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24/04/14 - Students Meet Famous Psychologist
Students Meet Famous Psychologist

Forty A Level Psychology students met the famous psychologist and author of the renowned Stanford Prison study, Dr Philip Zimbardo, when they attended a series of talks from famous psychologists in London recently.

In 1971, Dr Zimbardo, with the help of his wife and other researchers, conducted a piece of research in the basement of Stanford University that would change the face of social psychology forever. 

He wanted to answer the question: 'what happens when you put good people in an evil place?' To do this he gave participants the role of either prisoner or guard. The experiment, which was supposed to last for two weeks, was stopped after only five days by Dr Zimbaro's wife because of the horrific treatment Dr Zimbardo and other 'guards' were inflicting on those taking the role of 'prisoners'.

Following this study Dr Zimbardo conducted research into `evil` and he is now studying acts of heroism.

Strode’s Psychology teacher and subject leader, Charlotte Hide, said: “The students had a fantastic experience at the conference - they found the day thought-provoking and inspiring. They said that hearing Zimbardo talk about his study helped them develop a greater understanding that just isn’t possible from websites and documentaries. They were also were delighted to come away with signed books and photographs with such a prominent researcher in psychology.”

For more information about the Stanford Prison experiment and Dr Zimbardo’s recent work visit: and

Photo: Strode College Psychology students and teachers with the famous psychologist Dr Zimbardo, who conducted the renowned Stanford Prison study in 1971.

23/04/14 - Master Class from Music Technology Royalty
Master Class from Music Technology Royalty

Fifty Music Technology students had a fantastic and inspiring day when music producers and other industry professionals joined them for a day of production demonstrations and talks.

The highlight of the day was a music recording and mixing master class with Paul White and Hugh Robjohns from Sound on Sound magazine, which is widely celebrated as the fountain of all knowledge for music producers. Fresh from the international 'Musikmesse' in Frankfurt, they answered questions and gave students some great tips on how to make better music.

Adrian Smith, Strode’s BTEC Music Technology teacher and course manager said: “We were all very excited having Paul and Hugh visit - they are music technology royalty! We bumped into Paul when we visited the UK Music Production show at the end of last year; he was very interested in sharing his knowledge with our students so we arranged the visit. There was a great buzz in the room and our students learnt a lot.”

Music producer and former Strode student Angus Rankine, aka 'Anugoo', also gave the students some production tips and tricks using a range of software plugins and a hardware synthesizer. After Strode Angus went on to study music production with Hedflux, one of the big names in psychedelic bass music and he has since had commercial releases on Broken Records.

Current Strode students also got the chance to show off their skills, with Archie Burlton, aka 'Dharmonk', showing the audience how to use a vinyl deck and Akai MPC sampler to create and edit beats. Archie is in the final year of his BTEC Extended Diploma in Music Technology and he will be taking his hip hop production workshop out to local schools.

A number of former Strode students took time out of work and university to take part in the music production day, including: Daniel Hayes, who is in a successful band with deals in Europe and the USA; Shelly Peters, who was able to ask the Sound on Sound producers questions relating to her dissertation; and Josh Gray, who is currently studying Creative Music Technology at Bath Spa University.

Sound On Sound magazine website

Strode Music Technology blog

Hedflux website

Photo: Strode Music Technology students and teachers with Hugh Robjohns and Paul White from Sound on Sound magazine - the fount of all knowledge for music producers.

22/04/14 - Watching Award Winning Films in Berlin
Watching Award Winning Films in Berlin

Where better to watch and appreciate a good film than at a film festival; even better if they are award winning films and the film festival is in Berlin? 

A group of Strode College A Level Film Studies students got the chance to do just that recently when they visited the celebrated 'Berlinale' - the Berlin Film Festival.

They watched eight films in four days and also found time to explore the city’s cultural and historic sights.

Strode’s Film Studies teacher Ben Boydell organised the visit; he said: “We saw a great range of films in Berlin, including two that won 'Bear' awards. By studying a wide range of films our students develop their skills of observation, analysis and reflection and this deepens their understanding and appreciation of film. Film Studies is a valuable subject for students who are interested in media and communication or those studying English Literature. Our visit to Berlin was really enjoyable and it has greatly enhanced our students learning.”

Photo: Strode Film studies students at the East Side Gallery in Berlin during their visit to the Berlin Film Festival.

14/04/14 - Strode Students help take South West Team to Victory at British Colleges Sport National Finals
Strode Students help take South West Team to Victory at British Colleges Sport National Finals

Two Strode students helped take the South West team to victory at the recently held British Colleges Sport National Championships, which is the longest running student competition and one of the largest annual sporting events in the UK.

Jenny Naylor, who’s 18, from Wincanton and formerly studied at King Arthur’s School, and Jake Krige, also 18, from Crewkerne and who previously attended Wadham Community School, are both currently studying A levels at Strode including Physical Education.

The Wilkinson Sword, which is given to the region with the most points accumulated overall, was won comfortably by the South West team this year, with 36 points separating them and the South East who took second place.

Jenny won the South West BCS Regional Badminton Championships (singles) in November last year before going on to represent the South West badminton team at the BCS National Championships.

Jake represented the South West team in trampolining. The team went on to achieve a silver medal overall at the event.

The championships, which were held at Bath University on 4th – 6th April this year, saw around 1700 students from colleges across England, Scotland and Wales compete. Other colleges in the South West Team are Bicton, Bridgwater, Cornwall, Exeter, Petroc, Richard Huish, SGS, Somerset, South Devon, Truro & Penwith, Weston and Yeovil.

28/03/14 - Formula 1 in Schools - Students Winning Car Secures Success at National Finals
Formula 1 in Schools - Students Winning Car Secures Success at National Finals

A team of A Level students from Strode College have built on their recent success at the regional finals of the 'F1 in Schools' competition by winning `Best Rookie Team` at the national finals in Birmingham on 14-15 March.

'F1 in Schools' is a global competition which requires teams to use CAD and CAM software to design, analyse, manufacture and race miniature compressed air powered balsa wood F1 cars. Teams have to raise their own sponsorship and manage their budget to fund research travel and accommodation.

Strode College's team 'Venom' won 'Best Rookie Team' at the nationals, adding to the three awards they had already won at the regional finals for 'Best Engineered Car', 'Best Team Sponsorship and Marketing' and 'Best Rookie Team'.

Team members are Alex Willsher (from Westhay), James Proud and Daniel Rolls (from Glastonbury), Danny Betts (from Stone) and Alexander Hurr (from Wells).

They are studying a wide range of A Levels at Strode including Physics, Maths, DT, Computing, Business, English, French, Geology, History, Music and Music Technology, giving them a winning combination of knowledge and skills.

They were also supported in the competition by the DT department at St Dunstan’s School, where four of the team previously studied.

Overall success at the nationals would have led to the international competition, with the chance to travel to another country to compete against students from around the world. The F1 in Schools World Champions win university scholarships to City University London. Maybe next year!

Photo: Strode A Level students Alexandre Hurr, James Proud and Alex Willsher won a place in the national finals of the F1 in Schools competition.

27/03/14 - College and Employer Delighted with their Apprentice of the Year
College and Employer Delighted with their Apprentice of the Year

Somerset’s Apprentice of the Year (Intermediate category) is seventeen year old Oliver Baker, who lives in Shepton Mallet, works at The George Inn, Croscombe, and trains with Strode College in Street.

Oliver, a former pupil of Whitsone School, works as an assistant to the chef and owners of the CAMRA and Good Pub Guide award-winning George Inn. He helps with food preparation and service in the restaurant and works hard to maintain the high standards required to be successful in the food and hospitality industry.

Additional training and support for his apprenticeship is provided by Strode College - Hospitality and Catering is one of many apprenticeships schemes supported by the college. 

Oliver first worked at The George Inn on a work experience placement while studying for his Level 2 Diploma in Hospitality and Catering. The owners were so impressed with Oliver that they decided to employ him as an apprentice. He has made outstanding progress in the role, culminating in this award which recognises his hard work and achievements.

Strode College Apprenticeship Manager, Cheryl Macriner, said: “Oliver is so positive and he is always looking to stretch and challenge himself. His employers really appreciate his work ethic, skills and teamwork in the kitchen, and the enthusiastic contribution he has made to the business - this has led to new recipes, greater choice and revamped menus, which has helped increase public interest and customer numbers.”

Oliver has now completed his intermediate apprenticeship and progressed to the advanced apprentice in Catering and Professional Cookery. Oliver’s ultimate goal is to one day run his own place, but in the near future he’s very happy to progress at George Inn.

Strode College currently has 20 apprenticeship vacancies in Somerset. If you are interested in becoming an apprentice, or if you are thinking of employing and apprentice, visit the Strode College website to find out more: or call the Strode apprenticeship team: 01458 844 553.

Photo: Somerset Apprentice of the Year Oliver Baker, with James Staniforth, Principal of Strode College, and Peter and Veryan Graham, owners of The George Inn at Croscombe.

27/03/14 - Students Make a Difference in The Gambia
Students Make a Difference in The Gambia

Six students from Strode College have raised a total of £3,500 to support some of the poorest people in rural Gambia and they recently visited the country to meet those they are helping.

The students raised the money as part of the college’s Gambia Project which supports some of the poorest people in the village of Tujereng. It is paying for 50 children to go to nursery school this year and a further 30 children will be funded for four years from September. It will also pay for a new teacher for four years starting in September; for older students to sit entrance exams for high school; and it will be used to buy new equipment for the village youth centre.

Strode College’s Gambia Project was set up nine years ago and in that time students have raised £43,000 and made a real difference to the lives of people in the village. The money has paid for a youth centre to be built, with an internet café and an outdoor hard court for sports, provided equipment for the village schools and supported and contributed to the rebuilding of a Women’s Business Skills Center in the village.

The students who raised this most contribution to the project are: Zoe Butler, Bonnie Buckley and Freyja Hawkins from Street; Anna Trott from Yeovil; and Molly Harvey and Ashleigh Edwards from Somerton.

During their visit to the Gambia they gained great insight to what life is like living in the village and they enjoyed a wide range of activities as they got to know the people they were supporting. 

They met families, the village Imam and the elders; they learnt the tribal language and tried their hand at tie dye, screen printing and batik; they spent time work shadowing; they visited a nature reserve, took part in a village netball tournament and attended a family naming ceremony; and they helped out at the nursery school playing games, teaching art and starting work on a garden.

Photo: (left to right) Strode students Freyja Hawkins and Anna Trott teaching the hokey cokey to Gambian nursery children and their head teacher Lamin Bojang.

25/03/14 - Lets all do the Conga for Sport Relief
Lets all do the Conga for Sport Relief

Sport Relief can get people doing things they wouldn’t normally do, which is why students and staff did a giant conga around college last week. Approximately £300 was raised for Sport Relief thanks to the conga, a sponsored all day hockey match, cake sales and a raffle. Looking forward to next big fundraising event!

24/03/14 - An Evening of Great Music and Acoustics, 3 April 2014
An Evening of Great Music and Acoustics, 3 April 2014

Fans of good music and great acoustics should buy a ticket for the popular Strode Live 'Stripped and Semi-Acoustic' gig which returns to the Holy Trinity Church in Street on Thursday 3 April, 7pm. 

This popular annual event (previously called 'Strode Live and Unplugged') has been organised by Strode College Extended Diploma Music students as part of their events management studies. It will raise funds for local community radio station Glastonbury FM (107.1), which is a non-profit making organisation promoting local music in and around Glastonbury.

The concert, which will appeal to all ages, encompasses different styles and arrangements and includes a lot of original material. There will be special guest performances from Jorden Lindsay from Yeovil and Alex Brian from Ashcott, both successful graduates of the Strode College music course, who return to perform at the church after a recent tour in Europe.

Previous Strode Live gigs at the church have been hugely successful with the talented and eclectic young musicians playing to a packed out church and a greatly appreciative audience - it has become a much anticipated event on the college calendar.

The concert will be filmed by Strode's Broadcast Media students for broadcast on the 'StrodeLive' YouTube channel and it will be recorded and possibly included in the college’s iTunes release, later in the year.

Tickets for the concert, which starts at 7pm on Thursday 3 April, are available on the door and from the Strode College shop. Suggested donation prices are: Adult - £5, Child - £4, Senior Citizen - £4, Strode College Student/Staff - £3.

You can check out some of the music that will be performed by follow these links online:

Strode College Music:

Strode College Music:

Alex Brian:

Jorden Lindsay:

24/03/14 - Specialist A Level Subjects Secure Places at Oxford University
Specialist A Level Subjects Secure Places at Oxford University

Josh Teasdale and Caitlin Tilt made the right choice when they decided to study A Levels at Strode College and now they’re on their way to Oxford University to pursue their ambitions. 

At Strode they were able to study the specialist subjects they needed to gain a place at this prestigious university.

Josh, who is studying History, Art History and English Literature at Strode and has a particular interest in architecture, will be studying History at Oxford University. Caitlin will be studying Archaeology and Anthropology at Oxford; she was able to study Archaeology at Strode alongside her other A Level subjects English Literature and History.

Our advanced level students are 13% more likely to get a place at university than the national average. In 2013, Oxford - Caitlin Tiltmost of our A Level students went on to university, with 35% gaining places at Russell Group universities. Other students progress to specialist courses at universities across the country and our own high quality university-level courses. Most students gain their first choice university and our Strode Aspire programme provides intellectually stretching opportunities and support with applying to the best universities.

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