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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

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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 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.

17/06/15 - StrodeLive Students Make A Noise In College Library For Charity
StrodeLive Students Make A Noise In College Library For Charity

For the annual Make A Noise In Libraries (MANIL) fortnight, Strode College’s Learning Resource Centre transformed their usual quiet and calm atmosphere by putting on some live music from their StrodeLive students.

The MANIL fortnight, which ran earlier this month, is designed to celebrate diversity in the library environment by improving access to books and information for the blind and partially sighted and also raises money for the Royal National Institute For The Blind (RNIB).

StrodeLive students Chloe Paull, Daisy Parsons, Tom Crabb, Daniel Higginson and Jake Radford played a selection of songs to a growing crowd in the college library, who showed their appreciation with applause and donations to the RNIB.

Strode’s Learning Resource Centre provides information, computer use and a place to study along with a range of other services specially selected to assist students in their learning.

StrodeLive students raise funds for charities by delivering live gigs locally, while also gaining experience in performing live and in front of an audience.

11/06/15 - Arts Students Thrive at Strode College to Produce an 'Outstanding' End of Year Arts Show
Arts Students Thrive at Strode College to Produce an 'Outstanding' End of Year Arts Show

If you want to see for yourself why Strode College’s creative arts A Levels and vocational courses received a grade 1 rating from Ofsted, then take a look at the college’s End of Year Art Show video on YouTube - students enjoying learning, thriving and delivering exceptional work. 

Art and Design is going from strength to strength at Strode College, with the visual arts department receiving the highest possible praise from Ofsted at the end of last year.

The College’s End of Year Art Show (9-17 June) celebrated the work of 140 students from across the region who study a range of creative arts courses. Eight students were honoured for their outstanding achievements in painting and drawing, sculpture, graphics, textiles, photography, animation, film and video. They received a certificate and a cheque, and the College has bought a piece of their work to add to the `Strode Collection`.

James Staniforth, Principal of Strode College said: “Our End of Year Arts Show clearly demonstrates the enormous creativity and technical skill of our students. It makes me proud to see what can be achieved when young talent and skill is nurtured with such excellent teaching. Our creative arts department is fantastic and I think the show and the video of the show gives a real flavour of why our students enjoy learning here and achieve such great success. This is why Ofsted praised our college and our creative arts team so highly at the end of last year.”

Petrina Rochester, Head of Art and Design at Strode said: “The End of Year Show generates great excitement and energy around college as students and staff work together to create something special. It is also a time for reflection as we review work; think about how far our students have come and how far they will go in the future. Our students have produced outstanding work, much of which rivals that of specialist art colleges and many university level institutions. We are delighted to be able to showcase their talent, skill and creativity in this way.”

Strode College End of Year Arts Show 2015   Strode College End of Year Arts Show 2015

Strode College art and design students consistently achieve outstanding results and win places at some of the country’s top specialist institutions for arts and media, including Goldsmiths, University of London; University of the Arts, London; Central St Martins and University College Falmouth. 

Students exhibiting work at the college show will be completing courses this summer in A level Art, Design Technology, Graphics, Textiles and Photography, Level 3 Extended Diploma Art and Design, Level 2 Diploma Art and Design, and Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.


Students receiving awards for excellence in their work

End of Year Show 2015 winners.

These Strode College arts students were honoured with awards for their outstanding work (left to right): Ellie Abbiss, Freya Legg, Maddie Dorey, Antony Rendall, James Staniforth (Principal), Lucy Brown, Amy Harris, Shannon d'Arcy and Sandra Phillips.

Ellie Abbiss2D Fine Art Award – Ellie Abbiss

Lives: Yeovil

Studying: Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design       

Previous school: Westfield Academy

What next: Employment

 

Freya Legg2D Fine Art Award – Freya Legg

Lives: Langport

Studying: A level Art & Design

Previous school: Huish Episcopi Academy

What next: Gap Year

 

Madeline Dorey3D Fine Art Award – Madeline Dorey

Lives: Somerton

Studying: Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design

Previous school: Ansford Academy

What next: BA Media Makeup for Film, University of the Arts, London

 

Sandra Phillips3D Fine Art Award – Sandra Phillips

Lives: Baltonsborough

Studying: Foundation Diploma in Art & Design   

Previously: Mature student came to Strode from employment

What next: A level Textiles at Strode College

 

Shannon D’ArcyPhotography Award – Shannon D’Arcy

Lives: Shepton Mallet

Studying: A level Photography.

Previous school: Ansford Academy

What next: BA Marine and Natural History, Falmouth University.


Amy HarrisTextiles Award – Amy Harris

Lives: Somerton

Studying:  A level Textiles            

Previous school: Huish Episcopi Academy

What next: Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at Strode College

 

Antony RendallGraphical Art – Antony Rendall

Lives: Yeovil

Studying: Foundation Diploma in Art & Design

Previous school: The Gryphon School

What next: BA Animation, University of the West of England, Bristol

 

Lucy BrownFilm Award – Lucy Brown

Lives: Glastonbury

Studying:  Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design.

Previous school: St Dunstan's School

What next: BA Theatre Design (Set & Costume), Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance

10/06/15 - Strode Student Sports Management Team, led by Student Amy Clegg, Increases Sport Participation
Strode Student Sports Management Team, led by Student Amy Clegg, Increases Sport Participation

Strode College student Amy Clegg has been praised by the college’s sports staff for her dedication and enthusiasm for increasing participation in sport among Strode students and young people across the county.

Vicki Vowles, Strode College Sports Maker said: “Amy has been the driving force of the Strode College Student Sport Management Team, which has achieved a fantastic increase in student participation in sport this year. She has been responsible for ensuring that Women’s Football has taken place every week, and she has helped to organise teams for the 7 a-side Somerset Colleges Partnership competitions.

“Whilst putting a great deal of energy into her position on the Student Management Team, Amy has also been an integral part of the Somerset FA Youth Council this year, in her position of Project Officer. She helped to organise three very successful Football Futures Camps that were held at local colleges and schools; she worked well with the new Football Futures Leaders; and she has shown her proactive style of communicating through coaching. She has attended every meeting of the Somerset FA Youth Council this year and continues to put across her good ideas. She has also supported at the FA Girls Football Festival at Bucklers Mead School, where 300 girls took part activities that combined football and fun, and she also represented Somerset Schools and Colleges U18 team. We would like to acknowledge and thank Amy for her positivity and commitment towards developing Women’s football and College Sport.”

Photo: Strode College student Amy Clegg (from Shipham and a former pupil of Kings of Wessex Academy), is thanked by staff for her enthusiasm and the commitment she has shown in helping develop sports at the college.

05/06/15 - Cross Country Success for Strode Student Sam Sommerville
Cross Country Success for Strode Student Sam Sommerville

Sam Sommerville (from Montacute and formerly a pupil at Stanchester Academy) took part in English Schools Cross Country Championships in Blackburn recently, finishing 30th out of 300 competitors and helping Somerset to win the competition overall.

Sam said: “The course was very challenging because it was hilly. I’m pleased to have achieved my goal of finishing in the top 30 and hope to compete again next year. Throughout the summer I will be taking part in more track events, such as Steeple chase, 800m, 1500m and 3000m”.

Photo: Strode student Sam Sommerville (from Montacute and formerly a pupil at Stanchester Academy), came 30th out of 300 runners in the English Schools Cross Country Championships.

03/06/15 - History, Heritage and Archaeology Students Experiment with Archaeology
History, Heritage and Archaeology Students Experiment with Archaeology

Experimental archaeology is a core element in our second year History, Heritage and Archaeology degree programme. Students had a great time recently exploring clay and learning about the prehistoric origins of ceramics with master potter and experimental archaeologist, Eddie Daughton. Every second year student is encouraged to undertake his/her own experiment. This year we have students, among other exciting investigations, making moccasins, knapping obsidian knives, and turning fresh animal skins into usable leather by preparing them in a solution of mashed up brains!

We are enrolling now for September 2015 - apply directly to Strode College if you wish to be considered for a place on our acclaimed Foundation or Bachelor degree programmes. Both are available for study part-time as well as a full-time.

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