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Whitstone School and Strode College – a partnership that changes lives

Whitstone School and Strode College work in partnership to provide young people in and around Shepton Mallet with an excellent education from age 11 to 18.

Strode College is an Ofsted `outstanding` college, offering a breadth of courses to meet the needs of Year 11s, whether they want to study A Levels, a vocational course or earn while they learn on an apprenticeship. Strode is among the top 3% of schools and colleges nationally for student progress, with outstanding teaching and support that leads to an enjoyment of learning, excellent results and high levels of success with university applications and employment.

Whitstone and Strode College share a common belief in stretching the potential of all young people, through ensuring that they aim high and achieve higher. Both Strode and Whitstone encourage students to recognise that there is no limit to what they can achieve, whether it is going to Cambridge or Oxford universities, carrying out geological surveys in Iceland as part of a PhD or setting up their own business.

Strode College is the sixth form for Whitstone School. Strode College is oversubscribed, but Whitstone Year 11s are guaranteed a place as long as they meet the minimum entry requirements.

Where are they now?

Lewis Clark (Whitstone School 2008-2013)
Studied: A Level Law, Psychology, History and Biology
Where now? Studying Law at the University of Cardiff

“Studying at Strode College allowed me to develop my academic ability due to the high standard of teaching and support that was available from my teacher. Law is highly interesting; my favourite aspect of the course was learning about different criminal offences and overcoming misconceptions about the legal system. I received a sound basis for studying Law at university."

Josh Teasdale (Whitstone School 2007-2012)
Studied: A Level History, History of Art and English Literature
Where now? Oxford University studying History

“The teachers at Strode made History engaging and challenging, enhancing the course through field trips to London. I was really pleased with my results – they were an unexpected surprise. What did it for me was the teaching and the amount of one-to-one time I was given academically and the emotional support I received too. The teachers are the unsung heroes; they do so much behind the scenes to help. The one-to-one tutorials with the Principal James Staniforth, who studied History at Cambridge University, really helped to prepare me for the Oxford University interviews and for the challenging learning environment of a top university.“

Jamie Bowles (Whitstone School 2008-2013)
Studied: A Level Maths, Psychology and Human Biology
Where now? University of the West of England, Bristol studying Maths

“At Strode I particularly valued the study periods we had during the day as I could get on with work in my own time while using the College facilities. I enjoyed Maths as it is logical; I especially enjoyed new topics such as differentiation and statistics.”

Rebecca Carver (Whitstone School 2007-2012)
Studied: A Level Biology, Maths, Chemistry and History and she enjoyed sporting success at Strode in the English Schools Cross Country National Championships and the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.
Where now? Studying Biochemistry at the University of Bath

“The support I received from my teachers at Strode was excellent. In every subject I was guaranteed help with anything I didn’t understand.”

Megan Ward (Whitstone School 2007-2012)
Studied: Public Services (Uniformed) Level 3 Extended Diploma
Where now? Nottingham Trent University studying Youth Justice; planning to become a Youth Offending Officer


“I was so happy with my results – they were better than I expected, so I was really chuffed. I really loved it at Strode College. The teachers really know what they’re doing and everyone is really easy to get on with.”

Harriot Crouch (Whitstone School 2008-2013)
Studied: Level 2 Diploma in Women’s Hairdressing,
Where now? Harriot is now studying the Level 3 Diploma in Women’s Hairdressing and plans to open her own salon in the future.

“I chose this course because I find hairdressing interesting and I see my future in this industry. My teacher is very supportive and easy to approach. Strode College is a very welcoming place where I feel safe. It has a very friendly atmosphere and has given me opportunities that will help me later in life.”

Amy McQuillan (Whitstone School 1998-2003)
Business Modelling Analyst, Royal Mail, London
Amy studied A Levels in Physics, Maths and Computing, and AS Level Art. She progressed to Exeter University where she gained a Physics degree before studying for a PhD in Astrophysics at the University of Oxford.
“I really loved Strode College and made some great friends. At the time I wasn’t sure what career path to take, but I found the Physics course fascinating so decided to pursue it to degree level. I’ve now adapted my research skills to work in a business environment and I’m enjoying my new job.”

Venetia Morris (Whitstone School 1998-2003)
Project Accountant, Augusta Westland Helicopters
Venetia studied A Level Maths, Accounting, German and Graphics and then progressed to Bournemouth University to study a degree in Accounting and Finance.
“I enjoyed studying Accountancy, a subject I hadn’t studied at school, and this proved to be the career I chose. I really enjoyed my time at Strode.”

Harold Lovell (Whitstone School 1998-2003)
University Lecturer GIS, Plymouth University
Harold studied A Level Geography, Physics, German and Maths; BA Geography at Plymouth University; MSc at Durham University and a PHD at Queen Mary University, London.
“My Geography teacher at Strode was incredibly enthusiastic. He helped me to decide what to study at university and which career to pursue. One of the great things about Strode is that you meet people from a lot of different schools.”