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

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

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

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

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





On returning to the College, students are now very keen to discover more about the trees on campus, and be actively involved in their conservation.
Staff baked cakes for a sale held on Friday 28 September to mark the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning 2018 in aid of McMillan Cancer. 


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




We hope to do more charity fundraising cake sales in the future.
On the 26 & 27 September, 120 Year 11 History students converged on Chepstow Castle to participate in their GCSE History fieldwork study.

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

Chepstow Castle looked even more magnificent than usual as it basked in the late September sun.  The students were treated to a weapons display highlighting the brutality of medieval warfare which thrilled and terrified them in equal measures. They were all fully engaged throughout the day and demonstrated impressive knowledge of the castle and medieval war strategies when questioned by our host. Some students were even brave enough to don some medieval armour and handle weapons.  This was a thoroughly enjoyable experience for all and one which will stand them in good stead for their exam at the end of the year.  
Congratulations go to Sol Warsop in Year 13, who has received the Rotary Club of Frome Young Photographer of the Year Award in the 14-17 year old category. The competition held at Rook Lane Chapel on Monday 27 November, was opened up this year to younger age groups. There were 42 entries, and each student submitted 3 photographs on the theme of ‘A Different Perspective’. The entrants were free to interpret the theme how they wanted, and each provided a statement on what had inspired their photographs.
 
Entries were received from pupils at Critchill School, North Hill, Selwood Academy, Trinity First, and Vallis First Schools.  The team of judges were headed by Ben Brain, the editor of the bestselling photographic magazine ‘Digital Camera’ and included James Bartholomew, a professional photographer who has a studio in Willow Vale and Jo Windel, an experienced photographer who has been photographing for the Frome Musical Theatre Company for many years. 
Ben Brain commented on the very high standard of the photography which made the judging very difficult indeed when choosing the winners. Other winners were Charlie Matthews of North Hill House and Wilf Wright of Trinity First School. 

All 3 winners were each presented with a glass clock trophy, and will progress to the Regional Finals which take place on 3 February 2018.  The judges also awarded Highly Commended to Beth McIntosh at Frome College.  Each competitor received a certificate and a small box of chocolates from Chris Page, the President of Frome Rotary. The Highly Commended winners received a copy of ‘Digital Camera’ and ‘Lightroom Software’ from Ben Brain. 


Thanks were expressed to Bill Button, the CEO of NVB Architects, for the use of the excellent venue and for sponsoring the prizes.  Frome College Principal, Emma Reynolds, gave encouragement and thanks to the Rotary, and all involved in organising a most interesting and worthwhile competition.
 
 
Our very vibrant and lively Frome College welcomed a full house on Thursday 20 September, when it opened its doors for everyone to come and see the largest range of courses in the area, and all that it offers the students who attend.

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

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

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

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

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

There will be a Sixth Form Open Evening on Thursday 29 November at 5.30pm. If you were unable to attend the Open Evening, please don’t hesitate to contact the College on 01373 465353 to arrange a tour of the campus and discuss the wide range of options available. 
Congratulations go to Sol Warsop in Year 13, who has received the Rotary Club of Frome Young Photographer of the Year Award in the 14-17 year old category. The competition held at Rook Lane Chapel on Monday 27 November, was opened up this year to younger age groups. There were 42 entries, and each student submitted 3 photographs on the theme of ‘A Different Perspective’. The entrants were free to interpret the theme how they wanted, and each provided a statement on what had inspired their photographs.
 

Entries were received from pupils at Critchill School, North Hill, Selwood Academy, Trinity First, and Vallis First Schools.  The team of judges were headed by Ben Brain, the editor of the bestselling photographic magazine ‘Digital Camera’ and included James Bartholomew, a professional photographer who has a studio in Willow Vale and Jo Windel, an experienced photographer who has been photographing for the Frome Musical Theatre Company for many years. 
Ben Brain commented on the very high standard of the photography which made the judging very difficult indeed when choosing the winners. Other winners were Charlie Matthews of North Hill House and Wilf Wright of Trinity First School. 

All 3 winners were each presented with a glass clock trophy, and will progress to the Regional Finals which take place on 3 February 2018.  The judges also awarded Highly Commended to Beth McIntosh at Frome College.  Each competitor received a certificate and a small box of chocolates from Chris Page, the President of Frome Rotary. The Highly Commended winners received a copy of ‘Digital Camera’ and ‘Lightroom Software’ from Ben Brain. 

Thanks were expressed to Bill Button, the CEO of NVB Architects, for the use of the excellent venue and for sponsoring the prizes.  Frome College Principal, Emma Reynolds, gave encouragement and thanks to the Rotary, and all involved in organising a most interesting and worthwhile competition.
 

Press Release – 23rd August 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

       

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

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

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

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

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

Emma Reynolds,
Principal


Good things come in threes.

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

Max Wide
Chair of Governors

All Year 11 students were invited to try our Sixth Form for the day on Wednesday 29 November. They were given permission not to wear their uniforms for the day and try out some A Level lessons.

After lunch, former Frome College student William Johnson, returned to visit the College and gave a talk in main College Hall during lesson 5.  Will spoke about his own experience at the school, and the decision he made to go elsewhere for his Sixth Form education. William, who is the son of Mr Johnson, teacher of Maths, gave an in depth speech about the temptations to go to other schools, and in fact, quite often, the grass is not greener on the other side of the fence.

Will said:  “What happened to me might be of some interest to you. I attended Frome College from Year 9 to Year 11 like most of you and then left at the end of Year 11. Why did I leave? After looking around, I decided to go to Wells Blue School with less distraction from friends, I thought the change would be good, and at the time, their grades appeared better, so I thought that would make mine better.

However, the daily reality was very different - Expensive transport, early start and very late finish, and I had no time left for me after studying to see any of my friends. You have to wake up a hell of a lot earlier to go to another school!
On top of this, it is not easy joining a school where people have known each other since year 6, and it’s hard to make friends. I did have some friends but didn’t feel at home, and was out of my comfort zone. You may think some of your friends are idiots at times, but you’ll miss them - trust me!  I never felt fully comfortable at Wells Blue School and thought this feeling would go after a while, but after 4 months, that feeling hadn’t gone. I thought Wells Blue would offer better schooling, but to be honest they offered the same contact time and resources as Frome College. 
When you start A Levels, it is a huge change.  A new school is an even bigger change, new daily routine, new times, missing your friends and getting to know new ones. Ideally, when doing your A Levels, you really need as little change as possible.
Appearances don’t count. Some of you might get bowled over because of the appearance of, or money spent on a school. Looks can be deceiving - when the appearance and money is taken away, you may be left with somewhere you don’t like, but with less time at home, further to travel, and without your friends.
I wish someone had told me it’s not ‘all that’ going to a different school. When I returned to Frome College, because I was unsettled by changing schools, I didn’t do as well as I should have in my A Levels. I am now having to do an access course to enable me to get into university - it’s costing me £3,500 and is twice as hard as A Levels!
At the end of the day, you have everything you need to do well at Frome College. Why roll the dice and take risks by going to another school?”.

Press Release – 16th August 2018

    

Frome College is celebrating excellent A level and BTEC results.

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

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

    

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

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

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

Emma Reynolds,
Principal


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

Max Wide,
Chair of Governors

  
To see a summary of this year's Sixth Form results, please click the link below:

This term has seen exciting trips for a number of Business & Economics students. As well as the trip to London to visit the Bank of England and Houses of Parliament, Year 9 Economics students took part in a more local trip to Frome Museum.  The museum currently has an exhibition called 'Money Matters'. The students were very fortunate to be able to take part in a workshop about the history of work and businesses in the Frome Area and saw contracts and artefacts such as clocking in machine from children their age that were working in local businesses 100 years ago. They also had time to learn about the different coins and types of money that were on display in the exhibition, most of which had been discovered locally. Economics teacher, Rose Hiron-Grimes, would like to pass on her thanks to all the volunteers at the museum who gave up their time to speak with the students and share their extensive expertise.

This term Year 9 and 10 Business students visited Thorpe Park, where they took part in a workshop about guest care, and they were able to learn about the different ways in which Thorpe Park aim to satisfy their customers. As part of this workshop, students from Frome College Radio Show for Frome FM were able to interview the employee about working at Thorpe Park. The information gained from this day will be used towards their Business BTEC qualification. The students were able to apply their business knowledge to an interesting case study, and also had some time to enjoy the rides.

Report by Rose Hiron-Grimes, teacher of Business & Enterprise.

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

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

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


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



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

We would like to thank the wonderful guests who came to Frome College on Wednesday 22 November for our Careers Talk sessions. Students were informed about the guest speaker’s different experiences and roles, the entry routes they took, and interesting insights into their typical day and aspects of their jobs. Much planning went into the event and students were able to select which talk most closely matched their areas of interest. If anyone would like to volunteer to give a speech on their career at our next talks on 10 January, 28 February, 25 April or 13 June, our Employability Co-ordinator, Louise Friend, would be delighted to hear from you. Please email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We would like to thank all the guest speakers for their help at the talks; Mike Bristow from Airbus who gave our students an insight into Aerospace, Chris Roach from Elevation Martial Arts and Matt Howlett Head of PE who talked about careers in sport.  Wendy Walsh owner of Garden Holistic Therapies in Midsomer Norton, discussed the beautician and therapies industry, John Box talked about the Police Force, Emma McNally  gave an insight into a career as a Financial Adviser, Jamie Seviour owner of Frometech talked about IT, Claudia Pepler-Berry talked about Theatre Production, directing a play, and managing a Theatre.  Head Teacher, Emma Reynolds, spoke about careers in teaching, and former Frome College student, Chloe Plaxton, and her colleague Fiyza Bouabdallah, gave an interesting insight into Optometry.

Both the students and staff involved very much enjoyed the talks and look forward to the next session on Wednesday, 10 January 2018.

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

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



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

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

 

The Frome College GCSE Certificate Presentation at Frome Memorial Theatre on Friday 24 November, was a huge success. All students who sat their GCSE exams in the summer, together with their families, attended the formal event where their exam certificates were presented.

During the presentation, Principal, Ms Reynolds, expressed her congratulations to all the students on fantastic exam results this year, and to their families for the tremendous amount of support that goes on at home to help the students achieve them. Alongside the presentations, students performed a variety of musical accompaniment on the stage.

We were delighted this year, to welcome Somerset County Cricket Captain, Tom Abell as our Guest of Honour, who was introduced to the audience by our Chair of Governors, Max Wide.  Tom gave an inspirational speech to the audience about his career and his path through school. He also spoke about the family support he had as a teenager to enable him to follow his dreams, and at the age of 23, became Somerset’s County Captain. The top-order batsman was born and brought up in Taunton and has played right through the Somerset Age Group teams before graduating through the Somerset Academy. He enjoyed a highly successful career at Taunton School where in 2012 he captained the 1st XI and scored 1,156 runs. He also broke many batting records, and was named Wisden Schools Cricketer of the Year for 2012. In 2017, Tom scored 572 runs in 13 championship matches, an average of 26 with a top score of 96!

Tom said "It was a great pleasure to be involved with the Frome College awards.  It was very inspiring to meet so many talented young people and to be able to share in their success. The students have all worked extremely hard to get to this stage, and it was great to hear the exceptional array of musical talent performed on the day."

If you are interested in joining Somerset County Cricket Club, the membership for 2018 is now available. Club Membership for under 18s is free, with prices starting at £140 for adults. For more information please visit www.somersetcountycc.co.uk

Following the formal presentation in the Theatre, refreshments were available in the Assembly Rooms, allowing everyone the opportunity to meet and catch up with friends, former teachers and guests.  The afternoon was enjoyed by all, in celebration of a highly successful year for Frome College.

We would like to thank Timothy Lethaby, Editor of the Somerset newspaper series, for his continued support of the College, and to Tom Abell for travelling from Taunton to be our special guest.

Our congratulations go to all the students on their outstanding achievements, and we look forward to another successful year at Frome College.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Andrew Nicholls, Producer and Head of Faculty Expressive Arts

© Chris Bailey Photography
 

Lloyd Owen is a practicing artist and illustrator. and visited Frome College on Wednesday 22 November, and was kind enough to show his portfolio of work to our students, and to look through their own art work portfolios.

 

 

Lloyd offered help and support to Year 11 Art students by giving workshops based on his painting and drawing techniques.  He also offered great advice to our Year 13 Art students which will stand them in good stead ahead of their exams.

Our thanks go to Lloyd for a thoroughly enjoyable, and valuable day. We all hope he will return to Frome College again soon.

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

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

We were very fortunate to have author Joffre White visit Frome College on Thursday 16 November.

Joffre talked to groups of Year 9 students about his life, work and his journey to becoming an author.  He is very passionate about young people pursuing their dreams, and gave very inspiring talks.

Students were encouraged to think about their futures, what they would like to become, and how they are going to achieve it.  The feedback from the students after meeting Joffre, suggests that is exactly what they gained from the sessions.

Our thanks go to Joffre White for his continued support of the students at Frome College.

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

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


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

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

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

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

© Photography by Jane Davis,
Communications Officer.


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

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


On a glorious autumnal day in November, Years 10 & 11 GCSE Economics students embarked on an exciting trip to London where they visited The Bank of England Museum and the Houses of Parliament.

At the Bank of England Museum the students learnt all about fascinating history of the museum including some of the famous characters involved with the bank, and experienced some interactive displays including getting to lift a gold bar worth £22,000!

After the bank, it was onwards to the Houses of Parliament. This was a particularly exciting time to be visiting Parliament, as the students got to watch a debate on the controversial “Paradise Papers”, where there were many famous faces involved including Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn and Liberal Democrat Leader, Vince Cable.

Our students also got to experience the more sedate House of Lords, which was a stark contrast to the energy of the Parliament debate. The students then took part in a work shop on policy making and voting, which they really enjoyed and fully engaged in. Finally, we were joined by our local MP David Warburton for a Q&A session on lots of current topical issues.

The rapport between the students and David was excellent with both parties enjoying the lively debate. David has already arranged follow up sessions with the students at Frome College in the New Year – watch this space!

The students then returned to the coach after what had been an action packed day which they thoroughly enjoyed, and an experience which they will remember for the rest of their lives, particularly when they watch debates in Parliament on the news.

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

We were delighted to welcome the very talented Ken Burton to Frome College earlier this term. Ken’s musical activities cover a wide range of genres and roles internationally, and he regularly directs two choirs, the London Adventist Chorale, and Croydon SDA Gospel Choir, which have featured in the BBC Songs of Praise programmes.

Ken is also a guest conductor of the newly found London Youth Choir. He has several of his choral works published by Faber Music, Oxford University Press and RSCM, and is a regular adjudicator for Choir of the Year. He works extensively as a TV judge; as one of the judges for Channel 4's Gospel Singers of the Year, BBC Songs of Praise School Choir of the Year, and was one of the judges in the 8 part BAFTA nominated series The Choir: Sing While You Work, presented by Gareth Malone. 

He has appeared and worked extensively on some of the biggest programmes on British television and internationally, among them Songs Of Praise, The X Factor, Britain's Got Talent, Prom At The Palace, EastEnders and numerous others. His roles on the programmes have included performing, vocal contracting, conducting, arranging, musical directing, and production.

 

His inspirational gospel workshops in our Music department, were not only encouraging for our student singers to find more confidence, but they also helped grow our own choir and gave many students a cultural experience which they otherwise would not have had.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Ken, and also the Jackdaws Music Education Trust in Great Elm, for their sponsorship and continued support of Frome College.

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

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

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

We wish her every success for the future.

David Warburton MP visited Frome College on Friday 3 November to meet Principal, Emma Reynolds and hear about her plans for the school in her new role.  Ms Reynolds escorted the MP for Somerton & Frome around the campus to show him the impressive teaching and learning which goes on at the College. 

 

David’s detailed tour of the campus included a visit to the Sixth Form Centre and an introduction to the 'Next Steps' apprenticeship scheme.  He also met members of a local community group who regularly use the College’s Art facilities as part of the Somerset Schools & Learning Programme.

During the visit, David commented on the excellent improvements over the past few years which are a great foundation for the future of Frome College and the students who attend. Ms Reynolds highlighted the importance of maintaining a broad, creative and inclusive curriculum to serve our community.  She also explained the importance of keeping our students and the site safe for everyone in the College community, and discussed proposals to expand and improve the dining facilities at the school.  

David said: “It was delightful to meet Ms Reynolds at Frome College, offer my congratulations on her appointment and hear all about her many plans and her vision for the future. I’m delighted that Emma is keen to build on the College’s success and continue to make strides in improving not only the facilities, but also the ethos which is so key to the culture of Frome College.

I was particularly interested to hear Emma’s ideas about raising student ambition, and her plans to promote the level of drive and motivation among the students so that they can take full advantage of the wonderful opportunities afforded to them by this exceptional school.  I am certainly keen to support Emma, and I look forward to keeping in touch as Frome College continues to thrive under her leadership.” 

We hope David will be visiting again soon to build strong links, and continue working together for the benefit of the wider community.

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

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

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

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

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

Well done to everyone involved!

Frome College opened its doors and welcomed everyone to the annual Sixth Form Open Evening on Wednesday 1 November.

Principal, Ms Reynolds, together with Mr Black, Head of Sixth Form, gave in depth talks to the full auditorium at the Merlin Theatre about the widest range of courses on offer in the area, the large amount of extra curriculum activities, the College’s great links with Russel Group universities, and our continued leadership in apprenticeship routes and next steps for students.

Head Boy, Finlay Osborne and Deputy Head Girl, Susie Williams gave inspirational speeches about their experiences at Frome College, the extensive supportive pastoral care system in place, and the ease of transition going from Year 11 into the Sixth Form.

Following the talks in the Theatre, everyone had the opportunity to tour the campus and discuss all the subjects on offer with our dedicated team of staff, and the students who attend the school.

Refreshments were on offer in Frome Futures and our highly talented Music students supplied a variety of diverse accompaniment around the College.

If you were unable to attend our Open Evenings, visits to Frome College are welcomed at other times by appointment convenient to you and your family. Please call us on 01373 469014 to arrange a tour.

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

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

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

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

Frome College Principal, Ms Reynolds, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Susie’s work has been recognised in this way. Susie is a credit to our college, our community, her family, and an inspirational role model for young people.
We wish her luck in her forthcoming exams, and thank her for everything she has done for Frome College
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On Thursday 12 October, two members of the BBC visited Frome College to speak to a groups of students studying Media.

As part of a brainstorming campaign, Ashley Steel, the non-executive Director for the Nation of England on the BBC Board of Directors, wanted to meet their audiences to get a better idea of what BBC viewers, listeners and readers enjoy. Ashley requested a visit at the College in order to discuss ideas from our students as they cover such a large age range.  Importantly, she is keen to hear the views of our young people and speak directly to their audience.

Ashley was accompanied by colleague Chis Sandford, Senior Advisor to Tony Hall, the Director General at the BBC, who took notes about the key points raised by the students.

The sessions were very informal, and the questions asked for example were:

  • What do you like about the BBC?
  • What do you like watching on TV, on your iPad/computer or listening to on the radio?
  • Do you watch or listen to other channels like ITV?
  • What are your favourite programmes?
  • Is there anyone you most like on the BBC or other channels?

After the sessions, both Ashley and Chris were only too happy to answer questions by the students about their respective roles at the BBC and about their wider career interests.

 

They both thanked the students for taking the time to speak with them, and thought it was an excellent and valuable opportunity for feedback from their viewers.

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

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

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

We wish them all every success for the future!

The Frome College Next Steps & Employability Team arranged the annual Participation Fair for students in all year groups on Wednesday 11 October from 9.30am–1.20pm in the Sports Hall at Fusion Lifestyle. Each year group were given a time slot and escorted to the hall to spend time looking at what was on offer, talking to the club organisers and registering their interest.

 

 

There was opportunity to try boxing with Elevation Boxing & Fitness, and practice pulling some interesting looking bows with Frome Town Archers.

 

 

 

Many clubs from Frome College were represented: including Mandarin, Chinese and German language clubs, BBC News Report, Debate, Music, Merlin Theatre, Board Games, Frome College Radio, Book Club, Creative Writing, Enterprise and the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme, all of which are free to attend.

The counselling charity ‘We Hear You’ raised student awareness as did the multicultural project being run by Young People Frome. Students considering a career in Healthcare, found talking to the St John Ambulance Cadets and practicing CPR on the training dummies, fascinating. Students with an interest in the military talked to the Army, and the Frome College Navy Cadets. Many students could improve their fitness and gain new skills with Frome Judo Club, Elevation Boxing & Fitness, Frome Tennis Club, Frome Sports Centre, Frome Ladies Hockey Club, and Frome Canoe Club with its large Kayak display were all popular with students.

If you are a club or organisation who would like to attend next year’s event, or a business who can offer students work experience, please email our Employability Coordinator, Louise Friend at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Louise said ‘”It is so important for students CVs and university applications to have extra-curricular hobbies; which as well as being enjoyable, and an escape from today’s technology, also provides students with vital skills such as commitment, communication and teamwork. Twenty seven organisations were represented at the Participation Fair, and we would like to thank them all for giving up their time to support the College, and to help students gain important information and insight into so many exciting activities.” 

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

Congratulations to our three winners of the Open Evening Postcard Competition on Thursday 21 September.

Everyone who attended received a card to be filled in and stamped when they visited all the subject areas. At the end of the evening, all the cards were placed in a box  and a draw took place on Friday 22 September.

The winners were as follows:-

1st Place: Joshua Le-Cowley from Oakfield Academy won a £25 Amazon voucher.
2nd Place: Kieran Merritt from Oakfield Academy - £15 Amazon voucher.  
3rd Place: Ciaran Sainsbury from Selwood Academy - £10 Amazon voucher.

On Tuesday 10 October, all the winners visited Frome College to meet with the Principal, Ms Reynolds, who congratulated the pupils on their prizes. 

She spoke with the pupils about the transition process they will experience when leaving their Middle Schools to move to the College, and said how much she was looking forward to seeing them again next year.

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

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

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

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

All of our Year 10 students enjoyed an enthralling presentation by the award winning author, Alex Wheatle on Thursday 5 October, as part of his participation in the Bath Festival.

Alex hosted an inspirational talk about his life, travels, what inspired his writing, and his books. The hour long presentation at 2.00pm had the audience gripped, and Alex spoke to students afterwards about his experiences as a writer. His award winning series of books are available from good bookshops and on line.

 

 

However, if you would like to purchase them at a reduced price, Atom are offering them at £5.00 each until the end of October. Please telephone 01903 828503 during office hours and quote the offer reference - ATM 001.

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

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

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

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

Another party of Frome College Year 9 students were transported to the 1st World War Battlefields of Belgium and France by the History Department, with Mr Hurrell at the helm. This being the 100th anniversary of the infamous Battle of Passchendaele which took place near the city of Ypres in Belgium, there was a real focus on that battle and its impact.

Using their detailed work booklets, students did a lot of fieldwork within the German and Commonwealth cemeteries which we visited there – Langemark and Tyne Cot. Tyne Cot is the largest Commonwealth Cemetery in the world and holds 12,000 graves and 33,000 names of soldiers who have no known grave. Initially students searched and found their ‘birthday soldier’ grave stone and place a poem they had written about the war at his side. They then investigated the ages, ranks, regiments and nationalities of the many and various soldiers who are there to try and make sense of the slaughter that took place there. They also studied the epitaphs etched into many of the gravestones and wrote down the ones they found most affecting.

Mr Hurrell read extracts from Lyn MacDonald’s seminal book ‘They Called it Passchendaele’ to provide substance and background to this horrendous three month long battle in the Flanders mud. As general Haig said when he finally viewed the battlefields…’ My God did we really send men out to fight in that?’

At the end of the day Frome College students were able to witness the spine tingling ‘Last Post’ ceremony at the Menin Gate. This is to remember the dead and missing of the Ypres salient. One of the 54,000 names of the missing etched into that famous monument was George Stanner Price Hanney of 12, The Butts, Frome.  Isabel Hanney and Rebecca Harrington both cousins, had a quiet moment to remember their great, great uncle after the ceremony. 

The trip also took students to the battlefields of the Somme in France. There they visited massive mine craters, trenchlines, dugouts and tunnels. They also visited the huge brick monument to the missing designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens which dominates the Salisbury Plain like landscape of Thiepval. It is built on top of  one of the German’s biggest Somme fortress strongholds. The Thiepval Memorial has 73,000 names of the Commonwealth’s missing men. Panels of name after name after name stand in stark testament to the brutal price of war. Whilst there the students searched the cemetery registers to find and then locate their family name.

On our return to the Belgian coast where we were all staying we visited another area of battle and a cemetery where one of our students had a relative recognised.   The battle was the 1915 Battle of Loos. The cemetery was called Dud Corner Cemetery. The soldier was called Henry Ernest Cleave. The student who was paying her respects to her great great uncle was called Iris Shulman.

 

We arrived there as the sun was going down. The sky was deep blue and flecked with oranged scudding clouds and a honeyed light resonated from the portland stone that formed the gravestones and walls of this place. Standing on high there in the setting sun surrounded by such scenery and such a beautiful formed graveyard with a warm wind willowing was one of the most moving and special experiences I have had on what must be my 25th First World War Battlefields trip.

Report by Roland Hurrell -  Leader Battlefields 2017

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

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

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

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

Report by Imy Piper in Year 13

"At the end of the summer term, Mr Haines, Mrs West and 7 Sixth Form students embarked on a trip of a lifetime to Honduras in Central America. After much fundraising for the trip, we were heading out to help ‘Operation Wallacea’ scientists with their conservation projects in the cloud forest of Cusuco National Park.

We arrived in Miami Airport very delayed, and had to sprint through the huge airport to (very narrowly) catch our connecting flight to San Pedro Sula Airport in Honduras.

The next day we arrived at the base camp in Cusuco National Park, after driving through the park on 4x4 trucks.  We then completed a really strenuous 4 hour hike to the remote Satellite Camp of Cantiles. We stayed at this camp for 3 nights and whilst here showered in a waterfall and slept in hammocks deep in the rainforest. We took part in many surveys and activities including habitat surveys, night walking and light trapping, where we saw animals ranging from the Honduran Spike Frog, venomous ‘Timbo’ snakes, and Brazilian wandering spider to the endemic species of jewelled scarab beetle.

On our 4th day in the park we hiked back to the main base camp where we spent the rest of the first week of our trip. Here we carried out  further surveys and saw more amazing animals including hummingbirds, fruit bats and a green racer snake.

We ended this week with a sense of satisfaction that we had helped to preserve this special cloud forest. The scientists were really glad of our help in collecting data, as this is used to calculate carbon capture storage, which in turn allows the National Park to receive money from large multinational companies who want to ‘do their bit’ for conservation.

On the 9th day of our trip we left the rainforest and travelled from San Pedro Sula to Tela, where we caught the ferry to the Caribbean island of Utila, where we would spend the second week of our trip. 

During this week we all took the PADI Open Water Divers Course where we all qualified as scuba divers, apart from Mrs West who had a relaxing week exploring the town and enjoying the views. We also sat in some lectures about Marine Biology with scientist Dr Owen O'Shea, which we all found really interesting. During the days, we completed a series of dives in the warm (28 degrees) sea where we encountered some amazing species of marine life, and also explored the coral reef up close. We spent the evenings venturing out into the main town and enjoyed the amazing views of clear water and Caribbean sunsets.

We saw some amazing things and met some fantastic people on our trip and after these two contrasting but incredible weeks, we arrived back home having made memories that will never be forgotten!"

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

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

We look forward to more visits in the future.

The A3 size academic calendars were designed by Year 10 Enterprise students who worked hard last year gathering material from Frome College Photography students and getting sponsorship from local businesses.

The cost was covered by our sponsors, and the additional funds will go towards a school Counsellor.

Year 10 students, Tiegan Throup, Rob Trowbridge, Sam Evans and Alex Waldeck, wanted to produce the calendar to specifically welcome the new Year 9 students to Frome College with the free gift.

Sam Evans in Year 10 said: “Over the past year Teigan, Rob, Alex and I, have designed and created an academic calendar. We started with a basic template and worked all the way up to the final calendar, sourcing sponsorship from local businesses. We have raised over £1,000 for a school Counsellor to help students learning as they progress through the College. Furthermore, each Year 9 student starting at Frome College this year received one of our calendars as a gift to aid their transition. The project has been a great success and we would like to thank all of our sponsors for their generous contribution.”

Principal, Ms Reynolds presented the 4 students with Commendation Certificates on Wednesday 20 September, and congratulated them all on their fantastic achievement and initiative, and their inspiring motivation to help others.
 
The calendars are available to all students and their families to purchase for £5 via ParentPay.

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

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

Frome College welcomed a full house on Thursday evening when it opened its doors for everyone to come and see the largest range of courses on offer in the area, and to see first-hand what a vibrant school it is and all that it offers the students who attend.

The evening began with a welcome from the Principal, Emma Reynolds, in the campus Merlin Theatre, who introduced the Frome College Choir performing ‘O Radiant Dawn’.

Following the performance, Ms Reynolds gave an inspirational speech about the excellent exam results this year, and the continual development plan of Frome College to give a well-rounded education and ensure every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential.  She spoke about the continued trend of success, and the aspirations and expectations of the school for the future. She inspired the audience with a confident speech about the College’s values and vision, generating great life chances for every student to achieve their personal best, and the wide range of opportunities on offer.  Ms Reynolds highlighted the choices in the important key areas, and a 5 year progression curriculum which begins in Year 9, right through to the post sixteen stages, making a seamless transition in to the Sixth Form. She spoke with enthusiasm about the Colleges’ programme of Employability and Apprenticeships working closely with the community, and how important it is to offer students valuable experience for their chosen next steps when leaving school. She spoke warmly of the commitment from the team of staff, and the need for continual improvement to ensure Frome College is constantly developing young people and encouraging them to aim high, including the Able & Ambitious programme. 

Head Boy Finlay Osborne, and Head Girl Tabitha Tarbrooke, followed by talking about their experiences at the College and assured the audience how easy the transition had been from Middle School 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 held in the Merlin Theatre, inter-house competitions and the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme - to name a few.

Mrs King, Vice Principal, finished the sessions with information to parents about the evening ahead and offering  the audience  personal student guides to accompany them around the site to see points of interest.

As visitors left the Theatre to have guided tours of the campus, they were given the opportunity to see all the subject areas and discuss the options available.  The Art department displayed their superb student exhibition and the Music department set up around the site supplying a diverse array of accompaniment. It was fantastic to see so many families participating in activities in the subject areas, and discussing the wide range of courses on offer.

 

Thank you to everyone who attended, and to Liam McPherson and Ryan Snook in Year 12 for covering the photography at the event. If you were unable to attend, please don’t hesitate to contact the College on 01373 465353 to arrange a tour of the campus and discuss the wide range of options available. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yet again the students of Frome College deserve praise and reward for their hard work in achieving a fantastic set of GCSCE and BTEC results. This continues to reflect the continuous improvement at the school since 2012.

This year English and Mathematics GCSEs have moved to new harder syllabi and grading systems which make previous comparisons difficult. A new ‘Grade 4’ is considered equivalent to an old C Grade, which gives some kind of benchmark. In English, 74% of students achieved a Grade 4 (C) or higher which is the best ever with 60% achieving Grade 5 or higher. This represents an excellent outcome for the effort that has been put into literacy at the College.

GCSE Mathematics saw major changes in its content with A Level material being pushed into the GCSE syllabus for the first time. However, the Maths Faculty and its students rose to the challenge and 67% of students achieved a Grade 4 or higher, which is comparable to last year on the old Maths course. Nearly a third of all students achieved the new higher Grades of 6 to 9 in both English and Maths.

63% of students achieved a Grade 4 (C) in both English and Mathematics, which is the best ever in the history of the College and represents a key measure by which the College is judged.

The government introduced the new super ‘Grade 9’ into English and Mathematics this year, which is equivalent to an A** or higher. Only a tiny proportion of the student population nationwide will be awarded this grade. In English Language / Literature eight Grade 9s were achieved and in Maths five were achieved.

The curriculum is wide at Frome College and there are a host of other subjects which all deserve attention. To name but a few: Computer Science 78% (A*-C) with 26% at A* and 37% at A*/A; History just under 70% (A*-C) with 32% A*/A; Religious Studies 100% (A* - C) with 43% at A*/A; Photography 91%(A*-C) with 28% A*/A; Drama 95% (A*-C) with 53% at A; Music 83% (A*-C) with 40% A*/A; Textiles 88% (A*-C) with 63% A*/A; French 72% (A*-C) with 20% A*/A.

Other subjects to mention include German 88% (A*-C); Art 75% (A*-C); Media 88% (A*-C); PE GCSE 74%(A*-C); Sport BTEC 92% (A*-C); Business Studies 96% (A*-C); Child Care 85% (A*-C); and Dance 89% (A*-C).

Frome College is proud to be a completely comprehensive school serving all children in the Frome and surrounding area without selection or prejudice. All students achieved recognised official qualifications. The College has one of the lowest exclusion records in Somerset and works very hard for children of all abilities and backgrounds. The indicative ‘Progress 8 score’ is a positive 0.12. This basically means that over eight subjects studied, the College is adding good value to each student, using their Year 6 (SATs) as a baseline.

There were many high performing students who, among their grades, achieved:

  • 5 A*/As: Holly Davis, Rosie Le Lohe Attwell, Sophie Smith, Anna Snelgrove, Cordelia Tarbrooke, Masie Cloke, Kai Hayes Stone, Harry Hight, Chloe Hughes, Jordan McMahon, James Porter, Sophie Smith
  • 6 A*/As: Chloe Tanner, Grace Beaven, Evie Burnett, Connor Cairns, Finlay Collinson, Joseph Dobson, Jade Eastwood, Louis Price-Peachey
  • 7 A*/As: Matilda Lunt, Tia Ryder, Ben Green, Joe Malley, Lauren Mead, Emily Oakley, Stella Oldham
  • 8 A*/As: Lily Breese, Thomas Haines, Tilly Le Lohe Attwell, Dylan Oliver, Lottie Plunkett-Jones
  • 9 A*/As: Abbie Brooks, Morgan Curle, Oshi Francomb, Daisy Harrison-Broninski, Natalie Howell, Amy Nicholls, Pippa Turner
  • 10A*/As: Isabelle Book, Mathew Haines, Rhiannon James, Emma Marshall, Avalon Ross, May Schymczyk, Flora Williams

  • This is a very high number of top achieving students. However, there are many other students who achieved excellent results. There are also students who made significant progress whilst at the College who came from a lower academic base or have difficult personal circumstances. We are very proud of all of our students and their achievements and wish them well for their next chosen pathway.

    Our congratulations go to all of our students for their wonderful achievements and to all of the teachers and staff at Frome College for their dedication.

    Statement from Gavin Ball, Principal:
    Frome College is about having a belief system, a culture that shows that it is good to be successful, that it is good to take a pride in yourself and in your school. With hard work and focus all students can unlock their dreams. These results are the culmination of a great year at Frome College. Our girls are National and County Football Champions, we made it through to two other national finals (Computing and Debating), we held the best ever school production in ‘We Will Rock You’, our Sixth Form students secured places at some of the very best universities and apprenticeships and now the future looks very bright for our Year 11 students with these excellent GCSE and BTEC results. Keep believing and success will come.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Students of Frome college sixth form have once again achieved phenomenal results in their studies, with students moving on to prestigious universities and apprenticeships.

    Three students have been successful in their applications to Oxford (currently ranked 2nd best university globally). Ben Davies (A*A*A* in Maths, Further Maths and Physics) will be going on to study Mathematics, Bertie Harrison-Broninski (A,A,A in English Literature , Music and History) and will be studying English Language and Literature. Our third Oxford student is Ailsa Williams (A*A*A* in Maths, Biology and Chemistry) and will be studying Biomedical Sciences.

    Nationally only one in five applications to Oxford and Cambridge are successful.  In the last two years we have sent 7 students off to either Cambridge or Oxbridge and whilst we are proud of the accomplishments of all our students. It would be amiss not to celebrate these outstanding achievements.

    Blythe Plenderleith has not only achieved a remarkable A*A*A* in Graphics, Drama and Art but has also gained entry to Glasgow School of Art where she will study Fine Art - Environmental Art/Sculpture. Her course is highly competitive with under 12% of applicants gaining a place. Blythe is a phenomenal artist who has already won several awards for her art work outside of school.

    “The students in year 13 started Frome College during my first year as Principal. I am incredibly proud to see them going off to the best universities, securing apprenticeships and achieving excellent results. As teachers we work to improve the life chances of the students in our schools, it’s clear to me that this has been achieved by the staff at Frome College who truly make the school an outstanding place to be taught.” – Gavin Ball, Principal.

    Other highly performing students:

    • Zoe Harding - A* (Art) A (History) A (Sociology)
    • James Muxworthy -  A* (Graphics) A(Maths) A (Media)
    • Samuel Wilson  - A (Chemistry) A (Maths) A (Physics)
    • Barnaby Turner - A(Art) A (Maths) B (ICT)
    • Grace Barnes - A*(Art) A (English) B (Drama)
    • Isabel Brewster - A (Drama) A (English Lit) B (Textiles)
    • Jack Hurrell - A (Biology) A (Maths) B (Geography)
    • Erin MacCallam - A (Sociology) A (English Lit) B (Media)
    • Cain Ward - Distinction* Distinction (Sport) Distinction *(ICT)
    • Reece Tomlin - Distinction Distinction (Sport)
    • Jess knight - Distinction* (Hospitality) Distinction*(Health and Social care)
    • Josh Eastley - Distinction*(ICT) Distinction*(Sport)
    • Thomas Earle - Distinction* Distinction (Sport)

    “I hope all students collecting their results today will feel as proud of themselves as we do of them. Every single one of them has grown and developed during their time at Frome and we are excited to see them move on to a wide range of different futures. Again many subject areas achieved above national average with French A-level within the top 10% and Further Maths and Art within the top 25% of schools. Over 40% of students in Maths received A*-A grades, 63% in Art and 66% in French. We are also proud to offer one of the broadest range of A-levels and BTECs of sixth forms in the local area. We have a limited number of places left for sixth form places anyone interested in enrolling for sixth form should email myself This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .” – Jonathan Black, Assistant Principal Sixth Form.

     

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

    Abi Thorne has won the District Winner's Certificate of the Rotary Young Writers Award 2017 which was due to be received at an official presentation at the Rotary Youth Showcase in Taunton on 1 July.

    Unfortunately, neither Abi nor her family could attend the event, so David Gerhardt from the Rotary Club came to Frome College on Monday 10 July to present the certificate to Abi.

     Principal, Gavin Ball, together with Janine Franklin, teacher of English, David and Chris Page from Rotary, met to congratulate Abi and have their photograph taken presenting her with the winner’s certificate.

    David Gerhardt said: “We would like to congratulate Abi for winning right through to Champion Writer in her class, ahead of all other schools in the district. This capped off a very successful year for our youth programme following successes on a number of activities, with strong participation from schools right across the age spectrum”.

    Our congratulations go to her on an outstanding achievement!

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

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

    Principal, Ms Reynolds

    Planned and organised by the Year 13 Leadership Team, this year’s Prom at Cumberwell Park on Monday 3 July, saw glorious sunny summer weather.

     

     

     

     

     

    With rolling country side busking in the sunshine, the students enjoyed a lovely meal followed by dancing to a DJ.

    Our thanks go to Chris Bailey for covering the photography. If you have any photo requirements, please contact him directly.

     

     

     

    The Year 13 Prom is always a memorable occasion and many staff also attended to say their goodbyes and to wish the students good luck in their chosen next steps.

    We look forward to seeing them all at the A Level Results Day from 8.30am in Frome Futures on Thursday 17 August.

    Good luck everyone!

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

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

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


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

    Thank you to everyone who has helped to make the Frome College Year 11 Prom a memorable occasion for our students. A fantastic night was had by all at another great ‘Frome College event’.  There were nearly 200 Year 11 students attending in style on Wednesday 28 June, arriving by various means of transport.

     

     

    Everyone said they had a really great time and especially enjoyed the photo booth, which was introduced for the first time last year.

     

    The Heads of House received gifts, and the staff at Center Parcs ensured that everyone was very well looked after.  The feedback from both students and parents has been fantastic and Center Parcs have commended us on our organisation and the very well behaved students. They said the College Prom is the nicest event they host each summer.


    Our thanks go to Lou Hill, Travellers Liaison Officer, for supporting the traveller students both before and on the night – the biggest group we have ever had at the Prom. Unfortunately, there were no horses because of wet weather, but it was a fascinating insight into their culture all the same. 

    Also, a big thank you to teaching assistant, Rebecca Harrison, who cared for the SEN students, making sure they felt safe, knew exactly what to do, and had a truly wonderful evening, and to staff who were invaluable help with security, checking bags, and safeguarding our students.

    Special thanks go to 35mil Photography who covered all the photographs at Center Parcs on the evening.  If you have any specific requirements regarding photos from the Prom, please contact Juraj at www.35mil.co.uk by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via telephone on 07783 398011.

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

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

    Report by Susie Williams in Year 13
     
     
     

    Frome College students had an opportunity to develop their humanitarian skills for a week with a Focus Day aimed at promoting kindness in the community.

    Year 9 students were encouraged to plan and deliver modest ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ during a week-long event starting on the 19 June. The idea was discussed in tutor groups and students completed cards giving details of the ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ they had recently carried out.  The quote by Aesop that “No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted” set the scene for the day and students were encouraged to carry out acts of kindness such as offering to help an elderly neighbour, make an unexpected cup of tea help with the family, shopping or sending an email to someone going through a tough time. 

    During the second and third sessions of Focus Day, students attended talks on the work being carried out by Julian House for the homeless and by the Bath Cats & Dogs Home at Claverton Down in Bath.  In a fascinating and far reaching talk outlining the work of Julian House, Cathy Adcock and Miss Love, teacher of Religion & Philosophy, gave a Powerpoint presentation giving details of the homeless situation experienced by people in Bath and the surrounding areas, and what can be done to help individuals get back into society and to find safe, secure homes. 

    There was a Q&A session, and students were briefed on the Women’s Refuge Centre that has recently opened in Bath, which is already full to capacity.  Students were informed how they could help the homeless through fund raising or volunteering when they reach adult-age in the future.   

    Chris Curtis, teacher of Maths, represented the Bath Cats & Dogs Home, and showed a Powerpoint to Year 9 students outlining how dedicated staff rehome and rehabilitate animals.  The students had the chance to win a small prize for their dog or cat by saying something innovative about their pet on a post-it note.  They were informed of the types of problems faced by homeless animals, and how the team at Claverton have helped thousands of animals to find a forever home. The case studies presented by the Powerpoint were very moving, and there were lots of positive stories for animals who had experienced neglect and abuse.

    In the fourth session, students were encouraged to write a Wikipedia article about themselves as a 35 year old adult.  The ‘Wiki-35 Project’ was a great success and students wrote some amazing accounts of their future life which were submitted in a competition for the most innovative entry.

    Mr Schneider and Mr Curtis read through all the entries, and shortlisted to 10 finalists. They said judging was difficult and the articles were very original, funny and heart-warming. However, after much consideration, they awarded the 1st Prize of £35 to Iris Shulman, and joint 2nd Prizes of £10 to Evan Williams & Phoebe Tanner.

    Frome College Principal, Mr Ball, thanked the Next Steps Team for organising the day and said that the 'Random Act of Kindness' week was a great idea, and fitted in with the very positive Frome culture which is now evident in all that we do for the community.

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

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

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

    Forty Year 10 Product Design students at Frome College submitted their lighting designs for this year’s final of the Frome Rotary Club Young Lighting Designer Competition 2017.

    Rotarian Mike Darville and Product Design teacher Brin Newton carried out the first round of judging, and 16 were shortlisted to go into the next round for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. We were delighted this year as Kevin McCloud from Grand Designs was willing to take part in the competition as a main judge with the owner of Fiat Lux Lighting in Frome, Nick Cook.

    Kevin McCloud started his career as a very successful lighting designer so had a professional interest in the achievements of Frome College Product Design students; and now he is a customer of Fiat Lux Lighting. Both judges wanted to inspire the next generation of lighting designers by sponsoring and awarding students for their innovative designs.

    Students were given a design brief for producing creative and innovative lamp shades for Fiat Lux Lighting, and to design an original, modern or attractive lamp shade that could either be used as a desk light, ceiling light or wall light.

    Matthew Haines winning product was a decorative wall light with a light symbol that lit up, the modern looking blue frosted design could also double up as a freestanding table light. The judges liked the commercial potential of the minimalist design.

    With great interest from Kevin McCloud, the second prize went to Ellis Evans for his branded Twist-A-Light; a clever folding polypropylene light shade enabled the product to be compact for retail packaging and then twists into its full shape ready to use. A twisting bulb holder was also a design feature that makes the product easy to use when changing the light bulb. Ellis designed the packaging to go with the product because he felt it was important to get across the unique selling point of his design.

    Rhiannon James received third prize for her table lamp which was inspired from a water fall. Rich blues and green Origami triangles created a modern lampshade that would appeal to all ages and genders. The shade was supported on a tripod stand made of beech, and the frame for the lamp shade was spot-welded in steel. All the judges felt it was an attractive contemporary design and Nick Cook said it would fit easily into the range of products that he sells in his shop.

    The Special Consideration Award was given to Ben Miles for his extra hard work in presenting not only a demanding electronic table lamp but also for including a promotional poster and instructions. His design was based on a Retro style of the popular 80’s game, Pac-Man. The light was powered by 12v battery for portability which energised a variety of LED options that could be individual turned on and off by a control panel. The Pac-Man shade could swivel and be tilted up or down.

    The award ceremony was held at Fiat Lux Lighting in Frome where Rotary President Elect Chris Page, Nick Cook and Principal, Gavin Ball, presented the four awards for outstanding originality and creativity shown by the students. Each student received a classic Anglepoise light and a cash prize from the sponsors. They also received an engraved plaque and certificate from the Rotary Club of Frome.

    Chris Page thanked the sponsors Kevin McCloud and Nick Cook, and the participating judges for supporting the competition and making it a prestigious event for the students who had devoted a lot of time and effort developing their designs.

    Twelve students also received runners up certificates who made it to the short list of finalists. Mr Ball also praised the creative talents of the Frome College students and thanked the Rotary Club of Frome for organising the competition.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Frome College Radio Club students have raised £50.00 from a cake sale, selling cakes for 20p each, to help Fromefm develop their new radio station at the Town Hall in Christchurch East.

     

    On Thursday 22 June, Principal, Mr Ball, together with the students from the Frome College Matters team, presented the cheque to Geoffrey Mackett from Radio Fromefm.

    Mr Ball congratulated the students and said how immensely proud of the students he was, not only for their fundraising initiatives, but also their hard work and commitment developing the radio club. Frome fm have given the student led team a new live weekly show on Tuesdays from 4.00-5.00pm on 96.6fm. More information about the shows can be found here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    If you would like more information about supporting our chosen charities, or would like to make a donation, you can contact them via the details below:-
    For MIND South Somerset, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01935 474875.
    For WHY (We Hear You) contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    A former Frome College English teacher has recently completed a research placement studying the impact of iPad use on criticality as part of her PHD studies at the University of Bath.

    Mrs Douthwaite taught at the College for 14 years and has spent the last academic year working with a class of Year 10 English students. She said “New technologies are changing the ways we communicate, but there is little research to inform teachers about how students could usefully use them in English classrooms. Finding effective approaches to support learning, which draw on both tried-and-tested ways of teaching and the potentials of modern technologies, will help ensure students get the very best English education."

    Mrs Sonnet, who is collaborating in the research and whose Year 10 English class was included in the study, said, "It is a real coup for the College to have PHD research undertaken here. It shows that we are a progressive educational establishment who value teaching and learning, and how we can move this forward. The students were superb and are rightly proud of the fact that their work may help to develop educational pedagogy and advance ways of using digital technologies in teaching across the whole country.”

    Students have been working together in groups as they study William Shakespeare's ‘The Merchant of Venice’ and Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol’.  They used iPads to create visual presentations of their thought processes and interpretations, which were then shared and discussed with the class. This gave them an opportunity to develop their criticality in creative and collaborative ways as well as encouraging them to use language and develop presentation skills.


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

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

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

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

    Congratulations to the Frome College Matters student team who launched their weekly live show on Tuesday 13 June at 4.00-5.00pm, with their guest host, Vice Principal, Mrs Su King.

    On Tuesday 20 June Dr Smith hosted a ‘Science’ themed show with Amy Cotterell, Alex Williamson, Grace Lindley & Steph Smith.

    The students thoroughly enjoy knowing that everyone is listening in.

     

    Listen in to the Tuesday shows on Radio FromeFM 96.6fm or online at frome.fm.

    The next show on Tuesday 27 June is 'Maths' hosted by Mr Cole & Miss Paget and will include:
    - Weird and wonderful music with a Maths theme.
    - Maths tips and discussions, a Maths quiz and College news. 

    The Maths quiz questions are below and correct entries get a 'shout out'.

    1. How many days are there in 8 weeks?
    2. Divide the number of legs on a spider by 2.
    3. Multiply the number of degrees in a right angle by 5.
    4. How many visible colours are there in the rainbow?
    5. Double 7 and then multiply that number by 3.
    6. If a = 1, b = 2, c = 3, etc. What is w – g?
    7. How many legs do 2 hedgehogs, 2 spiders and 1 ant have altogether?
    8. How many sides does an octagon have?
    9. How many faces does a cube have?
    10. How many days of the week have the letter ‘n’ in their name?
    11. How many days are there in 12 weeks?
    12. How many days are there in 2 years (neither are leap years)?
    13. How many seconds are there in 6 minutes?

    Now add your answers to Q1-13 and email the total during the show to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tweet @fromefm and the crew will give you a 'shout out'.

    Show schedule:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          4   July  - ‘English Faculty’ hosted by Mr Schneider & Mrs Christie.

    11 July  - ‘Business & Enterprise’ with Rose Hiron-Grimes, Hana Thompson & Terry Bishop.

    18 July  -  Principal, Mr Ball will present his last show and a roundup of the College year.

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




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


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

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

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

    Congratulations go to Isabelle Book in Year 11, and Seb Costello in Year 12 who have both received these prestigious awards.

    The Rotary Club of Frome Selwood Young Citizen of the Year is awarded a trophy in memory of Eric Cretney, a former member.  His widow, Dot Cretney is a member of the Frome Rotary club, and regular attendee at the Frome Selwood Club as well, and presented the trophy to the winner. The award to Isabelle Book was on Tuesday 6 June at The Fox restaurant in Tytherington at 7.30pm.  The annual Frome Young Citizen Award was first presented in 2004 and Isabelle was chosen this year from 5 candidates. She is a very busy and inspirational young lady, and her achievements so far on the Rugby pitch and raising money for charity has been exceptional.

    The Rotary Youth Leadership Award is a scheme which Frome College students have won several times, and is a character forming course of outdoor challenges and leadership.  This year the award went to Seb Costello, who was also there to receive this fantastic award. The RYLA course took place on Dartmoor from 11 -17 February 2017. Rotarians interviewed 6 students and Seb Costello was chosen. He did very well on the course and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, although Dartmoor in February was quite a challenge.

    Both students performed brilliantly on the evening and impressed the whole club. Rotarians also took the opportunity to wish Frome College Principal, Gavin Ball, every success in his new promotion and thanked him for his efforts at the College, and the continual relationship with Rotary.

    Well done to both of them for such outstanding achievements!

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

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

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

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

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

     

    Congratulations go to Aimee Applegate in Year 13, who has been awarded the Specialised Chef Scholarship.  The course includes: Kitchen & Larder, Patisserie & Confectionery, Health, Safety & Hygiene, Food Service & dealing with customers, Culinary & Conversational French, Husbandry & Food issues, and Gastronomy.

    Aimee said: “In 2015, I took part my very first catering event; the Frome Rotary Chef Competition where I had to create 2 dishes – a main course and a dessert – within 2 hours and present it to several judges.

    After coming 3rdplace; I had learned a few valuable assets about myself.  My standards within this competition were very high and I was only willing to present my best work.

    My Nan was heavily involved in the catering industry throughout her working life from silver service through to becoming a commis chef.  She is a huge inspiration of mine and I feel as though this passion of mine runs through my blood.

    My Mother – Lisa Applegate – had booked her and myself on a cooking demonstration in Bath where I had the chance to meet Ben Taylor. We discussed the passion in which we both share and with his years of experience, he had recommended me to consider applying for the Specialised Chefs Course at Bournemouth College.

    The Specialised Chef Scholarship is a prestigious 3 year advanced apprenticeship which will offer me the opportunity to train in all aspects of professional cookery to the highest level.  The Scholarship is arranged by the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and is managed by the Bournemouth & Poole College.

    After graduation, I will receive the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Diploma in Professional Cookery and as a specialised chef, will be able to work in prestigious hotels and restaurants throughout the world.”

    We wish her every success in the future.

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

    Well done to them - they were fantastic!

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

    A group of Year 10 girls are currently involved in a project with Sky Sports Living for Sport. The idea is to develop student’s confidence and teach them 6 areas of success within the scheme.

    The girls have to create a project to help motivate them and focus on achieving goals. The group have chosen to create the ‘This girl can’project, and have produced posters to put around the school in order to inspire others to take part in sport activities.

    We have been very fortunate to be assigned Vernon Samuels as the College Sky Sports mentor.  Vernon is a former Great Britain triple jumper and Olympian, and came to visit the girls to outline the 6 areas of success and run some practical sessions. This was extremely exciting for the group, and Vernon was a fantastic ambassador for sport.

    The group involved is: Maya Edwards, Arwen Wilkie, Jess Lee, Holly McPhee-Clarke, Ella Walker-Wiltshire, Sophie Kay, Millie Potter, Ella Kempshall, Kitty Peyton, Tilly Reilly-Stitt and Ellie Morse.

    Principal, Mr Ball invited the sportsman for lunch with Mrs Sypko, teacher of PE, and thanked him for his support of Frome College. Vernon will be on of the guests of honour at our annual Sports Awards on Tuesday 11 July at 7.00pm in the Merlin Theatre.

    We look forward to seeing everyone.

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

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


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

    The results are in...

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Well done to everyone who took part!

     

    Governors are very pleased to announce the appointment of Emma Reynolds as Principal of Frome College with effect from September 2017.   Emma is currently Headteacher of The Bulmershe School in Wokingham, Berkshire.  She has substantial experience in school leadership and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). Her passion and commitment for the arts was realised last summer when The Bulmershe School was one of the three finalists for Gareth Malone’s ‘The Choir – Best in Britain’ on the BBC.

    Emma said “I am delighted to have been appointed as Principal of Frome College and feel privileged to be the leader of this vibrant and exciting centre for learning. 

    I am passionate about opportunities for all young people to be inspired to develop their individual talents, gifts and skills and to strive to do the best they can through a thirst for learning that will stand them in good stead throughout their lives. 

    I believe strongly that we must focus on providing a curricular experience for our students that prepares them well for their aspirations, using their talents, gifts and energy to contribute positively to our global community.  We must support our students to be happy, challenged and resilient learners, underpinned by the strong foundations of discipline, self-esteem and community as well as a focus on ensuring the basics of respect, tolerance, compassion and personal responsibility.”

    We all look forward to welcoming Emma in September.

    Two teams of students from Frome College are through to the Cybercenturion Competition Final - This is the 3rd consecutive year we have students in this prestigouse final!
     
    Maggie Love, Cybercenturion Project Lead said: “I'm delighted to report that for the 3rd year running, Frome College students are through to the National Final of the Cybercenturion Competition. 
     
    Three Frome College teams have been taking part over the last 13 weeks, with a total of 5 online competitions, each lasting 6 hours on Sundays. For many of the students this was their first time in the competition, and with only the top 10 teams in the country going through to the finals, the pressure was on. 
     
    With the scores in, we have succeeded in having two teams through to the final! We thought at first, one team may have just been edged out of the top 10 at the last minute – literally, when another team scored 4 points, putting them ahead.  But once the scores were in, we had beaten them! Our third team acquitted themselves very well being 14th nationally! It’s a shame that only the top 10 get through to the last stage, but having two in the final is incredible.” 
     
    Our congratulations go to our 3 teams for such outstanding achievements! They are:-
    Team Name: ‘Vault 7’ In the final
    • Tom Haines
    • Matt Haines
    • Connor Cairns
    • Hamish Murray
    • Jake Howell
    Team Name: ‘<Insert Name Here>’ In the final!
    • Joe Malley
    • Morgan Curle
    • Dylan Oliver
    • Adam Kerslake
    Team name: Order 66 Finished 14th in UK!
    • James Kerley
    • Adrian Nouchin
    • Jack Flagg
    • Toby Paton
    The National Final of the competition will take place at the Institute of Engineering & Technology in London on Thursday 8 March - Watch this space!  
     
    Thanks must also go to the IT Technicians, the site team and admin staff, who have been so helpful in providing logistical support.  Good luck to both our teams in the final!
     
    For more information about the competition, and updates on their progress, go to https://www.cybersecuritychallenge.org.uk/competitions/cybercenturion
     

    The penultimate Careers Cafe of an exciting year for Frome College was a great success with over 700 students on Wednesday 26 April.  The main College Hall was the perfect setting for some fantastic guest speakers including many organisations who are offering work experience for our Year 10 students seeking placements from 3 to 8 July.  

     

    Opportunities to work at Longleat were discussed on the main stage, continuing strong links between Frome College and successful organisations in the area.  Many of our students have already gained invaluable work experience, and this Careers Cafe served as a great opportunity to celebrate exciting possibilities with successful organisations.

    Somerset Care attended the Careers Café and proved to be a popular choice with students to find out more about helping to care for people in their own homes and to promote independent living. 

    Frome FM demonstrated to students the importance of communication in the media for our local community, and students have the chance to get involved with presenting on the local radio station in a variety of ways.

    Former student, Chloe Plaxton, returned for her second Careers Cafe to talk about her work as a successful Opthalmologist.  Chloe achieved a first class honours degree in Opthalmology at the University of Aston in Birmingham, and was able to share her journey after securing a part-time job at Frome’s branch of Specsavers when she was studying at Frome College. 

    Terry Bishop was also a guest speaker as part of the College’s Next Steps team, and talked about opportunities in apprenticeships for our students.  Terry has a wealth of experience and gave invaluable information to our students who are considering the apprenticeship route as an alternative to University life.

    'Going to University' was also a popular table at our Careers Cafe and one of the ambassador tutors, Hannah Berry, talked to our students about life as an undergraduate at one of the leading Universities in the UK.  Hannah is presently helping the International Team at Frome College every Wednesday, as part of the stronger ties between Frome College and the University of Bath.

    Edventure attended as a well-established and successful organisation based in Frome.  Young people have the opportunity to develop their team building and work skills in a variety of innovative areas with an organisation which is known to run with imagination and flair.  NVB Architects also attended to lend advice to students and where to find out more about careers in architecture, and Volunteers Frome offered students guidance on volunteering opportunities in Frome and the surrounding area.

    Mr Curtis thanked everyone for giving their time and invaluable advice to our students and said that it may only take a moment to ignite a spark for students to aim high and to think about possibly career paths in the future that doesn’t even exist yet. 
     
    If you would like to be a guest speaker at our final Careers Cafe of the academic year, or to be a guest next year, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    On Monday 29 January, 46 Sixth Form students and 4 members of staff had an unusually early start. Clutching coffees, we boarded the coach at the College at 7.00am. 
     
    Having arrived in Westminster, we strolled around Parliament Square taking in our surroundings. The first stop was a tour of the Houses of Parliament; the students were fascinated by the grandeur of the building and the ‘excessive’ (quote – Seb Costello, Year 13) use of gold plating in the décor. They were guided by knowledgeable and engaging Education Officers who provided an insight into the inner workings of Parliament, and its most unusual traditions. The first question put to the guide was of course, ‘will we see Jeremy Corbyn?’
     
    We were able to stand at John Bercow’s desk, and hover in front of the opposition’s green seats in the House of Commons. We admired the throne of the Monarch in the House of Lords, and even caught a glimpse of Winston Churchill’s Grandson. We then attended a ‘Law Making’ workshop where students were put into 2 teams and competed in a quiz. Then, in a role play of a Parliamentary Debate, in which Toby Paton was elected Speaker of the House, while Chloe Fordham and Tiffany Lee were party leaders. The students entered a furious debate about lowering the voting age to 16, in which the final vote was a surprising yet resounding ‘No’. Toby did a great job of shouting ‘ORDER, ORDER’ in true Bercow fashion.  
     
    We then made the short walk to the Supreme Court where we were given a tour, and were able to sit in each of the 3 court rooms. We discussed and debated the outcome of significant rulings from the Supreme Court, including the Gina Miller case in the wake of Brexit, a shocking decision involving a joint enterprise shooting, and finally the outcome of right to religion human rights deliberation. 
     
    A brilliant day was had by all. Many thanks to Roland Hurrell, Brenda Driessen and Jennie Smith for their help and support on the day. 
     
    Amelia Rigby, teacher of Sociology & Law
     
     

    On Tuesday 2 May, four enterprise students from Frome College attended the monthly Business Breakfast, held at the newly opened Town Hall. They arrived at 7.00am promptly to be met by a room full of local business owners and town counsellors.  The students performed a presentation explaining their school calendar project which received an excellent response, and a number of the businesses attending agreed to sponsor the calendar. 

    The students had a very early start, and any nervousness was not on show and they presented very well. Frome College is very proud of their efforts so far, and there has been a very positive response from local businesses that are supporting the project already.

    There is still some availability for businesses to sponsor the project and place their logo / advert on one of the calendar pages. All profits from this will help to fund a school counsellor at Frome College.

    The student’s inspiration for this project came from the increase in teenage depression in the past few years, and the recent media coverage about mental health issues. With exams coming closer and closer for everyone involved, it is healthy to keep stress levels down and focus on work. The enterprise students decided to do this project and help the cause by fundraising for a school counsellor.

    If you think you may be able to support them with sponsorship please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.                                                                                                                      

     


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

    Congratulations to our 3 teams in the final of the Cybercenturion Challenge at the IET HQ (Institution of Engineering & Technology) Savoy Place in London. They did not win this year, but all 3 teams fought very hard and should be incredibly proud of themselves.

    Team Zestymeme only missed 3rd place by 1 point, and the 2nd to 5th places being separated by only 10 points overall - It was nail-bitingly close and they all received finalist medals.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    To have 3 Frome College teams from only 10 nationally in the final, is a major achievement in itself. 

    Well done to all of them on a great final!


    Congratulations to Chloe Nicholls in Year 10, who was awarded the Principal’s Commendation Certificate on Thursday 25 January for her contribution to charities.

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

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

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

    Well done Chloe!

    This year’s Frome College mock interview programme was another great success.

     

    With over 100 local business and Rotary personnel supporting, every student in Year 10 was supported through the process, simulating real interview conditions.

     

    Sponsored by the Frome Rotary Club, the annual event has gone from strength to strength. Extra additions this year included, the Rotary tutor mentors supporting additional activities such as CV workshops, and Peter Wheelhouse, from Frome Town Council, hosting interview technique seminars in the Merlin Theatre. 

    Students have been preparing for their interviews since last September, supported by their tutors and external sponsors.

     

    If you are interested in supporting next year’s mock interviews, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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

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

    Congratulations go to Izzy Book in Year 11 who has been selected to play for England’s U18 Rugby Touch Team. If successful at the next trials, Izzy will travel to Dublin with the squad and compete in the European Touch Championships in August.

    Izzy was previously selected to play for Bath Rugby Touch Team, and was honoured to be asked to Captain the squad at a tournament against other premiership sides at Sixways Stadium in Worcester, where they finished 4th overall - beating local rivals Bristol.

    Izzy, who regularly plays Rugby for Bradford on Avon’s U18 team as a fly-half or a flanker, was scouted through her volunteering work with the Bath Rugby Foundation. She was also Captain for Frome Rugby Club’s U15 team for 2 seasons, and has previously played for Castle Cary’s U15 and Bath Rugby Girls U13 team.

    We wish here every success for the future!


    On Tuesday 16 January, 20 NCFE Level 2 Engineering students in Year 10 visited Wainwright Quarry for a tour of the quarry and a manufacturing plant to find out how quarries are run. 
     
    Over the next few months students will explore various sectors of engineering and they will develop their hand skills by creating a multi tool and pipe wrench.
     
    The students are currently studying an Engineering careers unit, and to make this more work related we have teamed up with Somerset Earth Science Centre and Wainwrights Ltd, to create a unit of work that directly relates to real life situations.  The student’s visits to the Earth Science Centre and the quarry enabled them to experience real life risk assessment activities as well as a variety of different work based challenges. 
     
    We have been extremely lucky that both the Earth Science Centre and employees from John Wainwright & Co have been working alongside us to set the NCFE assignments, to ensure the work the students are doing bears relevance to the real world of Engineering.  This gives the students a great opportunity for any future career aspirations, and is also a great experience for jobs and UCAS applications. 
     
    We would like to thank both Wainwrights Quarry and the Earth Science Centre for their continued support of Frome College.
     
    Report by Mrs Smart, Subject Leader Design, Technology and Engineering
     
     

    Lily Breese in Year 11, received the award from Principal, Mr Ball for promoting a revision app to help others. Lily came across the ‘SQA Study Plan Revision App’ when she was searching for help with her exam revision. 

    The free app can be personalised to meet the needs of each individual student to help with scheduling their revision.  Her Head of House, Mr Johnson was so impressed with her initiative, he recommended her for the award. Lilly hosted assemblies to share her findings with other students and word soon spread about the easy well designed app for mobile phones.

    Lily said: “SQA My Study Plan is an app that makes a versatile revision timetable that works around the student. The user writes in their subjects, the dates of their exams and how long they would like to revise for each subject and each day. They can then prioritise their subjects based upon their weaknesses and select how long they are available for each day. The app then makes a plan for you, sending notifications as and when you need to revise. The app is ideal for students that have commitments, part time jobs or a busy life in general meaning it is difficult to stick to a generic revision plan week after week.”

    If you would like to use the free revision app, search for ‘SQA Study Plan Revision App’

    On Friday 19 January, Frome College hosted an outreach session by the local charity Key4Life.
     
    This Somerset based organisation works really hard with young ex-offenders and those at risk of offending, to help change their lives and the directions they are going for the future.  It provides emotional resilience training, employability skills and helps clients find work placements leading to full time employment.
     
    The re-offending rate for their client group is very low and the Home Office is very supportive of the great work that they are doing. 
     
    The charity gave two presentations in the main College Hall to students in Years 12 and 13, followed by a workshop with groups of selected students.
     
    It was a very successful morning and the students and staff were very impressed by the guests and the work done by Key4Life. 
     
     

    We are very proud to announce that Abigail Welch in Year 12, Ben Manning and Steff Smith in Year 13, have all received the highly prestigious BBC Pride of Somerset Award!

     

    There are only 7 of the awards given out each year, so to have 3 of our students chosen is fantastic. The students were nominated for the following:

    Abigail Welch was nominated by her Head of Year for the way she’s dealt with a really tough time starting her A Levels; but she didn’t let that stand in her way academically and personally. She’s a spokeswoman for the College, she raises money for charity and she helps out with younger students in their lessons.This award recognises the fantastic young woman she is.

    Ben Manning was awarded this because he managed to deal with some really tough times, in such a positive way. Ben’s father died from a very rare form of cancer in 2014; and Ben now gives young people emotional support as a mentor, helping them find coping strategies to deal with their own tough times. Ben is a great role model to other students at the College and has worked tirelessly fundraising and supporting others. He is a valued member of the College student leadership team and has recently done a sky dive to raise money for Dorothy House and Alzheimer’s UK amongst his many triumphs.

    Steph Smith has been a volunteer with British Eventing for more than 10 years; and she stepped into the spotlight recently to lead a team of over 100 fence judge’s last minute at Blenheim Palace. Alongside that she also cares for her mum; and also volunteers as a presenter at Radio Frome FM. Steph was nominated by Matt Sims, who said “Steff is an absolute credit to her parents, school and teachers”. Steph received her award from Ian Ramus, President of Taunton Rotary Club, organisers of the event.

    Our congratulations go to all 3 students for such an outstanding achievement!  They are fantastic ambassadors for young people, and we wish them all every success for the future!

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

    It wasn’t just the Foo Fighters who rocked Frome on the weekend of 24 February.  Frome College certainly brought the house down with their production of We Will Rock You!  A combination of music by rock legends Queen and boyish comedy of Ben Elton, this musical had everyone giggling and rocking in their seats. Frome College certainly delivered a fantastic performance, providing a theatre experience fit for the West End!

     

     

    Set in a futuristic world led by Killer Queen and her Globalsoft empire, real music has died and has instead been replaced by a cyber-universe where everyone dresses and thinks the same, unless you’re a rebel. The story follows Galileo and his accomplices, Scaramouche and the Bohemians, as they go in search of the instruments from the Golden Age of Rock.

    The students of Frome College have worked hard for the past 5 months mastering the classic Queen songs led by Head of Expressive Arts, Andi Nicholls, and complex choreography by Amy Maughan of Tri.Art Dance Academy.

    The cast’s hard work was rewarded with a sell-out run of performances and standing ovations every night. Each member of the cast was fully committed to their role, directed by Claudia Pepler at the Merlin Theatre, conveying their characters clearly and singing from the heart. The energy the cast put into the performance was incredible and felt by the audience making them want to sing and dance along. It was wonderful to clearly see how much the students enjoyed performing.

    Alongside an incredibly talented cast, the backstage team was run by a team of Frome College students smoothly running the show. The production was visually stunning with an adaptable set and props changing from futuristic world of Planet Mall to the oblivion of the Seven Seas of Rhye. The whole production was truly spectacular from start to finish; each and every person involved was a true credit to Frome College. They really rocked!

     

     

    Over 3 nights of outstanding performances, the feedback from everyone has been phenomenal. Thank you to everyone involved in what has been described as the 'best show ever', and to Chris Bailey Photography for covering the show.

    Frome College held their second big Careers Talks event on Wednesday the 10 January.

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

    Chloe Polkinghorne in Year 10 was awarded a Principal’s Commendation on Friday 24 February for saving her father’s life.

    Chloe received the certificate for being extremely brave and administering CPR on her father, Peter Polkinghorne, after he suffered a near fatal heart attack. She jumped to the aid of her father after he collapsed, and administered CPR for a solid 20 minutes all alone. When a neighbour arrived to help Chloe, they took it in turns to continue the CPR in 5 minute intervals each until the ambulance arrived.

    Paramedics said that the courageous action by Chloe successfully ensured that not only did her father recover from the heart attack; he also did not lose vital oxygen to the brain or suffer dangerous side effects.

    Congratulations go to Chloe for her bravery, and our best wishes to her family.

    Jake Eaton, Adam Baker and Tom Leigh in Year 10, are building a combat robot suitable to win the famous BBC2 TV show “Robot Wars”. The team said: “We are a team of young enterprising students with an interest in robotics, and the knowledge and skill to make a combat robot worthy of a Robot Wars champion. Skilled in the arts of computing and construction, we are going to make our Frome College entry a winner.
     
    We all take part in subjects which require us to build such a complicated machine, and have experience in creating working products that are innovative and safe to use. All of us are at the top of our game in coding, and we have the much needed support from the College for its construction. We are hoping for donations of materials and supplies. Specifically we need:
    Medium or high carbon steel.
    ● Motors.
    ● LiPo or LiFePo4 batteries.
    ● Financial sponsorship
    We really need your help in our quest to succeed on building a real contender, we also need help with sponsorship contributions to the ‘war effort’ to buy components. In order for us to be able to build our mighty robot ‘Ballistic’ we will need approximately £1,000 for the project. With everyone’s help, we intend to make Frome College the UK champions, and build something that will blow the competition away! Our team will keep you updated on our progress. Thank you in advance for any support you can offer us to get to the final.”
     
    If you can help, or would like more information about the project, please contact Jane Davis, Communications Officer at the College via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
     

    Frome College hosted Eden Stell Guitar Duo in the music department for a guitar masterclass with 24 students on Thursday 2 February.

    Mark Eden and Christopher Stell graduated from the Royal Academy of Music as recipients of the Principal’s Prize and the Julian Bream Prize, and continued their studies in Brussels with the Brazilian Guitar Duo, Sérgio and Odair Assad.

    Internationally renowned for their dynamism, innovation and breathtaking virtuosity, the Eden Stell Guitar Duo are said to have breathed new life into the world of the classical guitar.

     

    The College was offered the opportunity by the Jackdaws Music Education Trust, based in Great Elm. Music students from all year groups were invited to attend the guitar masterclass, where they were taught a piece of music in 45 minutes. The whole group thoroughly enjoyed the class and at the end of the session, they all played the piece of music together.

    Shortly before Christmas a group of Year 10 & 11 students went to Paris to practise their French, and improve their knowledge of the country and its culture. 

    On the visit students enjoyed a cruise down the River Seine on the Bateaux Mouches, a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral, Montmartre, climbing (literally – at least, by stairs) up to the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower, and opportunities to explore parts of Paris on foot and by coach.
     
    With their enthusiastic response to 'PGL Joe', our guide, our students made the visit a real success.  Not only did they have on-board entertainment in the form of Dr Smith and Miss Sanchez singing an unforgettable rendition of ‘Fairytale of New York’, in addition the coach came with a DJ in the form of Peter the coach driver, who helped our students to appreciate some older French classics such as ‘Aux Champs Elysées’.   
     
    Our students were a credit to Frome College and their families throughout the visit; it was a pleasure to take them to France.  I would like to thank all the staff who helped to make the visit a success, in particular Dr Smith, Miss Harrison, Miss Sanchez and Mrs Love.
     
    Report by Mr Owsley, Head of Faculty Internationalism & Enterprise

    An impressive 3 Chief Scout’s Gold Awards were given out at an awards presentation for the 1st and 7th Frome Scouts.

    Frome College students Jess Lee and Amy Cotterell in Year 10, and Steph Verwey in Year 9, all achieved the highest possible award a Scout can earn, and this represents the culmination of their work throughout their time with the Scouts.

    The Chief’s Scout Gold Award is given once all 9 Challenge Awards have been completed, ranging from the outdoors and creative challenges to the teamwork and team leader challenges.

    In order to earn the Expedition Challenge Badge, Jess, Amy and Steph planned an expedition over 2 days. They travelled to Lyme Regis by public transport and camped overnight, having carried all of their kit. They also prepared all of their meals throughout the trip.  On top of the full collection of challenge awards, each Scout must also have completed 6 activity badges, hence why the Chief Scout’s Gold Award represents a huge achievement.

    Richard Newland, Scout Leader, said, “This is the first time in several years that we have awarded the Chief Scout’s Gold Award, so to be able to present 3 is fantastic. These Scouts worked extremely hard to complete all of the challenges, and have had real fun along the way.”

    The 1st and 7th Frome Scouts are always keen to recruit more volunteers to help run their exciting programme of activities for young people.  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like more information.

    It is always a great pleasure to welcome the community, students, families and friends of Frome College to our lovely festive Carol Concert at St John’s Church. 

    It has been another very busy term at Frome College and we feel privileged to work regularly with such highly talented young people; some are established musicians and others have only recently begun their musical journey. The concert involves over 80 students and guests - heartfelt thanks and congratulations go out to them all on another outstanding event!  
     
    Reverend Colin Alsbury, welcomed the congregation and reminded everyone of the meaning of Christmas. During the evening, there were readings, a candle procession with the Frome College Choir, performances by our Orchestra, Shotgun Marimba, Ukestra, Brass Ensemble, fabulous solo performances and traditional congregational Carols, including ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ and ‘Silent Night’.  
     
    We do hope, whilst celebrating and being entertained by fine music together, everyone felt in the Christmas mood.  At the end of the concert mince pies and refreshments were provided by the College, giving the congregation an opportunity to congratulate the performers. The retiring collection this year, was split between the Dorothy House charity, and the College Music Department, to enable us be able to put on more events like this.

    Special thanks go to Liam McPherson in Year 12 for the photography at the concert.
     
     

    A large crowd at St John’s Church listened to Frome College students and staff; present an outstanding seasonal musical celebration at the Carol Concert on Monday 12 December. The varied array of musical talent on offer at the school featured the College Choir, jazz band, orchestra, Shotgun Marimba, Fiddlestix, ukulele orchestra, brass ensemble, solo performances and congregational carols.  It is always a pleasure to entertain the community at this very festive event to get everyone in the Christmas mood. 

     

    Our thanks go to James Wallis in Year 12 and Daniel Weston in Year 13 for the photography on the night.

    The well supported retiring collection raised over £340 and will be split between Dorothy House and Frome College’s music department, to help support the students to continue hosting great events such as this.

    Steph Cox from Dorothy House came to College on Thursday 19th January to collect the cheque on behalf of the charity, and to meet some of the staff and students who were part of the Carol Concert.  In the photo (L-R) is Nick Waterhouse, lesson supervisor, Principal, Mr Ball, Steph Cox, Imogen Piper &  Ruby Plaxton in Year 12, and Mr Nicholls, Head of Faculty for Expressive Arts.

    We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Frome community for their generosity and continued support of Frome College.  

    Frome College Art students were invited by Principal, Emma Reynolds, to design a Christmas card which could be used by the school for community friends and business contacts.  However, the standards were so high, Ms Reynolds could not decide on an outright winner, therefore she chose 8 designs.

    The designs were very varied and ranged from a frosted gate, a snowy mountain scene, Christmas trees and candles, to a sheep dog in a Santa hat and a photo of a donkey.

    Ms Reynolds presented students with Commendation Certificates and congratulated them on their incredible talent and skills with their designs. All the cards were personally signed by the Principal, prior to being sent out for Christmas. 

    Well done to Emma Duston in Year 12, and Joel Brookes, Isobel Hobbs, Darcie Monger, Charli-George Pegg, Lydia Powell, Jude Rawlins and Roman Stoyle in Year 9.
     
     

    Congratulations go to Charlotte Buxton in Year 12, who has been selected to play Football for Yeovil Town Ladies 1st Team.

    Charlotte is a valued member of the highly successful Frome College Girls Football Team, who won the Somerset County Cup for 2 years in a row. She is also a regular member of the Yeovil Ladies Development Team.

    Previously, Charlotte’s achievements have also been outstanding. In 2015 she won the “Treble” with her Under 16 Yeovil Girls’ Football Team, who also won the league. At the Yeovil Town Presentation Evening, she was awarded trophies for ‘Player of the Season’ and the ‘Supporters Player of the Season’. On top of this, she was selected by Somerset Girls' U16 Team, and went on to represent the South West U15 Team as Captain, to play against the South East.

    Charlotte was thrilled to be selected to play for Yeovil Town’s 1st Team against England College F.A. She really enjoyed the whole experience, and will be working hard to stay on the radar of the Yeovil 1st Team Manager.

    Well done to her, and we wish her every success in the future!


    Dr Smith, Head of Newton House said: “This was a charity event organised by the students themselves, and shows the drive and community spirit we have amongst the students at Frome College.  Students from all the year groups and houses contributed to raising a fantastic amount of money for Children in Need by their non-uniform donations and cake sales in Newton House.  A big thank you to all the cake bakers, but a special mention to Grace, Amy and Stephanie for leading the event.”

    Principal, Ms Reynolds held a cheque presentation on Tuesday 19 December and congratulated the students who helped raise such a phenomenal amount for the charity.

    The student team said: “We are very pleased to have raised over £1,000 for BBC Children In Need. On Friday 17 November lots of staff and students supported the cause by wearing their own clothes to school and donating £1 each. We’d like to thank everybody who took part. Another thank you to all the Newton students who supported our cake sale by baking cakes, and also to everyone who bought cakes. We were able to raise a further £70.” 

    Grace Lindley & Amy Cotterell in Year 11, Stephanie Verwey in Year 10
    Newton House Charity Team.
     

    Former Frome College student Jake Malley is one of an elite set of engineering students who has been awarded a Diamond Jubilee Scholarship by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). The Diamond Jubilee Scholarships have been handed out to students who achieved at least 3 As in their A-Levels or Advanced Highers and have accepted a place on an IET accredited engineering or technology degree course this autumn.

    Jake left Frome College last summer following an exceptional academic performance in his A Levels, attaining A*A*A*A* in Computing, Maths, Further Maths & Physics.  Jake is 1 of only 100 students to receive the elite Scholarship from the Institute of Engineering & Technology.

    Co-Founder of Plant Notes, Jake is studying Electrical & Electronic Engineering with Computer Science at the University of Southampton. 
     
    This year, 100 scholarships have been awarded to students who started either a masters or an undergraduate engineering degree at a UK based university in the autumn of 2016, and 51% of these have been awarded to female candidates.

    Jeremy Watson CBE, IET President, said: “In a world where technology is moving faster than ever before, I believe we need to think more broadly and remove unnecessary barriers that might be discouraging more young people from becoming engineers. In other words, we need to be more inclusive about inspiring and recruiting the next generation of engineers.

    “With this in mind, we are really pleased to give financial help to 100 young people as a result of our prestigious Diamond Jubilee scholarships. We hope that they will go on to become the leaders of tomorrow in an industry which offers a diverse range of exciting opportunities and challenges.”

    The investment is being made in collaboration with the Belling Charitable Settlement, the ERA Foundation, The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, Siemens, BAE Systems and BT.

    This contribution to students is further evidence of the IET’s ongoing commitment to minimising the skills gap by encouraging talented students to study IET accredited courses, which will put them on a path that is not only challenging and rewarding, but is also vital to the UK economy. 

    The Diamond Jubilee Scholarship programme is run by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), and named in honour of the IET’s patron, Her Majesty the Queen.  It’s aims are to help address the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math’s) skills shortage in the UK, and to encourage talented students to study IET accredited courses, which will put them on a path that is not only challenging and rewarding, but is also vital to future prosperity. 

    The Institution of Engineering and Technology’s Diamond Jubilee Scholarships will offer long-term financial support to engineering students.

    Our congratulations go to Jake, and we wish him every success for the future.

    On Monday 11 December, the Frome College Choir took part in the Somerset Music Christmas Celebration Concert at Wells Cathedral. This event celebrates the talents of young musicians in Somerset, and the choir has taken part for a number of years.
     
    This year we were invited to perform The Lamb by John Tavener, and the traditional song Carol of The Bells, in an arrangement by Kirby Shaw.  As part of the programme we also joined in with other school choirs to sing Sweet Chiming Christmas Bells and Do You Hear What I Hear?, as well as three traditional congregational carols, all accompanied by the Somerset County Youth Concert Band. 
     
    It was an excellent evening full of great performances from all the schools which took part. Congratulations are due to Mr Nicholls, Head of Faculty for Expressive Arts, for leading our College choir so magnificently, and to the 41 students and 6 members of staff who took part.
     
    Report by Mr Nick Waterhouse
     
     
     

    Year 12 BTEC World of Work students organised a Christmas jumper mufti day for the charity Save the Children on the last day of term before Christmas.

    Students were asked to wear something with a Christmas theme, e.g. a jumper, festive hat, snowstorm manicure, Santa onesie, gold/red/green/sparkly clothes. They all donated a minimum of £1 or more towards the charity. A fantastic £652.66 was raised

    On Tuesday 17 January, three representatives from Save the Children came into College to receive the cheque from Principal, Mr Ball and the Year 12 students who organised the fund raising.

    In the photo with the BTEC World of Work students are Principal, Mr Ball, with Kathy Bogan, Lysbeth Ballantine and Angela Daniel from the Save the Children charity.

    Thank you to everyone involved and to those who generously contributed. 

    Frome College held a fantastic Year 9 Public Speaking Competition on Thursday 14 December. Year 9 competitors had written and prepared speeches in their English lessons. 
     
    Each person had a unique and diverse speech ranging from World History and Politics, to the problems of public transport. The theme of the speeches were ‘If I Ruled the World...' and I can say we have some very ambitious leaders! I was very pleased to not only participate, but to win the competition. 
     
    It was a very nerve-wracking afternoon. In Lesson 5 we all rehearsed our performances, and then in the evening it was show time!

    The judges were Principal, Ms Reynolds, Mr Schneider and special guest Kate Bielby, who is a Frome College Governor and former Frome Town Mayor. Jess Cook won 2nd Prize and Olive Keech won 3rd. The judges awarded the Commendation to Louis Walker.
     
    Special thanks to Mrs Henry for helping us all to achieve our best.
     
    Report by Owen White in Year 9.
     

    A group of Frome College students have been ‘out and about’ in the Mendip Hills helping with conservation work with the Somerset Wildlife Trust. They are doing the voluntary work as part of their Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards.

    Tasks so far have involved clearing fence lines, repairing dry stone walls and completing a training day of hedge laying with the Wrington and Burrington Hedging Society in association with the Somerset Wildlife Trust.

     

     

    The group tackled and transformed an overgrown hedge in a cemetery in Cheddar, along with a number of experts from the hedging group. At the end of the 5 hour session, the hedging group members commended the Frome College students on their attentiveness and skill in tackling such a difficult job, and said that they would be happy to welcome any of them into the society.

    Previous jobs this year have involved repairing field boundaries by rebuilding sections of dry stone walls at Chancellor’s Farm, which is the headquarters of the Mendip Area of Somerset Wildlife Trust. The students involved are learning new skills and are also doing valuable work for conservation in Somerset.

    Well done to them all!


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