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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.

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!
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.
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. 

If you would like to participate in next year’s event, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

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’.                                                                
    

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
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.
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.

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!

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.

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.

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.  
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
 
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. 

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 – 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 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!
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 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!

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.”

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!

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.

 

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 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
 

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.

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!

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

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


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.

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.

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.

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.

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/

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!
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! 
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 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.

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!

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.

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 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

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.

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.

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!

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.

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 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.

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.

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!



 

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.

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!

The Frome College Radio Club recently completed their Fromefm Broadcast Code & OFCOM Awareness Course.  On Wednesday 2 May, they were awarded certificates by Fromefm’s Training Director, Rupert Kirkham, and College Principal, Ms Reynolds.

The students all passed with over 90% scores.  This now means they can help with studio management, and briefing their radio show guests on the responsibilities that govern community radio.

The student led Radio Club make features about life at Frome College, as well as wider local, national and global issues that matter to them. It enables young people of all abilities to work with, and get to know people within the wider community.  This in turn, allows them to have a say in services that affect them, and to develop the confidence and expertise to articulate what is important to them, providing vital skills and experience that will last a lifetime.

On Saturday 5 May, the College Radio Club hosted a 24 hour live takeover of community radio station Fromefm to raise funds for their project and help provide mental health counselling for students.

A host of live shows continued through until Sunday 6 May with special guests Paul Ross and Tony Christie; interactive Maths, Science & English lessons; a play and plenty of music.  The shows gained messages of support from all over the UK as well as Houston, Montego Bay, the Gold Coast, and Melbourne.

The total of funds raised from the takeover was a staggering £1,855! If you would like to support this project, the donation page is still open until 26 May on the Fromefm website at www.Frome.Fm/24
Podcasts of the shows are also available on the website.

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.

The Frome College Radio Club recently completed their Fromefm Broadcast Code & OFCOM Awareness Course.  On Wednesday 2 May, they were awarded certificates by Fromefm’s Training Director, Rupert Kirkham, and College Principal, Ms Reynolds.

The students all passed with over 90% scores.  This now means they can help with studio management, and briefing their radio show guests on the responsibilities that govern community radio.

The student led Radio Club make features about life at Frome College, as well as wider local, national and global issues that matter to them. It enables young people of all abilities to work with, and get to know people within the wider community.  This in turn, allows them to have a say in services that affect them, and to develop the confidence and expertise to articulate what is important to them, providing vital skills and experience that will last a lifetime.

On Saturday 5 May, the College Radio Club hosted a 24 hour live takeover of community radio station Fromefm to raise funds for their project and help provide mental health counselling for students.

A host of live shows continued through until Sunday 6 May with special guests Paul Ross and Tony Christie; interactive Maths, Science & English lessons; a play and plenty of music.  The shows gained messages of support from all over the UK as well as Houston, Montego Bay, the Gold Coast, and Melbourne.

The total of funds raised from the takeover was a staggering £1,855! If you would like to support this project, the donation page is still open until 26 May on the Fromefm website at www.Frome.Fm/24
Podcasts of the shows are also available on the website.

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
 
Over 1070 students from all year groups participated in the 4th Careers Talks of this academic year on Wednesday 25 April. Students were able to choose from a selection of 16 diverse talks, which career they wished to learn more about.

Guests were invited to the College, and share their career experiences with our students, on a wide variety of topics. Nick Dove talked about being a Chef, and the catering industry. Tony McNicol from local company We Do Japan, introduced students to a career as an interpreter and translator.  Neil Howlett from Harris & Harris Solicitors reported: “I always enjoy coming to Frome College; it’s inspiring to meet your students and I’m glad to be able to help. They had some astute questions, so you have some potential lawyers here.”

Nick Henshall from Tiger Martial Arts discussed how he grew his business from 0 to 1000 students, and his apprentice Will Headley-Harper, former Frome College student, talked about martial arts apprenticeship opportunities.
 

Charlotte Peat, who is in her final year at Cardiff University, gave students a great insight with her inspirational talk ‘Training to become a Doctor. My time in medical school, my training, experience and the application processes.’


Dickon Turner informed students about his career in the Police - specifically in the branches of Counter Terrorism & Child Protection. Hugh Deed spoke about his 37 year career in IT, and the IBM Corporation. Students received an insight into being a travel agent, and life on cruise ships from Dawn Denton. Victoria Withers from Westbury Junior School attended to explain the realities of being a primary school teacher. Lynn Faulkner talked about careers in the Royal Navy & Royal Marines- the selection process, trades available, submarines, the Fleet Air Arm, and officer entry. 


Helen Fielding from Spark Somerset, spoke about how volunteering can help students gain skills, impress on their CVs and university applications, and make the world a better place in the process. Southampton Solent University sent their Head of Health & Exercise Sciences, to showcase the different careers in Sport, Health & Fitness, and the large number of Degrees to match the various career aspirations.
 

Co-founders of DNA Worldwide Group, Hannah Morden and David Nicholson, talked about starting up their new business, which tests DNA samples to establish paternity, ancestry testing, and drug use.

Jen McKay from Team Rubicon; a disaster response team –comprised of volunteers from different skilled back grounds (Military, Nursing, Firefighters, Doctors, Police, Vets, and the general public), told students about being deployed to help when disasters, such as category 5 hurricanes, hit small islands.

Louise Friend, Employability Co-ordinator, said “We have been really fortunate to again have such a wide variety of speakers to give our students a marvellous insight into different careers available. I would like to pass on my gratitude to all our visitors who gave their time, to help show our students what varied paths of interest they could pursue through their working lives.”

If you would like to be a guest speaker at the next Careers Talks in the autumn, please email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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.

Thank you to parents and students for their support during our Ofsted Inspection on 24 April 2018.

When Ofsted release the report, this will be shared with parents.

Principal, Ms Reynolds

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!

Local business The Regency Chess Company, came to the rescue when student Katie Hann in Year 9, wanted to set up a Chess Club.

Proprietor, Julian Deverell, kindly donated 5 wooden chess sets to the College, for the students to use at lunchtime. The Regency Chess Company, which has established itself as one of the world finest chess purveyors, said they were delighted to help Katie set up the Chess Club, which now has regular staff and students members. 
 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank The Regency Chess Company for their generous donation and support.


Any students who are interested in joining the Frome College Chess Club, can contact Mrs Smith or Mr McNair via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

On Wednesday 11 April students of Frome College Sixth Form held a Canteen Takeover Day. 

The Takeover Team consisted of 15 students from Years 12 & 13, who cooked in the industrial Hospitality kitchen located in the Design Technology block from 9.00am until lunchtime. There were 12 dishes on the menu, which were chosen based on a survey the team sent out in January, which asked everyone to give suggestions for healthier and different options they would like introduced to the regular menu. On the day, the  team cooked a range of tasty choices from falafels and hummus, to chicken stir-fry, sweet potato fries, homemade burgers, chicken fajita, brownies, flapjacks and granola. They also set up a wrap station where students could fill their own wraps with different fillings and sauces. 
 
The day was a huge success! The Takeover Team had an incredible time in the kitchen, working together and rising to the challenge of cooking for over a hundred of their peers. Ruby Rumming, part of the team said: “I’ve never spent much time cooking before, and learnt so much about the process that goes into preparing, cooking and serving the food. I had loads of fun working as part of the team and loved eating the food too!” Bronwyn Incledon said: “Getting involved with the day was really exciting as we got to see our ideas develop into a real event, and it was great how the survey responses inspired such a successful day, which everyone seemed to really enjoy.”
 
The College's catering company, Sodexo, fully supported the project throughout its journey and helped with serving on the day. Susie Williams, who organised the Takeover Day said: “We were so blessed to have full backing from Aaron Millard and the Sodexo Team, who helped with all of the organising and were very generous in buying in all of the ingredients so that we could cook the Takeover Day Menu. We couldn’t do it without them!” 
 
On the day, the Futures Café in the Sixth Form centre, took £280 - which is around double the usual £130-150 intake!
 
MASSIVE THANKS GO TO:
The Takeover Team: Susie Williams, Ben Green, Charleigh Mustow, Ruby Rumming, Bronwyn Incledon, Tia Roach, Katherine Cousins, Keeley Berry, Imy Piper, Jess Eardley, Ruby Plaxton, Kaitlyn Jade McGuinness-Roskruge, James Wallis, Chloe Eacott and Bethany Woodham. Miss Litterick, who was a HUGE help in the kitchen on the day, and Mrs King for helping us to organise it. To Aaron Millard, Nat and all of the Sodexo Team, and everyone in Frome College Sixth Form for getting involved on the day!

Report by Susie Williams in Year 13
 
 
 

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

Good luck to all our Sixth Form Graphics & Photography students in the Connor Construction Graphics Design Competition.

Last year we saw Sol Smith in Year 13, win £200 for designing a label for the company's gifts to customers at Christmas. This year however, they have invited students from Frome College to design the graphics for their UK fleet of trucks.
 
This is a massive opportunity for the students, who will be presenting their finished work to Managing Director, Ian Webb on 4 May.  The winning design will be seen on the roads up and down the country. In addition, they will be shown at this year's Truck Fest in Shepton Mallet.
 
 Ian Webb, Managing Director of Connor Construction (South West) Ltd said "A massive thank you to Frome College's Communications Officer, Jane Davis, and Art teacher Sarah Auld, for encouraging students to take part in this latest competition. The students are very lucky to have such dedicated staff to allow these opportunities to reach them. Judging by last year's competition, we are going to receive some fantastic designs".
 
Our thanks go to Connor Construction for their continued support of the talented young people who attend Frome College. 

We look forward to more projects and seeing the winning design on their UK fleet of vehicles.
 

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!

Congratulations go to Eve Riddle in Year 13, and Maisie Cloke in Year 12, who have won the 16 - 19 age group category in the Black Swan Young Open Exhibition 2018. 

The exhibition, which ran until Saturday 7 April, saw 21 Frome College Art & Photography students enter this year. 

Skye Whitty, Izzy Lakin, Eve Riddle, Charlotte Moore, Melissa Cornick, Maisie Stocker, Felicity Sloane-White, Maisie Cloke, Beth McIntosh, Nick Perry, Matty Thearle, Emily Burkitt, Emma Duston, Evan Parry, Imogen Piper, Isabelle Farrant, Gemma Sivell, Eve Lindley, Amy Diment, Sol Warsop and Laura O'Brien.

Well done to everyone involved!

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.

As the Radio Club grows from strength to strength, recent shows have included some great guests joining the clubs Breakfast Show.  Sue Crisfield from the Frome drop-in centre Routes, at 1a Palmer Street in Frome came along to talk to students about all the different things that Routes can offer the young people of Frome.

The drop-in centre for young people from 11-25 years old, offers support to young carers and families, and welcome anyone to come along to explore ideas or find out about the help on offer. For more information please contact Sue Crisfield on 07813 974314 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

On Saturday 17 March, their special guest was Jayne Archer from Kooth. Kooth is free, safe, anonymous online support for young people. The service offers: Online counsellors 365 days a year up to 10.00pm, through either drop-in sessions or scheduled text based sessions.  They also have self-help materials, co-produced by other young people, and fully moderated peer-to-peer support forums. It is available to all young people in Somerset aged 11-18.

Students have received great praise from listeners for their maturity, confidence and professionalism in hosting the shows. The Breakfast Show is on Fromefm every Saturday from 9.00am -12noon, and the Radio Club host a 4weekly slot.

Mathematics teacher, Russell Cole, and the student led Radio Club will be hosting the Fromefm Breakfast Show on Saturday 14 April from 9.00am-12noon. Their special guest will be Sue Willis, organiser of Frome's annual Sports Festival which will be held on Sunday 29 April, starting with free sports tasters for all in Victoria Park and Mary Bailey playing fields from 10.00am- 2.00pm.  Listen in on 96.6fm or online Frome.fm.

If you are interested in joining the Frome College Radio Club, or would like to be a guest on one of the shows, please email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.
This year, 234 students in Year 10 were given the incredible opportunity of receiving a mock interview by local business people. The huge event was organised at Frome College and ran on Wednesday 14, and Thursday 15 March. The event was publicised, and members of the local community were invited to interview via newspaper articles and tweets; Marilyn Dorrington was instrumental in drumming up support from both of the Rotary Clubs in Frome.

These young students aged only 14 and 15, received a presentation about the importance of a good CV in the autumn term. They then had a tutor activity, where they looked at their extra-curricular activities and thought about what skills they had gained from each of them. Some were surprised to learn that their football hobby encompassed gaining skills in team working, communication, commitment and leadership. A presentation was then given to the year group about the different sections in a CV - what to include, and how to emphasise their skills. Students then spent 3 subsequent tutor times in IT rooms drafting out their CV.  At times it can be hard for one tutor to give individual help when overseeing 30 students, so the local Rotary groups came into a school session to provide extra support. After the students had produced their first draft, their CV’s were marked by business people and further improvement suggestions were added.

The CV’s were returned to students who were asked to make the suggested corrections and improvements at home.
Students also received a presentation about how interviews work, the importance of handshakes, body language, engaging effectively with the interviewer, giving comprehensive answers, and selling themselves to the employer. Before interview, they had opportunities to practice interview questions in pairs.  The groups were encouraged to think through key words to describe themselves, how to answer tricky questions, such as ‘What would you say is your greatest weakness?’  The answers also demonstrate how they had worked to overcome weaknesses, and thinking through qualities to highlight which would impress the interviewers. 

Thirty minute interview slots were allocated to each student. Where students knew their career plans, they were matched where possible with an interviewer with experience in that field.  Over 55 members of the local community kindly gave up one or two days from their busy schedules, to help these young students gain experience. Students had time in interview and then returned to receive feedback on their performance. Students were given a feedback sheet to put into their Next Steps folders to explain what went well, and any suggestions they could focus on for future interviews.

The careers available for students to gain their expertise from included: Solicitors, the Army, insurance, illustration, aggregates, financial services, BBC Magazine, nursing, architecture, IT, business, the MOD, engineering, farming, electrical wholesale, radio production, heating, education, estate agency, hockey, anti-terrorism, banking , design, payroll, journalism, the police, stone masonry, town council, building design, toxicology, childcare, property consultants and the water industry.

Peter Smith from the Frome Rotary Club, a key helper from 8 years of mock interviews said “Just wanted to say how well the interviews seemed to go today.  The interviews are providing these young people with something that they will really appreciate as they progress”. Kate Bielby added “We really enjoyed meeting all the students, and were really impressed that they were already starting to think of extra-curricular activities and work experience that would make them stand out from the crowd.”

All the interviewers seemed to greatly enjoy the day, and praise was received about the calibre and friendliness of the students, along with how well many presented for interview despite their young ages. The guests agreed how interesting it was to come inside the College and see it operating. One interviewer went as far as to say, it had ‘restored her faith in humanity’. Some of the students were a little nervous prior to their interview, and Mike Darville from Frome Rotary Club, who was acting as event steward, was simply incredible at interacting with the students and calming any nerves. Once the interview was complete, students leaving the room agreed the process had been good, and really worthwhile.

Louise Friend, Employability Co-ordinator at Frome College stated “On behalf of the College and all the students in Year 10, I would like to extend our gratitude and huge appreciation to all the visitors who helped with the mock interviews. This event takes vast co-ordinating, and could not be provided for such a large number of students without our guests generously giving up their time to provide their expertise and experience for our students.

If you would like to be added to the list for next year’s interviews, or would like to be a guest speaker at one of our Careers Talks, we would be delighted to hear from you. For more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

The College Sixth Form student led charity fundraising Fashion Show on Friday 16 March saw a huge crowd attend the Merlin Theatre. Doors opened at 6.45pm, and our highly talented music students performed throughout the evening.

The concept for the first ever College Fashion Show came from Tiffany Lee in Year 13, who wanted to raise money for the youth mental health charity ‘MIND’ and for ‘WHY’ (We Hear You). Tiffany organised a group of students to help support, coordinate, perform and model for the show. Over the last couple of months, students have been making their own clothes in the school Textiles workshops.

We would like to thank all the stars of the show. Our models - Finlay Osborne, Tiff Lee, Jesse Oruz, Ellie Riddle, Cat Mosler, Grace Lloyd and Maisie Cloke. Our performers – Ellie Riddle, Laura Curle, Imi Draper, Kira Saunders, Charlotte Moore, Lucy Cooke and Megan Wright. ‘The Frontrunners’ - Solo Candy, Joe Sommerville, Cole Wylie and Skye Whitty.

After the show, Tiffany said: “I would just like to thank everyone that helped out, or came to the show; it was for a really good cause. I had made a number of the clothes in the show, as well as using many of my own vintage pieces. I wanted to highlight and promote upcycling, as fashion is the proprietor for the second largest waste of fabric and clothes in the world.  I hope the show has made an impact on the confidence of students through modelling, performing and photography; it also shows what students can do with just a little push and encouragement. We all worked really hard and it was great to see our efforts come to life.

My original inspiration for the show came when my Textiles teacher, Mrs King, mentioned how nice it would be to have a fashion show to showcase our talents. This show did exactly that! I feel confident in our ability to organise and create an event for anyone to participate; Bethany Woodham thoroughly contributed to the cause, she helped us organise the event, and really pulled through when we needed her. Mr Nicholls did really well in organising music accompaniment, and making sure we had enough acts, not to mention Will Angelero and Matt Tippers’ fantastic work bringing the show together on the night. Thank you to Zac Frost for designing our wonderful poster to publicise the show.

When I had originally decided to create the show in October 2017; I had never imagined it to become something so big and beautiful. The turnout was fantastic, an entirely student run fashion show at Frome College!  I think it went beautifully and I’m really proud of everyone involved! All the proceeds from the show will go to charity.”

The feedback from the community has been fantastic, and we would like to thank everyone who attended, and continue to support the highly talented young people at Frome College.

Special thanks go to our Photogrpahy students for covering the event © Matty Thearle, Ellis Price & Mia Douglas.


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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!

As part of their course team work task, BTEC World of Work students organised a Christmas themed 'mufti day’ for the College. Another group of students arranged for Christmas Gift Boxes to be sent to children.
 

On Thursday 8 March, Steff Cox from Dorothy House, visited Frome College to meet the students and Principal, Ms Reynolds, to collect the cheque for £711.21p. The sum total of the non-uniform day was added to the funds raised from the Christmas Carol Concert at St John’s Church.
 

Another group of boys are planning to run a cake sale for charity soon.

Our thanks go to everyone at the College and in the community, who have generously contributed to the College fundraising campaign.

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.
Congratulations to the Frome College teams in the Cybercenturion Final in London on 8 March.
   
Team ‘Vault 7’ - Tom Haines, Matt Haines, Connor Cairns, Hamish Murray, Jake Howell - were awarded 3rd Prize in the competition! The boys received a (very heavy) silver trophy, together with individual medals.  
 




The 2nd Frome College team ‘<insert name here>’  (yes, that is their actual name!) - Joe Malley, Morgan Curle, Dylan Oliver, Adam Kerslake - were awarded the 7th Prize. 
 


Both teams did really well just to get to the final against increasingly stiff competition of 260 teams from UK and overseas territories.  The 10 finalist teams who took part were the highest scoring teams at the end of a series of 3 (6 hour long), online qualifying rounds which took place between October and January.
 

This is the 3rd consecutive year that Frome College has had teams in the final of the competition - No mean feat for our students!  The finals took place at the Institute of Engineering & Technology at Savoy Place, London - which was an experience in itself.

The awards were presented to the students by Oliver Dowden CBE MP, Minister for Implementation, Cabinet Office. Oliver is responsible for ‘all things cyber’ in the UK.
 
We would like to thank the sponsors of the competition - Northrop Grumman, for such an amazing experience, and who paid for the very nice accommodation at The Strand Palace Hotel, on top of contributing the costs of hosting the final.
 
Report by Maggie Love, Cybercenturion Project Lead
 
Steve Marsh, DofE Coordinator, who accompanied the group on the trip said: “On behalf of Frome College, I would like to thank Maggie Love for her commitment to this project. Her coaxing, encouragement, training and enthusiasm to guide the students through to the finals over the years is outstanding. All the students involved showed high levels of competence and commitment to this competition. My congratulations go to the boys - they should seriously be considering careers in IT. Maggie and the teams should all be proud of their achievements - 3rd & 7th in a national final is fantastic!
 
 

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

Speakers from the Somerset Rural Youth Project came to present to our Year 11 in the Merlin Theatre on Wednesday 21 February.

The project leaders put on a lively show with students encouraged to say ‘YES’ to opportunities presented to them. The students were encouraged to take part in a project involving two residential summer camps in July, before getting involved in helping the local community.

Following this, they took part in a mass team building exercise on the stage where they tried to build the tallest tower they possibly could out of their shoes.

Finally, Frome College was awarded a SRYP Silver Award and a trophy for the numbers of Year 11 students who participated in the project in 2016-17.

Well done to everyone involved and our thanks go to Mr Dickens for organising the event.

 

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 Thursday 1 February, 3 teams from Frome College and 3 teams from Selwood Academy, competed in the 1st heat of the Rotary Youth Speaks Competition.
 
Poppy Pinkster (main speaker), Ella Evans (chairperson) and Martha Stradling came 1st, and progressed to the next round on Thursday 8 February. Poppy's speech on ‘Nature or Nurture’ fascinated the audience. 
 
Owen White was awarded Best Speaker for his witty and engaging speech on the stereotyping of the young. All 3 College teams were highly impressive!
  
On Wednesday 7 February the winners were awarded the Principals' Commendation by Emma Reynolds, for taking part in the ‘If I Ruled the World’ taking competition just before Christmas. 
 
On Thursday 8 February, Ella Evans, Poppy Pinkster and Martha Stradling won the 2nd Round.  There were 7 teams competing from Somerset and Wiltshire schools.  

Well done to them - they were fantastic!

 
The next round is on Saturday 24 February at the Kings of Wessex Academy in Cheddar.
 

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.

Over 140 Frome College students from Years 9, 10 and 11, sat the UK Maths Challenge this month.
 

This national event is run by the UK Maths Trust based at Leeds University. The Maths Challenges are lively and intriguing multiple choice question papers, which are designed to stimulate interest in Maths in large numbers of students.


Entrants can be awarded a Gold, Silver or Bronze Certificate for this event if they achieve highly enough. In addition, every year we have several students who manage to make it through to the next round. 

The results are in...

  • Best in School:  Isabel Hanney
  • Best in Year 11: Grace Lindley
  • Best in Year 10: Isabel Hanney
  • Best in Year 9: Ruby Young

Gold Certificates (3):  Grace Lindley, Isabel Hanney, Samuel Evans

Silver Certificates (16): Maya Edwards, Ciaran Draper, Arwen Wilkie, Chris Haines, Oliver Fry, Eve Lindsey, Theo Franklin-Turner, Ruby Young, Max Holoway, Poppy Pinkster, Alisha Fewell, Angus Slade, Jackson Bowen, Josh Gregory, Luke Schymczyk, Adam Bevan

Bronze Certificates (20): Ridley Carpenter, Teilo How, Mikolaj Greszta, Amy Cotterell, Adam Sheppard, Joseph Coles, Evan Williams, Lennox Priddle, Saffron Allison, Kallum Gulliver, Charlie Leatham, Thomas Leigh, Samuel Smart, Joel Williamson, Joy Beaven, Imogen Draper, Josephine Cowley, Megan Priddle, Holly Gilson, Madeline Noding

The certificates will be handed out in assembly shortly.  Everyone should feel very proud of themselves.

Grace Lindley, Isabel Hanney, and Samuel Evans have also made it through to the next round.

Well done to everyone who took part!

 

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!

Two teams of students from Frome College are through to the Cybercenturion Competition Final - This is the 3rd consecutive year we have students in this prestigouse final!
 
Maggie Love, Cybercenturion Project Lead said: “I'm delighted to report that for the 3rd year running, Frome College students are through to the National Final of the Cybercenturion Competition. 
 
Three Frome College teams have been taking part over the last 13 weeks, with a total of 5 online competitions, each lasting 6 hours on Sundays. For many of the students this was their first time in the competition, and with only the top 10 teams in the country going through to the finals, the pressure was on. 
 
With the scores in, we have succeeded in having two teams through to the final! We thought at first, one team may have just been edged out of the top 10 at the last minute – literally, when another team scored 4 points, putting them ahead.  But once the scores were in, we had beaten them! Our third team acquitted themselves very well being 14th nationally! It’s a shame that only the top 10 get through to the last stage, but having two in the final is incredible.” 
 
Our congratulations go to our 3 teams for such outstanding achievements! They are:-
Team Name: ‘Vault 7’ In the final
  • Tom Haines
  • Matt Haines
  • Connor Cairns
  • Hamish Murray
  • Jake Howell
Team Name: ‘<Insert Name Here>’ In the final!
  • Joe Malley
  • Morgan Curle
  • Dylan Oliver
  • Adam Kerslake
Team name: Order 66 Finished 14th in UK!
  • James Kerley
  • Adrian Nouchin
  • Jack Flagg
  • Toby Paton
The National Final of the competition will take place at the Institute of Engineering & Technology in London on Thursday 8 March - Watch this space!  
 
Thanks must also go to the IT Technicians, the site team and admin staff, who have been so helpful in providing logistical support.  Good luck to both our teams in the final!
 
For more information about the competition, and updates on their progress, go to https://www.cybersecuritychallenge.org.uk/competitions/cybercenturion
 
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.
On Monday 29 January, 46 Sixth Form students and 4 members of staff had an unusually early start. Clutching coffees, we boarded the coach at the College at 7.00am. 
 
Having arrived in Westminster, we strolled around Parliament Square taking in our surroundings. The first stop was a tour of the Houses of Parliament; the students were fascinated by the grandeur of the building and the ‘excessive’ (quote – Seb Costello, Year 13) use of gold plating in the décor. They were guided by knowledgeable and engaging Education Officers who provided an insight into the inner workings of Parliament, and its most unusual traditions. The first question put to the guide was of course, ‘will we see Jeremy Corbyn?’
 
We were able to stand at John Bercow’s desk, and hover in front of the opposition’s green seats in the House of Commons. We admired the throne of the Monarch in the House of Lords, and even caught a glimpse of Winston Churchill’s Grandson. We then attended a ‘Law Making’ workshop where students were put into 2 teams and competed in a quiz. Then, in a role play of a Parliamentary Debate, in which Toby Paton was elected Speaker of the House, while Chloe Fordham and Tiffany Lee were party leaders. The students entered a furious debate about lowering the voting age to 16, in which the final vote was a surprising yet resounding ‘No’. Toby did a great job of shouting ‘ORDER, ORDER’ in true Bercow fashion.  
 
We then made the short walk to the Supreme Court where we were given a tour, and were able to sit in each of the 3 court rooms. We discussed and debated the outcome of significant rulings from the Supreme Court, including the Gina Miller case in the wake of Brexit, a shocking decision involving a joint enterprise shooting, and finally the outcome of right to religion human rights deliberation. 
 
A brilliant day was had by all. Many thanks to Roland Hurrell, Brenda Driessen and Jennie Smith for their help and support on the day. 
 
Amelia Rigby, teacher of Sociology & Law
 
 

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!

On Friday 2 February, David Warburton visited Frome College to host a talk and a ‘Q&A’ session with Year 11 to 13 Law & Politics students in the Merlin Theatre.
 
To kick start the session, David spoke to the crowd of students in depth about his career in politics, his daily life in the Houses of Parliament, and the interesting 800 year old voting processes which politicians and backbenchers still have to adhere to. He told the audience how excited he is about his new role, and the prospect of moving from the back benches to the new department, being more closely involved in the decision making of Parliamentary leadership.
David has recently been promoted to Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Department for Education, which he is very pleased about. In his role as departmental PPS, David will support the department and help keep ministers in touch with backbench opinion on education policy.  
 
Headed by new Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds MP, the Department for Education is responsible for children’s services and education including higher and further education policy, apprenticeships and wider skills.  
An experienced former teacher himself, David began his career teaching music at an inner-city comprehensive school in central London.  He also taught at the Junior Department of The Royal College of Music and, for a decade, gave piano and composition lessons.
 
Following his introductory talk, David hosted a questions and answers session from the students who are studying Law & Politics.  Many students were very keen to find out the local MP’s views about topics that interest them including, same sex marriage, Brexit, the NHS issues which have been in the news this winter, and how university fees will affect them moving forward for their further education. 
 
Assistant Principal, Mrs King, brought the event to a close and thanked David for all his support both here at Frome College, and also taking time out of his busy schedule when our students visit the  Houses of Parliament – our future voters!
 
After the fast paced hour long session, David said: “As ever, it was fabulous to meet and talk to students from Frome College and get stuck into some very stimulating discussion. It’s always so clear just how well they’re engaged in politics and all issues of the day – and they never hold back when it comes to the tricky questions!  I’m very grateful to Frome College and the brilliant students for their time – it was great to be there.”
 
We would like to thank David for his continued support of Frome College, and look forward to further projects in the future.
 
 
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 Chloe Nicholls in Year 10, who was awarded the Principal’s Commendation Certificate on Thursday 25 January for her contribution to charities.

Chloe has been knitting hats for babies in the Special Care Baby Unit. Prior to this, Chloe knitted hats and scarves for the homeless charity, Julian House. She was also awarded House points for her hard work and commitment to help make a difference to others.

The Manager of the Lifeline Centre in Bath, wrote a letter of thanks and appreciation to Chloe on 10 January, after hearing about her hard work from Julian House.

Principal, Ms Reynolds said how proud she was of her initiative to help the charities, and hoped she continues with her valuable work.

Well done Chloe!

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

Every year Connor Construction send hampers full of treats to their clients to say thank you for their support throughout the year.  This year however, in a collaborative project, they decided to do something a bit more unique and personal, and send their clients some local ale with their own branded label on the front. The company came up with a name for the gift- 'The Tarmacers Tipple'.
 
They believed that this gift would not only show off some of the great local produce that Frome has to offer, but also reveal the talents of local Graphic Design students who were to take part in their label design competition.  The Ale was supplied by Milk St Brewery which is a family-run craft brewery based in Frome. Using the finest local ingredients, they have been brewing unique and multi award-winning beers since 1999. 
 
Connor Construction said: “The reason that we approached Frome College to design our labels, was to give aspiring designers the opportunity to add to their portfolios and gain some work experience.  For the competition winner, we promised a £200 cash prize and a small write up on the label so that our clients would know who the creative genius was.  
 
The Creative Genius, Sol Smith is a Year 13 student studying Graphic Design at Frome College. He designed the winning label in his spare time, demonstrating his commitment to the competition. We loved the way Sol put our logo in the hot air balloons and used a vibrant blue to match our branding. Sol explained that the countryside background he used is actually of Longleat. This makes it all the more special to include local references to Frome.  Sol only has a few months left to study and would like to go on to complete an Art Foundation, hopefully gaining work in Graphic Design when he finishes. The reason Sol would like to pursue a career in this field is because he is very creative and is naturally very good at this particular subject.  We can imagine Sol doing very well with his career ambitions thanks to his clever creativity and professionalism. We would highly recommend Sol Smith to any of our clients looking for a Graphic Designer and wishing to give someone starting out their career a chance.
 
We could not believe the talent at Frome College! And because of the fantastic design entries that we received, Ian Webb, Managing Director of Connor Construction, decided that the entries were of such a high standard, they should all receive a prize.

In joint 2nd Place - Winners of £50 each - Tiffany Lee & Millie Harrington.
In joint 3rd Place - Winners of £25 each - Jamie Lewis & Sol Warsop 
 
We are really proud of how this local project turned out, not just because of the fantastic outcome and feedback from clients, but in how well we all did in working together. Currently, we have sent 100 kegs of local ale with Sol's design on the front to clients all over the UK.  A big thank you to the students who took part, Doug Knight and his colleagues at Frome College for supporting the project, Frome Brewing Company for their help and delicious ale and Werner Van Wyke at Multi Packaging Solutions for his help and printing such great quality labels.  We are excited to say that Frome College have invited us to do a design project with them once a year. What will we do next? We have a few ideas up our sleeves- and now we know all the right people to help us!
 
We are Frome through and through, and being a proud, local business, we try to source as much of our supplies from Frome as possible. Our Managing Director, Ian Webb, attended Frome College, opened his business in Frome and employs over 100 local people. With this in mind, it is understandable that we take a keen interest in our local community and giving back where we can.”
 
Principal, Emma Reynolds, said: "This competition was a really creative opportunity to get students involved and potentially see their work on an actual product. It gives them a great sense of reality in seeing their design being used. Well done to everyone involved.”
 
 
 

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.

On Tuesday 16 January, 20 NCFE Level 2 Engineering students in Year 10 visited Wainwright Quarry for a tour of the quarry and a manufacturing plant to find out how quarries are run. 
 
Over the next few months students will explore various sectors of engineering and they will develop their hand skills by creating a multi tool and pipe wrench.
 
The students are currently studying an Engineering careers unit, and to make this more work related we have teamed up with Somerset Earth Science Centre and Wainwrights Ltd, to create a unit of work that directly relates to real life situations.  The student’s visits to the Earth Science Centre and the quarry enabled them to experience real life risk assessment activities as well as a variety of different work based challenges. 
 
We have been extremely lucky that both the Earth Science Centre and employees from John Wainwright & Co have been working alongside us to set the NCFE assignments, to ensure the work the students are doing bears relevance to the real world of Engineering.  This gives the students a great opportunity for any future career aspirations, and is also a great experience for jobs and UCAS applications. 
 
We would like to thank both Wainwrights Quarry and the Earth Science Centre for their continued support of Frome College.
 
Report by Mrs Smart, Subject Leader Design, Technology and Engineering
 
 
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.
On Friday 19 January, Frome College hosted an outreach session by the local charity Key4Life.
 
This Somerset based organisation works really hard with young ex-offenders and those at risk of offending, to help change their lives and the directions they are going for the future.  It provides emotional resilience training, employability skills and helps clients find work placements leading to full time employment.
 
The re-offending rate for their client group is very low and the Home Office is very supportive of the great work that they are doing. 
 
The charity gave two presentations in the main College Hall to students in Years 12 and 13, followed by a workshop with groups of selected students.
 
It was a very successful morning and the students and staff were very impressed by the guests and the work done by Key4Life. 
 
 
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 held their second big Careers Talks event on Wednesday the 10 January.

All students were able to select from a wide range of subjects to attend, to best suit their aspirations or to explore new unknown career opportunities.
 
We would like to thank our visitors who came from a wide range of disciplines:
- Fudge making, retail and entrepreneurship was talked about by Paul Stewart.
- Johannes Moeller from Edventure discussed developing businesses. 
- Actor Pip Utton discussed a career in performance and acting. 
- Cath Hirons and a team of nurses from Frome Hospital explained the realities of this dedicated career path.
- Mile Cox from Childs & Sulzmann Architects gave an insight into working in architecture and shaping the world we live in by creating and designing spaces, buildings and cities.
- A career in Graphic Design was explained by Jeremy Knibbs from Knibbs Design. 
- Alex Johnson and Jenny Rutter from Nova Sports & Coaching, a new company which provides more opportunities for individuals with disabilities to take part in sport, discussed their work.
- Running a College was discussed by Frome College’s own Principal, Emma Reynolds, and Business Manager, Jane Hutton. 
- Issues women face in entering the workforce – was the topic presented by Jane Woods, who is a guest speaker on Women's Hour, and runs a company which trains women in business. She is interested in developing young women and seeing more women in positions of power.
- Social Marketing was the topic for discussion by Tanya Anderson: Founder of the Women in Business Networking Lounge in Frome, and owner of her own personal brand ‘The Motivational Entrepreneur’.
- A Career in Commodities & Logistics focused on Africa & the Middle East was the topic discussed by Andrew Barr-Sim from Vallis Commodities.
 
Frome College would like to thank all the visitors who give up their time and expertise to make these events such a success, and provide such insightful opportunities for our students. If you would like to volunteer to give a 20 minute speech on your career at our next Careers Talks events in February, April or June, please email Louise Friend, Employability Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
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 held their second big Careers Talks event on Wednesday the 10 January. All students were able to select from a wide range of subjects to attend, to best suit their aspirations or to explore new unknown career opportunities.
 
We would like to thank our visitors who came from a wide range of disciplines:
- Fudge making, retail and entrepreneurship was talked about by Paul Stewart.
- Johannes Moeller from Edventure discussed developing businesses. 
- Actor Pip Utton discussed a career in performance and acting. 
- Cath Hirons and a team of nurses from Frome Hospital explained the realities of this dedicated career path.
- Mile Cox from Childs & Sulzmann Architects gave an insight into working in architecture and shaping the world we live in by creating and designing spaces, buildings and cities.
- A career in Graphic Design was explained by Jeremy Knibbs from Knibbs Design. 
- Alex Johnson and Jenny Rutter from Nova Sports & Coaching, a new company which provides more opportunities for individuals with disabilities to take part in sport, discussed their work.
- Running a College was discussed by Frome College’s own Principal, Emma Reynolds, and Business Manager, Jane Hutton. 
- Issues women face in entering the workforce – was the topic presented by Jane Woods, who is a guest speaker on Women's Hour, and runs a company which trains women in business. She is interested in developing young women and seeing more women in positions of power.
- Social Marketing was the topic for discussion by Tanya Anderson: Founder of the Women in Business Networking Lounge in Frome, and owner of her own personal brand ‘The Motivational Entrepreneur’.
- A Career in Commodities & Logistics focused on Africa & the Middle East was the topic discussed by Andrew Barr-Sim from Vallis Commodities.
 
Frome College would like to thank all the visitors who give up their time and expertise to make these events such a success, and provide such insightful opportunities for our students. If you would like to volunteer to give a 20 minute speech on your career at our next Careers Talks events in February, April or June, please email Louise Friend, Employability Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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