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30/04/15 - Students Fundraise for Macmillan Cancer Support at the Red Brick Building
Students Fundraise for Macmillan Cancer Support at the Red Brick Building

Strode College students continue to put on some great fundraising gigs at the Red Brick Building in Glastonbury with their latest 'StrodeLive' event on Thursday, May 14, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. ‘Sound Clash’ is organised by Strode’s Music Technology students and is a showcase for local DJs and MCs, featuring a range of styles including ‘Jump Up’ and ‘Dark’. Performing on the night will be DJ Frank, Switchflipz, Lou Cid, MC MVP, DJ Klash to name just a few. Entry is £3 on the door and the night kicks off at 8pm until 11pm. Patrons must be 16 years of age or over. Previous events organised by Strode students include the 'Rock for Red Nose' event, which raised nearly £200 for Children in Need, and the 'Get Funked Up' gig which raised £168 for the Rural Music Network.

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Find out about Strode's Music Technology Extended Diploma and Music Technology A Level.

20/04/15 - Archaeology Students get to Grips with Forensic Anthropology
Archaeology Students get to Grips with Forensic Anthropology

Archaeology A Level and Degree students at Strode College spent the day being Forensic Anthropologists recently, identifying the sex, age and height of individuals by examining their bones and considering the possible causes of their death.

Archaeology uses the same techniques as Forensic Anthropology in the analysis of human remains. It is an important element of the AS Archaeology course and post excavation analysis which is taught as part of Strode’s History, Heritage and Archaeology degree.

The hands-on workshop was taught by a Forensic Anthropologist from Sherlock Bones, who brought along some human skeletons for students to work with.

Photo: Strode’s A Level Archaeology and History, Heritage and Archaeology Foundation Degree students found the forensic anthropology workshop fascinating

17/04/15 - Strode College Student Awards Celebrate Outstanding Academic and Personal Achievements
Strode College Student Awards Celebrate Outstanding Academic and Personal Achievements

Strode College celebrated the outstanding academic and personal achievements of 31 students at an awards evening held in Strode Theatre this week (14 April).

Students receiving awards had completed a wide range of courses last year, including A Levels, vocational qualifications, higher education qualifications, apprenticeships and courses for adults.

They were praised for their excellent academic achievements and for the impressive ambition, determination and enthusiasm they demonstrated which helped them to reach their goals.

James Staniforth, Principal of Strode College said: “This is a very special evening for Strode College. It’s a wonderful opportunity for us to recognise the outstanding achievements of these students, in front of the family, friends and teachers who supported them along the way. It’s also great to meet up again with students to hear what they are doing now - at university, in their careers or during their gap years. 

“One of the main reasons I am so passionate about further education is that I have seen over many years that, regardless of their starting point, when students come to college they thrive and achieve beyond expectations. 

“We are committed to helping all of our students reach their potential so that they can enjoy successful futures. As we are the only Further Education college to be awarded `Outstanding` by Ofsted this year and the only `Outstanding` sixth form in Mendip and South Somerset, the 1500 16-18 year olds who study with us each year can be confident that we can deliver on this commitment. We also teach courses for other ages, levels, abilities and interests; we value all of them, deliver equally high standards of teaching and support to everyone and we take great delight in their success.

Four Strode students who successfully completed the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award were also presented with their awards during the evening (see below). 

Strode College Student Awards 2015

 

Strode College Student Awards - 14 April 2015

Ellie GoreOverall Student of the Year 2013/14 – Ellie Gore
Studied:
A Level Biology (A*), Maths (A*), Archaeology (A*) and Chemistry (A)
Home town: Babcary, Somerton
Previous school:
Ansford Academy
Where now?
Gap year working overseas before studying Medicine at Leicester University later this year.
Ellie was this year’s most nominated student, nominated for lots of awards by lots of people! What makes her stand out is that she is not just outstanding in one discipline. She approached all her work with complete dedication and always with a smile. A complete perfectionist in everything she did, she was always willing to give anything a go and was a fantastic role model for other students in the class. It is perhaps Ellie’s personal qualities above all that earned her this accolade, she is polite, calm, well organised, intellectually curious and compassionate – but having left Strode having achieved A, A*, A*, A* it is fair to say that academically she was also truly successful! Ellie took a year to travel and will be starting her medical degree at University of Leicester in September 2015.

Luke DodgeAdult Student of the Year – Luke Dodge
Studied:
Access to Higher Education, Level 3 Diploma (Pass)
Home town:
East Coker, Yeovil
Where now?
Reading University studying Real Estate.
Luke joined the Access to Higher Education (Combined Studies) Diploma having previously left the Royal Navy. He quickly impressed the teaching team and also gained the high regard of his peers through his positive outlook and helpful encouragement as a team member. Academically Luke made steady progress, and when offered a place at Reading University to study the Real Estate, BSc (Hons) course at Reading University he rose to the challenge with enthusiasm and completed this Diploma with higher grades than he needed. Luke is commended not only for his final achievement, but for his unremitting efforts to raise the standard of his work to the highest level.

Laciejay TaylorApprentice of the Year – Laciejay Taylor
Studied:
NVQ Diplomas Level 2 and 3 Hairdressing (Pass) and Functional Skills in English and Maths (Pass)
Home town:
Street
Previous school:
Crispin School
Where now?
Stylist at Tranquillity Hair Salon in Street.
Throughout her studies Lacie has shown great promise. She showed commitment and dedication to her work and had 100% attendance. She was always willing to help others within the group and was a good team player. Lacie was an excellent, conscientious student both at college and at her employers, Tranquillity Hair in Street. What made Lacie stand out was the speed of her progression in the workplace from junior roles to stylist, and her personal transformation regarding her studies. From a workplace and college point of view, Lacie is a worthy winner of this award. Lacie has been promoted at work and is now a stylist with a personal cliental; she is a valued member of the team.

Frankie SilcoxBeauty Therapy student of the year – Frankie Silcox
Studied:
Level 3 NVQ Diploma Beauty Therapy (Pass)
Home town:
Yeovil
Previous school:
Westfield Academy
Where now?
Beauty Therapist at the Crystal Courtyard Salon in East Coker
Frankie was always professional, enthusiastic and motivated in all aspects of her Beauty Therapy qualification, achieving a very high standard of work with excellent test results. She was hard working and conscientious and she was always striving to do better.  She had a natural rapport with clients and excellent communication skills and her passion for beauty came through in her work. Her positive outlook on life and sunny smile ensured any task was completed willingly. She was pro-active in fund-raising events and she was an excellent ambassador for Strode College. Frankie was a pleasure to teach and an asset to the course. She is now employed as a beauty therapist and she has the ability to go far in her chosen career.

Ashleigh EdwardsJohn Lewis Award for Biology and Environmental Sciences Student of the Year – Ashleigh Edwards
Studied:
A Level Biology (A*), Maths (A*), Psychology (A), Extended Project (B)
Home town:
Somerton
Previous school:
Huish Episcopi Academy
Where now?
Manchester University studying Genetics.
Throughout her two years studying Biology Ashleigh maintained an excellent work ethic. She tackled each area of her subject with the same degree of enthusiasm and commitment. Ashleigh was involved with the college Gambia Project and took an active role in the fund raising, committing herself to raising sufficient funds to travel with the group to The Gambia in 2014. Ashleigh was a fantastic ambassador for the college during this trip. We are confident that she will excel in her chosen field. Ashleigh selected Manchester University and is now studying for a degree in Genetics.

Will NashBusiness Student of the Year – Will Nash
Studied:
A Level Business (A), Communications & Culture (B) and Psychology (C)
Home town:
Wedmore
Previous school:
Kings of Wessex School
Where now?
Working at Glastonbury Ales and The Somerset Bottling Company; travelling to India later this year; plans to study Management at university or launch his own business.
Will was a hard-working and highly motivated student who produced outstanding work. A positive influence in class, he approached his work with a committed attitude. His AS Business Studies exam result was the highest mark of all Business Studies students in the year and he made valuable contributions in class which demonstrated his enthusiasm for the subject. He was a very conscientious worker who was highly self-motivated. This year Will has been working with Glastonbury Ales and the Somerset Bottling Company. He is carefully considering his options, based around management, either studying at university or launching his own business.

Dicken RichardsEngineering and Technology Student of the Year – Dicken Richards
Studied:
Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering (Triple Distinction Star)
Home town:
Shepton Mallet
Previous school:
Blue School, Wells
Where now?
Working as a specialised Engineering Apprentice at the Ministry of Defence.
Dicken immediately demonstrated an extraordinary interest in all aspects of the Engineering course. Each topic triggered a response from Dicken to probe deeper into the subject. He worked very hard to complete assignment work ahead of time. He always aimed high and was only happy with Distinction level in his work. Dickens’ enthusiasm continued throughout his course; he was determined to do his best and he remained focused on his goal of achieving a Triple Distinction. He gained new knowledge and understanding in many fields of engineering including maths, electronics, science, materials technology, welding, design and computer-aided drawing. His hard working attitude, determination and focus will serve him well in the years to come. He completed the course with an overall Triple Distinction Star grade enabling him to continue his higher specialised engineering apprenticeship and employment at the Ministry of Defence Abbeywood in Bristol.

English Student of the Year – Molly Harvey
Studied:
A Level English Language (A*), Biology (A*), History (A), Physics (B) and Extended Project (B)
Home town:
Somerton
Previous school:
St Dunstan’s School
Where now?
St Andrew’s University, Scotland, studying Zoology.
Molly was clearly an able student when she arrived at Strode. What marked her out was the maturity of her approach; her powers of analysis; the way she communicated verbally and in writing. These qualities, along with her ability to analyse linguistic subtleties and technical aspects of language accurately made her an outstanding student. Her Language Investigation coursework gained her an A Grade with 79 marks out of 80 and was described by her English Language teacher as being one of the best he had ever read and one of the few students in the department’s collective memory to score such a high mark in the investigation. Molly is a well-deserved winner of this award. Molly is now studying Zoology at St Andrew’s University, Scotland.

Chelana MarshallFoundation Student of the Year – Chelana Marshall
Studied:
Foundation Studies Level 1 Diploma (Pass), Functional Skills English, Maths and ICT Entry Level (Pass)
Home town:
Shepton Mallet
Previous school:
Blue School, Wells
Where now?
Studying Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design at Strode College.
Chelana soon began to blossom during her Foundation course, developing positive relationships with staff which led to increased levels of confidence, enabling her to try new skills, ask for help and expand her academic, creative and personal horizons. By the end of the year, we were working alongside an altogether more confident young lady who was able to support both staff and other students, with her gentle sense of humour starting to shine through. Chelana was inspired by her visit to Strode’s art show and applied for a Level 2 art course at Strode. We are extremely proud of her determination to succeed and wish her well as she moves forward and continues to develop her creativity here at Strode on the Level 2 Art and Design course.

Bethany FraserHairdressing Student of the Year – Bethany Fraser
Studied:
NVQ Level 2 Diploma Women’s Hairdressing (Pass) and Functional Skills Maths Level 2 (Pass)
Home town: Street
Previous school:
Weston College
Where now?
Working and training as an Advanced Hairdressing Apprentice at Tranquillity Salon in Street.
Beth maintained a motivated and committed approach to her studies from the outset, with a quietly confident focus. Her theory assignments were well researched, presented to deadlines and showed a high level of understanding of the industry. Alongside this she had excellent customer care skills that she honed repeatedly in the salon. As a result of her manner and determination, Beth secured a full-time position at Tranquillity Hair in Street which has led to progression to Level 3 study as an Apprentice.

Hannah MoodyHealth and Care Student of the Year – Hannah Moody
Studied:
Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (Triple Distinction Star)
Home town:
Shepton Mallet
Previous school:
Whitstone School
Where now?
Plymouth University studying Midwifery.
Hannah began her course determined to achieve her ambition of becoming a midwife. She quickly showed a high degree of motivation to succeed, alongside a bright, enquiring approach to her studies and a desire to make the most of every opportunity presented to her. Hannah was steadfast in meeting the demands of both work placement and college to the very best of her ability. She showed excellent communication skills, fantastic teamwork and high levels of independence. Hannah never lost sight of her end goal. Hannah’s ability, commitment and aptitude were clearly evident because she secured offers at all five of her chosen universities; an outstanding achievement in itself given the number of applicants for midwifery. She is now progressing to Plymouth University to study midwifery and we know that she will continue to strive to be the best she can, in all that she does.

Sam GriffithsHigher Education Student of the Year – Sam Griffiths
Studied:
Foundation Degree, Managing in the Public Sector Services (Pass), having previously gained Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services (Double Distinction, Distinction Star)
Home town:
Bridgwater
Previous school:
Crispin School
Where now?
Plymouth University, studying a final degree year and working part-time as a Special Constable.
Sam Griffiths studied the Managing in the Public Sector Services Foundation Degree as a full-time student. He was hard working and determined, and successfully completed his course in 2014. Sam showed that he had all the right skills and qualities whilst studying, to become a very good Police Officer. Sam volunteered as a Special Constable with Avon and Somerset Constabulary and his professional conduct was highly regarded by the constabulary. Sam was supportive, articulate and well respected by staff and his peers, always demonstrating a high degree of integrity and fairness. We highly commend Sam for the high standards he achieves in everything that he does and we wish him every success in his very promising career ahead.

Lindsey-Mai HigginsHospitality student of the year – Lindsey-Mai Higgins
Studied:
Level 2 and Level 3 Extended Diploma in Hospitality (Triple Distinction)
Home town:
Shepton Mallet
Previous school:
St Dunstan’s School
Where now?
Gloucester University studying Hotel, Resort and Events Management.
Lindsey began to show her great potential soon after joining college, but the real turning point for Lindsey was her performance in the Contemporary World Food Cooking Assessment. Her Distinction grade in this unit really kick-started a huge improvement in her approach and standards. And by year two Lindsey was producing excellent results in assignments and in practical assessments. When Lindsey was offered a place to study Hotel, Resort and Events Management, BA (Hons) at Gloucester University there was no way now she was going to miss out. This resulted in a Triple Distinction at the end of the year easily achieving her place at university. Lindsay deserves this award for hard work, a clear goal and an outstanding achievement.

William DaviesHumanities Student of the Year – William Davies
Studied:
A Level Archaeology (A*), Geology (A), Geography (B) and History (B)
Home town:
Montacute
Previous school:
Stanchester Academy
Where now?
University of Liverpool studying Archaeology and Geology.
Will was an outstanding student of Archaeology, Geology, Geography and History. This was a challenging undertaking as he had to complete three lots of coursework, all due at the same time, and he still excelled at it. Will always gave extra; he was very helpful at open evenings, always contributed humorously in lessons and he was an enthusiastic participant in subject trips and events. Will has taken his passion for learning further and is currently reading for a Joint Honours degree in Archaeology and Geology at the University of Liverpool. We are sure that Will is equally successful in his university degree.

Luke WilliamsIT student of the year – Luke Williams
Studied:
Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT Practitioners (Triple Distinction Star)
Home town:
Glastonbury
Previous school:
Crispin School
Where now?
Kings College, University of London, studying Computer Science.
When Luke first came to Strode College he was unsure of what he could achieve. However, once he began to complete a few assignments he realised that he was one of the most able students on the course and could achieve success at Distinction level. This was all the motivation he needed. He fully applied himself to his studies and almost always handed work in ahead of deadlines. He achieved Triple Distinction Star and secured a place at Kings College, University of London to study Computer Science. We are very proud of him and wish him well for the future.

Chris MolloyBrian Jefferson Cup for Maths – Chris Molloy
Studied:
A Level Maths (A*), Further Maths (A*) and Physics (A)
Home town:
Somerton
Previous school:
Ansford Academy
Where now?
University of Bristol studying Mathematics and Computer Science.
Throughout his two years studying Maths at Strode Chris demonstrated his keen interest in the subject. He was always thinking ahead when new topics were introduced, often coming up with original ideas for how a problem could be tackled. He had the ability to devise methods to solve complex problems, gaining great satisfaction from having developed his own methods. Throughout, Chris’s enjoyment of Maths was evident, as demonstrated by his decision to undertake extra studies in order to take 2 STEP papers alongside his A2 exams – in his words, “for fun”. Chris is now studying Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Bristol.

Robin NiedojadloGabriel NiedojadloMedia Students of the Year – Gabriel and Robin Niedojadlo
Studied:
Level 3 Extended Diploma in Broadcast Media (Distinction Star, Double Distinction); Robin also gained Psychology A Level (A).
Home town:
Othery, Bridgwater
Previous school:
Huish Episcopi Academy
Where now?
Gabriel is on a gap year and will study Psychology at Lancaster University later this year; Robin is currently working in the film industry in London and has a place at the University of Gloucester to study Film Production.
It was clear from the start that Broadcast Media was the right course for brothers Gabriel and Robin; their interest and skills in media production quickly shone through. They worked on many projects together at college - every time there was a college event you could always guarantee that both of them would be there, camera and tripods at the ready, collecting the well framed video and then editing to a professional level. They had the ability to make tasks fun through their positive approach and unique sense of humour and they consistently showed themselves to be highly driven, professional, hard-working and committed. The energy and enthusiasm they brought to every project made them the number one selection for every team. These skills and qualities have served them well in post college careers: Gabriel, who also studied A level Psychology, has been offered a place to study BSc in Psychology at Lancaster and Robin is currently working in London on film production shoots having deferred a year at University of Gloucester to study a BA in Film Production.

Grace BenthamRichard Frapwell Cup for Modern Foreign Languages – Grace Bentham
Studied:
A Level French (A), German (A), Spanish (A), and an Extended Project B
Home town:
Bridgwater
Previous school:
Huish Episcopi Academy
Where now?
Durham University studying German, French and Spanish.
Grace really was la crème de la crème. She studied French, German and Spanish and gained A grades in all three, just as we always expected she would. Her performance in Spanish was particularly impressive, because she didn’t study the language for GCSE at school. She attended a summer course and taught herself a bit more during the summer holiday before she joined Strode and then embarked on the A Level course to see how things would go. In German, Grace was selected to go on a two week summer project with UK-German Connection who went on to choose her to be an ambassador for German. She set about teaching the language to a group of pupils at Walton Primary School, proving an enthusiastic teacher and a wonderful representative for the college. Grace is now studying at Durham University where she continues to study all three languages, and gives up her spare time to mentor pupils in the local schools.

Music Student of the Year – Tom Mills-Smith
Studied:
Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Technology (Triple Distinction Star) and an Extended Project (A)
Home town:
Wells
Previous school:
Blue School, Wells
Where now?
University of the West of England, Bristol, studying Games Technology.
Tom has been chosen as Music Student of the Year due to his commitment, talent and the results he gained for his hard work. From the outset it was clear that Tom had a talent for music composition. A talented guitar player with excellent music production skills on software and in the studio, Tom played a key role in a number of projects. His Extended Project Qualification was exceptional and demonstrated a high level of both academic and technical skills. In addition to his studies Tom also got involved wherever he could in extra curricula activities such as college gigs, performances and fundraising activities. He was always effective and punctual and quickly became somebody we could rely on. Tom is now studying for a BSc in Games Technology at the University of the West of England, Bristol.

Margi HumphreyPerforming Arts Student of the Year – Margi Humphrey
Studied:
Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Triple Distinction Star)
Home town:
Stoke-sub-Hamdon
Previous school:
Stanchester
Where now?
Anglia Ruskin University studying Performing Arts.
When Margi joined Strode she demonstrated a sensitivity and wisdom way beyond her years, and she used these attributes well to create excellent work throughout the course. She was an extremely conscientious student who always strove to produce work of the very highest quality. She took on a number of key roles in our productions and also threw herself into enrichment activities such as the annual musical and college support groups. She is a very deserving recipient of this year’s award.

Tom CornishPhysical Sciences Student of the Year – Tom Cornish
Studied:
Maths (A*), Biology (A*), Physics (A), Chemistry (A) and Extended Project (A)
Home town:
Sutton Montis, Yeovil
Previous school:
Ansford Academy
Where now?
Gap year working and travelling before studying Astrophysics at Lancaster University.
Tom’s enthusiasm for the Physical Sciences was clear from day one at Strode when he chose five AS levels in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Maths and Music. Tom also found time to play the guitar for pleasure and joined the college music ensemble. In his second year Tom continued with the three sciences and Maths plus an Extended Project Qualification. In August 2014 he achieved A*, A*, A, A for his A levels. Tom read well beyond the Physics syllabus and enjoyed researching ‘Dark Matter’ for his A level coursework. Tom realised that he would like to pursue his interest in astronomy and cosmology and he has a place at Lancaster University to study Astrophysics next year. As well as being extremely intelligent, Tom is very good at explaining things in a clear and concise way, both orally and in writing.

Cameron DoyePsychology Student of the Year – Cameron Doye
Studied:
A Level Psychology (A*), Sociology (A), Human Biology (A) and Extended Project (B)
Home town:
Norton-sub-Hamdon
Previous school:
Home Educated
Where now?
Exeter University studying Psychology.
Throughout his time at Strode College Cameron showed himself to be an exceptionally hardworking and conscientious student who made an enormous contribution to Psychology at Strode College. Cam excelled in his first year, but it was in his second year that his dedication to the subject became apparent. He made several outstanding presentations to the Psychology Society, and was also a major contributor to a research project on the relationship between personality factors and smoking addiction. Cam was an exceptional Psychology student. He achieved a well-deserved A* in Psychology and is now reading Psychology at Exeter University.

Social Sciences Student of the Year – Jade Lester
Studied:
A Level Sociology (A*), Film Studies (A*), English Literature (A) and Extended Project (B)
Home town:
Street
Previous school:
St Dunstan’s School
Where now?
University of Bath studying Social Sciences.
The qualities that made Jade stand out were her enthusiasm for learning in every respect and her resilience. Jade was an exceptionally motivated, mature and independent student. She was always actively engaged in the subject and clearly enjoyed it, participating, unafraid to ask questions and frequently adding insightful contributions to the classes. She not only had an excellent grasp of Sociology, but could also see the relevance of the subject to her life, skills, and to the world around her. She clearly enjoyed learning and was happy to work independently or with other students in a constructive way. Her grasp of the sociological perspectives and conceptual language was exceptional, as was her persistence with developing sociological skills, in particular the skill of direct evaluation which she had to work at initially and in which she became expert. Jade thoroughly deserved her A* in Sociology and is now studying Social Sciences at the University of Bath.

India JenkinsUniversity of the West of England Bristol Law School Prize – India Jenkins
Studying:
A Level Law, Government & Politics, History, English Literature
Home town:
Meare
Previous school:
St Dunstan’s School
Where next?
Plans to study Law at university next year.
The University of the West of England Law School prize is awarded at the discretion of the College either for academic excellence or a continued dedication to the study of Law. India has been selected as she has excelled on both of these grounds. India demonstrated an unrelenting work ethic and consistently achieved within the top 5% of the AS Law students. India’s clear academic ability combined with her commitment, determination and ability to identify how to stand out from the crowd means that she will undoubtedly excel in the forthcoming examinations.

Matthew ThorneRachel House Award for Skills for life – Matthew Thorne
Studied:
Functional Skills English (Pass)
Home town:
Pilton.
Matthew joined Strode in 2012, wanting to improve on an Entry Level 1 Maths qualification he gained at another local college. He looked to Strode to support him in fulfilling his potential. Staff identified strong dyslexic tendencies and put arrangements in place to support Mathew. Always a hard worker with a conscientious and questioning nature, Matthew’s commitment to self-improvement ensured that he had 100% attendance. This led to passes at both Entry 3 and Level 1 Maths in his first year here, and he went on to achieve Level 2 Maths the following year. We are proud to have witnessed Matthew’s commitment and dedication to his course. Matthew has said he learned a huge amount from Strode and in particular his confidence improved enormously. Matthew is now employed at Tor Works where he hopes to start an apprenticeship in the near future.

Sport and Public Services Student of the Year – Charlie Gates
Charlie GatesStudied: Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services (Triple Distinction Star)
Home town:
East Coker
Previous school:
Preston School
Where now?
Working for the Police Force in Bristol as an Administration Support Officer.
Charlie was a diligent student and well-respected member of the Uniformed Public Services group. Academically he worked hard to achieve the highest grade possible. A natural leader he enthusiastically took part in all elements of the course including the Duke of Edinburgh Gold, which he successfully completed and which was awarded at St James Palace in February. Evident from the start of the course was his passion to serve the community in which he lived; a passion that was reflected in his studies and in everything he did including his successful application to be a Special Constable. Charlie accepted the role of course patriarch and Gold expedition leader almost from the start and was always supportive of his fellow students and staff members. Always willing to listen and offer sound advice he was an exemplary student.

Ashleigh CarelessSuccess Against the Odds – Ashleigh Careless
Studied:
Level 3 Extended Diploma Sport (Triple Distinction Star)
Home town:
Wells
Previous school:
Blue School, Wells
Where now?
University of Central Lancashire studying Sports Therapy.
Ashleigh enrolled on the Extended Diploma Sport (Development, Coaching & Fitness) at Strode College and completed this with a Triple Distinction Star grade. Throughout her studies she was a highly capable, motivated and determined student who has succeeded whilst overcoming issues which tested her strength and resolve to the maximum. She displayed resilience, mental fortitude, maturity and courage and she constantly demonstrated enthusiasm, application and hard work across each and every unit. Her attention to detail, time management and planning was so good that her approach was adopted by the whole student group – which was an instrumental factor in them becoming the best performing Extended Diploma Sport group. This meticulous attention to planning was further demonstrated by Ashleigh completing additional qualifications from evening classes, which enabled her to pursue her ultimate goal of studying at the University of Central Lancashire on the Sports Therapy, BSc (Hons) course. Ashleigh gained a Triple Distinction Star grade – a fantastic achievement. Good luck to Ashleigh for the bright future she has earned for herself.

Will NashVisual Arts (2D) Student of the Year – Josh Payne
Studied:
A Level Graphics (A*), Psychology (A) and History (C)
Home town:
Castle Cary
Previous school:
Ansford Academy
Where now?
Strode College studying Art & Design Foundation Diploma (Pre-Degree).
Josh had a flair for Graphics and achieved the elusive A* in Graphics in 2014. This success motivated Joshua to further pursue his studies in the visual arts and he has progressed onto our Foundation Diploma in Art & Design where he is flourishing. Josh is an extremely diligent student who works tirelessly at improving his work. He is a perfectionist, always polite, and has an excellent attendance record. While studying A levels Josh grew incredibly as a designer and developed skills in industry software like Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop. He was always focused on what he wanted to achieve regardless of work load and always met deadlines. His work was always professional in appearance, concept and finish; qualities that are celebrated in graphic design.

Megan AngellVisual Arts (3D) Student of the Year – Megan Angell
Studied:
Art & Design Foundation Diploma Pre-Degree (Distinction) and previously A Level Textiles (A*), Photography (A) and English Literature (A).
Home town:
Castle Cary
Previous school:
Ansford Academy
Where now?
Kingston University studying Fashion.
Megan was an outstanding fashion student, obsessive about fashion and all its facets and showed strengths with both design and construction. True to form, she was an excellent Art Foundation student, diligent and hard working. She was genuinely enthusiastic and invested a great deal of her time in the research and development of her garments. Megan’s Final Major Project was an especially powerful body of work. Megan’s project stood out not just for the level of skill employed, but the maturity of the concept and the evident energy put into realising her ambition. It is no surprise that Megan succeeded in securing a place to read BA Fashion at Kingston University.

Gary SmithOutstanding Contribution – Gary Smith
Studied:
Level 3 Extended Diploma Music Technology (Triple Distinction)
Home town:
Glastonbury
Previous school:
Strode College.
There are a number of reasons why Gary deserves this award. Gary gained a Triple Distinction Star grade in his Extended Diploma in Music Technology as well as completing an Extended Project Qualification. He showed time after time to be highly motivated and a positive influence on the other students in the group. Gary became involved in many extra curricula projects at College. He took on a key role in the team of students who organised a record and CD sale in the College refectory raising money for an eating disorder charity called ‘BEAT’. Gary also organised a video game conference at Strode Theatre. Gary organised the first ‘Oxjam’ music event in 2013 at the Red Brick Building as coursework evidence for the Music Events course unit. This event has now become an annual fixture in the local music calendar. Gary is passionate about music and is a valued member of the Strode Live team supporting and promoting Strode College music artists. Gary now works at Strode College as ‘E Learning and Information Resources Co-ordinator’.

 

Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards 2015

Annabel Ford
Studied:
A Level: Geography, Psychology and Biology
Home town:
Stratford-upon-Avon
Previous school:
Farleigh College.

Ben SheldrakeBen Sheldrake
Studied:
Level 3 Extended Diploma Public Services
Home town:
Edington, Bridgwater
Previous school:
Taunton School.

Charlotte Preece
Studied:
Level 3 Extended Diploma Public Services
Home town:
Somerton
Previous school:
Crispin School.

Charlie GatesCharlie Gates
Studied:
Level 3 Extended Diploma Public Services
Home town:
East Coker
Previous school:
Preston School.

17/04/15 - IT Students Teach Primary School Pupils
IT Students Teach Primary School Pupils

Nineteen IT students from Strode College have been visiting Brookside School in Street weekly, to teach computer programming to Year 3 and Year 4 pupils (aged 7, 8 and 9). The college students, who are all in their first year at Strode and studying IT Extended Diploma at level 3, have been making the visits since January, as part of their communications unit, which focuses on life skills and working as part of a team.

Julie Wheadon, Head of IT and Engineering at Strode College, said: “The Government wants to see an improvement in primary school pupils’ knowledge of programming. Our level 3 students are learning the latest technology; it makes perfect sense for them to share that information with these youngsters.”

Ewan Trebble-Westlake, from Street and formerly at Crispin School, is one of the Strode students who visits Brookside every week. He said: "It has been really exciting helping these young children learn how to program. I have been surprised at how well they have done. The visits have helped me improve my interaction with other people and given me the confidence to stand up and talk in front of a group."

Pupils from Elmhurst School in Street also benefit from the IT students’ knowledge by visiting Strode College every Thursday for an after school programming club.

Photo: Strode College IT student Ben Maddaford teaches computer programming to pupils at Brookside School in Street.

Find out more about Strode's Information and Creative Technology - Computer Science Level 2 Diploma and IT Level 3 Extended Diploma

16/04/15 - Get Funked Up!
Get Funked Up!

If you love soul and funky 60s vibes then this forthcoming fundraiser could be just the gig for you. The Red Brick Building in Glastonbury is hosting the event on Thursday April 23, featuring 11-piece funk/soul band Midrod Ends, popular local DJ Dr. Amaqueen, and singer-songwriter Ben Russell. Proceeds from this event will go to the Rural Music Network who help young musicians gain experience and gig opportunities around the South West. Organised by Strode College Music Technology students Rebecca Tatchell and Jay Seaward as part of StrodeLive music events, the gig starts at 8pm and entry will be £2 on the door.

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More information on Strode's Music Extended Diploma, Music Level 2 Diploma and Music Technology Extended Diploma.

07/04/15 - Funky Student Gig at Strode Theatre
Funky Student Gig at Strode Theatre

StrodeLive will be delivering their latest gig on Tuesday April 28 at Strode Theatre, Street. The student bands, from Strode College, will include the soulful and funky ensemble ‘Karma Llama’, fronted by Somerset’s answer to Amy Winehouse: Rosie Whitten, and other acts including Langport-based ska and funk band ‘Fast Decline’; all-girl singing group, ‘Unique Faith’ (whose performances have included the O2 Arena); and many other Somerset favourites.

It promises to be a funky and exciting evening! The music will start at 7.30pm and tickets are £7 with £5 concessions, available from the Strode Theatre box office. Tel: 01458 442846.

More information on Strode's Music Extended Diploma, Music Level 2 Diploma and Music Technology Extended Diploma.

02/04/15 - 'StrodeLive' Gig To Raise Funds for Teenage Charity
'StrodeLive' Gig To Raise Funds for Teenage Charity

Strode College students will be performing an ‘Unplugged’ gig at The Holy Trinity Church, Street, on Thursday April 16 at 7pm. Liam Howard, of the popular Glastonbury-based band Liam Howard & The Truthseekers, will be headlining, alongside the brilliant ‘StrodeLive’ students, including Ben Russell, Ben Tubridy and Tolly Snell, who will be performing a mixture of reworked covers and originals.

The Strode College music students have been planning the concert as part of their events management unit, which includes organising the venue, the ticketing system, and putting a setlist together. The event is in aid of the young person suicide prevention charity Papyrus, and the suggested donation of £3 per ticket, available on the door or in advance from Strode College shop, will go directly to the charity.

StrodeLive will also be performing on Saturday April 18 at, in Grace Community Church Rooms, Landmark House in Glastonbury (near Tesco). Entry is from 7.30pm and free (with free cake!) and will be headlined by the effervescent slam poet from Austin Texas: Peter Nevland. This event is funded by the Pop Up Café and Soul Bridge.

Photo is copyright of Marc Hughes Photography 

More information on Strode's Music Extended Diploma, Music Level 2 Diploma and Music Technology Extended Diploma.


30/03/15 - Leading experts at Strode for conference on King John and Magna Carta
Leading experts at Strode for conference on King John and Magna Carta

To mark the 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta in 2015, Strode College’s History, Heritage and Archaeology BA (Hons) degree programme hosted a major public conference on King John and Magna Carta.

The conference brought together leading experts from universities and the heritage sector to present on a range of topics including: the personality of King John and the road to Magna Carta; King John’s hunting lodges, warfare, arms and armour (including a live demonstration of the step-by-step armouring of a 13th century knight in full battle dress); the remarkable Eleanor of Aquitaine; John’s teenaged bride Isabella of Angoulême; and his troubled relations with the Church which led to his excommunication.

Sean McGlynn, who organised the conference, is one of the country’s leading King John scholars. He has written widely on King John; contributes regularly at events and in the media; and he lectures on King John for the Strode College BA (Hons) History, Heritage and Archaeology degree (in partnership with Plymouth University).History, Heritage and Archaeology Degree student Andrew Howart in full 13th century knight battle dress, with Andy Pickering, Course Manager, and Sean McGlynn, lecturer and conference organiser.

He said: “This was a rare opportunity for people in the Southwest to attend a local conference to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta in 2015. Celebrations are being organised across the country and worldwide on a massive scale, so it is fitting that the Southwest – King John’s stronghold during the dramatic Magna Carta Civil War – should also mark the occasion with this conference. We had an impressive range of leading experts delivering lively presentations on fascinating topics to an audience who were interested in learning more about the controversial figure of John, arguably England’s most notorious king.

“Strode College is well qualified to host such a high-profile event as we teach about King John on our degree course and our lecturers have an impressive publication record on the monarch. The College is also academic advisor to Salisbury Cathedral which holds one of the four surviving copies of Magna Carta from 1215.”

See the Strode College website for more information about the Strode College History, Heritage and Archaeology Degree and Foundation Degree or call 01458 844400.

27/03/15 - Students Benefit From Creative Careers Day
Students Benefit From Creative Careers Day

Seventy-eight art students from Strode College, Huish Episcopi Academy and Heathfield Community School attended a Creative Careers Day at Strode College earlier this month led by ‘Creative Somerset’, a community interest company, in partnership with ‘Spaeda’, an arts education charity. The event, set within their extensive and specialist Art and Design facilities, gave students an insight into careers in the creative and cultural industries and showed different ways students might choose their own route into enterprise, volunteering or further training.

A Level, vocational and GCSE students attended workshops and presentations, including branding products and retail pricing structures.

Guest speakers on the day included Laura Pearcey from ‘BOOP! Design’, a ceramics design company; Paul Smith from the marketing agency ‘Word Gets Around’; and Becky Swaine and Nina Gronw-Lewis from Somerset Art Works, an artist-led organisation dedicated to developing the visual arts; all of whom delivered inspiring and educational talks on entry routes, career pathways and the challenges and successes of working in the creative sector.

Creative Careers DayHarry Young, currently studying at Huish Episcopi Academy and planning to attend Strode College in September to study the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, said: “I’ve really enjoyed the talks today, they’ve shown me the pathway I need to take in my future. It’s been of great educational benefit to me.”

Linda Green, who leads the Art and Design team at Huish Episcopi, agreed: “Today has been a very valuable day for students who are looking forward to a career in the arts. It’s interesting to see the stepping stones available and the career pathways that lie ahead.”

Students learned about the skills needed for apprenticeships, internships and running businesses within the creative industries and were given resource books to create their own action plans. Working with arts partners, Creative Somerset and Spaeda plan to develop a ‘Route Map’ for creative young people in the county. This online resource will act as a window into the opportunities and challenges of working in the creative sector and provide practical routes through.

Head of Art and Design at Strode College, Petrina Rochester, said: “I hope students will take the initiative to join some of the groups introduced to them today, if university isn’t the next step for them. It was wonderful to host this event, and Creative Somerset and Spaeda have highlighted the tremendous professional networks that exist locally. The students have been shown the accessibility of opportunities in the creative industries and have been given clarity on the next step in their career progression.”

Zoe Truong, General Manger of Creative Somerset explains: “Many young people, parents and teachers are not aware of the hundreds of different jobs that there are in the creative and cultural industries. It's a vibrant and thriving part of our economy that has actually grown during the recession.

“We are delighted to be working with Strode College supporting this initiative. Many young people aged 14-19 are making crucial decisions about their future options. Getting the right information and an opportunity to talk to people about those choices can be an enormous benefit to young people in the long term.”

The day was made possible due to funding by Somerset County Council's Creative Industries Fund and Arts Council England Grants for the Arts Lottery.

More information on Strode's Art & Design L2 Diploma, Art & Design L3 Extended Diploma and Art & Design (Foundation Studies)

27/03/15 - Petition Against Cuts to Adult Skills Funding
Petition Against Cuts to Adult Skills Funding

The Association of Colleges and our recognised trades unions are officially supporting a petition opposing the Government's decision to reduce adult skills funding. By maximising the number of signatures in advance of the General Election, we hope that all political parties will understand the importance of education and training provided by further education, including Strode College and many others across England. 

You can sign the petition here.

Further information on the funding cuts can be viewed on the BBC website and locally in the Wells Journal.

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