Another Year of Achievement Celebrated at Strode’s
Strode’s College in Egham has welcomed back many of its 2011 leavers for its annual Prize Giving Ceremony. With the College’s Trustees, Governors and members of the Coopers’ Company in attendance, the College was pleased to welcome David Parr, the Mayor of Runnymede and the Guest of Honour, the Member of Parliament for Spelthorne, Kwasi Kwarteng.
The achievements of the prize winners, both current and former students, was highlighted by the College’s new Principal, Anne Fielding Smith, ‘Academic achievement is, of course, one of the easiest things to identify and celebrate. However, it is not just about ‘raw results’. I am delighted that 27 students achieved 3 or more A grades at A level. I am also delighted that over 400 students progressed from Strode’s to university last year. However, the College is as equally proud of students who come to us with modest GCSEs, who work hard and achieve C and D grades, as we are those who come to us with a fistful of A*s at GCSE and who achieve top A level grades. The concept of ‘Value Added’ is not new, but it is something that I feel quite passionate about. Last year, 54 of our second year students had an average GCSE score of less than a grade C. Of those 54 students, nine went on to achieve a ‘double distinction’ in a BTEC course, one student achieved two Bs and 2 Cs at A level and 25 students went on to achieve the equivalent of three or more A levels.’
Mrs Fielding Smith also emphasized the value of the many extra-curricular activities with which students become involved, Sport, Dance, Drama, Art and Design, Business, Tourism, Volunteering being just some examples, and the many educational trips both within the UK and abroad.
She also referred to the challenges that sixth form colleges face and how well-placed they are with their experience and popularity to ensure continued success for the many young people that choose them.