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- 11/06/15 - Arts Students Thrive at Strode College to Produce an 'Outstanding' End of Year Arts Show
If you want to see for yourself why Strode College’s creative arts A Levels and vocational courses received a grade 1 rating from Ofsted, then take a look at the college’s End of Year Art Show video on YouTube - students enjoying learning, thriving and delivering exceptional work.
Art and Design is going from strength to strength at Strode College, with the visual arts department receiving the highest possible praise from Ofsted at the end of last year.
The College’s End of Year Art Show (9-17 June) celebrated the work of 140 students from across the region who study a range of creative arts courses. Eight students were honoured for their outstanding achievements in painting and drawing, sculpture, graphics, textiles, photography, animation, film and video. They received a certificate and a cheque, and the College has bought a piece of their work to add to the `Strode Collection`.
James Staniforth, Principal of Strode College said: “Our End of Year Arts Show clearly demonstrates the enormous creativity and technical skill of our students. It makes me proud to see what can be achieved when young talent and skill is nurtured with such excellent teaching. Our creative arts department is fantastic and I think the show and the video of the show gives a real flavour of why our students enjoy learning here and achieve such great success. This is why Ofsted praised our college and our creative arts team so highly at the end of last year.”
Petrina Rochester, Head of Art and Design at Strode said: “The End of Year Show generates great excitement and energy around college as students and staff work together to create something special. It is also a time for reflection as we review work; think about how far our students have come and how far they will go in the future. Our students have produced outstanding work, much of which rivals that of specialist art colleges and many university level institutions. We are delighted to be able to showcase their talent, skill and creativity in this way.”
Strode College art and design students consistently achieve outstanding results and win places at some of the country’s top specialist institutions for arts and media, including Goldsmiths, University of London; University of the Arts, London; Central St Martins and University College Falmouth.
Students exhibiting work at the college show 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 Diploma Art and Design, and Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.
Students receiving awards for excellence in their work
These Strode College arts students were honoured with awards for their outstanding work (left to right): Ellie Abbiss, Freya Legg, Maddie Dorey, Antony Rendall, James Staniforth (Principal), Lucy Brown, Amy Harris, Shannon d'Arcy and Sandra Phillips.
2D Fine Art Award – Ellie Abbiss
Studying: Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design
Previous school: Westfield Academy
What next: Employment
2D Fine Art Award – Freya Legg
Studying: A level Art & Design
Previous school: Huish Episcopi Academy
What next: Gap Year
3D Fine Art Award – Madeline Dorey
Studying: Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design
Previous school: Ansford Academy
What next: BA Media Makeup for Film, University of the Arts, London
3D Fine Art Award – Sandra Phillips
Studying: Foundation Diploma in Art & Design
Previously: Mature student came to Strode from employment
What next: A level Textiles at Strode College
Photography Award – Shannon D’Arcy
Lives: Shepton Mallet
Studying: A level Photography.
Previous school: Ansford Academy
What next: BA Marine and Natural History, Falmouth University.
Textiles Award – Amy Harris
Studying: A level Textiles
Previous school: Huish Episcopi Academy
What next: Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at Strode College
Graphical Art – Antony Rendall
Studying: Foundation Diploma in Art & Design
Previous school: The Gryphon School
What next: BA Animation, University of the West of England, Bristol
Film Award – Lucy Brown
Studying: Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design.
Previous school: St Dunstan's School
What next: BA Theatre Design (Set & Costume), Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance
- 10/06/15 - Strode Student Sports Management Team, led by Student Amy Clegg, Increases Sport Participation
Strode College student Amy Clegg has been praised by the college’s sports staff for her dedication and enthusiasm for increasing participation in sport among Strode students and young people across the county.
Vicki Vowles, Strode College Sports Maker said: “Amy has been the driving force of the Strode College Student Sport Management Team, which has achieved a fantastic increase in student participation in sport this year. She has been responsible for ensuring that Women’s Football has taken place every week, and she has helped to organise teams for the 7 a-side Somerset Colleges Partnership competitions.
“Whilst putting a great deal of energy into her position on the Student Management Team, Amy has also been an integral part of the Somerset FA Youth Council this year, in her position of Project Officer. She helped to organise three very successful Football Futures Camps that were held at local colleges and schools; she worked well with the new Football Futures Leaders; and she has shown her proactive style of communicating through coaching. She has attended every meeting of the Somerset FA Youth Council this year and continues to put across her good ideas. She has also supported at the FA Girls Football Festival at Bucklers Mead School, where 300 girls took part activities that combined football and fun, and she also represented Somerset Schools and Colleges U18 team. We would like to acknowledge and thank Amy for her positivity and commitment towards developing Women’s football and College Sport.”
Photo: Strode College student Amy Clegg (from Shipham and a former pupil of Kings of Wessex Academy), is thanked by staff for her enthusiasm and the commitment she has shown in helping develop sports at the college.
- 05/06/15 - Cross Country Success for Strode Student Sam Sommerville
Sam Sommerville (from Montacute and formerly a pupil at Stanchester Academy) took part in English Schools Cross Country Championships in Blackburn recently, finishing 30th out of 300 competitors and helping Somerset to win the competition overall.
Sam said: “The course was very challenging because it was hilly. I’m pleased to have achieved my goal of finishing in the top 30 and hope to compete again next year. Throughout the summer I will be taking part in more track events, such as Steeple chase, 800m, 1500m and 3000m”.
Photo: Strode student Sam Sommerville (from Montacute and formerly a pupil at Stanchester Academy), came 30th out of 300 runners in the English Schools Cross Country Championships.
- 03/06/15 - History, Heritage and Archaeology Students Experiment with Archaeology
Experimental archaeology is a core element in our second year History, Heritage and Archaeology degree programme. Students had a great time recently exploring clay and learning about the prehistoric origins of ceramics with master potter and experimental archaeologist, Eddie Daughton. Every second year student is encouraged to undertake his/her own experiment. This year we have students, among other exciting investigations, making moccasins, knapping obsidian knives, and turning fresh animal skins into usable leather by preparing them in a solution of mashed up brains!
We are enrolling now for September 2015 - apply directly to Strode College if you wish to be considered for a place on our acclaimed Foundation or Bachelor degree programmes. Both are available for study part-time as well as a full-time.
- 03/06/15 - 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
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
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: www.strodetheatre.org.uk
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
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 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
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).
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