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- 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.
- 23/05/12 - Land of Ice and Adventure
A Level Geology, Geography and Environmental Studies students from Strode College had an amazing time in Iceland recently, when they took in some spectacular sights to enrich their learning and their lives.
They got close to impressive waterfalls, volcanic features such as geysers and lava flows, they saw an ice lagoon and icebergs, walked across a glacier and they even saw the fantastic Northern Lights; a highlight for most of the students.
Sophie Barsdell of Street, who previously attended Crispin School, is studying four A Levels at Strode College including Geography. She said "It was definitely a once in a life time trip and I am so glad I got the chance to go. To be able to see so many awesome sights and to see the things we have learnt about in class in front of us was amazing! Seeing the Aurora Borealis was obviously an amazing experience! But so was being able to walk behind a waterfall and to see the ice lagoon and icebergs on the beach. It is something I will remember for a very long time and I'm very lucky to have been given the opportunity to go."
Sherri Smith of Ilchester, Yeovil, previously attended Huish Episcopi School and is now studying three A Levels at Strode including Environmental Studies and Geology. She said: "The trip to Iceland was a once in a life time experience. I enjoyed every aspect of it and was able to put the geological and environmental information, which I'd learnt about in class, into practice. The best part of the trip was seeing the Northern Lights; we were definitely treated to a very special phenomenon. I have new memories and new friends that I will definitely keep for many years."
Rosie Billenness of Somerton previously attended Huish Episcopi School; she is studying four A Levels at Strode including Geography. She said: "There aren't many chances in life when you can go on such an extraordinary field trip. We experienced so much of both the culture and the geography of the place, with some brilliant experiences. It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity; I'll remember watching the Northern Lights, walking behind waterfalls, and picking our way up glaciers for years to come!"
Strode College's Head of Geology and Geography, Jez Palfrey, is an expert in his field specialising in European volcanoes. He said: "Geology and Geography are exciting subjects and our students are curious about the earth; their enthusiasm and energy were wonderful to see. We had a fantastic trip to Iceland and everything our students saw and experienced will help their studies enormously."
Strode's Geology A Level course is one of the best in the country for improving students' performance after their GCSEs, according to the national ALPS system that measures students' progress by comparing their A Level results with predicted results based on GCSEs.
Photo: A Level students from Strode College on the basalt columns at Dverghamrar, Iceland.
- 18/05/12 - Talent show Fundraiser for Teenage Cancer Trust
This week, whilst many of us were waiting for Saturday's editions of `Britain's Got Talent` and `The Voice`, students at Strode College were treated to their very own talent show in Strode Theatre and they raised £125 for the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT).
The talent show is an annual event at Strode to raise funds for the TCT in memory of former student Sam MacDonald, who was studying performing arts at the college when he died of cancer in 2007.
Nine musical acts performed for an appreciative audience, including judges Laura Scowen from the TCT and Strode's Principal James Staniforth.
First place went to local band `According To Dave` featuring Ben Armstrong, Aidan Turner and Matthew Carter from Wells, Jake Wareham from Radstock and Alexis Barker from Street, who are all studying for a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music at Strode. The band, who can be followed on Face Book and Reverb Nation, gave a tight and lively performance of their own song `English Garden.` Runner up was Hunter Bradford from Curry Mallet near Taunton, who gave a faultless performance of the Ed Shearan song `A Team`, and third place went to Olly Perry from Street who performed his own song `I don't mind.`
Six teenagers a day are diagnosed with cancer in the UK. The TCT tries to make sure that every teenager with cancer gets positive support and experiences. They run teenage cancer units in hospitals, providing support and counselling for teenagers and their families and they arrange events and activities where teenagers can meet, share experiences and have fun. For more information about TCT visit www.teenagecancertrust.org
Photo: Local band `According To Dave` won first place at the Strode College talent show which is held every year to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
- 10/05/12 - Movie Make-Over
Beauty therapy students at Strode College enjoyed showing off their creative flair and technical make-up skills by creating movie character looks for the college make-up competition recently.
The students worked in pairs, one as model one as make-up artist, to put together a total look including make-up, hair, accessories, nails and clothes.
From Strode's Level 3 Beauty Therapy course, first prize went to `Morticia` from the Adams Family, modeled by Remia Padden from Langport with makeup by Sophie Groves from Coxley; and second prize went to the leopard from `Jungle Book`, modeled by Shannon Wood from Evercreech with makeup by Laura Holt from South Petherton.
From Strode's Level 2 Beauty Therapy Course, first prize went to `Black Swan`, modeled by Sophie Farmer from Somerton with makeup by Roxy Hannam from West Chinnock, Crewkerne. Second prize went to `Avatar`, modeled by Laura Cobden from Martock, with makeup by Laura Beale from South Petherton.
- 09/05/12 - Adults Find a lot to Learn at Strode College
Leaving school, college or work doesn't mean you have to stop learning, trying new things or developing new interests. And, Strode College in Street has hundreds of part-time courses to help you do this, beginning in July with its new 'Summer School', and followed by an extensive programme of 'Courses for Adults' starting in September.
New Summer School opens for bookings
Following the success of last year's 'Summer School' Strode College has a new extended programme of summer workshops and activities running between 9-20 July.
The specially created programme of more than 50 short courses includes many activities not normally available at the college, taught by talented local teachers and practitioners.
Among the wide variety of courses on offer are: willow craft, digital photography, painting, pottery, sculpture, genealogy research, allotment gardening, geology for beginners, cake decoration, creative writing, book binding, felt cobweb scarves, up-cycling, social networking, Adobe Photoshop, beginners bridge and many more.
Find out more about Strode's new 'Summer School'.
or call: 01458 844400. To book a place on a course visit: www.strodetheatre.co.uk or call 01458 442846.
Part-time 'Courses for Adults'
From September Strode will be running over 200 'Courses for Adults' at different times and dates throughout the year; the new brochure is available now (request one or see all courses starting September).
You may want to improve your career prospects by taking a job-related course, for example in healthcare or childcare, accountancy, food hygiene, hair and beauty, preparing to teach or counselling.
Or you might want to have a go at something for your personal enjoyment such as learning a language or stained glass, digital photography or dance, jewellery making, upholstery, pottery or yoga.
And there is a wide range of computer and IT courses available for all abilities, including absolute beginners courses such as how to use e-mail or the internet, and courses for more experienced users leading to qualifications.
To request the new 'Courses for Adults' brochure, which is available from the end of May, call: 01458 844400.
James Staniforth, Principal of Strode College said: "Last year over 3000 adults took part-time courses with Strode, showing how important adult learning is for many people in our community. We were also able to offer more courses for adult learners last year by introducing our Summer School. It was a great success, so this year we are offering even more exciting and interesting courses.
"Our part-time courses are a great way for local people to try something new or develop an interest, in a friendly and supportive group. They are also a great way for us to share our excellent facilities and expert teachers with the local community."
- 04/05/12 - Cuts, Curls, Colours and Creativity... Strode Hairdressers can do it All
Over 100 Strode College hairdressing students unleashed their creativity and technical know-how this week to create some slick, stylish and stunning hairstyles at the College's Annual Hairdressing Competition, held at the Wessex Hotel in Street.
The students, who come from across Somerset, study at Strode's hairdressing training centres in Street, Bridgwater and Yeovil. They showed the breadth of their skills with cutting, colouring, curling, crimping, extending and much more.
The competition gives the students the opportunity to showcase their skills and creativity outside the everyday salon situation, while they experience the excitement, pressures and standards of competition hairdressing.
They gave the judges a difficult task by presenting some dramatic and eye catching looks in six themed categories: Modern Day Look, 1960s Beehive, Hollywood Red Carpet, Cats the Musical, Pop Icon and Avant Garde Catwalk. For all categories students were required to create a total look using makeup, clothes and accessories and mood boards had to be produced.
The six judges were from top hair and beauty salons in Wells, Yeovil, Glastonbury and Bruton. Head judge, Cyril Gallie from 'Cyril Gallie at the Hair Shop' said: "The hairdressing work displayed in the competition is very imaginative and of a high standard. Every year the students get more enthusiastic. They've shown us some amazing ideas and some great skills and they will do well in their future careers."
Strode's Hairdressing Course Manager and competition organiser Sandra Hellier said: "The students have worked extremely hard in planning and preparing for the competition. They had to research looks and styles to produce a mood board showing their inspiration and ideas for their total look, including the makeup. And, they have sourced costumes and accessories to complete and enhance their total look.
"Each student had to enter one of the competition categories as part of their Level 2 or 3 Hairdressing course or their Level 2 Barbering course. This allows the students to show their skills, technical ability and creative flair outside of the salon."
James Staniforth, Principal of Strode College said: "It's been a fantastic competition. The quality of work from our hairdressing 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 Wella, Aston and Fincher.
Winners received certificates and prizes including top brand hairdressing equipment and products.
Left: Stylist add the final touches
Right: Barber finishes his Modern Day Look
Left: Models pose as judges inspect
Right: First prize winners
Left: Second prize winners
Right: Third prize winners
Winners of the Strode College Hairdressing Competition 2012
Modern Day Look - Level 2 Hairdressing and Barbering students
A modern day style for a young man who wants to wear the latest trendy look, using colour to enhance the cut and style.
- 1st Prize: Stylist Jess Lee from Shepton Mallet (formerly Whitsone School) and model George Lee.
- 2nd Prize: Stylist Aiden Fisher from Cheddar and model Stuart Thorne.
- 3rd Prize: Stylist Kate Owen from Shepton Mallet and model Ivor Edwards.
1960s Beehive Look - Level 1 and 2 Hairdressing students
Hair dressed up with ornamentation, taking inspiration from the 1960s Beehive.
- 1st Prize: Stylist Laura Whitcombe from Street (formerly Crispin School) and model Zoe McFarlane
- 2nd Prize: Stylist Sarah Brown from Bridgwater and model Karen Meek
Hollywood Red Carpet Look - Level 1 and 2 Hairdressing students
Hair dressed, with ornamentation, taking inspiration from models and actresses who walk the red carpet at film premiers.
- 1st Prize: Stylist Georgia Oliver from Stoke-sub-Hamdon near Yeovil (formerly Stanchester Academy) and model Mimi Sneddon
- 2nd Prize: Stylist Emma Coleman from Wells (formerly Crispin School) and model Savannah Tucker
- 3rd Prize: Stylist Karen Adams from Bridgwater and model Emma Lang
Cats the Musical Look - Level 1 and 2 Hairdressing students
Using creativity, imagination and colour, hair to be styled taking inspiration from 'Cats' the musical.
- 1st Prize: Stylist Stefano Fauceglia from Barton St David (formerly Crispin School) and model Candice Langstaff
- 2nd Prize: Stylist Kayley Govier from Street (formerly Crispin School) and model Charlotte Carpenter
- 3rd Prize: Stylist Kylie Davis from Glastonbury (formerly Crispin School) and model Kirsty Haskins
Pop Icon Look - Level 2 Hairdressing and Barbering students
Hair to be coloured and styled to create the look of a pop icon from any decade.
- 1st Prize: Stylist Sophie Chapell from Yeovil (formerly Westfield School) and model Sammy Veal
- 2nd Prize: Stylist Lorna Moule from Bridgwater and model Sophie Jones
- 3rd Prize: Stylist Sarah Elwood from Baltonsborough and model Alana Cross
Avant Garde Cat Walk Look - Level 3 Hairdressing students
Hair to be coloured and styled with ornamentation and clip extensions to create an outrageous, individual fantasy look that would interest designers, gain media attention and inspire other hairdressers.
- 1st Prize: Stylist Kelly Smith from Somerton and model Hayley Davies
- 2nd Prize: Stylist Tanya Cook from Somerton (formerly Huish Episcopi School) and model Sophie Groves
- 3rd Prize: Stylist Nicole White from Yeovil (formerly Bucklers Mead School) and model Shannon Norman
- 01/05/12 - Somerset Students Imagine an Exciting Future
Have you ever wanted to fly a rocket to the moon, attend a champagne reception in a luxury hotel or hang out with film stars and musicians? Young people from across the area were given an insight into how they could turn these dreams into reality in their working lives at three events held recently at Strode College.
Organised by the East Somerset Partnership and involving students from Ansford Academy (Castle Cary), Crispin School (Street), St Dunstan's School (Glastonbury), Sexey's School (Bruton) and Whitstone School (Shepton Mallet), as well as from Strode College, the three days focussed on possible careers in engineering, writing for film and television and event management.
The events were supported by local universities and major businesses as participants learnt about study and job opportunities in each profession.
'Engineering in the 21st Century' featured projects to stop flooding in Venice and Virgin Galactic's plans for tourist spaceflight, as well as a presentation by staff from AgustaWestland and some of the company's apprentices. Students and academics from the University of Bath then spoke about the engineering degree courses available before leading a team exercise in bridge building.
There was a similarly diverse line-up for 'Event Management: Making It Happen' with inputs from a senior manager from the Royal Bath & West Show and a young entrepreneur who has established his own successful music festival, as well as an event planning activity introduced by staff and students from Bournemouth University.
The trio of days also included 'The Future of Words' in which an experienced writer guided students through a series of activities that considered language in blogs and on Twitter and led to them creating their own short script for TV or radio with the support of Ashley Pharoah (Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes) for inspiration.
In each case around thirty students took part and their positive response shows how much they enjoyed the chance to work with such a wide range of experts. There will a further opportunity for local students to benefit from such a day when a group travels to the University of Southampton to look at 'Languages in International Business' in June.
After the events several schools said how much their students had benefitted from the opportunity, stating that they had been 'buzzing' on their return to class. The feedback from the students themselves was also universally positive with the majority indicating that they felt that the quality of the activities and presentations had been excellent.
Adrian Ash, Director, East Somerset Partnership said: "The contributions from companies, universities and individuals on all three days were immensely appreciated. The students got a true insight into some exciting careers from industry professionals and had fun at the same time. The effort that they put into the different activities showed just how much they enjoyed each of the events and truly impressed those that had come to speak with them."
Lauren Curtis, Education Liaison and Outreach, The University of Bath said: "This was a great opportunity for a Lecturer and Engineering students from the University of Bath to go out into the local community and run a fun bridge building workshop with school students who are interested in Engineering. The young people got to ask questions about the courses we run at the University of Bath and also about University life in general."
Alan Lyons, Show Manager, The Royal Bath & West Show said: "I feel that it is important to work with schools and colleges in the region where events like the Royal Bath & West Show and the Glastonbury Festival have such an enormous impact financially on the local economy. I was very impressed with the thought provoking questions the students asked and hope that through such interactive days they will get a taste for event management as a career."
Alex Dixon, Director, 'Y Not' Festival said: "I was delighted to have been able to attend, as it's always good to pass knowledge and experience on to the next generation of budding event organisers. The students were interested and really threw themselves into the group task coming up with some excellent ideas for an event. It's also important to give students information on different career options in advance of them having to make decisions about university. The day was an excellent success! "
Carmen Walton, Freelance Scriptwriter said: "It pleased me to see that the love of stories still remains, both in terms of enjoying and creating them. The students understood that at the heart of all good scripts is the plight of an individual or of a group of people and overall the day made me feel that the future integrity of television and entertainment output was in good hands."
Photo: Representatives from the University of Bath explain the role of 3D printing in modern-day engineering.
- 01/05/12 - Sports Students Focus on Future Careers
Three former Strode College sports students returned to college recently to give advice and guidance to current students on how to build a successful career in the sports industry.
The sports careers day was organised by Strode's Sports Lecturers to inspire students and help them focus on positive ways to achieve their ambitions. Students were advised about the variety of careers paths available and the qualifications and experiences they would need to succeed in these careers.
Lydia Cracknell, who left Strode in 2007, is now a self-employed gymnastics, acrobatics and trampoline coach. She challenged the students in an acrobatics session which tested their balance and core strength skills.
After leaving the college in 2006, Alan Barnard went to work in the leisure industry in North Devon and now works as a Personal Trainer based at a gym in Wells. He put the students through their paces during a boot camp sessi
Dale Bond talked to students about his career since completing his National Diploma in Sport at Strode in 2004. He spoke candidly about the lessons he has learnt and the things that he would have done differently. After Strode Dale went on to study Sports Coaching at Hartbury College, part of the University of the West of England. He is currently working as a self-employed strength and conditioning coach before taking up a full time position as a Sports Biomechanist.
Jason Jones, Course Manager for Strode's Extended Diploma in Sport said: 'It has been an important day for our students. Our Sports Diploma opens up a range of career pathways including coaching, sports development, fitness instructing, sports therapy, teaching and facility operations to name a few. It's important for students to reflect on all the possibilities for their future careers and put in place now all the pieces of the jigsaw that will contribute to their success."
Jean Marchant, Course Manager for Strode's Level 2 Diploma in Sport said: 'The students had fun today but they have also heard first-hand from people who were in their position just a few years ago, about how they achieved their success and what else they will need to do to compete in the competitive jobs market, as well as succeeding on their current course."
Photo: Sports Coach and former Strode student Lydia Cracknell helps students with their balance and core strength, during the Strode sports careers day.
- 24/04/12 - Tessa Munt MP Discusses Politics with Students
Tessa Munt MP visited Strode College in March 2012 to speak to our A Level Government & Politics students as part of their studies. She explained the work she does as an MP, answered the students' questions about working in politics and areas of government policy.
She said: "I was very pleased to return to Strode College and to speak to the A Level students about the work I do, and politics in general. I was happy to answer their questions on any number of subjects and I hope it was a helpful and interesting morning for the students. I certainly enjoyed it!. I am delighted that I have been able to offer work experience opportunities to so many school and college students since the general election in 2010. This gives students an insight into the work I do day-to-day. I will continue to do this, and look forward to visiting more local schools and colleges in the future."
This visit was part of a series of talks organised by tutor Stephen Page to help his students understand modern government and politics. Previous speakers include Sir Graham Watson MEP who visited Strode to talk about his work as a Member of the European Parliament, current developments within the European Union, economic prospects for young people and his views on the UK Coalition Government. BBC Journalists and leaders of local pressure groups have also talked with our students.
A Level Government & Politics has been running at Strode College for over ten years and enjoyed a 100% pass rate with 64% A*-B grades in 2011. Many of our students choose to study politics and related subjects at a range of top universities including Russell League Universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, Exeter, Manchester, Nottingham, Queen's Belfast, Southampton and York. It is one of over 40 A level subjects offered at Strode College.
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