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Our Sixth Form Open Evening is on Thursday 14 November from 4.00-7.00pm.

The evening will begin with talks from the Head of Sixth Form at 4.30pm, 5.30pm and 6.30pm in the Merlin Theatre. 

Following the talks, there will be opportunities to tour the campus and discuss the extensive range of subjects on offer with our dedicated team of staff.

We look forward to seeing you all.

Sixth Form Students were all invited on a trip to the National Apprenticeship Show, which was held at the Cheltenham Racecourse. The show was well attended by local employers.

Students enjoyed liaising with a wide range of companies to discuss apprenticeships and career prospects available. These included Vets for Pets, Ultra Electronics, Avara Foods, Naval Service, the British Army, Fire Service and Kohler, which comprises of three market leading bathroom brands.

Technical cyber security companies were present such as the global L3 Harris, Cyber Central and many Ministry of Defence apprenticeship opportunities were highlighted.  Students considering careers in catering and hospitality liaised with nationwide companies such as Marston’s, Greene King and Mitchells & Butlers. Engineering careers with Hitachi Rail and utility companies, as well as aerospace engineering with Safran were showcased.

Our group learnt there are over 350 different careers within the NHS, as well as what a huge growth sector there is in construction careers with Taylor Wimpey, National Composites Centre and Building Material Careers. Students with a financial interest discussed opportunities with EY, AXA and Grant Thornton. A vast number of employers opened our student’s eyes to careers they had not considered, for example, horseracing has such a wide range of roles available and are the largest sport employer in the UK- 17,400 employed full time in British racing industry- over 10,000 work directly with horses. New roles within the industry are social media roles and event management. As well as the role of jockey which immediately came to students’ minds, there are also roles in administration and management, business analysts, jockeys agent, sales and marketing executives, finance controllers, human resources, racing groom, assistant trainer. Jobs in breeding include bloodstock agent, pedigree researcher, stallion handler, stud manager and stud groom. Other staff working at a racecourse including; catering, clerk of the course, event manager and racecourse safety officer.

The trip certainly highlighted to our students the huge range of jobs, which can be found within individual companies or sectors.

Following our success in the Rotary Youth Speaks Competition last year, we have worked on our debating skills with middle schools and hosted a summer event with Selwood and Oakfield, which we hope to replicate this summer. We also ran an Able & Ambitious public speaking event, and came 2nd out of 22 regional schools in the national organisation PIXL’s debating competition.

With all this success and enthusiasm for public debate, we are delighted to be offered the opportunity to host the BBC’s Question Time in March.

The BBC’s political show, known for its topical and lively debates, invites guests from the world of politics and media, to answer questions from members of the public. Fiona Bruce, who took over from David Dimbleby in December, now hosts the show. Frome College students interested in the technical side of TV or Politics have been invited to watch the set up and rehearsal process, including a Q&A session with the Director prior to the show.

Question Time will be broadcast from our campus Merlin Theatre on Thursday 21 March, just days before Britain is due to leave the EU. The audience can ask questions to be considered for the programme. 

You can apply on line to be in the audience of panellists by visiting the BBC’s website via this link: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/5vyK2GwYrdQGFvCJyKNfZhn/join-the-question-time-audience/contact
 
On Tuesday 8 October, Frome College celebrated Ada Lovelace Day. Ada Lovelace is widely regarded as the first computer programmer and a pioneer of constructing algorithms.

Twenty-five staff members wore algorithm tags on lanyards while the students, armed with a scavenger hunt sheet, solved at least eight to win a prize. In addition to solving the algorithms, the computer science students were assigned the task of finding the syntax and logic errors on five of the cards. The percentage of women entering computer science at GCSE and A Level has not risen in several years. Frome College boasts a healthy computer science cohort with two classes in Year 9, one in Year 10, two in Year 11, and 25 A Level students.

In total less than 10 percent are women. By promoting Ada Lovelace Day and demonstrating the basic tenets of problem solving using algorithms, we hope to continue growing and nurturing the next generation of computer scientists at Frome College.

In conjunction with Avon & Somerset Police, Frome College arranged for Paul Hannaford to deliver his drug awareness talks to all student year groups throughout the day on Thursday 24 January.

Paul is a well-respected speaker who has already spoken to over 50,000 students this year across the UK, and since 2009, he has worked with over 300,000 students. The talks were based on his life story, which provided a real life insight to crime, drugs addiction, alcohol and gang life, knife crime, self-harm and bullying. All students received a valuable message about these topics, and Paul was extremely professional ensuring his talks were appropriate for each year group. We are grateful to the Mendip Police Team in facilitating and supporting these talks. 

Paul said, “I cannot stress enough the importance of talking honestly to children about the catastrophic effects drugs, knife crime and gangs can have on their life, and the lives of those who love them. Every child matters and their future must be a bright one. We need to do all we can to ensure that.” 

You can find out more about Paul Hannaford on his website https://www.paulhannaford.com/ or Instagram @paulhannaford and paulhannaford.com on Twitter.




In addition, Frome Town Council hosted Paul Hannaford in the evening, to deliver his drug awareness talk to parents in the Town Hall. Forty-seven people attended and Frome Town Council live streamed it.  On the night, 248 people viewed the live stream, which is still available on the FTC Facebook page.  By 4.00pm, Paul had over 250 comments from students and parents on his social media, saying how inspirational and powerful the talk was.
 

Frome Town Council are looking at more workshops and action to tackle drugs in the town. Avon & Somerset Police said how important it was that all incidents involving and relating to drugs were reported and logged.

Frome College welcomed a full house on Thursday 26 September, when it opened its doors for everyone to come and see the largest range of courses in the area, and all that it offers the students who attend.

Music students entertained visitors and Principal, Ms Reynolds gave an inspirational speech about the excellent exam results, and the commitment to continue development of the school and ensure every child receives a well-rounded education to reach their full potential.  She spoke proudly about the continued success, and the aspirations and expectations of the school, generating great life chances for every student. Ms Reynolds highlighted the choices in the important key areas, and a progression curriculum, which begins in Year 9, right through to the post sixteen stages, making a seamless transition in to Sixth Form. 

Representatives from Year 9 and the Student Union followed by talking about their experiences at the College and assured the audience how easy the transition had been from previous schools with such a supportive pastoral care system, and the great sense of community. They also spoke about the large range of activities and participation opportunities available, such as trips, Drama productions, and the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme.

Assistant Principal, Mrs West, finished the sessions with information to parents about the evening ahead, offering personal student guides to accompany them around the subject areas, and discuss the options available.


It was fantastic to see so many families participating in activities, and there were plenty of opportunities for everyone to have refreshments throughout the evening. Music students played in various locations around the campus, adding to the great atmosphere.

If you were unable to attend the Open Evening, please do not hesitate to contact the College on 01373 465353 to arrange a tour of the campus and discuss the wide range of options available. 

Sixth Form Open Evening is on Thursday 14 November at 5.30pm.

Frome College Year 11 students were invited to the main College Hall this morning to receive their mock exam results.

This event is set up the same as it will be in the summer, to make the experience as authentic as possible in preparation for the exam season ahead. 

These important results will help assist in indicating where each student is doing well, or highlight any areas where they need more focus ahead of the real GCSE exams in the summer.

If you have any queries or concerns about the results, please contact your Head of House in the first instance, who can give advice on where to go for help or support.

Good luck to everyone!

Frome College was delighted to welcome young student ambassadors from our twin towns as part of the Quadripartite Event on Friday 20 September.  Students from Château-Gontier in France, Murrhardt in Germany, and Rabka-Zdrój in Poland, met with our students and were welcomed by Ms Reynolds, Principal.  The Frome College Student Leadership Team and School Council organised events for the visitors, which included a treasure hunt and cake decorating. 



The visit was very successful and new friends were made across these four towns as was shown by fond farewells at the end. 

Many thanks to our Student Leadership Team and the School Council for organising the events.

William Owsley
Head of International & Enterprise Faculty

On Thursday 13 December, Frome College took their ever-improving Girls Rugby Team to a seven a side touch rugby tournament called ‘Project Rugby’ at the Recreational Ground in Bath, which was organised by the Bath Rugby Foundation.

Prior to competing at the Rec, the girls were part of a five-week coaching program provided by the foundation to encourage the participation and development of minority groups in Rugby. The program ran every Wednesday after school in place of the regular training sessions, and we would like to extend our thanks to coaches Becks and Curtis, who delivered such a fantastically varied and in depth course in such a short space of time.

During the tournament Frome College’s squad of ten played five 15-minute matches, recording three wins and two losses, beating Hayesfield, Somervale Penguins and Norton Hill, but losing to Somervale Gloves and Writhlington School.  The team will now start to work towards their next tournament in April at Weston Hornets RFC with ambitions of progressing to the next round, hopefully playing a friendly fixture during their preparations. If you would like to get involved and start playing rugby then please come along to training, every Wednesday after school from3-4pm, on the bottom field Rugby pitch.

I would also like to thank the girls for their continued efforts, hard work and dedication during training, which is really starting to shine through during their displays on the field.

The squad is constantly developing and improving, and I think the best is yet to come. Well done to
Maddie Howes, Layla Thomas, Hannah Bird, Megan Corp, Cassia Bell, Emma Butland Smith, Josephine Cowley, Izzy Neale, Sophie Gilson and Alisha Coulson.

Matthew Jones
Lesson Supervisor

The Frome Agriculture & Cheese Show proved to be another exciting opportunity for our GCSE Food Prep & Nutrition students at Frome College. They were all invited to cook on stage with the acclaimed chef Jean Christophe Novelli throughout the day, where he gave them tips, great advice and the benefit of his extensive experience.

Over his career, Jean Christophe has accumulated four consecutive Michelin stars and many culinary accolades including five AA Rosettes, AA Chef of the Year, and European Chef of the Year representing Great Britain. Jean Christophe Novelli began his career at the young age of fourteen as a baker in Arras, northern France, and he was keen to give our students some guidance about becoming a chef.

Jack J Norris and Sam Oliver, two of Frome College’s Year 11 Food students, were very surprised when Jean-Christophe invited them onto the stage, during his ‘Celebrity cooking slot’ to cook with him - a rare and invaluable experience for them. They impressed him with risotto and spaghetti carbonara with a cheese twist. They received fantastic feedback from him and it was so nice to see a professional chef encouraging the new generation of potential young chefs. Both boys are embarking on their final year of GCSE and this was a huge boost to their confidence, for which we are very grateful to Jean Christophe.

At the end of last term in the College Food department, we ran a Cheese Competition where students had to use their creativity to produce an exciting and delicious recipe to include cheese. The three winners, Matthew Nelson, Beth Freestone and Jamie Leigh Parker, all cooked their dishes on the theatre stage in front of a live audience, with Jean Christophe as their chief taster.

Following their great experience on stage, they then took part in the Cheese Judging Competition alongside Judge, Gareth McCabe - although judging from the faces that were pulled the students were not that keen on goat’s cheese!  All our young chefs were a credit to Frome College for their professionalism, dedication and enthusiasm throughout the day.

Frome College Radio Club members Niamh Casey and Amy Wells hosted their first outside radio broadcast at this year’s Frome Agricultural & Cheese Show. With help from FromeFm’s Technical Directors Terry Stewart and Julian Crawley, the Year 10 students simultaneously produced a live broadcast to the show’s visitors and the station’s usual FM and internet audiences direct from the West Woodlands showground.

Frome College Navy Cadets were also on hand throughout the whole show to support the organisers wherever they were required.  In the afternoon, they ensured the Show Jumping event was a success by moving the jumps into the right places as well as replacing the poles if they fell.  It was a hard, hot job but the Cadets completed their tasks with a smile.  SLT Perry was interviewed by Jennie Smith from FromeFm broadcasting to the nation the wonderful opportunities that Frome College offers young people.

A huge thank you should go to everyone who attended, and gave our students the opportunity to participate in such an awesome event!

On 6 November 2018, 28 students from Years 11, 12 & 13 entered the Senior UK Mathematics Challenge. The students did very well, with 13 students achieving awards. Matthew Haines in Year 13 did exceptionally well by achieving a Gold Certificate, on top of being invited to participate in the next round (The Senior Kangaroo Challenge).

A sample question from the challenge is:
The positive integer 2018 is the product of two primes. What is the sum of these primes?
A)  1001     B) 1010     C) 1011     D) 1100    or  E) 1101

 


The results are as follows:-
Year 13
Matthew Haines: Gold, 'Best in School' & 'Best in Year'
Josh Scovell: Silver
Morgan Curle: Silver
Dylan Oliver: Bronze
Ben Green: Bronze
Thomas Haines: Bronze
Betty Restorick: Bronze

Year 12
Grace Lindley: Silver & 'Best in Year'
Ridley Carpenter: Bronze
Robert Deighton: Bronze

Year 11
Stephanie Verwey: Silver & 'Best in Year'
Samuel Evans: Bronze
India Haines: Bronze

Congratulations to everyone who took part in such a prestigious challenge and outstanding results!

The Sixth Form Team are looking forward to welcoming our Year 12 students at 8.45am on Wednesday 4 September, and Year 13 at 8.45am on Thursday 5 September.

We are delighted to welcome our new catering company CucinA Restaurants Ltd who are offering a wide range of innovative fresh food service to all of our students throughout the day.

From Monday 7 January, our fresh and varied menu prepared by CucinA’s Executive Chef, has been received with great success and enthusiasm.  We are now offering a new Breakfast Service from 8.15-8.40am, with FREE porridge for all students.  There is also a range of cooked breakfasts available which can be purchased by staff and students at discounted rates, such as bacon and tomato rolls, croissants and blueberry pancakes.

The new team have rolled out new branding for the Sixth Form café. Based on a coffee house style menu, the new ‘Pronto’ café in Frome Futures, is offering a relaxed and upmarket New York deli area, where students and staff can buy a fabulous range of premium sandwiches, salads, hot handheld snacks and new one-pot meals. This area will be open from 10.00am – 2.30pm where staff and students can meet or study.

CucinA use mainly fair trade products and produce from the UK, with fish from sustainable stocks. By linking their menus with our curriculum, they plan to work with Frome College students each week as part of their NVQ coursework, and help with training in food preparation and cooking.  We hope to continue expanding the College garden with the ‘Grow it, eat it’ project enabling our fully trained Chef’s to prepare freshly picked produce every day, and encourage our students to cook their own fruit and vegetables.

On top of a different hot menu in the main restaurant every day, CucinA offer an afterschool ‘take away’ type facility, whereby students and staff can purchase food and drinks to take home or an afterschool club.  Anyone who would like to order a take away meal for afterschool, need to place their order with the canteen by 2.00pm each day required, to be collected after 3.00pm.

A full menu is on our website here.

If you are entitled to free school meals, details and an application form can  be found on our website here.

In the fullness of time, we hope to be able to offer local businesses our facilities for breakfast meetings and conferences, further information will follow once we have established the new systems.

We are also looking at our finance systems, and introducing a cashless paying system. More information will be sent home once the system has been implemented.  Any students or staff, who have special dietary requirements, are invited to speak to the Executive Chef, who will be more than happy to find something suitable each day.

We are incredibly proud of the achievements and progress of all our students as we receive excellent GCSE and BTEC results today.

Frome College students have shown great resilience over the past three years, facing tougher exams and national changes to qualifications and assessments. Our success is grounded in the strong relationships fostered at this college, the dedication of all our staff, consistent high-quality teaching and the support of our parents. Frome College governors and I would like to thank parents, staff and students for such a successful year.

We have many success stories to share this year. Highlights include Mathematics and the Sciences where we have achieved a record number of the highest levels with our average point score rocketing compared to previous years. A superb 60% of Chemistry and Physics grades are level 7 or higher. We continue to perform exceptionally well in Sport with 44% of grades at distinction level; matched by German with 42% of grades at top levels. Students of Childcare performed extremely well with 88% gaining good grades.

Our girls have performed exceptionally well this summer with 82% achieving 5 or more strong GCSE qualifications. English and Maths are crucial for any young person’s future and we are delighted 

that 97% of the year group have gained both of these qualifications- the highest percentage in the history of the college. One of our strengths is the breadth of subjects students can study at college and a total of 12 subjects attained a 100% pass rate- real testimony to the hard work of students and staff.

Amongst our many individual successes, 16 of our highest performing students achieved a total of 145 top level 7+ [the equivalent of A*/A grade] across a wide range of subjects. This is a stunning achievement for:

Joe Coles; Niah Earl; Samuel Evans; India Haines; Isabel Hanney; Almos Juhasz; Brian Kendall; Eve Lindley; Iris Shulman; May Southgate; Irek Swierczynski; Robert Trowbridge; Stephanie Verwey; Alex Waldeck and Daisy Wellsted.

The following students have made outstanding progress in their GCSE examinations, achieving results well above their targets. In some cases, this was by two or three grades or levels. A fantastic set of achievements, demonstrating the dedication and positive attitude of Frome students. Congratulations must go to: Rio Atherton; Adam Baker; Morwenna Bryant-Young; Noah Brock; Charlie Cox; Isabella Davis; Orla Feeney; Liam Hughes; Lj Land; Maycie Mathurin; Grace Miles; Chloe Nicholls; Joe Porter; Aidan Rodgers; Phoebe Sparks; Phoebe Tanner and Sophie Tanner.

We look forward to welcoming year 12 into sixth form on Wednesday 4th September and plan to hold our GCSE celebration event on Thursday 21st November from 7pm in the Memorial Theatre.

Emma Reynolds
Principal

“Frome College continues to grow and improve and these results show once again why we are the best option for all in Frome. Congratulations go to Emma Reynolds and her dedicated staff team, to the parents whose unsung contribution is so vital in everything we do, and most of all to the class of 2019 for surpassing so many national averages. We look forward to seeing many of them next year and wish everyone the best of luck on the next stage of their journey.”

Max Wide,
Chair of Governors

Frome College Year 13 Law students enjoyed a rainy but highly stimulating trip to Bristol on Tuesday 18 December.  They spent the morning at Bristol Crown Court, one of the busiest venues for criminal trials in the country.

Judge Mark Horton, who talked frankly about the delights and drawbacks of the legal profession, put our students through their paces in the witness box, and entertained us.  Students then had the experience to observe part of a real, and very serious, trial from the public gallery.

Following this, they walked up the hill to the Wills Memorial Building at the University of Bristol, where second-year undergraduates had prepared a university-style seminar on human-rights law. ‘Which rights are absolute and unalterable, and which can be modified according to circumstances? Should our right to privacy outweigh the right to freedom of the press? Are there limits to freedom of expression?’ They all grappled with these and other interesting questions, ably assisted by the enthusiastic university students.

Our thanks go out to all our hosts for a fantastic trip opportunity.
We are delighted with the success of our year 13 students and the results they have received in this summer’s examinations. With 336 examination entries, our students have continued to deliver strong levels of achievement and progress to the highest of standards. An excellent 46% of all our examination entries achieved A*-B grades, meaning the hard work and dedication shown by Frome College students has once again been recognised at the highest academic level.

This talented cohort of young people has made brilliant progress; these results provide an excellent start to university life, apprenticeships, employment and every success in the future. We, as a staff team, are very proud of our students and their many contributions to college life. Amongst our many individual successes special mention must go to Connor Cairns, Morgan Curle, Matthew Haines, Thomas Haines, Daisy Harrison-Broninski, Rhiannon James, Tilly Le Lohe Attwell, Dylan Oliver, Avalon Ross, May Schymczyk, Poppy Summers, Cordelia Tarbrooke, Pippa Turner and Flora Williams who between them achieved 39 A and A*grades- the highest number of top grades Frome College has ever received!

We are especially pleased with our brilliant Physics, English Literature and Modern Foreign Language results whilst maintaining our status as a centre of excellence for Creative Arts and vocational subjects. Credit and thanks must go to our dedicated staff team for all of their continuous hard work, dedication and support for all of our students.


Headline figures:

Percentage of A/A* grades 24%

Percentage of A*/B grades 46%

Percentage of A*/C grades 72%

Percentage of A*/E grades 96%
 

On Thursday 5th September, we look forward to welcoming back our Year 13 students whose performance in mock exams has been very promising this summer and will provide a very firm foundation for future success.

We wish all of our leavers the very best of luck for a bright future,

Emma Reynolds

Principal



It is wonderful to see another improvement in the results that our students have achieved, to add to year on year improvements for Frome College. This is an excellent set of results and it is especially pleasing to see the increase in our top grades with those achieving A* and A increasing from 21 to 24% and those achieving A* to B grades increasing from 44 to 46%. These results will set people on the journey to their next destination and we wish them well. My congratulations to them and our thanks to the teachers and parents who work together so well in our Community College.


Max Wide

Chair of Governors

We are excited to announce that from Monday 7 January 2019, our new catering company CucinA Restaurants Ltd will be offering a wide range of innovative fresh food service to all of our students, which will be available all day. 

Following a review by a panel of students and staff, several companies were invited to come along and show what they can offer in way of tasty and healthy meals. The panel sampled many menus, but after much deliberation, CucinA won the bid in a healthy eating campaign!

Starting the New Year with a fresh and varied menu prepared by an Executive Chef, we will now be able to offer a Breakfast Service from 8.15-8.40am, with free Porridge for all students.  There will also be available a range of cooked breakfasts which can be purchased by all staff and students at discounted rates, such as bacon and tomato rolls, croissants, blueberry pancakes, and cereals.

The new team will roll out branding for the Sixth Form café. Based on a coffee house style menu, the new ‘Pronto’ café in Frome Futures will offer a relaxed and upmarket New York deli area, where students and staff can buy a fabulous range of premium sandwiches, salads, hot handheld snacks and new one-pot meals. This area will be open from 10.00am – 2.30pm where staff and students can meet or study.

CucinA promise to mainly use fair trade products and produce from the UK, with fish from sustainable stocks. By linking their menus with our curriculum, they plan to work with Frome College students each week as part of their NVQ coursework, and help with training in food preparation and cooking.  We hope to continue expanding the College garden with the ‘Grow it, eat it’ project enabling our fully trained Chef’s to prepare freshly picked produce every day, and encourage our students to cook their own fruit and vegetables.

On top of a different hot menu in the main restaurant every day, CucinA hope to incorporate an afterschool ‘take away’ type facility, whereby students and staff can purchase food and drinks to take home or an afterschool club.
We endeavour to have full details and up to date menus on our website as soon as possible. In the fullness of time, we hope to be able to offer local businesses our facilities for breakfast meetings and conferences, further information will follow once we have established the new systems.

During this process, we will also be looking at our finance systems, and will be introducing a cashless paying system. This may take time, therefore more information will be sent home once the system has been implemented.  
We are confident that our families, students and staff will be delighted with the fantastic range of new options available to suit all needs.  Any students or staff, who have special dietary requirements, are invited to speak to the Executive Chef who will be more than happy to find something suitable each day.

Over 134 Year 12 students from Frome College spent the week commencing 8 July in a wide array of companies and work experience placements, including the British Bobsleigh Association, Devon & Somerset Flight Training, Schneider Electric, Rook Lane Arts Trust, Acorn Pharmacy, Frome Brewing Company, Mendip Rail, Systems Engineering & Assessment, I.G Sports Coaching and Babington House.

Olivia attended Bristol Airport for her placement in Marketing & Business Development. She worked on a joint exercise around a route launching, fire and airside operations brief, terminal and control centre shadowing.  Polly attended the National Trust at Stourhead - working in the world famous garden with the team to support conservation and maintenance of a historic landscape garden. Callum was an operating assistant for Devon & Somerset Flight Training; helping to prepare aircrafts, including refuelling, dealing with customers, money handling and assisting visiting pilots and aircraft. Grace attended Harris Hill & Gibbons, where she assisted and observed veterinary surgeons and nurses with consultations and procedures. Maddy observed a Community Respiratory Nurse with Virgin Care, while Tramaine who plans to study a Medicine Degree after completing Sixth Form, spent the week at Frome Hospital working on the inpatients ward, therapy services, outpatients and the physiotherapy team. Jim worked at Seasons Ecology Ltd gaining an insight into Ecological Consulting.

Bailey Morris completed work experience at BuroHappold Engineering in Bath. He explained “Work experience has opened a new avenue in my search for future employment. This has been an amazing place to work.” A group of students completed their work experience with Frome Town Council, conducting a benchmarking survey- interviewing business and town visitors, then collating and presenting their findings to council members to help impact the future direction of the town. 

Lewis Wells went to Center Parcs at Longleat Forest where he worked in the Cycle Centre providing guest care, helping guests with bikes and child attachments and using the till. He observed repairs and gained product knowledge, worked on new bike builds, helped with recycling as well as fixing and repairing hire bikes. He said “I saw this week as an opportunity to enhance my knowledge and embed my working skills to become a better employee. It has been a successful, beneficial week and I have really enjoyed working there whilst gaining further experience in the world of work. Following work experience in year 10, I applied for two jobs there and was successful both times which clearly shows how work experience helps you when applying for certain jobs you wish to do as it makes you stand out from the rest.“

While some students ventured as far afield as Ventique in London to assist the art gallery manager and to a work in a science laboratory at Edinburgh University, the majority of students remained in this area. Louise Friend who co-ordinates the work experience at Frome College said “I would like to extend a huge thank you on behalf of the 134 students to all the local companies who hosted this year group. The College is hugely grateful to businesses for giving up their time to share their expertise and many thanks for giving our students such an invaluable insight into the workplace.”

The Frome College Choir participated in the Somerset Music Christmas Celebration Concert at Wells Cathedral on Monday 10 December.  Ten schools from across the county performed with the Somerset County Youth Band and Choir in the magnificent setting of Wells Cathedral.

This highly prestigious event celebrates the talents of young musicians in Somerset, and the Frome College Choir was invited to perform ‘White Winter Hymnal’ by Robin Pecknold, and ‘Jesus Christ the Apple Tree’ by Elizabeth Poston. Included in the programme were ‘massed items’ where our students sang with other school choirs, and traditional congregational carols.


Well done to everyone involved in another outstanding event!

A beautiful summer’s evening welcomed students and staff to the Year 11 Prom at Center Parcs on Wednesday 26 June.












Students were greeted with drinks on arrival, and everyone enjoyed a formal dinner. The College staff band played followed by a disco, dancing, a magician and party tricks.

We would like to thank everyone involved in another great Frome College event!

 

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On Tuesday 27 November, Frome College held its first careers event of 3 this academic year. A huge event which involved vast organisation and set up; all staff assisted and 1,100 students from Years 9 to 13 participated, and were treated to a wealth of interesting talks to select from.

Sixth Formers considering a career in sport attended a talk by Sports Lecturers from Bristol City Community Trust covering "University courses at Bristol City Football Club & careers students go on to."

As sport is an area of interest for many students, another talk ran alongside it from Wiltshire Cricket “How to get into coaching and coaching pathways;skills to be a good coach andopportunities within and beyond sport”.
Two local companies interested in recruiting future apprentices into their industry attended. Hanson Aggregates highlighted their Higher Apprenticeship Scheme – Career in aggregates, construction & engineering and Connor Construction (South West) who treated students to donuts, talked about “Road Construction - A Road for Everyone to Take. Whether you are hands-on, an aspiring globe-trotter, strategic-thinker, creative, mechanically-minded, mathematician, a natural teacher or businesses-minded individual there is a place for you in Road Construction. Feel proud to be part of the industry that makes our roads, runways and motorways safer, and find out what we do and how we do it”

Creative students were catered for by local entrepreneurs Edventure who explained how to start an ethical fashion business.  Another speaker talked broadly about careers in the arts covering careers from being a creative director for a big make up brand, to illustrating books to being a ceramic artist. Students with an interest in photography or animals were treated by a fascinating talkby wildlife researcher and photographer Victoria Hillman, and were enthralled by film capturing animal behaviours in the wild.

Jim Bird from Southampton Universitygave students a realistic insight into careers in Nursing & Midwifery, explaining; “Nursing is a profession where every day you make a genuine difference to the lives and well-being of people needing expert support. There are multiple opportunities to not only provide care but to lead it, to be a decision maker, to be the clinical expert. As a nurse you may care for children, adults, older people, their families, those where health needs may be physical, mental, emotional, and in diverse settings such as hospitals, patients’ homes, prisons, the armed forces, internationally. No two days will ever be the same and your personal practice will be immensely appreciated.”
 
Local company Frome Tech came in to help students gain an insight into a career in IT. Harris & Harris Solicitors gave an ever popular law talk. Will from Forest Marble talked about his unusual career journey “Estate Agency/ setting up a business- from goat farmer to local business owner” and talked about how to set up a business in today’s changing world where everything is at our finger tips 24 hours a day- utilising the power of social media with traditional sales techniques.
Inspiring the Future updated students on the increasing popularity of apprenticeships. If any of our business readers do have any apprenticeships please send details to Frome College’s Employability Co-ordinator Louise Friend at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who can match students looking for specific careers with your job. Please also email if you would like to be a careers speaker at our next event.  If you would like to consider setting up an apprenticeship, but are unsure how to go about this, please contact Vivienne Whitaker at Frome Town Council on email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Another talk covered the variety of careers in Science. Sadly for the second careers event, our local plumber guest speaker failed to arrive. Rather than disappoint students who had selected that talk again- Frome College’s Maths teacher Niall McNair (pictured) stepped heroically into the safety boots and quickly found videos and material online to educate the students on this profession.

Students considering finance as a career gained an insight into the duties involved in running a company financial department and all the job roles involved from manging orders, cash flow and juggling the budget. Those preferring a more practical career listened to John from Cannimore Cycles describe daily life as a bike mechanic; how to enter this career, work within the cycling industry, training, and different opportunities available once qualified.

Martha Lynn in Year 10 reported on here experience: “At least once a term, students get the chance to experience an informative and intriguing talk from a guest speaker who will give them the opportunity to understand different workplace environments, depending on the students choice of interest. This term, there were options such as photography, law, fashion, and apprenticeship, giving college students a possibility to really understand their passions, and ask questions about possible options for their future careers. Arts, such as photography opened up to wider subjects such as wildlife and zoology, whilst fashion went in depth about the ethics of clothing industries.
Many students described their experience as ‘eye opening’ and ‘enlightening’ considering the chance to ask questions, learn about life in the work place, and additionally, not only find out about, but understand the first steps to future ambitions outside and beyond school. One of the employability coordinators at Frome College said ‘We as a school are very lucky to consistently have speakers come in and give marvellous insights into the different careers available’.
I am sure the students at Frome College will agree, considering the eager questions and multiple hands raised. All students were given slips of paper to write their answers to questions, and make general notes, most of which were filled with their thoughts of this terms career options.”

Frome College would like to extend their huge gratitude to all the business speakers who kindly gave up their time, to give our future workforce an insight into the many different careers open to them and the highlights and realities of different employment routes.

Thank you to everyone who came along and supported or participated in our fantastic Later.. with Frome College concert on Tuesday 16 July.

This highly popular summer event highlighted the talent of our students and staff. The large crowd at the Cheese & Grain were entertained with a full and vibrant programme across 3 stages throughout the evening.  



 








Well done to everyone involved in yet another great Frome College event!

 

Following their hugely successful funding drive in May, in which Frome College Radio Club students broadcasted live for a marathon 24hrs, the project has expanded into Oakfield Academy, with the aim of helping the Year 8 students with the transition to Frome College. 

The College radio club donated recording equipment and, with the help of Frome.FM, arranged training in OFCOM standards, presentation, and technical skills.

Frome.FM Director for Children & Young People, Jennie Smith, said, “Frome.FM are proud to be able to offer the young people of Frome this unique and exciting opportunity to broadcast regular shows on FromeFM. It enables young people of all abilities to work with and get to know people within the wider community of Frome. It allows them to have a say in services that affect them and to develop the confidence and expertise to articulate what matters to them, providing vital skills and experience that last for a lifetime”

The new show, ‘Acorns on Air’ was a huge success, and the team, led by Oakfield Head of Maths, Mr Andrew Stephenson, enjoyed it so much they asked to present a Christmas show. You can hear ‘Acorns on Air’ on Wednesday 19 December at 4.00pm on 96.6fm locally, or anywhere via the internet on www.Frome.fm

We were honoured to welcome visitors from Zhangjiagang Lian Feng Secondary School in Yangshe, a province of Jiangsu on Monday 8 July. 




Our visitors were paired up with students and embraced college life. The weeklong visit ended with lunch and an assembly, where everyone could say their farewells.


On Thursday 6 December, Debbie Goodsell from Gracewell Healthcare came in to Frome College to deliver a Dementia Friends course to the Year 12 Health & Social Care students. This means that we now have certified Dementia Friends in the College.


It entails raising awareness and understanding through action for people living with dementia, and those affected by it. These students have gained understanding of how dementia is perceived and experienced by people. They have also gained the understanding of how to support someone living with dementia to some degree. Most of all, they have built their own characters by reaching out to the broader community as a whole.

Wendy Day, Teacher of Health & Social Care, said: “I am very proud of this group of students. They have been so inspiring how well they approached this difficult area, and I am sure they will be a real asset in supporting people who need it. Well done to all of them!”

On Monday 8 July, we celebrated our annual Sports and Duke of Edinburgh Awards Evening in the Merlin Theatre. 

This year we were delighted to welcome James Threlfall MBE as our guest of honour. James is a skater and presenter, who gave an inspirational speech about his development from childhood, enjoying skate boarding, raising money for skate parks and travelling the world presenting. 



 

Congratulations to all the winners involved. A special ‘well done’ goes to the Sports Team of the Year – our Year 9 Athletics team, who won the Mendip School Championships!
 

On Monday 26 November, 12 Frome College Year 10 students took part in the Rotary Chef Competition 2018. The students competed against each other to win a place in the Regional Finals, which will take place after Christmas.

This national event gives students the opportunity to cook and present to a very high standard, and then judged by top Chefs. Their brief was to cook a healthy 3-course meal in 2 hours for under £20.

This was a difficult task, but they all rose to the challenge, and the standard of presentation and commitment from our students was outstanding.

The day began with prepping the room and kitchen. Each student was given their own workspace for presentation, and they looked like professional chefs with their personalised chef whites, supplied by the very generous Gracewell.

Each student worked calmly and professionally, while judges Sam Perrett and James Morrison from Orchardleigh Estate and Simon Lewis from Gracewell walked amongst them with strict marking criteria.  Chef, Sam Perrett who previously worked at the Michelin star restaurant, The Pony & Trap in Chew Magna said, “I was amazed at how hard the students worked. The standards were very high, and there were some outstanding dishes presented”.

The tension in the kitchen was immense but none of them faltered, and each presented their dishes with enthusiasm and flourish - the quality of the dishes was outstanding.

After a full hour of tasting and deliberation, the overall winner was announced as Maddie Blackburn. She now goes on to the Regional Finals against other local schools and colleges.
Izzy Hobbs, Sam Oliver and Polly Thomas, all received Highly Commended for recognition of their individual dishes on the day.

I am so very proud of their achievement and a real credit to Frome College. Congratulations to all those who took part.

We would like to thank the generosity of Frome Rotary Club, Gracewell and our guest judges, for giving us this opportunity and who supported the students on the day.

The results are in for the Frome College Sports Day on Monday 1 July: 

1st Aristotle 
2nd Newton
3rd Franklin
4th Einstein

Well done to everyone involved in a great day full of sport!

Creative Chloe Nicholls has given the Poppy Appeal £110 from the sale of her knitted poppy badges.  A phone call from her father Blayne, alerted the Frome Branch Royal British Legion to this extra ordinary effort by 15 year old Frome College student, who had independently set out to support the Poppy Appeal.  Chloe met fellow crafters at the Assembly Rooms, and presented the cheque to the Chairman of Frome Branch RBL, Jane Norris.  In thanking Chloe, Jane explained how the money raised from her hand made poppies will go towards welfare work for veterans and their beneficiaries.

Spending time talking with other crafty knitters, Chloe and her younger sister Eloise, then helped with the Last Hundred Days Push for Poppies project by putting some finishing touches to the poppies being attached to the 6 combat webbings.  The display has since been much admired over the Frome Memorial Theatre foyer roof where it has been central to the Centenary Commemoration of WW1 Remembrance.

Chloe is always immersed in her hobby of knitting.  She has previously knitted hats and scarves for the homeless; knitted hats for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the RUH; knitted hearts to raise money for a charity to help in depression, and is currently busy knitting Christmas tree cushions.  She has plans to knit twiddle mats for the elderly, which will give sensory stimulation in memory loss.

For someone so committed to her needles and wool, Cloe does not see study or a career in textiles, instead preferring to have it as a hobby that gives her a purpose.  The RBL is so grateful for this donation, and acknowledge that all generations can provide great comfort in times of need.

Our congratulations go to Chloe on such an outstanding achievement!

Planned and organised by the Year 13 Leadership Team, this year’s Prom at the Silk Mill in Frome, on Tuesday 25 June, saw glorious sunny weather and the year group arriving in style.  Students and staff enjoyed a lovely meal followed by dancing to a DJ until late. 












Thanks to Chris Bailey Photography for covering the evening. If you have any photo requirements, please contact him directly.

 

The Year 13 Prom is always a memorable occasion and an opportunity for staff who attended to say their goodbyes and to wish students good luck in their chosen next steps.

We look forward to seeing them all at the A Level Results Day from 8.30am in Frome Futures on Thursday 15 August.

Good luck everyone!
The Frome College GCSE Presentation at Memorial Theatre on Tuesday 20 November saw a large crowd of parents and students, who sat their exams in the summer, celebrate their results and receive their certificates.

During the presentation, Principal, Ms Reynolds, expressed her congratulations to all the students on the record exam results this year, and to their families for the tremendous amount of support that goes on to help our young people achieve them. Alongside the presentations, students performed a variety of musical accompaniment on the stage.
 
We were delighted this year, to welcome European Triathlete, Rachel Bown as our VIP guest of honour. Rachel gave an inspirational speech to the audience about her career, and displayed the Olympic Torch she carried. She also spoke about the support she had battling an illness when she developed a tumour on the brain, which left her blind in one eye, and the book she wrote about her journey called ‘The Butterfly WITHIN’. The audience was intrigued by her story and her determination to achieve her goals. Rachel spoke candidly to the students about focussing on their ambitions, and to never give up on working hard achieving their dreams. Her mantra was “happiness is a choice” regardless of what obstacles may get in the way through life.

 Rachel said "Thank you to Frome College for inviting me to speak at the GCSE Presentation evening. This is the first awards evening of its type that I have attended, I did not know what to expect, and it was fantastic! Well organised and well-paced. The musical interludes were beautiful and showcased what else Frome College offers and achieves. It was an honour to celebrate such academic success and to hear that it was a record year! However, what really shone through was how much the senior leadership team value the staff and students. Frome College must be a positive and inspiring place to work.”


 The evening was thoroughly enjoyed by all, in celebration of another successful year at Frome College. Our congratulations go to all the students, and thanks to our Sixth Form photographers Liam McPherson and Ryan Snook in Year 13.

The Frome College Rotary Interact Club held its second charity event on Monday 24 June.

The weather was perfect for the fundraising event and fete rolled into one. Twenty-six stalls greeted visitors, and many pounds were raised for the two chosen charities - Winston's Wish and Martin House Hospice - which gives support to bereaved families. The charities chosen are in honour of Frome College’s teacher Anna Kirsopp-lewis, and former student Poppy Devey Waterhouse. 




Two elite GB athletes, Jack Rutter and Julie Rogers, were at Frome College for the day to deliver inspirational assemblies and practical workshops. 

Our VIP’s also joined in the celebrations by starting the 1K fun run, which saw Frome Mayor, Mark Dorrington taking part. Although he did not win, he completed the course in a good time, and started the 5K run in which 56 runners from the College and Frome community competed. 


The winner of the 5K male section was local boxer, Ryan Wheeler.  The female winner was Jo Fordham, and her son Sam  in Year 10, who won the junior boys section, joined her.  The winner of the junior girls section was Abi Thomas in Year 11.  Ryan achieved a very impressive time of 17.56 minutes, especially considering the very hot weather.







Students in the College Interact Club organised the majority of the Extravaganza, and were supported by their teacher Liz Sypko and Frome Selwood Rotarian, Malcolm Westgate.  The whole day was a great success, and the monies raised will be going to very deserving charities. 

We would like to thank everyone who attended the Frome Extravaganza whether as a spectator, stall holder, runner or shopper.  Special thanks go to all the businesses that donated raffle prizes and to Frome’s TriClub and Running Club for sponsoring the runs at this fabulous community event!

The Young Photographer of the Year Competition is a well-established and successful competition promoted by Rotary International in Britain and Ireland (RIBI).

It is a 3-stage competition designed to support and encourage the development of photographic skills. This competition has been open to all schools and communities in the local area.

We were thrilled this year to have 20 entrants selected for the local finals, which took place on Wednesday 14 November at Rook Lane Gallery, with the awards ceremony following at 6.00pm. A crowd of friends and family attended to support these brilliant young photographers.

The selected finalists from Frome College were: Alex Lakin, Emily Oakley, Emma Duston, George Allen, Gus Slade, Isabel Hanney, Jake Joce, Jena Truscott Davies, Joe O'Neil, Joseph Parry, Joy Beaven,  Laura O'Brien, Leila Card, Maddie Eccles, Megan King, Milo Herbert,  Morwenna Bryant-Young, Nick Perry, Shanna Williamson, Sid Liney.

Frome College won every category, which had entries. The winner of the 11-13 year old category was Jenna Truscott-Davies in Year 9.
   
The winner of the 14-17 year old category was Emma Duston in Year 13. Highly Commended was Joy Beaven in Year 11.

 




Congratulations to everyone involved with such outstanding work!

Congratulations to Alex Hall in Year 9, Ryan Snook in Year 13, and Lewis Johnson and Luke Berryman in Year 12, who were shortlisted in the top 25 across the UK at the National School Photography Awards 2019.

There were hundreds of entries submitted, and a team of professional photographers spent a full day shortlisting for the final round. The judges were all very impressed with the quality of photos entered, and the technical ability of many of the entrants.

Well done to our highly talented students on such an outstanding achievement. We wish them all good luck in the final round!

To help support Children in Need, House Captains and students attended the live broadcast of the BBC Breakfast Show at the Cheese & Grain on Friday 16 November.

With special guests Pudsey, and Gold Medallists sports personalities, Amy Williams and Emily Diamond, the students presented a giant cheque for £280.



Radio presenters who were live on air from 7.30-8.30am, interviewed the group who raised the funds from their interhouse cake sales around the campus on Thursday 15 November.

Well done to everyone involved!

Our thanks go to © Chris Bailey Photography.

 

Congratulations to Brandon Stobie in Year 10 who has received the Pride of Somerset Youth Award 2019 for his hard work and commitment in the community. Brandon attends Frome Cadets and volunteers by cutting grass in a children’s play area. He also supports other children in care, and is a member of the Somerset in Care Council.

On top of playing the bugle in parades, Brando also helps to prepare school lunches. This award is organised by BBC Somerset, Rotary Club of Taunton, Bridgwater & Taunton College and the Somerset County Gazette series.

We wish him continued success for the future.

Some of our Gifted & Talented linguists visited Bath University for a Spotlight on Languages Day. Brian Kendall and Stephanie Verwey in Year 11, were asked to compile the thoughts on the day from the students who went and this is what they wrote:

The day was amazing and explained many parts of the importance of languages and communication.  The day started with a talk from one of the Italian tutors from Bath University explaining where his love of languages has come from, and how important it is to be able to communicate with others.  We then participated in a variety of different workshops whilst some of us built on our knowledge of French and German, others learnt about French humour or took a beginners class in Italian.  After a tour of the campus, we heard from some previous Bath University students about careers, employability and the importance of learning languages.”

The message from Bath University was clear - knowing just English is not enough and that students should learn a foreign language.

Mr W Owsley
Head of International Faculty

Frome Extravaganza Fete & Fun Runs

Monday 24 June from 3.00 – 5.00pm at Frome College

We are excited to announce the two GB VIP's for the Frome Extravaganza on Monday 24 June from 3.00-5.00pm at Frome College are Footballer, Jack Rutter and Julie Rogers, Athlete.

 Events include -
• The Fete - Stalls in Frome Leisure Centre Sports Hall. Cost £10 each. 
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• 3.30pm – The 1K Fun Run is open to all ages and abilities for a £1 donation.
• 4.00pm – The 5K Competitive Run for 14+ years. Cost £5.60 including a medal for completing, and a trophy to the winners. 

To sign up for the 5K run, log on to www.fromecollege.fullonsport.com/event/frome-Extravaganza-5k-Run/profile

Last year, Frome College Art, Photography & Graphics students were invited to create logos for Connor Construction (South West) Ltd, to go on gifts for their customers at Christmas. The winning students received cash prizes and gained valuable work experience being involved with such a large company.

Since then, Connor Construction has advertised regularly in our termly Newsletter, and is very proactive in supporting our students.  This year, our Year 12 & 13 Art, Photography & Graphics students were sent invitations to design a new logo for the companies UK fleet of new Volvo trucks.  The 6 week project saw Chloe Adams, George Allen, Grace Beaven, Jasmine Eardley, Ida Joof, Avalon Ross, Sol Smith, Isobel Steven, and Pippa Turner produce fantastic designs. Managing Director, Ian Webb, came into College to view the completed work and to collect it for the company staff to view and select the winners. He said the students work was of such a high standard, it was difficult to make a decision alone. 

After much consultation and deliberation over 2 weeks, the winner was announced as Sol Smith from Year 13 whose design is now on the company’s truck fleet.  Sol won £300 and will have his work shown in the global annual Volvo Magazine. Pippa Turner received a £100 cheque as runner-up.

Neil Allen, Road Planning Director at Connor Construction (South West) Ltd said: “We would like to thank the staff at Frome College who have supported our projects. We would not be able to present these opportunities to their students if it was not for them. The work that was presented to us from everybody was absolutely incredible, what a credit to the teachers and staff at Frome College. A big well done to Sol for his winning design which can now be seen on our Volvo trucks up and down the country and also to Pippa Turner who won £100 at 2nd Place for her design. Thank you to Jane Davis, the Communications Officer, for co-ordinating our project from College, and to Sarah Auld, Teacher of Art, who gave her students the confidence and encouragement to take part. I wonder what our next project will be?”

Our congratulations go to Sol Smith, and all of our highly talented students who submitted such outstanding designs. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Connor Construction (South West) Ltd for their continued support of Frome College.  Their ethos is very much about supporting our local community, and helping to develop opportunities for the young people who live here.

We said farewell to our Year 13 students on Friday 24 May with a leaver’s brunch. The year group got together in Futures with a selection of hot and cold hand held food supplied by our catering company CucinA, to say goodbye to staff and friends as they set off on study leave to complete their exams. 







The group will be reunited to celebrate formally at their Prom on 25 June in the Silk Mill.

We wish them all good luck in their final exams.

 

On Friday 9 November, all Frome College students attended assemblies to mark Remembrance Day at 9.00am.

Principal, Ms Reynolds, also led a service in the Merlin Theatre at 10.50am, attended by guests, campus partners and staff.  Current students read the names of all the former students who lost their lives in combat.  Following the Last Post, a 2 minute silence was held. 





After the laying of wreathes, Chair of Governors, Max Wide, read In Flanders Fields, and the Frome College Choir closed the service with a fantastic version of Lay me Low.


We are immensely proud of all our students who attended the assemblies to pay their respects, honour our fallen heroes, former students, and to mark the 100th Anniversary since the end of World War I.
Frome College hosted a pizza party in the main hall on Thursday 23 May to celebrate the outstanding achievements of twenty-five Year 11 students who have attained 100% attendance at school since the beginning of the academic year.   We were amazed to see that they managed to eat every piece of pizzas on the tables.

Our in-house catering company CucinA, also baked a 100% attendance cake, which was cut by Principal, Ms Reynolds, who congratulated the students by saying how well they had done and wished them every success in their GCSE exams.

These students have done exceptionally well as this is a particularly challenging time for Year 11, with exam pressure, as well as other factors, which can affect attendance.  At Frome College, we do our utmost to work with students and their families to support and encourage excellent attendance.  

We would also like to thank the families who continue to support their children to ensure they attend school every day - it does makes a huge positive impact on their outcomes.  
This term, all of our new Year 9 students were offered the opportunity to go camping and hiking as an introduction taster of our highly successful Duke of Edinburgh scheme at the College. 





Over a week long period from Monday 15 October, groups of students were taken to Pitchperfect near Woolverton, where they enjoyed activities, hiking and a BBQ, before camping overnight under the stars. Each group walked back to the College the following day across country using orienteering equipment.

Everyone who attended enjoyed the experience, and were very lucky with the autumn weather. We would like to thank Mr Marsh, our DofE lead at Frome College, for organising such a fantastic week, also the staff who stepped up to the platform to make this big event happen for our students.

Anyone who would like to join the DofE scheme, can contact Mr Marsh for more information via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Well done to our ‘Grow it’ team who hosted a lunch for Frome Rotary and guests on Tuesday 4 June. The visitors enjoyed a tour of the garden, followed by an informal lunch with Principal, Ms Reynolds. 









The project has received several donations for the garden, and the students involved wanted to thank their special guests for all their continued support.
This term, all of our new Year 9 students were offered the opportunity to go camping and hiking as an introduction taster of our highly successful Duke of Edinburgh scheme at the College.

Over a week long period from Monday 15 October, groups of students were taken to Pitchperfect near Woolverton, where they enjoyed activities, hiking and a BBQ, before camping overnight under the stars. Each group walked back to the College the following day across country using orienteering equipment.

Everyone who attended enjoyed the experience, and were very lucky with the autumn weather. We would like to thank Mr Marsh, our DofE lead at Frome College, for organising such a fantastic week, also the staff who stepped up to the platform to make this big event happen for our students.

Anyone who would like to join the DofE scheme, can contact Mr Marsh for more information via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Frome College has been buzzing this week, as we welcomed the BBC Question Time production team.  The political show, which is well known for its topical and lively debates, was broadcasted from our campus Merlin Theatre on Thursday 23 May, hosted by Fiona Bruce.

On the panel alongside Fiona, were Damian Green MP (former First Secretary to the Cabinet and Work and Pensions Secretary), Tracy Brabin MP (Shadow Education Minister), Camilla Cavendish (author, columnist and former head of policy at Number 10), Miatta Fahnbulleh (Chief Executive of the Economics Foundation), and Simon Jordan (sports commentator and former Chairman of Crystal Palace FC).

Throughout the day, Frome College students attended broadcasting and technical workshops with the team. Prior to the show going live, Fiona invited the group to join her on the panel in the technical test rehearsal.

They all said they had an amazing time, and will remember the experience for a very long time.

We would like to thank the team at the BBC for visiting Frome College and look forward to the next time.

The grand piano on the stage in the main College Hall has been on long-term loan to us from Jackdaws Music Education Trust in Great Elm www.jackdaws.org.uk.  This trust was set up by Maureen Wishart (nee Lehane) who was a prolific opera singer and founded the Great Elm Music Festival. The piano belonged to Maureen, and when she passed away it was loaned to us.

Jackdaws have now offered to permanently gift the piano to Frome College, and our students thoroughly enjoy playing it. We would like to thank Jackdaws for such a generous gesture. If anyone can help with tuning the piano, please contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Congratulations go to our formidable Year 9 debating team Melissa Verwey (Chair), Tabitha Spiers (Main Speaker) and Saphire Almond-Neate (Vote of thanks), who were in the national final at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham on Sunday 12 May.
 






Following their outstanding win in the regional final at the Queen’s College in Taunton on Saturday 30 March, where Tabitha also won ‘Best Speaker’ the team spoke extremely well and confidently, but were just pipped at the post. Saphire won the ‘Vote of Thanks’.

We are all very proud of their fantastic performance on the topic of ‘What happened to Feminism?’  It is an outstanding achievement to get into the national final of the competition. 

Well done to all of them!

Frome College Sixth Form are now participating in Access to Bristol; a fabulous scheme where successful students can attend 8 lectures in a subject area of their choice at the prestigious Bristol University.

Our first group of students started on Wednesday 17 October, and a second group will go in the spring. Subjects include Law, Healthcare, Biological Sciences, Engineering, Earth Sciences, Management & Marketing, Childhood Studies, Geography and Social Sciences. Fourteen of our Year 12 students successfully gained a place on this valuable scheme.

One student, secured a place on Pathways to Law, a 2 year scheme which also includes a Supreme Court Debate Day, university application support, a trip to the National Law Conference at the University of Warwick, E-mentoring from a current law student, and a law work placement. Another student was awarded a place on Pathways to Health Sciences,   also a 2 year course for students interested in studying Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science; as well as attending relevant university lectures, UCAS support and interview workshops, this scheme also gives access to high quality  work experience placements and work with health science professionals.

The Access to Bristol scheme looks great on UCAS applications, and therefore increases likelihood of getting offers from other universities, as they have had university  experience and Degree study in that subject. It allows students to gain an insight and taster of studying that subject at university, and to explore whether this is the route they wish to follow. It also enables them to meet and talk to current students and faculty staff.

Bristol University is one of the top Russell Group Universities in the UK - completing Access to Bristol will guarantee our students an offer from Bristol University should they choose to apply, or if a subject interviews pre selection, they are guaranteed an interview. Bristol will give them an offer of 2 grades less than other students. It is also a fabulous scheme for our students from lower income families; if household income is under £25,000- students will get their first years tuition fees paid, and will get a bursary each year of £3,855. There is absolutely no cost to the student of attending the scheme, and even transport is provided free of charge.

Nine of our students commenced the scheme this week, and a further five start in the spring. We would like to congratulate all of our students who were successful in their applications, and who are participating in this excellent scheme.

Our thanks go to Bristol University for providing this fantastic opportunity for our students.

On Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 May, Frome College hosted 61 business people from the local community who gave their valuable time to provide a mock interview experience for 265 Year 10 students.

Interviewers came from a wide range of backgrounds including law, finance, rail, farming, army, water industry, architecture, police, sport, counselling and human resources. Students varied in abilities and we were particularly proud that all the students, even those who struggle to attend mainstream education, attended an interview, which will have provided them with increased self-confidence as well as tips and advice from employers on how they can further improve for a real interview. Each student received a score for 18 aspects of their performance including; smart appearance, greeting interviewers professionally, discussion ability, confidence, good answers, well presented CV, evidence of clubs attended and attitude. They were then ranked on whether they would have been selected for employment or not based on their performance. Feedback tips were logged in their interview booklets, and included; what they did well, points to consider for improvement, and suggested next steps. 

Earlier in the year, students were taught how to write a strong CV and showcase their skills. The CVs they later created in PSHE lessons were provided to the employers prior to interview. They also received an assembly about interview skills as well as tutor time practice at answering questions. While many students arrived looking rather nervous, most were relieved and elated after the interview, expressing how it had been much better than anticipated and how friendly and helpful the interviewers were. Kieron Eastwood explained that the interview gave him ‘a massive boost in confidence’.  He was very nervous at the start but was soon put at ease, and said the process was ‘very well worth doing’. All students asked by our Rotarian steward Mike Darville, gave the interview event 10/10.

Aspiring journalist Martha Lynn aged 14, attended the mock interviews and wrote, “After my interview had finished, I asked both business people what they thought of the school as a whole, and the students’ general response.  Both seemed to be highly impressed by the students’ positive attitude and intricate answers to their questions. They commented, “Even the nervous students tried their best and put the effort into responding and communicating”. They were also pleased with the politeness and respect which came from students “We normally have at least one or two students who are not prepared to answer questions or use the experience to reflect on improvement. However, every student we have seen today has tried their very best and answered every question with enthusiasm. ” Speaking to fellow students many commented that they received high scores in their booklets, generally getting all fives and fours. One student said, “My nerves settled once I sat down and started speaking, the interviewers were friendly enough to make me feel comfortable.”

This annual event was arranged by our employability co-ordinator Louise Friend, who commented how extremely proud she was of the students; as the employers globally commented on what a delight they were, some lovely personalities, impressive answers and were described as ‘a credit to Frome College’. Interviewers overwhelmingly enthused about how much they had enjoyed meeting the students and the day as a whole. Margaret Gilmour from Frome Rotary Club said, “I have been interviewing at the College for several years now. I have seen the preparation of students for life at work improve over the years and Frome College are to be commended for the tremendous effort they put in this year in getting all of Year 10, almost 300 students over 2 days, to undertake a mock interview.  Students were in my view better prepared than ever.  It was the first time for most of them to experience a face-to-face interview, and the majority were nervous but I thought that the standard of their performance at interview was high.  Very well done to the College and to all the students who took part.”

Frome College would like to extend a large thank you to all business interviewers for giving their valuable time to help our students, and to Rotary of Frome for sponsoring the mock interview booklets for students to keep, containing their individual feedback and tips for a strong performance at interview. 

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This term saw fantastic attendance from our Year 11 students and parents at our 1stRaising Achievement Evening. This event saw 8 different workshops running on a variety of topics designed to encourage good performance in this key GCSE year for Y11 students.

Attendees were given an opportunity to listen to expert guidance. One parent’s feedback said: “We both not only enjoyed it, but actually took so much away with us.  It was all totally relevant & incredibly helpful”.  Another parent said: “I think it helped to know that so many teachers are helping to raise the achievement of the pupils so thank you”.

One of the sessions that proved particularly popular involved a speech with Y12 student Bailey Rusz. Bailey was predicted 2 Level 3 grades in his English exams. By his own admission, he struggled in Years 9 and 10, and this led to challenging behaviour and a lack of engagement. However, at the start of Year 11, Bailey decided that he wished to do well in his exams and changed both his attitude and his focus. He applied ideas on growth mind-set and sporting progression to his academic studies and came out with 2 Level 6’s in his English exams. He also passed his other exams with similar high grades. His speech, ‘Changing your mind-set - overcoming low target grades and exceeding expectations’,  proved that the right attitude and motivation can lead to exceptional outcomes.
 
I want to thank all parents and students who were able to make it on the evening and, of course, the teachers who delivered the workshops.

Mr Davies
Assistant Principal

Thirteen years after the grand opening of the Prometheus Centre at Frome College, by Kevin McCloud of Grand Designs, a memorial plaque has been unveiled this week by College Principal, Emma Reynolds, in the presence of Georgina Robinson, niece of John Robinson, Richard Stone who constructed the Prometheus Hearth, and former Frome College maths teacher Chris Curtis.

Mr Curtis commissioned the sculpture in 2005 after typing in ‘maths plus drama’ on the internet which led him to John Robinson’s symbolic sculptures and website at the University of Bangor.  After accepting an invitation to the home of John Robinson at Agecroft, Galhampton, Mr Curtis was inspired by the stunning sculptures all around the garden, many of which still adorn famous locations around the world including Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Yale and the Ford Building in America.  Walking up the stairs to John’s work annexe, Chris noticed a Marquette of the Prometheus Hearth shining in the corner of the room, and asked if it might be possible for John to create the sculpture for Frome College.  John said that he would be delighted, and Chris borrowed the flame Marquette and placed it on the desk of former College Principal, Barry Bates, and suggested the Prometheus Centre as a name for the new mathematics and drama building.

John Robinson cared passionately about the environment, and was already established as an internationally renowned sculptor, artist, explorer and environmentalist.  He loved the idea of placing a sculpture so near to his beloved Agecroft,  and modestly joked that he should just write ‘local man helps school’ in the forthcoming press release.   

The sculpture was constructed in stainless steel by Richard Stone of Vertex Ltd. Mr Curtis who left Frome College last year after 28 years’ service, re-established contact with Richard a few years ago and they are launching a strategy game called ‘Prometheus’ which has been manufactured in Somerset and will go around the world as an enjoyable and innovative strategy game to help bring families and friends closer together. 

In John’s memoirs, he wrote movingly about the Prometheus Hearth sculpture and said, “The Hearth was modern man’s first home and the light from the fire must have turned the dark evenings into the classroom for speech.  The miracle of communication is the tool of our success as a species.” John also observed that if you cover up the first letter and then the last letter of the word ‘hearth’ you obtain heart and earth.

Professor Ronnie Brown at the University of Bangor wrote, “John was someone who bridged art and science through a passionate interest in humanity and the world.  He told me images came to him to express these links.  He was able to ensure great craftsmanship and artistic feeling to realise them”.  

Students wishing to find out more about the late John Robinson’s work, and his passion for exploring the interconnections between subjects such as mathematics, drama, music and art, can visit John’s website at www.johnrobinsonartist.com   

If you would like to find out more about the new Prometheus game, you can visit Mr Curtis’ website at www.prometheusconcept.com  His tribute to the late John Robinson, can be viewed in the July 2007 edition of the international architecture magazine ‘Hyperseeing’.                                                                
    

Fome College's student Eco-Team visited Westonbirt Arboretum on Tuesday 9 October. The arboretum, located in Gloucestershire, is an internationally important collection of trees and shrubs.

The afternoon was spent exploring this rich landscape and students learnt about the biodiversity that this ecosystem has to offer, as well as the need to conserve our precious woodlands.





On returning to the College, students are now very keen to discover more about the trees on campus, and be actively involved in their conservation.
The support staff in the Business Hub at Frome College baked Valentines themed cakes to sell throughout the day on Thursday 14 February at break time and lunchtime in the staff room.  The total funds raised were £116.61 for ‘Forever Friends’ at the Royal United Hospital.

This term, we welcomed Lauren Noble from the RUH Bath NHS Foundation Trust to the College, who met with some of the staff involved, and was presented with the cheque from Principal, Ms Reynolds.
Staff baked cakes for a sale held on Friday 28 September to mark the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning 2018 in aid of McMillan Cancer. 


The cakes were provided by the Senior Leadership Team, and staff paid generously.  We successfully raised a fantastic £86.87!




We hope to do more charity fundraising cake sales in the future.

Congratulations to our 18 Year 11 students who took part in the British Physics Olympiad GCSE Physics Challenge Competition. This competition is run through the University of Oxford and targets the most able physicists across the country, although students from across the world are also permitted to enter.

Joe Coles, Charlie Cox, Nathan Cummings, Zach Durojaye, Kallum Gulliver, Adam Sheppard, Robert Trowbridge and Evan Williams, all received a Commendation. Ethan Casey, Sam Evans, Chris Haines and Baxter Raithby took home a Bronze 2 Award - placing them in the top 48% of participants.

Brian Kendall, Tom Leigh and Eve Lindley performed in the top 31% of students and achieved a Bronze 1 Award. Performing in the top 16% of students, Adam Baker and Irek Swierczynski received Silver Awards, and Stephanie Verwey performed outstandingly well, achieving a Gold Award, which places her in the top 5% of all the participants.

This year, less than 0.3% of the UK Year 11 students took part in the competition, so our Frome College physicists have been very successful indeed; they should be extremely proud of the awards they have achieved!

On the 26 & 27 September, 120 Year 11 History students converged on Chepstow Castle to participate in their GCSE History fieldwork study.

Students enjoyed a fascinating tour of the castle by our charismatic guide Neil who regaled them with tales from the past which had them captivated from start to finish.

Chepstow Castle looked even more magnificent than usual as it basked in the late September sun.  The students were treated to a weapons display highlighting the brutality of medieval warfare which thrilled and terrified them in equal measures. They were all fully engaged throughout the day and demonstrated impressive knowledge of the castle and medieval war strategies when questioned by our host. Some students were even brave enough to don some medieval armour and handle weapons.  This was a thoroughly enjoyable experience for all and one which will stand them in good stead for their exam at the end of the year.  

This year, the main Year 11 exam period begins on the 13 May 2019.  It is our belief that the College is best able to support students with expert guidance, key resources and in structuring their revision time if they remain at school throughout the bulk of the exams with 100% attendance.  For this reason, we need Year 11 students to attend all lessons until Friday 7 June 2019; this is one week after summer half term.  From the 7 June onwards students will only be expected to attend lessons where they still have exams and are free to sign out at other times.  If they are unable to go home then a study area will be set up for students to work in school.

In lessons where examined components have finished, students will be allowed to revise independently and their tutors and teachers will be available to support them with making the best use of their time.

We would like to thank you for everything you have done so far in supporting your child’s studies and appreciate your continued support in maintaining excellent attendance throughout the exam period.

Our very vibrant and lively Frome College welcomed a full house on Thursday 20 September, when it opened its doors for everyone to come and see the largest range of courses in the area, and all that it offers the students who attend.

The Open Evening began with a welcome from the Principal, Emma Reynolds, in the campus Merlin Theatre, who introduced the Frome College Choir performing Down by the river to pray’. 

Following the performance, Ms Reynolds gave a confident speech about the record exam results this year, and the strong commitment to continue development of the school, and ensure a well-rounded education is in place for every child to reach their full potential.  She spoke proudly about the continued trend of success, and the aspirations and expectations of the school for the future, generating great life chances for every student. Ms Reynolds highlighted the choices in the important key areas, and a progression curriculum which begins in Year 9, right through to the post sixteen stages, making a seamless transition in to the Sixth Form. She spoke with enthusiasm about the Colleges’ programme of Employability and Apprenticeships working closely with the community, and how important it is to offer students valuable experience for their chosen next steps when leaving school. She spoke warmly of the commitment from the dedicated team of staff, and although Ofsted reported Frome College as ‘Good’ again this year, the Leadership Team and Governors are committed to continuing improvement of the school, and encouraging our young people to aim high.  

Representatives from the Student Union followed by talking about their experiences at the College and assured the audience how easy the transition had been from previous schools with such a supportive pastoral care system, and the great sense of community. They also spoke about the large range of activities and participation opportunities available, such as trips, Drama productions, and the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme.

Assistant Principal, Mrs West, finished the sessions with information to parents about the evening ahead, offering personal student guides to accompany them around the site to see points of interest. Visitors were given the opportunity to see all the subject areas, and discuss the options available. 

It was fantastic to see so many families participating in activities, and finding out about the wide range of courses on offer. There were plenty of opportunities for everyone to have refreshments throughout the evening, including a super selection of ‘Scones from around the world’ prepared by the Food Technology students and staff.

There will be a Sixth Form Open Evening on Thursday 29 November at 5.30pm. If you were unable to attend the Open Evening, please don’t hesitate to contact the College on 01373 465353 to arrange a tour of the campus and discuss the wide range of options available. 
Following our success in the Rotary Youth Speaks Competition last year, we have worked on our debating skills with middle schools and hosted a summer event with Selwood and Oakfield, which we hope to replicate this summer. We also ran an Able & Ambitious public speaking event, and came 2nd out of 22 regional schools in the national organisation PIXL’s debating competition.

With all this success and enthusiasm for public debate, we are delighted to be offered the opportunity to host the BBC’s Question Time in May.

The BBC’s political show, known for its topical and lively debates, invites guests from the world of politics and media, to answer questions from members of the public. Fiona Bruce, who took over from David Dimbleby in December, now hosts the show. Frome College students interested in the technical side of TV or Politics have been invited to watch the set up and rehearsal process, including a Q&A session with the Director prior to the show.

Question Time will be broadcast from our campus Merlin Theatre on Thursday 23 May. The audience can ask questions to be considered for the programme. 

You can apply on line to be in the audience of panellists by visiting the BBC’s website via this link: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/5vyK2GwYrdQGFvCJyKNfZhn/join-the-question-time-audience/contact
 

Press Release – 23rd August 2018

At Frome college we are celebrating record GCSE results- the best ever in the history of our college.

241 students sat over 3,000 examination papers and one in five of our results attained the highest levels of A*-A/ 9-7. A tremendous achievement which is testimony to the hard work and partnership of our students, families and staff. These record results are richly deserved.

Changes to the system have seen more challenging content and students sitting an average of 20 to 25 exam papers and we are delighted that our students’ determination has paid off. Young people are not statistics, they are individuals whose life chances depend on these results and we are all very proud of their progress and achievement.

Our English results are the best in the history of the college with 75% of students receiving level 4 – an achievement matched by the Maths department with 74% receiving level 4 plus. 66% of our cohort gained passes in both English and Maths- again a record outcome for Frome College.

Science subjects performed extremely well with 100% of Biology, 95% of Chemistry and 98% of Physics candidates gaining strong grades and, in particular, girls in Physics have exceeded expectations. Overall, 78% of Science students passed their GCSE at level 4 or above.

Arts and sports subjects were equally successful with 92% of Photography students, 86% of Music students, 80%% of Drama students gaining the equivalent of C grade plus. A superb 54% of Sports students and 39% of Dance students gained the equivalent of A*/A.

Language results are excellent with French performing particularly well- 74% of students gained level 4 plus and 62% in the highest levels. Religious studies results are exceptional; nearly half of the group gained level 7 plus and an overall level 4 rate of 89%.

       

We have many high performing students who gained, amongst their results:

10 A*/A/9-7 Maddy Matthews, Arwen Wilkie,
9 A*/A/9-7 Max Brewster, Amy Cotterell, Grace Lindley
8 A*/A/9-7 Nick Howell, Ellie Richards
7 A*/A/9-7 Barney Nuttall-Hampton
6 A*/A/9-7 Amy Diment , Holly McPhee-Clarke, Lewis Wells, Ben Underhill, Tramain Hughes, Jude Bostock

The following students made outstanding progress in their GCSE examinations, achieving results well above their targets. In some cases, this was by two or three grades or levels. A fantastic set of achievements, demonstrating the dedication and positive attitude of Frome students:

Fern Andrews, Millie Barton, Gabrielle Bird, Tom Bird, Karl Collier, Martin Doel, Rosie Dover, Holly Fleetwood, Kodie Ford, Jake Joce, Soli Llewellyn, Kitty Peyton, Grace Rawlins, Bailey Rusz and Sandra Zareba.

This talented cohort of young people have made brilliant progress and these results provide an excellent start to sixth form studies, employment and bright futures. We look forward to welcoming year 12 into sixth form in September and plan to hold our GCSE celebration event on Tuesday 20th November from 7pm in the Memorial theatre.

Emma Reynolds,
Principal


Good things come in threes.

Building on our Good Ofsted rating and our strong post 16 results, we now have our best ever results at GCSE- in a year when the bar has been raised nationally. The Governors wish to congratulate students and staff, the college goes from strength to strength and is an excellent choice for all young people.

Max Wide
Chair of Governors

Congratulations to the 18 Year 11 students took part in the British Physics Olympiad GCSE Physics Challenge Competition last term. This competition is run through the University of Oxford and targets the most able physicists across the country, although students from across the world are also permitted to enter.

Joe Coles, Charlie Cox, Nathan Cummings, Zach Durojaye, Kallum Gulliver, Adam Sheppard, Robert Trowbridge and Evan Williams, all received a Commendation. Ethan Casey, Sam Evans, Chris Haines and Baxter Raithby took home a Bronze 2 Award - placing them in the top 48% of participants.

Brian Kendall, Tom Leigh and Eve Lindley performed in the top 31% of students and achieved a Bronze 1 Award. Performing in the top 16% of students, Adam Baker and Irek Swierczynski received Silver Awards, and Stephanie Verwey performed outstandingly well, achieving a Gold Award, which places her in the top 5% of all the participants.

This year, less than 0.3% of the UK Year 11 students took part in the competition, and our Frome College physicists have been very successful; they should be extremely proud of the awards they have achieved!

Press Release – 16th August 2018

    

Frome College is celebrating excellent A level and BTEC results.

In recent years, our successful academic record has attracted growing numbers of sixth formers to Frome College meaning that this summer we see the largest numbers of students receiving brilliant examination results. With 410 examination entries (2017 saw 324 entries), our students have continued to deliver strong levels of achievement and progress to the highest of standards.
 
Amongst our many successes, special mention must go to: Solomon Warsop who achieved A* A* A* A in Physics, Photography, Chemistry and Mathematics, Mia Douglas who achieved A*A A in Photography, Religious Studies and English and Kieran Grist who achieved A*A A in Mathematics, History and Geography.

Despite national predictions suggesting a drop in the highest grades, we are delighted that nearly a quarter of all our grades were awarded A*-A and almost half at A*-B. We are particularly pleased with our Art, History and Sport results.
Our education system has seen major reforms over the past few years with a move away from coursework and modular exams and our sixth form students worked very hard to achieve these results and deserve every success. We, as a staff team, are very proud of them and their many contributions to college life.

    

Headline figures:
Percentage of A/A* grades 21%  
Percentage of A*/B grades 44% 
Percentage of A*/C grades 72%
Percentage of A*/E grades 98%

Looking forward, year 12 students will return to college on Wednesday 5th September having achieved a highly encouraging set of mock exam results. This means our students are in the strongest of positions to begin year 13 and we look forward to welcoming them back to college.

We wish all of our leavers the very best of luck for a bright future.

Emma Reynolds,
Principal


Good Ofsted ratings please us but there is nothing better than excellent examination results. Our congratulations to all our students who work so hard to buck the national trend and make such great progress. Thanks go to Emma Reynolds and her staff for a great year.

Max Wide,
Chair of Governors

  
To see a summary of this year's Sixth Form results, please click the link below:
Congratulations to Astrid Rogers, Daisy Wellsted, L'Lainne Wood, Felicity Sloane White, Amy Diment, Laura O'Brien who all won awards at the Black Swan Young Open on Satruday 30 March.

The judges included local artists, the Mayor of Frome, and renowned graffiti artist, Paris.  



On top of their awards, they have also won work experience with local artists.

Well done to all of them!

Frome College entertained a full house with the community at the annual summer concert in the Cheese & Grain on Tuesday 17 July.

This year’s annual ‘Later… with Frome College’ music extravaganza, saw a diverse and wide variety of solo acts, duos, bands, the College Choir, and many more, playing continually across 5 stages.

Throughout the evening, the highly talented students played nonstop. Mr Hurrell said: “It was a fantastic evening which showed Frome College at its best. The musical variety, the sheer number of students, staff and community members involved made this truly a Frome event! The students shone – what an amazing evening, which will live long in my heart.”


Our thanks also go to Liam McPherson in Year 12, for covering the photography at this event.



Principal, Ms Reynolds said: “This was another brilliant Frome College event. I am immensely proud of the incredible talent from our students and staff at this school. Well done to all of them, and I hope they all have a lovely summer holiday, and well-earned rest.”

Congratulations go to our very strong and talented Year 9 debating team Melissa Verwey (Chair), Tabitha Spiers (Main Speaker) and Saphire Almond-Neate (Vote of thanks), who won the Rotary Youth Speaks Regional Final at the Queen’s College in Taunton on Saturday 30 March.

Their topic was ‘What happened to Feminism?’ Tabitha also won ‘Best Speaker’.  

Well done to all of them and good luck in the Nation Final 2019 on 12 May!

On Tuesday 10 July, Principal, Emma Reynolds, hosted the College’s first Principals’ Awards afternoon for outstanding student achievements.

Sixty students were invited to attend for their achievements over the academic year, together with the Frome Town Mayor, Richard Ackroyd, Christopher Stilton from Frome Selwood Rotary, Norman Elmer from Frome Rotary, and June Barnes MBE.  
  



From 2.00pm, parents arrived at the College to enjoy afternoon tea with strawberry meringues and cream, made by students in Food Technology.
 
The formal awards and presentation began at 2.40pm in the sunny Memorial Garden, with an opening welcome from Ms Reynolds.  The audience were entertained by our group of Music students who participated in the Somerset Schools Big Sing, with their rendition of  ‘Next to Me’ by Emeli Sande.

Thank you to Nick Perry in Year 12 for the photography.

 

We welcomed Malcolm Westgate into Frome College as a youth representative from Frome Selwood Rotary to introduce the InterAct Club to a number of our Year 9 and 10 students. As part of the club, they are expected to run a fundraising event, and this event will take place on Monday 24 June at Frome College. 

Details will follow soon, but during the day we will be privileged to have 2 Elite GB Athletes delivering assemblies and sessions to our students to help develop growth mind-set. Following this there will be a fun run and a fete, which will be open to the public to take part in.

We are raising money to cover the cost of the athlete’s visit and to support charities in honour of Mrs Kirsopp-Lewis and Poppy Devey Waterhouse, as well as a project based in school to help support mental health. 

If you are a business or have any ideas of how you could support the InterAct Club on delivering a fantastic day, whether it be donating raffle prizes, providing a facility, or having a stall on the day, please contact Liz Sypko via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We look forward to hearing from you!

This has been quite a journey - Frantic and exhilarating! We have tackled pieces such as The Crucible, The Caucasian Chalk Circle and Romeo and Juliet in recent years at Frome College. Deciding on what to stage next led to some interesting ideas but Lord of the Flies kept resurfacing. Its gritty narrative, the focus on the turbulence of adolescence, and the exploration of the human condition is as relevant now as ever. Ultimately, the commentary on how we treat one another and how power is often best in the hands of those who least want it, is an interesting mirror to our current world.

Perhaps there’s a bit of Ralph, Piggy and even Jac in all of us. And perhaps it is good to think about which of these we should be more like…

Kerry Tarrant & Claudia Pepler, the show Directors, said: “How do you make a play written in the 1950s for a male only cast relevant for a 21st Century audience? This was one of the questions that challenged us from the very beginning of the process. We decided early on that we would stage the play in our contemporary time. In our version, the modern day students are on their way to a residential school trip, when their plane is caught in the middle of an overseas conflict. We were resolute that we wouldn’t have girls playing male roles, but instead changed some of the characters to become female. Thus, Jack becomes Jacqueline, Roger becomes Geri, and Piggy also is played as a female role among others. This instantly changed the dynamic of the piece and made it much more current and interesting. Instead of simple rivalry, the conflict between Ralph, Piggy and Jac, takes on a more complicated twist. Jealousy and attraction adds an unexpected fissure to the mix.

The play's dark and universal themes are not always easy to watch, but its message endures. How would we behave if all of the rules of society are withdrawn? What would we cling to and what would we abandon? The students rose to the challenges this work has posed, and their commitment and talent shone through.”

No production happens without a team. Firstly, I would like to thank Kerry Tarrant and Claudia Pepler, for their unwavering drive and vision in directing this play. The dedication they have shown to the cast and the College has, once again, gone way beyond the call of duty - thank you. There has also been an exceptional wider crew who have contributed invaluably to this staging of Lord of the Flies, and I want to thank these people too.

The lights, sound and stage management was all executed by students. In the current heatwave, the theatre was hot, but the performance was sizzling. To all who have volunteered time to support us, for whatever large or small contribution you have made, thank you!

It is hard being a teenager and it is easy to forget that sometimes. Having had the opportunity to spend time with the cast in recent weeks, I can honestly say what a privilege it has been. To you, the performers, you are stunning – talented, and eager, and great fun to be around! Thanks for putting in such a colossal effort! Whether you are now leaving for university, another college or returning to Frome College in September, I wish you a fabulous summer and future. It seems fitting to finish with the wisdom of William Golding himself: “The thing is---fear can't hold you any more than a dream...”

Andrew Nicholls, Producer and Head of Faculty Expressive Arts

© Chris Bailey Photography
 

Year 12 Child Care students visited Wyvern Nursery to share stories and the joy of books with the children during Book Week.



 

They all had a great time and hope to visit the children again soon.

This year the Frome College Art Exhibition is part of the Frome Festival. The dislay of highly talented work, celebrates the hard work of our Art students at Rook Lane Chapel.

A large crowd attended the opening awards night on Saturday 7 July at 6.30-8.00pm. The display is open to the public throughout this week from 1.00-2.00pm.  Not to be missed - there are some incredible exhibits!

The final Careers Talks of the academic year was on Thursday 21 March at Frome College. Over the year, students have had 3 events arranged to attend talks of their choice, with 50 guest speakers representing different areas and giving up their time to allow our 1,100 students an insight into their company and career path.

This event hosted 16 speakers from a wide variety of companies. The most popularly selected talk to attend was Clinical Psychology in the Merlin Theatre. Maggs Cariss from Oxford Health NHS Trust gave 138 students a fascinating insight into what it is like working as a clinical psychologist and the career path to become one.

The various career paths in science were explained by Dr Filipa Vance discussing "Why science? Where can it take me? My career started as a Microbiologist. My new role as an executive officer and project manager working on research strategy at the University of Bath.” Science was represented well at the talks with former student Professor Jody Mason from the University Department of Biology and Biochemistry, giving a presentation entitled “To Frome College and back again: My life in Biochemistry and what a Biochemistry Degree entails.” 

All levels of maths related careers were represented. Andrew Palmer from Meridian Financial Services, told students about opportunities across finance in non-advisory roles, which included; compliance, audit and administration. Mary Darville described all the different roles with in an accounts office –how staff are responsible for making sure that all spending is within budget, managing orders, logging spending and income. She explained what an exciting and varied role it can be and dispelled the myth that you need high-level mathematical skills, but good numeracy, strong planning, and the ability to pay careful attention to detail.

Finlay Mills from Inspiring the Future gave our students an introduction to apprenticeships, including higher and degree level. He covered the range of apprenticeships, apprenticeship levels and what they mean, latest apprenticeship opportunities, and where to find out more information. He was joined by a young man doing an apprenticeship, and the audience appreciated hearing the experiences of someone not much older than themselves. Vivienne Whittaker from Frome Town Council discussed the various roles in the charity sector, from her experiences working with the Salvation Army.

We are extremely grateful to former plumber, Matt Hopkins, and now a plumbing lecturer at Wiltshire College, who gave students an insight into the type of work in this field from bathrooms to installing heating, the variety of skills needed and how to run your own business.  Having previously arranged 2 plumbers to talk to students who did not materialise on the day, students were delighted to gain an insight into this career.

Minerals Extraction was a new career to most students. Former Frome College student Adrian Schreiber-Green from Wainwright Quarry explained that after leaving school at 16, he has only ever worked in the minerals extraction Industry; however, he has been involved in such a varied career including the technical aspects of the business, production and general management.

One of our parents attended to give 105 students a fascinating insight into a career as a commercial pilot. Students were enthralled by the video of the plane landing and a Head of House described the talk as ‘outstanding.’
Still on the theme of careers in transportation, Jason Black, Director at Mendip Rail, described roles within the railway industry, such as engineering, locomotive wagons and track management, as well as areas which are highly transferrable to many industries such as; customer service, finance, human resources and project planning.

Connor Construction discussed the many careers within the road construction industry, which make our roads, runways and motorways safer. They described how they look for such varied qualities in their personnel such as, hands-on people, aspiring globetrotters, strategic-thinkers, creative and mechanically minded, mathematicians or even natural teachers. 

Cricket Coach Matthew Nielsen, spoke about the qualities needed and career paths available in sports coaching. Mike Skillman gave a passionate insight into a career in electronics "from tea boy to multi-departmental manager. How it led me into an apprenticeship, a job as a radio and TV repairer and a career as a civilian engineer for the Army.”

A special mention must be made to Jon White from a local NHS service, who stepped in at the last minute to talk about Mental Health Nursing, after an arranged guest became ill; he averted the disappointment of 124 students who were keenly anticipating hearing about this career! Our huge gratitude goes to all of our guests for their time and the effort they put into preparing their career presentations for the benefit of our students.

Frome College is always extremely grateful to any businesses or parents who can spare a little time to help our students understand the different career paths they could pursue.  If you would like to provide this experience to our young people, please email Louise Friend via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. we are also looking for business people to help provide our Year 10 students with a mock interview.

The Year 11 Prom at Center Parcs on Wednesday 27 June, saw a fantastic summer evening.

The students were greeted with drinks on arrival, and everyone enjoyed a formal dinner. The College staff band played after dinner, followed by a disco, a magician and dancing and party tricks.
 
We would like to thank everyone involved, and to Center Parcs for another great Frome College event!
 
If you would like any individual photos taken at the Year 11 Prom, contact Chris Bailey Photography directly via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 

On 7 February 60, gifted young mathematicians from Years 9 to 11 completed the UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge and 27 students achieved awards!

The top 3 performers from each year group were:

Danny Nguyen in Year 9: Silver
Thomas Willis in Year 9: Silver
Mary Evans in Year 9: Silver

Harry Forrester in Year 10: Silver
Bow Dougans in Year 10: Silver
Laura Curle in Year 10: Silver

Ireneusz Swierczynski in Year 11: Gold
Samuel Evans in Year 11: Gold
Stephanie Verwey in Year 11: Gold. In addition, ‘Best in school’

Following exceptional results, the following 5 students got through to the next round of the Kangaroo Maths Challenge, which was on 21 March.
Thomas Willis in Year 9
Danny Nguyen in Year 9
Irek Swiercsynski in Year 11
Sam Evans in Year 11
Stephanie Verwey in Year 11

Stephanie has been invited to take part in the prestigeous UKMT Summer School after an outstanding performance in the first round. This is a massive achievement, as only the top 1.5% of entrants are eligible for this, well done Stephanie!

Here is an example of the questions from the Maths Challenge.  Can you answer it?

There are 4 people, some of whom always tell the truth. The others always lie.
The first person said, “An odd number of us always tell the truth”.
The second person said, “An even number of us always tell the truth”.
The third person said, “A prime number of us always tell the truth”.
The fourth person said, “A square number of us always tell the truth”.
How many of these 4 people were telling the truth?
A: 0    B: 1      C: 2      D: 3      E: 4


Now all the exams are over, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our students and staff for all their hard work and committment!

 

We look forward to seeing them all on Exam Results Day.

  • GCSE on 23 August
  • A Levels on 16 August
Any students who remain undecided about post 16, we are still recruiting Sixth Form.

Call us on 01373 465353 to discuss any questions.
On Wednesday 13 March, Year 12 Geography students were treated to an inspirational talk from Hugh Deed and Liz Odell, from ShelterBox. Students heard about the work of this charity; an organisation founded by a Rotary Club in SW England, which sends emergency relief to disaster zones worldwide. We heard about how this aid is distributed, often in very challenging situations, to countries that have suffered from floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis and conflict.

Students were shown one of the boxes that are given to families in need, which contains essential items such as a tent, cooking utensils, torches, water filtration devices and more. Students were able to see video clips of this aid being used in locations such as Haiti and the Philippines. This tied in really nicely with the ‘Natural Hazards’ topic that students have been studying, and really developed students’ appreciation of how foreign aid can make a huge difference to the populations of Low Income Countries.

Liz Odell, a Shelter Box Response Team volunteer, gave a brilliant insight into what it’s like to be sent to manage the distribution of this aid in the days following a disaster. She spoke about her time in several countries including Haiti, which tied in nicely with students’ case study about this earthquake which they will use in their exams. Students also heard how challenging it can be to gain permission to go to certain countries, such as the Congo, for political reasons.
We all very much enjoyed seeing this ‘Geography in action’, with some students now considering potential volunteering opportunities and careers in disaster relief. A huge thanks to Hugh and Liz for giving up their time to give us an insight into the excellent work that Shelter Box does around the world, and to extend students’ understanding of responses to disasters.

The sun shone bright for the Year 13 Prom on Tuesday 26 June at Leigh Park near Bradford on Avon.


Students thoroughly enjoyed themselves, and following a delicious dinner, filled the dance floor in a lively atmosphere. 


Thank you to Kevin Mitchell Photography for covering the event.  A wonderful night was had by all!

Congratulations to Lucas Martin in Year 10 for being promoted to a 2* Cadet after successfully attending the Junior Leadership Course at HMS Rayleigh.  He spent the weekend learning how to teach drill, undertaking a variety of different leadership tasks, as well as getting wet and muddy working in a team to complete the obstacle course.  Lucas will be using these skills when he leads the new Frome Navy Cadet Section after Easter.

Sub-Lieutenant Smart was also promoted to Lieutenant after successfully attending a weeklong Section Commanders Course at Fort Blockhouse during the summer holidays. 










The Navy Section is due to start parading at Frome College after Easter on Thursdays from 3-4.15pm.  If you are interested in joining the CCF as a Cadet or as an adult volunteer, contact Lieutenant Smart via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ask the Heads of House.

Frome College was honoured to welcome the Mk3 Merlin helicopter and Royal Navy personnel to the school on Wednesday 20 June. The College is committed to promoting careers in STEM subjects, and our students had the unique opportunity to speak to the visiting Royal Navy about their careers, and see the inner workings of the helicopter.
 

Saturday 23 June marks International Women in Engineering Day, which is an awareness campaign to raise the profile of women in engineering across the globe. A group of our Year 9 and 10 female students were given the opportunity to get ‘hands-on’ with Science workshops throughout the morning, including 'The Science of aerofoils', 'What is ground resonance?', and took part in our 'Build a trebuchet challenge'


After watching the arrival of the Merlin helicopter, the group of students showed the Royal Navy’s female engineers their work from the morning, and discussed the amazing career opportunities available to girls in this exciting industry over lunch.

Not forgetting all the other students who have an interest in careers in aviation, STEM or the military, all year groups were given the opportunity to hear about the day to day workings of pilots, aircrew and engineers at RNAS Yeovilton.

To finish the day, there was a Q&A session with the Navy personnel, and students were able to enjoy a tour of the aircraft before take off at 3.45pm.

 We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in such an exciting and memorable day!

© Photography by Jane Davis,
Communications Officer.


If you missed the report about the day on TV, you can watch it by clicking on the link below: 

https://www.forces.net/video?videoId=5803204682001


Congratulations to 'The Front Runners' who have been chosen to go on tour in the West of England.

Band members Solo, Sky, Joseph and Cole are all Frome College students, and we wish them every success for the future.






 

More information can be found about the tour via the Cheese & Grain Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/383366172441903/ 

You can also find details about the project by clicking on the link below
www.facebook.com/cheeseandgrain/videos/2033119920106850/UzpfSTEwMDAwMDI0MzcyNjA0MjoyNzg1NzE5NzM4MTEyNzkw/

On Tuesday 13 June the achievements of 3 Frome College students were recognised at the Frome Selwood Rotary Youth Evening. 
Students were invited to a celebratory dinner at The Fox in Tytherington, to accept the awards and make a presentation to Frome Selwood Rotary Club. 
 
Owen White was awarded the Frome Young Citizen Award in recognition of the charitable and community work he is involved with, this includes raising money for charities such as the British Legion and We Hear You, as well as his community work with the Town Criers Festival, and OAP lunches. Young Citizen of the Year is awarded every year in memory of Eric Cretney, a former member of Rotary, who heavily invested in working with young people in Frome.  His widow, Dot Cretney, is a member of the Frome Rotary Club, and regular attendee at the Frome Selwood Club as well, and presented the trophy to the Owen. 
 
Thomas Haines in Year 12, attended the evening to represent the Frome College Interact Club (Rotary youth group).  He discussed 2 projects which the group is working on - a Summer Fair and a Charity concert - utilising the talented youth within Frome. The group has been established for a few months now, and is raising money for 2 causes:  locally – We Hear You, and internationally - Shelter Box. Students throughout the College are involved in the group, and all their projects are student led which allows them to develop leadership skills whilst also contributing to the community. 
 
Last but not least, Amy Nicholls in Year 12, was chosen from a group of Frome students to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Award Course (RYLA).  This involved spending a week on Dartmoor in February, partaking in leadership challenges with other students from the South West. The activities were focused on developing student’s confidence in leading and developing their understanding of how groups work.  Amy thanked the group for sending her, and talked about how the week had helped her develop key skills for the future; even encouraging her to apply for a student leadership position in Year 13.  The College would like to congratulate all our students for some truly remarkable achievements, and thank Frome Selwood Rotary for their ongoing and outstanding commitment to the young people of Frome.
Frome College celebrated the Big Read Week 2019 with student led Radio Shows from 4.00-5.00pm, Monday-Friday on Radio Fromefm 96.6FM. 

We were also privileged to welcome author and storyteller Jem Roberts for World Book Day on Thursday 7 March who inspired students with his humour, and varied and interesting career.  Several members of staff dressed up as book characters to celebrate. 

Throughout the week, there were book related quizzes and competitions during tutor time, with a book tasting café in the College Library during lunchtimes.

Well done to everyone involved! 

Congratulations to Lizzy Bryant who has won the Mendip Junior Vase held on Thursday 31 May at Mendip Golf Club.

The scoring on the day was excellent, with no less than 8 players beating their handicaps. Lizzy who plays at Ochardleigh Golf Club won the trophy with a magnificent 44 points of a handicap of 22! 

This win has resulted in her handicap being cut to an outstanding 18.

We wish her every success for the future.

The Art department ran a booster day on Saturday 9 March to help and support GCSE students prepare for their exams and unit work. The students involved produced some amazing and creative pieces of artwork, and everyone had an enjoyable and worthwhile day.

Following the first ever student led fundraising Fashion Show on Friday 16 March, we were delighted to be able to present our charities MIND South Somerset, and We Hear You, with their cheques on Thursday 7 June.

Principal, Ms Reynolds greeted David Fields from MIND, and Gemma Wilkes from WHY, together with two of the students who organised the event. 

Tiffany Lee and Bethany Woodham in Year 13, spoke to the representatives from their chosen charities about the show, the organisation and the preparation involved in leading such a big event. They also discussed the possibilities of supporting or volunteering for the charities in the future.

David Fields said: "On behalf of South Somerset Mind, I would like to say a big thank you to Tiffany Lee, and all those involved in organising the Fashion Show - we look forward to working with Frome College in the future."  

The total amount raised at the show was £456.15p which was spilt between the two charities.

Well done to everyone involved!

Congratulations to the fantastic cast and crew who worked tirelessly on this year’s Frome College production of Chicago!

The 3 nights of shows at the Merlin Theatre were a sellout, and received phenomenal reviews. The standard of professionalism and quality of the performances, music, singing and dancing were equal to a West End show - Brilliant!



Our thanks also go to © Chris Bailey Photography for supplying the images.

Our congratulations go to Susie Williams in Year 13, who received the ‘Outstanding Young Achiever of the Year’ at the Next Generation Somerset Awards held at Westland’s Entertainment Venue in Yeovil, on Tuesday 5 June.

The evening held in the venues Ballroom, welcomed sponsors of the campaign, special guests and the nominated finalists for each category.

The evening commenced at 6.30pm with a drinks reception, before welcome speeches from Emma Slee, Senior Editor for Somerset, and a two course dinner. The awards ceremony was hosted by guest speaker Jon Desborough, sports presenter for Sky News.

Susie who plans to study medicine, is an active member of the College Sixth Form, a volunteer at Frome Community Hospital, a young advisor for the NHS, and has also written medical articles and presented work in Parliament.

Frome College Principal, Ms Reynolds, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Susie’s work has been recognised in this way. Susie is a credit to our college, our community, her family, and an inspirational role model for young people.
We wish her luck in her forthcoming exams, and thank her for everything she has done for Frome College
.”

The destination for the Frome College Ski Trip 2019 was Pila, a lovely resort in the middle of the stunning Aosta Valley in Northern Italy. We stayed in the charming three star hotel, Hotel Des Roses; it was located a few minutes away from the ski hire, which required a short coach drive in the morning and afternoon.

We were very lucky to be accompanied by three of the most caring and selfless members of staff – Mr Haines, Mr Cantrell and Ms Craven-Smith. Without them, the trip would not have run, and we would not have laughed so hard at Mr Haines knocking Dan, our Interski co-ordinator, over on the slopes whilst sat in a giant, inflatable rubber ring! Along with the extreme quantity of pizza and the endless laughs, this trip proved that, yet again, Frome College skiing trips are the best and the students always have lots of fun.

As a tradition of the skiing trip, there is one member of staff who is designated to look after the money and passports of the students, when they are not needed; this year, Mr Cantrell was nominated and took the responsibility in his stride and adopting the nickname ‘Bank Trell’.

Another tradition of the ski trip is, each night a person is nominated for one of two awards. The first is the ‘Kindness Award’ - given to the student who had performed a kind act that had made someone else’s life a little easier. This was awarded with a chocolate bar and the congratulations of the whole group. The second award was the ‘Wally Award’ - given to someone who had done something particularly silly that got the recognition of the group. This was awarded with a moose hat helmet cover, handed over after a short ceremony to accept the responsibility of being the Wally for the next day.

We left Frome College at around 1.30pm on the 9th of February for the 22-hour coach journey that lay ahead. For the first 3 hours, we had a lovely man called Dave as our driver, he put up with our noise and our excitement until he changed over with the bus drivers who would be spending the week with us and driving us around in Italy. John and Lou took over; an incredible couple that kept us entertained, talked to us over the tannoy system and let us watch films (‘Grown Ups’ and ‘Blades of Glory’). After the ferry and a long drive through the night, we arrived in Pila at around 11.30am; we were to go straight to ski hire to get ski boots, poles and skis for the next day skiing. With ski hire completed, we headed back to the hotel to get a good night’s sleep before the start of lessons at 9.30am on Monday morning.

Pila is well known for its incredible skiing and immaculate slopes; all of the runs that we were taken on were picturesque and chosen to suit the ability of those in the group. Our instructors were wonderful and always taught us skills that were going to help us build confidence and improve our technique. Our instructors were Brandon, Nia, Hugo and Ewoghann. We are all very thankful to them for teaching us how to ski or improve our skiing from previous lessons we have had. We were very lucky that we could ski from 9.30am to 3.30pm, which was an hour longer than the other schools that were also in Pila.

Every night, after skiing, we had an après ski activity; for example, on Monday, we were treated to pizza night! Both students and teachers consumed a lot of pizza and ice cream; the night was very fun and entertaining! On Tuesday, we had a billiard tournament in a local club.  This competition was tense and everyone became very competitive. In the end, Ethan and I won the tournament; however, I am sure that I was the worst billiard player in the whole trip! We all thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Wednesday’s après ski was a peaceful trip into Aosta for shopping and exploring the area. On Thursday, we were very lucky that we had two activities – we were tubing in the afternoon and swimming in the evening. Tubing is where you sit in an inflatable rubber ring and go down a section of the slopes.  Many students and teachers fell off the rubber rings at the bottom of the slope after colliding with someone else, which was very funny for everyone else who was watching. On Friday, we all went to the supermarket to pick up presents for our lovely instructors to say “Thank You” for all of the hard work that they put in to help us all improve our skiing. After dinner, we hosted the instructors in the hotel for a presentation of levels and certificates for everyone who had skied.

This year, we were very lucky with the weather and with the incredible experiences, we had. Everyone who went on the trip really enjoyed it, and want to go again next year.  Thank you very much to Mr Haines for organising the trip and visiting the groups throughout the day to see how everyone was getting on. Thank you also for treating us to hot chocolate and ice cream at various points in the trip. Thank you to Mr Cantrell and Ms Craven-Smith for supporting all of the students and helping organise the trip with Mr Haines. Thank you to Dan for putting up with us throughout the day, and in the evening, and for organising swimming on Thursday as well. Thank you to the bus drivers, John and Lou, for ignoring us when we were loud and moving us around the valley for various events. Finally, a massive thank you to our instructors for challenging us and helping us to dramatically improve our skiing!

By Josephine Cowley in Year 10

Our congratulations go to Ben Manning, Dan Weston, Emily Hoare and Rebecca Marshall, for achieving their Gold DofE Awards at Buckingham Palace on Thursday 24 May. They all completed their Gold Awards on the Isle of Skye expedition last July.

Emily has since gone on to do a year as an apprentice Outdoor Activity Leader with the Scout Association in Windermere.  She is based on the banks of Kielder Water working for the Calvert Trust, who specialise in outdoor activities for disabled people. The DofE programme at Frome College inspired her to want to work in this field which she really loves.

Ben Manning said: “On behalf of us all, I just wanted to say a HUGE thanks to Mr Marsh for everything that he has done to help us achieve our Gold DofE Awards. Without him, we wouldn’t have got there. His dedication to us and our awards, including driving us 16 hours to Scotland, was instrumental in us achieving our Gold.  No words will ever express my thanks. We were lucky enough to meet HRH Duke of Cambridge at the ceremony in Buckingham Palace - without Mr Marsh, this wouldn’t have been possible.”

We wish them all every success for the future!

What a way to start Valentine's Day: listening to incredible music by professional musicians!

We were delighted to welcome The Tempest Flute Trio to Frome College, who performed a selection of exciting music from Rimsky-Korsakov to Debussy, and arrangements of contemporary pieces and jazz standards such as 'Take the A Train'.

The flautists play internationally and in The West End, and are graduates from The Guildhall and The Royal Northern School of Music. We learned about strange techniques like jet whistles and multiphonics, as well as exploring bass flutes, alto flutes and piccolos!

Following this performance, a selection of music students from Oakfield Academy, Selwood Academy and Frome College, were given a workshop by the trio focussing on an arrangement of Corelli's 'la folia'.

The students and trio will perform together at the Cheese & Grain on Tuesday 26 March at 5.30pm.

A huge thank you to Jackdaws Music Education Trust based in Great Elm for continually supporting Frome College and for organising this event.

Frome College students Joseph Dobson and Louis Tozer recently attended the BAFTA Awards in London.  They rubbed shoulders with ‘Best Actor’ Sean Bean, stood next to Amanda Holden (Britain’s Got Talent) and saw Dec from Ant and Dec.
 
Joseph and Louis won their tickets to the award ceremony in the Royal Festival Hall by making a film about Cyber Bullying.  The film was judged by Ronan Keating (Boyzone), Tim Minchin, and Otto Bathurst (Film Director – Robin Hood) as best in the 16-21 year old category of the ‘All Rise’ International Film Competition.
 
Joseph said: “It has given us invaluable experience into what it takes to make a short film.  We both wish to get into the industry, and this will hopefully help with our ambitions.  To see our video, it can be found on the ‘All Rise Say No to Cyber Abuse Facebook page’. “
 
Joseph and Louis will also be attending Twickenham Film Studios in July for work experience as part of their prize.  They hope to win a BAFTA in the years to come. 
 
Well done to both of them! We wish them good luck in the future.
 
 
 

The second Careers Talks of the academic year was held on 13 February at Frome College, with 16 different speakers talking simoltaniously. Students could choose which talk they would like to attend; which either closely matched their career aspirations or an area of business with which they were unfamiliar, to broaden their horizons regarding the job market.

The most popularly attended talk was ‘Becoming a Content Producer’ - 159 students attended in the Merlin Theatre and heard about making a career in a freelance world and how making stories and content is a huge business area. After 18 years making television programmes and latterly You Tube content, Martin Hughes from Solent University explained the ins and outs of a freelance media career, with plenty of tips and tricks on how to succeed in this industry.

Other talks included; Student Finance - extremely useful  for Year 13 students about to go off to university, Cricket Coaching, Nursery Practitioner by Wyvern Nursery, Legal careers were discussed by Neil Howlett from Harris & Harris Solicitors, and land based careers were covered by Lackham College. Dawn Denton talked about being a professional Business Trainer, and how you can empower people to be the best they can in their positions, personally and professionally.

Lestyn Thomas inspired students on how they could make a difference working in the charity sector and specifically the charity ChallengeAid;  which helps promote health and fitness throughout the UK by sponsored exercise, in order to fund the creation of Schools of Hope in Africa, which offer education for aspirational young slum dwellers. Andrew Palmer from Meridian Financial Services explained to students what a Financial Adviser does and why it is an excellent career choice.  The skills needed for the role and opportunities available were covered as well as other roles within Financial Services.

The Applied Science and Engineering talk was selected by 98 students and highlighted career paths they could follow from studying science, technology engineering and maths subjects. It discussed how science can be used to enhance our world, and examine some of the challenges in health care, the environment and sustainability that the younger generation will need to solve.

Candlelight Homecare Services informed students about “What you didn’t know about care work” Lorna Kent covered her career path and how she ended up in becoming a registered manager, the opportunities care work can present, as well as how rewarding it can be for the employee and the individual. Moving from people to caring for animals Sian Naylor from Garston Vets enthralled students explaining “A Career as a Veterinary Surgeon- All the different roles there are as a vet and veterinary nurse.”

Managing Director of Marston Foods, Sarah Green attracted 104 students, who wanted to find out what goes on behind the scenes getting a fantastic dessert to appear on the supermarket shelves, and all the different roles available in the food industry. Vivienne Whitaker from Frome Town Council educated students on marketing, the variety of marketing activities and roles. Jamie Curd from Fusion Sports Centre gave a very inspirational talk about “Career Gains – Finding Your Feet in Fitness” and how anybody could achieve- being a superhero or a certain shape is not required.

Detective Chief Inspector Dickon Turner, who is in charge of teams managing young offenders, and dangerous sex offenders across Avon and Somerset Constabulary gave students a fascinating insight into his role and his previous roles in Counter-Terrorism & Child-Protection. Students enjoyed pieces of police kit being passed round, though the DCI felt it prudent to draw the line at passing around his mace. 

Students at Frome College are privileged to have an employability programme which provides such an extensive breadth of insight into different careers, the College would like to extend a large thank you to all the company guests who gave up their time to give 1,100 students an understanding of their career paths, companies and employment opportunities available.

Frome College students participated in the ‘Run a mile’ on 22 March, together with other sporting activities to raise money for Sport Relief. The College also hosted a fundraising non-uniform day for students to donate £1 each to the charity.

On Thursday 24 May, Principal, Ms Reynolds, presented a cheque for £630.86p.

In the photo with Ms Reynolds are - Freddie Prandy, Hannah Bird, Lizzy Bryant, Josh Seviour, and Mrs Sypko, teacher of PE.

Well done to everyone who participated, and who contributed to such a great cause.

Congratulations to all of our highly talented students who displayed their Art work in the 'Making a Mark' Exhibition at the Black Swan, from Saturday 9 – 23 February.

Creativity is at the core of Frome College and much value is attached to freedom of expression in the arts.  One of the great strengths of our artwork is its variety and vibrancy. Frome College’s inclusive belief involves students ranging from beginners and enthusiastic amateurs, to the most skilful creators.



The selection of outstanding work was chosen to reflect the range and talent of our young Artists, Photographers and Designers, and which displayed these innovative young people’s work in a gallery setting. The skilled and beautiful work represents a small fraction of the students’ coursework projects, which have been produced during the academic year.

Year 9 and 10 students had a fantastic evening on Monday 21 May watching a Netball match in Bath.  Team Bath won 54-42 against Northumbria.

The group were all delighted to have had their photos taken with Kadeen Corbin and Ebony Beckford-Chambers, who were both part of the England Commonwealth Games and Gold Medalists.

They also had the opportunity to have a picture with Pamela Cookey, former England Netball Captain.
 

The studetns had a brilliant time and felt honoured to be able to watch such a great Bath win!

Well done to Saphire Almond-Neate, Tabitha Spiers and Melissa Verwey, all from Year 9, who have won the 1st Round of the competition at Selwood Academy, followed by the 2nd Round at Standerwick Market.

On both occasions, Tabitha Spiers was awarded ‘Best Speaker’.  






The next round will be at the Kings of Wessex, in Cheddar on Saturday 2 March.

Frome College is a very strong team, described as "commanding” by the judges. Good luck to all of them!



 

Year 9 and 10 students had a fantastic evening on Monday 21 May in Bath.  Bath won 54-42 against team Northumbria.

The group were all delighted to have had their photos taken with Kadeen Corbin and Ebony Beckford-Chambers who were both part of the England Commonwealth Games and Gold Medalists.

They also had the opportunity to have a picture with Pamela Cookey, former England Netball Captain.

The studetns had a brilliant time and felt honoured to be able to watch such a great Bath win!

Congratulations to Maddie Blackburn in Year 10, who took part in the Rotary Chef Regional Finals at Westfield Academy in Yeovil on Saturday 9 February. She was required to plan, prepare, and cook 3 healthy dishes in 2 hours on a budget of £20 - a challenge in itself!

Frome College was competing with other students from Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire, to secure a place in the District Finals in Exeter. Maddie was super organised with her time-plan, and managed to present her dishes to an incredibly high standard. The judges commented on the level of talent and professionalism of the students involved.

We are all very proud of Maddie and her outstanding achievement, and wish her every success in the District Finals!

PCSO Gary Maule and PC Tory Ward, came into College on Thursday 10 May for ‘Cuppa with a Copper’

This project gives a great informal opportunity for students to tell the Police what matters to them most, and to discuss any issues they may have. The two representatives from the Avon & Somerset Police were based in Newton House, and students enjoyed the hot chocolate and biscuits that were on offer, as well as the friendly advice and conversation.

We look forward to more visits in the future.

The new catering company at Frome College have been supporting the Community Fridge project by donating all left over food produced every Friday. 

Over the past two weeks, we are delighted to see that some of the items we supplied haven't even made it as far as the shelves. This concept is proving very popular, and we are proud to be taking part in this initiative.

We would encourage more companies to get on board with this community idea to distribute unwanted food.

Mayor Sheila Gore, visited Frome College to present Principal, Emma Reynolds, with a cheque for £1,200.

The Frome Town Council grant received for the 'Music for All' project, will increase comprehensive music making opportunities. We aim to promote community cohesion, self-discipline and increase team skills.  The more performance opportunities available, both within and outside of the College environment, will help encourage holistic development of our young people through the well-known benefits of music making.

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