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26/05/15 - Exciting and creative talent at End of Year Arts Show
Exciting and creative talent at End of Year Arts Show

If you enjoy going to art shows and galleries or take delight in going to the theatre, then you will appreciate the fantastic creative talents being showcased at Strode

College’s End of Year Arts Show, which runs from Tuesday 9 June to Wednesday 17 June. 

Strode College is holding a number of events to celebrate the high standards of work achieved by students across a range of creative and performing arts, as they as they prepare to move on to higher level study at university or specialist colleges, or into employment.

This is a great opportunity for members of the public, or those thinking of studying at the College, to see the diversity and quality of work achieved at Strode while taking a look at the college’s extensive and specialist arts facilities.

End of Year Arts Show: Free, Tuesday 9 – Wednesday 17 June 2015, 9.00am - 4.30pm
Strode creative arts and media students are known for producing excellent and imaginative work. The show will feature work from over 100 students completing art and design courses this summer including painting and drawing, sculpture, textiles, photography, graphics, film and video.

Students presenting work are studying A level Art, Graphics, Photography, Textiles, Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design, Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art 

Free and open to the public (maps available from College Reception): Tuesday 9 – Wednesday 17 June 2015, 9.00am - 4.30pm; open until 8pm on Wednesday 10 June (College Open Evening); and closed at the weekend.& Design and Foundation Diploma in Art & Design.

Dance Showcase: Friday 12 June, 7.30pm
Friday 12 June, 7.30pm. Tickets £6.00, full concessions £5.00 and Strode College students £4.00; prices include a 50p contribution to the Strode Theatre Support Fund. The production is raising funds for College educational activities. Book through Strode Theatre: www.strodetheatre.org.uk

Strode College’s A Level Dance students and Extended Diploma in Performing Arts students will showcase the best of their performance work including musical theatre, contemporary dance and street dance. An energetic and entertaining evening is promised.

19/05/15 - Strode College Day Nursery is 'Outstanding' says Ofsted
Strode College Day Nursery is 'Outstanding' says Ofsted

Strode College Day Nursery in Street has once again been judged 'outstanding' by Ofsted. Following an inspection in April, Ofsted found the quality of early years education provided at the nursery to be outstanding in all areas.

Strode College Day Nursery provides early years education for children from the local community as well as those with parents who work or study at Strode. It is situated on the Strode College campus and the College is responsible for its overall management. 

In its inspection report Ofsted praises the quality of teaching and support at the nursery saying: “The nursery provides an extremely secure and nurturing environment where children are happy, confident and settle quickly…Children flourish because of outstanding teaching and the excellent levels of support they receive from highly skilled and qualified staff...Staff promote children’s love of learning through their high quality teaching and the engaging learning environment…Staff inspire the children to behave well; they listen to them and show genuine interest in what they have to say. Children feel respected and valued.”

Ofsted judged the leadership and management of the nursery to be “inspirational”.

James Staniforth, Strode College Principal, is delighted with the nurseries outstanding rating from Ofsted, which comes just months after Strode College also received this highest possible grade from Ofsted for its sixth form education. He said: “This is wonderful news not just for the nursery and the college, but also for the young children who enjoy such a fantastic education here every day, and for their parents who know that their children are being so well cared for. At Strode College we set the highest standards of education for everyone who learns with us, from nursery children, to sixth form students and adults. Being rated outstanding by Ofsted proves that we are achieving these high standards. I am thrilled that Ofsted has given such exceptionally high praise to our dedicated and hardworking nursery team; it is well deserved.“

Sarah Bisgrove, Nursery Supervisor said: “We are delighted that Ofsted recognised how well the children thrive in the happy learning environment that we provide.”

Strode College Day Nursery has places available - call the nursery for more information: 01458 844412.

You can see the full Ofsted report online.

Photo: Ofsted has found that children 'flourish' at the 'outstanding' Strode College Day Nursery in Street. Children are pictured here with the highly skilled and inspiring staff that support them. Left to right: Debbie Cummings – Assistant Principle, Director of Student Services; Sarah Bisgrove – Nursery Supervisor; Esther Cracknell – Nursery Deputy and part-time Nursery Supervisor; Donna Rendall – Nursery Assistant and part-time Deputy; Joanna Pianka – Nursery Assistant; and Vicki Baker – Nursery Assistant.

18/05/15 - Strode College Secure Third Place at the British Schools Team Fencing Championships
Strode College Secure Third Place at the British Schools Team Fencing Championships

The Strode College boys fencing team recently took third place at the British Schools Under 18s Team Fencing Championships. They were the only team from a non-independent school or college to compete in the competition. 

Josh Stevens, Jack Carter-Hughes and Isaac Mulcahy fought against twelve other teams from around the country. They achieved convincing wins in the group stages and went into the knockout rounds with a high ranking. After defeating the Millfield C team, and putting in a strong performance in the semi-final, they narrowly lost by one point to the Lycee Francais team, with the final score 44-45.

It was a fantastic team effort from Strode and each of the individual members contributed strongly on the piste and with their support on the side-lines.

Photo: Strode College Fencing Team, pictured left to right: Josh Stevens from Glastonbury, Jack Carter-Hughes from Ashcott and Isaac Mulcahy from Walton (all previously attended Crispin School).

15/05/15 - Cuts, Curls, Colours and Creativity. Strode Hairdressers, Beauticians and Barbers can do it All
Cuts, Curls, Colours and Creativity. Strode Hairdressers, Beauticians and Barbers can do it All

Over 200 Strode College hairdressing, barbering, nail and beauty students and their models took part in the college’s Hair and Beauty End of Year Showcase and Competition this week, displaying incredible creativity and technical know-how with some slick, stylish and stunning hairstyles, make-up and nail art. 

The event, held at Strode Theatre in front of friends, family and industry professionals, gave the students the opportunity to showcase their skills, imagination and resourcefulness outside the everyday salon situation, while experiencing the excitement, pressures and high standards of competition work.

The students are studying a variety of courses at Strode, including full-time, part-time and apprenticeships. And they certainly gave the judges a difficult task on the day by presenting some dramatic and eye catching looks in the nine themed categories: Movie Characters, 1940s, Ladies Day at Ascot, 1950s, Historical Eras/Modern Man, Alice in Wonderland, Colours, Masked Ball, and Seasons. For all categories students were required to create a total look which included hair, make-up and costume. 

The fifteen judges, many of whom are ex-Strode College students, took the day out from working in the hair and beauty industry. Head judge, Kate Morse from Pure Hairdressing in Street said: “The work displayed in the competition is very imaginative and of an incredibly high standard. Every year the students get more enthusiastic. They’ve shown us some amazing ideas and some great skills. I’m sure they will do well in their future careers.”

Strode’s Hairdressing and Barbering Course Manager and competition organiser Sandra Hellier said: “The competition gives the students an opportunity to use their imagination and show off their creative skills, as well as an opportunity to complete elements of their qualification. The students had to work hard at researching and planning their looks and they were required to produce a mood board to show where their inspiration came from. Many had looked into their family history right back to the 1920s.

James Staniforth, Principal of Strode College said: “It’s been a fantastic competition. The quality of work from our hairdressing, beauty, barbering and nail students is outstanding and they should be proud. The standards they achieve at Strode and in the salons where they work is clear for everyone to see and shows that they will go on to have successful careers in the industry.”

The competition was sponsored by L’Oreal. Winners received certificates and prizes that included a day training in a L’Oreal salon, a pamper day for two at Aqua Sauna in Centre Parcs, and top brand hairdressing equipment and products.

Strode College is currently accepting applications for a wide range of full-time and part-time hair and beauty courses starting in September 2015. For more information or to apply call: 01458 844400.

 

Winners of the Strode College Hair & Beauty Competition 2015

Movies ModelsMovies – Level 2 Beauty Therapy students

1st Prize: Stylist Cadence Lark from Somerton (formerly of Huish Episcopi Academy) and model Megan from Aller

2nd Prize: Stylist Maya Cross from Baltonsborough (formerly of The Blue School) and model Sophie Hickman from Somerton.

3rd Prize: Stylist Larissa Heard from Shepton Mallet (formerly of St Gregory’s) and model Rebecca Chayter from Shepton Mallet.



1940s Models1940s – Level 2 Hairdressing students

1st Prize: Stylist Sarah Wheadon from Yeovil (formerly Westfield Academy) and model Lily Kitto from Yeovil.

2nd Prize: Stylist Casey McDonald from Evercreech (formerly of Ansford) and model Beccy from Evercreech

3rd Prize: Stylist Georgina Whitmarsh from Wincanton (formerly of King Arthur’s)



1950s Models1950s – Part-time Level 2 Hairdressing students

1st Prize: Stylist Penelope Walton from Street and model Jodi Doggrell from Street

2nd Prize: Stylist Miranda Bloodworth from Shapwick and model Vanessa Mynott from Shapwick

3rd Prize: Stylist Letitia Cocks from Zeals and model Emerald from Westbury, Wilts.

 


Ladies Day at Ascot ModelsLadies Day at Ascot – Part-time Level 2 Beauty students

1st Prize: Stylist Tara Wheller from Street and model Adriana of Street

(no 2nd or 3rd)

 




Historical Eras/Modern Day ModelsHistorical Eras/Modern Day – Level 2 Barbering students

1st Prize: Stylist Emer Cassidy from Glastonbury and model Daniel from Glastonbury

2nd Prize: Stylist Lise Cunningham from Wellington and model Jimmy from Taunton

3rd Prize: Stylist Nicolas Oke from Wincanton and model Rhys from Castle Cary

 


Alice in Wonderland ModelsAlice in Wonderland – Level 3 Beauty students

1st Prize: Stylist Yasmin Sivell from Shepton Mallet (formerly of Whitstone) and model Lauren Golledge from Shepton Mallet

2nd Prize: Stylist Katie Davies from Shepton Mallet (formerly Whitstone) and model Rebecca Holt from Shepton Mallet

3rd Prize: Stylist Chloe Blackwell from Langport (formerly of Huish Episcopi) and model Jamie-Lee Andrews from Shaftesbury

 

 

Masked Ball ModelMasked BallPart-time Level 3 Beauty students

1st Prize: Stylist Melanie Eaton from Shepton Mallet and model Hazel from Godney.

(no 2nd or 3rd)

 

 

 

 

Colours ModelsColours – Level 3 Hairdressing students

1st Prize: Stylist Stacey Martin from Stoke sub Hamdon (formerly of Stanchester Academy) and model Natalie Bryant from Crewkerne

2nd Prize: Stylist Melissa Gribbin from Shepton Mallet (formerly of Whitstone) and model Kirsty Gribbin from Shepton Mallet

3rd Prize: Stylist Gabrielle Neil from Yeovil (formerly of Buckler’s Mead) and model Carlysle Jerome from Yeovil

 

 

Seasons ModelsSeasons – Level 3 Apprentice students

1st Prize: Stylist Whitley King from Glastonbury (formerly of St Dunstan’s) and model Loxley of Glastonbury

2nd Prize: Stylist Kelly-Ann McGowan from Yeovil (formerly of Preston) and model Bonnie from Ashington

3rd Prize: Stylist Lauren Chinnock from Wells (formerly of The Blue School) and model Kelly from Wells

 

 

Open Theme – Level 2 Nail Art students

1st Prize: Sally Anne Prime

2nd Prize: Honor Eastwood

3rd Prize: Dorinda Pennycard

01/05/15 - Strode College Engages in Political Debate
Strode College Engages in Political Debate

Strode College held a successful Pre Election Question Time Debate on Thursday 30 April. Over 300 students and staff attended this exciting and informative occasion. All the five main political parties were represented: Jon Cousins (Green), Chris Inchley (Labour), Tessa Munt (Liberal Democrats), James Heappey (Conservative) and Helen Hims (UKIP). The students asked a variety of interesting questions on key policies including the UK economy, European Union, environmental issues, defence and prospects for a post-election coalition government.

Find out more about Strode's Government and Politics A Level.

30/04/15 - Students Fundraise for Macmillan Cancer Support at the Red Brick Building
Students Fundraise for Macmillan Cancer Support at the Red Brick Building

Strode College students continue to put on some great fundraising gigs at the Red Brick Building in Glastonbury with their latest 'StrodeLive' event on Thursday, May 14, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. ‘Sound Clash’ is organised by Strode’s Music Technology students and is a showcase for local DJs and MCs, featuring a range of styles including ‘Jump Up’ and ‘Dark’. Performing on the night will be DJ Frank, Switchflipz, Lou Cid, MC MVP, DJ Klash to name just a few. Entry is £3 on the door and the night kicks off at 8pm until 11pm. Patrons must be 16 years of age or over. Previous events organised by Strode students include the 'Rock for Red Nose' event, which raised nearly £200 for Children in Need, and the 'Get Funked Up' gig which raised £168 for the Rural Music Network.

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Find out about Strode's Music Technology Extended Diploma and Music Technology A Level.

20/04/15 - Archaeology Students get to Grips with Forensic Anthropology
Archaeology Students get to Grips with Forensic Anthropology

Archaeology A Level and Degree students at Strode College spent the day being Forensic Anthropologists recently, identifying the sex, age and height of individuals by examining their bones and considering the possible causes of their death.

Archaeology uses the same techniques as Forensic Anthropology in the analysis of human remains. It is an important element of the AS Archaeology course and post excavation analysis which is taught as part of Strode’s History, Heritage and Archaeology degree.

The hands-on workshop was taught by a Forensic Anthropologist from Sherlock Bones, who brought along some human skeletons for students to work with.

Photo: Strode’s A Level Archaeology and History, Heritage and Archaeology Foundation Degree students found the forensic anthropology workshop fascinating

17/04/15 - Strode College Student Awards Celebrate Outstanding Academic and Personal Achievements
Strode College Student Awards Celebrate Outstanding Academic and Personal Achievements

Strode College celebrated the outstanding academic and personal achievements of 31 students at an awards evening held in Strode Theatre this week (14 April).

Students receiving awards had completed a wide range of courses last year, including A Levels, vocational qualifications, higher education qualifications, apprenticeships and courses for adults.

They were praised for their excellent academic achievements and for the impressive ambition, determination and enthusiasm they demonstrated which helped them to reach their goals.

James Staniforth, Principal of Strode College said: “This is a very special evening for Strode College. It’s a wonderful opportunity for us to recognise the outstanding achievements of these students, in front of the family, friends and teachers who supported them along the way. It’s also great to meet up again with students to hear what they are doing now - at university, in their careers or during their gap years. 

“One of the main reasons I am so passionate about further education is that I have seen over many years that, regardless of their starting point, when students come to college they thrive and achieve beyond expectations. 

“We are committed to helping all of our students reach their potential so that they can enjoy successful futures. As we are the only Further Education college to be awarded `Outstanding` by Ofsted this year and the only `Outstanding` sixth form in Mendip and South Somerset, the 1500 16-18 year olds who study with us each year can be confident that we can deliver on this commitment. We also teach courses for other ages, levels, abilities and interests; we value all of them, deliver equally high standards of teaching and support to everyone and we take great delight in their success.

Four Strode students who successfully completed the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award were also presented with their awards during the evening (see below). 

Strode College Student Awards 2015

 

Strode College Student Awards - 14 April 2015

Ellie GoreOverall Student of the Year 2013/14 – Ellie Gore
Studied:
A Level Biology (A*), Maths (A*), Archaeology (A*) and Chemistry (A)
Home town: Babcary, Somerton
Previous school:
Ansford Academy
Where now?
Gap year working overseas before studying Medicine at Leicester University later this year.
Ellie was this year’s most nominated student, nominated for lots of awards by lots of people! What makes her stand out is that she is not just outstanding in one discipline. She approached all her work with complete dedication and always with a smile. A complete perfectionist in everything she did, she was always willing to give anything a go and was a fantastic role model for other students in the class. It is perhaps Ellie’s personal qualities above all that earned her this accolade, she is polite, calm, well organised, intellectually curious and compassionate – but having left Strode having achieved A, A*, A*, A* it is fair to say that academically she was also truly successful! Ellie took a year to travel and will be starting her medical degree at University of Leicester in September 2015.

Luke DodgeAdult Student of the Year – Luke Dodge
Studied:
Access to Higher Education, Level 3 Diploma (Pass)
Home town:
East Coker, Yeovil
Where now?
Reading University studying Real Estate.
Luke joined the Access to Higher Education (Combined Studies) Diploma having previously left the Royal Navy. He quickly impressed the teaching team and also gained the high regard of his peers through his positive outlook and helpful encouragement as a team member. Academically Luke made steady progress, and when offered a place at Reading University to study the Real Estate, BSc (Hons) course at Reading University he rose to the challenge with enthusiasm and completed this Diploma with higher grades than he needed. Luke is commended not only for his final achievement, but for his unremitting efforts to raise the standard of his work to the highest level.

Laciejay TaylorApprentice of the Year – Laciejay Taylor
Studied:
NVQ Diplomas Level 2 and 3 Hairdressing (Pass) and Functional Skills in English and Maths (Pass)
Home town:
Street
Previous school:
Crispin School
Where now?
Stylist at Tranquillity Hair Salon in Street.
Throughout her studies Lacie has shown great promise. She showed commitment and dedication to her work and had 100% attendance. She was always willing to help others within the group and was a good team player. Lacie was an excellent, conscientious student both at college and at her employers, Tranquillity Hair in Street. What made Lacie stand out was the speed of her progression in the workplace from junior roles to stylist, and her personal transformation regarding her studies. From a workplace and college point of view, Lacie is a worthy winner of this award. Lacie has been promoted at work and is now a stylist with a personal cliental; she is a valued member of the team.

Frankie SilcoxBeauty Therapy student of the year – Frankie Silcox
Studied:
Level 3 NVQ Diploma Beauty Therapy (Pass)
Home town:
Yeovil
Previous school:
Westfield Academy
Where now?
Beauty Therapist at the Crystal Courtyard Salon in East Coker
Frankie was always professional, enthusiastic and motivated in all aspects of her Beauty Therapy qualification, achieving a very high standard of work with excellent test results. She was hard working and conscientious and she was always striving to do better.  She had a natural rapport with clients and excellent communication skills and her passion for beauty came through in her work. Her positive outlook on life and sunny smile ensured any task was completed willingly. She was pro-active in fund-raising events and she was an excellent ambassador for Strode College. Frankie was a pleasure to teach and an asset to the course. She is now employed as a beauty therapist and she has the ability to go far in her chosen career.

Ashleigh EdwardsJohn Lewis Award for Biology and Environmental Sciences Student of the Year – Ashleigh Edwards
Studied:
A Level Biology (A*), Maths (A*), Psychology (A), Extended Project (B)
Home town:
Somerton
Previous school:
Huish Episcopi Academy
Where now?
Manchester University studying Genetics.
Throughout her two years studying Biology Ashleigh maintained an excellent work ethic. She tackled each area of her subject with the same degree of enthusiasm and commitment. Ashleigh was involved with the college Gambia Project and took an active role in the fund raising, committing herself to raising sufficient funds to travel with the group to The Gambia in 2014. Ashleigh was a fantastic ambassador for the college during this trip. We are confident that she will excel in her chosen field. Ashleigh selected Manchester University and is now studying for a degree in Genetics.

Will NashBusiness Student of the Year – Will Nash
Studied:
A Level Business (A), Communications & Culture (B) and Psychology (C)
Home town:
Wedmore
Previous school:
Kings of Wessex School
Where now?
Working at Glastonbury Ales and The Somerset Bottling Company; travelling to India later this year; plans to study Management at university or launch his own business.
Will was a hard-working and highly motivated student who produced outstanding work. A positive influence in class, he approached his work with a committed attitude. His AS Business Studies exam result was the highest mark of all Business Studies students in the year and he made valuable contributions in class which demonstrated his enthusiasm for the subject. He was a very conscientious worker who was highly self-motivated. This year Will has been working with Glastonbury Ales and the Somerset Bottling Company. He is carefully considering his options, based around management, either studying at university or launching his own business.

Dicken RichardsEngineering and Technology Student of the Year – Dicken Richards
Studied:
Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering (Triple Distinction Star)
Home town:
Shepton Mallet
Previous school:
Blue School, Wells
Where now?
Working as a specialised Engineering Apprentice at the Ministry of Defence.
Dicken immediately demonstrated an extraordinary interest in all aspects of the Engineering course. Each topic triggered a response from Dicken to probe deeper into the subject. He worked very hard to complete assignment work ahead of time. He always aimed high and was only happy with Distinction level in his work. Dickens’ enthusiasm continued throughout his course; he was determined to do his best and he remained focused on his goal of achieving a Triple Distinction. He gained new knowledge and understanding in many fields of engineering including maths, electronics, science, materials technology, welding, design and computer-aided drawing. His hard working attitude, determination and focus will serve him well in the years to come. He completed the course with an overall Triple Distinction Star grade enabling him to continue his higher specialised engineering apprenticeship and employment at the Ministry of Defence Abbeywood in Bristol.

English Student of the Year – Molly Harvey
Studied:
A Level English Language (A*), Biology (A*), History (A), Physics (B) and Extended Project (B)
Home town:
Somerton
Previous school:
St Dunstan’s School
Where now?
St Andrew’s University, Scotland, studying Zoology.
Molly was clearly an able student when she arrived at Strode. What marked her out was the maturity of her approach; her powers of analysis; the way she communicated verbally and in writing. These qualities, along with her ability to analyse linguistic subtleties and technical aspects of language accurately made her an outstanding student. Her Language Investigation coursework gained her an A Grade with 79 marks out of 80 and was described by her English Language teacher as being one of the best he had ever read and one of the few students in the department’s collective memory to score such a high mark in the investigation. Molly is a well-deserved winner of this award. Molly is now studying Zoology at St Andrew’s University, Scotland.

Chelana MarshallFoundation Student of the Year – Chelana Marshall
Studied:
Foundation Studies Level 1 Diploma (Pass), Functional Skills English, Maths and ICT Entry Level (Pass)
Home town:
Shepton Mallet
Previous school:
Blue School, Wells
Where now?
Studying Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design at Strode College.
Chelana soon began to blossom during her Foundation course, developing positive relationships with staff which led to increased levels of confidence, enabling her to try new skills, ask for help and expand her academic, creative and personal horizons. By the end of the year, we were working alongside an altogether more confident young lady who was able to support both staff and other students, with her gentle sense of humour starting to shine through. Chelana was inspired by her visit to Strode’s art show and applied for a Level 2 art course at Strode. We are extremely proud of her determination to succeed and wish her well as she moves forward and continues to develop her creativity here at Strode on the Level 2 Art and Design course.

Bethany FraserHairdressing Student of the Year – Bethany Fraser
Studied:
NVQ Level 2 Diploma Women’s Hairdressing (Pass) and Functional Skills Maths Level 2 (Pass)
Home town: Street
Previous school:
Weston College
Where now?
Working and training as an Advanced Hairdressing Apprentice at Tranquillity Salon in Street.
Beth maintained a motivated and committed approach to her studies from the outset, with a quietly confident focus. Her theory assignments were well researched, presented to deadlines and showed a high level of understanding of the industry. Alongside this she had excellent customer care skills that she honed repeatedly in the salon. As a result of her manner and determination, Beth secured a full-time position at Tranquillity Hair in Street which has led to progression to Level 3 study as an Apprentice.

Hannah MoodyHealth and Care Student of the Year – Hannah Moody
Studied:
Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (Triple Distinction Star)
Home town:
Shepton Mallet
Previous school:
Whitstone School
Where now?
Plymouth University studying Midwifery.
Hannah began her course determined to achieve her ambition of becoming a midwife. She quickly showed a high degree of motivation to succeed, alongside a bright, enquiring approach to her studies and a desire to make the most of every opportunity presented to her. Hannah was steadfast in meeting the demands of both work placement and college to the very best of her ability. She showed excellent communication skills, fantastic teamwork and high levels of independence. Hannah never lost sight of her end goal. Hannah’s ability, commitment and aptitude were clearly evident because she secured offers at all five of her chosen universities; an outstanding achievement in itself given the number of applicants for midwifery. She is now progressing to Plymouth University to study midwifery and we know that she will continue to strive to be the best she can, in all that she does.

Sam GriffithsHigher Education Student of the Year – Sam Griffiths
Studied:
Foundation Degree, Managing in the Public Sector Services (Pass), having previously gained Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services (Double Distinction, Distinction Star)
Home town:
Bridgwater
Previous school:
Crispin School
Where now?
Plymouth University, studying a final degree year and working part-time as a Special Constable.
Sam Griffiths studied the Managing in the Public Sector Services Foundation Degree as a full-time student. He was hard working and determined, and successfully completed his course in 2014. Sam showed that he had all the right skills and qualities whilst studying, to become a very good Police Officer. Sam volunteered as a Special Constable with Avon and Somerset Constabulary and his professional conduct was highly regarded by the constabulary. Sam was supportive, articulate and well respected by staff and his peers, always demonstrating a high degree of integrity and fairness. We highly commend Sam for the high standards he achieves in everything that he does and we wish him every success in his very promising career ahead.

Lindsey-Mai HigginsHospitality student of the year – Lindsey-Mai Higgins
Studied:
Level 2 and Level 3 Extended Diploma in Hospitality (Triple Distinction)
Home town:
Shepton Mallet
Previous school:
St Dunstan’s School
Where now?
Gloucester University studying Hotel, Resort and Events Management.
Lindsey began to show her great potential soon after joining college, but the real turning point for Lindsey was her performance in the Contemporary World Food Cooking Assessment. Her Distinction grade in this unit really kick-started a huge improvement in her approach and standards. And by year two Lindsey was producing excellent results in assignments and in practical assessments. When Lindsey was offered a place to study Hotel, Resort and Events Management, BA (Hons) at Gloucester University there was no way now she was going to miss out. This resulted in a Triple Distinction at the end of the year easily achieving her place at university. Lindsay deserves this award for hard work, a clear goal and an outstanding achievement.

William DaviesHumanities Student of the Year – William Davies
Studied:
A Level Archaeology (A*), Geology (A), Geography (B) and History (B)
Home town:
Montacute
Previous school:
Stanchester Academy
Where now?
University of Liverpool studying Archaeology and Geology.
Will was an outstanding student of Archaeology, Geology, Geography and History. This was a challenging undertaking as he had to complete three lots of coursework, all due at the same time, and he still excelled at it. Will always gave extra; he was very helpful at open evenings, always contributed humorously in lessons and he was an enthusiastic participant in subject trips and events. Will has taken his passion for learning further and is currently reading for a Joint Honours degree in Archaeology and Geology at the University of Liverpool. We are sure that Will is equally successful in his university degree.

Luke WilliamsIT student of the year – Luke Williams
Studied:
Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT Practitioners (Triple Distinction Star)
Home town:
Glastonbury
Previous school:
Crispin School
Where now?
Kings College, University of London, studying Computer Science.
When Luke first came to Strode College he was unsure of what he could achieve. However, once he began to complete a few assignments he realised that he was one of the most able students on the course and could achieve success at Distinction level. This was all the motivation he needed. He fully applied himself to his studies and almost always handed work in ahead of deadlines. He achieved Triple Distinction Star and secured a place at Kings College, University of London to study Computer Science. We are very proud of him and wish him well for the future.

Chris MolloyBrian Jefferson Cup for Maths – Chris Molloy
Studied:
A Level Maths (A*), Further Maths (A*) and Physics (A)
Home town:
Somerton
Previous school:
Ansford Academy
Where now?
University of Bristol studying Mathematics and Computer Science.
Throughout his two years studying Maths at Strode Chris demonstrated his keen interest in the subject. He was always thinking ahead when new topics were introduced, often coming up with original ideas for how a problem could be tackled. He had the ability to devise methods to solve complex problems, gaining great satisfaction from having developed his own methods. Throughout, Chris’s enjoyment of Maths was evident, as demonstrated by his decision to undertake extra studies in order to take 2 STEP papers alongside his A2 exams – in his words, “for fun”. Chris is now studying Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Bristol.

Robin NiedojadloGabriel NiedojadloMedia Students of the Year – Gabriel and Robin Niedojadlo
Studied:
Level 3 Extended Diploma in Broadcast Media (Distinction Star, Double Distinction); Robin also gained Psychology A Level (A).
Home town:
Othery, Bridgwater
Previous school:
Huish Episcopi Academy
Where now?
Gabriel is on a gap year and will study Psychology at Lancaster University later this year; Robin is currently working in the film industry in London and has a place at the University of Gloucester to study Film Production.
It was clear from the start that Broadcast Media was the right course for brothers Gabriel and Robin; their interest and skills in media production quickly shone through. They worked on many projects together at college - every time there was a college event you could always guarantee that both of them would be there, camera and tripods at the ready, collecting the well framed video and then editing to a professional level. They had the ability to make tasks fun through their positive approach and unique sense of humour and they consistently showed themselves to be highly driven, professional, hard-working and committed. The energy and enthusiasm they brought to every project made them the number one selection for every team. These skills and qualities have served them well in post college careers: Gabriel, who also studied A level Psychology, has been offered a place to study BSc in Psychology at Lancaster and Robin is currently working in London on film production shoots having deferred a year at University of Gloucester to study a BA in Film Production.

Grace BenthamRichard Frapwell Cup for Modern Foreign Languages – Grace Bentham
Studied:
A Level French (A), German (A), Spanish (A), and an Extended Project B
Home town:
Bridgwater
Previous school:
Huish Episcopi Academy
Where now?
Durham University studying German, French and Spanish.
Grace really was la crème de la crème. She studied French, German and Spanish and gained A grades in all three, just as we always expected she would. Her performance in Spanish was particularly impressive, because she didn’t study the language for GCSE at school. She attended a summer course and taught herself a bit more during the summer holiday before she joined Strode and then embarked on the A Level course to see how things would go. In German, Grace was selected to go on a two week summer project with UK-German Connection who went on to choose her to be an ambassador for German. She set about teaching the language to a group of pupils at Walton Primary School, proving an enthusiastic teacher and a wonderful representative for the college. Grace is now studying at Durham University where she continues to study all three languages, and gives up her spare time to mentor pupils in the local schools.

Music Student of the Year – Tom Mills-Smith
Studied:
Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Technology (Triple Distinction Star) and an Extended Project (A)
Home town:
Wells
Previous school:
Blue School, Wells
Where now?
University of the West of England, Bristol, studying Games Technology.
Tom has been chosen as Music Student of the Year due to his commitment, talent and the results he gained for his hard work. From the outset it was clear that Tom had a talent for music composition. A talented guitar player with excellent music production skills on software and in the studio, Tom played a key role in a number of projects. His Extended Project Qualification was exceptional and demonstrated a high level of both academic and technical skills. In addition to his studies Tom also got involved wherever he could in extra curricula activities such as college gigs, performances and fundraising activities. He was always effective and punctual and quickly became somebody we could rely on. Tom is now studying for a BSc in Games Technology at the University of the West of England, Bristol.

Margi HumphreyPerforming Arts Student of the Year – Margi Humphrey
Studied:
Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Triple Distinction Star)
Home town:
Stoke-sub-Hamdon
Previous school:
Stanchester
Where now?
Anglia Ruskin University studying Performing Arts.
When Margi joined Strode she demonstrated a sensitivity and wisdom way beyond her years, and she used these attributes well to create excellent work throughout the course. She was an extremely conscientious student who always strove to produce work of the very highest quality. She took on a number of key roles in our productions and also threw herself into enrichment activities such as the annual musical and college support groups. She is a very deserving recipient of this year’s award.

Tom CornishPhysical Sciences Student of the Year – Tom Cornish
Studied:
Maths (A*), Biology (A*), Physics (A), Chemistry (A) and Extended Project (A)
Home town:
Sutton Montis, Yeovil
Previous school:
Ansford Academy
Where now?
Gap year working and travelling before studying Astrophysics at Lancaster University.
Tom’s enthusiasm for the Physical Sciences was clear from day one at Strode when he chose five AS levels in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Maths and Music. Tom also found time to play the guitar for pleasure and joined the college music ensemble. In his second year Tom continued with the three sciences and Maths plus an Extended Project Qualification. In August 2014 he achieved A*, A*, A, A for his A levels. Tom read well beyond the Physics syllabus and enjoyed researching ‘Dark Matter’ for his A level coursework. Tom realised that he would like to pursue his interest in astronomy and cosmology and he has a place at Lancaster University to study Astrophysics next year. As well as being extremely intelligent, Tom is very good at explaining things in a clear and concise way, both orally and in writing.

Cameron DoyePsychology Student of the Year – Cameron Doye
Studied:
A Level Psychology (A*), Sociology (A), Human Biology (A) and Extended Project (B)
Home town:
Norton-sub-Hamdon
Previous school:
Home Educated
Where now?
Exeter University studying Psychology.
Throughout his time at Strode College Cameron showed himself to be an exceptionally hardworking and conscientious student who made an enormous contribution to Psychology at Strode College. Cam excelled in his first year, but it was in his second year that his dedication to the subject became apparent. He made several outstanding presentations to the Psychology Society, and was also a major contributor to a research project on the relationship between personality factors and smoking addiction. Cam was an exceptional Psychology student. He achieved a well-deserved A* in Psychology and is now reading Psychology at Exeter University.

Social Sciences Student of the Year – Jade Lester
Studied:
A Level Sociology (A*), Film Studies (A*), English Literature (A) and Extended Project (B)
Home town:
Street
Previous school:
St Dunstan’s School
Where now?
University of Bath studying Social Sciences.
The qualities that made Jade stand out were her enthusiasm for learning in every respect and her resilience. Jade was an exceptionally motivated, mature and independent student. She was always actively engaged in the subject and clearly enjoyed it, participating, unafraid to ask questions and frequently adding insightful contributions to the classes. She not only had an excellent grasp of Sociology, but could also see the relevance of the subject to her life, skills, and to the world around her. She clearly enjoyed learning and was happy to work independently or with other students in a constructive way. Her grasp of the sociological perspectives and conceptual language was exceptional, as was her persistence with developing sociological skills, in particular the skill of direct evaluation which she had to work at initially and in which she became expert. Jade thoroughly deserved her A* in Sociology and is now studying Social Sciences at the University of Bath.

India JenkinsUniversity of the West of England Bristol Law School Prize – India Jenkins
Studying:
A Level Law, Government & Politics, History, English Literature
Home town:
Meare
Previous school:
St Dunstan’s School
Where next?
Plans to study Law at university next year.
The University of the West of England Law School prize is awarded at the discretion of the College either for academic excellence or a continued dedication to the study of Law. India has been selected as she has excelled on both of these grounds. India demonstrated an unrelenting work ethic and consistently achieved within the top 5% of the AS Law students. India’s clear academic ability combined with her commitment, determination and ability to identify how to stand out from the crowd means that she will undoubtedly excel in the forthcoming examinations.

Matthew ThorneRachel House Award for Skills for life – Matthew Thorne
Studied:
Functional Skills English (Pass)
Home town:
Pilton.
Matthew joined Strode in 2012, wanting to improve on an Entry Level 1 Maths qualification he gained at another local college. He looked to Strode to support him in fulfilling his potential. Staff identified strong dyslexic tendencies and put arrangements in place to support Mathew. Always a hard worker with a conscientious and questioning nature, Matthew’s commitment to self-improvement ensured that he had 100% attendance. This led to passes at both Entry 3 and Level 1 Maths in his first year here, and he went on to achieve Level 2 Maths the following year. We are proud to have witnessed Matthew’s commitment and dedication to his course. Matthew has said he learned a huge amount from Strode and in particular his confidence improved enormously. Matthew is now employed at Tor Works where he hopes to start an apprenticeship in the near future.

Sport and Public Services Student of the Year – Charlie Gates
Charlie GatesStudied: Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services (Triple Distinction Star)
Home town:
East Coker
Previous school:
Preston School
Where now?
Working for the Police Force in Bristol as an Administration Support Officer.
Charlie was a diligent student and well-respected member of the Uniformed Public Services group. Academically he worked hard to achieve the highest grade possible. A natural leader he enthusiastically took part in all elements of the course including the Duke of Edinburgh Gold, which he successfully completed and which was awarded at St James Palace in February. Evident from the start of the course was his passion to serve the community in which he lived; a passion that was reflected in his studies and in everything he did including his successful application to be a Special Constable. Charlie accepted the role of course patriarch and Gold expedition leader almost from the start and was always supportive of his fellow students and staff members. Always willing to listen and offer sound advice he was an exemplary student.

Ashleigh CarelessSuccess Against the Odds – Ashleigh Careless
Studied:
Level 3 Extended Diploma Sport (Triple Distinction Star)
Home town:
Wells
Previous school:
Blue School, Wells
Where now?
University of Central Lancashire studying Sports Therapy.
Ashleigh enrolled on the Extended Diploma Sport (Development, Coaching & Fitness) at Strode College and completed this with a Triple Distinction Star grade. Throughout her studies she was a highly capable, motivated and determined student who has succeeded whilst overcoming issues which tested her strength and resolve to the maximum. She displayed resilience, mental fortitude, maturity and courage and she constantly demonstrated enthusiasm, application and hard work across each and every unit. Her attention to detail, time management and planning was so good that her approach was adopted by the whole student group – which was an instrumental factor in them becoming the best performing Extended Diploma Sport group. This meticulous attention to planning was further demonstrated by Ashleigh completing additional qualifications from evening classes, which enabled her to pursue her ultimate goal of studying at the University of Central Lancashire on the Sports Therapy, BSc (Hons) course. Ashleigh gained a Triple Distinction Star grade – a fantastic achievement. Good luck to Ashleigh for the bright future she has earned for herself.

Will NashVisual Arts (2D) Student of the Year – Josh Payne
Studied:
A Level Graphics (A*), Psychology (A) and History (C)
Home town:
Castle Cary
Previous school:
Ansford Academy
Where now?
Strode College studying Art & Design Foundation Diploma (Pre-Degree).
Josh had a flair for Graphics and achieved the elusive A* in Graphics in 2014. This success motivated Joshua to further pursue his studies in the visual arts and he has progressed onto our Foundation Diploma in Art & Design where he is flourishing. Josh is an extremely diligent student who works tirelessly at improving his work. He is a perfectionist, always polite, and has an excellent attendance record. While studying A levels Josh grew incredibly as a designer and developed skills in industry software like Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop. He was always focused on what he wanted to achieve regardless of work load and always met deadlines. His work was always professional in appearance, concept and finish; qualities that are celebrated in graphic design.

Megan AngellVisual Arts (3D) Student of the Year – Megan Angell
Studied:
Art & Design Foundation Diploma Pre-Degree (Distinction) and previously A Level Textiles (A*), Photography (A) and English Literature (A).
Home town:
Castle Cary
Previous school:
Ansford Academy
Where now?
Kingston University studying Fashion.
Megan was an outstanding fashion student, obsessive about fashion and all its facets and showed strengths with both design and construction. True to form, she was an excellent Art Foundation student, diligent and hard working. She was genuinely enthusiastic and invested a great deal of her time in the research and development of her garments. Megan’s Final Major Project was an especially powerful body of work. Megan’s project stood out not just for the level of skill employed, but the maturity of the concept and the evident energy put into realising her ambition. It is no surprise that Megan succeeded in securing a place to read BA Fashion at Kingston University.

Gary SmithOutstanding Contribution – Gary Smith
Studied:
Level 3 Extended Diploma Music Technology (Triple Distinction)
Home town:
Glastonbury
Previous school:
Strode College.
There are a number of reasons why Gary deserves this award. Gary gained a Triple Distinction Star grade in his Extended Diploma in Music Technology as well as completing an Extended Project Qualification. He showed time after time to be highly motivated and a positive influence on the other students in the group. Gary became involved in many extra curricula projects at College. He took on a key role in the team of students who organised a record and CD sale in the College refectory raising money for an eating disorder charity called ‘BEAT’. Gary also organised a video game conference at Strode Theatre. Gary organised the first ‘Oxjam’ music event in 2013 at the Red Brick Building as coursework evidence for the Music Events course unit. This event has now become an annual fixture in the local music calendar. Gary is passionate about music and is a valued member of the Strode Live team supporting and promoting Strode College music artists. Gary now works at Strode College as ‘E Learning and Information Resources Co-ordinator’.

 

Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards 2015

Annabel Ford
Studied:
A Level: Geography, Psychology and Biology
Home town:
Stratford-upon-Avon
Previous school:
Farleigh College.

Ben SheldrakeBen Sheldrake
Studied:
Level 3 Extended Diploma Public Services
Home town:
Edington, Bridgwater
Previous school:
Taunton School.

Charlotte Preece
Studied:
Level 3 Extended Diploma Public Services
Home town:
Somerton
Previous school:
Crispin School.

Charlie GatesCharlie Gates
Studied:
Level 3 Extended Diploma Public Services
Home town:
East Coker
Previous school:
Preston School.

17/04/15 - IT Students Teach Primary School Pupils
IT Students Teach Primary School Pupils

Nineteen IT students from Strode College have been visiting Brookside School in Street weekly, to teach computer programming to Year 3 and Year 4 pupils (aged 7, 8 and 9). The college students, who are all in their first year at Strode and studying IT Extended Diploma at level 3, have been making the visits since January, as part of their communications unit, which focuses on life skills and working as part of a team.

Julie Wheadon, Head of IT and Engineering at Strode College, said: “The Government wants to see an improvement in primary school pupils’ knowledge of programming. Our level 3 students are learning the latest technology; it makes perfect sense for them to share that information with these youngsters.”

Ewan Trebble-Westlake, from Street and formerly at Crispin School, is one of the Strode students who visits Brookside every week. He said: "It has been really exciting helping these young children learn how to program. I have been surprised at how well they have done. The visits have helped me improve my interaction with other people and given me the confidence to stand up and talk in front of a group."

Pupils from Elmhurst School in Street also benefit from the IT students’ knowledge by visiting Strode College every Thursday for an after school programming club.

Photo: Strode College IT student Ben Maddaford teaches computer programming to pupils at Brookside School in Street.

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16/04/15 - Get Funked Up!
Get Funked Up!

If you love soul and funky 60s vibes then this forthcoming fundraiser could be just the gig for you. The Red Brick Building in Glastonbury is hosting the event on Thursday April 23, featuring 11-piece funk/soul band Midrod Ends, popular local DJ Dr. Amaqueen, and singer-songwriter Ben Russell. Proceeds from this event will go to the Rural Music Network who help young musicians gain experience and gig opportunities around the South West. Organised by Strode College Music Technology students Rebecca Tatchell and Jay Seaward as part of StrodeLive music events, the gig starts at 8pm and entry will be £2 on the door.

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