Previous school: Crispin School
Where now? Strode College, studying a Foundation Degree in Managing in the Public Sector Services.

 

Jack JarvisEngineering and Technology Student of the Year – Jack Jarvis
Studied: Extended Diploma in Engineering (Triple Distinction Star)
Home town: Barton St David
Previous school: Ansford Academy
Where now? Employed as a Design Draftsman at CWS Engineering Ltd in Glastonbury.

 

Isabella HicksEnglish Student of the Year – Isabella Hicks
Studied: A Level Art and Design (A*), English Language (A) and Psychology (A)
Home town: Street
Previous school: St Dunstan’s School
Where now? Studying Art Foundation, Pre-degree Diploma at Strode College.

 

Jordan MasonFoundation Student of the Year – Jordan Mason
Studied: Foundation Learning, Level 1 Diploma; Functional Skills in English, Maths and ICT
Home town: Street
Previous school: Avalon School
Where now? Strode College, studying Level 2 Diploma in Sport and Public Services.

 

Lauren ChinnockHairdressing Student of the Year – Lauren Chinnock
Studied: Level 1, 2 and 3 Diplomas in Hairdressing and Functional Skills in Maths and English
Home town: Wells
Previous school: The Blue School
Where now? Employed as a stylist at Sense in Coxley, Wells.



Bethanie CookHealth and Care Student of the Year – Bethanie Cook
Studied: Level 2 Diploma and Level 3 Extended Diploma in Childcare, grade A
Home town: Bruton
Previous school: King Arthur’s Community School
Where now? Bath Spa University studying Early Years Education.

 

Natasha PaineHigher Education Student of the Year – Natasha Paine
Studied: BA Hons Degree, History, Heritage and Archaeology (First Class)
Home town: Martock
Previous school: Huish Episcopi Academy
Where now? Advises a consortium of museums in Dorset, delivers heritage workshops in local primary schools and is setting up a regional young archaeologists club.

 

Aaron DavidsonHumanities Student of the Year – Aaron Davidson
Studied: A Level History A, Geography B and English Literature C
Home town: Glastonbury
Previous school: St Dunstan’s School
Where now? University of Southampton, studying History.

 

Dominic RoutleyIT student of the year – Dominic Routley
Studied: Extended Diploma in IT, Triple Distinction Star
Home town: Ashcott, Bridgwater
Previous school: Crispin School
Where now? Cardiff University, studying Computer Science.

 

Edward BeatyBrian Jefferson Cup for Maths – Edward Beaty
Studied: A Level Maths A*, Further Maths A*, Physics A*, History A* and STEP Maths grade 1
Home town: Street
Previous school: Crispin School
Where now? Cambridge University, studying Maths.

 

Luke BrickleyMedia Student of the Year – Luke Brickley
Studied: Extended Diploma Broadcast Media, Double Distinction and Merit
Home town: Littleton nr Somerton
Previous school: The Park School
Where now? Birmingham City University, studying Film Production.

 

Myfanwy CraigieRichard Frapwell Cup for Modern Foreign Languages – Myfanwy Craigie
Studied: Spanish (A*), English Literature (A*) and German (A)
Home town: Bruton
Previous school: Sexey’s School
Where now? Oxford University, studying Spanish and German.

 

Sofie HunterMusic Student of the Year – Sofie Hunter
Studied: Extended Diploma in Music Technology, Distinction Star and Double Distinction
Home town: Shepton Mallet
Previous school: Sexey’s School
Where now? Working in live sound, including running the sound team for the West Holts stage at the Glastonbury Festival.

 

Matthew BlakePerforming Arts Student of the Year – Matthew Blake
Studied: Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Distinction Star and Double Distinction)
Home town: Shepton Mallet
Previous school: Whitstone School
Where now? From September he will be studying a Foundation Degree in Musical Theatre at Buckinghamshire New University.

 

Charlotte DayPhysical Sciences Student of the Year – Charlotte Day
Studied: A Level Chemistry A, Biology A and Maths B
Home town: Yeovil
Previous school: Preston School
Where now? Gap year before studying Medicine at university.

 

Megan StupplePsychology Student of the Year – Megan Stupple
Studied: A Level Communications and Culture (A*), Psychology (A) and English Language (B)
Home town: Street
Previous school: Whitstone School
Where now? University of London Royal Holloway, studying Psychology.

 

Chloe BroadribbSocial Sciences Student of the Year – Chloe Broadribb
Studied: A Level Sociology (A), French (B) and History (B)
Home town: Yeovil
Previous school: Buckler’s Mead Academy
Where now? Winchester University, studying Primary Education.

 

Kerrie HarveyRachel House Award for Skills for Life – Kerrie Harvey
Studied: Functional Skills in Maths and English
Home town: Wells
Where now? Planning to study the Access to Higher Education course before studying Midwifery in the future.

 

Ellie GreenSport and Public Services Student of the Year – Ellie Green
Studied: Extended Diploma Uniformed Public Services (Triple Distinction Star)
Home town: Yeovil
Previous school: Westfield Academy
Where now? Applied to be a Physical Training Instructor in the RAF.

 

Alice Daisy GibbingsSuccess Against the Odds – Alice Daisy Gibbings
Studied: A Level Archaeology (A*), Psychology (A) and Maths (C)
Home town: Wells
Previous school: St Dunstan’s School
Where now? Cirencester College, studying Rural Land Management.

 

Jade MorganVisual Arts (2D) Student of the Year – Jade Morgan
Studied: Extended Diploma in Art and Design (Triple Distinction Star)
Home town: Wincanton
Previous school: Gillingham School
Where now? Gap year while considering future plans.

 

Kayleigh DaviesVisual Arts (3D) Student of the Year – Kayleigh Davies
Studied: Foundation Pre-degree Diploma in Art and Design (Distinction)
Home town: Yeovil
Previous school: Yeovil College
Where now? Gap year before studying at university next year.

 

Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards 2016

Edward Beaty (See above, Brian Jefferson Cup for Maths)
Amy Clegg (See above, Outstanding Contribution Award)
Ellie Green (See above, Sport and Public Services Award)

Laura AngusLaura Angus
Studied: Art and Design Extended Diploma (Triple Distinction Star)
Home town: Crewkerne
Previous school: Wadham School
Where now? Plymouth University, studying Graphic Communication with Typography.

 

Kayleigh DaviesAndrew BryerAndrew Bryer
Studied: Maths (A*), Further Maths (A*), Physics (A) and Biology (A)
Home town: Walton
Previous school: Crispin School
Where now? University of Birmingham, studying Maths and Computer Science.

 

Steven DowdenSteven Dowden
Studied: Extended Diploma in Uniformed Public Services (Triple Distinction Star)
Home town: Street
Previous school: Crispin
Where now? Strode College, studying Managing in the Public Sector Services, Foundation Degree.

 

Molly NugentMolly Nugent
Studied: Maths (A), Psychology (A) and Biology (B)
Home town: Street
Previous school: Wells Cathedral School
Where now? Leeds University, studying Psychology.

12/04/16 - Children Enjoy Day at Salon
Children Enjoy Day at Salon

Children from Strode College’s Day Nursery paid a visit to the college hair salon recently, where the hairdressing students brushed, combed and styled the children’s locks into the latest looks, using hair products and accessories. The children, aged 2-5 years, had a fantastic time having their hair styled and enjoyed returning the compliment by using brushes, combs, clips and rollers on the staff and students’ hair.

Photo: Level 2 Diploma Hairdressing students, children from Strode College Day Nursery and nursery staff (L-R) Esther Cracknell, Nursery Supervisor; Victoria Baker, Nursery practitioner; Donna Rendall, Nursery Supervisor.

04/04/16 - Join us for a night of atmospheric acoustic music
Join us for a night of atmospheric acoustic music

Strode Live, which consists of Strode College Extended Diploma Music and Music Technology students, are gearing up for the highlight of their annual events schedule which takes place on Thursday 21 April at 7.30pm in Holy Trinity church, Street.  

This year’s event, which is open to the public, is called `Akustisch`. It promises to be a night of diverse acoustic performances in a wonderfully atmospheric venue. 

Jake Meeking, Bath based professional musician will headline with his alternative “jazzy blues”. Other acts include, Tolly Snell, DOA, The Peacock's, TimeSlaves, Chloe Paull, Arthur and Somer, Kim Hardin and other acts from the Strode Live group.

The event will have something for all tastes with artists covering a wide range of music genres including bands  like the TimeSlaves and The Peacocks providing rock, while artists like Chloe Paull will perform folk based music.

“Strode Live are tremendous, it's amazing how professional these music students are, their music is fantastic” says M Crabb, a member of the public who has enjoyed previous Strode Live events.

Tickets, which cost £3 (free for children under 12 who are accompanied by an adult) are available from the Strode College shop or on the door. All money raised will go to the charity Youth Music, a national charity investing in music-making projects for children and young people experiencing challenging circumstances.

If you want a fantastic evening of music and a night to remember come along to Holy Trinity Church on Thursday 21 April.

For more information, call our Music Department on 01458 844572

04/04/16 - Opportunities for Apprenticeships at Beautiful Mellifont Abbey Care Home
Opportunities for Apprenticeships at Beautiful Mellifont Abbey Care Home

Mellifont Abbey care home in Wookey is holding an apprenticeship recruitment evening on Wednesday 20 April from 4 - 9pm. A number of job vacancies are currently available, and anyone interested in an apprenticeship in health and social care is invited to go along to the open event where they can have an informal chat with staff about the roles on offer at Mellifont Abbey. Guided tours of the residential care home and its grounds will also be on offer.

Michele Aldrich has been the manager and owner of Mellifont Abbey for ten years: “I had a job as a cleaner in a care home in Bath and it inspired me to work with the elderly. I trained to become a care worker and progressed through to an NVQ level 4. I then decided I’d like to run my own home. Buying Mellifont Abbey was a rollercoaster ride, but I haven’t looked back since.”

Michele and Lee Aldrich outside the front of Mellifont AbbeyMichele’s son Lee is also part of the family business; when Michele’s husband and business partner passed away four years ago, Lee stepped in and is now property director.

“It’s keeping Lee very busy at the moment as we are currently undergoing a large refurbishment of our dining room area. Unfortunately it won’t quite be finished in time for the event, but we’re very excited for its completion: it’s going to be very grand!”

If you would like to know more about the event or any other health and social care apprenticeships available at Strode College, you can get in touch with Sandie Gough-Stone on: 01458 844419.

Photo, right: Michele and Lee Aldrich outside the front of Mellifont Abbey

22/03/16 - Grow Somerset Talent Apprenticeship Awards - Brookside Academy Awarded 'Medium Employer of the Year'
Grow Somerset Talent Apprenticeship Awards - Brookside Academy Awarded 'Medium Employer of the Year'

For the second year in a row, Brookside Academy in Street has been awarded 'Medium Employer of the Year' at the Grow Somerset Talent Apprenticeship Awards (18 March 2016).

Strode College and Brookside Academy have worked together since 2011 to support 20 young apprentices in a variety of roles within this unique school.

Paul Saleh, Strode College Apprenticeship Manager, said: “We are delighted that Brookside has received this award, as it recognises their support and dedication to apprenticeships. At Strode College we are passionate about apprenticeships and we want young people to see apprenticeships as a high quality path to successful careers. Brookside has created some wonderful career opportunities for young people within their nursery, their mainstream school and specialist provision; as well as in their IT, finance and office teams.”

Apprenticeship Awards - Brookside AcademySandra Bartlett, Business Manager for Brookside Academy, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won the 'Medium Employer of the Year' award for the second year running. This accolade is a true reflection of our on-going commitment to ensuring that our Apprenticeship programme continues to thrive and develop.”

Strode College is currently working with local businesses to recruit 41 new apprentices for job vacancies across a wide range of sectors including IT, Hairdressing, Hospitality, Business and Administration, Health and Social Care and Childcare. If you’re interested in apprenticeship vacancies in health and social care, the college is holding an Apprenticeship Recruitment Evening at Mellifont Abbey in Wookey on Wednesday 20 April, 4-9pm.

Photo (top): Brookside Academy Apprentices - Kate Gould, Amber Cook, Emily Payne, Georgia Latty and Daisy Withers.

Photo (bottom): Brookside Academy Business Development Manager, Sandra Bartlett (middle), with (left to right), Paula Saleh, Strode College Apprenticeship Manager; Kelly Cave Strode College Apprenticeship Assessor; Shirley Theedom, Strode College Deputy Principal; and Graeme Tucker, Strode’s head of Business Development.

22/03/16 - Students and Staff at Strode College had a lot of Fun Raising over £540 for Sports Relief
Students and Staff at Strode College had a lot of Fun Raising over £540 for Sports Relief

There was a fun run around the college campus to coincide with the opening of the college’s new trim trail; Beauty students organised a sponsored male leg waxing; IT Apprentices held a sponge the teacher event; and the college Finance team kept staff in cakes throughout the day with a wonderful display of baking skills. The Strode Live music team also did their bit, with a fantastic gig at the Red Brick Building.

Photo (right): Strode College Sports teacher Jason Jones 'enjoyed' getting his legs waxed by Strode Beauty students!


 

Sports Relief 2016 - Sponge the Teacher  Sports Relief 2016 - Fun Run

Above left: Public Services teacher Kevin Bushby took on the wet sponge to raise funds for Sports Relief.
Above right: Strode students fundraising fun run around the new trim trail and college campus.

Sports Relief 2016 - Strode Live  Sports Relief 2016 - Finance cake sale

Above left: Strode Music students perform at the Red Brick Building in aid of Sports Relief.
Above right: Lesley Rudman from the Strode College Finance Team with the wonderful array of homemade cakes sold for Sports Relief.

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