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27/11/15 - Public Services Student is Police Cadet of the Year
Public Services Student is Police Cadet of the Year

Strode student, Jake Edwards is the Avon and Somerset Police Cadet of the Year 2015. The award was announced at an annual award ceremony in November.  

Jake, who lives in Street and formerly attended Crispin School, said: “I’m very proud to have received  this award. I intend to pursue a career as a police officer once I have completed my Extended Diploma in Public Service at Strode.” 

The Public Services Extended Diploma, which takes two years to complete, prepares students for careers in a wide range of public services including the Police Force, the Prison Service, Paramedics, Rescue Services and Local Government. Students can progress onto university or directly into employment in a range of roles.

Jake is pictured here at the College’s Remembrance Day event.

Find out more about Public Services Extended Diploma and Public Services Level 2 Diploma at Strode College

26/11/15 - Psychology Students Experience Hypnosis
Psychology Students Experience Hypnosis

A group of 44 AS and A2 Psychology students travelled to Bristol for a series of lectures from world famous psychologists, including Dr Dance (Peter Lovatt), who discussed, with many practical demonstrations, the scientific importance of dance in the human brain and Oliver Meech a professional magician, who studied Psychology at Cambridge.

Finally, Andrew Newton, a well-recognised hypnotist, captivated the audience with a live hypnotism show that included a few selected students (including Strode students) being asked to join Newton on stage for individual hypnosis. Hypnosis describes the process by which a person enters an artificially induced altered state of consciousness.

Charlotte Hide, A Level Psychology Subject Leader said "The students had a fantastic experience and said that hearing psychologists talk about their research has allowed them to develop an understanding that just isn’t possible from websites and documentaries. They found the day thought-provoking and inspiring."

Find out more about Psychology at Strode.

26/11/15 - Exciting Times Ahead for School Pupils
Exciting Times Ahead for School Pupils

Almost 1000 year 11 pupils from schools across the region joined us in November to get a feel for college life and to try out some of our courses. 

We organise College Experience Days to help year 11 pupils make the important decision about what and where to study after GCSEs. They were able to try a range of A Levels and vocational courses and meet pupils from other schools who will be studying at Strode in the future. 

They also enjoyed the more social side of college at the `College Life Fair` where they found out about College clubs and sports, tried mixing their own music, got their nails and hair done, tried out photographic equipment and, most exciting of all, got to try the latest 3D virtual reality Oculus Rift goggles.

We have another Experience Day on 3 December, when even more pupils will get a taste of the great teaching and exciting opportunities in store for them when they join Strode College next year.

Patrick Cross from Shapwick School had a great time trying out our Public Services Extended Diploma. “I’ve had a great time with public services, it’s been inspirational.”

In the Frame - College Experience Days 15  In the Frame - College Experience Days 15

In the Frame - College Experience Days 15  In the Frame - College Experience Days 15

School pupils taking part in the Strode College Selfie Frame competition

16/11/15 - Dance Students Selected for Prestigious Competition
Dance Students Selected for Prestigious Competition

Strode College is one of only 30 schools and colleges from across the country to be selected to compete in a prestigious dance competition organised by the internationally acclaimed Rambert Dance Company. 

The college dance company `Gravit8`, made up of A Level Dance and Extended Diploma Performing Arts students, will be guided by their dynamic and dedicated teacher Becky Harvey as they create an original dance inspired by a leading Rambert choreographer. They will perform their dance in a regional competition this spring in front of the Rambert’s Artistic Director, for a place in the national final in London in the summer.

Students pictured from left to right - front row: Georgina Harper, formerly at Huish Episcopi Academy; Julia Wrzesinska, formerly at King Arthur's Community School; Abi Wheatley, formerly at Whitstone School; Summer Dart, formerly at Crispin School; and Molly Lythaby, formerly at St Gregorys Catholic College. Top Row: Corrin Liszka, formerly at Stanchester Academy; Ellie Pitman and Lilly Preece, formerly at Whitstone School; Becky Harvey (Strode Dance Teacher); Abbie Russell, formerly at Crispin School; Emily Davis, formerly at Sexey’s School; and Jessica Johnson, formerly at St Gregory's Catholic College.

Find out more about A Level Dance at Strode.

13/11/15 - Strode Students are not Affected by Proposed Changes to Bus Routes
Strode Students are not Affected by Proposed Changes to Bus Routes

Although some of the bus routes used by Strode students are referred to in the Somerset County Council consultation document, the peak time bus services used by our students will not be affected by the proposed funding cuts. Our students will be able to get into college in the morning and home again at the end of the day as normal. Strode College will be responding to the Somerset County Council consultation to try to secure day time bus routes that may be affected by funding cuts.

Students and parents wanting to find out more should contact our Admissions team on: 01458 844591

11/11/15 - College Pays Respect on Remembrance Day
College Pays Respect on Remembrance Day

Strode College Extended Diploma BTEC Uniformed Public Services students held a ceremony on 11th November for students and staff to remember those who have lost their lives as a result of war.

AS Music student Zac Smith played 'The Last Post' at the ceremony, providing an opportunity for those who attended to pay respects and reflect on conflict and the meaning of Remembrance Day.

Find out about Public Services Extended Diploma at Strode College.

02/11/15 - Music Students Challenged to Write Film Score by Professional
Music Students Challenged to Write Film Score by Professional

Simon Lomax visited Strode College recently to conduct a workshop in writing for film. As well as co-developing Somerton based Music Tuition company 'Music Skills', Simon is a prolific musician and producer in his own right, having worked with, among others, Julian Emery (producer for Lissie and McFly) and the Universal Music Group who represent major artists from Rihanna to Coldplay. Simon also taught Tristan Evans from the band 'The Vamps' to play the drums.

Simon brought two clips from an award winning film that he had written the music for, which our Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music and Music Technology students then composed music on Logic to fit with the scenes. Students will then send Simon their finished work and the film studio have offered to give feedback on their work.

To find out more about our Music Department visit the Music and Music Technology sections of our website.

28/10/15 - Public Services Students put to the Test with Royal Marines
Public Services Students put to the Test with Royal Marines

The Level 3 Uniformed Public Services students got to know the Royal Marines when they were put through their paces in a series of team challenges and physical training exercises.

The visiting team spent the day with the students talking to them about the service and showing them how the modern day service prepares to meet the challenges they now face around the world.

Find out more about Public Services Extended Diploma and Public Services Level 2 Diploma at Strode College.


Training with the Royal Marines

Training with the Royal Marines








23/10/15 - Music for Change Concert
Music for Change Concert

As part of One World Week (19 - 23 October), Strode College hosted a Music for Change Concert at Strode Theatre on 23rd October 2015. Students performed a range of Rock and Pop covers and there was a special performance from world renowned Cellist, Anup Kumar Biswas, playing an unaccompanied Bach Cello Sonata.

Anup has given concerts throughout Great Britain, including The Royal Albert Hall, St James’ Palace, Lambeth Palace, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Westminster Abbey and Grays Inn (where, in addition to a Vivaldi concerto, he played an Indian raga at the personal request of HRH the Prince of Wales).

Anup will also be raising money for The Mathieson Music Trust: with at a concert at Landmark house in Glastonbury on the evening of 23rd October.

16/10/15 - Get Fit for Charity
Get Fit for Charity

If you fancy getting fit and helping charity at the same time then get down to the Strode College Sports Hall this Tuesday 20 October at 12:30pm - 1:15pm for a Mega Body Combat Class. For a one pound donation you can join the class and raise funds for two charities: Scotty's Little Soldiers, which supports the children of men and women killed whilst serving in the British Armed Forces and Papyrus, which is dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.

Lynne and Don Hart - Papyrus Cheque Donation

Strode College has been busy raising funds for Papyrus this year; ‘StrodeLive’ music students chose to support the charity and recently hosted an evening of music in Holy Trinity Church in Street which was headlined by local songwriter Liam Howard. They raised £438.39 which was presented to Don and Lynne Hart, representatives of Papyrus.

Find out more about Music Extended Diploma and Music Level 2 Diploma at Strode College.

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