Strode News

21/07/11 - Skills to Change your Life
Strode News

At an awards evening in Wells Town Hall recently, Strode College celebrated the success of 85 adult learners who have been developing their reading, writing, maths and IT skills.    

Shirley Theedom, Strode College's Deputy Principal presented certificates for achievement in the national tests for Literacy, Numeracy, Reading and Writing Skills, English for Speakers of Other Languages, Functional Skills in ICT and for hard work, commitment and special projects. 

Emma Rawlings, Deputy Head of the Strode College Skills for Life team said:  "The awards evening recognises the hard work and commitment that our Skills for Life students have put into progressing academically and personally.  Learning these essential skills will help them get on at home, in work and in life.  It was lovely for all involved to be part of their success." 

She added: "I would like to thank the volunteers who support these students with their daytime and evening classes.  They give up hours of their own time and their support is immensely valuable in helping our students to achieve every milestone."

A special award was presented in memory of Rachael House, Strode College's former Deputy Head of Skills for Life, who died in a road accident in France two years ago.  The award was presented to student Margaret Archer of Frome in recognition of her support for and positive influence on others, her involvement in class and the excellent progress made in her work.  Lesley Gagg, Governor of Strode College presented the special award.

Skills for Life courses are free and the classes are designed to be small, personal and enjoyable.  Strode runs 36 classes each week.  They are taught at the College in Street and in ten outreach centres across mid-Somerset.  Anyone interested in improving their reading, writing, numeracy or computer skills should contact the Strode Skills for Life team on 01458 844550.

Photo:Skills for Life Volunteers Colin Babb and Anna Parkinson are thanked by Emma Rawlings, Deputy Head of Skills for Life at Strode.