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27/06/14 - Bath Spa is a Relaxing Place to Learn
Bath Spa is a Relaxing Place to Learn

After achieving 100% pass rate on their Level 2 Beauty Therapy course, our students enjoyed relaxing at Thermae Bath Spa recently when they visited for a careers talk and a tour of the facilities. The students, who had never visited a spa before, were very impressed with the relaxing environment and some are now considering working in a spa in the future when they complete their Level 3 Beauty Therapy course.

Pictured left to right: Yasmin Sivell from Shepton Mallet, Immy Crouch from Shepton Mallet and Charlie Rossiter from North Cadbury

27/06/14 - Free Sales Skills Workshop
Free Sales Skills Workshop

Tuesday 8 and Tuesday 15 July 6-8pm

Strode College will be running a FREE sales skills workshop which will be facilitated by Alistair Powell from Sandler Training. This workshop is designed for business owners who have recently started, are thinking about starting or are in the early stages of their business - If this applies to you and you are keen to learn more about:

  • Your awareness of the market place
  • Prospecting
  • Developing interest
  • Planning
  • Becoming more confident in sales and marketing


Then please contact Bradley Barnard on 01458 844502, or visit cloudpage.co/salesworkshop to find out more.

24/06/14 - 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 creative arts are thriving at Strode College with students producing some outstanding, imaginative and technically accomplished work. This work can now be enjoyed by the public at the College’s 'End of Year Arts Show' which is open between 9.30am and 4.00pm, weekdays until Wednesday 18 June; and open until 8pm on Wednesday 11 June during the college’s Open Evening.

The show, which celebrates the work of 140 creative art and design students, opened on Monday (11 June) with a private view and an awards evening.

Six students were honoured for their outstanding achievements in painting and drawing, sculpture, graphics, textiles, photography, animation, film and video. They received a certificate and a cheque, and the College has bought a piece of their work to add to the 'Strode Collection'. (See list of winners below and photos of work attached.)

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 large open gallery spaces and smaller more intimate studio galleries. Work is also exhibited in Strode Theatre. Maps are available from the College reception.

James Staniforth, Principal of Strode College said: “Our End of Year Arts Show is always a highlight for the college; this is a truly exciting and inspiring collection of work, full of originality and technical skill, across a wide range of creative courses. 

“Our students achieve at an exceptionally high standard, with 30% progressing to the Russell Group of universities. Our arts and media students consistently achieve at these outstanding levels and win places at some of the country’s top specialist institutions for arts and media, including Goldsmiths, University of London; University of the Arts, London - Central St Martins; University College Falmouth; and the University of Winchester. I am extremely proud of the students and of our excellent teachers who have inspired and guided them.“

Petrina Rochester, Head of Art and Design at Strode said: “The End of Year Show generates great excitement and energy around college as students and staff work together to create something special. It is also a time for reflection as we review work; think about how far our students have come and how far they will go in the future. 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, Design Technology, Graphics, Textiles and Photography, Level 3 Extended Diploma Art and Design, Level 2 Diploma Art and Design and Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.

End of Year Art Show winners 2014

Strode College Art students who won awards (left to Right): Petrina Rochester - Head of Art and Design, Isobel Low (Wells) - 2D Art Award winner, Maddy Stringer (Castle Cary) - Fine Art Award Winner, Pandora Ellis (Yeovil) - Textiles Award Winner, Sam Copsey (Langport) - Photography Award Winner, James Staniforth - Principal Strode College, Daniel Juniper (Bruton) - 3d Art Award Winner, Alice Watkins (Street) - Graphic/ Illustration Award Winner.

 

Students receiving awards for excellence in their work

Samuel Copsey photography piece.Photography Award - Samuel Copsey
Lives: Langport, Somerset
Studying: A Level Art and L3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design
Previous school: Huish Episcopi Academy
What next: Year 2 of L3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design, Strode College

 

 

 

Pandora Ellis - Textiles

Textiles Award - Pandora Ellis
Lives: Yeovil, Somerset
Studying: Foundation Diploma in Art & Design
Previous school: The Gryphon School
What next: BA Costume Design, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London

 

 

 

Daniel Juniper - 3D Art3D Art Award - Daniel Juniper
Lives: Bruton, Somerset
Studying: Foundation Diploma in Art & Design
Previous school: Sexeys School
What next: BA Fine Art, Falmouth University

 

 

 

Isobel Low - 2D Art2D Art Award - Isobel Low
Lives: Wells, Somerset
Studying: L3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design
Previous school: Strode College
What next: Self Employed

 

 

 

Alice Watkins - Graphical DesignIllustration/Graphical Design - Alice Watkins
Lives: Street, Somerset
Studying: A Level Graphics
Previous school: Crispin School
What next: BA Graphics Design, University of Reading

 

 

 

Madeline Stringer - Fine ArtFine Art Award - Madeline Stringer
Lives: Castle Cary
Studying: L3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design
Previous school: Ansford Academy
What next: BA Fashion, University of Edinburgh

23/06/14 - Strode College Sports Awards - Celebrating Sporting Success and a Commitment to Sports
Strode College Sports Awards - Celebrating Sporting Success and a Commitment to Sports

Strode College held its first ever Sports Awards recently to celebrate individual and team achievements throughout the year in local, regional and national competitions. Students, representing the broad range of different sports played at the college, enjoyed a memorable evening at the Tor Rugby Club.

Principal of Strode College, James Staniforth, presented 22 awards recognising the outstanding contribution, talent and effort that students have made to college sports over the last year.

Overall ‘Sports Man of the Year’ went to Josh Richardson (from Somerton); ‘Sports Woman of the Year’ went to Lianna Burt (from Glastonbury); and the ‘Team of the Year’ award went to the Strode College Rugby team. Other awards for each sport included 'Player’s Player of the Year', 'Player of the Year' and 'Most Improved Player'.

Shonagh Butler, Head of Sport Strategy at Strode College, said: “Our Sports Awards evening has been an excellent opportunity to celebrate and congratulate the College’s sports men and women for the successes they have achieved, both for individual and team sports, and also to give recognition for their commitment, effort and contribution to college sport. We have had some very high level performances at national and regional level, but we also recognise and appreciate the weekly commitment that these students have made to ensuring that team fixtures are met and competitions are entered.

“Numbers of students participating in sport at Strode have increased significantly this year. Much of their sporting success is due to the quality of the coaching and support they receive and the commitment of our sports team staff. I am very grateful for all of their efforts.”

 Austen Fouracres (Football 1st team Player of Year) & James Lee (2nd team Player of Year)   Liana Burt (Female Sportsperson of the Year) & Vicky Vowles (Strode Staff)

Top: Strode Netball team
Above left: Austen Fouracres (Football 1st team Player of Year) & James Lee (2nd team Player of Year)
Above Right: Lianna Burt (Female Sportsperson of the Year) & Vicky Vowles (Strode Staff)

 Amy Clegg (Most Improved Hockey) with Victoria Vowels (Strode College Sports Maker)   Members of Strode football team and Strode Coach Mike Dear - June 2014

Above left: Amy Clegg (Most Improved Hockey) with Victoria Vowels (Strode College Sports Maker)
Above Right: Members of Strode football team and Strode Coach Mike Dear

 Strode Ladies Hockey team   Josh Richards (Male Sportsperson of Year)

Above left: Strode Ladies Hockey team
Above Right: Josh Richardson (Male Sportsperson of Year)


Details of Strode Sports Awards Winners

Name: Austin Fourarces
Award: Football 1st Team Player of the Year & Student Sports Management Team Certificate
Hometown:
Glastonbury
Previous School:
St Dunstan’s School

Name: Joe Brine 
Award:
Football 1st Team Player’s Player of the Year
Hometown:
Shepton Mallet 
Previous School:
Ansford Academy

Name: Harry Jose
Award: Football 1st Team Most Improved Player
Hometown:
Lydford
Previous School:
Ansford Academy

Name: James Lee 
Award:
Football 2nd Team Player of the Year
Hometown:
Street
Previous School:
Crispin

Name: Callum Sydenham
Award:
Football 2nd Team Most Improved Player
Hometown:
Martock
Previous School:
Huish Episcopi School

Name: Frazer Carpenter
Award:
Football 2nd Team Player’s Player
Hometown:
Shepton Mallet
Previous School:
Whitstone School

Name: Joe Horton 
Award:
Rugby Team Player of the Year
Hometown:
Baltonsborough
Previous School: Sexeys School

Name: Owen Barnes
Award: Rubgy Team Player’s Player of the Year
Hometown:
Somerton
Previous School:
Ansford Academy

Name: Jake Krige
Award:
Rugby Team Most Improved Player of the Year & Male Trampolinist of the Year
Hometown:
Crewkerne
Previous School:
Wadham Community School

Name: Ellie Grant 
Award:
Netball Team Player of the Year
Hometown:
Street 
Previous School:
Crispin School

Name: Lucy Baker 
Award:
Netball Team Player’s Player of the Year
Hometown:
Walton
Previous School:
Crispin School

Name: Jess Burton 
Award:
Netball Team Most Improved Player
Hometown:
Yeovil
Previous School:
Christ's Hospital School

Name: Meg Ward 
Award:
Women’s Hockey Player of the Year
Hometown:
Shepton Mallet 
Previous School:
Whitstone School

Name: Lianna Burt 
Award:
Women’s Hockey Player’s Player of the Year & Sports Women of the Year
Hometown:
Glastonbury
Previous School:
Crispin School

Name: Amy Clegg 
Award:
Women’s Hockey Most Improved Player
Hometown:
Shipham
Previous School:
The Kings Of Wessex Academy

Name: Darren House 
Award:
Men’s Hockey Player of the Year & Student Sports Management Team Certificate
Hometown:
Crewkerne
Previous School:
St Dunstan’s School

Name: George Edge 
Award:
Men’s Hockey Player’s Player of the Year
Hometown:
Shepton Mallet 
Previous School:
Kings School, Bruton

Name: Frances Leafe
Award:
Female Trampolinist of the Year 
Hometown:
Street
Previous School:
Calthorpe Park School

Name: Jenny Naylor
Award:
Badminton Player of the Year
Hometown:
Wincanton
Previous School:
King Arthur’s Community School

Name: Josh Richardson
Award:
Sports Man of the Year & Student Sports Management Team Certificate
Home Town:
Somerton
Previous School:
Huish Episcopi Academy

Name: Tom Davey
Award:
Student Sports Management Team Certificate
Home Town:
Street
Previous School:
Crispin School

Name: Stacey Fowler
Award:
Student Sports Management Team Certificate
Home Town:
Templecombe
Previous School:
King Arthur's Community School

30/05/14 - Learning About Law, Government and Politics in London
Learning About Law, Government and Politics in London

Thirty five A Level Law and Government & Politics students ventured to the capital recently to visit Parliament, the Supreme Court, the Royal Courts of Justice and the Old Bailey.

Tours around these key institutions and meetings with senior staff and officials helped the students to understand the theory and practice of Law and Government & Politics in the UK.  Those who are going on to study Law or Politics at university found the visit helped them to confirm their future study and career plans.    

Strode’s Law teacher Liz Skinner and Government & Politics teacher Stephen Page, praised the students for their enthusiasm during the busy two days in London.

Supreme Court, London

30/05/14 - Adults Learn a lot at Strode College, New Courses Announced
Adults Learn a lot at Strode College, New Courses Announced

Strode College has announced its new programme of courses for adults and, with a wealth of opportunities available, catering for a wide range of interests and abilities, this is a good time to think about what you could gain from signing up for a course as an adult.

You might want to try something for your personal enjoyment such as pottery, painting, photography or upholstery; you could learn a language or take up acoustic guitar; or you can find out about philosophy, art or world cinema.

You could improve your career prospects by developing a skill or taking a job-related course, for example in accountancy, child care, counselling, English, engineering, food hygiene, hair and beauty, management, maths or teaching.

And, there are many computer and IT courses available for all abilities, including absolute beginner’s 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. There are many good reasons to sign up for a course as an adult; learning can have really positive effects on people’s social, personal and professional lives. Last year around 3000 adults took part-time courses at 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.” 

Strode’s courses for adults run at different times and dates throughout the year starting from September 2014. You can find out more by visiting the college website or request a 'Courses for Adults' brochure: 01458 844400.

If you want to find out more about Strode’s courses for adults, school leavers and employers, visit the College Open Evening on Wednesday 11 June, 6-8pm; pre-register or turn up on the night. 

30/05/14 - Exciting and Creative Talent at End of Year Arts Show
Exciting and Creative Talent at End of Year Arts Show

If you enjoy going to art shows and galleries or take delight in going to the theatre, then you will appreciate the fantastic creative talents being showcased at Strode College’s End of Year Arts Show, which runs from Tuesday 10 June to Wednesday 18 June.

The College is holding a number of events to celebrate the high standards of work achieved by students across a range of creative and performing arts, as they as they prepare to move on to higher level study at university or specialist colleges, or into employment. 

This is a great opportunity for members of the public, or those thinking of studying at the College, to see the diversity and quality of work achieved at Strode while taking a look at the college’s extensive and specialist arts facilities.

End of Year Art Show exhibition   Dance Showcase

End of Year Arts Show: Free, Tuesday 10 - Wednesday 18 June 2014, 9.30am - 4.30pm

Strode creative arts and media students are known for producing excellent and imaginative work. The show will feature work from over 100 students completing art and design courses this summer including painting and drawing, sculpture, textiles, photography, graphics, film and video. 

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.

Free and open to the public (maps available from College Reception): Tuesday 10 – Wednesday 18 June 2014, 9.30am - 4.30pm; open until 8pm on Wednesday 11 June (College Open Evening); and closed at the weekend.

 

The Trojan Women by Euripides: Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 June, 7.30pm

Strode College Performing Arts students present this ancient Greek tragedy by Euripides, which follows the fates of the women of Troy after their city has been sacked, their husbands killed and their remaining families are about to be taken away as slaves. This classic play remains relevant today as it speaks about the effects of war on women and children - one of the unchanging aspects of war.

Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 June, 7.30pm. Tickets £6.00, full concessions £5.00 and Strode College students £4.00; prices include a 50p contribution to the Strode Theatre Support Fund. The production is raising funds for College educational activities. Book through Strode Theatre: www.strodetheatre.org.uk

 End of Year Art Show exhibition   Dance Showcase

Dance Showcase: Friday 13 June, 7.30pm

Friday 13 June, 7.30pm. Tickets £6.00, full concessions £5.00 and Strode College students £4.00; prices include a 50p contribution to the Strode Theatre Support Fund. The production is raising funds for College educational activities. Book through Strode Theatre: www.strodetheatre.org.uk

Strode College’s A Level Dance students and Extended Diploma in Performing Arts students will showcase the best of their performance work including musical theatre, contemporary dance and street dance. An energetic and entertaining evening is promised.

 

Photo: Poster image for Strode College’s End of Year Show featuring creative textiles work by Molly Clarke, Foundation Diploma Art and Design.

27/05/14 - Talent Show Fundraiser for Teenage Cancer Trust
Talent Show Fundraiser for Teenage Cancer Trust

Students at Strode College once again hosted their annual talent show in Strode Theatre, raising funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT), in memory of former student Sam MacDonald. Sam was studying Music Technology at the college when he died of cancer in 2007.

Eight acts, including solo artists, duos and contemporary dancers all battled it out for their name on the trophy and a cash prize. This year’s judges were Strode's Principal, James Staniforth, Strode Theatre’s manager Liz Leyshon and ex-television producer Jacinta Peel, who commented, "It’s really great that the students want to perform live; it’s the essence of success in this business."

First place went to duo Oli Kirkham, from Montacute and Connor Crabb (top), from Yeovil who are both studying Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music. The original track, named ‘Breaking Down’, was a unanimous choice for the judges and featured Connor on guitar and Oli, who wrote the piece, played Tenori-On and MikroKorg synthesizers which produced a stand-out and very up-to-the-minute sound.

Ben Tubridy  Jade Jackson

Runner up this year was Ben Tubridy (above, left) from Babcary, who is also studying Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music and who gave a faultless performance of Christina Perri’s ‘Human’. In third place was Jade Jackson (above, right) who is studying Level 3 Performing Arts and who delivered a stunning piece of contemporary dance to Ron Pope’s ‘A Drop in the Ocean’.

The stage manager for the show this year was Harry Roberts from Mark College and the comperes, Andy Jones from Ansford and Matt Blake, from Shepton succeeded in keeping the audience warm in between acts with their puns and anecdotes. They are all studying Level 3 Performing Arts at Strode.

Around seven young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every day 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 www.teenagecancertrust.org

Haydn Stevens & Cam Crossley  Danielle Blake

Above left: Haydn Stevens & Cam Crossley. Above right: Danielle Blake

The Lightness: Reece Blake, Haydn Stevens, Tom West Carroll, Bran Pick and James Pearson  Emily Langthorp

Above left: The Lightness - Reece Blake, Haydn Stevens, Tom West Carroll, Bran Pick and James Pearson.
Above right:
Emily Langthorp

Danielle Blake & Emily Langthorp

Above: Danielle Blake & Emily Langthorp.

15/05/14 - An Exciting Programme of Leisure Activities for you to Enjoy 7-17 July
An Exciting Programme of Leisure Activities for you to Enjoy 7-17 July

If you have some free time between Monday 7 July and Thursday 17 July and you would like to spend time doing something interesting, fun, creative and relaxing, then have a look at Strode College’s Summer Workshop courses – new brochure out now. 

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 over 40 different courses on offer this year including: archery, allotment gardening, book binding, bridge, ‘Cloud’ technology, creative writing, eBay, fabric printing, Indian cookery, jewellery making, song-writing, sculpture, social media, using your i-pad, willow craft, yoga and many more.

This is the fourth year that Strode College has run its Summer Workshops. 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 to book a place visit: www.strodetheatre.org.uk or call 01458 442846.

25/04/14 - Strode College Student Awards Celebrating Outstanding Progress and Performance
Strode College Student Awards Celebrating Outstanding Progress and Performance

Strode College in Street celebrated the outstanding progress and performance of twenty nine students from across Somerset at an awards evening held in Strode Theatre this week.

The awards recognised the hard work and achievements of students who completed a wide range of courses at the college last year, including A Levels, vocational qualifications, higher education qualifications, apprenticeships and courses for adults.

An audience of over 350 family, friends and staff heard how each student had worked hard to achieve their goals, showing great commitment to their studies, a tremendous work ethic and an admirable attitude to learning and life.

James Staniforth, Principal of Strode College said: “Our awards evening is a fantastic opportunity to congratulate some of our most outstanding students for their achievements and to catch up with them and hear what they are doing now. It is also a great opportunity to celebrate the high quality and commitment of our teachers who supported these students.

“At Strode we are determined to help people achieve their potential, academically and personally, so that they can progress in their goals for further study and successful careers. We provide quality learning opportunities for so many people, mostly students aged 16 to 18, but we also teach courses for other ages, levels, abilities and interests. Tonight’s awards highlight the achievements of 29 of the 1500 students who enjoy learning with us each year – we value all of them and take great delight in their success.” 

In 2013 Strode College equalled its best ever results for advanced level 16-18 education, significantly above national benchmarks. The 2014 league tables show that Strode is the best school or college in Somerset for maximising students’ potential at A Level and the best college in Somerset for adding value for advanced vocational courses. Strode is in the top 6% of institutions nationally for maximising students potential by adding value at A Level and for BTEC vocational courses.

Strode College is currently accepting applications for the following courses which begin in September 2014: A Levels, vocational qualifications at level 2 and 3, HNDs, Foundation Degrees and higher level professional qualifications. The college’s new brochure with details of courses for adults starting in September 2014 will be published in May.

 

Details of Strode Student Awards

Overall student of the year 2012/13 - John O'Rourke
Studied:
A Levels: Chemistry A*, Maths A*, Government & Politics A, Biology A and Extended Project A*
Home town:
North Brewham, Bruton
Previous school:
King Arthur's Community School
Where now?
Cardiff University studying Medicine

What makes John stand out is that he is a polymath; he is not just outstanding in one cluster of subjects – his abilities span the divides that we traditionally impose, for example academic vs. practical, arts vs. science.  John was this year’s most nominated student and it is perhaps his personal qualities above all that earned him his accolade; he is polite, calm, well organised, intellectually curious and compassionate.” 

Adult student of the year - Rowena Sheppard
Studied:
Access to HE, Pass
Home town:
Somerton
Where now?
Bournemouth University studying Adult Nursing

Rowena was working as the Deputy Manager of Southlawns Care Home in Street before choosing to return to education. While at Strode, Rowena’s attention to detail, analytical skills, time management and attendance were all noted to be excellent. Her hard work and effort was rewarded when she secured a place on the highly sought after Adult Nursing BSc Hons degree at Bournemouth University, fulfilling her lifetime ambition.”

Apprentice of the year - Jasmine Dalgarno
Studied:
Children & Young People (Intermediate Apprenticeship), Pass
Home town:
Street
Previous school:
Crispin School
Where now?
The Street Children's Centre, Advanced Apprenticeship

Following Jasmine’s work experience placement she knew she wanted to move in to a career within childcare and decided to enrol on an apprenticeship. Jasmine took on her new role at The Street Children’s Centre with vigour, proving herself to be a kind, considerate and caring young woman with a can do attitude. She is now continuing on to her advanced apprenticeship.”

Beauty Therapy student of the year - Kasia Wisniewski
Studied:
Beauty Therapy Level 3 Diploma (NVQ) Pass
Home town:
Compton Dundon
Previous school:
Huish Episcopi Academy
Where now?
Beauty Therapist with Steiner Cruise Liners

Kasia was an outstanding student with a professional approach to learning, coupled with a very self-motivated nature. Hard working, conscientious and constantly striving to do better, Kasia’s professionalism, drive and ambition ensured that, following a highly competitive selection process, she was successful in securing full-time employment as a beauty therapist with Steiner Cruise Liners.” 

John Lewis Award for Biology and Environmental Sciences student of the year - Lucy Corfield
Studied:
A Levels: Biology A*, Psychology A*, Maths A* and Chemistry A
Home town:
Butleigh
Previous school:
St Dunstan's School
Where now?
University of Bristol studying Biology

Lucy was a very able and hardworking student, showing a natural flair for Biology, and was always willing to push the boundaries of the A level specification to enhance her understanding. Lucy’s work ethic was outstanding, with her becoming one of the few students who achieved more marks for her A2 modules than at AS, scoring 279 out of a possible 300.”

Business student of the year - Reece Williams
Studied:
Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business, Triple Distinction* and Maths A Level
Home town:
Walton
Previous school:
Crispin School
Where now?
University of the West of England studying Accounting and Finance

Reece proved to be an outstanding student from the very beginning; committed, mature and conscientious, he excelled at his course showing innovation and enthusiasm in all areas. He was interviewed by and then selected to appear on the HTV News. Both articulate and confident, he presented himself extremely well and was an excellent role model for other students.”

Engineering and Technology student of the year - Jack Boddington
Studied:
Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering, Triple Distinction*
Home town:
Bourton Gillingham
Where now?
Agusta Westland, Apprentice Aerospace Engineer

Jack always aimed high and was motivated, only happy with distinction level achievement in his work.  He displayed excellent interpersonal qualities including a pleasant, positive attitude and a cheerful manner. Jack was an exemplary team player.” 

English student of the year - Alice Murray (also received the Social Sciences award)
Studied:
A Levels: English Language A, History A, Biology B and Sociology A*
Home town:
Catcott
Previous school:
Crispin School
Where now?
University College London, Russian Studies

What marked Alice out was the maturity of her approach, her powers of analysis and the way she communicated verbally and in writing.  She was able to analyse language accurately, seemingly without effort and with a fantastic grasp of linguistic subtleties and context.  In addition to this, she also gained the best overall mark at AS level in the whole cohort.”

Foundation student of the year - Amy Charles
Studied:
Foundation Learning, Pass
Home town:
Shepton Mallet
Previous school:
Whitstone School
Where now?
Working in a family shop and at Greencore in Evercreech

Amy has not always found academic work easy, however this year she is taking part in the ‘Six Book Challenge’ and reading as much as she can to achieve her goal of passing her Functional Skills exams.  She will also achieve her NOCN Diploma at the end of this academic year. Amy recently started to learn to drive and was told that she had excellent reaction skills - one of the best the driving instructor had seen!”

Hairdressing student of the year - Amanda Dunk
Studied:
Hairdressing Level 3
Home town:
Evercreech
Previous school:
Ansford Academy
Where now?
Stylist, Karen Christensen Hair and Beauty

Amanda displayed excellent personal qualities including a pleasant, caring and cheerful manner both at college and in her salon placement with Karen Christensen. Clients often requested her on their return.  She was an excellent team player, with an ability to motivate others to achieve in both theory and practical lessons. Amanda was the worthy winner of the Worldskills UK and Institute for Learning Vocational Masterclass Competition held at Strode College. She was always willing to help and always with a positive attitude and a smile.” 

Health and Care student of the year - Jodie Alford
Studied:
Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care, Triple Distinction*
Home town:
Evercreech
Previous school:
Ansford Academy
Where now?
Gap year working with older people before studying Nursing at either Bournemouth University or the University of the West of England, Bristol

Jodie has a strong sense of social justice and is always keen to stand up for other’s rights. She showed the qualities of courage and commitment and will make a caring, confident nurse who will always make sure that people are looked after properly and treated with respect and dignity. Jodie’s educational journey shows that persistence and motivation can enable a person to achieve their goals.”

Higher Education student of the year - John McLoughlin
Studied:
Managing in the Public Services Foundation Degree, Distinction
Home town:
Stembridge
Where now?
Runs his own business, the Rusty Axe Inn near Martock, and works in maritime security

"As a working adult with a family, John managed his time between family, studies and work to reach the pinnacle of success in his course. He was an enthusiastic learner, ever willing to engage in sound, critical and reasoned discussions. John’s literary skills and the quality of his work were praised by the external examiner responsible for this course. John’s sheer determination was remarkable."

Hospitality student of the year - Katy Bond
Studied:
Level 3 Extended Diploma in Hospitality, Triple Distinction*
Home town:
Ashcott, Bridgwater
Previous school:
Crispin School
Where now?
Working for Crew Clothing while seeking a management position

"Katy showed what can be done if you are determined to succeed. Her excellent time management meant that she could hold down three part-time jobs as well as finding time to produce distinction grade work in all assignments. An enthusiastic, helpful and popular student, Katy was a fantastic ambassador for Strode. She also performed a solo dance in front of approximately 400 staff and students of the South Central China Technical College! An amazing achievement."

Humanities student of the year - Michael Vimalanathan
Studied:
A Level Archaeology A*
Home town:
Mark, Highbridge
Previous school:
Mark College
Where now?
Strode College studying History and Media Studies A Levels

"Michael produced some excellent coursework on the archaeology of World War Two defences in Somerset, a topic which he thoroughly enjoyed. He was an enthusiastic participant in all of the archaeology events including carrying out forensic analysis of real human remains. Michael is always a delight to teach and is also peer mentoring a first year Archaeology student in his free time."

IT student of the year - Ben Buckley
Studied:
Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT Practitioners, Triple Distinction*
Home town:
Glastonbury
Previous school:
St Dunstan's School
Where now?
Kings College University, London, studying Computer Science

"Ben came to Strode as a home tutored student and worked hard to complete his course, attacking every unit with determination and drive. During his course Ben also produced a website for the charity ‘Heads Up’. A conscientious student, Ben was particularly skilful at meeting deadlines, producing distinction standard work in both technical and written solutions. Ben completed his journey from Strode College to a top Russell Group University."

Brian Jefferson Cup for Maths - Tom Perry
Studied:
A Levels: Maths A*, Further Maths A* and Chemistry A
Home town:
Queen Camel
Previous school:
Ansford Academy
Where now?
Jesus College, Oxford University, studying Maths

"Tom impressed his tutors from the very beginning of the course with his enthusiasm and interest in mathematics. He took on every challenge presented to him and completed, unaided, mathematical proofs that few of his contemporaries had any idea how to start. Furthermore, Tom was prepared to explain his ideas to the rest of the class. His ability to approach problems in unusual ways and explain his ideas to others made him an invaluable member of the Senior Maths Challenge team at Strode."

Media student of the year - Willow Leonard-Clarke
Studied:
A Levels Film Studies A*, Sociology A*, Psychology A* and English Literature A
Home town:
Wells
Previous school:
St Dunstan's School
Where now?
Gap year before studying Social Sciences at Exeter or Cardiff University

"Willow was a genuinely outstanding student of film and the work she produced demonstrated integrity and originality. Willow achieved the highest mark of her year group in both her first and second year coursework portfolios. Willow’s sophisticated engagement with film criticism and theory was also evident in her exam performance where she scored 97 out of 100, one of the best results in the country."

Richard Frapwell Cup for Modern Foreign Languages - Ashley Whiskerd
Studied:
A Levels: French A, Spanish A, History B and Psychology A*
Home town:
Street
Previous school:
Millfield School
Where now?
Working in a school in Argentina before going to Durham University to study Spanish and Italian

"Ashley proved to be a natural and committed linguist working very hard to grasp new structures and vocabulary and was soon speaking and writing Spanish and French of exceptional quality. Ashley demonstrated serious commitment through the research she chose to carry out for her cultural topic unearthing obscure primary sources on the Internet for which no translations were available to help."

Music student of the year - David Bevan
Studied:
A Levels: Music A, Maths A and Chemistry B
Home town:
Croscombe, Wells
Previous school:
St Gregory's Catholic School
Where now?
University of Bristol studying Music

"The combination of ability, enthusiasm, versatility and supportiveness are the factors that made David stand out, even in such a high achieving year group with so many outstanding musicians. He was equally capable when performing ‘classical music’ on the French horn, ‘choral music’ as a singer, ‘jazz’ on the drum kit or piano and ‘rock music’ in his own project bands. David also supported the College choir, the jazz group and played in the pit orchestras for College shows."

Performing Arts student of the year - Gabrielle O'Connell
Studied:
Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts, Double Distinction* and Distinction
Home town:
Glastonbury
Previous school:
Home educated
Where now?
Working and planning to study European Theatre Arts at Rose Bruford Drama College

"When Gabi joined Strode she demonstrated a sensitivity and wisdom way beyond her years, performing with great maturity in all areas. In all performance projects she enhanced the quality of the production through her use of energy, concentration, commitment and skilfulness. She successfully tackled a variety of roles to an excellent standard and she was able to hold the focus of an audience. Her analytical and communication skills along with her written work had good detail and clarity of thought. She is a talented performer and was always committed to what was best for the production as a whole."

Physical Sciences student of the year - Dom Phippen
Studied:
A Levels: Physics A, Chemistry A, Biology A, Maths A, French A and Extended Project B
Home town:
Charlton Adam, Somerton
Previous school:
Huish Episcopi Academy
Where now?
University of Birmingham studying Natural Sciences

"Never afraid of hard work, Dom threw himself into this challenging program of five subjects with great enthusiasm. Being very musical, Dom also joined the College ensemble and participated in many extra-curricular music activities. He ended up with five full A levels at A Grade plus the Extended Project Qualification, a fantastic achievement and testament to his determination. As well as being extremely intelligent, Dom’s teachers consider him to be one of the kindest, calmest and most polite students they have ever met."

Psychology student of the year - Jessie Bolam
Studied:
A Levels: Psychology A*, Sociology A* and Health & Social Care A
Home town:
Glastonbury
Previous school:
St Dunstan's School
Where now?
Exeter University studying Applied Clinical Psychology

"Throughout her time studying Psychology, Jessie showed herself to be an exceptionally hardworking and conscientious student. Jessie’s quiet demeanour belies an extremely determined, creative and highly motivated young woman. Jessie is a shining example of how much a student can achieve if they have sufficient desire and motivation. In her final exam she achieved an outstanding 96/100 UMS marks."

Social Sciences student of the year - Alice Murray
Studied:
A Levels: Sociology A*, English Language A, History A and Biology B
Home town:
Catcott
Previous school:
Crispin School
Where now?
University College, London, studying Russia Studies

"Alice was an absolute pleasure to teach. She clearly enjoyed learning for learning's sake and was happy to work independently or with other students. Her grasp of the sociological perspectives and conceptual language was exceptional as was her persistence with developing sociological skills."

University of the West of England Bristol Law School Prize - Hannah Gane
Studying:
A Levels in Law, Business Studies and Maths
Home town:
Street
Previous school:
St Dunstan's
Where now?
At Strode College completing her A Levels and she has won a highly sought after Cameron McKenna bursary to study law at university.

“Hannah was selected by the College as she has excelled academically and in the study of Law. Hannah has been a dedicated and committed student. Her approach to learning has been relentless and Hannah has continuously strived to improve her own performance. Hannah has demonstrated an overwhelming enthusiasm to follow a legal career and has independently identified and undertaken the necessary steps that will enable her to do this. Hannah’s success in gaining the CMS Cameron McKenna bursary, whilst competing against students from across the country is indicative of her ability to excel.”

Rachel House Award for Skills for life - Ladislav (Laci) Podlucky
Studied:
ESOL
Home town:
Glastonbury
Where now?
Volunteers at the RSPCA shop in Street

“Laci came to Strode from Slovakia in 2009.  Since then he has studied English language, showing commitment to his learning – which has not always been easy for him. He is a most pleasant and reliable member of the class and very supportive of other students. He is adept at making conversation with a variety of people and is a lively and positive presence in the class.”  

Sport and Public Services student of the year - Hannah Brown
Studied:
Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services, Triple Distinction*
Home town:
Glastonbury
Previous school:
St Dunstan's School
Where now?
Strode College studying Foundation Degree Managing in Public Sector Services

“Hannah consistently performed at the highest level on her course and was an inspiration to other students. Her caring nature and wish to help in the community was at its best when she encouraged other students to sleep rough for a night to raise money for a local homeless charity.  She also willingly supported her teachers at open evenings and gave 100% on her course no matter what the activity – always with a genuine smile and a superb sense of humour.  Hannah sees the positive in everything. Due to her extremely determined nature obstacles never became barriers: she would always find a solution, never giving up on anything. Hannah stood out because she was so committed. She made a first-rate contribution to the course, college and community.” 

Success Against the Odds - Amy Doyle
Studied:
Level 3 Extended Diploma in Hospitality, Distinction, Distinction and Merit
Home town:
Meare, Glastonbury
Previous school:
Kings of Wessex
Where now?
Working at Café Nero in Street

"Making the transition to College was a daunting prospect for Amy. She worked well and as her confidence and self-belief grew so did the quality of her work. After some self-questioning regarding whether a step up in level was right for her Amy decided to give the course a go. She worked hard and started to really enjoy her time studying. Her whole demeanour blossomed. Amy went from a student about whom we were initially concerned, to one who completed her course with a high grade outcome. Amy has severe hearing difficulties, which affected the speed of her learning throughout her school life. When arriving at Strode she was several years behind in her educational progress. To us though she is just Amy, a young woman with a drive to succeed!"

Visual Arts (2D) student of the year - Charlotte Cooper
Studied:
A Levels: Graphics A*, Photography A, Psychology A and Maths A.
Home town:
Yeovil
Previous school:
Ansford Academy
Where now?
University of Brighton studying Interior Architecture

“Charlotte proved herself to be able, diligent, thorough and methodical. She was able to develop creative ideas, leading to professionally finished designs.  She was a quietly confident student who took on board advice and listened to feedback. In Photography, Charlotte was also noted for being keen, hardworking and well organised, gaining A grades consistently. It was no surprise that she achieved her ambition and Charlotte is now studying BA Hons Interior Architecture at the University of Brighton.”

Visual Arts (3D) student of the year - Liz Moseley
Studied:
Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Distinction
Home town:
Curry Rivel, Langport
Previous school:
Huish Episcopi Academy
Where now?
Falmouth University studying Contemporary Crafts

“As an Art Foundation student Lizzie’s ideas were contemporary and well informed and she worked closely with staff to ensure that she benefitted from critical debate and guidance. She demonstrated a willingness to tackle new skills and to experiment broadly. In an assignment on the theme of ‘News’ Lizzie chose to make work in response to a news story surrounding an abuse scandal in a care home. Lizzie produced a series of hand-stitched photographic stills from the covert TV film footage and produced a wonderful appliqued blanket laden with effective messages without being obvious or heavy handed. This notion of care and support was taken into her ambitious ‘Care’ themed final major project. The body of work was so innovative that it was selected for a Strode Award at the End of Year Show in 2013.”

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