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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.

28/03/12 - Big Names to Play Alongside new Musical Talent at Strode College Concert
Big Names to Play Alongside new Musical Talent  at Strode College Concert

Paul Winterhart of Kula Shaker and his band Black Casino and the Ghost are among former and current Strode students who will play at the Strode Live Retrospective, in Strode Theatre on Friday 20 April.

International touring artist Nick Parker is also confirmed for the line-up, and some other exciting former students from a hugely successful band are also hoping to perform, depending on their other commitments.

The show will also feature some great up-coming acts such as Reinstate Sarah and The Floor Below, who gave such fantastic acoustic performances at the recent Strode Live gig in Street Parish Church. Visit the Strode College Music & Broadcast Media YouTube channel to see more.

Not only are the Strode Live team looking at the past and present, they are also casting their eyes towards future musical talent by including a new young band in the show. They recently invited secondary school pupils from across the area to send in recordings of their bands or songs, with the top prize being a slot at the Strode Live Retrospective. The lucky winners were Feedback, a five piece covers band made up pupils from Wadham School in Crewkerne.

Daniel Shaw, Strode's Music Lecturer, said: "This fantastic event will celebrate the successes of past and present musicians that Strode College has produced. The concert is being organised by second year students from our Extended Music Diploma course. They are extremely talented musicians with a love of music and an enthusiasm for encouraging local talent. The concert will be great and I hope that loads of people come along to support our students, the big names and the emerging talent."

The show starts at 7:30pm on Friday 20 April in Strode Theatre. Tickets are available from Strode Theatre Box Office on 01458 442846; they costs £6, £5 concessions and £4 for Strode students.

23/03/12 - Strode College Principal Urges Young People Not to Give Up on Education and Training
Strode College Principal Urges Young People Not to Give Up on Education and Training

James Staniforth, Principal of Strode College in Street, is urging young people not to give up on education and training, and reminding them that there might be a lot more great courses and opportunities available to them than they realise.    

With concerns about the rising number of young people in Somerset who are currently not in employment, education or training (NEETs), and with year 11 pupils currently deciding what to do after GCSEs, James Staniforth wants to be sure that young people across the region are fully informed and well advised about the variety of courses they can choose from at Strode College as well as at school, in particular the wide range of vocational courses on offer.

He said: "Staying in education or training after the age of 16 makes a real difference to a person's future success and happiness. But young people need to be given a range of opportunities to succeed and to reach their potential, and this means offering high quality practical and vocational courses alongside A Levels. 

"Good vocational courses focus on teaching practical skills and knowledge for a particular line of work or a specific job role. For example, a student might be taught the theory of running a business and then asked to create a business using the knowledge and skills they have been taught. Vocational qualifications can give people a head start in a career or prepare them for further vocational study or university. Our students achieve excellent results in both A Levels and vocational qualifications. 

"Schools and colleges should be trying their utmost to help young people choose the right course for them and the right place to study for them. If they make the wrong choice now there is a strong possibility that they will not finish the course they are on and then give up on education entirely.

"I would like to encourage all young people who are taking exams this summer, and those who are currently not in education, employment or training, to be sure that they have found out about all the opportunities available to them, and if they are unsure what to do next, then come and talk to us. We will endeavour to help them make the right choice.  

"This is not a time to be giving up on education and training, but it is the time to get good advice and information about what and where to continue learning."

Young people who do not want to study A Levels but do want to continue learning can study vocational courses at Strode in Art and Design, Business, ICT, Childcare and Education, Health and Social Care, Engineering, Music and Music Technology, Performing Arts, Hair and Beauty, Hospitality, Public services and Sport.  

In 2011, thirty six per cent of Strode's Level 3 Diploma students achieved a triple distinction for their course, which is the highest set of grades possible and equivalent to three A levels at grade A. More than half the students gained at least one grade A equivalent. These students have progressed to university courses, including Russell Group universities, or have progressed to further study at Strode College, as well as into employment in areas like accountancy, care, early years, hair and beauty salons, media and telecommunications.

For information about vocational courses at Strode and for advice about education and employment options for the future, call 01458 844444 or look on the Strode College website.

23/03/12 - Beauty Students Learn from the Professionals
Beauty Students Learn from the Professionals

Whether it's lovely lashes you're after or a new look using mineral make-up, Strode College beauty students know how to help, thanks to some excellent training from the professionals.

Students on Strode's Level 2 and 3 NVQ Diplomas in Beauty Therapy learnt a lot about mineral make-up when a make-up artist from Jane Iredale visited the college recently. They learnt about the product range and were shown how to use new skills and techniques to create different looks.

The Level 3 students also learnt about advanced eye make-up techniques, and at another session with a LashFX professional trainer, they learnt how to apply permanent individual eye lashes.   

The students thoroughly enjoyed their training and were keen to try out their new skills on each other. They are now looking forward to the college make-up competition when they will be able to put their new skills into practice.

Photo: Laura Holt, from South Petherton, applies new eye lashes to fellow Strode beauty student under the guidance on LashFx trainer Tracy Butt. When she completes her Level 3 Beauty Therapy Diploma Laura plans to study Nail Services at Strode.

14/03/12 - Strode Students to Get Help with Bus Fares
Strode Students to Get Help with Bus Fares

To apply for the County Ticket please download the form from the Somerset County Council website.

From September, all students travelling by bus to study at Strode College in Street will get £100 towards the cost of the County Ticket, and students whose family income is below £25,000 will get a total of £300 towards their bus fares.

James Staniforth, Principal of Strode College, said: "We currently have 1500 students aged 16-18 studying A Levels and vocational courses with us. That is 1500 young people who are gaining enormously from learning at Strode. Last year our results made us the second best performing college in the South West and one of the top 80 out of 1,200 schools and colleges nationally for adding value by improving students' performance after their GCSE results."

"Most of our students travel to college by bus as we are well served by a number of bus routes. They come from across the region, many from as far away as Yeovil, Frome, Bridgwater, Taunton, Cheddar and Bruton, because they like Strode and can see that our approach to learning and support achieves excellent results both academically and personally."

"We recognise that transport costs are a real concern and could prevent some young people from furthering their education with us. We do not want them to miss out on their education because they can't afford the bus fare, which is why we will be helping with the cost of the bus ticket."

Strode College's Travel Bursary Scheme was set up last year to support new students following the government cutting the Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) for new first year students. The College is now extending the travel bursary to cover all students.

In addition to the travel bursary, Strode students will be able to apply for a discretionary bursary to support other costs of studying.

More information about Strode's Travel Bursary Scheme is now available on the college website.

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