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18/05/12 - Talent show Fundraiser for Teenage Cancer Trust
Talent show Fundraiser for Teenage Cancer Trust

This week, whilst many of us were waiting for Saturday's editions of `Britain's Got Talent` and `The Voice`, students at Strode College were treated to their very own talent show in Strode Theatre and they raised £125 for the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT).

The talent show is an annual event at Strode to raise funds for the TCT in memory of former student Sam MacDonald, who was studying performing arts at the college when he died of cancer in 2007.

Nine musical acts performed for an appreciative audience, including judges Laura Scowen from the TCT and Strode's Principal James Staniforth.

First place went to local band `According To Dave` featuring Ben Armstrong, Aidan Turner and Matthew Carter from Wells, Jake Wareham from Radstock and Alexis Barker from Street, who are all studying for a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music at Strode. The band, who can be followed on Face Book and Reverb Nation, gave a tight and lively performance of their own song `English Garden.` Runner up was Hunter Bradford from Curry Mallet near Taunton, who gave a faultless performance of the Ed Shearan song `A Team`, and third place went to Olly Perry from Street who performed his own song `I don't mind.`

Six teenagers a day are diagnosed with cancer in the UK. The TCT tries to make sure that every teenager with cancer gets positive support and experiences. They run teenage cancer units in hospitals, providing support and counselling for teenagers and their families and they arrange events and activities where teenagers can meet, share experiences and have fun. For more information about TCT visit

Photo: Local band `According To Dave` won first place at the Strode College talent show which is held every year to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

10/05/12 - Movie Make-Over
Movie Make-Over

Beauty therapy students at Strode College enjoyed showing off their creative flair and technical make-up skills by creating movie character looks for the college make-up competition recently.

The students worked in pairs, one as model one as make-up artist, to put together a total look including make-up, hair, accessories, nails and clothes.

From Strode's Level 3 Beauty Therapy course, first prize went to `Morticia` from the Adams Family, modeled by Remia Padden from Langport with makeup by Sophie Groves from Coxley; and second prize went to the leopard from `Jungle Book`, modeled by Shannon Wood from Evercreech with makeup by Laura Holt from South Petherton.

From Strode's Level 2 Beauty Therapy Course, first prize went to `Black Swan`, modeled by Sophie Farmer from Somerton with makeup by Roxy Hannam from West Chinnock, Crewkerne. Second prize went to `Avatar`, modeled by Laura Cobden from Martock, with makeup by Laura Beale from South Petherton.

Take a look at the winners in our gallery.

09/05/12 - Adults Find a lot to Learn at Strode College
Adults Find a lot to Learn at Strode College

Leaving school, college or work doesn't mean you have to stop learning, trying new things or developing new interests.  And, Strode College in Street has hundreds of part-time courses to help you do this, beginning in July with its new 'Summer School', and followed by an extensive programme of 'Courses for Adults' starting in September.


New Summer School opens for bookings

Following the success of last year's 'Summer School' Strode College has a new extended programme of summer workshops and activities running between 9-20 July. 

The specially created programme of more than 50 short courses includes many activities not normally available at the college, taught by talented local teachers and practitioners. 

Among the wide variety of courses on offer are: willow craft, digital photography, painting, pottery, sculpture, genealogy research, allotment gardening, geology for beginners, cake decoration, creative writing, book binding, felt cobweb scarves, up-cycling, social networking, Adobe Photoshop, beginners bridge and many more. 

Find out more about Strode's new 'Summer School'.

or call: 01458 844400. To book a place on a course visit: or call 01458 442846.


Part-time 'Courses for Adults'

From September Strode will be running over 200 'Courses for Adults' at different times and dates throughout the year; the new brochure is available now (request one or see all courses starting September). 

You may want to improve your career prospects by taking a job-related course, for example in healthcare or childcare, accountancy, food hygiene, hair and beauty, 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 or dance, jewellery making, upholstery, pottery or yoga.   

And there is 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. 

To request the new 'Courses for Adults' brochure, which is available from the end of May, call: 01458 844400.

James Staniforth, Principal of Strode College said: "Last year over 3000 adults took part-time courses with Strode, showing how important adult learning is for many people in our community.  We were also able to offer more courses for adult learners last year by introducing our Summer School.  It was a great success, so this year we are offering even more exciting and interesting courses. 

"Our part-time courses are a great way for local people to try something new or develop an interest, in a friendly and supportive group.  They are also a great way for us to share our excellent facilities and expert teachers with the local community."

04/05/12 - Cuts, Curls, Colours and Creativity... Strode Hairdressers can do it All
Cuts, Curls, Colours and Creativity... Strode Hairdressers can do it All

Over 100 Strode College hairdressing students unleashed their creativity and technical know-how this week to create some slick, stylish and stunning hairstyles at the College's Annual Hairdressing Competition, held at the Wessex Hotel in Street. 

The students, who come from across Somerset, study at Strode's hairdressing training centres in Street, Bridgwater and Yeovil. They showed the breadth of their skills with cutting, colouring, curling, crimping, extending and much more.

The competition gives the students the opportunity to showcase their skills and creativity outside the everyday salon situation, while they experience the excitement, pressures and standards of competition hairdressing. 

They gave the judges a difficult task by presenting some dramatic and eye catching looks in six themed categories: Modern Day Look, 1960s Beehive, Hollywood Red Carpet, Cats the Musical, Pop Icon and Avant Garde Catwalk. For all categories students were required to create a total look using makeup, clothes and accessories and mood boards had to be produced.

The six judges were from top hair and beauty salons in Wells, Yeovil, Glastonbury and Bruton. Head judge, Cyril Gallie from 'Cyril Gallie at the Hair Shop' said: "The hairdressing work displayed in the competition is very imaginative and of a high standard. Every year the students get more enthusiastic. They've shown us some amazing ideas and some great skills and they will do well in their future careers."  

Strode's Hairdressing Course Manager and competition organiser Sandra Hellier said: "The students have worked extremely hard in planning and preparing for the competition. They had to research looks and styles to produce a mood board showing their inspiration and ideas for their total look, including the makeup. And, they have sourced costumes and accessories to complete and enhance their total look. 

"Each student had to enter one of the competition categories as part of their Level 2 or 3 Hairdressing course or their Level 2 Barbering course. This allows the students to show their skills, technical ability and creative flair outside of the salon."

James Staniforth, Principal of Strode College said: "It's been a fantastic competition.  The quality of work from our hairdressing 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 Wella, Aston and Fincher. 

Winners received certificates and prizes including top brand hairdressing equipment and products.


Left: Stylist add the final touches
Right: Barber finishes his Modern Day Look


Left: Models pose as judges inspect
Right: First prize winners


Left: Second prize winners
Right: Third prize winners


Winners of the Strode College Hairdressing Competition 2012


Modern Day Look - Level 2 Hairdressing and Barbering students

A modern day style for a young man who wants to wear the latest trendy look, using colour to enhance the cut and style.

  • 1st Prize: Stylist Jess Lee from Shepton Mallet (formerly Whitsone School) and model George Lee.
  • 2nd Prize: Stylist Aiden Fisher from Cheddar and model Stuart Thorne.
  • 3rd Prize: Stylist Kate Owen from Shepton Mallet  and model Ivor Edwards.


1960s Beehive Look - Level  1 and 2 Hairdressing students

Hair dressed up with ornamentation, taking inspiration from the 1960s Beehive. 

  • 1st Prize: Stylist Laura Whitcombe from Street (formerly Crispin School) and model Zoe McFarlane
  • 2nd Prize: Stylist Sarah Brown from Bridgwater and model Karen Meek


Hollywood Red Carpet Look - Level 1 and 2 Hairdressing students

Hair dressed, with ornamentation, taking inspiration from models and actresses who walk the red carpet at film premiers.

  • 1st Prize: Stylist Georgia Oliver from Stoke-sub-Hamdon near Yeovil (formerly Stanchester Academy) and model Mimi Sneddon
  • 2nd Prize: Stylist Emma Coleman from Wells (formerly Crispin School) and model Savannah Tucker
  • 3rd Prize: Stylist Karen Adams from Bridgwater and model Emma Lang


Cats the Musical Look - Level 1 and 2 Hairdressing students

Using creativity, imagination and colour, hair to be styled taking inspiration from 'Cats' the musical.

  • 1st Prize: Stylist Stefano Fauceglia from Barton St David (formerly Crispin School) and model Candice Langstaff
  • 2nd Prize: Stylist Kayley Govier from Street (formerly Crispin School) and model Charlotte Carpenter
  • 3rd Prize: Stylist Kylie Davis from Glastonbury (formerly Crispin School) and model Kirsty Haskins


Pop Icon Look - Level 2 Hairdressing and Barbering students

Hair to be coloured and styled to create the look of a pop icon from any decade. 

  • 1st Prize: Stylist Sophie Chapell from Yeovil (formerly Westfield School) and model Sammy Veal
  • 2nd Prize: Stylist Lorna Moule from Bridgwater and model Sophie Jones
  • 3rd Prize: Stylist Sarah Elwood from Baltonsborough and model Alana Cross


Avant Garde Cat Walk Look - Level 3 Hairdressing students

Hair to be coloured and styled with ornamentation and clip extensions to create an outrageous, individual fantasy look that would interest designers, gain media attention and inspire other hairdressers. 

  • 1st Prize: Stylist Kelly Smith from Somerton and model Hayley Davies
  • 2nd Prize: Stylist Tanya Cook from Somerton (formerly Huish Episcopi School) and model Sophie Groves
  • 3rd Prize: Stylist Nicole White from Yeovil (formerly Bucklers Mead School) and model Shannon Norman
01/05/12 - Somerset Students Imagine an Exciting Future
Somerset Students Imagine an Exciting Future

Have you ever wanted to fly a rocket to the moon, attend a champagne reception in a luxury hotel or hang out with film stars and musicians? Young people from across the area were given an insight into how they could turn these dreams into reality in their working lives at three events held recently at Strode College.

Organised by the East Somerset Partnership and involving students from Ansford Academy (Castle Cary), Crispin School (Street), St Dunstan's School (Glastonbury), Sexey's School (Bruton) and Whitstone School (Shepton Mallet), as well as from Strode College, the three days focussed on possible careers in engineering, writing for film and television and event management.

The events were supported by local universities and major businesses as participants learnt about study and job opportunities in each profession.

'Engineering in the 21st Century' featured projects to stop flooding in Venice and Virgin Galactic's plans for tourist spaceflight, as well as a presentation by staff from AgustaWestland and some of the company's apprentices.  Students and academics from the University of Bath then spoke about the engineering degree courses available before leading a team exercise in bridge building.

There was a similarly diverse line-up for 'Event Management: Making It Happen' with inputs from a senior manager from the Royal Bath & West Show and a young entrepreneur who has established his own successful music festival, as well as an event planning activity introduced by staff and students from Bournemouth University.

The trio of days also included 'The Future of Words' in which an experienced writer guided students through a series of activities that considered language in blogs and on Twitter and led to them creating their own short script for TV or radio with the support of Ashley Pharoah (Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes) for inspiration.

In each case around thirty students took part and their positive response shows how much they enjoyed the chance to work with such a wide range of experts.  There will a further opportunity for local students to benefit from such a day when a group travels to the University of Southampton to look at 'Languages in International Business' in June.

After the events several schools said how much their students had benefitted from the opportunity, stating that they had been 'buzzing' on their return to class. The feedback from the students themselves was also universally positive with the majority indicating that they felt that the quality of the activities and presentations had been excellent.

Adrian Ash, Director, East Somerset Partnership said: "The contributions from companies, universities and individuals on all three days were immensely appreciated. The students got a true insight into some exciting careers from industry professionals and had fun at the same time. The effort that they put into the different activities showed just how much they enjoyed each of the events and truly impressed those that had come to speak with them."

Lauren Curtis, Education Liaison and Outreach, The University of Bath said: "This was a great opportunity for a Lecturer and Engineering students from the University of Bath to go out into the local community and run a fun bridge building workshop with school students who are interested in Engineering.  The young people got to ask questions about the courses we run at the University of Bath and also about University life in general."

Alan Lyons, Show Manager, The Royal Bath & West Show said: "I feel that it is important to work with schools and colleges in the region where events like the Royal Bath & West Show and the Glastonbury Festival have such an enormous impact financially on the local economy.  I was very impressed with the thought provoking questions the students asked and hope that through such interactive days they will get a taste for event management as a career."

Alex Dixon, Director, 'Y Not' Festival said: "I was delighted to have been able to attend, as it's always good to pass knowledge and experience on to the next generation of budding event organisers. The students were interested and really threw themselves into the group task coming up with some excellent ideas for an event. It's also important to give students information on different career options in advance of them having to make decisions about university. The day was an excellent success! "

Carmen Walton, Freelance Scriptwriter said: "It pleased me to see that the love of stories still remains, both in terms of enjoying and creating them.  The students understood that at the heart of all good scripts is the plight of an individual or of a group of people and overall the day made me feel that the future integrity of television and entertainment output was in good hands."

Photo: Representatives from the University of Bath explain the role of 3D printing in modern-day engineering.

01/05/12 - Sports Students Focus on Future Careers
Sports Students Focus on Future Careers

Three former Strode College sports students returned to college recently to give advice and guidance to current students on how to build a successful career in the sports industry.

The sports careers day was organised by Strode's Sports Lecturers to inspire students and help them focus on positive ways to achieve their ambitions.  Students were advised about the variety of careers paths available and the qualifications and experiences they would need to succeed in these careers.

Lydia Cracknell, who left Strode in 2007, is now a self-employed gymnastics, acrobatics and trampoline coach.  She challenged the students in an acrobatics session which tested their balance and core strength skills.

After leaving the college in 2006, Alan Barnard went to work in the leisure industry in North Devon and now works as a Personal Trainer based at a gym in Wells.  He put the students through their paces during a boot camp sessi

Dale Bond talked to students about his career since completing his National Diploma in Sport at Strode in 2004.  He spoke candidly about the lessons he has learnt and the things that he would have done differently.  After Strode Dale went on to study Sports Coaching at Hartbury College, part of the University of the West of England.  He is currently working as a self-employed strength and conditioning coach before taking up a full time position as a Sports Biomechanist.

Jason Jones, Course Manager for Strode's Extended Diploma in Sport said: 'It has been an important day for our students.  Our Sports Diploma opens up a range of career pathways including coaching, sports development, fitness instructing, sports therapy, teaching and facility operations to name a few.   It's important for students to reflect on all the possibilities for their future careers and put in place now all the pieces of the jigsaw that will contribute to their success."

Jean Marchant, Course Manager for Strode's Level 2 Diploma in Sport said: 'The students had fun today but they have also heard first-hand from people who were in their position just a few years ago, about how they achieved their success and what else they will need to do to compete in the competitive jobs market, as well as succeeding on their current course."

Photo: Sports Coach and former Strode student Lydia Cracknell helps students with their balance and core strength, during the Strode sports careers day.

24/04/12 - Tessa Munt MP Discusses Politics with Students
Tessa Munt MP Discusses Politics with Students

Tessa Munt MP visited Strode College in March 2012 to speak to our A Level Government & Politics students as part of their studies. She explained the work she does as an MP, answered the students' questions about working in politics and areas of government policy.

She said: "I was very pleased to return to Strode College and to speak to the A Level students about the work I do, and politics in general. I was happy to answer their questions on any number of subjects and I hope it was a helpful and interesting morning for the students. I certainly enjoyed it!. I am delighted that I have been able to offer work experience opportunities to so many school and college students since the general election in 2010. This gives students an insight into the work I do day-to-day. I will continue to do this, and look forward to visiting more local schools and colleges in the future."

This visit was part of a series of talks organised by tutor Stephen Page to help his students understand modern government and politics. Previous speakers include Sir Graham Watson MEP who visited Strode to talk about his work as a Member of the European Parliament, current developments within the European Union, economic prospects for young people and his views on the UK Coalition Government. BBC Journalists and leaders of local pressure groups have also talked with our students.

A Level Government & Politics has been running at Strode College for over ten years and enjoyed a 100% pass rate with 64% A*-B grades in 2011. Many of our students choose to study politics and related subjects at a range of top universities including Russell League Universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, Exeter, Manchester, Nottingham, Queen's Belfast, Southampton and York. It is one of over 40 A level subjects offered at Strode College.

24/04/12 - Strode College Honours Students at Awards Evening
Strode College Honours Students at Awards Evening

Strode College in Street celebrated the achievements of a group of outstanding students at the college's inaugural awards evening in Strode Theatre last night.

Thirty students who completed courses at Strode last year were honoured with awards, as an audience of former students, family, friends and staff heard how they had demonstrated high achievement in their subjects, great commitment to their studies, and for some, success against the odds.

James Staniforth, Principal of Strode College said: "Tonight has been a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the exceptional hard work and commitment of our students. These students have worked hard for their success and we are delighted and proud to honour them for their achievements.

"Like all of our students, the award winners owe a great deal to their teachers who are some of the most talented and committed professionals you could hope to meet. The applause from students and their families for the contribution of their teachers demonstrated how highly valued their input has been.

"One of the greatest things about Strode, and further education in general, is that we provide such a wide range of learning opportunities for so many people from across the region.

"Most of our students study A Levels and advanced level vocational courses, but we have a course for almost everyone at Strode, including Foundation Degrees, part-time leisure courses and apprenticeships. We have outstanding academic students and we have those who need extra support with their learning. We value all of them and we are delighted to offer them different pathways to success. These awards reflect the breadth of that success.

"In 2011 we achieved our best ever results for advanced level 16-18 education, significantly above national benchmarks for students achievements in A Levels and vocational courses. We were the top performing state school or college in the Mendips, South Somerset and Sedgmoor,

and the third highest in the whole of Somerset. We were the second highest performing college in the South West and we were rated in the top 7% of 1200 school and colleges nationally for improving students' performance after their GCSEs.

"Our students play a significant part in helping us to achieve this success. I am delighted that they respond so well to our approach to teaching and support; they deserve their awards."

Watch video of the Awards Evening


Details of Awards and Successful Students

1. Overall student of the year 2010/11 - Laura Parry (see profile)
Studied:  A Levels: English Literature A*, History A*and Maths A*
Home town:  Bruton
Previous school:  King Arthur's Community College
Where now?  University of Warwick studying English Literature BA (Hons)

2. Outstanding contribution - Scott McDonald
Studied:  ICT Practitioners Level 3 Extended Diploma, Triple Distinction
Home town:  Street
Where now?  Studying HND Computing at a local college

3. Adult student of the year - Tom West
Studied:  Access to Higher Education, Level 3 Diploma
Home town:  Street
Where now?  Salford University studying Civil Engineering

4. Apprentice of the year - Emily Chiffers
Studied:  Barbering Level 2 Diploma
Home town:  Wells
Previous school:  The Blue School
Where now?  Studying Level 3 Hairdressing at Strode, working at Karen Christensen in Wells

5. Beauty and complimentary therapies student of the year - Naomi Laver
Studied:  Beauty Therapy, Level 3 National Diploma
Home town:  Stoke Sub Hamdon
Previous school:  Stanchester Academy
Where now?  Working at the Summer Lodge Hotel and Spa in Dorset

6. Biology and environmental science student of the year - Tegan Sonvico Christov
Studied:  A Levels: Environmental Studies A, Psychology B and English Language C
Home town:  Glastonbury
Previous school:  St Dunstan's School
Where now?  Gap year then studying Environmental Studies and Media at the University of Brighton

7. Business student of the year - Chelsey Seymour
Studied:  Business, Level 2 National Diploma, Triple Distinction
Home town:  Pilton, Shepton Mallet
Previous school:  Whitstone School
Where now?  Employed as a Trainee Accountant at Old Mill Accountants

8. Care student of the year - Charlotte Serpis
Studied:  Health and Social Care, Level 3 Extended Diploma, Triple Distinction
Home town:  Wells
Previous school:  The Blue School
Where now?  Working during her gap year before studying Social Work at university

9. Engineering and Technology student of the year - Kristoff Wasenczuk
Studied:  Engineering, Level 3 Extended Diploma, Triple Distinction
Home town:  Was in Castle Cary but has returned to Canada
Previous school:  In Canada

10. English student of the year - Sophia Orchard
Studied:  A Levels: English Literature A*, History A* and Physics D
Home town:  Glastonbury
Previous school:  Crispin School
Where now?  Southampton University studying English Literature

11. Foundation student of the year - Lorraine Thompson
Studied:  Level 1 Hairdressing, having previously studied one day a week at Strode whilst at school
Home town:  Shepton Mallet
Previous school:  Whitstone School
Where now?  Working as a Hairdressing apprentice at Images Salon in Shepton Mallet whilst studying at Strode

12. Hairdressing student of the year - Tanya Cook
Studied:  Hairdressing, Level 2 Diploma
Home town:  Somerton
Previous school:  Huish Episcopi
Where now?  Working as an apprentice at Victoria's Hair Designs in Somerton while studying Level 3 Hairdressing at Strode

13. Health and Social Care student of the year - Emma Hawkins
Studied:  Health and Social Care, Level 3 Extended Diploma, Triple Distinction
Home town:  Binegar, Nr Radstock
Previous school:  Whitstone School
Where now?  On a gap year before training to be a  teacher

14. Higher education student of the year - Mark Roberts
Studied:  History, Heritage and Archaeology Foundation Degree
Previous school:  Esher Sixth Form College
Where now?  Studying the final year of the History Heritage and Archaeology Degree (BA Hons) at the University of Plymouth

15. Hospitality and Catering student of the year - Alison Smith
Studied:  Hospitality and Catering, Level 3 Extended Diploma, Triple Distinction
Home town:  Farrington Gurney
Previous school:  The Blue School
Where now?  Studying Hospitality at Gloucester University

16. Humanities student of the year - Alex Fallows
Studied:  A Levels: Archaeology A, History A, English Literature B and Geography B
Home town:  Street
Previous school:  Crispin School
Where now?  Cardiff University studying Archaeology

17. IT student of the year - Josh Wintersgill (see profile)
Studied:  IT Practitioners, Level 3 Extended Diploma, Triple Distinction
Home town:  Wells
Previous school:  The Blue School
Where now?  University of West of England studying IT and Management for Business

18. Maths (Brian Jefferson cup) - Li Rui Zhang
Studied:  A Levels Maths A* and Further Maths A, AS Level Physics A, Chemistry B and Chinese A
Home town:  Street
Previous school:  International student
Where now?  At Strode completing further A Levels before progressing to university

19. Media student of the year - Jack Warman (see profile)
Studied:  Media Production, Level 3 Extended Diploma, Triple Distinction
Home town:  Galhampton, nr Castle Cary
Previous school:  Ansford Academy
Where now?  University of Wales, studying Advertising Design

20. Modern foreign languages (Richard Frapwell cup) - Hollie Roper (see profile)
Studied:  A Levels: French A, German A and English Language A
Home town:  Shepton Mallet
Previous school:  Whitstone School
Where now?  Oxford University studying German

21. Music student of the year - Chris Holmes (see profile)
Studied:  A Levels: Music A, Music Technology A and Physics A
Home town:  Limington nr Yeovil
Previous school:  Huish Episcopi
Where now?  Studying Acoustics at Salford University

22. Performing Arts student of the year - Sophie Heyes
Studied:  Performing Arts, Level 3 Extended Diploma, Triple Distinction
Home town:  Templecombe
Previous school:  Bruton School for Girls
Where now?  Gap year then to Exeter University to study Drama

23. Physical science student of the year - Aquila Brandon-Salmon
Studied:  A Levels: Maths (Mechanics) A*, Further Maths A, Physics A and Chemistry B
Home town:  Ston Easton
Previous school:  Home educated
Where now?  University of Bristol studying Physics

24. Psychology student of the year - Helen Callaby
Studied:  A Levels: Psychology A, Maths (Statistics) A*, Biology A and Chemistry A
Home town:  Babcary nr Somerton
Previous school:  Ansford Academy
Where now?  Brighton and Sussex Medical School studying Medicine

25. Skills for life (Rachel House award) - Margaret Archer (see profile)
Studied:  Level 2 Literacy
Home town:  Frome
Where now?  Studying ICT at Strode

26. Sport and public services student of the year - Tiana De Martin
Studied:  Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness), Level 3 Extended Diploma, Triple Distinction
Home town:  Street
Previous school:  Crispin School
Where now?  Management trainee

27. Social sciences student of the year - Connor Billing (see profile)
Studied:  A Level Government and Politics, A. (He gained other A Levels at school, but needed this subject to gain a place on his chosen university course.)
Home town:  Wells
Previous school:  Wells Cathedral School
Where now?  Studying Politics and International Relations at York University

28. Success against the odds - Rosanna Mawby
Studied:  A Levels: Communications and Culture A*, and in 2010 Communications and Culture A, Textiles A and Photography B
Home town:  Wedmore
Previous school:  Kings of Wessex Community School
Where now?  Gap year

29. Success against the odds - Hope Hayward
Studied:  Art and Design Level 3 Extended Diploma, Triple Distinction
Home town:  Glastonbury
Previous school:  Millfield School
Where now?  Hope was in the Under 18s national squad for Dressarge and planned to concentrate on competing professionally and at a national level.

30. Visual arts 3D student of the year - Tara Hemmings (see profile)
Studied:  Art and Design National, Level 3 Extended Diploma, Triple Distinction
Home town:  Shapwick, Nr Bridgwater
Previous school:  Crispin School
Where now?  Studying Textile Design at Falmouth University

31. Visual arts 2D student of the year - Megan Hill (see profile)
Studied:  A Levels: Art A*, Geology A*, Maths A* and Physics B
Home town:  Street
Previous school:  Millfield School
Where now?  Cardiff University, Architectural Studies

19/04/12 - Strode College Students Support the Homeless
Strode College Students Support the Homeless

Public Services students from Strode College in Street raised £360 for the Yeovil Night Shelter recently by spending a night sleeping rough in the college grounds.    

Eleven students from Strode's Public Services Extended Diploma course gave up their home comforts for the night and raised the money through sponsorships and donations as part of their 'Working with others' qualification. 

Chris Gibbons, Manager of the Yeovil Night Shelter Project, said: "I'm extremely impressed with the efforts of the Strode Uniformed Public Services students. They've put themselves out, to help us help people in real need."

Student Ollie Burden from Wincanton, formerly a pupil of King Arthur's School, said: "Although it was only for one night, it has made me appreciate some of the difficulties that homeless people face on a daily basis." 

Course tutor Kevin Bushby praised those taking part, saying: "These young people are looking to pursue a career in the Uniformed Public Services.  They have demonstrated their social awareness by identifying a local charity and then doing something practical to raise funds to help local people in less fortunate circumstances than themselves."

Photo: (top to bottom) Strode students Jacob Czerny from Wells and Ollie Burden from Wincanton get an early morning call after their night sleeping out to raise funds for Yeovil Night Shelter.

17/04/12 - Spring Online - Learn How to Use a Computer and the Internet for Free
Spring Online - Learn How to Use a Computer and the Internet for Free

Strode College in Street is running some free 'Spring Online' computer sessions during April and May for people who want to find out how computers and the internet can make life easier, cheaper and more enjoyable.  

Spring Online for complete beginners, Wednesday 25 April 12.30 - 2.30pm
There are still many people who are completely new to using a computer.  This session will get you started with understanding how computers and laptops can be of benefit in day to day tasks. 

Spring Online with your digital camera, Friday 27 April 2 - 4pm
In this session you can use your digital camera or try the college cameras to take a picture, and find out how to upload and organise your photographs on a computer.  

Spring Online and search for the perfect holiday, Wednesday 2 May 12.30 - 2.30pm
Using the internet you will learn how to search and plan your holiday, finding the latest travel and holiday deals.  You will also look at how to complete online forms and bookmark your favourite destinations. 

Spring Online and stay in touch using Skype, Friday 4 May 2 - 4pm
Find out how to use Skype for your telephone conversations with family and friends locally and worldwide and see them at the same time as speaking to them.

To find out more about each session and to book a place call 01458 844480.

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