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15/08/13 - Outstanding Strode Results Buck the National Trend
Outstanding Strode Results Buck the National Trend

Strode College in Street is bucking the national trend by once again celebrating outstanding A Level and vocational results against a backdrop of falling national performance. The proportion of high A* and A Grades at Strode went up to 28% as national performance fell from 27% to 26%.

Strode’s results, which are above the national average, match the college’s best ever results achieved last year - a year when the national A Level pass rate and high grades fell for the first time in twenty years. The same set of results last year ranked Strode as the best performing college for A Levels in the South-West (January 2013 D of E league tables).

Strode’s A Level pass rate is 99.3% with 56% of student entries achieving a high grade of A*, A or B and 81% graded C or higher. Results in the core A Levels of English, Maths, Science, Modern Languages and Humanities are even more impressive, with 65% high grades.

Strode’s vocational students managed to beat the outstanding results of their A Level counterparts. A quarter of students achieved the highest grade of Triple Distinction*, the equivalent of three A* grades at A Level; 113 students or 56% achieved Triple Distinctions or better, the equivalent of 3 grade As at A level or better; and 145 or 72% achieved high grades; results way in excess of the national averages of 34% and 56%.

James Staniforth, Principal of Strode College, is delighted by these outstanding results and by the consistently high levels of achievement attained by students at the college. He said:

“The fact that our A Level and vocational students have once again achieved such fantastic results makes us all extremely proud - it shows that our students work hard to achieve their ambitions and it proves that our approach to teaching and supporting students makes a real difference to their success. It is also a testament to the effective partnerships between Strode and our partner schools in Somerset.

“It is particularly pleasing, in the face of recent comments about rural under achievement, that our students are achieving such great results.”

Download the Strode College Roll of Honour 2013

A Levels - outstanding student performances

Outstanding individual performances were led by Lucy Corfield of Butleigh, who achieved four A Levels with 3 A* grades and an A grade. Lucy, a former pupil of St Dunstan’s School, has won a place at Bristol University to study Biology. John O’Rourke of Bruton and Elizabeth Randall of Somerton both gained two A* grades and two A grades (she also gained an A grade in Maths last year). John, a former pupil of King Arthur’s Community School, also gained an A* in the AS level Extended Project for his study of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome, a piece of work which helped him win a place to study Medicine at Cardiff University, while Elizabeth, a former pupil of Huish Episcopi Academy, will study Chemical Engineering at Bath.

Lucy Corfield said: “I’m so excited. I was up before 6am to go online - I can’t believe my results, I’d convinced myself that I wasn’t going to get the grades I needed to get into university. I’ve had a fantastic time at Strode. I was a little nervous starting my A Levels because I thought they would be challenging. They were, but the teachers at Strode are awesome.”

John O’Rourke said: “I knew I had a good chance of getting the grades I needed for university but I was still pretty nervous. I’ve had loads of guidance at Strode; my results are down to the teachers, particularly Chemistry. I’m a bit apprehensive about university, but it’s exciting – a new chapter. I’ve been learning to cook recently!”

Five students gained two A* grades and a grade A: Anna Butler of Moorlinch (Crispin Academy), who in June also won the award for Strode’s Overall Sports Performer of the Year, is progressing to Nottingham Trent University to study Journalism; Joanna Callender-Wood of Glastonbury (St Dunstan’s), who will study Geography at the London School of Economics; Kate Hoar of Babcary (Ansford Academy), who will study Psychology at Exeter University; Tom Perry of Queen Camel (Ansford Academy), who will study Maths at Jesus College, Oxford and Oliver Williams of Shapwick (Crispin Academy) who will study Business Administration at Bath.

Tom Perry said: “I didn’t get any sleep last night. I had problems with one exam question so there was an element of doubt in my mind about whether I’d get the grades I needed. It was a massive relief to get my results and know I can go to Oxford. I woke my parents with my shout!”

A further 24 students gained 3 or more grade A or A* at A Level. Charlotte Cooper of Yeovil (Ansford Academy), Megan Hart of Street (Crispin Academy), Megan Angell of Castle Cary (Ansford Academy), Esther Clarke of Wells (Wells Cathedral School), Charlotte Davies of Glastonbury (St Dunstan’s School), Torin Dickinson of Glastonbury (St Dunstan’s School), Louise Fallows of Walton (Crispin Academy), Joshua Holmes of Castle Cary (Ansford Academy), Louise Knight of Ashcott (Crispin Academy), Alice Murray of Catcott (Crispin Academy), Daisy Watkins of Street (Crispin Academy), Ashley Whiskerd of Street (Millfield School), Caroline Chippett of Glastonbury (St Dunstan’s), Katie Holmes of Yeovil (Huish Epsicopi Academy), Dominic Phippen of Somerton (Huish Episcopi Academy), Sorcha Floyd of Othery (Huish Epsicopi Academy), Daniel Green of Yeovil (Westfield Academy), Jacob Green of Wookey (Wells Cathedral School), Emmanuelle-Halima Henriot of West Lydford (home educated), Alexander James of Street (Crispin Academy), George Lindsey of Compton Dundon (Crispin Academy), Lucy Maitland-Cullen of Street (Mendip Link), Abigail Smart of Somerton (Huish Episcopi Academy) and Catherine Vickers of Moorlinch (Crispin Academy).

Megan Hart of Street will be studying Natural Sciences at University College London. She said: “Yesterday I felt sick and nervous but today I’m relieved and over the moon. I didn’t set my alarm but woke up at 6am to check my results anyway. I’m really glad I came to Strode to do my A Levels, the teaching, the facilities and the support are great.”

Louise Fallows of Street will be studying Psychology at Southampton University. She said: “I was excited yesterday, but also pretty nervous and nauseous! I went to work in the morning and then tried to take my mind off of it by going for a walk with my friend before watching a film. I got up at 6.30am this morning to check my results online - my mum sat on my bed and when we saw my results she presented me with a new kettle to take to university. I’m so excited”

Louise Knight of Ashcott will be studying Medicine at Liverpool University. She said: “It’s been a long wait for the results - I didn’t really sleep last night although I was quite excited. I woke up at 4am and couldn’t get back to sleep. I checked my results at 7am and cried with my mum. I’m really excited about going to university - it’s a big step but I’m really looking forward to it.”

AS Level - outstanding student performances

In the AS examinations, Benjamin Crawford of Radstock led the way. Benjamin, a former pupil of Somervale School in Midsomer Norton gained five A grades, in Computing, Electronics, Maths, Further Maths and Physics. A further nineteen students gained at least three A grades: Annabel Agbo of Castle Cary (a former student of Ansford Academy), Jasmine Badman of Somerton (Ansford Academy), Jack Baker of Bruton (King Arthur’s Academy), Aimee Barlow of Shepton Mallet (The Blue School), Stephanie Bates of Baltonsborough (St Dunstan’s School), Matthew Bearman of Compton Dundon (Crispin Academy), Grace Bentham of Stathe (Huish Epsicopi Academy), Louelle Benjamin of Stoke-sub-Hamdon (Stanchester Academy), Elizabeth Bevan of Wells (St Gregory’s Catholic School), Maya Evans of Lamyatt (Ansford Academy), Eleanor Gore of Somerton (Ansford Academy), Christopher Molloy of Keinton Mandeville (Ansford Academy), Molly Nugent of Street (Wells Cathedral School), Alicia Peacock of Middlezoy (Huish Episcopi Academy), Molly Proud of Glastonbury (St Dunstan’s School), Amelia Sandy of Castle Cary (Ansford Academy), Caitlin Tilt of Sherborne (The Gryphon School) and Alice Watkins of Street (Crispin Academy).

Advanced Vocational Courses - outstanding student performances

Triple *Distinction students are listed by course below:

Art and Design: Rebecca Osmond of Langport, a former pupil of Huish Episcopi Academy.

Business: Chrissie Alexander of Glastonbury (St Dunstan’s School), Jack Allen of Shepton Mallet (Whitstone School), Sarah Austria of Glastonbury (The Blue School), Laura Dunsmore of Street (Crispin Academy), Isabella Ellis of Yeovil (Yeovil College), Emma Ferbert of Ashcott (Crispin Academy), Rochelle Lee of Ditcheat (Sexey’s School), Egle Mickeviciute of Yeovil (Preston School), Sabrina Morey of Shepton Mallet (The Blue School), Pia Norton of Street (Crispin Academy), Lauren Rendell of Wincanton (King Arthur’s Community School), Emily Rutherford of Glastonbury (Crispin Academy) and Reece Williams of Walton (Crispin School).

Reece Williams, who lives in Walton and formerly attended Crispin School, is going to the University of the West of England to study Accounting and Finance. He said: “I’m really pleased; I couldn’t have done any better. I really enjoyed my course and my time at Strode. I knew I was doing well and that my university place was safe, so that took some of the stress away.”

Health and Social Care: Jodie Alford of Evercreech (Ansford Academy), Rosie Andrews of Wookey (The Blue School), Emmy Doble of Street (Crispin Academy), Alice Gilson of Crewkerne (The Park School), Sophie Porter of Shepton Mallet (Whitstone School), Iriene Simon of Glastonbury (St Dunstan’s School) and Ashley Veale of Shepton Mallet (Yeovil College).

Engineering: Jack Boddington of Gillingham, Leigh Booth of Glastonbury (St Dunstan’s School) and Geoffrey Earle-Marsh of Ansford (Ansford Academy).

Hospitality: Katy Bond of Ashcott (Crispin Academy) and Kyle Garland of Yeovil (Westfield Academy)

IT: Benjamin Buckley of Glastonbury (St Dunstan’s School), Francesca Bullock of Meare (St Dunstan’s), Henry Carpenter of Langport (Huish Episcopi Academy), Liam Hackett of Wincanton (King Arthur’s Community School), Clive Hoadley of Wincanton (King Arthur’s Community School), Danielle Laugharne of Shepton Mallet (Whitstone School), Samuel Martin of Street (Crispin Academy), Alexander Nelson of Wells (The Blue School), Joshua Nicholson of Somerton (Huish Episcopi Academy), Anders Pfyl of Shepton Mallet (Whitstone School), Mitchel Smart of Somerton (Huish Episcopi Academy) and Matthew Warner of West Pennard (Bexleyheath School).

Matt Warner, who lives in West Pennard is going on to the University of the West of England to study IT Management and Business. He said: “I knew how I was doing throughout the course and knew what grade I was aiming for. That took the stress away from finding out about my university place. I’m really pleased with my result and am looking forward to university. I love Strode; I thoroughly enjoyed it here. The teaching has been very good. It’s far more relaxed than school.”

Music Practice and Performance: Matthew Carter of Wells (The Blue School)

Public Services: Aaron Arnold of Castle Cary (Ansford Academy), Hannah Brown of Glastonbury (St Dunstan’s School), Jacob Czerny of Wells (The Blue School), Benjamin Jones of Langport (Huish Episcopi Academy), Keri Jones of Yeovil (Preston School), Jonathan Walford of Castle Cary (Ansford Academy) and Keiran Watson of Evercreech (Ansford Academy).

Sport: Stephanie Davis of Ilchester (Sexey’s School) and David Fouracres of Glastonbury (St Dunstan’s School)

CACHE Childcare & Education course - grade A: Danielle Callow of Street (Kings of Wessex Academy), Lauren Edwards of Glastonbury (St Dunstan’s)

Art and Design Foundation Diploma (post A Level) - Distinction
Lila Babington of Glastonbury (Strode College), Annabel Chillingworth of Sherborne, Thomas Craner-Buckley of Shepton Mallet (Strode College), Emma Deacon of Street (Strode College), Amber Greenman of Chilcompton (Strode College), Emily Ingle of Wedmore (Kings of Wessex Academy), Elizabeth Moseley of Curry Rivel (Huish Episcopi Academy), Meghan Remfry-Peploe of Shepton Mallet (Strode College), Madeleine Ryall of Dorchester (Thomas Hardye School), Charlotte Street of Street (Worthing College) and Jessica Thompson of Sherborne.

Level 2 vocational courses

First Diploma students also excelled with another superb set of results. 35 students achieved an overall distinction or distinction* in their First Diploma courses, the equivalent to 4 As or 4 A*s at GCSE. Two students also gained a grade A in the CACHE Childcare Diploma.

Art and Design: Natalie Flynn (D) of Frome (Faleigh FE College), Kimberley Lester (D*) of Glastonbury (St Dunstan’s) and Avena Rawnsley (D) of Glastonbury (Home Educated).

Engineering: Aaron Everett (D) of Glastonbury (St Dunstan’s), Andrew Lamb (D*) of Shepton Mallet (Whitstone), Nicholas Luff (D*) of Bruton (Sexey’s School), Kieron Meek (D*) of Huish Episcopi (Preston School), Harry Neale (D*) of Glastonbury (St Dunstan’s), James Oakley (D*) of Frome (Farleigh FE College), Alesso Pacifici (D*) of Glastonbury (The Blue School), Samuel Pennell (D*) of Yeovil (Yeovil College), Wen Wen (D*) of Shepton Mallet (Whitstone).

Health and Social Care: Zoe Dines (D*) of Martock (St Dunstan’s School), Melissa McGreal (D*) of Westhay (Kings of Wessex Academy), Jody Moreton (D) of Keinton Mandeville (Ansford Academy), Paige Stoodley (D*) of Street (Crispin Academy), Bethany Sutton (D*) of Glastonbury (St Dunstan’s) and Bonnie White (D*) of Somerton (Huish Episcopi Academy).

ICT Practitioners: Ellen Chapman (D*) of Glastonbury (St Dunstan’s School), Matthew Fling (D) of Sparkford (Home Educated), Alex Hatchman (D*) of Street (Crispin Academy), Jack Hunt (D) of Street (Huish Episcopi Academy), Rhys Taylor (D) of Somerton (Huish Episcopi Academy), Ryan Williams (D) of Sherborne (Chilton Cantelo) and Yusheng Zhang (D*) of Yeovil.

Music: Harry Carpenter (D*) of Street (Crispin Academy) and James Spender (D*) of Langport (Home Educated)

Public Services: Ashley Andrews (D*) of Shepton Mallet (Whitstone School), Ryan Bickham (D*) of Street (Crispin Academy), Keiran Breaden-Boyce (D*) of Castle Cary (Ansford Academy), Liberty Dudzayi (D*) of Street (Bridgwater College), Saul Ham (D*) of Yeovil (The Gryphon School), Bradley Harris (D*) of West Camel (Ansford Academy), Jack McInerney (D*) of Shepton Mallet (Saint Joan of Arc Secondary School) and Mbuso Ngema (D*) of Yeovil (Yeovil College).

CACHE Level 2 Diploma: Bethanie Cook of Glastonbury (The Blue School) and Connie Furlong of Bruton (King Arthur’s Community School)


19/07/13 - Caflon Ear Piercing Training
Caflon Ear Piercing Training

Level 2 Beauty Therapy students recently took part in Caflon ear piercing training.

Caflon is a manufacturer of the most widely recognized ear piercing systems in the world and provide piercing technicians the most affordable ear piercing systems of the highest quality.

Students were able to purchase special student kits.

Pictured are Casey Lintell from Bruton and Nikki Griffiths from Wincanton who took part in the training session.

19/07/13 - Strode Students get help with Bus Fares
Strode Students get help with Bus Fares

All students travelling by bus to study at Strode College from September will get £150 towards the cost of the County Bus Ticket and those whose family income is below £26,000 will get a total of £450 towards their bus pass.

James Staniforth, Principal of Strode College, said: "Last year we were the top performing college in Somerset and we know that young people benefit enormously from learning with us. Most of our students travel to college by bus as we are well served by a number of bus routes. They come from across Somerset because they like Strode and can see that our approach to learning and support achieves excellent results both academically and personally. We do not want these young people to miss out on the fantastic opportunities they will get at Strode so we are helping with the cost of bus fares."

"We are on course to enrol record numbers of students in September to study A Levels and vocational courses, although we do still have places available on some courses. Many of these students will buy the County Bus Ticket and they will get financial help through our Travel Bursary Scheme."

guide to buses

More information:
Travel Bursary Scheme
Transport page
Apply to study at Strode in September

14/06/13 - Creativity and Excellence at the Strode College End of Year Arts Show
Creativity and Excellence at the Strode College End of Year Arts Show

The Strode College 'End of Year Arts Show' opened on Monday evening (10 June) with a private view and an awards evening to celebrate the creativity and quality of work of 125 arts, design and media students.

Awards were presented to nine outstanding students by Strode College's Principal James Staniforth. The students received a certificate and a cheque and the College has bought work from all the winners to add to the 'Strode Collection'.

The diverse and inspiring show features painting, drawing, sculpture, graphics, textiles, photography, animation, film and video.

Strode's extensive art and design facilities have been turned into a variety of gallery spaces to display the work professionally and to great effect, including larger open gallery spaces and smaller more intimate studio galleries. Work is also exhibited in Strode Theatre.

James Staniforth, Principal of the College said: "This is a fantastic showcase, not just for our creative arts and media students, but also for the College. The high standards of work achieved over the range of our creative courses are clearly on display for everyone to see; I am extremely proud of our students and their teachers."

Petrina Rochester, Head of Art and Design at Strode said: "Our End of Year show is an exciting and inspiring event. It brings a vibrant and positive focus to the end of the year as our students prepare to move on from Strode, many to higher education. Our students have produced some 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."

Students exhibiting will be completing courses this summer in A level Art, Graphics, Textiles and Photography, Level 3 Extended Diploma Art and Design, Level 2 National Diploma Art and Design, Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Broadcast Media.

Local architect Nigel Skelton, visited the arts show on Monday evening. He said: "Many thanks for the invitation to view this year's remarkable achievements. It would take all day to ponder over the students' imagination, and like wandering around in a sweet shop, it was difficult to know what to take in next - inspirational and very enjoyable."

The show is open to the public until Wednesday 19 June between 9.30am and 4.30pm (closed at the weekend). Work is displayed around the College and in Strode Theatre, with maps available from the College reception.

Students receiving awards for excellence in their work

Photography Award - Chris Willis

Lives: Corton Denham, near Yeovil

Studying: A level Photography

Previous school: Gillingham

What next: Self employed as a photographer



Textiles Award - Lucy Cox

Lives: Tintinhull, near Yeovil

Studying: A level Textiles  

Previous school: Huish Episcopi Academy

What next: Further A Levels at Strode College



Textiles Award - Charlotte Street

Lives: Street

Studying: Foundation Diploma in Art & Design

Previous school: Worthing College

What next: BA/MA Fashion and Interiors, Bath Spa University



3D Fine Art Award - Lizzy Moseley

Lives: Langport

Studying: Foundation Diploma in Art & Design

Previous school: Huish Episcopi Academy

What next: BA Contemporary Crafts, Falmouth University



2D Fine Art Award - Abi Boddy

Lives: Barwick, Yeovil

Studying: A level Art & Design

Previous school: Preston School

What next: Foundation Diploma at Strode College



2D Fine Art Award - Mike Cox

Lives: Langport

Studying: Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design

Previous school: Huish Episcopi Academy

What next: BA Fine Art, Falmouth University



2D Fine Art Award - Oliver Hillier

Lives: Sherbourne

Studying: A level Art & Design

Previous school: Gryphon School

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



Illustration/Graphical Design - Olivia Moores

Lives: Yeovil

Studying: A level Graphics

Previous school: Ansford Academy

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



Film Award - Lila Babington

Lives: Glastonbury

Studying: Foundation Diploma in Art & Design

Previous school: Maria Immaculata Community College

What next: University in 2014

11/06/13 - Strode College Summer School for Adults 8-19 July
Strode College Summer School for Adults 8-19 July

If you have some free time between Monday 8 July and Friday 19 July and you would like to spend time doing something interesting, fun, creative and relaxing, then have a look at Strode College's Summer School courses. 

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 45 different courses on offer this year including: archery, allotment gardening, book binding, bridge, cake decoration, creative writing, felt making, genealogy research, geology, Indian cookery, jewellery-making, painting, pattern-cutting, singing, sculpture, social networking, song writing, using your i-Pad, willow craft yoga and many more.

This is the third year that Strode College has run a Summer School. 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 book on-line visit the Strode College website or call 01458 844400 to find out more.

04/06/13 - Strode College Festival of the Arts
Strode College Festival of the Arts

Strode College’s Festival of the Arts, which runs from Tuesday 11 June to Wednesday 19 June, will celebrate the achievements and hard work of its creative and performing arts students before they move on to university and employment. Arts, design, dance and drama events will be presented during the week at College and at Strode Theatre. 


End of Year Art, Design and Media Show

Tuesday 11 - Wednesday 19 June 2013, 9.30 - 4.30pm (closed at weekend). The exhibition is free and open to the public - maps available from College Reception.

Strode creative arts and media students are known for producing some excellent and innovative work. The show will feature work from 125 students completing art and design courses this summer including painting and drawing, sculpture, textiles, photography, graphics, film and video. This is a great opportunity to take a look at some young and exciting creative talent and to see the diversity and quality of work achieved at Strode.

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


Jerusalem, by Jez Butterworth

Tuesday 11 June - Wednesday 12 June 2013, 7.30pm. Tickets £6.00, full concessions £5.00, Strode College students £4.00. Ticket prices include a 50p contribution to the Strode Theatre Support Fund. Book through Strode Theatre.

Strode College Performing Arts students present a comic, contemporary, vision of rural life in England's Green and Pleasant Land. On St George’s Day, the morning of the local county fair, Johnny Byron is a wanted man. The council officials want to serve him an eviction notice, his son wants his dad to take him to the fair, and a motley crew of mates want his ample supply of drugs and alcohol. 

Students will also present a short contemporary play, 'The man who went insane from money', by Ann Wuehler.


Dance Showcase

Friday 14 June 2013 7.30pm, tickets £6.00, full concessions £5.00, Strode College students £4.00. This production is raising funds for College educational activities. Ticket prices include a 50p contribution to the Strode Theatre Support Fund. Book through Strode Theatre.

Strode College’s A Level Dance and Extended Diploma in Performing Arts students will showcase the best of their performance work including musical theatre, contemporary dance and street dance. The show promises to be full of energy and entertainment.

Book tickets for all performances at Strode Theatre by calling 01458 442846 or online at

21/05/13 - Strode College Teams Up with Job Centre and Waitrose to get Jobseekers into Work
Strode College Teams Up with Job Centre and Waitrose to get Jobseekers into Work

Tessa Munt MP joined forty job seekers at Strode College in Street last week as they graduated from Strode’s retail skills and customer service training and earned themselves a job interview with Waitrose.

A new Waitrose store will open in Wells in July and, with a staff of 140, the store will create many new jobs for local people. All those who successfully completed the training at Strode are guaranteed an interview with Waitrose.

Strode College teamed up with Wells Job Centre and Waitrose to plan and develop the joint scheme designed to get job seekers into work. As well as successfully training forty job seekers, the College will host pre-employment days, open days and activity days. 

Strode’s involvement in this project is part of their on-going support for unemployed people. They work with the jobcentre on a daily basis and visit each week giving individual interviews and guidance to people who are unemployed.

Shirley Theedom, Deputy Principle at Strode College, said: “This has been a fantastic partnership and a great example of how Strode works with the Job Centre and local employers to train people in skills they need to gain employment. Over the past few years Strode has trained many adults in retail and customer service skills and we have become renowned for our work with people who are unemployed. We are delighted to have helped make such a difference to all those who trained with us and wish them well in their job interviews in the coming weeks.”

Tessa Munt MP for Wells and Street joined the graduation ceremony to celebrate the students’ successes. She said: “I had a brilliant day at Strode College and a huge amount of fun. I welcome this innovative project to help local unemployed people back into work and I congratulate the graduates. Strode really is an inspirational learning centre which I’m proud to have in my patch and I commend all the staff and students there.”

Photo: Tessa Munt MP and Shirley Theedom, Deputy Principal at Strode, with tutors and jobseekers as they graduate from Strode’s retail and customer skills training ahead of interviews with Waitrose.

21/05/13 - Adults Find a lot to Learn at Strode
Adults Find a lot to Learn at Strode

If you want to learn something new, develop a talent or interest, or get a qualification to progress your career, then you should take a look at the new 'Courses for Adult Learners' at Strode College in Street (brochure available from Friday 24 May). 

There is something for everyone, with over 200 courses running at different times and dates throughout the year starting from September.

You may want to improve your career prospects by taking a job-related course, for example in, accountancy, engineering, food hygiene, hair and beauty, marketing and promotion, preparing to teach or counselling.

Or you might want to have a go at something for your personal enjoyment such as learning a language or stained glass, digital photography, jewellery making, upholstery, pottery or yoga. 

And there are a wide range of computer and IT courses available for all abilities, including absolute beginners courses such as how to use e-mail or the internet, and courses for more experienced users leading to qualifications. 

James Staniforth, Principal of Strode College said: "Leaving school, college or work doesn’t mean you have to stop learning or trying new things. Last year around 3000 adults took part-time courses with Strode, showing how important adult learning is for many people in our community. I am delighted that we are able to share our excellent facilities and expert teachers with the local community in this way."

To find out more about Strode’s 'Courses for Adult Learners' call: 01458 844400 or visit:

03/05/13 - Exciting and Challenging Physical Dance
Exciting and Challenging Physical Dance

Our BTEC Performing Arts and A Level Dance students visited the Tacchi Morris Arts Centre in Taunton in April, to watch the EarthFall Dance Company’s exciting new work 'Chelsea Hotel'.

Following the show students took part in a workshop at College led by dancers from the EarthFall dance company. They were introduced to new ways of moving through a challenging, physical and daring workshop. This included a technique class in which students learnt pieces from the 'Chelsea Hotel' work, and trust work which introduced them to new ways of lifting and supporting each other. 

Becky Harvey, Strode's course manager and teacher for A Level Dance said: “The workshop was physically demanding and really exciting. Our students embraced it wholly, pushing themselves at times to their physical limits.”

Georgia Green of Yeovil, who is studying A Level dance at Strode, said: “Working with a professional company has introduced me to the level of physicality and strength required of a professional dancer. I am very thankful for this fantastic opportunity.”

Check out the Strode Dance Facebook page for photos and video footage from the workshop.

Visit the EarthFall website:

02/05/13 - French Beauty Students Visit Strode
French Beauty Students Visit Strode

Five French Beauty Therapy students, from Lomet College in Agen South West France, visited Strode College with their teachers last week as part of an exchange programme between the two colleges.

Strode Beauty students treated their French visitors to a variety of treatments and all the students worked together in the Strode Beauty Salon on waxing, manicures, make-up, massage and eye treatments. 

The students learnt new skills and techniques, they had a great time experiencing life in a bigger college and they enjoyed socialising together, including a trip to Bath and Glastonbury to see local places of interest.

Susan Omeara, who teaches Beauty Therapy at Strode said: “This was a great exchange visit and both groups of students are looking forward to Strode beauty students visiting Lomet College next year. The French students were impressed by the size of our college and our facilities and by the variety of courses that we offer. This was their first visit to England and we made sure they felt very welcome.”

Photo: Back row, Strode beauty students (left to right): Sophie Sartin, Frankie Silcox, Hannah Chaddock, Lauren Coe, Charlotte Burletson, Ellie White, Lily Sandford and Sophie Palmer
Front row French beauty students (left to right): Charline Vico, Océane Dos Santos, Fanny Leal, Ophélie Dejouy and Océane Ferry.

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