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13/12/13 - Strode Students Enter the World of Beauty, Fashion and Celebrity
Strode Students Enter the World of Beauty, Fashion and Celebrity

Strode College Beauty Therapy students visited the Clothes Show Live in Birmingham NEC recently, where they gained valuable insight into the world of beauty, make-up and fashion, and they got to meet some celebrities!

Strode’s Level 2 Beauty Therapy Course Manager, Marcie Mickleburgh, said: "The catwalk show gave the students the chance to see the latest make-up and fashion trends.  It was a very successful and enjoyable trip."

Photo (below, right): Strode College Level 2 Beauty Therapy student Naomi Stanley, from Yeovil, with celebrity Amy Childs, who became famous when she appeared on ITVs 'The Only Way is Essex' and has since launched her own beauty and fashion ranges.

  Naomi Stanley with Amy Childs

13/12/13 - Success for Strode Maths Students in National Competition
Success for Strode Maths Students in National Competition

Twelve high achieving A Level Maths students from Strode College have won awards for their success in the UK Maths Trust Senior Maths Challenge.

The annual challenge is open to students from colleges and schools across the country. This year over 19,000 schools and colleges entered the competition with over 74,000 pupils competing. The top 10% of students received a gold certificate, the next 20% were awarded silver and the next 30% were awarded bronze.

Three Strode students were awarded gold certificates: Edward Beaty (Walton), Andrew Bryer (Walton) and Rebekah Botterill (Glastonbury). Eight achieved silver: Lauren Wittleton (Glastonbury) Matthew Bearman (Street) Alannah Brannagan-Fuller (Martock), Sam Taylor (Stawell), Clare Gollop (Charlton Adam), Ben Crawford (Radstock), Harry Dunlop (Street), and Elizabeth Down (Pedwell). Veyndan Stuart (Shepton Mallet) was awarded a bronze certificate.

Around 4000 of the top achieving students from across the UK were invited to take part in follow on competitions. Strode’s Edward Beaty (Walton) and Andrew Bryer (Walton) qualified for the Senior Kangaroo competition - results will be announced in January. 

Four students (Ben Crawford, Lauren Wittleton, Andrew Bryer and Edward Beaty) competed in the Team challenge in November at University of West of England in Bristol against teams from schools and colleges around the Bristol area. Competition was tough and the team’s third place was very well deserved.

Strode Maths Subject Leader and Teacher, Helen Kelsey, said: “Our students study a specific syllabus for their Maths A Levels, but this competition poses stimulating and interesting problems that require students to use their mathematical knowledge differently; it encourages them to think laterally and logically. We help our students prepare for the maths challenge by adding optional questions to their homework. They enjoy working on these problems and spend time discussing the solutions with each other.“

Maths is one of the most popular A level subjects at Strode College and in 2013 high grades of A*, A and B were achieved by 64% of students in Maths and 77% of students in Further Maths. In 2013 one Strode student went on to study mathematics at Oxford and over twenty Strode students went on to study degree courses that required maths A level at universities around the country.

Photo: Maths students from Strode College won gold, silver and bronze at the UK maths competition, where they competed with 74,000 students and solved maths problems that would challenge even the best mathematicians. Left to right back row: Rebekah Botterill (gold), Andrew Bryer (gold), Lauren Wittleton (silver), Lizzie Down (silver), James Staniforth (Strode Principal), Veyndan Stuart (bronze), Sam Taylor (silver), Harry Dunlop (silver) and Edward Beaty (gold). Left to right front row: Matthew Bearman (silver), Clare Gollop (silver), Allanah Brannagan-Fuller (silver), Ben Crawford (silver).

13/12/13 - Free Advice for Construction Companies
Free Advice for Construction Companies

Strode College Business Development team has joined forces with Old Mill accountants and financial planners and Train4All, a local construction company, to provide free information and advice for construction employers. 

Construction employers are invited to a free event at Strode College on Thursday 9 January, 6.00 - 7.15pm

They will be able to get advice about tax planning; business planning and finance; CIS, payroll and Real time guidance; commercial vehicles; and grants available.

For more information about the free event and services available to construction employers, contact the Strode College Business Development team: 01458 844457 or

09/12/13 - West End Musical Workshop
West End Musical Workshop

Strode College Performing Arts and Dance students got the opportunity to learn from a West-end professional last week when Richard Murphy visited and delivered an inspiring musical theatre workshop.

Richard was trained to the highest level in musical theatre at Doreen Bird College in Kent before going on to enjoy tremendous success performing in acclaimed shows including; Chicago, We Will Rock you, Wizard of Oz and many more.

The workshop gave Strode students the chance to learn from the very best. They learnt repertoire and audition pieces from two hit West-End shows Chicago and Matilda and thoroughly enjoyed the session.

Students were in awe of Richard’s phenomenal ability and enthusiasm saying: “The workshop was amazing! So much fun and incredibly inspiring, we loved it!”

Richard commented on how impressed he was with the professionalism and hardworking attitude of Strode students saying: “They have been an absolute pleasure to teach”.

Strode College is now taking applications for A Levels, vocational qualifications and higher education courses. The college teaches A Levels in Dance and in Drama and Theatre Studies; it offers a Level 3 Extended Diploma and Level 2 Diploma in Performing Arts, as well as a Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts (Acting).

Photo: Strode College Performing Arts and Dance students learn from the best with West End musical performer Richard Murphy (centre).

06/12/13 - Students Raise Funds to Help Those in Need
Students Raise Funds to Help Those in Need

Student fundraising for the Philippines

Our Level 2 Hairdressing Diploma students held a cake sale at college and raised over £100 for the Red Cross appeal  to help people in the Philippines affected by the recent typhoon.


Children in Need

Staff and students joined in the fun for Children in Need with students raising over £150 through a cake sale and music event in the college refectory. Also, sports Students Shane Roche and Dan Berkeley had their heads shaved and staff and students bravely took part in an "It's a Knockout" style assault course!

Head shave  Live music Assault Course  Assault Course

03/12/13 - Somerset County Council Supports Sports at Strode College
Somerset County Council Supports Sports at Strode College

Somerset County Councillors for Street and Glastonbury, Alan Gloak and Terry Napper, presented £5,000 to Strode College last week which will be used to build a 'Trim Trail' around the college’s sports grounds.

The Trim Trail, which is due to be in place for Spring 2014, will consist of a range of wooden exercise equipment placed around the college’s extensive sports fields to form a fitness and exercise circuit.

In addition to the £5,000 provided by Somerset County Council from the health and well-being budget, Strode College will contribute £1,000 to the project, Crispin School will contribute £500 and Councillor Gloak’s charity TS5C will also contribute £500.

Councillor Alan Gloak said: “The Trim Trail will be a great way for students to get fit and local residents will benefit too. I am glad to see that Crispin School is also involved as obesity is a hidden problem and we must act to combat it by educating young people about the importance of staying fit and healthy; this trail will help”

Councillor Terry Napper said: “We are lucky to have such an excellent college providing fantastic facilities for our local young people and the wider community. This project is a great example of how people are benefitting from Street and Glastonbury joining together.”

James Staniforth, Principal of Strode College said: “We are delighted to receive this grant from Somerset County Council. The Trim Trail will be a valuable addition to our sports facilities which are used by Strode students for their studies and their sports activities as well as by pupils from Crispin School. The local community also make good use of our facilities for a range of clubs, classes and individual activities; I look forward to seeing people enjoying this new equipment in the Spring.”

03/12/13 - Strode Celebrates its First Videogame Day with Charity Screening of Top Documentary
Strode Celebrates its First Videogame Day with Charity Screening of Top Documentary

Strode College is holding its first video game day on Friday 13 December at Strode Theatre.

The day starts with a screening of the much lauded documentary King Of Kong: A Fistfull of Quarters, which is open to the public as well as Strode students for just £2 per person; profits will go to the college charity, The Gambia Project.

The documentary, rated PG, features the gripping but unlikely story of a tussle between two opposing, larger than life characters to become the world's champion at the classic arcade game Donkey Kong. The film is rated 96% on respected review site Rotten Tomatoes and will provide laughs and drama for non-lovers and fans of gaming alike.

After the film Strode Students will enjoy a series of talks on a range of subjects and careers related to video gaming, from some famous names and local successes Britain's highly respected video game world.

Film tickets are bookable via the Strode Theatre website at £2 plus booking fee or in person at the Strode Theatre box office.

The Film starts at 9.10am and runs for approximately 1 hour 30 mins. The film is helping to fund the event and profits go the The Gambia Project, the College's charity. 

29/11/13 - Strode College Supports New Businesses
Strode College Supports New Businesses

Strode College is working with local Chambers of Commerce and Mendip District Council to provide support to new businesses across the region. Watch this video to find out more.

14/11/13 - Strode Expands Links with China
Strode Expands Links with China

Strode College’s Deputy Principal Shirley Theedom, recently returned from a visit to China where she joined representatives from nine Somerset schools as they sought to further develop educational links with the country. They travelled to the Chinese city of Yueyang in Hunan province to continue the work of the East Somerset Partnership over the past three years.

The Somerset teachers were welcomed energetically by their Chinese hosts and the young people of the city. Each teacher spent a week in a partner school reviewing the activities enjoyed by students from both countries as they have worked together over the past years. Shirley Theedom joined students at Strode’s partner college - the Central South Technical College in Yeuyang.

During the visit the Somerset teachers also discussed future plans with their Chinese colleagues, such as joint curriculum projects, student exchanges and ways of increasing the use of new technologies when communicating across the world. Teachers from Yueyang will visit Somerset next year, accompanied by representatives of local business to extend the opportunities created by this strong partnership into wider sectors of the Somerset economy. This development has the full support of UK trade associations as well as the Chinese government, since it will serve to strengthen further the ties with the south west. 

Next summer a large group of students from Somerset will visit partner schools and colleges in China to experience Chinese hospitality and improve their language skills as they prepare to be global citizens.

Since 2011 when Strode College and eight schools initiated this link, the cultural understanding of students and their awareness of this rapidly changing country has grown enormously. The number of schools and colleges involved has now risen to 17, moving from the origins in East Somerset to include schools in Yeovil and with more keen to join.

Students at Strode College and other schools have been learning Mandarin. The introduction of this new world language is set to speed up as senior colleagues come back from China determined to see this evolution in the curriculum take place.

Shirley Theedom, Deputy Principal, Strode College said: "This has been the fifth successful exchange visit between Strode College and our partner Central South Technical College. These inspirational visits have provided invaluable opportunities for students and staff to develop curriculum projects and cultural understanding and have created a deep professional friendship between both organisations."

29/10/13 - Strode Beauty Students Paint their Pinkies Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness
Strode Beauty Students Paint their Pinkies Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Strode College's Level 2 Beauty Therapy students have been raising money for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Students donated money to wear pink and also collected money through various activities. They joined in with celebrities including Beyoncé and had their little nails painted pink to promote the campaign.

Last year, over 1000 schools and Colleges took part and helped raise £2.1 million to fund life-saving research.

Marcie Mickleburgh, Course Manager for Strode's Level 2 Beauty Therapy course said: "It is such an important Campaign to get involved in and the students have really enjoyed taking part. They have managed to raise over £100 for Breast Cancer."

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