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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.

08/10/15 - Strode Students Amazing African Adventure
Strode Students Amazing African Adventure

Nineteen A Level Biology students from Strode College enjoyed an amazing African adventure - a two week field trip in Zambia - where they got up close to the wonderful wildlife and learnt about the fascinating culture. 

The students enjoyed treks and safaris in some of Zambia’s stunning national parks, where they encountered a wealth of wildlife including elephants, hippopotamus, crocodiles, baboons, giraffes and zebras. A highlight for the students was a night safari to watch lions hunt buffalo and a leopard hunting impala.

Other trip highlights included a visit to an elephant sanctuary where the students were able to feed baby elephants, and a visit to the world’s largest waterfall - Victoria Falls. 

Fiona Deacon, Strode’s A Level Biology teacher, said: “This was a highly enjoyable and successful trip; the students have returned to their studies inspired. You just can’t beat seeing the animals in their natural environment and the trip was also a great opportunity for our students to experience other cultures.“ 

Biology is one of four A Levels taught at Strode College to be ranked among the best in the country for student progress. This is measured by Advanced Level Performance Systems (ALPS), the national system that compares student’s A Level results with their predicted results based on their GCSEs. The other Strode A Levels ranked as best in the country for student progress are: Archaeology, Law and Psychology.

Photo (top-left): Verity Payton-Crisp of Bridgwater (formerly at Crispin School) feeding a baby elephant.

In the jeep and ready to go on safari.  Strode students had a great time at the elephant sanctuary in Zambia.

Above-left: In the jeep and ready to go on safari.
Above-right: Strode students had a great time at the elephant sanctuary in Zambia.

Georgie Lucas (formerly at Ansford and lives in Keinton Mandeville) feeding a baby elephant.  Amelia Noonan (formerly at Huish Episcopi Academy and lives in Somerton), zips over the Zambezi River on the Zambia/Zimbabwe boarder.

Above-left: Georgie Lucas of Keinton Mandeville (formerly at Ansford Academy) feeding a baby elephant.
Above-right: Amelia Noonan of Somerton (formerly at Huish Episcopi Academy), zips over the Zambezi River on the Zambia/Zimbabwe boarder.

You can find out more about studying Biology at Strode College and many other A Levels and vocational qualifications by visiting the college’s Open Evening on Thursday 22 October, 6.00-8.30pm.

Find out about A Level Biology at Strode.

01/10/15 - Sound, Lights and Effects for Strode Students
Sound, Lights and Effects for Strode Students

Music Technology students at Strode College were given the chance to get some hands on experience with some professional sound equipment last week when Adam Benton, managing director of ASB Industries Ltd, a production company specialising in sound, lighting and effects based near Yeovil, found time in his busy schedule to pay them a visit.

He brought with him two digital mixing consoles: a Midas Pro2 and a Yamaha LS9; both examples of professional sound equipment that is used throughout the live music and events industry. Adam showed the students how to set up and control each mixing console as well as talking about the industry, job opportunities and working practices.

Subject leader for Music Technology, Adrian Smith said: “Music industry links and first-hand experience are so valuable for our students; we aim to build in as many opportunities like this as possible.” To find out more visit the Music Technology section of our website.

28/09/15 - Cardboard Carnival Comes to College
Cardboard Carnival Comes to College

Art and Design students at Strode College showed skill and creativity recently, making some impressive cardboard carnival costumes.

Students worked together in small groups to design and construct sturdy but stylish cardboard costumes in less than two days before the project finale - a catwalk show in front of other students and staff.

They created some intricate and striking costumes such as the Hindu god Ganesh, Medussa, Jenny the Jellyfish, a Witch Doctor, a Chicken Dinner and a Clown Harlequin. All of the costumes showed a great deal of thought, imagination and skill, with one group using a combination of talcum powder and glitter to create ‘steam’ for their Eco-Friendly Express Train.

Duncan Cameron, Strode College’s Foundation Art and Design course manager, said: “We always kick off the year with a project to warm up the students’ creativity after the summer holidays and to get them working together in small groups – we want them to hit the ground running with this fun induction! They’ve shown great design and construction skills and created some fantastic costumes using recycled cardboard, brown tape, paper and string. We’ve had a great time working with them - watching their ideas develop and their confidence grow. I think we’re in for a record-breaking year of art and design at Strode.”

Students who worked on the cardboard costumes are studying Art and Design Level 3 Extended Diploma and Art and Design Foundation pre-degree Diploma.

Jago Sherman, from Thornford near Yeovil is currently studying Art and Design Foundation pre-degree diploma and he worked with the team that created ‘Geoffrey Beef’ who wears a tailcoat, a bowtie and mini top hat, and carries a cane with his hooves. Jago also modelled the cardboard creation for the catwalk. He said: “I used to work in an office for a packaging supply company so it’s quite funny that I’ve come to college and my first project is this! I really enjoyed working on this project – everyone is so friendly at Strode. It was really good fun and it’s been brilliant meeting new people.” Jago plans to go to Goldsmith’s University in London when he finishes his studies at Strode.

Bryony Kemp lives in Glastonbury and was home educated before joining Strode. She is currently studying the Art and Design Extended Diploma. She was on the team that created ‘Clown Harlequin’. “We wanted to create a circus feel to the outfit – and it gradually became a ‘harlequin’.”

Strode College also teaches A Level Art and Design and Art and Design Level 2 Diploma.

Take a look at all the costumes in our Cardboard Carnival gallery.

11/09/15 - Most Ever New Students Welcomed to 'Outstanding' Strode College
Most Ever New Students Welcomed to 'Outstanding' Strode College

Over a thousand new students, the most ever, began studying A Levels and vocational courses at Strode College this week, but before they got down to some hard work they had fun at the College Fresher’s Fair finding out about the many clubs, activities and interests they can enjoy while at Strode.

There was a buzz of excitement in the air as the students looked around the 43 stands displayed by College clubs and services, outside agencies offering information and advice, and interest groups inviting students to get involved.

James Staniforth, Principal of Strode College said: “This is an exciting time for our new students and we want them to get the most out of their time with us. Following our Ofsted ‘outstanding’ rating last year, we are confident the students who have joined us this year to study A Level and vocational courses will make outstanding progress, achieve excellent results and accomplish their university and career ambitions in the future. We encourage our students to work hard and to become independent and motivated learners, and we also encourage them to take part in other activities and to develop other interests. We provide a vibrant and varied mix of activities at Strode and our Fresher’s Fair is a great way to show our new students what’s out there for them.”

Freshers Fair 2015  Freshers Fair 2015

Left: 'It's ok 2BU' students pose for a photo.
Right: Students talk to one the many exhibitors attending the event.

Strode students can choose from over 30 different sports activities, as well as choir, music, dance and theatre groups, languages – including Japanese and Mandarin, creative writing, debating, photography, employability skills and charity fundraising, including the College Gambia Project.

College staff were on hand at the Fresher’s Fair to talk about the services available to students such as academic and personal support, transport, housing, finances, careers, higher education and counselling. A wide range of outside agencies also attended including the Samaritans, RAISE (Racial Awareness, Inclusion, Support & Education), Mind, Chlamydia Screening Service, Somerset Road Safety, Somerset Rural Youth Project, Terrace Higgins Trust, Avon and Somerset Constabulary and the National Blood Service.

Freshers Fair 2015  Freshers Fair 2015

Left: Lily Preece, Lauren Bowles, Freya Sutherland, Jake Bryant enjoying the vibrant atmosphere.
Right: Students have a go at Fencing.


Chelsea Smith

Chelsea Smith lives in Street and previously attended Crispin. She is studying Health and Social Care: “I really like it at Strode, it has really good teachers. I was here previously.”


Caleb GibbsCaleb Gibbs lives in Shepton Mallet and previously attended Ansford. He is studying Public Services: “I’d been recommended Strode College and when I came on Open Evening I liked the feel of the place – and it offered the course I wanted to do.”


Maddy TaylorMaddy Taylor lives in Westbury-sub-Mendip and previously went to the Blue School in Wells. She’s studying Public Services and Business Studies: “Strode has such a wide range of courses to choose from. I really wanted to come to college for a fresh new start.”


Callum CookCallum Cook lives in Wincanton and previously attended King Arthur’s Community School. He is studying A levels in Business Studies, Physics and IT: “I decided to come to Strode because it has the best reputation and was the best choice for me. I’m really impressed by the Enrichment opportunities too, especially the range of sports available – I’m probably going to sign up for Futsal.”


Daniel QuintonDaniel Quinton lives in East Coker and previously attended Westfield Academy. He is studying the Extended Diploma in Music: “I’d heard good things about Strode and I’m glad to be here.”


Molly PaolozziMolly Paolozzi lives near Sherborne and previously attended The Gryphon School. She’s studying A Levels in Law, History, Psychology and Sociology: “I really enjoyed it when I came to the Experience Day. I think the Fresher’s Fair is brilliant and am looking to sign up for enrichment activities – something in sport or exercise.”


Estelle SpinnerEstelle Spinner lives in Yeovil and previously attended Bruton School for Girls and is studying A Levels in Geography, Art, Chemistry and Geology: “Strode was always my preferred choice. It has a really nice and inviting atmosphere. I’m interested in Somerset Road Safety here at the fair.”


Jake BryantJake Bryant lives in Stoke St Michael and previously attended Whitstone School. He’s studying A Levels in Graphic Design, Film Studies, Media Studies and Business: “Strode was top of my list and the best choice for me. There’s a lot of information at Fresher’s Fair, it’s really informative.”


Paul Norris, Session Marketing Co-ordinator in the South West area for NHS Blood and Transplant said: “It’s our first time here and we’ve had an incredible reaction from the new students – they have been asking questions and made a conscious decision to sign up with us today. We’ve signed up 20 blood donors and 15 organ donors. We’re really pleased.”


20/08/15 - Art & Design Student's Sculpture to Greet Meadow Walkers
Art & Design Student's Sculpture to Greet Meadow Walkers

Charlotte McKeown, Level 3 Art & Design Extended Diploma student at Strode College, recently won an under 20s sculpture design competition, hosted by the Step in Stone Project. Charlotte went on to create her sculpture full-scale in a day with help from Step in Stone. Guided walks are being run, in collaboration with ecologists from Somerset Wildlife Trust’s ‘Save Our Magnificent Meadows’ project, through a normally restricted zone, and Charlotte’s sculpture will be one of the works of art on display along the way in Halecombe. The event runs until October 18 and starts in the grounds of Somerset Earth Science Centre, near Shepton Mallet, for phase one. On August 15 phase two starts with Westdown/Asham and Halecombe quarries both having work installed and phase 3 will form part of Somerset’s Art Weeks Festival. Leaflets and maps are available from Shepton and Frome tourist information.

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