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20/08/15 - Art & Design Student's Sculpture to Greet Meadow Walkers
Art & Design Student's Sculpture to Greet Meadow Walkers

Charlotte McKeown, Level 3 Art & Design Extended Diploma student at Strode College, recently won an under 20s sculpture design competition, hosted by the Step in Stone Project. Charlotte went on to create her sculpture full-scale in a day with help from Step in Stone. Guided walks are being run, in collaboration with ecologists from Somerset Wildlife Trust’s ‘Save Our Magnificent Meadows’ project, through a normally restricted zone, and Charlotte’s sculpture will be one of the works of art on display along the way in Halecombe. The event runs until October 18 and starts in the grounds of Somerset Earth Science Centre, near Shepton Mallet, for phase one. On August 15 phase two starts with Westdown/Asham and Halecombe quarries both having work installed and phase 3 will form part of Somerset’s Art Weeks Festival. Leaflets and maps are available from Shepton and Frome tourist information.

13/08/15 - Strode's Best Ever Results Confirm Ofsted's 'Outstanding' Judgement
Strode's Best Ever Results Confirm Ofsted's 'Outstanding' Judgement

Students at Strode College in Street are delighted with their outstanding A Level and vocational results - the best ever achieved at the college. These excellent results clearly reinforce Ofsted’s recent judgement that Strode College provides 'outstanding' sixth form education.

James Staniforth, Principal of Strode College said: “While these fantastic results are great news for the college as they reflect the high quality of the education we provide, they are even better news for the hundreds of students who have studied and thrived with us, and who are now able to progress onto university and into great careers.

“Last year, when Ofsted judged our teaching and support to be outstanding and found that this leads to outstanding student progress and achievements, we said that we would continue to strive to be outstanding in all we do. These results show that we are delivering on that promise and there is no place better in Somerset to study A Levels and vocational qualifications. We achieved our 'outstanding' result last year and our students now have their outstanding results too. I am delighted and send my congratulations and respect to our students and our staff for their hard work and commitment to achieving their very best.”

A Level results - Best Ever

Strode’s A Level students achieved excellent results across the breadth of subjects studied, including the 'facilitating' subjects favoured by many universities such as Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English, History, Geography and Languages; and other more specialist subjects such as Law, Psychology, Sociology, Film Studies, Art and Design and Textiles.

Strode’s overall pass rate for A Levels this year is 99.6%, significantly higher than the national average of 98.1% The number of students at Strode who gained high grades of A* to B is 57% compared to 52.7% nationally, with 9.1% of students achieving A* grades compared to 8.2% nationally; 31 students gained three or more A grades. 82% of students gained A* to C grades compared to 77.2% nationally. Subjects notable for the high number of A* grades are Geography 29%, Biology 25%, Further Maths 21%, Art and Design 21%, Maths 18% and Law 17%.

Three students achieved particularly outstanding individual performances, gaining the highest possible results of four A* grades:

  • Results CelebrationEdward Beaty (from Walton and formerly at Crispin School) gained A* in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and History, as well as grade 1 in his Maths STEP papers – he is going to Cambridge University to study Maths;
  • Bethany Clough (from Baltonsborough and formerly at Huish Episcopi Academy) achieved A* in Geography, Physics, Maths and Further Maths – she is going to Durham University to study Engineering; and
  • William Orchard (from Glastonbury and formerly at Crispin School) achieved A* in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths – he is going to Cambridge University to study Natural Sciences.


The majority of Strode’s students will go on to university with 1 in 3 gaining places at top Russell Group universities. This year six students were delighted to achieve the grades they need to progress to Oxford and Cambridge. In addition to Edward Beaty and William Orchard:

  • Altair Brandon-Salmon (from Ston Easton and formerly home educated), will go to Oxford University to study History of Art, having achieved A Levels in History of Art A*, History A*, English Literature A* and Government and Politics A;
  • Myfanwy Craigie (from Bruton and formerly at Sexey’s School) will go to Oxford University to study German and Spanish, having achieved Spanish A*, English Literature A* and German A;
  • Georgia Corrigan (from Glastonbury and formerly at St Dunstan’s School) will go to Oxford University to study French and Russian, having gained English Literature A*, French A and History A; and
  • Amber Pavey (from Ilchester and formerly at Stanchester Academy) will go to Oxford University to study Earth Sciences, having gained A Levels in Biology A*, Geology A*, Maths A and Physics B.

Results Celebration
Many other students will go on to professional employment and this year, for the first time, some Strode students will be taking up highly competitive Higher Level Apprenticeships, including:

  • Emily Burridge (from Shepton Mallet and formerly at The Blue School), who has accepted a Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship as a Trainee Supervisor with Hanson Aggregates, through Derby University under the 'Lead Programme';
  • Chris Jones (from South Petherton and formerly at Stanchester Academy), who will be employed as a Level 4 Engineering Higher Apprentice with Agusta Westlands; and
  • James McGillivray (from Moorlinch and formerly at Crispin School) who will be working in Project Management as a Higher Apprentice with Thales.


Vocational qualifications

Strode’s advanced level vocational results are also excellent, with a 99% pass rate; 53% of students achieved a Triple Distinction or higher, with 34% achieving a Triple Distinction Star, equivalent of 3 A* at A Level.

AS Levels

AS results were also excellent with 13 students achieving four A grades at AS Level and Albie Gifford (from Shepton Mallet and formerly at Whitstone School) achieving five A grades, in Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry, Human Biology and Psychology.

Download the Strode College Roll of Honour 2015

 

Strode College Results - Student Case Studies

A Levels

Edward BeatyEdward Beaty, from Walton and formerly at Crispin School
A Level results: Maths A*, Further Maths A*, Physics A*, History A* and STEP Maths grade 1
Where next? Cambridge University to study Maths

“I’m happy with my results. I expected to do well but I needed a high mark in the additional STEP Maths paper that I had to take to get into Cambridge University; I was surprised with my result. The teachers at Strode gave me a lot of help to prepare for the STEP paper, they arranged for a special tutor to help those of us taking the exam – I got more support than people I know who are studying elsewhere. I’m really looking forward to university.”

 

Bethany CloughBethany Clough, from Baltonsborough, formerly at Huish Episcopi Academy
A Level results: Physics A*, Maths A*, Further Maths A* and Geography A*
Where next? Durham University to study Engineering

“I was really scared yesterday but feel really good now. I can’t quite believe it! I needed one A* to get my place at Durham University and I got four! I didn’t sleep last night, so got up early for my results and then went back to bed and slept so well. Strode has been brilliant – the teaching was really good and everyone is so friendly.”

 

William OrchardWilliam Orchard, from Glastonbury, formerly at Crispin School
A Level results: Biology A*, Chemistry A*, Physics A* and Maths A*
Where next? Cambridge University to study Natural Sciences

“It was a possibility that I could do well and I thought I’d get one A* in Maths, but I didn’t sleep well and got up early to check my results. I needed two A*s and an A to get into Cambridge and I got four A*s – I’m feeling pretty good. I’m excited about going to university but nervous too.”

 

Rachel LynchRachel Lynch, from Langport, formerly at Huish Episcopi Academy
A Level results: Physics A*, Maths A* and Chemistry A
Where next? Birmingham University to study Physics

“I’m feeling very happy. I was predicted B grades when I joined Strode based on my GCSEs but I got two A* and an A – much better than I needed for university. I have absolutely loved it at Strode, particularly the teachers and the atmosphere at college. I don’t want to leave but I am really excited about going to university.”

 

Altair Brandon-SalmonAltair Brandon-Salmon, from Ston Easton, formerly Home Education
A Level results: History of Art A*, History A*, English Literature A* and Government and Politics A
Where next? Oxford University to study History of Art

“I thought I could do well, I knew it was achievable, but I didn’t expect to get such good results. It has been hard work but I’ve really enjoyed my two years at Strode – it’s been a fantastic experience. The teachers have made it a real pleasure and have definitely contributed to my success. Without their assistance with the application process for Oxford University I don’t think I would have got in. They made sure I was prepared and knew what to expect; their support was really useful.”

 

Amber PaveyAmber Pavey, from Ilchester and formerly at Stanchester Academy
A Level results: Biology A*, Geology A*, Maths A and Physics B
Where next? Oxford University to study Earth Sciences

“I’m so happy and relieved. It feels a bit surreal. I’m the first person in my family to go to university, and I’m going to Oxford. I called my mum at work and she cried; I called my dad and he said he was going to do cartwheels in the car park; and I called my granddad and woke him up – he said he didn’t mind being woken up for such good news! I don’t think I would have applied to Oxford without the encouragement of my teachers at Strode. They made me think I could do it and they pushed me to achieve the best I could in my A Levels. I’m really excited about going to university but also quite nervous about leaving everybody.”

 

Georgia CorriganGeorgia Corrigan, from Glastonbury and formerly at St Dunstan’s School
A Level results: English Literature A*, French A and History A
Where next? Oxford University to study French and Russian

“I’m really pleased with my results – yesterday was nerve wracking and I didn’t get much sleep. I’d like to say thank you to my teachers, especially my English teachers because I got a B grade for my AS exam last year and it seemed unlikely that I would get a high grade, but I got an A*! “

 

Peter HernimanPeter Herniman, from Shepton Mallet and formerly at Ansford Academy
A Level results: Maths A*, Physics A, Further Maths A and Computing B
Where next? Southampton University to study Computer Science

“I am relieved! I was having doubts yesterday about how well I had done, so I’m really happy and looking forward to university. I’ve enjoyed my time at Strode. I like the relaxed atmosphere here and the fact that you get to know the teachers well so that you can interact with them confidently. They take time to know you and they know how to help you achieve what you need.“

 

Emily CooperEmily Cooper, from Bridgwater and formerly at Haygrove School
A Level results: Biology A*, Chemistry A, Psychology A and French B
Where next? Bangor University to study Marine Chemistry

“I did much better than I thought I would; I cried! I didn’t think my exams went well, so I was only expecting one A grade. Strode has been amazing. The teachers are brilliant, the support is great and it’s such a friendly place.”

 

Jack DuddenJack Dudden, from Yeovil and formerly at Westfield Academy
A Level results: Maths A*, Physics A, Chemistry A and History B
Where next? Durham University to study Physics

“I got the grades I need for university and I’m very excited, although I’m shattered today as I didn’t get much sleep. I’ve really enjoyed it at Strode. It’s always been a really positive experience.“

 

Alannah Brannagan-FullerAlannah Brannagan-Fuller, from Martock and formerly at Stanchester Academy
A Level results: Biology A, Chemistry A, Maths A and Physics B
Where next? Hull and York Medical School

“I was terrified yesterday but am really happy today, although I don’t think it has sunk in properly. The teachers at Strode are really supportive and always willing to help and I made lots of friends here.”

 

Mitch DeanMitch Dean, from Ashcott, formerly at Crispin School
A Levels: Maths A, Accounting B, Further Maths C and Level 3 Diploma Accounting Pass
Where next? Apprenticeship with Milsted Langdon Accountants in Taunton

“I studied an Accounting Diploma alongside my A Levels – it’s been hard but worth it. It feels good to get good results after putting in so much effort. There’s no point spending two years studying if you’re not going to work hard and get good results.”

 

Vocational Qualifications

Health and Social Care

Sophie NugentSophie Nugent, from Wincanton, formerly at King Arthur’s Community School
Vocational result: Health and Social Care Level 3, Extended Diploma: Triple Star Distinction
Where next? Bournemouth University to study Adult Nursing

“I am literally so proud of myself! I became very focused at college and my teachers were very supportive, which helped to improve my results from my predicted grade. Strode is a great college and I would definitely recommend it to anyone. There’s a good balance between studying and social life.”

 

Sport

Sara BradleySara Bradley, from Wedmore, formerly at Kings of Wessex Academy
Vocational result: Sports Level 3, Extended Diploma: Triple Star Distinction
Where next? Gloucester University to study Sports Therapy

“I loved it at Strode and I highly recommend it; it’s been the best two years and I definitely made the right decision to study here. I’m so happy with my results; it just goes to prove, if you put your head down you can achieve.”


IT

Matt TreeceMatt Treece, from Somerton, formerly at Huish Episcopi Academy
Vocational result: IT Level 3, Extended Diploma, Triple Star Distinction
Where next? Working in Explorium, a learning centre in Compton Dundon, as a Media Manager

“The learning style of vocational studies suited me much better than A Levels. I loved the environment at Strode and meeting new people and the teachers are brilliant and really supportive.”

 

Business

Emily WhiteEmily White, from Street, formerly at Crispin School
Vocational results: Business level 3, Extended Diploma: Triple Star Distinction
Where next? Bath University to study Management with Marketing

“Strode has a friendly, community atmosphere with high quality teaching – the staff genuinely care and want you to achieve; it motivated me to put lots of work in - I knew I was capable of achieving this grade.”

 

Art and Design Foundation Diploma (Pre-degree Diploma)

Frances EyreFrances Eyre, from Darshill near Shepton Mallet, formerly at The Blue School
Vocational results: Art and Design Foundation Diploma (pre-degree): Distinction
Where next? Falmouth University to study Marine and Natural History Photography

“Strode has been a brilliant bridge between school and university. It’s such a great environment and the teachers put in a lot of time; their feedback and constructive criticism has been invaluable. Strode College is brilliant and I would always recommend it.”

11/08/15 - Courses for Adults Enrolment Event
Courses for Adults Enrolment Event

Strode College in Street will be opening its doors from 10am - 2pm on Saturday September 5, to anyone aged 19 or over who is interested in enrolling on a new course. If you fancy learning a new skill, taking up or developing a new interest, gaining a qualification or training to support your career, there’s plenty to choose from in Strode’s latest ‘Courses for Adults’ prospectus.

Staff and teachers will be on hand during the enrolment event for any questions you may have regarding the 100s of part-time courses for adults that are available. Courses include: creative writing; arts and crafts; childcare; a variety of hair, beauty and complementary therapies; computing; foreign languages; photography plus many more.

If you’re interested in finding out more or enrolling on a new course, pop along to the Courses for Adults Enrolment Event at Strode College on Saturday September 5, call 01458 844590 or visit the Courses for Adults section of our website.

Pottery  French class

17/07/15 - Strode College Sports Awards Celebrating Sporting Success
Strode College Sports Awards Celebrating Sporting Success

Strode College held its annual Sports Awards recently to celebrate individual and team achievements throughout the year in local, regional and national competitions. Students, representing the broad range of different sports played at the college, enjoyed a memorable evening at the Tor Leisure Club.

Twenty two awards were presented recognising the outstanding contribution, talent and effort that students have made to college sports over the last year.

Overall ‘Sports Man of the Year’ went to Jake Krige (from Crewkerne); ‘Sports Woman of the Year’ went to Lianna Burt (from West Pennard); ‘Outstanding Contribution to Sport’ went to Amy Clegg (from Shipham) and the ‘Team of the Year’ award went to the Strode College Men’s Trampolining team who successfully competed at both the British Colleges and English Schools National Finals. Other awards for each sport included `Player’s Player of the Year`, `Player of the Year` and `Most Improved Player`.

Shonagh Butler, Head of Sport Strategy at Strode College, said: “Our Sports Awards evening is an excellent opportunity to congratulate and celebrate the College’s sports men and women for the successes they have achieved, both for individual and team sports. We have had some very high standards of performance at national and regional level this year, but we also recognise and appreciate the weekly commitment that these students have made to ensuring that team fixtures are met and competitions are entered, so these awards also give recognition for the commitment, effort and contribution that the students give to college sport.

“Numbers of students participating in sport at Strode have once again increased this year. Much of their sporting success is due to the quality of the coaching and support they receive and the commitment of our sports team staff. I am very grateful for all of their efforts.”

Strode Sports Awards Strode Sports Awards Netball Team

 

Strode College Sports Awards Winners

Jake KrigeSports Man of the Year 2015
Name: Jake Krige
Hometown: Crewkerne
Previous School: Wadham Community School

 

Lianna BurtSports Woman of the Year 2015
Name: Lianna Burt
Hometown: West Pennard
Previous School: Crispin School

 

Amy CleggOutstanding Contribution to Sport
Name: Amy Clegg
Hometown: Shipham
Previous School: Kings of Wessex

 

Netball

Ellie GrantNetball Coaches Player of the Year
Name: Ellie Grant
Hometown: Street
Previous School: Crispin School

 

Lucy BakerNetball Player’s Player of the Year
Name: Lucy Baker
Hometown: Walton
Previous School: Crispin School

 

Lauren ArmsonNetball Most Improved Player
Name: Lauren Armson
Hometown: Wincanton
Previous School: King Arthur’s Community School

 

Football

Joe Foreman1st Team Football, Manager’s Player of the Year
Name: Joe Foreman
Hometown: Ilchester
Previous School: Stanchester Academy

 

Joe Brine1st Team Football Player’s Player of the Year (and Top Goal Scorer)

Name: Joe Brine
Hometown: Evercreech
Previous School: Ansford Academy

 

Cameron Shepherd1st Team Football, Most Improved Player
Name: Cameron Shepherd
Hometown: Street
Previous School: Crispin School

 

2nd Team Manager’s Player of the Year
Name: Frazer Carpenter
Hometown: Shepton Mallet
Previous School: Whitstone School

 

Alex O’Brien2nd Team Player’s Player of the Year
Name: Alex O’Brien
Hometown: Evercreech
Previous School: Ansford Academy

 

Jordan Mason2nd Team Most Improved Player
Name: Jordan Mason
Hometown: Walton
Previous School: Avalon School

 

Laurence CataGoal of the Season
Name: Laurence Cata
Hometown: Yeovil
Previous School: Westfield Academy

 

Joe BrineTop Goal Scorer (and 1st Team Football Player’s Player of the Year)
Name: Joe Brine
Hometown: Evercreech
Previous School: Ansford Academy


Hockey

Betony ColmanHockey Coaches Player of the Year
Name: Betony Colman
Hometown: Shepton Mallet
Previous School: King Arthur’s Community School

 

Lianna BurtHockey Player’s Player of the Year
Name: Lianna Burt
Hometown: West Pennard
Previous School: Crispin School

 

Rachel LynchHockey Most Improved Player of the Year
Name: Rachel Lynch
Hometown: Langport
Previous School: Richard Huish Sixth Form College

 

Trampolining

Josh PimmTrampolinist of the Year
Name: Josh Pimm
Hometown: Westonzoyland
Previous School: Huish Episcopi

 

Cross Country

Sam SommervilleSomerset County Team Cross Country 3rd Place
Name: Sam Sommerville
Hometown: Montacute
Previous School: Stanchester Academy

 

Team NineteenTeam Nineteen (College Six-a-side Football League) Winners:

  • Ryan Catterall (from Martock and formerly at Leyland St Mary’s Technology College)
  • Tom Ball (from Street and formerly at Crispin School)
  • Craig Miller (from Shepton Mallet, formerly at Whitstone School)
  • James Ashman (from Cheddar, formerly at Kings of Wessex Academy)
  • Cameron Shepherd (from Street, formerly at Crispin School)
  • Lucie Nurse (from Street, formerly at Crispin School)
  • Becky Jenkin (from Langport, formerly at Huish Episcopi)

 

Team Nineteen Helpers (officiating and recognition of efforts)

  • James Lee (from Street, formerly at Crispin School)
  • Callum Sydenham (from Martock, formerly at Huish Episcopi Academy)

 

Sports Management Team Certificates Strode College Sports Management Team Certificates:

  • Amy Clegg, Shipham, Kings of Wessex
  • Ellie Green, Yeovil, Westfield Academy
  • Lianna Burt, West Pennard, Crispin School
  • Callum Sydenham, Martock, Huish Episcopi
  • James Lee, Street, Crispin
  • George Edge, Shepton Mallet, Kings School, Bruton
07/07/15 - Complementary Therapies students visit Lavender Farm
Complementary Therapies students visit Lavender Farm

The part-time Level 3 Complementary Therapies group recently visited Faulkland Lavender Farm, located near Radstock, to learn and see how the lavender is grown and processed to become Lavender Essential Oil.

Beauty Therapy Lecturer and Complementary Therapy Course Manager, Min Parfitt, who uses the oil on her course said, "Lavender oil is a universal oil, which is excellent for all conditions, both physically and mentally. It's especially used for relaxation as it has a calming, soothing effect, that is great for anxiety and stress related conditions. It also helps to calm the mind and aid sleep." 

For more information please see our Complementary Therapies course page.

06/07/15 - Further Information on Further Maths at Strode College
Further Information on Further Maths at Strode College

A level Maths students at Strode College benefitted from some extra help recently when retired Admissions Manager for Maths at Bristol University, Richard Walters, came along for the day to deliver a workshop aimed at preparing students for studying Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics subjects at university level. The workshop dealt with new styles of learning, and gave students the opportunity to experience how lectures are delivered by universities, which can be quite different to the way lessons are taught at schools and colleges.

 Sam Sommerville is currently studying A levels at Strode but plans to study Further Maths in the next academic year: “Today’s workshop has challenged me to think about solving maths problems in a way that I wouldn’t normally have. It’s helped me to think outside the box. I’ve gained the knowledge to be able to look at problem solving from a different perspective.”

02/07/15 - Salon Opens its Doors to New Students
Salon Opens its Doors to New Students

Strode College’s Hairdressing and Barbering Training Centre in Bridgwater High Street is holding an Open Day on Thursday July 9, 10am – 4pm. Staff and teachers will be on hand to welcome anyone who is interested in finding out more, viewing the salon’s facilities or enrolling on hairdressing and barbering courses.

The salon has been undergoing a refurbishment including new external signage, windows and a new door, and manager Sandra Hellier is keen to show off the salon’s new look: “Our annual open day is an opportunity for everyone interested in hairdressing and barbering to come and have a chat – we’ve got free refreshments and our experienced staff will be on hand to answer any questions people may have.”

For more information call the Bridgwater Training Centre on 01278 457629

Strode Bridgwater Training Centre Facebook Page

30/06/15 - Going Further with Physics
Going Further with Physics

A group of 23 AS Physics students had a great day visiting the University of Bath recently to find out about studying Physics at a higher level when they have finished their A Levels.  They enjoyed two practical laboratory sessions working on an extended experiment under the supervision of some post-graduate students.  They really enjoyed the challenge of working on the experiments, following instructions, taking measurements, plotting graphs of the data and calculating values; and got to use a range of specialist equipment including lasers, photodiodes, spectrometers, ultrasound devices, diffraction gratings, standing waves and stroboscopes.

The Bath University supervisors and students were extremely helpful with their guidance, answering questions about the course and university in general. Several of our students are now considering studying Physics at university and everyone agreed that it was an excellent visit. Many thanks to Dr Fran Laughton for organising the day and for making us feel so welcome.

24/06/15 - Join Strode College and Somersetís Expert Historians to Examine the Battle of Agincourt
Join Strode College and Somersetís Expert Historians to Examine the Battle of Agincourt

As part of Strode College's Summer Workshops for Adults, members of the public can examine one of Britain’s most famous battlefield victories - the Battle of Agincourt, on Tuesday 14 July. The workshop will mark the 600th anniversary of the battle, setting out in vivid and gory detail the dramatic reality of this bloody battle and explain how, despite this momentous triumph in France, England slid into chaos of the War of the Roses during the reign of Henry V’s son.

Tickets, costing £30, can be booked via the Strode Theatre box office: 01458 442846 (Monday to Saturday 10am-12pm) or online via the Strode Theatre website.

The Battle of Agincourt workshop is lead by lecturers Andrew Pickering and Sean McGlynn, who also recently ran a workshop on King John and Magna Carta.

Somerset’s Magna Carta expert has a busy year

Sean McGlynnLast week (w/c 15 June) saw the climax of the Magna Carta 800th anniversary celebrations at Runnymede in the presence of the Queen and members of the Royal Family. They came together to celebrate one of Britain’s most important historical documents that, from its origins in June 1215, has come to symbolise freedom around the world today.

Sean McGlynn, Lecturer on Strode College and Plymouth University’s History, Heritage and Archaeology Degree programme, has been closely involved in a range of major Magna Carta projects this year. Sir Robert Worcester, Chairman of the influential Magna Carta 800th committee, recently hailed Sean as one of three “eminent scholars” of King John and Magna Carta.

The second, expanded edition of Sean’s critically acclaimed book, Blood Cries Afar: The Magna Carta War and the Invasion of England 1215-1217 came out earlier this month. As academic advisor to Salisbury Cathedral, he recently wrote their official guide to the Cathedral’s Magna Carta, one of only four surviving originals. He also wrote this year’s King John and Magna Carta for the popular Pitkin Guides series and has contributed a major Magna Carta article in the leading magazine, History Today (out this week).

Sean McGlynn has organised two highly successful, sold-out public conferences on King John and Magna Carta: one at Strode College in March, and another further afield which is the biggest King John and Magna Carta conference to be held in the UK.

Sean has already spoken to over 1,000 people this year on the topic of King John and Magna Carta, including at the British Library (hosting the acclaimed Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy exhibition) and BBC History’s Magna Carta day in Bristol. He has more talks and interviews lined up.

At Strode College, Sean enjoys teaching his undergraduate students a module that covers Richard the Lionheart and King John, saying: “It’s always great fun having very lively differences of opinion on whether John was England’s worst king or whether he has been treated unfairly by history.”

Sean and his colleagues also lecture on other undergraduate medieval courses at the college, including The Medieval Apocalypse, Heresy and Inquisition, the Wars of the Roses, King Arthur and local hero, Alfred the Great.

Sean is also well-known nationally for his regular contributions to The Spectator, History Today and BBC History and has been interviewed over 50 times for his historical work. Future commissioned works include books on medieval generals, Robin Hood, Henry V and Agincourt, Richard the Lionheart, Henry VIII and, of course, King John himself. So even after Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary culmination next week he will remain busy with his lecturing and writing.

Strode College is currently taking applications for the History, Heritage and Archaeology Degree and Foundation Degree courses starting in September 2015. These courses are available for study part-time and full-time and applications should be made directly to Strode College: 01458 844400.

23/06/15 - Try something new this July - Summer Workshops, 13 - 17 July
Try something new this July - Summer Workshops, 13 - 17 July

If you have some free time between Monday 13 July and Friday 17 July and you would like to spend time doing something interesting, fun, creative and relaxing, then have a look at Strode College’s Summer Workshop courses - new brochure out now. 

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 37 different courses on offer this year including: archery, cookery, jazz workshop, eBay, creative writing, meditation, willowcraft, Papier-mâché, book binding, contemporary heritage, dSLR photography, modern art history, soldering, singing in harmony and many more.

This is the fifth year that Strode College has run its Summer Workshops. Summer courses were introduced to extend the number and range of courses offered to adult learners and they are a great way for the college to share its excellent facilities and teachers with the local community.

The courses, which are aimed at adults, will be taught in Strode’s modern specialist classrooms and studios. To find out more or to book a place visit: www.strodetheatre.org.uk or call 01458 442846.

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