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14/04/14 - Strode Students help take South West Team to Victory at British Colleges Sport National Finals
Strode Students help take South West Team to Victory at British Colleges Sport National Finals

Two Strode students helped take the South West team to victory at the recently held British Colleges Sport National Championships, which is the longest running student competition and one of the largest annual sporting events in the UK.

Jenny Naylor, who’s 18, from Wincanton and formerly studied at King Arthur’s School, and Jake Krige, also 18, from Crewkerne and who previously attended Wadham Community School, are both currently studying A levels at Strode including Physical Education.

The Wilkinson Sword, which is given to the region with the most points accumulated overall, was won comfortably by the South West team this year, with 36 points separating them and the South East who took second place.

Jenny won the South West BCS Regional Badminton Championships (singles) in November last year before going on to represent the South West badminton team at the BCS National Championships.

Jake represented the South West team in trampolining. The team went on to achieve a silver medal overall at the event.

The championships, which were held at Bath University on 4th – 6th April this year, saw around 1700 students from colleges across England, Scotland and Wales compete. Other colleges in the South West Team are Bicton, Bridgwater, Cornwall, Exeter, Petroc, Richard Huish, SGS, Somerset, South Devon, Truro & Penwith, Weston and Yeovil.

28/03/14 - Formula 1 in Schools - Students Winning Car Secures Success at National Finals
Formula 1 in Schools - Students Winning Car Secures Success at National Finals

A team of A Level students from Strode College have built on their recent success at the regional finals of the 'F1 in Schools' competition by winning `Best Rookie Team` at the national finals in Birmingham on 14-15 March.

'F1 in Schools' is a global competition which requires teams to use CAD and CAM software to design, analyse, manufacture and race miniature compressed air powered balsa wood F1 cars. Teams have to raise their own sponsorship and manage their budget to fund research travel and accommodation.

Strode College's team 'Venom' won 'Best Rookie Team' at the nationals, adding to the three awards they had already won at the regional finals for 'Best Engineered Car', 'Best Team Sponsorship and Marketing' and 'Best Rookie Team'.

Team members are Alex Willsher (from Westhay), James Proud and Daniel Rolls (from Glastonbury), Danny Betts (from Stone) and Alexander Hurr (from Wells).

They are studying a wide range of A Levels at Strode including Physics, Maths, DT, Computing, Business, English, French, Geology, History, Music and Music Technology, giving them a winning combination of knowledge and skills.

They were also supported in the competition by the DT department at St Dunstan’s School, where four of the team previously studied.

Overall success at the nationals would have led to the international competition, with the chance to travel to another country to compete against students from around the world. The F1 in Schools World Champions win university scholarships to City University London. Maybe next year!

Photo: Strode A Level students Alexandre Hurr, James Proud and Alex Willsher won a place in the national finals of the F1 in Schools competition.

27/03/14 - College and Employer Delighted with their Apprentice of the Year
College and Employer Delighted with their Apprentice of the Year

Somerset’s Apprentice of the Year (Intermediate category) is seventeen year old Oliver Baker, who lives in Shepton Mallet, works at The George Inn, Croscombe, and trains with Strode College in Street.

Oliver, a former pupil of Whitsone School, works as an assistant to the chef and owners of the CAMRA and Good Pub Guide award-winning George Inn. He helps with food preparation and service in the restaurant and works hard to maintain the high standards required to be successful in the food and hospitality industry.

Additional training and support for his apprenticeship is provided by Strode College - Hospitality and Catering is one of many apprenticeships schemes supported by the college. 

Oliver first worked at The George Inn on a work experience placement while studying for his Level 2 Diploma in Hospitality and Catering. The owners were so impressed with Oliver that they decided to employ him as an apprentice. He has made outstanding progress in the role, culminating in this award which recognises his hard work and achievements.

Strode College Apprenticeship Manager, Cheryl Macriner, said: “Oliver is so positive and he is always looking to stretch and challenge himself. His employers really appreciate his work ethic, skills and teamwork in the kitchen, and the enthusiastic contribution he has made to the business - this has led to new recipes, greater choice and revamped menus, which has helped increase public interest and customer numbers.”

Oliver has now completed his intermediate apprenticeship and progressed to the advanced apprentice in Catering and Professional Cookery. Oliver’s ultimate goal is to one day run his own place, but in the near future he’s very happy to progress at George Inn.

Strode College currently has 20 apprenticeship vacancies in Somerset. If you are interested in becoming an apprentice, or if you are thinking of employing and apprentice, visit the Strode College website to find out more: or call the Strode apprenticeship team: 01458 844631.

Photo: Somerset Apprentice of the Year Oliver Baker, with James Staniforth, Principal of Strode College, and Peter and Veryan Graham, owners of The George Inn at Croscombe.

27/03/14 - Students Make a Difference in The Gambia
Students Make a Difference in The Gambia

Six students from Strode College have raised a total of £3,500 to support some of the poorest people in rural Gambia and they recently visited the country to meet those they are helping.

The students raised the money as part of the college’s Gambia Project which supports some of the poorest people in the village of Tujereng. It is paying for 50 children to go to nursery school this year and a further 30 children will be funded for four years from September. It will also pay for a new teacher for four years starting in September; for older students to sit entrance exams for high school; and it will be used to buy new equipment for the village youth centre.

Strode College’s Gambia Project was set up nine years ago and in that time students have raised £43,000 and made a real difference to the lives of people in the village. The money has paid for a youth centre to be built, with an internet café and an outdoor hard court for sports, provided equipment for the village schools and supported and contributed to the rebuilding of a Women’s Business Skills Center in the village.

The students who raised this most contribution to the project are: Zoe Butler, Bonnie Buckley and Freyja Hawkins from Street; Anna Trott from Yeovil; and Molly Harvey and Ashleigh Edwards from Somerton.

During their visit to the Gambia they gained great insight to what life is like living in the village and they enjoyed a wide range of activities as they got to know the people they were supporting. 

They met families, the village Imam and the elders; they learnt the tribal language and tried their hand at tie dye, screen printing and batik; they spent time work shadowing; they visited a nature reserve, took part in a village netball tournament and attended a family naming ceremony; and they helped out at the nursery school playing games, teaching art and starting work on a garden.

Photo: (left to right) Strode students Freyja Hawkins and Anna Trott teaching the hokey cokey to Gambian nursery children and their head teacher Lamin Bojang.

25/03/14 - Lets all do the Conga for Sport Relief
Lets all do the Conga for Sport Relief

Sport Relief can get people doing things they wouldn’t normally do, which is why students and staff did a giant conga around college last week. Approximately £300 was raised for Sport Relief thanks to the conga, a sponsored all day hockey match, cake sales and a raffle. Looking forward to next big fundraising event!

24/03/14 - An Evening of Great Music and Acoustics, 3 April 2014
An Evening of Great Music and Acoustics, 3 April 2014

Fans of good music and great acoustics should buy a ticket for the popular Strode Live 'Stripped and Semi-Acoustic' gig which returns to the Holy Trinity Church in Street on Thursday 3 April, 7pm. 

This popular annual event (previously called 'Strode Live and Unplugged') has been organised by Strode College Extended Diploma Music students as part of their events management studies. It will raise funds for local community radio station Glastonbury FM (107.1), which is a non-profit making organisation promoting local music in and around Glastonbury.

The concert, which will appeal to all ages, encompasses different styles and arrangements and includes a lot of original material. There will be special guest performances from Jorden Lindsay from Yeovil and Alex Brian from Ashcott, both successful graduates of the Strode College music course, who return to perform at the church after a recent tour in Europe.

Previous Strode Live gigs at the church have been hugely successful with the talented and eclectic young musicians playing to a packed out church and a greatly appreciative audience - it has become a much anticipated event on the college calendar.

The concert will be filmed by Strode's Broadcast Media students for broadcast on the 'StrodeLive' YouTube channel and it will be recorded and possibly included in the college’s iTunes release, later in the year.

Tickets for the concert, which starts at 7pm on Thursday 3 April, are available on the door and from the Strode College shop. Suggested donation prices are: Adult - £5, Child - £4, Senior Citizen - £4, Strode College Student/Staff - £3.

You can check out some of the music that will be performed by follow these links online:

Strode College Music:

Strode College Music:

Alex Brian:

Jorden Lindsay:

24/03/14 - Specialist A Level Subjects Secure Places at Oxford University
Specialist A Level Subjects Secure Places at Oxford University

Josh Teasdale and Caitlin Tilt made the right choice when they decided to study A Levels at Strode College and now they’re on their way to Oxford University to pursue their ambitions. 

At Strode they were able to study the specialist subjects they needed to gain a place at this prestigious university.

Josh, who is studying History, Art History and English Literature at Strode and has a particular interest in architecture, will be studying History at Oxford University. Caitlin will be studying Archaeology and Anthropology at Oxford; she was able to study Archaeology at Strode alongside her other A Level subjects English Literature and History.

Our advanced level students are 13% more likely to get a place at university than the national average. In 2013, Oxford - Caitlin Tiltmost of our A Level students went on to university, with 35% gaining places at Russell Group universities. Other students progress to specialist courses at universities across the country and our own high quality university-level courses. Most students gain their first choice university and our Strode Aspire programme provides intellectually stretching opportunities and support with applying to the best universities.

18/03/14 - Saturday Workshops, Saturday 29 March 2014
Saturday Workshops, Saturday 29 March 2014

Strode College is running a day of workshops and events covering heritage, cookery, IT, watercolours, photography and much more.

Activities are aimed at adults and make full use of our fantastic specialist facilities.

Please download the Saturday Workshops brochure to browse our full list of sessions.


Presenter of BBCs Victorian, Edwardian and Wartime Farm to speak at Strode College Heritage Conference

If you enjoy watching history programmes on television, such as the BBCs Victorian, Edwardian and Wartime Farm series, then you might enjoy hearing about how they are made from one of the presenters on those programmes, Dr Alex Langlands.

He is joining six other writers, historians, archaeologists and academics to give a series of short talks at Strode College on Saturday 29 March, covering a range of contemporary heritage projects.

This special event, which has been organised as part of Strode’s Saturday Workshops programme for the day, costs only £10 and runs from 1.00pm to 5.00pm.

Dr Alex Langlands will be talking about `History on television: the making of the Victorian, Edwardian and Wartime Farm series (BBC2). Other talks will focus on:

  • 'Putting the history into historical fiction', by author and academic Dr Catherin Hanley;
  • 'Archaeology at Hinkley Point', by Jane Hill, Learning Officer for the Hinkley Point Archaeology Project;
  • 'Community archaeology on the moor: The DIG Porlock Project', by Faye Balmond Coordinator of the project;
  • 'How we learnt to create a popular village history and did it our way' - by Jean Lowe and Jennie O'Kane, part of a small history group who created their popular Village History Books;
  • 'Boys will be boys: chivalry, machismo and violence and the male youth in the Middle Ages', by Seam McGlynn, author and lecturer for Strode College and Plymouth University; and
  • 'Qualifications, research and publications in History, Heritage and Archaeology at Strode College', by Andrew Pickering author of 13 books and Programme Manager for Strode College and Plymouth University.


You can book a place for this event, or other workshops taking place on the day, via the Strode Theatre Box Office: 01458 442846 (Mon - Sat, 10am - 2pm) or via the website:

12/03/14 - 'Eventide' Music Event to Support Local Talent and Raise Funds for Charity
'Eventide' Music Event to Support Local Talent and Raise Funds for Charity

If you enjoy listening to music and want to support young local talent while raising funds for a good cause, then keep a space in your diary for Saturday 22 March, 8pm - 12am, for what promises to be a fantastic showcase night for local DJ’s and producers at the Bocabar in Glastonbury.

The event will feature live DJ sets from local independent musicians, Roy Bar who will be performing at BathFest this year, Bue Den, Musslo and Second Skin; a hip-hop cypher featuring independent hip-hop artist YoungVegas (who is from Rome in Italy but lives locally while studying at Strode College); and the night will end with a special guest performance from DJ Simon Kaye who collaborated with The Guru Josh Project on the song 'Infinity 2008'.

YoungVegas (otherwise known as Madaliso Mwanza) and the four DJs who are playing are all studying Music Technology at Strode College. Madaliso has organised the night to tie in with his events management studies and to raise funds for the AH20 charity which is close to his heart.

He said: “'Eventide' is a charity event organised to support the AH20 charity which was founded by Antoine Hawkins, a friend of mine, to provide safer water filters in a remote area of Nicaragua. Antoine was involved in an accident in the summer of 2013 and sadly passed away. Before he died he managed to get several water filters to one of his favourite surf spots in remote Nicaragua to help the families he had met. He self-funded this mission and went around the villages fitting the filters. He thought it was a simple concept to deliver water filters, fit them and ensure they worked for families in countries where drinkable water was nothing more than a dream. I would like to help, in my small part, in making his vision a reality.”

Madalison’s commitment to this cause, to his music and his studies are just what’s needed to organise a successful event. So, if you like DJs sets and hip hop, or if you are interested in finding out what it’s all about while soaking up the atmosphere and supporting a good cause, go along to the Bocabar on Sat 22 March - entry will cost £5 on the door. Please note this event is for ages 16 and over.

Photo: (Left to Right): Bue Den, Young Vegas and Roy Bar.

07/03/14 - National Radio Programme Recorded at Strode College
National Radio Programme Recorded at Strode College

The founders of local audio production company Audio Factory returned to their former college recently to make a programme for BBC radio with the help of Strode College music and media teachers.

The children’s programme, one in a series called Poppy’s Play Dates, was aired on CBeebies Radio in February and it is available on the BBC website until 5 April.

In the series, Poppy, played by local school girl Ruby, is joined by other children and their families for play date activities, including a musical play date recorded in the Strode College music studios.

With the help of Dan Shaw, one of Strode’s music teachers, Poppy and her friends learn about different musical instruments and work together to make the sounds of a space rocket taking off. Strode’s Broadcast Media teacher Mell Turford was also on hand to assist with recording.

The series was created for the BBC by Arran Dutton of Glastonbury, who also co-wrote and produced the series with Dave Perry and Stuart Packer of Street. Arran and Dave chose to record the programme at Strode because they were inspired by their teachers to pursue media careers and they knew they would get great support at the college.

Arran said: "Strode’s Film Studies teacher Ben Boydell ignited my interest in a media career and Dave studied Music Technology at Strode which included audio production. We approached Dan Shaw to help with the programme because we admire his musical and teaching talents, his passion for encouraging young musicians and his work in the community. Mell Turford’s input in the voiceover sessions was invaluable.

"This has been an exciting project for Audio Factory and we were delighted to be able to produce a programme for the BBC right on our doorstep - there’s wonderful talent in our area and the enthusiasm shown by the local community during production was overwhelming."

To listen to the music episode of Poppy’s Play Dates visit the BBC website.

Photo: Strode College teachers Dan Shaw (Music) and Mell Turford (Broadcast Media) in the Strode College recording studios where they helped produce the CBeebies radio programme.

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