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16/11/15 - Dance Students Selected for Prestigious Competition
Dance Students Selected for Prestigious Competition

Strode College is one of only 30 schools and colleges from across the country to be selected to compete in a prestigious dance competition organised by the internationally acclaimed Rambert Dance Company. 

The college dance company `Gravit8`, made up of A Level Dance and Extended Diploma Performing Arts students, will be guided by their dynamic and dedicated teacher Becky Harvey as they create an original dance inspired by a leading Rambert choreographer. They will perform their dance in a regional competition this spring in front of the Rambert’s Artistic Director, for a place in the national final in London in the summer.

Students pictured from left to right - front row: Georgina Harper, formerly at Huish Episcopi Academy; Julia Wrzesinska, formerly at King Arthur's Community School; Abi Wheatley, formerly at Whitstone School; Summer Dart, formerly at Crispin School; and Molly Lythaby, formerly at St Gregorys Catholic College. Top Row: Corrin Liszka, formerly at Stanchester Academy; Ellie Pitman and Lilly Preece, formerly at Whitstone School; Becky Harvey (Strode Dance Teacher); Abbie Russell, formerly at Crispin School; Emily Davis, formerly at Sexey’s School; and Jessica Johnson, formerly at St Gregory's Catholic College.

Find out more about A Level Dance at Strode.

13/11/15 - Strode Students are not Affected by Proposed Changes to Bus Routes
Strode Students are not Affected by Proposed Changes to Bus Routes

Although some of the bus routes used by Strode students are referred to in the Somerset County Council consultation document, the peak time bus services used by our students will not be affected by the proposed funding cuts. Our students will be able to get into college in the morning and home again at the end of the day as normal. Strode College will be responding to the Somerset County Council consultation to try to secure day time bus routes that may be affected by funding cuts.

Students and parents wanting to find out more should contact our Admissions team on: 01458 844591

11/11/15 - College Pays Respect on Remembrance Day
College Pays Respect on Remembrance Day

Strode College Extended Diploma BTEC Uniformed Public Services students held a ceremony on 11th November for students and staff to remember those who have lost their lives as a result of war.

AS Music student Zac Smith played 'The Last Post' at the ceremony, providing an opportunity for those who attended to pay respects and reflect on conflict and the meaning of Remembrance Day.

Find out about Public Services Extended Diploma at Strode College.

02/11/15 - Music Students Challenged to Write Film Score by Professional
Music Students Challenged to Write Film Score by Professional

Simon Lomax visited Strode College recently to conduct a workshop in writing for film. As well as co-developing Somerton based Music Tuition company 'Music Skills', Simon is a prolific musician and producer in his own right, having worked with, among others, Julian Emery (producer for Lissie and McFly) and the Universal Music Group who represent major artists from Rihanna to Coldplay. Simon also taught Tristan Evans from the band 'The Vamps' to play the drums.

Simon brought two clips from an award winning film that he had written the music for, which our Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music and Music Technology students then composed music on Logic to fit with the scenes. Students will then send Simon their finished work and the film studio have offered to give feedback on their work.

To find out more about our Music Department visit the Music and Music Technology sections of our website.

28/10/15 - Public Services Students put to the Test with Royal Marines
Public Services Students put to the Test with Royal Marines

The Level 3 Uniformed Public Services students got to know the Royal Marines when they were put through their paces in a series of team challenges and physical training exercises.

The visiting team spent the day with the students talking to them about the service and showing them how the modern day service prepares to meet the challenges they now face around the world.

Find out more about Public Services Extended Diploma and Public Services Level 2 Diploma at Strode College.


Training with the Royal Marines

Training with the Royal Marines








23/10/15 - Music for Change Concert
Music for Change Concert

As part of One World Week (19 - 23 October), Strode College hosted a Music for Change Concert at Strode Theatre on 23rd October 2015. Students performed a range of Rock and Pop covers and there was a special performance from world renowned Cellist, Anup Kumar Biswas, playing an unaccompanied Bach Cello Sonata.

Anup has given concerts throughout Great Britain, including The Royal Albert Hall, St James’ Palace, Lambeth Palace, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Westminster Abbey and Grays Inn (where, in addition to a Vivaldi concerto, he played an Indian raga at the personal request of HRH the Prince of Wales).

Anup will also be raising money for The Mathieson Music Trust: with at a concert at Landmark house in Glastonbury on the evening of 23rd October.

16/10/15 - Get Fit for Charity
Get Fit for Charity

If you fancy getting fit and helping charity at the same time then get down to the Strode College Sports Hall this Tuesday 20 October at 12:30pm - 1:15pm for a Mega Body Combat Class. For a one pound donation you can join the class and raise funds for two charities: Scotty's Little Soldiers, which supports the children of men and women killed whilst serving in the British Armed Forces and Papyrus, which is dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.

Lynne and Don Hart - Papyrus Cheque Donation

Strode College has been busy raising funds for Papyrus this year; ‘StrodeLive’ music students chose to support the charity and recently hosted an evening of music in Holy Trinity Church in Street which was headlined by local songwriter Liam Howard. They raised £438.39 which was presented to Don and Lynne Hart, representatives of Papyrus.

Find out more about Music Extended Diploma and Music Level 2 Diploma at Strode College.

08/10/15 - Strode Students Amazing African Adventure
Strode Students Amazing African Adventure

Nineteen A Level Biology students from Strode College enjoyed an amazing African adventure - a two week field trip in Zambia - where they got up close to the wonderful wildlife and learnt about the fascinating culture. 

The students enjoyed treks and safaris in some of Zambia’s stunning national parks, where they encountered a wealth of wildlife including elephants, hippopotamus, crocodiles, baboons, giraffes and zebras. A highlight for the students was a night safari to watch lions hunt buffalo and a leopard hunting impala.

Other trip highlights included a visit to an elephant sanctuary where the students were able to feed baby elephants, and a visit to the world’s largest waterfall - Victoria Falls. 

Fiona Deacon, Strode’s A Level Biology teacher, said: “This was a highly enjoyable and successful trip; the students have returned to their studies inspired. You just can’t beat seeing the animals in their natural environment and the trip was also a great opportunity for our students to experience other cultures.“ 

Biology is one of four A Levels taught at Strode College to be ranked among the best in the country for student progress. This is measured by Advanced Level Performance Systems (ALPS), the national system that compares student’s A Level results with their predicted results based on their GCSEs. The other Strode A Levels ranked as best in the country for student progress are: Archaeology, Law and Psychology.

Photo (top-left): Verity Payton-Crisp of Bridgwater (formerly at Crispin School) feeding a baby elephant.

In the jeep and ready to go on safari.  Strode students had a great time at the elephant sanctuary in Zambia.

Above-left: In the jeep and ready to go on safari.
Above-right: Strode students had a great time at the elephant sanctuary in Zambia.

Georgie Lucas (formerly at Ansford and lives in Keinton Mandeville) feeding a baby elephant.  Amelia Noonan (formerly at Huish Episcopi Academy and lives in Somerton), zips over the Zambezi River on the Zambia/Zimbabwe boarder.

Above-left: Georgie Lucas of Keinton Mandeville (formerly at Ansford Academy) feeding a baby elephant.
Above-right: Amelia Noonan of Somerton (formerly at Huish Episcopi Academy), zips over the Zambezi River on the Zambia/Zimbabwe boarder.

You can find out more about studying Biology at Strode College and many other A Levels and vocational qualifications by visiting the college’s Open Evening on Thursday 22 October, 6.00-8.30pm.

Find out about A Level Biology at Strode.

01/10/15 - Sound, Lights and Effects for Strode Students
Sound, Lights and Effects for Strode Students

Music Technology students at Strode College were given the chance to get some hands on experience with some professional sound equipment last week when Adam Benton, managing director of ASB Industries Ltd, a production company specialising in sound, lighting and effects based near Yeovil, found time in his busy schedule to pay them a visit.

He brought with him two digital mixing consoles: a Midas Pro2 and a Yamaha LS9; both examples of professional sound equipment that is used throughout the live music and events industry. Adam showed the students how to set up and control each mixing console as well as talking about the industry, job opportunities and working practices.

Subject leader for Music Technology, Adrian Smith said: “Music industry links and first-hand experience are so valuable for our students; we aim to build in as many opportunities like this as possible.” To find out more visit the Music Technology section of our website.

28/09/15 - Cardboard Carnival Comes to College
Cardboard Carnival Comes to College

Art and Design students at Strode College showed skill and creativity recently, making some impressive cardboard carnival costumes.

Students worked together in small groups to design and construct sturdy but stylish cardboard costumes in less than two days before the project finale - a catwalk show in front of other students and staff.

They created some intricate and striking costumes such as the Hindu god Ganesh, Medussa, Jenny the Jellyfish, a Witch Doctor, a Chicken Dinner and a Clown Harlequin. All of the costumes showed a great deal of thought, imagination and skill, with one group using a combination of talcum powder and glitter to create ‘steam’ for their Eco-Friendly Express Train.

Duncan Cameron, Strode College’s Foundation Art and Design course manager, said: “We always kick off the year with a project to warm up the students’ creativity after the summer holidays and to get them working together in small groups – we want them to hit the ground running with this fun induction! They’ve shown great design and construction skills and created some fantastic costumes using recycled cardboard, brown tape, paper and string. We’ve had a great time working with them - watching their ideas develop and their confidence grow. I think we’re in for a record-breaking year of art and design at Strode.”

Students who worked on the cardboard costumes are studying Art and Design Level 3 Extended Diploma and Art and Design Foundation pre-degree Diploma.

Jago Sherman, from Thornford near Yeovil is currently studying Art and Design Foundation pre-degree diploma and he worked with the team that created ‘Geoffrey Beef’ who wears a tailcoat, a bowtie and mini top hat, and carries a cane with his hooves. Jago also modelled the cardboard creation for the catwalk. He said: “I used to work in an office for a packaging supply company so it’s quite funny that I’ve come to college and my first project is this! I really enjoyed working on this project – everyone is so friendly at Strode. It was really good fun and it’s been brilliant meeting new people.” Jago plans to go to Goldsmith’s University in London when he finishes his studies at Strode.

Bryony Kemp lives in Glastonbury and was home educated before joining Strode. She is currently studying the Art and Design Extended Diploma. She was on the team that created ‘Clown Harlequin’. “We wanted to create a circus feel to the outfit – and it gradually became a ‘harlequin’.”

Strode College also teaches A Level Art and Design and Art and Design Level 2 Diploma.

Take a look at all the costumes in our Cardboard Carnival gallery.

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