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03/06/15 - Hockey Success for Strode Students
Hockey Success for Strode Students

Earlier this year, Strode College student Lianna Burt (from West Pennard and a former pupil of Crispin school), was selected to play for the Association of Colleges Great Britain Under 19s Hockey Squad. Last month she represented the squad against Bedford and Nottingham Trent University. She has become an essential part of the squad and has enjoyed playing amongst a great standard of hockey players.

Another high achieving Strode College hockey player is student Louisa Denham (from Wedmore and a former pupil of Kings of Wessex Academy). Following her excellent performance at the country trials in Taunton and at the country tournament last month, Louisa has been selected to play for the South West regional hockey squad. Ten of the 17 girls selected for the South West team are from Somerset.

Photo: Strode College hockey girls Liana Burt, (from West Pennard and a former pupil of Crispin school) and Louisa Denham (from Wedmore and a former pupil of Kings of Wessex Academy), have been selected to play for our national and regional squads.

02/06/15 - 'Outstanding' Courses and Opportunities for School Leavers and Adults
'Outstanding' Courses and Opportunities for School Leavers and Adults

Strode College in Street is inviting everyone who is interested in A Levels, vocational qualifications, higher education and courses for adults to visit the College for their forthcoming Open Evening on Wednesday 10 June between 6pm and 8pm.

The Open Evening will be a great opportunity to find out about the wide variety of courses and opportunities the Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ college has to offer, which includes 38 A Level subjects (the widest choice in Somerset) and over 30 vocational subjects. Teachers will be on hand to give information and expert advice to school leavers, and college staff will also be available to discuss the 40 Apprenticeship schemes Strode currently has on offer including job vacancies which are available now.

The college recently opened a brand new building which includes dedicated facilities to support their Higher Education courses and there will be the chance to find out about and discuss the Degrees, HNDs and HNCs available at Strode with the HE course managers and module leaders.

Visitors will also be able to pick up the brand new Courses for Adults prospectus, where they can choose from the wide variety of classes and sign up for a new course on the night (selected courses only).

Turn up on the evening or pre-register.

26/05/15 - 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 9 June to Wednesday 17 June. 

Strode 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 Arts Show: Free, Tuesday 9 – Wednesday 17 June 2015, 9.00am - 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 and Foundation Diploma in Art & Design

Free and open to the public (maps available from College Reception): Tuesday 9 - Wednesday 17 June 2015, 9.00am - 4.30pm; open until 8pm on Wednesday 10 June (College Open Evening); and closed at the weekend.


Dance Showcase: Friday 12 June, 7.30pm
Friday 12 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:

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.

20/05/15 - Strode Students Success at National Trampolining Championships
Strode Students Success at National Trampolining Championships

Following their success at the Association of Colleges (AoC) Regional Trampolining Championships earlier this year, Strode College students Josh Pimm and Tom Coburn recently competed in the National Championships in Bath, helping the South West team retain the Wilkinson Sword at this showpiece event. In a field of 30 competitors Josh finished 8th overall and Tom achieved 24th.

Photo: Strode College students Josh Pimm (from Westonzoyland; formerly of Huish Episcopi) and Tom Coburn (from Shepton Mallet; formerly of Birchwood High School) put in maximum effort to help the South West Trampoline Team retain their title at the National Championships.

19/05/15 - Strode College Day Nursery is 'Outstanding' says Ofsted
Strode College Day Nursery is 'Outstanding' says Ofsted

Strode College Day Nursery in Street has once again been judged 'outstanding' by Ofsted. Following an inspection in April, Ofsted found the quality of early years education provided at the nursery to be outstanding in all areas.

Strode College Day Nursery provides early years education for children from the local community as well as those with parents who work or study at Strode. It is situated on the Strode College campus and the College is responsible for its overall management. 

In its inspection report Ofsted praises the quality of teaching and support at the nursery saying: “The nursery provides an extremely secure and nurturing environment where children are happy, confident and settle quickly…Children flourish because of outstanding teaching and the excellent levels of support they receive from highly skilled and qualified staff...Staff promote children’s love of learning through their high quality teaching and the engaging learning environment…Staff inspire the children to behave well; they listen to them and show genuine interest in what they have to say. Children feel respected and valued.”

Ofsted judged the leadership and management of the nursery to be “inspirational”.

James Staniforth, Strode College Principal, is delighted with the nurseries outstanding rating from Ofsted, which comes just months after Strode College also received this highest possible grade from Ofsted for its sixth form education. He said: “This is wonderful news not just for the nursery and the college, but also for the young children who enjoy such a fantastic education here every day, and for their parents who know that their children are being so well cared for. At Strode College we set the highest standards of education for everyone who learns with us, from nursery children, to sixth form students and adults. Being rated outstanding by Ofsted proves that we are achieving these high standards. I am thrilled that Ofsted has given such exceptionally high praise to our dedicated and hardworking nursery team; it is well deserved.“

Sarah Bisgrove, Nursery Supervisor said: “We are delighted that Ofsted recognised how well the children thrive in the happy learning environment that we provide.”

Strode College Day Nursery has places available - call the nursery for more information: 01458 844412.

You can see the full Ofsted report online.

Photo: Ofsted has found that children 'flourish' at the 'outstanding' Strode College Day Nursery in Street. Children are pictured here with the highly skilled and inspiring staff that support them. Left to right: Debbie Cummings – Assistant Principle, Director of Student Services; Sarah Bisgrove – Nursery Supervisor; Esther Cracknell – Nursery Deputy and part-time Nursery Supervisor; Donna Rendall – Nursery Assistant and part-time Deputy; Joanna Pianka – Nursery Assistant; and Vicki Baker – Nursery Assistant.

18/05/15 - Strode College Secure Third Place at the British Schools Team Fencing Championships
Strode College Secure Third Place at the British Schools Team Fencing Championships

The Strode College boys fencing team recently took third place at the British Schools Under 18s Team Fencing Championships. They were the only team from a non-independent school or college to compete in the competition. 

Josh Stevens, Jack Carter-Hughes and Isaac Mulcahy fought against twelve other teams from around the country. They achieved convincing wins in the group stages and went into the knockout rounds with a high ranking. After defeating the Millfield C team, and putting in a strong performance in the semi-final, they narrowly lost by one point to the Lycee Francais team, with the final score 44-45.

It was a fantastic team effort from Strode and each of the individual members contributed strongly on the piste and with their support on the side-lines.

Photo: Strode College Fencing Team, pictured left to right: Josh Stevens from Glastonbury, Jack Carter-Hughes from Ashcott and Isaac Mulcahy from Walton (all previously attended Crispin School).

15/05/15 - Cuts, Curls, Colours and Creativity. Strode Hairdressers, Beauticians and Barbers can do it All
Cuts, Curls, Colours and Creativity. Strode Hairdressers, Beauticians and Barbers can do it All

Over 200 Strode College hairdressing, barbering, nail and beauty students and their models took part in the college’s Hair and Beauty End of Year Showcase and Competition this week, displaying incredible creativity and technical know-how with some slick, stylish and stunning hairstyles, make-up and nail art. 

The event, held at Strode Theatre in front of friends, family and industry professionals, gave the students the opportunity to showcase their skills, imagination and resourcefulness outside the everyday salon situation, while experiencing the excitement, pressures and high standards of competition work.

The students are studying a variety of courses at Strode, including full-time, part-time and apprenticeships. And they certainly gave the judges a difficult task on the day by presenting some dramatic and eye catching looks in the nine themed categories: Movie Characters, 1940s, Ladies Day at Ascot, 1950s, Historical Eras/Modern Man, Alice in Wonderland, Colours, Masked Ball, and Seasons. For all categories students were required to create a total look which included hair, make-up and costume. 

The fifteen judges, many of whom are ex-Strode College students, took the day out from working in the hair and beauty industry. Head judge, Kate Morse from Pure Hairdressing in Street said: “The work displayed in the competition is very imaginative and of an incredibly high standard. Every year the students get more enthusiastic. They’ve shown us some amazing ideas and some great skills. I’m sure they will do well in their future careers.”

Strode’s Hairdressing and Barbering Course Manager and competition organiser Sandra Hellier said: “The competition gives the students an opportunity to use their imagination and show off their creative skills, as well as an opportunity to complete elements of their qualification. The students had to work hard at researching and planning their looks and they were required to produce a mood board to show where their inspiration came from. Many had looked into their family history right back to the 1920s.

James Staniforth, Principal of Strode College said: “It’s been a fantastic competition. The quality of work from our hairdressing, beauty, barbering and nail students is outstanding and they should be proud. The standards they achieve at Strode and in the salons where they work is clear for everyone to see and shows that they will go on to have successful careers in the industry.”

The competition was sponsored by L’Oreal. Winners received certificates and prizes that included a day training in a L’Oreal salon, a pamper day for two at Aqua Sauna in Centre Parcs, and top brand hairdressing equipment and products.

Strode College is currently accepting applications for a wide range of full-time and part-time hair and beauty courses starting in September 2015. For more information or to apply call: 01458 844400.


Winners of the Strode College Hair & Beauty Competition 2015

Movies ModelsMovies – Level 2 Beauty Therapy students

1st Prize: Stylist Cadence Lark from Somerton (formerly of Huish Episcopi Academy) and model Megan from Aller

2nd Prize: Stylist Maya Cross from Baltonsborough (formerly of The Blue School) and model Sophie Hickman from Somerton.

3rd Prize: Stylist Larissa Heard from Shepton Mallet (formerly of St Gregory’s) and model Rebecca Chayter from Shepton Mallet.

1940s Models1940s – Level 2 Hairdressing students

1st Prize: Stylist Sarah Wheadon from Yeovil (formerly Westfield Academy) and model Lily Kitto from Yeovil.

2nd Prize: Stylist Casey McDonald from Evercreech (formerly of Ansford) and model Beccy from Evercreech

3rd Prize: Stylist Georgina Whitmarsh from Wincanton (formerly of King Arthur’s)

1950s Models1950s – Part-time Level 2 Hairdressing students

1st Prize: Stylist Penelope Walton from Street and model Jodi Doggrell from Street

2nd Prize: Stylist Miranda Bloodworth from Shapwick and model Vanessa Mynott from Shapwick

3rd Prize: Stylist Letitia Cocks from Zeals and model Emerald from Westbury, Wilts.


Ladies Day at Ascot ModelsLadies Day at Ascot – Part-time Level 2 Beauty students

1st Prize: Stylist Tara Wheller from Street and model Adriana of Street

(no 2nd or 3rd)


Historical Eras/Modern Day ModelsHistorical Eras/Modern Day – Level 2 Barbering students

1st Prize: Stylist Emer Cassidy from Glastonbury and model Daniel from Glastonbury

2nd Prize: Stylist Lise Cunningham from Wellington and model Jimmy from Taunton

3rd Prize: Stylist Nicolas Oke from Wincanton and model Rhys from Castle Cary


Alice in Wonderland ModelsAlice in Wonderland – Level 3 Beauty students

1st Prize: Stylist Yasmin Sivell from Shepton Mallet (formerly of Whitstone) and model Lauren Golledge from Shepton Mallet

2nd Prize: Stylist Katie Davies from Shepton Mallet (formerly Whitstone) and model Rebecca Holt from Shepton Mallet

3rd Prize: Stylist Chloe Blackwell from Langport (formerly of Huish Episcopi) and model Jamie-Lee Andrews from Shaftesbury



Masked Ball ModelMasked BallPart-time Level 3 Beauty students

1st Prize: Stylist Melanie Eaton from Shepton Mallet and model Hazel from Godney.

(no 2nd or 3rd)





Colours ModelsColours – Level 3 Hairdressing students

1st Prize: Stylist Stacey Martin from Stoke sub Hamdon (formerly of Stanchester Academy) and model Natalie Bryant from Crewkerne

2nd Prize: Stylist Melissa Gribbin from Shepton Mallet (formerly of Whitstone) and model Kirsty Gribbin from Shepton Mallet

3rd Prize: Stylist Gabrielle Neil from Yeovil (formerly of Buckler’s Mead) and model Carlysle Jerome from Yeovil



Seasons ModelsSeasons – Level 3 Apprentice students

1st Prize: Stylist Whitley King from Glastonbury (formerly of St Dunstan’s) and model Loxley of Glastonbury

2nd Prize: Stylist Kelly-Ann McGowan from Yeovil (formerly of Preston) and model Bonnie from Ashington

3rd Prize: Stylist Lauren Chinnock from Wells (formerly of The Blue School) and model Kelly from Wells



Open Theme – Level 2 Nail Art students

1st Prize: Sally Anne Prime

2nd Prize: Honor Eastwood

3rd Prize: Dorinda Pennycard



Find out more about our courses
Barbering Level 2 Certificate
Barbering Level 2 Diploma
Beauty Therapy Level 2 NVQ Diploma
Beauty Therapy Level 3 NVQ Diploma

Complementary Therapies L3 Diploma
Nail Services Level 2 NVQ Diploma
Women's Hairdressing Level 2 Diploma
Women's Hairdressing Level 3 Diploma

01/05/15 - Strode College Engages in Political Debate
Strode College Engages in Political Debate

Strode College held a successful Pre Election Question Time Debate on Thursday 30 April. Over 300 students and staff attended this exciting and informative occasion. All the five main political parties were represented: Jon Cousins (Green), Chris Inchley (Labour), Tessa Munt (Liberal Democrats), James Heappey (Conservative) and Helen Hims (UKIP). The students asked a variety of interesting questions on key policies including the UK economy, European Union, environmental issues, defence and prospects for a post-election coalition government.

Find out more about Strode's Government and Politics A Level.

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

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