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- 04/07/12 - Full Steam Ahead for Strode Engineering Students
A group of 16 year olds from local schools steamed towards the finish line of their Level 2 Engineering Young Apprenticeship at Strode College with the completion of their final project - small but perfectly formed steam engines.
The ten students also attend Ansford Academy, Crispin School, Whitstone School, Sexey's School and Frome Community College. They have been studying at Strode College one day a week for two years as part of a national initiative that allows school learners aged 14-16 to develop practical work-related skills outside of school.
The Level 2 Engineering course is equivalent to five GCSEs at grade A* to C. It taught the students about electronics, turning, computer aided design, general engineering principals and workshop practice, and it included 50 days work experience.
Ashley Massey, who completed the course at Strode and also attends Frome Community College, said: "The course has been really good. I've learnt some useful skills and it has given me plenty of hands-on experience which is great because I learn more from practical work-based learning than in the classroom. I've got a job at Fresh Look Engineering in Frome where I did my work experience during the course. I've already started work as a fabricator and welder and plan to do a Level 3 apprenticeship in welding and fabricating."
Jean Howard, Strode College's Curriculum Manager 14-16, said: "The Young Apprenticeship programme has enabled students to achieve a hands-on practical NVQ Level 2 in Engineering along with their core GCSEs and 50 days work experience. It has been a real success story for the whole group with students progressing to employment in engineering as apprentices, infantry training with the Army, to Engineering Level 3 course at Strode College and to hairdressing. Strode College has been running successful 14-16 programmes for the last 10 years and we will continue to do so, although the Government has discontinued the Young Apprenticeship programme."
- 28/06/12 - Strode College gets Glowing Report from Ofsted
Students and staff at Strode College in Street are celebrating following the publication of a glowing report from Ofsted.
Ofsted's inspectors visited Strode in May to assess what progress the College has made since 2008 when it was judged to be 'good with outstanding features.' The June 2012 report awards Strode the highest possible rating, concluding that the college has made 'significant progress' in all areas.
Ofsted focused on Strode's educational provision for 16 to 18 year olds, in particular those studying advanced level courses such as A Levels and Level 3 BTEC Diplomas, which make up 80 per cent of Strode's students.
Principal of Strode College, James Staniforth said: "We are delighted to receive such high praise from Ofsted and to have our approach to teaching and supporting students judged to be highly effective. In particular the report recognises our outstanding teaching; the excellent progress students make when they study at Strode after their GCSEs; our above average pass rates, high grades and student progress for advanced level qualifications; and it recognises the high standards we achieve in guiding and supporting our students as individuals to make sure they reach their full potential and achieve success.
"In 2011 we achieved a great deal - we were the best performing college in Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall; the highest performing state school or college in Mendip, South Somerset and Sedgmoor; our students achieved their best ever results for A Levels and advanced level vocational qualifications, significantly above national averages; and the college was among the top seven per cent of 1200 schools and colleges nationally for improving students' performance after their GCSEs. Although we know that our approach to education is working, it's fantastic to have our success validated in this way by Ofsted."
Kieren Berry, President of Strode College's Students Association said: "As a representative between students and governors of Strode College I am extremely proud that the Ofsted report is so positive about our college, but not particularly surprised. The staff here are really committed to getting the best out of the students and to helping us reach our full potential; I think they do this really well and the Ofsted report reflects this."
The Ofsted report notes: 'At the last inspection, teaching and learning were good... New arrangements have resulted in a significant improvement in the proportion of outstanding lessons.'
Improving students' performance
Commenting on how well Strode measures and improves students' performance Ofsted commented: 'target setting and the rigorous and systematic monitoring of progress have contributed to significant improvements in learners' progress... Support meets individual needs well.'
Pass rates, high grades and student progress above the high sixth form national average
Commenting on Strode's A Level provision the report notes: 'In A levels, pass rates and high-grade pass rates were above the high sixth form college national average... Learners' progress improved on the previous year.'
The report notes that: 'BTEC qualifications at Level 3 saw high success rates and learners' progress in the top 25%.'
Very effective student tutorials
The report found that student tutorials at Strode, which were previously judged to be good, had made significant progress: 'staff provide all students with regular tutorials which are very effective in monitoring their progress and setting challenging, but realistic, achievement targets... Staff and students use these very effectively.'
Helping students achieve their potential
The report also commented on Strode's work to identify learners at risk of underachieving or withdrawing from their studies, noting that systems for monitoring students performance: 'lead to interventions to support learners that are timely, appropriate and effective.'
Students who would like to study A Levels or vocational National Diplomas at Strode College can call 01458 844400 to find out more, or visit www.strode-college.ac.uk
- 28/06/12 - Local Baker Makes Biscuits with Nursery Children
Children at Strode College Day Nursery had great fun making biscuits and cakes when a local baker, and father of one of the children, visited the nursery recently.
The children enjoyed making and decorating biscuits, piping icing onto cupcakes and decorating them, and of course eating them.
Darren Shepherd works at his family's bakery, Shepherds Bakery in Street, and his son Finn goes to Strode College Day Nursery. He talked to the children about his job and brought along photos of the bakery for the children to look at and talk about. He also gave each child a loaf of bread from the bakery.
Sarah Bisgrove, Supervisor of the Strode College Day Nursery, said: "The children had a great time decorating and eating the things they made. Learning should be fun and engaging and Darren certainly helped us make this event enjoyable and memorable for the children. Since his visit the children have been playing in their own pretend bakery and reading the story of the Ginger Bread Man."
Strode College Day Nursery, which was judged 'Outstanding' by Ofsted in 2010, is holding an open morning on Saturday 21 July at 10am - 12pm. Parents are invited to have a look around the nursery and meet staff.
- 26/06/12 - Great Fun with Fantastic Mr Fox
Over 600 children from local primary schools enjoyed a fun and energetic performance of Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox recently when Strode College's performing arts students presented their version of this popular tale at Strode Theatre in Street.
The story tells how the clever and determined Fantastic Mr Fox outwits three mean and gluttonous farmers who join forces to try to stop him feeding his family with their poultry. But, despite some serious obstacles, like guns and diggers, Mr Fox outsmarts the farmers to feed his family and the other underground animals.
Strode's first year Performing Arts students presented the show as part of their work on children's theatre. Strode's Performing Arts Lecturer, Charmaine Bray, said: "This show proved to be one of the most enjoyable projects for the students as it allowed them to explore physical theatre and slapstick as well as the more usual elements of acting and singing. Children's theatre has an emphasis on fun and requires high energy performance and a focus on comedy, all things that the students really enjoyed. For many of them it was an opportunity to work on the story that had been a childhood favourite."
Children who visited Strode to see the show came from Brookside Primary, Burchfield Yeovil, Charlton Mackrell Primary, Cossington Primary, Ditcheat Primary, North Cadbury Primary, Walton Primary, West Chinnock Primary (see photo) and West Pennard Primary.
Photo: The farmers Bogis, Bunce and Bean played by (left to right) Ollie Perry from Street, Matt Townsend from Wells and Angus Moir from Sherbourne.
- 19/06/12 - Creative Arts thriving at Strode College End of Year Show
The creative arts are thriving at Strode College with students producing some outstanding and imaginative work which can be seen at the End of Year Arts, Design and Media Show until Friday 22 June.
The show, which has been put together by 150 of Strode's creative arts, design and media students, opened on Monday with an awards ceremony to celebrate excellence in painting and drawing, sculpture, graphics, textiles, photography, animation, film and video. Strode's Principal James Staniforth presented certificates and cheques for £100 to six students and announced that one piece of their work will be bought by the College and added to the 'Strode Collection'. (See list of winners below.)
The show is open to the public until Friday 22 June between 9.15am and 4.30pm (closed at the weekend). Work is displayed around the College and in Strode Theatre, with maps available from the College reception.
Students exhibiting will be completing courses this summer in A level Art, Design Technology, Graphics, Textiles and Photography, Level 3 Extended Diploma Art and Design, Level 2 National Diploma Art and Design, pre-degree Foundation in Art and Design and Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Broadcast Media.
Petrina Rochester, Deputy Head of Art and Design at Strode said: "The End of Year show is a vibrant and exciting event at Strode and a great opportunity to celebrate what our students have achieved as they prepare to move on, many to Higher Education. They have produced some outstanding work which meets the high standards we set for quality and excellence in all we do.
"Much of the work rivals that of specialist art colleges and many university level institutions, and we are delighted to be able to showcase their talent, skill and creativity in this way. Our thanks go to GVA Grimley who sponsor this annual event enabling us to show the students work in the best possible light."
Jessica Mitchell, from Sparkford, studying Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design said: "The course has prepared me well for University; I feel my work has become professional and participating in the End of Year Show has given me an appreciation of gallery expectations".
Matilda Walton, from Keinton Mandeville, also of Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design said: "This has been a lovely learning environment with great studio spaces to work in. I feel that I have learnt professional skills such as timekeeping, meeting deadlines as well as developing my creativity".
Strode arts and media students consistently achieve high academic standards. Many have gone on to study at some of the countries top institutions for arts and media education, including Goldsmiths University of London, Central St Martins and University College Falmouth.
Students receiving awards for excellence in their work
Rosamund Freeman of North Cheriton
Studying: A level Photography.
Previous school: Bruton School for Girls.
What next? Studying BA Media Studies at Arts Royal Holloway University
Mia Whittet of Wells
Studying: A level Textiles
Previous school: The Blue School
What next? Studying BA Architecture at the University of Derby
3D Studies Award
Jean Stevens of Keinton Mandeville
Studying: Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.
Previously: In full time employment
What next? Planning to return to employment.
2D Studies Award
Tom Craner Buckley of Shepton Mallet
Studying: A level Art and Design.
Previous school: Ansford Academy
What next? Studying Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Strode College
2D Studies Award
Jessica Mitchell of Sparkford
Studying: BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design.
Previous school: Kings School, Bruton.
What next? Studying BA Illustration at University College Falmouth.
Will Lyall of Yeovil
Studying: Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
Previsou school: Ansford Academy
What next? Study BA Graphic Design at the University of Brighton.
- 15/06/12 - Hair and Make-up for TV and Theatre
Hairdressing students at Strode College were given a glimpse of some exciting career possibilities recently when a professional wig maker and an experienced make-up artist and hair stylist visited college.
Vanessa Paulton, who lives in Glastonbury, has over 18 years' experience as a make-up artist and hair stylist, having worked on some well-known TV programmes including East Enders and Bottom. She talked to the students about the importance of make-up and hair when creating the perfect period look, and gave a demonstration of a 1940s look.
Felicitie Gilham, who lives in Kilmerston near Radstock, has been designing and making wigs for over 40 years. She specialises in theatrical wig making and has a long list of well-known credits to her name including 'Cats', 'Hair', 'Jesus Christ Superstar', 'Cranford' and all of Alan Ayckbourn's productions for the past 17 years. The students enjoyed hearing about her specialist work and they got the chance to try on some of her creations.
Gill Ticknell, Strode College's Hairdressing Course Manager, organised the day. She said: "These talks and demonstrations are great for raising awareness among our students of the breadth of opportunities out there in the industry beyond salon work, and it encourages them to focus on the future as well as their studies. In film, TV and theatre, writers and directors need skilled hairdressers and make-up artists to help them create convincing characters and today's presentations have shown our students how important their skills are in these creative industries."
Photo: Strode Hairdressing students try on some of the many wigs designed and made by Felicitie Gilham after she'd told them about her career in wig making.
- 13/06/12 - Former Beauty Student Opens Own Salon
Strode College Beauty Lecturers Marcie Mickleburgh and Susan O'Meara attended the grand opening of Daisy McWilliams Beauty Salon 'Sanctuary Hair and Beauty' in Bruton recently. Daisy, who studied Level 2 and Level 3 Beauty Therapy and Complimentary Therapies at Strode, has always wanted to run her own salon. She will be using the professional brand dermalogica in her beauty treatments which she was trained in at Strode College.
Marcie Mickleburgh, Course Manager for Level 2 Beauty Therapy at Strode College said: "We are delighted that Daisy has set up her own business. She has always been an exceptionally talented beauty therapist who shows great skills and professionalism. Daisy achieved dermalogica student of the year whilst at Strode College which proves her outstanding professional attitude. All of Daisy's former tutors wish her the best success for the future."
- 11/06/12 - Strode College Festival of the Arts
Strode College's Festival of the Arts, which runs from Tuesday 19 June to Friday 22 June, will celebrate the achievements and hard work of its creative and performing arts students before they move on to university and employment. Arts, design, film, music, dance and drama events will be presented during the week at the college and at Strode Theatre.
Productions at Strode Theatre will raise funds for college educational activities with contributions made to the Strode Theatre Support Fund.
Decasia: The State of Decay - film with live music soundtrack
Tuesday 19 June, 7.30pm at Strode Theatre. Tickets: £6, full concession £5, Strode students £4.
New York-based filmmaker Bill Morrison spent two years scouring film archives to create 'Decasia', a haunting, 70 minute tapestry of decaying, nitrate-based footage. The hypnotic images will be accompanied by a live soundtrack composed and performed by Strode's music technology students using a combination of software, hardware, instruments and improvisation to create a compelling audio-visual experience.
End of Year Arts, Design and Media Show
Tuesday 19 June-Friday 22 June, 9.15am-4.30pm, at Strode College and Strode Theatre. Also open 6-8pm on Wednesday 20 June, during the College's Information Evening for Higher Education and Apprenticeships. Free entry.
Strode creative arts and media students are known for producing some excellent and innovative work. The show will feature work from 150 students completing arts courses this summer including sculpture, textiles, photography, painting and drawing, graphics, film and video. This is a great opportunity to take a look at some young and exciting creative talent and to see the diversity and quality of work achieved at Strode.
Maps showing where the works are displayed around college will be available from reception.
The House of Bernard Alba and Bed - Drama
Thursday 21 June, Strode Theatre 7:30pm. Tickets: £6, full concession £5, Strode students £4. Tickets include 50p contribution to Strode Theatre Support Fund.
Strode College's second year Performing Arts students present a double bill of two contrasting plays. First up is 'The House of Bernard Alba' by Federico Garcia Lorca, with an all-female cast, live music and choreography. Set in the Spanish Civil War, Bernard Alba rules over her four daughters with an iron grip, but will they conform to their traditional Catholic upbringing?
The second show is 'Bed' by Jim Cartwright, performed by a group of eight male students. A group of old people talk about their past and present, conjuring up a surreal world with moments of humour, tenderness and tragedy.
This production is dedicated to the memory of Katy Kouzmitchenko who was studying Performing Arts at Strode College when she died in May 2012.
Friday 22 June, 7.30pm Strode Theatre. Tickets: £6, full concession £5, students £4. Tickets include 50p contribution to Strode Theatre Support Fund.
Strode College dance students will be showcasing some of their best performance work at Strode Theatre, including contemporary dance, street dance, musical theatre and tap. The show will also launch Strode College's new dance company 'Gravit8 Dance' who will premiere their first work 'Escape Artist'. The show promises to be full of energy and entertainment.
To book tickets for all performances at Strode Theatre call 01458 442846 or book online at www.strodetheatre.co.uk
- 29/05/12 - Bannatyne's Charlton House Spa Hotel Praises Strode College
The Bannatyne Spa at Charlton House Spa Hotel has praised the high standard of training at its local college after recruiting its sixth graduate.
Angelina Horne has been appointed as Spa Manager to head up the team, which includes five other former Strode College students. The college runs two specialist courses in beauty therapy, City and Guilds Level 2 Diploma and a further progression to Level 3 Diploma.
All therapists at The Bannatyne Spa are fully-qualified to the highest standard in order to deliver quality service and expertise to its customers. This demonstrates the calibre of staff recruited from the college, Jenna Nixon, Chrissie Breadmore, Gemma Haledane, Sophie Griffiths and Amy Chinnock who all attended Strode to gain their Diploma's in beauty therapy.
Bannatyne's Charlton House Hotel in Shepton Mallet is one of the South West's premiere spa hotels. It boasts a thermal spa, which is accessible to customers staying in any of the 27 individually-styled bedrooms. The Spa features an indoor and outdoor heated hydrotherapy pool with built-in massaging beds, Finnish sauna, dry heat laconium, crystal steam room and two experience showers.
The Spa also includes a Dry Floatation Room and outdoor spa pool. A range of spa days and a collection of relaxing and rejuvenating treatments are on offer.
Sakis Dinas, General Manager of Charlton House Hotel, said: "The Bannatyne Spa offers customers the finest treatments delivered by highly qualified therapists. By appointing our sixth former student of Strode College demonstrates the outstanding quality of training provided at the college.
"The Bannatyne Spa offer customers the best treatments including established products such as Elemis and Leighton Denny. It's evident with our Spa team, here at Charlton House, that the college produces highly skilled therapists with a fantastic work ethic."
Marcie Mickleburgh, Course Manager for Level 2 Beauty Therapy at Strode College, said: "We are very proud of all our students and we have a fantastic success rate. It's great that so many of our students have been appointed at the prestigious Bannatyne Spa at Charlton House Hotel in Shepton Mallet. We aim to train our therapists to the highest standard and insist our students are enthusiastic and committed, with a mature and professional attitude.
"Our students gain a comprehensive experience by completing an NVQ in Beauty Therapy including trips to Paris Lancome, and the London International Make-up Artists Trade Show, attending the Professional Beauty Trade Show and Clothes Show.
"Strode College is very proud of all six former students who have secured work at The Bannatyne Spa and we wish them all the best success in their careers."
- 24/05/12 - Strode College Takes Education to a Higher Level
Strode College in Street, Somerset, is offering more places on its successful university level Foundation Degree courses from September 2012, and it is extending the range of higher education courses it offers.
This increase in student places follows Strode's successful application to the government to be able to make its popular degree courses available to more local people. The introduction of new industry focused Higher National Diplomas (HND) will equip people with the knowledge and skills to work in areas of the South West economy that are growing. Other new courses will enable people to update their skills within a particular profession.
From September 2012, people can study the following higher education courses at Strode, either full-time or part-time.
- E-Business Technologies - Foundation Degree
- Managing in the Public Sector Services - Foundation Degree
- History, Heritage and Archaeology - Foundation Degree
- Art and Design (Creative Crafts) - Higher National Diplomas (HND)
- Health and Social Care - Higher National Diplomas (HND)
- Performing Arts (Acting) - Higher National Diplomas (HND)
- Psychotherapeutic Counselling - Level 5 Diploma
- Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector - Level 4 and 5 Diploma
- Higher apprenticeships
Although each course has specific entry requirements they are open to a range of people including young people leaving school or college with A Levels or other Level 3 qualifications such as Extended Diplomas, people with relevant life experience and mature students.
Strode's full-time Foundation Degrees cost £5,950 a year and they are delivered in partnership with the University of Plymouth. The average annual fee for a studying a full-time degree in South West Universities is £8,750.
James Staniforth, Principal of Strode College, said: "As the cost of higher education rises young people and their parents inevitably become cautious about continuing to study. However, people who learn at a higher level and develop their professional knowledge and skills do improve their employment prospects.
"There are many benefits to studying a higher education course at Strode. Our modern, industry focused courses are relevant to growth areas in the regional economy. We offer high quality, local and affordable higher education with excellent teaching, and our smaller class sizes mean that students get more personal attention and support. Studying locally means that students can stay at home, save on costs and remain close to their family and friends, and they can also work while they study.
"Studying higher level courses at Strode can help students make a smooth transition from school to higher university level learning, and our results so far show that this approach works. I'm delighted that we are now able to extend our excellent higher education opportunities to more people in the region and we are looking forward to welcoming them to our college in September."
Students who study a higher education course at Strode have the same access to student loans and LEA grants as university honours degree students. Foundation Degree students have access to all the services and facilities at Strode's partner, Plymouth University, and when they complete their course they can top-up to a Honours Degree by studying for one year, at Plymouth University, or they can enter the world of employment.
People who want to find out more about Strode's Higher Education Courses, are invited to an Information Evening on Wednesday 20 June, 6:00 - 8:00pm. Information and guidance will also be available about finances, careers, how to apply, student support services, college facilities and transport.
Strode new prospectus for Higher Education courses will be available at the end of June but details of courses are available on the college website: www.strode-college.ac.uk
Photo: Second year students from Strode's History, Heritage and Archaeology Foundation Degree showed their final work to first year students this week.
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