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Celebrating Success

Celebrating Success

Strode’s started off the new academic year on a celebratory note when former students returned to the College on Wednesday 16th September to receive recognition for their effort and achievements at our annual Prize Giving Ceremony.

Strode’s Principal Rowan Cookson opened the ceremony by welcoming former students and a number of special guests for the evening, including the Mayor of Runnymede, the Master and Wardens of the Worshipful Company of Coopers and the College's Trustees and Governors.   Guest Speakers for the evening were Alan Jenkins, Strode’s College employee in 1975 during the transition into a co-educational sixth form, and Rebecca Harrington, a current student. Both speakers spoke passionately about their time at Strode’s and its evolution since those early days, the celebration of its 40th birthday and their desire to see the college grow in the next 40 years.

25 prizes were presented on the night with the most prestigious prizes being the Henry Strode Prize and the Tercentenary Higher Education Bursary. Both of these awards are given to the student who achieves the best overall results in the College. This year the prizes were awarded to Daniel Madden, who came to Strode’s from The Royal Belfast Academical Institution.  Daniel gained fantastic results this summer by achieving three A*s  and one A grade at A Level.


During the evening we also had the pleasure to hear from two other award winners, Kaylea Mavromatis and Abigail Wilson, who talked about receiving the prestigious Coopers’ Travel Bursary.  Kaylea has already embarked on a once in a life time trip to India where she worked for two months teaching women and children to learn English.  Abigail intends to visit Cambodia in January where she will be volunteering for an anti-child trafficking charitable organization.


Throughout the evening we were also highly entertained by our very own talented student musicians who performed a variety of musical pieces whilst our student ambassadors assisted with the hospitality for the event.


Congratulations to all our prize winners.

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