On Thursday 12th September Strode’s hosted another successful prize giving evening to acknowledge the success of students from class 2013. The evening started with our Principal Anne Fielding Smith, who was delighted to welcome former students back to celebrate their achievements at this annual event. Guests on the night included the Master and Wardens of the Worshipful Company of Coopers, the Mayor of Runnymede, the College's Trustees, Governors, staff and representatives from the College's partner schools as well as award winners and their families. The guest speaker for the evening was a former Strode’s student Dr Sam Lucy, who spoke about her life and achievements and how and why she has never left education. Sam is currently working at Newnham College, Cambridge as an Admissions Tutor and Financial Tutor.
25 prizes were presented on the night with the most prestigious prize being, The Henry Strode Prize and the Tercentenary Higher Education Bursary. This prize was given to Rachel Surridge who achieved the highest point’s score of any Strode’s student. Rachel was home educated and at Strode’s studied A levels in Chemistry, Physics and Classical Civilisation. Rachel also continued her academic achievements by studying at home for a further 3 A levels in Biology, Mathematics and English Literature. Rachel is about to embark at the University of Nottingham to read Medicine.
Our very own Travel and Tourism students ran the hospitality for the evening. This relates to the Hospitality unit on the course, which means the students roles for the evening was to include: directing and stewarding guests on arrival, registering guests and VIPs, welcoming guests on entry, delivering food to tables and topping up drinks throughout the evening. Coupled with our Travel and Tourism students, six of our College musicians played various pieces through the night.
The evening concluded with Phil Radcliff, our Chair of Governors who brought the successful prize giving to a close.