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For a full Year 11 revision timetable for the May holiday, click on the link.

During the extreme heatwave, students do not have to wear their blazers in or out of the classroom.  They should fold them and put them safely away in their bags to avoid losing them.

All students are given updates and advice via their tutors in the morning registration.

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

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The dates of self- isolation
The date self-isolation finishes.
In out of hours and holidays, there will be skeleton staff on duty in college who will be monitoring phone calls and emails. We will need to make others in the college community aware of a positive Covid-19 case and aim to alert those who may have come into close contact.
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Congratulations to our Year 11 students for their brilliant and creative art installations which they completed as part of their leavers celebrations this week. 

Thank you to everyone who was involved in this beautiful and fun project, some of which will continue to 'Grow' in the fullness of time.  They have made our campus a brighter place with all their hard work!
On Thursday 1 July and Monday 5 July, our intrepid Year 10 Geographers descended on Swanage, happy that fieldtrips are going ahead again.  There was much excitement on the coach, and eventually we could see the sea. Obviously, we sung all the seaside songs. When we got to Swanage carpark, we walked along the sea wall past all the 18 groynes to the side of the beach where Old Harry stands tall. We sat on the sand and drew a field sketch of the beach including the landforms and the beach management that had been added. In 3 locations along the beach, we did some data collection tasks and recorded the results in our booklets. One of the tasks was measuring the longshore drift; we threw apples into the sea and then measured how far it had drifted and in which direction. Mr Haines then had to go and collect the apples! We also measured the width of the beach from the high-water mark to the bottom of the cliff, along with several other types of data collection. We did this in all 3 locations and had lunch in-between them. All of this was helping us to judge how effective the coastal management is in Swanage.

Once all our work was completed, some people got fish and chips from the café, and everyone enjoyed delicious ice creams. After lunch we were allowed to go off on our own for a bit and go in shops or wander around the town and beach. We then went home and lots of us slept on the way back. Overall, it was a very fun day which allowed us to gain first-hand experience and knowledge about our ‘coasts’ geography topic.
Report by Connie Bates & Molly Lakin in Year 10 

This year’s exhibitions have been outstanding and the best attended at Frome College. The standard of work was so high; the judges had a very difficult job to do. Well done to everyone involved!

The final list of highly commended and winning students is as follows:

Year 9 Art, (Highly Commended) – Tilly Le Lohe Attwell, Daisy Harrison-Broninski, Emma Marshall, Keelan Pincott, Matilda Lunt, Natalie Howell.  Winner, Pippa Turner

Year 9 Photography – Avalon Ross, Cordelia Tarbrooke, Freya Cotterill, Jasmine Ware.  Winner, Shanna Williamson

Year 9 Ceramics - Oliver Francis, Joe Palmer.  Winner, Ryan Priddle

Year 10 Art – Emily Gulbis, Chloe Morris, Luna Brudenell, Alice Daniel, Susie Williams, Imogen Piper, Tiffany Lee, Sophie Godman, Abigail Welch.  Winner, Hannah Roberts

Year 10 Photography – Kelsey Palmer, Eloise Price, Sol Warsop.  Winner, Luna Brudenell

(Photo of Grace Barnes with her winning painiting) Photography                                                                           

Year 10 Ceramics, Winner, Kyra Lanfear

Year 11 Art – Jack Hurrell, tabby Lawson Coe, Erin Macallum, Zoe Harding, Blythe Plenderleith, Ben Still, Barnaby turner, James Muxworthy, Ben Charlesworth.  Winner, Grace Barnes

Year 11 Photography – Callum Hill, Dan Weston, Jess Billet, Millie Painter, Chloe Tawse, James Stevens, Ruby Newton, Kia Cole, Cally Allinson.  Winner, Blythe Plenderleith    

Year 12 Art – Zoe Oswin, Molly Birch.  Winner, J’Azaria Yearly-Webb

Year 12 Graphics – Poppy Riley-Stitt.  Winner, Zoe Sowing

Year 12 Photography – Lois Eames, Georgia Cox, Otto Saner.  Winner, Harry Foreman

Year 12 BTEC – Ben Short.  Winner, Jack Hughes                                                   

Year 13 Art – Jess Oldham.  Winner, Helena Kendall                                    

Year 13 Graphics – Jon Bowler. Winner, Isobel Furness

Year 13 Photography – Jess Oldham.  Winner, Rosie Oakley

Product Design, the Cullen Award winner, Yoel Gil Cobo

Outstanding Food Award, winner, Molly McKechnie

Textiles Award, winner, Freya Olsson

                      (Yoel Gil Cobo with the Cullen Award and Principal, Mr Ball)







© Photos by Kevin Mitchell Photography                                            

Congratulations to Frome’s year 13! This year, with the highest percentage of students achieving the top grades in the facilitating subjects (those desired by Russell Group universities).

We are extremely proud to recognise the individual achievements of all of our students: here are just a handful of examples of the outstanding successes this year:

Ross Windell, A*A*A* who is ‘”really pleased with results and to be top of the year!” and going to Durham to study Natural Sciences, majoring in Physics and Maths:.

Yoel Gil Cobo, A*A*AA who has accepted a place at University of Bath to study Architecture: “Absolutely thrilled…”

Leah Mundy A*A*AA who will be studying  Modern Languages at Exeter University: after a tough year, really pleased to have been accepted to her chosen course.

Molly Parry, A*AA accepted a place at Edinburgh University to study Biomedical Sciences. 

Magnus Jorgensen, A*AA who says he wishes he had been at college to collect his results and celebrate/cry with everyone and will be going to study Biomedical Sciences at University College London.

Peter Greenstreet, A*A*A who was so overwhelmed by his results that he is considering a deferred application at Cambridge:  “results better than I could have expected!”

Toby Kay achieved AAAB and has accepted a place to study Physics and Philosophy at Bristol University.

Harrison Butler-Stroud, who achieved A* English Lit, A in Chemistry and History and is going to Cambridge.

Mary Hurrell has secured a place to study English Language at Aston University.

Katie James has accepted a place at University of Kent to study Biomedical Science.

Sammi Kelly who ‘hasn’t stopped crying’! since she got her results will be going to Goldsmiths to study Education, Culture and Society.

Some truly outstanding combined A2 & BTEC grades were achieved by a large proportion of year 13, including Harry Hitchcock BTEC D*D*D*D* who will be studying Exercise and Sport Sciences at Exeter:

Jazmine Mullane AC BTEC D*M and has accepted a place at London Met to study Criminology and Youth Studies.

In year 12, AS levels (equivalent to half an A level), with Frome’s highest ever percentage of A to B grades. Molly Birch, Freya Caldwell, Ryan Gilroy, Jake Malley, Fynn McLennan and Ailsa Williams with 4 grade A. Bertie Harrison-Bronisnski, Bo Luan, Robert Slater and Oliver Snelgrove with AAAB grades; Emma Whitley with AAB. Alongside these there were some superb achievements by students following level 2 courses who can now follow on to level 3 courses or their chosen alternatives.

These are phenomenal achievements and we are immensely proud of all our students and grateful to their teachers for supporting and challenging them. We also wish to thank students’ parents who work so closely with us to ensure the students succeed.

This year, pass rates at both AS and A2 have improved again on last year’s good results and are in excess of National averages. We have the largest proportion of students going on to Higher Education in the college’s history. This is largely due to the outstanding achievements of the students and the work of their teachers and support staff in preparing them. A crucial part in increasing uptake to Higher Education, apprenticeships and training is the guidance to both UCAS and alternative routes for our year 13 students.  We wish all Frome Future Students the very best of luck in their chosen paths and congratulate them all for their hard work, courage and high aspirations.


Stunning art work produced by two Frome College students has helped in the rebuilding of a close church community in Charleston, South Carolina following a shooting incident in May which led to the loss of nine members of a Bible study group.

Rebecca Evans and Jamie Buckland gifted their celebrated art work to the town with help from Maths teacher, Mr Curtis, the Consortium in Trowbridge and friends who lived in South Carolina.  

Rosetta Singleton from the Mother Emanuel African Episcopal Church said, ‘Gifts such as these from the College have helped the community in Charleston to carry on’.  Mr Curtis said, "The school wanted to make a symbolic and positive contribution to a beautiful part of South Carolina that has been hit by tragedy;   Rebecca and Jamie are great ambassadors for Frome College and have acted in a selfless way by giving to a community something they worked hard to create and could have kept themselves.’

The two students, who have completed their studies, enclosed messages of support to the community with their work. Rebecca produced a fantastic three dimensional view of a country scene within Trowbridge Park and wrote "Please accept these gifts of art as a token of our love and support during this difficult time.  We hope you enjoy them and that they bring you peace and comfort knowing that you are in our thoughts.”

Jamie produced a stunning series of images featuring sunsets and shooting stars and wrote:  "What inspired me to take these photographs was the power of nature.  What fascinated me when taking these images was the technicalities that came with producing the images and I am very proud of them.”

John Richards, Consortium Area Field Sales Manager, who planned the careful shipping of the art work said, "We thought it was important to help Frome College send this symbol of support to the people of Charleston, to show that people across the world stand with them as they rebuild their community and we are proud to be associated with this offering".


Congratulations go to Charlotte Leesam in Year 13 for a 'Highly Commended Award' in the senior section of the Rotary Young Photographer of The Year Competition.











The competition was on Saturday, 6 February in Weymouth. 

Charlotte produced a stunning portfolio of forest images.

© Photography by Charlotte Leesam




On Monday 20 June, interviews were held at the College for the Rotary Young Citizen Award 2016.  Three
Year 10 students from Frome College were selected for the final stage and the judges said they had another tough choice to make with such worthy candidates.  Staff and students were asked to produce statements for the judges to outline what they have been doing and working on in College and in the wider community. Their statements are as follows:
• May Schymczyk
May is a very active member of both the College and Frome society.  In recognition of her community
work, pitching, presenting and co-running a school funded community project ‘Oakfield makes a
Difference’ she received the Mayoral Civic Award.

May was also awarded a Blue Peter badge in recognition of her community work.  May has been part of the Frome Town Youth Council helping to make changes in the town for young people; and volunteers for Fairtrade Frome, promoting the message for responsible consumerism to Frome shoppers and their children.  Her involvement in the Frome Twinning Association involved organising a tour and activities around College campus for German, French and Polish students.  May has also volunteered to work in the Frome Children’s Festival this year, and attended a 7 hour First Aid course as part of her training.
Within the College, she has received the highest number of community points within the school achievement points system, and as a result was made Community Representative for her
House.  Since then she has organised several community events, including a charity cake sale which
raised over £60.00.  In recognition of her community work, May was awarded the Colleges' Mike
Myers Award.
May is also a founding member of the College community radio project, pitching the idea to the
Town Council in order receive funding to develop regular radio shows.  Since then she has recorded,
presented and broadcasted on Radio FromeFM and qualified to present under OFCom regulations.

During the 2015 general election May interviewed the parliamentary candidates for Somerton and Frome, which was subsequently broadcast on FromeFM.  Earlier this month, she was part of the 24 hour live take over charity broadcast at the station which raised £1,300 as well as raising the profile of young people in Frome.
As part of her passion for writing, May was invited to join the lottery funded history project ‘The Home of our Delight’ - a research project which has been commissioned to research WW1 in the village of Mells.  She also regularly writes articles for the local papers; has had a short story published in a young writer’s anthology; and was invited to make a presentation to former president of the Maldives, His Excellency Mohammed Nasheed on unjust democracy detailing how voting and participating in one’s own community is a basic human right. 

• Ben Green
Ben has been very pro-active in tackling the issue of cyber bullying. Working with UKYPAG (Youth
Parliament) he produced a campaign that was launched across Somerset to raise cyber awareness
amongst teenagers.  He then went on to join the team that created the ‘All Rise’ movement that
has produced a report on global cyber abuse; an online paper on sexual harassment; an interactive
website on the issues; as well as films on the subject.  To take the campaigns further, Ben has
applied to be on the Youth Board of ‘Online World’, which takes concerns to government bodies.

In addition to his work on cyber abuse, Ben swims competitively at County level, and competes in
interschool athletics across the area. He is also the writer and editor of the blog site ‘From our Egos’.

• Lily Breese
Lily is a diligent supporter of local charities.  In this academic year alone she has participated in a
car wash in aid of boxer Nick Blackwell’s recovery; organised a cake sale to fund a sporting
opportunity for a local teenager; run a charity 5k for Endometriosis UK; joined a Cycle 4
Charities event; and joined in the Frome Carnival.

Whilst undertaking all these challenges, Lily still finds time to fully contribute to school life.
She is an active player in all House competitions; takes part in school productions;
represented the school on a culture trip to Paris; and most recently gave a speech, in the
Merlin Theatre, on ‘Unjust Democracy’ in front of the former President of the Maldives, His Excellency Mohammed Nasheed and a full audience of local dignities and parents.  Lily’s determination to help others and play a full role in all aspects of her life makes her an ideal candidate for the award.

The judges from the Rotary Club congratulated all the nominees on their valued work and contributions to Frome and the surrounding community.  After great deliberation, they announced Lily Breese to be the winner. 

Our congratulations go to Lily and to all of the students who were nominated for their outstanding achievements. 

We hope they all continue with their good work and continue to inspire us all.  We wish them good luck for the future.


Congratulations go to Ben Still in Year 12, who has won the Bronze Medal in the British Schools Judo Championships!


Ben who represented Frome College at the national competition held in Sheffield over the Easter holiday, won by throwing his opponent with an ‘ippon’ (a clean throw resulting in the opponent landing flat on their back).



We all wish him every success for the future.


Heads of Houses organised a mock vote today ahead of the General Election tomorrow. All students were given the opportunity to vote and went from indifferent to highly vocal in the preparations before they cast their votes. Students were heard to debate a range of issues including tax, housing benefit, defence and immigration. The process was a wonderful preparation for their adult life, and next time they will be voting for real.

The students’ results are as follows:




This year’s Frome College Battlefields of the First World War tour ran between 12 - 15 June. A report by Roland Hurrell, leader of Battlefields Trip below.

"As usual we visited sites in Flanders Belgium and The Somme France. 41 students did a whistle stop tour of significant areas of these battlefields including cemeteries, tunnels, trench lines, mine craters and memorials.  2016 marks the centenary of the infamous Battle of the Somme. On the 1 July and for a further 3 months, the British and the French armies battled to push the German forces back and end the war.

For the British army, the first day of The Battle of the Somme has gone down in history as the one with the greatest loss of life. Lions led by donkeys? 20,000 died and 60,000 were casualties….

As part of our focus on this 100 year anniversary, one of our Year 9 students, Jago Paton, visited the grave of his relation John (always known as Jack) Alexander Hellard who is buried at Serre Cemetery No2 – the largest of the Somme graveyards. He was from Stogumber in Somerset and served in the 1ST battalion Somerset Light Infantry.

The story of 2nd Lieutenant Hellard’s death will not be dissimilar to many brave men who died in that battle. The letters and reports (given to Mr Hurrell by Jago’s family) read out to the Battlefielders, tell how on 2 July this well-loved officer led his men in attack through 3 German trench lines and barbed wire fields, only to be shot dead just in front of the fourth German trench line. He was 34.


Jago and many other students walked through the cemetery searching for the grave of John Hellard. Once there Jago had some quiet time just alone in the graveyard beside the grave. He brought back a beautifully scented yellow rose from in front of his relation’s grave.


Another focus based around the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme was linked to Tamsin Thomas of the College Art department. Her family were from a very small Welsh speaking village in North Wales. As a child she was always intrigued that amongst the long line of her family’s slate gravestones in the little village graveyard was an empty grave. This grave is in memory of 21 year old Private William T. Jones 21569 of the 3rd Welsh Battalion - a great uncle of hers who never returned – nor has any known grave - Missing in action.  Tamsin showed the students photos of her family graves and talked about the small village and simple farming life of her family to help provide background to this visit. 

Mametz Wood was the site of an attack launched by the concentrated Welsh battalions on 7 July. Private Jones was lost on that day. His name appears on The Thiepval Memorial to the missing, alongside another 72,000 men there who have no known grave. Tamsin found his name on a panel there amongst the very many Jones’ (as had her two children Fin and Sol on previous battlefield tours.)

Mametz Wood was a killing field. The German machine guns did their work and wiped out the flower of Welsh youth. We visited the site of the action – the wood is still very much there - and stood on the battlefield, probably only metres away from where Private Jones died.

There is a wonderful red Welsh dragon monument down that isolated, single track, dead end country lane. It is raised above the battlefield site - a sentinel standing forever guard over its people beneath its feet. It was still and silent apart from the sweet song of the lark above. Tamsin brought a Welsh poppy from her family’s graveyard in North Wales to lay there in memory.

She returned with a blood red poppy picked there in Mametz Wood to place on Private Thomas’ empty grave in her family village."

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.

Well done to our group of 9 Sixth Form students who went to Frome Canoe Club on Monday 21 June, to experience an outdoor adventure activity as part of their OCR Technical in Sport qualification.  

They all had a fantastic time and progressed really well!

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

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

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

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

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

Frome College is delighted to report many outstanding achievements in post 16 qualifications; we are so proud of this cohort of young people who have shown such resilience and determination over the past 18 months. These results are richly deserved and rightly awarded.  

This year, following the cancellation of exams, grades were awarded through a process of teacher assessment, against national standards, approved and awarded by exam boards. The government is not publishing performance data for any schools or colleges this year due to the varying impact of the pandemic; a healthy opportunity which allows us to concentrate on individual successes rather than percentages and figures.  
Well done to Iris Shulman and Ben Nicolson who have been accepted into Cambridge, as well as Charlie Whiting, Stephanie Verwey and Max Brewster who will being going to Oxford. Special mention for achieving particularly exceptional grades should also go to Isabel Hanney and May Southgate. Excellent progress has also been made by Patrick Mead, Adam Baker and Nico Van Hoen. Chloe Nicholls is also to be commended as she progresses to her apprenticeship. These are just a few names amongst many who have excelled in this challenging year, with the vast majority making their firm or insurance choice for university.   
Thank you to all staff, teaching and support staff, who have maintained College progress over the past year and whose work creates successful futures for our young people. A special thanks must also go to all parents and families whose support and energy have made these results possible. Your children are a credit to you.  
Finally, the year 13 prom last month was a lovely event which celebrated the year group’s success and potential. Thank you to everyone who attended and especially to those people who organised the event so well.  
I wish you a bright, happy and successful future and hope to see you soon.  
Emma Reynolds  
Frome College
Thank you to Asda in Frome for sponsoring our Year 11 leavers breakfasts this week.  The supermarket generously supplied 300 cups of hot chocolate and 300 pastries during the activities week.

Each house decorated their common room and staff served the refreshments as part of the end of year celebrations.

Frome College students should be really proud of their GCSE and BTEC results received today. Having faced great uncertainty and significant disruption, the sheer grit and determination students have shown through the pandemic has been tremendous.
This year, following the cancellation of exams, grades were awarded through a process of teacher assessment, against national standards, approved and awarded by exam boards. The government is not publishing performance data for any schools or colleges this year due to the varying impact of the pandemic; a healthy opportunity which allows us to concentrate on individual successes.
Congratulations to Mary Evans, Melissa Verwey, Willow Hunter, Aimee Uttley, Jack Bishop, Sophie Gilson, Frankie Polakova, Danny Nguyen, Jacob Roberts and Bethan Davis, who between them gained an outstanding 89 qualifications at level 9 and 8- the highest possible achievement. 
Equal congratulations go to Lana Lewis, Amy Barter, Elen Northeast, Tilly Kempshall, Lucy Sheppard, Kira Ramnarain, Violet Venables Ziminski, Izzy Neale, Filip Borek and Millie Fay Light who made the most progress from year 9 to year 11.
Even though final examinations were cancelled, this should not detract from the significant hard work and commitment put in by our students, with the outstanding support of parents and college staff. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our teachers who have ensured each young person has been awarded results that truly reflect the standard they had achieved.
We look forward to welcoming our new year 12 back to college on Wednesday 8th September.
Emma Reynolds

The College PE students and staff who travelled to Wimbledon were thrilled to see a classic day of tennis in the sunshine. First, they watched the ladies doubles semi-final with Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza on Court No.1, followed by Novak Djokovic beating Richard Gasquet and then Roger Federer beating Andy Murray in 3 straight sets on Centre Court to go through to the finals.





An outstanding and memorable day was had by all!



On Thursday 11 June, former student Lieutenant Tristan Williams, was chosen to represent his platoon, the Royal Welsh at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Her Majesty the Queen bestowed the regiment with new Colours, this has only happened twice before during her reign. Lt Williams presented the Colours to the Queen for her to bless as head of the Church.   





After the ceremony the Queen joined the regiment for lunch. Tristan is now based in Tidworth with the Royal Welsh and has been to Kenya, Canada, Poland and Germany in the last year. He remains a keen sportsman and is representing the Army in tennis.

A high standard of rhetoric was in evidence when 16 students contested the Frome College English and Media Faculty’s Year 9 Public Speaking Competition.  The competition was being run for the second year and every student in Year 9 was required to develop and deliver a speech declaring what they would change ‘If I Ruled the World’ in a sequence of heats. 

Every contestant was warmly congratulated by the judges and the audience of parents and staff recognised the high quality of the speeches and maturity of the content. 

The judges, Mayor Kate Bielby, Principal Gavin Ball and Aron Schneider, Deputy Assistant Principal for Literacy and English, debated long and hard before confirming the top three speech-makers and confessed that, because of the quality of the speeches had found it hard to single out a winner. 

In the end they awarded third prize to Grace Lindley, who spoke about forming a world council; second prize to Holly Fleetwood, who spoke about making education more inclusive whilst the winner was Solo Candy who spoke about the dangers of social media.

Aron Schneider praised Sarah Henry for organising the event and the competitors.  He said: ‘New GCSEs and the demands of higher education and employer’s means that it is essential that young people are skilful and confident when taking part in presentations.’
Gavin Ball concluded the evening by praising the contestants as ‘brilliant’ and celebrating the achievements of all involved. 

Frome College was highly honoured to host the successful English rock guitarist, Neil Taylor, who did an exclusive performance on Wednesday 16 December, for our Year 10 students in the College’s 240 seat campus Merlin Theatre, during tutor time.




Neil, who was a member of ‘Tears for Fears’ and played with Robbie Williams for 10 years, amazed the audience with memorable songs such as ‘Angels’ and ‘Shout’ as well as songs from his latest albums. 

Neil is currently touring with Chris De Burgh and has played concerts around the world, with one in the Ukraine of over half a million people.  He first came to play for College students 3 years ago and we welcomed his return this week to start the Christmas season with a fantastic performance.

We look forward to him returning soon.

© Photography by Paul Gillis @ paulgillisphoto.com

29 students left bright and early at 3.30am to board a coach during the end of term 1 holiday, to begin their adventures on the cross-curriculm trip to New York.

Hannah North, Danielle Jackson, Chloe Palmer & Charlotte Leesom  in Sixth Form report:

"After arrival at Heathrow Airport and an easy check-in, smooth security checks, and of course duty-free shopping, we boarded the plane ready for our approximately 7 hour flight. We were all very impressed with the in-flight entertainment and food- which included pizza and ice cream!

We landed in New York at 1.00pm local time and were all buzzing with excitement to begin our 'NYC' experience! We were greeted at JFK airport by our lovely tour guide Lynn, who gave us a fascinating talk on the boroughs of New York and the history of some buildings, as we entered Manhattan. On arrival at our YMCA we unfortunately realised it was not up to standard, and we were extremely fortunate in being moved to the extravagant Roosevelt Hotel on Madison Avenue. We all felt very lucky being upgraded to our luxurious suites with king-sized beds and ensuite bathrooms! After a long day of travelling and switching hotels we were all exhausted, and as soon as we received our room-keys we went straight to bed.

The next morning we were awake and ready to go exploring in 'NYC'. First on the itinerary was an open-top bus tour of Uptown Manhattan, we were so excited to see Times Square for the first of many times, to see boroughs such as Harlem, and we also saw where some celebrities were living. After a quick lunch in the peaceful Central Park, we made our way to the American Museum of Natural History; it was really exciting to see artefacts that were featured in the film “Night at the Museum”. While walking back through Central Park to return to our hotel, we paid a visit to the John Lennon tribute “Strawberry Fields” just opposite to where he was shot. In the evening we went to Planet Hollywood restaurant, which was very cool as it had memorabilia from big Hollywood films such as Titanic- not to mention the food was great. After our meal we quickly stopped in Times Square for our first night viewing, the bright lights and exhilarating atmosphere were very surreal and we all felt very lucky to be there. Feeling both full and again tired from our jam-packed day and buzzing from the New York excitement, we returned to the hotel to sleep! 

The next day we had a real 'American breakfast' in the Morning Star Café, a mixture of pancakes, eggs, bacon, maple syrup and waffles. After breakfast we rode the subway down to the dock at which we caught a ferry to the Statue of Liberty. We were so shocked by the magnificent size of 'Lady Liberty', and walked around the base to take lots of 'selfies' - one of the highlights was Mrs Hyde trying to work her selfie stick! After a group selfie and a  quick visit to the gift shop we hopped back on the boat and went to Ellis Island, the gateway for many immigrants into America. On return to the dock we were again met by our guide for a walking tour of Downtown Manhattan, she walked us down Wall Street and the financial district. Later we walked to the 9/11 Memorial, with each victim’s name engraved into it, this was extremely thought provoking and touching, we also saw the new World Trade Center, also known as the ‘Freedom Tower’. After this we caught the subway to Little Italy where we ate a lovely Italian meal. The subway ride home was one of the highlights of the trip; we had such a blast and laughed the whole way back to the hotel.

The following day we walked across the island to the docks where we went on a ‘skyline cruise’, we saw the breathtaking New York skyline, including sights such as the Empire State Building and the Brooklyn Bridge, while aboard the cruise we also had a classic American hot dog for lunch- it was delicious!

Next on our adventure was a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the world’s largest department store- Macy’s Herald Square! It was intriguing to hear about the history of the store, they gave us 10% off coupons which we were very happy to take advantage of! After our shopping spree we walked to the Empire State Building and prepared to see New York from the 87th floor. We were lucky enough to get the timing perfect as it was sunset over the skyline- it was truly a beautiful sight. Feeling fortunate for our amazing experience so far we made our way to the Hard Rock Café, where we had a great meal surrounded by memorabilia such as the Beatles’ suits.

In the morning we had our last American breakfast at the Morning Star Café, and went back to the hotel to pack our suitcases before going shopping. We walked to Times Square for the last time, where we splashed out in all the large shops, before meeting on the famous red steps to eat pizza. We returned to the hotel, to try and squeeze our shopping into our packed suitcases- we just managed to fit it all in and stay below the weight limit, although there was some suitcase sharing! After our goodbyes, we boarded the coach to JFK, and had our last glimpse of the gorgeous New York skyline at sunset while leaving Manhattan. We were all really tired and although we were sad to leave New York, we were excited to see our families and friends.

We had such a surreal, and magical adventure in New York, thank you to Mrs Hyde, Mrs Hiron-Grimes and Mr Titchner for organising the trip and for being great company!

Frome College Radio Club have been given the unique and exciting opportunity to broadcast regular shows, both live and pre-recorded, on FromeFM 96.6fm.

Starting on Saturday 26 November, the Radio Cub has been invited to host the FromeFM ‘Breakfast Show’ every 4 weeks.  Broadcasting live between 9.00am- 11.30am, this fast paced, news, music and chat show is already a popular feature on FromeFM, and will be a real test of the broadcasting ability and knowledge the students are learning in the club aftershcool.

The students will also co-host ‘Teenage Kicks’, an existing teen magazine show, on the same Saturday between 6.00pm – 7.00pm. The show is a mix of music and topics of interest to teenagers, providing the audience with an insight to a 'teen perspective' on life.

As if two shows aren’t enough of a challenge, the students are also producing a fortnightly pre-recorded show which will air after Christmas. ‘Frome College Matters’ will enable students of all abilities to meet, work with, and get to know people within their community; and allow them to have a say in services which affect them. It will feature news and interviews from both the College and the wider community.

Principal, Mr Ball who has been a guest on the radio show said: “I am immensely proud of our students who make these projects happen. Giving up spare time and committing to extra curriculum activities shows great initiative, and helps to develop their leadership and life skills for the future. I look forward to listening to the shows”.

FromeFM Director Matt Sims said “We are delighted to have Frome College students as part of our regular broadcast team. They bring a whole new aspect of Frome life to our airwaves and, from what we have heard so far, present and produce very professional and informative shows.”

Tune in on Saturday 26 November from 9.00am – 11.30am, and 6.00pm – 7.00pm on 96.6fm or online at Frome.fm

If you would like to be a guest on any of the shows, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The College U16 girls’ football team beat Gordano School by 2 goals to 1 to win the Somerset County Cup 2016 for the 3rd year in a row.

The Fome team started strong and had 5 chances in the first half, but struggled to get the ball over the line, ending in 0 - 0 at half time.

In the 2nd half, the College girls fought even harder and Chloe Gilroy scored from great passes made between Lucy Macy, Ellie Stripple and Katie Minty, but Gordano School equalised with a goal straight from a corner.

Ellie Forrester and Macy Ford battled hard in the center to stop Gordano breaking through. Chloe Hill marked well and was relentless in her battling but Frome missed a few chances and it looked like it would go to extra time. Then Chloe Gilroy scored a fantasitc goal with a half volley and lobbing the keeper from 25 yards. Mary Brant and Josey Taylor defended well to stop Gordano's wingers from equalising and the final whistle blew crowning Frome College the Somerset County Cup winners for 2016!

The whole team were outstanding and we are proud of them all -  Betty Restorick, Ellie Forrester, Charlotte Buxton, Mary Brant, Josey Taylor, Macy Ford,  Chloe Hill, Lucy Macy, Katie Minty, Ellie Stripple, Chloe Gilroy, Darcy Marshall, Chloe Tanner.


'Player of the Match' went to Katie Minty for her outstanding effort and performance.  Charlotte Buxton kept Gordano School from ever having a chance to shoot by commanding th defence.  Ellie Stripple dominated the center of the pitch and played some lovely balls to Chloe Gilroy.


Well done to them all on a great acheivement.

Frome College have finalised a fantastic 25 entries for the competition this year.  The Exhibition is at Rook Lane Chapel at 6.30pm on Thursday 8 December.

Judging will begin at 5.45pm and the exhibition will be open to the public from 6.30pm until 8.30pm. Prize giving will be held for the winners at 7.00pm.

This year’s theme for the competition is ‘Reflectionand was open to all students at the College to submit 3 different photos, in colour or black and white, exploring this year’s theme with a brief sentence to explain what the photos represent.

The winner will be entered in the district competition, where if successful, will be put through to the national finals.

Good luck to all of our talented students.




The College’s last Careers Café of this academic year saw over 15 voluntary organisations talking to hundreds of students on the theme of voluntary work, continuing the growing trend of this flagship event. 

A superb presentation was given by Corporal Dan Carter who gave a fascinating insight into the many varied careers available in the British Army, and guest speakers from a newly commissioned charity called Stand Down, enlightened the students about their work providing psychological help and support to active serving members or veterans of the British Armed Forces who suffer mental trauma.  This charity also aims to provide help and support to the dependents of those affected by psychiatric injury.

The Careers Café also hosted Cinnamon Trust which is the only specialist national charity for people in their last years and their much loved and needed companion animals.  In addition, it was an exciting new development for the project to see our own students representing the Bath Cats & Dogs Home careers table; our students were able to talk about how they had engaged in fundraising activities to support the organisation and to give out newsletters and details of volunteering opportunities.

British Eventing was well represented by Jennie Smith, and proved incredibly popular with students interested in volunteering in equestrian activities.

Frome Hospital is currently looking for volunteers to assist with their forthcoming Summer Fete.  Guest speakers from the hospital informed students that volunteer roles are very varied from assisting with marketing to running fundraising activities.  St John Ambulance spoke to students on how to operate a defibulator when every second may count in saving a life.  Students were reassured to find out that clear operational instructions are given when a defibulator is brought into action in a medical emergency. Somerset Care was also represented and students were informed about the fantastic work undertaken by this organisation throughout the county.  

We Hear You (WHY) is a free professional one-to-one counselling service for anyone affected by a diagnosis of cancer or a life threatening illness, this includes family, friends and carers in addition to patients themselves.  The organisation would welcome volunteers for fundraising or for supporting a local charity in a variety of ways.

Also in attendance was Frome Library who is recruiting volunteers for the annual Summer Reading Challenge.  Last summer this event attracted over 7000 children to continue to inspire a love of reading by encouraging children to keep reading over the summer.  Activities are available for volunteers to talk to children about the books they are reading, to help children choose books and to participate in craft and story time sessions. 

Frome Museum is also looking for support and the museum can offer experience with conserving artefacts or volunteering to work at the museum.  The Merlin Theatre also welcome any volunteers who would like to help with events at the Theatre in the future.

Frome Park Rangers offer real opportunities to volunteer with fulfilling roles for those who love to work in the great outdoors and help protect our local parks and wildlife.  

DNA Worldwide, who won the Mendip Business of the year Award, spoke about their exciting apprenticeship opportunities and gave a very interesting insight into the industry. 

CIL newly partnered with Frome College attended to offer an amazing insight into their business and look for potential apprentices.  Founded in 1986, CIL is an independent management consultancy.  They provide evidence-based advice to assist clients to grow their business, manage risk and make better investments.

The Citizens Advice Bureau spoke about volunteering for those interested who wish to gain experience in banking, finance or accountancy.  The organisation offers not only much needed support and advice to our students but also the wider community.

Chris Curtis thanked all of the guests who gave their time and expertise to help our students see a bigger picture in terms of their overall personal and professional development to complement and enrich their academic studies.  He said that he found out many years ago that volunteering to help others can be one of the most fulfilling jobs by way of personal fulfilment. 

We would like to thank everyone who has supported the College this year.  We will be contacting local clubs and organisations next term in preparation for our Participation Fair in September.  If you are interested in getting involved in any of our future Careers Café’s, the Participation Fair or wish to contact any of the organisations, please contact the Next Steps Team via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Principal, Mr Ball has issued the following statement

After almost five years at the helm of Frome College which has been a wonderful and rewarding headship, it is with a significant degree of sadness that I am writing to inform you that I will be leaving Frome College on 31 August 2017.

I have been offered the Executive Headship of the Wessex Learning Trust based in Cheddar, Somerset – which I take over on 1 September.   This job involves the Headship of a large secondary school [Kings of Wessex] and one middle school and a number of first schools.  

It has been an enormous privilege to lead Frome College and I am extremely aware how fortunate I have been to work with such talented, inspirational and committed teachers and middle and senior leaders, support staff and Governors.  It has been a joy to steer and unlock the potential that the College has always had within it from the Ofsted in my first term in 2012 from ‘Inadequate’’, moving it within fifteen months to an Ofsted ‘Good’ in 2014.

I would like to thank you all and most especially our wonderful students who make Frome College what it is today.  We are committed to providing a high quality education where the focus is the quality of teaching and learning which leads to great outcomes for our young people.  I have led this school to be inclusive so that every student matters and is valued.   There is now active participation for every student through our Careers Cafes and our Participation Fair where employability and business links are made as well as our work experience programme.

Rest assured, for me it will be business as usual until 31 August 2017 with the College remaining my focus so that every student at Frome College gets every opportunity to succeed.   In due course the Governors will be advertising for a new Principal who will lead the College forward and continue to raise standards for all young people in Frome.

The Governors will be writing to you to update you on the progress with the appointment of a new Principal.”

Heads of Houses organised a mock vote today ahead of the General Election tomorrow. All students were given the opportunity to vote and went from indifferent to highly vocal in the preparations before they cast their votes.

Students were heard to debate a range of issues including tax, housing benefit, defence and immigration. The process was a wonderful preparation for their adult life, and next time they will be voting for real.

Click on the table below to see the students’ results:




We are delighted to have such positive feedback from our students and teachers who are keeping in touch about the work being set to do at home.
This is a great example of work completed at home by a Year 9 student who was set the task of cooking a meal suitable for someone with, or at risk of, Type 2 diabetes.
Not only did he complete the task set by his teacher, he also cooked the menu for the whole family. 

Keep up the good work everyone! 
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!
We are running a trial of the Virtual Results Day from 15 July.  Dummy results will be sent out to all students who are expecting exam results in the summer; therefore, we need students to check their college emails and Frog. 

Students should complete the form on Frog to check the system is working and ensure we can get results out on Results Days via this link https://portal.fromecollege.org/examresults2020
Thank you to Frome Valley Cleaners who have generously
dry-cleaned donated college uniform that will be provided to families in need.  Over 25 families have already received items of uniform.

Thank you to everyone who has been so supportive asset to the Frome community in these challenging times.
Students at Frome College have received a generous donation of £5,000 from local quarry company, Wainwright & Co for our school’s Greenpower racing team.

The team are taking part in Greenpower - an engineering initiative to get more people interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects and careers. Greenpower also promotes a strong sense of teamwork, with members having to design and build a kit car that they will race. The car called ‘Carbon Footsprint’ is powered by electricity, with the event encouraging sustainability and the use of electric motor vehicles.

With this funding, the team has been able to buy the kit, and necessary equipment to build the car. As well as this, they are currently researching options and ideas for the car’s bodywork.  They expect to be able to start racing their first event in September, at the Castle Combe circuit, with hopes to race in the final! 

On Tuesday 18 May, we welcomed Peter Barkwill, CEO of John Wainwright & Co, and his PA Joni Stoker to meet the student team.

We would like to thank Wainwrights for their generosity, and our families for their contributions and support with the Greenpower project.

We will keep you updated on progress.  If you are interested in supporting Frome College’s ‘Carbon Footsprint’, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This week we welcomed 200 Year 11 students for their 3-day transition to Sixth Form. The program enabled them to take part in subject taster sessions, talks, and finished with a BBQ lunch on Thursday 24 June.  

During a highly successful week, we also extended a welcome to many new students coming to us from other schools - both locally, and as far away as California and Switzerland. 

We look forward to seeing them all return in September.

The College hosted the Somerset finals of F1 in Schools - Jaguar Primary School Challenge at the Leisure Centre this week.A number of different teams from across the county competed to win the coveted Jaguar Trophy.  Teams of Year 4 and 5 students have spent the last 8 months designing and building their own ‘Formula 1’ car which they built from cardboard.   The little cars shot across the track at great speed, much to the delight of competitors and spectators alike.  The students also had to create a display and present their ideas to a panel of judges from Jaguar and the Rotary Club.  There were some great presentations including singing, dancing and poetry to compliment the story of the design journey. 

The final students had to use all their skills to complete a design and make challenge on the day – with some fantastic results.  Every team managed to win a prize however, the winning team was ‘Furious Four’ from Whitchurch Primary School.  They were presented with their prizes by Gavin Ball, Principal at the College and David Barnard, Chairman of Jaguar F1 in Schools.

A huge thank you to everybody involved in the planning and preparation of such a great event, and the continued support of the Rotary Club, who always have such enthusiasm for College events. We wish the winners every success in the National Finals in Coventry on 23 June.


Welcome back to all our students and an extra warm welcome to our new Year 9 students who are enjoying their first few weeks at College.






We are all excited to get back to teaching and learning and looking forward to another highly successful year ahead!


The Year 11 students celebrated the end of their GCSE exams with a Prom held at Center Parcs on Wednesday 24 June.  The Prom was a huge success with almost 250 students and staff in attendance and a fantastic evening was had by all. The evening began with the Frome All Stars Band and finished with DJ Dill, and the students did not want the evening to end, leaving parents waiting till the very last minute to collect them. 



The students were keen to pass on their comments to staff, “Best night ever – so glad I came!”, “It was amazing” and “Thank you we’ve had an awesome night”. 

The students were a real credit to Frome College and it was a great chance to say farewell to them in style as they take the next steps in their careers. 

Good luck to everyone on their GCSE results day at 11.00am on Thursday 20 August in the main Hall.

© Photos by 35mil Photography


Thursday 8 October marks the start of a 4 day trip to our twin town of Murrhardt by a delegation of 26 representatives from a partnership between Frome Twinning Association, Frome Town Council, Frome College and Local Businesses to exchange information and ideas on business, economic development, vocational training and communications (in particular Broadband).

This is the second part of a 4 part, 2 year Thematic Networking Project funded by EU and will also bring together delegations from our other twin towns of Chateau Gontier (France) and Rabka Zdroj (Poland) with the aim of sharing best practice, forging business and educational links between all 4 towns.

The Frome delegation will include staff and students from Frome College including the award winning Plant Notes Team, Gabriel Barnes, Jake Malley, Alex Osborne and Harry Foreman.  Plant Notes was established by 4 enterprising students who will be presenting their exciting new product that monitors soil temperature, air temperature, air humidity, soil PH levels and light intensity in plant growing environments.  The product is expected to be brought to the market with the help of industry professionals.

Another innovative Frome based team will be presenting in Murrhardt, they are Field, who are a new internet provider that has developed a wireless based system for delivering superfast broadband.  Field hope to roll out their service in 2016 supporting businesses and households in Frome and surrounding villages.
Frome Town Council will also be presenting their current work and future ideas in support of the environmental technologies and creative business sectors within Frome.

Speaking on behalf of Frome Town Council, Peter Wheelhouse, Economic Development & Regeneration Manager said “The trip marks a new phase in the development of our relationship with Frome’s twin towns.  For the first time, we will be sharing ideas and knowledge that will help to develop the economies of all four towns.  This will also help put Frome at the forefront of the European map as an innovative, creative, forward thinking and welcoming place to be.”

Damon Hooton, Thematic Networking Officer at Frome Twinning Association said “This is continuing the exciting 2 year Thematic Networking Project, with Frome hosting the third event in March 2016 with the fourth and final event in Rabka Zdroj in September 2016.  The partnership travelling to Murrhardt shows the enthusiasm and potential for growth for Frome, the sharing of best practice and knowledge marks a new era in Twinning and I would like to thank Peter Wheelhouse (FTC), Lisa Millard (Frome College) and many others who have put a great deal of time and work into making sure this event takes place and will be successful, it bodes well for our future.”

Lisa Millard, Assistant Principal of Frome College said, “This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the brilliant partnership work we have been doing with Frome Town Council and local businesses. We have developed real opportunities for our students through collaboration and we are very much looking forward to sharing our success and learning about the links between business and education in our twinned towns.”   

The College Sixth Form Open Evening saw a huge crowd in our campus Merlin Theatre auditorium.

The evening opened with Head Boy Fynn McLennan, Head Girl, Adrianna Seviour, Year 12 students Charleigh Mustow and Ben Manning  speaking to the audience about their experiences ‘jumping up’  from GCSE to A Level and the excellent leadership team support network at College to make that transition smooth and giving the students a ‘voice'.  They said how fortunate they felt having the purpose built Sixth Form block to study in which helps them focus and gives a good attitude to learning to support the expectation to act like adults. The audience listened to them explain about the induction day which is important to help make the right option choices, the study periods to work in and cover homework, the large amount of trips on offer to support the courses chosen with a huge variety of extra-curricular activities such as the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme.

Principal, Gavin Ball followed with a talk about ‘what’s on offer’ at Frome College, and with over 400 students in the Sixth Form, it enables us to offer the widest choice of subjects in the area. He spoke proudly about how focused the College is on teaching, choice, challenge and the high expectations to ensure that students meet their goals in their education at the same time as promoting ‘conceptual thinking’ to work alongside other agencies and community to ensure individuals have a rounded and positive experience with the best outcomes and essential life skills.

He said that the College is proud to have great care plan for all students starting with their tutor programme and working with a network of welfare and intervention staff to help and support individuals if needed.  The College is already working hard to put in place the new three subjects A Level system with exams at the end, and offering tailor made courses including the EPQ research project and qualifications to run alongside other options, ensuring that the right students are in the right courses and choosing the right paths with something for everyone. 

He introduced Dr Andrew Ross from the University of Bath, who works very closely with Frome College who attended to speak about the two year ‘On  track to Bath’ programme open to Sixth Form students to support them going on to University.

Vice Principal introduced the Sixth Form team members and their roles and the focus being on achievement, hard work, attitude to learning, the importance of attendance,  good teaching, the careers, apprenticeship and UCAS support available and the 1-2-1 mentoring programme.  

Dr David Smith, who has recently been recruited to the Sixth Form team to cover maternity leave, spoke about the caring tutor team at the College and how important it is to build relationships between the staff and students.


Student guides were on hand to escort the audience around the site to see displays of art and music, speak to staff in all subject areas, and to meet the Sixth Form team and discuss any questions or to find out information on courses.

The Sixth Form Course Guide is on our website by following the link below:


© Photos supplied by Kevein Mitchell Photography

Congratulations go to Blythe Plenderleith, who has won an art prize of a two week exhibition in the form of a pop up gallery at the Black Swan in Frome. This is a reward for her outstanding College Art & Photography work over the last two years.

This is her first solo exhibition and runs from 12- 24 October.  She will be at the Black Swan in her exhibition space during many of her Art & Photography lessons leading up to the exhibition, creating work in readiness for the event opening on Saturday 17 October.

Blythe is organising a rota of family, friends and students to steward her exhibition at other times.  It is a most exciting project and fantastic start to Blythe’s A Level courses. 

She said “My exhibition is running between the 12-24 October.  The early part of this week is setting up, and the opening day is on Saturday 17 October, 2.00-4.00pm.  
I believe there is integral beauty in everyday objects, people and locations.  Through using the mediums of photography and art, and a variety of materials and techniques, I am able to morph the two to allow them to be seen from a unique viewpoint.   This exhibition called ‘Stolen Gems’ captures objects and individuals in an instant that would otherwise be lost.  It offers an intriguing glimpse and a stolen moment into another life; another time and another dimension.”

We wish her every success on her exhibition and future projects!

As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week in November 2015 the entire Year 9 cohort at Frome College had to pitch for ideas of products or services to sell at the Frome Independent Market. There were 5 finalists and out of those 2 winning teams were chosen to have a stall at the June market.

The winning team was ‘Draw it, Wear it’.  Their product was a design your own T-shirts stall. They sourced their shirts locally from T-Shirts & Sons in Westbury, and their fabric pens and stencils were purchased from Ellenbray Press.  This team was made up of Oscar Slade, Ben Underhill, Jakob Seviour and Josh Bond from tutor group 9F2 in Franklin House. 

The runner-up team ‘Pet Stop’ came up with the idea of a pets’ corner. To make it more interactive for children they also designed a word search, quiz and fact sheet to accompany the petting of the animals. This team was made up of just two students – Grace Lloyd and Yazia Stout from 9E1 in Einstein House.  The animals mainly belonged to them; they bought in some tiny chicks, land snails, guinea pigs, rabbits and stick insects. They also hired a European Eagle Owl from Steph who works at Not Just Pets in Frome - his name is Boo and he was a star attraction. 

In the lead up to the market the students have taken part in all aspects of a business start-up from seeking advice, researching costs and materials, and designing ways to market their stalls.  They sourced all of their materials and stock from local businesses and had the opportunity to negotiate and interact with the business owners.

On the day they were all there bright and early by 8.00 am to set up. They worked tirelessly throughout the day in the warm sunshine. They became very busy and had a constant flow of customers which kept them all very busy.
The students did very well to cope with the pressures of a busy market and one of them commented ‘I felt I really gained in confidence doing the market’ and another student said ‘I really enjoyed working with the animals and the children, it was tiring but definitely worth it’.  They also gained valuable business and enterprise skills with one student saying that he felt he learned lots about their target market and ways to effectively sell products.

Alongside this beneficial experience of gaining transferable skills both teams were also able to make a profit of £200 each which they distributed evenly between their team members.

College Enterprise Coordinator Rose Hiron-Grimes said ‘We are very proud of the students for the work that they put into organising their stalls and we are very grateful to all the support and mentoring from the Independent Market.  We would like to thank them and the local community for their ongoing support of the students at Frome College, and to Emma Knibbs for the photogaphy’.

We are delighted to announce that our annual Carol Concert at St John's Church raised £470.15 in the collection for charity.  

Cheques have been raised to be divide the funds equally between Dorothy House Hospice Care and Positive Action on Cancer.

Thank you to everyone who came along to the event at Christmas and contributed to the collection.

Our annual 'Later with Frome College' concert at the Cheese & Grain is on Tuseday 18 July.

All students and staff who would like to particpate, please contact Mr Nicholls, Mr Hampson or Mr Waterhouse as soon as possible.

We look forward to another outstanding 'Frome College' event!

Further information will follow soon.


The intermediate stage of the competition at Standerwick Centre on Thursday 28 January was outstanding, and two College teams from Year 9 successfully took the 1st and 2nd places! 






The students arrived at 5.45pm to present their pieces to a panel of judges throughout the evening.  The College also had a student team from Year 10, who presented their piece at the intermediate stage as practice ahead of the senior competition on 11 February at the Centre.

We would like to congratulate the winning students and the runners up who participated, with all the other students who received highly commended from the judges.

We wish them all good luck in the next round.


A commemorative plaque to celebrate the work on the Last Tree Dreaming project was unveiled at a ceremony hosted by Mr Ball on Wednesday 17 May, for all the artists, young people and organisers who have supported the project from its conception in 2013.

The 250 year old, 17.3 meter, 11 tonne, Oak tree has been erected at Frome College’s Bath Road entrance. It fell in Turner's Paddock at Stourhead, and was featured in the painting 'View over the lake at Stourhead' by JMW Turner in 1798. The Heritage Lottery awarded the project £40,000 to involve Frome's young people in the tree's historical and ecological heritage. The sculpture signifies the depleted great forest of Selwood, first recorded in 898, which once covered the whole Frome area. The tree is lit up at night to highlight the students hand carved tattoos into the heartwood of the tree making it a beacon of hope for the future.

Sculptor Barry Cooper said “I would like to thank all those who have made this project happen. In particular: My wife Kath Cooper, who initially found the tree at Stourhead in 2013. Gavin Ball, for hosting Last Tree Dreaming at Frome College. Anthony Rogers, for enthusiastically collaborating with me on this sculpture; for carving the tree with Frome's young people. Grant Gellatly, for overseeing the design and engineering of the sculpture; was collaborating with our structural engineer Austen Cook from Momentum in Bath. Azeema Caffoor, who host-directed the project in Young People Frome. Angela Yeoman, our Patron who has supported the project wholeheartedly from the beginning. Kim Portnell, who arranged for the tree to be donated to the Frome community and approached Henry Hoare to provide our initial funding.  Dougie Williams and the core group of Frome College students who led the project. Open Story Tellers, who initially led on the film about Selwood Forest. The Duke of Edinburgh and Selwood Academy students who actually made the film. Matthew Marshall for providing an enthusiastic and active partnership with Somerset Wildlife Trust. Helen Moore for working with young people in poetry, script; Forest School.  Howard Vause who made two outstanding films about the project.

Also, I would like to thank the Frome College staff who have helped us achieve planning, supported the project administratively over the last 3 years, provided all the College support on the ground, and whose idea it was to place the tree in this particular location. Mark Riley who provided 2 cranes for the erection of the tree. Claire Marsland, for facilitating the employment of 60 first school children in carving the tree, and organising a procession for them to replant Selwood with sapling trees. Diana Walker for donating 60 native sapling trees from Barters Farm Nurseries. Ruth Knagg for facilitating the planting of the saplings in Whatcombe Fields. Andrew Hopkins who provided over 50 tons of concrete, to support the tree. John and Allan Brown for their hours of work preparing the tree and making the reinforced structure to support the tree. Pete Aylesbury, who was responsible for getting the tree from Stourhead to the Frome College campus, Julian Height, who is promoting the revival of Selwood Forest, and to Michael McGarvie, who provided the historical perspective on Selwood Forest."  

You can download the films by following the links below:


We are delighted to announce the BBC TV Presenter Sarah-Jane Bungay is our guest of honour at this year's GCSE Certificate Presentation on Friday 25 November at the Memorial Theatre in Frome.

Sarah-Jane has worked for the BBC for almost twenty years, taking roles on and off screen.

She grew up in Frome taking GCSEs and A Levels at Frome College, and enjoyed acting in school productions at the Merlin Theatre.

After University at Cardiff where she studied history and then a postgraduate diploma in broadcasting, she moved to Southampton where her career at the BBC began. Sarah-Jane was offered a three week stint on a radio show, answering phones to listeners – fifteen years later she was still at the BBC but now reporting on major news stories and presenting bulletins in the studio.

Five years ago Sarah-Jane moved to work for BBC Points West in Bristol. She loves reporting on the area where she grew up – her most exciting interview in recent years was speaking to Jenson Button when he came to drive an F1 car through the streets of Frome.

Most recently Sarah-Jane produced this year's Children in Need output for the West - she says “working with a big yellow bear, Pudsey, was a breeze - he couldn't answer back for a start!”

The formal ceremony for all College students who sat their Year 11 GCSE exams in the last academic year will begin prompt at 1.30pm.  We therefore ask, all those students attending to dress smart, and arrive at 1.00pm in order to be seated by 1.15pm, for the start at 1.30pm.

Refreshments will be available for everyone in the Assembly Rooms following the formal presentation in the Theatre, allowing for an opportunity for friends to meet and catch up.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Frome College held assemblies for all students and staff as Acts of Remembrance on Friday 11 November, to mark the special day.

A ceremony, led by Mr Hurrell, in the College Memorial Garden was held at 10.45am as a mark of respect for all those affected by war, and the 15 former students of Frome College who were killed in action. Their lives are commemorated by memorial plaques on Northcote Building.

Following the Last Post, a 2 minute silence was held at 11.00am.

Afterwards, moving poems and stories of the fallen were read out, and representatives from the community and the College laid wreaths at the garden pond.

On Tuesday 8 October, Frome College celebrated Ada Lovelace Day. Ada Lovelace is widely regarded as the first computer programmer and a pioneer of constructing algorithms.

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

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

In February, staff from the College attended an event in Bristol arranged by Governor Max Wide, where a number of local businesses and organisations presented information about employability and enterprise opportunities in the South West.

Following this event, a number of enterprising students have been selected to take part in an exclusive visit to the Engine Shed in Bristol to find out about these developments and to meet local business people and entrepreneurs. 

Bristol is very accessible from Frome and there are lots of innovations and business developments happening as part of the 'Enterprise Zone' urban regeneration project in the Temple Quarter near the train station.  This could open up many opportunities for young people in and around Frome. We want to give students a chance to explore these opportunities and also to be able to meet and network with business people who are at the forefront of these exciting changes.

The information and contacts gained from this trip will then be passed back through to other students at the College through ‘The Next Steps Hub’ for Employability & Enterprise.  This will give all students access to the full range of options available to them in their future career paths.   

The group of Gifted & Talented students from Year 9, 10 and 12 who show entrepreneurship potential in subjects such as computing and creative technologies, travelled by train to the Engine Shed in Bristol on Thursday 25 June where they had the opportunity to hear about career developments, opportunities in the area, have a tour of the building and meet local business people. One such business was Ultrahaptics, where students were able to demo their ultrasound technology. 

Information and interviews from the trip will be coming out soon in the Frome College Radio Show on Frome 96.6 FM.

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

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

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

We look forward to seeing you all.

Kate Grey, TV presenter, World Medalist and Paralympic swimmer completed her first day as our Athlete Mentor this week with the new Sky Sports Living for Sports (SSLFS) project. Kate is working closely with groups of our PE students in key area workshops to help boost confidence, motivation, team building and improve life skills.

Frome College already has a very successful sport programme and we are delighted to be working with such an inspirational mentor as Kate. We look forward to more of her workshops and presentation assemblies in the future.

Students and staff visited Murrhardt, Frome’s twin town in Germany, as part of a Thematic Networking project between towns in France, Germany, Poland and the UK and stayed with host German families.

There was a lot to fit in the four day trip including attending a workshop that explored the idea of ‘the digital future’ and the expansion of broadband internet services in the twin towns.  There was representation from a company called WIK Net from Rabka-Zdrój (Frome’s Polish twin town) who is implementing high quality internet access via fibre using GPON (Gigabit Passive Optical Network) technology and multipoint transmitters located around the local area. 

The Frome based company, Field, founded this year, are a new community-owned internet service provider, using modern wireless technology, similar to the transmitters used in Poland, Field deliver superfast internet to homes, schools and businesses in rural areas.

During the trip, we met a woman who was on the very first Town Twinning visit to Frome over 20 years ago. Mrs Dale found herself next to Karin Galan during one of the workshops on Vocational Training and Vocational Exchange in the Twin Towns and there followed a series of coincidences.  Karin told her she was one of the first school exchange students among a group of 34 from Murrhardt in October 1983.  Now 46 and an interior designer, she has fond memories of attending Drama lessons in the Merlin Theatre and of her host family in Frome.  

Karin is a member of Murrhardt Chamber of Commerce and a firm believer in close links between schools and businesses.  Her father, a former Chief at the Bosch Company in Murrhardt, (Twinning members had visited Bosch that same morning) set up some years ago a programme to promote such links.  His idea has been widely adopted in the region.   At the end of the workshop it was proposed to establish a networking platform by March 2016 between the 4 twin towns of Frome, Murrhardt, Chateau-Gontier in France and Rabka-Zdroj in Poland.  Karen volunteered to be the contact for the Murrhardt Group.

The Plant Notes team went as part of the students group and thoroughly enjoyed seeing how the academic life of students in Germany was different to ours. The trip was also a great opportunity to network and meet many new industry experts, while promoting the Plant Notes project to representatives from Poland, France and Germany, during a workshop discussing vocational training. 

The team were given the opportunity to discuss their project and impressed everyone with an engaging speech about their journey and how vocational training in Frome has been a big part of their education. 

There was also a workshop about the ways in which the other twin towns approach schooling and the problems they face.  For example in Germany at the age of 10, it is decided whether a student should take a vocational or academic route. This influences whether they are able to attend university, or follow a vocational route and go straight into work or apprenticeship. It was fascinating to think that at such a young age this is decided for them and how different schooling and apprenticeship approaches are in the other towns.  

Lisa Millard, Assistant Principal, said "The students and staff at Frome College who attended the Twinning event would like to thank Frome Town Twinning Association and Frome Town Council for inviting us to attend. It has been very fruitful trip that will undoubtedly lead to greater opportunities for cultural exchange and the development of employable skills in the future."

Report by Harry Foreman on behalf of Plant Notes in Year 13

Frome Medical Practice is working with Frome Town Council as part of a national campaign for Children's Mental Health Week.
For more information, contact Brice Morgan a mental health practitioner at Frome Medical Practice on 01373 301300 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Two teams from the College competed in the 1st round of the Cybercenturion Challenge on Sunday 15 November. 

We had one team from Year 10, Tom Haines, Matt Haines, Dylan Oliver and Adam Kerslake, and another made up primarily of students from Year 13, Jesse Wood, Chalie Sloan, Joe Malley, Jake Malley and Will Tyler. The round lasted a gruelling 6 hours, but at the end, our Year 10 team lay 6th nationally, whilst our Year 13 team were in 13th position. It was very animated as teams were fighting vulnerabilities - and time - to download updates and win a few more vital points. 
The Cybercenturion Challenge is designed to test a team's ability to protect a computer system from malware, vulnerabilities and external or internal attacks.

The competition consists of 3 rounds and is played in teams of between 4 and 6 people.  Each round involves downloading a virtual computer full of vulnerabilities that could present opportunities for a cyber-criminal. The teams then have a single 6 hour window in which to ensure the cyber security of the systems that they are tasked with protecting. The competition has several major sponsors, including GCHQ and BT.
The next round of the competition will take place on Sunday 6 December, with a further round after Christmas, all culminating in the final, face to face competition to be held at the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park, in April 2016.

Only the top 8 teams will go through and we really hope that at least one of our teams will get there -  They certainly have the skill and the motivation!

Well done to all of them.

This year, 26,828 students from 348 schools worldwide took part in the Year 10 Olympiad Biology Competition.  The challenge was based on the results of 2 tests which took place on different days, and it was much harder this year to get a reward as the boundaries have increased by 5% a bracket.

We have amazing results - over 50% of our students who took part received awards, which means they are all in the top 46% who took part overall! 

From this, 8 students received Highly Commended, and 13 were rewarded with Commended.
A special well done to our 2 Silver medallists - Lilith Whitelaw and Gareth Everton, and 5 Bronze - Nicolaas Galbreath, Ronnie Downes, Jess McAlpine, Oscar Wilson, and Ted Lewis-Clark. Only 5% of these awards are handed out in each category a year. 
Well done to all who have taken part, we look forward to your continued success in biology. 
Peter Jones, head of science

The afternoon of Friday 20 November saw a full house at the Frome Memorial Theatre celebrating Frome  College’s most successful exam results to date, at the annual GCSE Certificate Presentation, giving both staff and parents the opportunity to congratulate the Year 11 success.  

The celebration this year was particularly well deserved as the results achieved by the students were so high.  Principal, Gavin Ball said “I am very proud how well they have all done, not only are their Maths and English results above the National Average but their Progress 8 levels, which track progress, were extremely high”.  
The student’s achievements were reflected by the highest attendance to date at the event, by not only students, but parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and many others who were keen to celebrate all the successes.

Everyone was warmly welcomed by Mr Ball, Vicky West, Pastoral Director, and all the Heads of House.  
Mr Ball introduced the prestigious guests who supported the event;  BBC Sport presenter, and Paralympian swimmer Kate Grey, who gave an inspiring motivational and moving speech, David Warburton MP for Frome & Somerton and Kate Bielby, Frome Town Mayor.

During the certificate presentation, there was a surprise award presented by David Warburton to Ben Manning in Year 12.   Ben not only was awarded Frome Youth Citizen of the Year Award earlier this year by the Selwood Rotary Club, but also received the extremely prestigious Diana Award.   Ben was very surprised and pleased to receive the award and David Warburton praised Ben for his outstanding community work and encouraged others to get involved.

Any Frome College event would not be complete without highlighting the musical talents of our students who performed some outstanding pieces.   Special thanks therefore go to Brynn Dunn, Jessica Billett and Jacob Howell in Year 12, who were extremely nervous performing in front of their peers but they were consummate professionals and the nerves did not show at all.

There will be more of the student’s musical talents on show at the College Carol Concert at St John’s Church on Monday 14 December at 7.00pm.

The ceremony was rounded off with refreshments in the Assembly Rooms.  

© Thank you to Harry Foreman in Year 13 for his photography throughout the event.

 A memorable afternoon of celebration was had by all - Congratulations go to the class of 2015!

Frome College Year 10 students were beaming with talent in this year’s lighting competition. Students studying GCSE Product Design at the College were given a brief by Fiat Lux Lighting Competition sponsors and competition organisers Rotary Club of Frome; to design desk lights and lamp shades to meet a target market of their choice.
Subject leader Brin Newton at College worked closely with Nick Cook, Fiat Lux owner to develop the competition for the students. The idea was to give the students experience with working with a real client and working within commercial constraints.

The students were invited to submit designs base on research they had undertaken and also show further development drawings, the students were judged on their final working light using the full resources of the Design & Technology department.

Competition winner Joe Leesam used the design movement ‘De Stijl’ to laser cut a light pattern based on a modern take on Piet Mondrian. The light was made to a high standard and Nick Cook said “it was very commercial and would be attractive to customers”. In contrast the second prize went to Jess Eardley for her ‘Beach Hut’ design, judges liked the small attention to detail included in her product and thought it would be easy to sell in seaside resorts. Max Gillingham’s third place light was aimed at children’s bedrooms; he got his idea from children’s building blocks with pictures and letters engraved on each side of his light. Made from laser cut pieces each side included a different coloured lens to let the light out. Nick Cook said “he could see the commercial potential of the light if the blocks of light were interchangeable”.

Patrick Cusworth, President of Frome Rotary Club, retired teacher and Head of House from the College commented on the high standard of work and presented the lighting awards with Nick Cook at Fiat Lux Lighting showroom in Bath Road, Frome on Wednesday 15 July. Brin Newton thanked the Rotarians David Gerhardt, Mike Darville and welcomed the competition as one which provides both recognition and motivation to the students.


All three winners received a silver engraved trophy, a cash prize and the winner was also presented with an original classic design Anglepoise lamp from Fiat Lux Lighting. Three runners up Soloman Warsop, Joel O’Connor, Jonathan Waldeck were highly recommended by the judges for their excellent lighting designs.



(In the photo, left to right, Patrick Cusworth from Rotary, Max Gillingham, Jess Eardley, Joe Leesam and Nick cook from Fiat Lux Lighting)


Former Head Girl and first Frome Youth Mayor Cara Honey, has secured funding to direct her own show and will be visiting the College to work with our A Level students.

Cara, who is studying Drama at the University of Winchester, has also won an award for ‘Most improved cast member’ for her performance in Peepshow. The show won the Performing Arts of Winchester's award for best show in 2015-2016 - a really prestigious award, covering all the productions in Winchester and not just the university.

Our congratulations go to Cara, we are very proud to see how students continue to take up opportunities and flourish beyond Frome College.  We wish her every success for the future!


Able and ambitious students at Frome College have the opportunity to work with the prestigious University of Bath from the week commencing 5 October on a series of innovative and exciting projects designed to stretch and challenge more able students and to share a passion for learning.

Fifty students from Years 9 and 10 will team up in our Frome Futures Centre to work with talented academics from the University of Bath for twelve weeks of learning during Wednesday twilight sessions after College as part of the Gifted and Talented Academy.  

Students will gain invaluable skills in effective participation, creativity and critical thinking skills during two six week projects.  The Year 9 students will develop their presentation skills while learning about renewable energies. They will also have the chance to build their own wind turbines and solar panels in an engineering course.  During the second series of workshops, students will learn about how businesses are formed and will design their own product to present to a 'Dragons Den' style panel of experts.
The Year 10 students will learn about the physics of sound, light and buildings and will design their own music festival.  They will also participate in a social science project and will present posters of their work.  Both groups will have an opportunity to celebrate their work and present it to family members. 

The college is delighted to provide these opportunities for students. Our partnership with The University of Bath is a great opportunity for our students to work with the world class University.
For further information, please contact Mr Curtis via email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Interviews for the awards were held at the College before Christmas, where members of the Rotary Club interviewed Holly Braidley, Joe Reynolds, Sebastian Costello, Emma Williamson, Tom Strippel and Alice Daniel from Year 12.


The judges gave great feedback on the candidates and chose Sebastian Costello as the winner.  They said: “Sebastian is a bright student who is very keen to learn. His quiet disposition changes when he speaks on a subject he loves. We all felt he would be an ideal candidate for the course and who would benefit most from the opportunity to develop his confidence, team working and to build his skills.”

Sebastian will attend the winner’s course near Princetown on Dartmoor.

Our congratulations go to him on such an outstanding achievement!

On Monday 12 October we welcomed Palestinian celebrity professional chef, Laila el-Haddad, author of ‘The Gaza Kitchen’ to College, who was in the area with Frome Friends of Palestine. 

Laila came in to cook with our Year 12 Hospitality students; they made a Palestinian dish which translates to "Sour pomegranate and lentil stew" which they all enjoyed.



We were all very honored to meet her as she took time out of her busy schedule to visit us; we were the only school in the Country who had this fantastic opportunity while she is on tour, on her way to the Frankfurt Book Fair.


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’.                                                                

Students at Frome College are preparing to become space biologists and embark on a voyage of discovery by growing seeds that have been into space.

In September, 2kg of rocket seeds were flown to the International Space Station (ISS) on Soyuz 44S where they will spend several months in microgravity before returning to Earth in March 2016. The seeds have been sent as part of Rocket Science, an educational project launched by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and the UK Space Agency.

Frome College will be one of up to 10,000 schools to receive a packet of 100 seeds from space, which they will grow alongside seeds that haven’t been to space and measure the differences over seven weeks. The students won’t know which seed packet contains which seeds until all results have been collected by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and analysed by professional biostatisticians.

The out-of-this-world, nationwide science experiment will enable the students to think more about how we could preserve human life on another planet in the future, what astronauts need to survive long-term missions in space and the difficulties surrounding growing fresh food in challenging climates.

Mrs Pike, Teaching Assistant, and Assistant Head of House for Franklin at Frome College, said: “We are very excited to be taking part in Rocket Science. This experiment is a fantastic way of teaching our students to think more scientifically and share their findings with the whole school.

Rocket Science is just one educational project from a programme developed by the UK Space Agency to celebrate British ESA astronaut Tim Peake’s Principia mission to the ISS and inspire young people to look into careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects, including horticulture.

Applications to take part in Rocket Science are still open and will close in March next year or until all packs have been allocated. Schools and educational groups can apply at rhs.org.uk/schoolgardening.

Follow the project on Twitter: @RHSSchools #RocketScience

For more information on the Rocket Science project or RHS Campaign for School Gardening, please contact the Campaign at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About the RHS Campaign for School Gardening
The RHS Campaign for School Gardening works with over 21,000 schools and groups, representing more than 4.5 million children across the UK, to inspire a love of plants and horticulture. Through our resources, unique competitions and hands-on projects, we support teachers to enhance children’s skills and development to meet the needs of the future. Our extensive bank of online resources and national programme of school gardening training courses enthuse teachers and give them skills and confidence to create outdoor learning experiences that impact on children’s achievement, health and well-being, whilst supporting the National Curriculum. rhs.org.uk/schoolgardening.

RHS Registered Charity No. 222879/SC038262

About the UK Space Agency

The UK Space Agency is responsible for all strategic decisions on the UK civil space programme and provides a clear, single voice for UK space ambitions. At the heart of UK efforts to explore and benefit from space, we are responsible for ensuring that the UK retains and grows a strategic capability in space-based systems, technologies, science and applications. We lead the UK’s civil space programme in order to win sustainable economic growth, secure new scientific knowledge and provide benefit to all citizens.

We work to:

  • co-ordinate UK civil space activity
  • encourage academic research
  • support the UK space industry
  • raise the profile of UK space activities at home and abroad
  • increase understanding of space science and its practical benefits
  • inspire our next generation of UK scientists and engineers
  • licence the launch and operation of UK spacecraft
  • promote co-operation and participation in the European Space programme

For more information on the UK Space Agency or Principia Mission, please contact Julia Short at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The competition this year saw some truly outstanding entries for Rotary Young Photographer of the Year. It was a really wonderful evening on Wednesday 9 December at Rook Lane Chapel with kind sponsorship from NVB Architects, who provided the use of the Chapel. There was a great atmosphere and lots of very beautiful photographs.

The submissions this year showed a huge variety of skill and talent, which was noticed by both the Rotarians who organised the event, as well as the other guests who attended. The judges remarked that the standard was the highest they had seen.

Frome College is filled with some very gifted and talented students, and it makes everyone at the school, very proud and happy seeing them being recognised for all their hard work. Lisa Millard, Assistant Principal at the College attended the award ceremony on behalf of the school, alongside Frome Rotarians, Christopher Good and President, Patrick Cusworth.

We would like to thank all the students who entered the competition, and also, all the staff in the College Art department. In particular, Sarah Auld, for her constant input, and the assistance of Lily Knibbs in organising the event.

The final results are

1st Place - Charlotte Leesam in Year 13
2nd  - Thea Bryant in Year 13
3rd - Daniel Weston in Year 12

Winner, Charlotte Leesam, has been put forward to the District Final, and could go on to the National Final from there. We wish her every success in the future, and send congratulations to all of them.

On Saturday 15 May, Year 12 art students took part in the final stage of their Raku ceramic workshop with artist, Andrew Eddleston.  For the Raku firing, the ceramic creations are taken from the kiln while they are still glowing red hot and placed in sawdust which in turn caches fire.  The reason for this is to starve the ceramic forms of oxygen, which gives the glaze a wonderful variety of colours. Pieces with no glaze on them take the oxygen from the clay itself, leaving some areas with a matte black colouring. 
For potters, it is an incredibly exciting technique, as there is always the anticipation of how each piece may turn out with so many different variables. We hope this experience gave our students an exciting memory of their advanced level art studies. The Raku work will be exhibited in our end of year exhibition later in the summer. A huge thank you to Andrew for his expertise and skill and leading our students through this process - it has been thoroughly enjoyed by all!

The GCSE performance tables came out on Thursday 22 January and show the College's results have improved again by 5%!

Release of the official figures for the 2015 GCSE exam results once again confirms the continued improvement in results at Frome College.  GCSE results were the highest ever - above national averages - presenting another significant step forward in the College’s ongoing journey of improvement.

We are immensely proud of our students for their achievements, and the increased progression opportunities these results offer.  Many have chosen to remain at the College and we are excited by the momentum of the achievement they continue to demonstrate, as well as the progress they have already made in Sixth Form.

Staff and students in Year 11 are confident and committed to ensuring that this year’s GCSE results will once again be our best ever.

Congratulations go to The Plant Notes team who came runners up in the University of South Wales, Making Business Happen Awards. It was a lovely event and a great experience where they were awarded £1,700 for their project.

On Thursday 28 Janauary, students from the 'Frome College Radio Club' hosted a live 'Drive Time' show as part of a community event on FromeFM 96.6fm from 4.00-6.00pm. 


The live broadcast featured music, news, travel and weather provided by Year 9 - 12 students, and was also available online at frome.fm and the free Frome FM Smartphone app.

Audience feedback was fantastic with compliments from as far afield as New York and Switzerland!

If you missed the show, you can listen to it on the FromeFM ‘Frome College Matters’ webpage, 'Listen again' at  http://frome.fm/programmes/talk/frome-college-matters/





Ben, in Year 11 has been given the Diana Award, a life long honour, after receiving the Frome Citizen of the Year Award this week, for his volunteering activities and helping others. Along with the other projects he is involved in, Ben is currently organising, with Dorothy House Hospice, a sponsored bike ride to set up a charity which will be sustainable and continue to offer a mentoring service for young vulnerable people. He successfully secured a Youth Bank grant enabling him to train in First Aid and coaching skills which he can use to support young people. Ben is organising this with Dorothy House and accountants in his own time after school. As part of the on going network and mentoring programme the Diana Award will be holding an ‘Inspire Day’ in Bristol in July where the awards will be presented in a special ceremony.


Congratulations go to Ben from us all for such an outstanding and well-deserved achievement!

The Year 9 Food Preparation, Nutrition and BTEC classes have met the Sodexo catering challenge to compete in an egg-citing Easter bake off.  Students were asked to design a cake or cup cakes with an Easter theme, and given 2 hours to complete their cakes and present them to the judges. The designs were brought to life as students baked and created their designs in their food lessons.
Tara Thorner, Assistant Catering Manager for Sodexo, judged the entries. She was extremely impressed with the standard of baking and quality of decoration.  “The students have been really creative, it is really difficult to judge, and perhaps we have some great British 'Bake off' contestants of the future."
The winner was Emily Eacott, in 2nd place was Luke Berryman and in 3rd place, Sophie Edwards.  They were all awarded prizes from Sodexo for their achievements.
Sarah Petroff, Food Technology teacher, commented on the high standard of baking and how proud she was of the student’s achievements. Congratulations go to all of them.

Year 10 students, Chelsea Lacey, Emily Vining and Shannon Tackle, organised several fundraising events in College including cake sales and a ‘mufti’, non-uniform day. The whole school took part and generously donated to the charity.

Helen Sprawson-White, Fundraising Assistant for Positive Action on Cancer visited College on Wednesday 24 June to receive the cheque for £724.90p from the three students and Principal, Mr Ball.

Helen said: “Positive Action on Cancer is a Frome based charity offering free and professional emotional support to anyone affected by cancer and life threatening illness, we receive no central government funding and rely entirely on voluntary donations, trusts and grants, so community support is vital in keeping the service going.

Each counselling session comes at a direct cost of £33; therefore the money that Frome College raised covers the cost of 22 sessions! We currently offer around 50 sessions a week to adults and children. We would like to thank the College, the students who organised the fundraising as well as everyone who supported them. The money raised will make a huge difference to those who need PAC’s support at a difficult time in their lives.” 

Well done to everyone involved in the events to raise such a fantastic amount!

A fantastic night was had by all at a truly ‘Frome College Prom’.  The theme this year was ‘woodland & floral’  and the decorations were predominately found in the College gardens.






The attendance this year was the highest ever with 220 students arriving in style and by various means of transport.


Everyone said they had a really great time and especially enjoyed the photo booth, which was new this year.

All the Heads of House received gifts donated by Rectory Farm Riding Stables, and all the staff at Center Parcs ensured that everyone was very well looked after.

Thank you to everyone involved and all those who helped to bring such a memorable event together!

For any photos from the evening, please contact 35mill Photography.


This year our Year 13 Prom was held in the idyllic surroundings of Cumberwell Park near Bath on Wednesday 1 July. The students enjoyed a formal occasion on a glorious sunny evening with a choice menu and two course meal.

The evening continued with dancing and a disco through the evening until late.

We wish them all the very best in their chosen next steps and in their careers paths.

The A Level results will be available on Thursday 13 August in the main Hall at 7.00am followed by the AS Level results at 9.00am.








© Photos by 35mil Photography   

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!

The College is pleased to receive The Prince’s Teaching Institute Mark for 2014/15.

The Prince’s Teaching Institute (PTI) launched the Schools Programme in 2007 to recognise and reward school departments that develop inspirational ideas and activities which enhance teaching, regardless of their pupils’ backgrounds or abilities. It is run as a membership group for school departments that choose to commit to increasing the challenge of their subject provision.

Our English department received the Mark in recognition of the work done by those departments in 2014/15 in response to membership of our Schools’ Programme.

The PTI’s Schools’ Programme is open to all state secondary schools in England. To become members, school departments must demonstrate their commitment to increasing teachers’ subject knowledge, and to furthering their students’ understanding of and enthusiasm for the subject, regardless of their background or ability. To achieve the PTI Mark, departments then have to demonstrate that they have increased the challenge within their subject curriculum; developed their staff’s own specialist subject knowledge; developed subject-based links outside school; and enthused their students through subject-based activities beyond the curriculum.  After three years of Schools’ Programme membership, departments may choose to become Associate Departments by devising an advanced multi-year programme in one of these areas. As Associate Departments they will share their growing expertise with others in the Schools’ Programme to the benefit of all.

Principal, Mr Ball, said, ‘We are delighted to have been awarded the PTI Mark for our English department innovative work, and will be proud to carry the Mark on our stationery and website as evidence of our commitment to inspirational teaching.’

The Schools Programme recognises and facilitates the achievement of excellence in schools and is an expansion of the annual Summer Schools run by The Prince’s Teaching Institute (PTI).

In order to become members of the Schools Programme, schools must consider particular criteria for excellence within subject specialist provision:

  • Clear commitment to the subject specialism
  • Evidence of a high level of pupil engagement and attainment in the subject
  • Pupils’ access to a range of extra-curricular activities related to the subject, both within school and off-site
  • Subject-based links and partnerships with other schools and areas of the community
  • Breadth and depth of study, ensured through coherent planning and monitoring
  • Coherence and challenge, identified and developed in curriculum planning and delivery
  • Departmental commitment to subject-based Continuing Professional Development
  • Effective and inspiring teaching.

The school’s Head of Department decides how his/her departmental plan for the forthcoming year can be enriched through ideas gained from participation at a Prince’s Teaching Institute Schools Programme Day or Summer School.

A written application form is reviewed by teachers from other schools who work with The Prince’s Teaching Institute, and the objectives for the department are mutually agreed. The PTI Mark is given at the end of the year for departments that achieve their objectives.

More than 1900 teachers have attended the Summer Schools since the first Prince of Wales Education Summer School was held in 2002. Alumni of the Summer Schools who have chosen to join the Schools Programme meet annually at PTI Schools Programme Days. 

In addition, PTI Regional Events are organised across the country, bringing together local teachers, academics and eminent speakers and writers.

The PTI also organises an annual conference for Headteachers and in 2011/12 launched a Schools Leadership Programme for Heads and their senior leadership teams. In 2014 the PTI hosted its first annual conference for Primary Headteachers and launched a Primary Leadership Programme for alumni of this course.

The PTI was constituted in 2006 as a registered charity (1116224) to provide more systematic support for teachers.  It works in strategic partnership with the University of Cambridge. 

Connor Construction (South West) Ltd set their latest challenge for our Year 12 graphics students to design a set of icons to highlight the company’s core values of: Integrity, community, innovation, environment & sustainability, compliance, quality, trust, pride, the future, teamwork, safety.

Genevieve Thorogood, Communications Officer at Connor Construction told our students “We are basically looking at creating a core values banner to go in our Head Office, as well as to use online and for advertising purposes. For example, one core value may be ‘Integrity’ as it is an important attribute to have for people in our company. We would then like small pictures designed to reflect that value. If our CEO, Ian Webb picks the set of Icons that you have designed, you will win £250, as well as be featured in an article that will be sent to all our clients. The 2nd place will receive £100 prize, and the 3rd place will receive £50.  There must be at least one icon designed for each core value to be submitted as a set.”

In the photo above (L-R) Sarah Auld, Ian Webb, our winner Ethan Kibblewhite, runner up Tali Tye, Genevieve Thorogood, and Principal, Emma Reynolds.  Jude Goodchild, our joint runner up, was absent on the day, but has since received his prize.
On Tuesday 15 June, Ian and Genevieve attended the prize giving presentation on our ECOS amphitheatre. Sarah Auld, teacher of art, who led the student project said “Conor Construction were brilliant as usual and provided the students with a fantastic opportunity in a difficult year. The project ran entirely during lockdown which gave our students focus and meaning. We are incredibly proud of how they stepped up to the challenge and look forward to working with the Connor Construction team again in the future”.  

Ian Webb said “Thank you very much for all your hard work and participation. A big congratulations to the top 3: Ethan, Tali and Jude.  All entries were of a very professional level and to a very high standard, making it extremely hard to decide on the winner. It is great for a local business to engage with local students. We were very thrilled with the results of the last two competitions we held with Frome College, and we would like to continue working alongside the school to provide opportunities for young people”.

Congratulations to our winners, and well done to everyone who took part in the competition. This has highlighted once again the diversity and talent of our young people at Frome College.

On Tuesday 7 June, Frome College arranged for the RAF to come in to the school for a 'Fun with Flight' jet fuelled presentation exploring the physics of flying.

Students discovered how the physics of forces they study in the classroom is an integral part of the work that engineers undertake in the RAF and other engineering organisations.





The team used exciting demonstrations involving students in some extraordinary experiments. Drones, balloons, airships VR demonstration and even jet engines were explored during the presentation - with lots of noise!


The RAF are actively promoting women into engineering and the session demystified some of the myths around engineering, hopefully encouraging some of our female students to explore the exciting opportunities available to them in STEM subjects. 

This was a huge success and a great opportunity for students to engage with STEM learning like never before.

Our thanks go to the RAF Education Team for their visit to Frome College; we hope to see them again next year.

We have launched the programme which will begin in September, giving members of the local business community the opportunity to help shape the lives and career prospects of pupils enrolled at the school.

Mrs Locke, Behaviour Manager explained; "A key part of our role is to prepare students for the next step and the workplace after their school years and we feel that the best people to help us do this are those business leaders that understand what skills and abilities are most valued by employers and who want to share their experience and knowledge to make a significant difference to the prospects of young people in Frome". 

These sentiments were echoed by Jo Beale of Epicocity who added. "Seeing the students develop an understanding of business needs over the course of the mentoring sessions, and realising just how much this will help them in their post school lives is incredibly rewarding, I would recommend becoming involved to any business people'

We are looking for more mentors, who will be offered training by Jimmy Dean from Sporting Family Change and regular support from the school Mentor Team. Anyone interested in becoming a mentor can contact Mrs Locke or Mrs smith at the College on 01373 465353.

In the photo are Jimmy Dean, Jo Beale, Martina O'Connor, Mrs Locke, Michelle Robinson, Andy Robinson, Principal, Mr Ball, Mrs Smith and Matt Smith.

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!

We are planning to interview every one of our Year 10 students in our forthcoming interviews which will be held at the College on Thursday 2 July and Friday 3 July from 9am - 3pm each day. With approximately 300 students to interview and debrief, we are in need of a lot of employers!

Working with the Rotary Club of Frome we have already secured 30 interviewers for both days.  Ideally, to ensure we are able to arrange an interview for all of our students, we would like to have an additional 10 interviewers for each day.

If you are available to help with the interviews, please email Lisa Millard at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Jill Bendry This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.           

There will be an interviewer briefing and an opportunity for Q&A's along with helpful information.  Each student will have a CV and cover letter they have worked very hard on, which you will have prior to interview.  If you know anyone else who would like to be involved in this valuable project, please forward our contact information to them.

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

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

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

William Owsley
Head of International & Enterprise Faculty

Congratulations go to Izzy Brook and Ben Eley in Year 10 who cycled 100 miles on Saturday 26 September to raise money for ‘Mind´- a charity supporting those suffering from, or caring for mental illness.  

They aimed to raise £500 but have managed to go passed that target and have so far rasied in excess of £600 and hoping for more donations. 

The College have supported them through their fund raising campaign and hope to plan a 'mufti-day' towards the charity.

If you would like to help towards the charity, visit  www.justgiving.com/izzyandben

College students have won the Young Open Competition Awards 2015 at the Black Swan Art Gallery. 20 of our students were successfully shortlisted for the competition this year and all their work is exhibited at the Gallery.

The winners were Ben Still and Grace Barnes in Year 11 with their GCSE coursework profiles on the subject of “Disguise”, Grace Ratcliffe in Year 12 with her animal skull and Barnaby Turner in Year 11 with his black and white drawing of buildings. Congratualtions go to them all.




After Christmas Bath Rugby Foundation will be working with Frome College students from Years 9-11 on a programme called 'On the Front Foot' which is a Premiership Rugby programme funded by the Department for Education.


The students will participate in five, 1-hour sessions which will involve a series of practical, rugby based activities focussing on developing the five core values of rugby; Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship.

The scheme, delivered by Bath Rugby Foundation, uses rugby, and its core values, to instil character and resilience in students through classroom and outdoor activity.

All 12 Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs, in addition to London Welsh and Bristol Rugby, will help deliver the 'On the Front Foot' programme nationwide.

They have received funding through the Department for Education’s £3.5 million character grants scheme. The grants are designed to expand initiatives that successfully improve the character of young people.

Mark McCafferty, chief executive of Premiership Rugby, said: “On and off the pitch, rugby’s core values of respect, teamwork, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship are at the heart of premiership rugby. Our work in the community with England’s professional rugby clubs is a fantastic platform to use rugby’s core values to build character.”

Fifteen boys, and fifteen girls from Frome College will be chosen along with support in some PE lessons.

Through participating in the programme it is hoped the young people will develop positive character traits such as resilience, grit, tolerance and honesty.

Congratulations go to our new elected ambassadors for the College. In the photo Fynn McLennan, Head Boy, Adrianna Seviour, Head Girl, Principal, Mr Ball, Becky Hinde, Deputy Head Girl and Bertie Harrison-Broninski, Deputy Head Boy.

This terms 'Careers Café' sees more and more guest speakers supporting the College.

Building on the successes of our previous two Careers Cafés, the ‘Next Steps’ team introduced dedicated tables for entrepreneurs and apprenticeships for our third session. 

Guest speakers gave fascinating insights about the nature of their jobs, and gave our College students invaluable advice about how to follow a particular career path. 



More than 500 students visited the session, and 14 guest speakers represented the areas of hospitality, catering, health, social care, medicine and nursing. 

This session also saw speakers from both Frome Hospital and from the Royal United Hospital in Bath which employs more than 3,000 employees locally. Other guests, represented hotel management, catering management, ophthalmology, fundraising for charity, nursing, counselling, social work and working for the homeless.








Principal, Gavin Ball thanked all of our speakers and said they were making a very important contribution to the future employment success and opportunities for Frome College students. 

If you would like to be a guest speaker at any of our future Careers Café, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Hana has also set up a Facebook page for all alumni students to offer advice and help to our future generations of students.

TV presenter and paralympic swimmer Kate Grey visited College this week to set up this new project with Sky Sports Living for Sports (SSLFS) programme and our PE department.  Kate will be our 'Athlete Mentor', working closely with groups of students in key area workshops to help boost confidence, change behaviours, team building, increase attainment and help improve life skills.
College already uses sport to help motivate students and we are delighted to have such an inspirational mentor as Kate on board.  We look forward to working with her in workshops and presentation assemblies to help students aim higher and plan for success.

Kate will be returning to College on 7 July to work with students and has accepted our invitation to be a guest of honour at our annual Sports Awards evening.

On Friday 15 January, all the Year 11 students received their exam results from the mock exams they sat in December.







The day is purposely set up to be exactly the same as the ‘live’ results day in August. 

This process of sitting the mock exams, not only gives us an indication of how the students are progressing and what, if any, support they may need ahead of their real exams, it also enables the students to have the opportunity to experience what the exam season will be like, so they are well prepared, and which helps support them to avoid stress and anxiety in the summer.

The whole school paid tribute for Remembrance Day, with all students and staff at the College marking the day with early morning assemblies at tutor time in the house areas and in the main College Hall.


There were very moving and powerful presentations in all the assemblies covering World War I and World War II to honour and remember the fallen, those who survived and the history of why we all wear the poppy. The assemblies all fell silent for two minutes after the bugler played the ‘Last Post’.





At 10.45am, our Combined Cadet Force joined the Principal, Mr Ball, who invited representatives from our campus partners and the local community to attend the annual ceremony in the College Memorial Garden. 


All the guests and students from each house lay a wreath at the foot of our Memorial Fountain to pay tribute to those who fought.  Mr Hurrell, teacher of History led the service by giving a speech and students read out tributes to former students of the College who sadly lost their lives in conflict.












Mr Goldsworthy, teacher of Music, played the ‘Last Post’ and the gathering all fell silent for two minutes at 11.00am to remember everyone who has fought, both past and present, as a mark of respect.

In October, six students were selected at the College for the Rotary Youth Leadership Award.  The students were interviewed by Rotarians Chris Stilton and Malcolm Westgate.  After a difficult judging process and much discussion, they announced the winner to be Kathryn Wright in Year 12.

Both judges were very impressed with all the candidates but said that Kathryn stood out. They said “Kathryn is a bright and determined young lady who knows her own mind and is clear on her strengths and weaknesses.  It was a very good interview which highlighted the benefits she could gain from the RYLA course.  Kathryn doubts her true abilities which hides some of her many strengths.  An excellent candidate and a deserved winner.  We think she will benefit most from attending the course.”

Kathryn was presented with her award at the Frome Selwood Rotary award ceremony on the evening of Tuesday 21 June, held at the Fox & Hounds in Tytherington.  There was a fantasitc astmosphere where she was joined by Lily Breese in Year 10 who received the Rotary Young Citizen of the Year Award.

Congratulations to them both for such outstanding achievements and being such great role models and ambassadors for the College.

To celebrate ‘Global Entrepreneurship Week’, the whole of Year 9 took part in an enterprise challenge. The Frome Independent market set them a brief of creating a business pitch for a product or service to sell at the March 2016 market. The students worked in teams within their tutor groups. They had a series of heats to get through before one team was chosen to represent each of the 5 houses in the final.

The final pitch was done like ‘Dragons' Den’ whereby the teams had to face 7 ‘Dragons’ to pitch their ideas.  The judges were the market director Tabitha Clayson, the Frome Independent finance manager, Liz Andrew, Frome Mayor Kate Bielby, market founder and venture capitalist Gavin Eddy, Enterprise coordinator Rose Hiron-Grimes, Sixth Form student business manager, Harry Foreman, and College Principal, Gavin Ball.

The judges were very impressed with the ideas from the students and found it so difficult to choose one winning idea so they chose 3 ideas to go through to the market, 1 winner and 2 runners up teams. Tabitha Clayson said “All the teams displayed great confidence, passion and originality, and the market is very much looking forward to working with the winning teams to help bring their ideas to life in the market”.

The Frome Independent have very kindly given a start-up grant of £150 to the winning team and offered start-up loans of £100 each to the other 2. The teams will be mentored by the market management team and through the ‘Next Steps’ team at College to develop their business idea ready for March.

During the afternoon the Year 9 students also had the opportunity to work with local organisation Edventure, looking at social enterprise and thinking about ideas for the theme 'How can we tackle waste food with entrepreneurial ideas?’ 

Enterprise coordinator Rose Hiron-Grimes said, "We are really proud of how hard our students worked throughout the day. There were some really excellent ideas and they all showed entrepreneurial talent and skills. We are lucky to have many examples of entrepreneurship in the Frome area and would like to thank Edventure, The Frome Independent Market and stall holders and other local businesses for their help, support and inspiration for the next generation of entrepreneurs at Frome College."

Thank you to Harry Foreman in Year 13 for supplying the photography of the judging panel and the winning team.

Students from local schools along with 8 Frome College students from Years 9 & 10 entered the Rotary Creative Writing Competition. 

The students were asked to write a style of text of their choice on the theme ‘Reflection’. 
Ms Franklin, teacher of English said:  ‘I am very proud of the efforts of my young writers.  Their work displays talent and confidence and I am sure that it will serve them well in later years.’

All the work was judged by a panel in Bath, and after much deliberation, Abi Thorne in Year 9 won the Intermediate Event.  She will go through to the Regional Final later in the year. 

On Tuesday 21 March, David Gerhardt and Gerry Atkinson from the Rotary Club, presented certificates to the winners at an award ceremony at Frome College.

Daniel Hopkins aged 10, from Springmead School in Beckington, also won his category, and came to the presentation at Frome College. 


Both Abi and Daniel received their awards, and spoke to the Rotarians about what inspired their creative writing, and what their interpretation of the theme meant to them. Principal, Mr Ball said how proud he was of their achievements and how important articulate literacy skills are in all aspects of life. 

Congratulations to them both!

Kodie McCall in Aristotle House, received the winners’ trophy at the National Junior Novice Baton Twirling Competition in Bournemouth with over 500 people watching in the arena.

She competed against a strong field of 10 others and goes forward to the next stage of the competition in Torbay in October. 

Our congratulations go to her, and we wish her good luck for the future.

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.

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!

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