Why Strode's

Why Strode's

Everyone has their own reasons for choosing a College. We spoke to some of our students to tell us why they decided on Strode's.

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Former School: Sunbury Manor

Studying: BTEC Dance and Film A Level

Why Strode's: I was planning to go in to full time work but my Mum dragged me to a number of Open Evenings just to explore my options. I didn't like some colleges but when I came to Strode's I felt welcomed and everyone was very calm and kind. I spoke to the Performing Arts and Media teachers and they made me realize what I could be capable of. They made the courses sounded interesting and engaging - they made me excited for what could happen.

What stands out the most: I think the independence was the biggest positive, but when I arrived at Strode's I realize that the teachers were the biggest positive. They were kind, welcoming and calm, then as the courses progressed they became someone you could really trust and go to when you needed support. They are always there to help you and are so calm and supportive. I'm going to miss Strode's after I leave.

Next Steps: I am excited about my future and I'm thinking about going into the film or dance industry. I want to go into both industries because they are quite similar but also I love both subjects.

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Former School: St Mark's Catholic School

Studying: English Literature, Classical Civilisation and Geography at A2

Why Strode's: During an Open Evening I found the passion of the teachers in the English department captivating and immediately knew Strode's would be a good choice.

What stands out the most: I think Strode's is a good choice for people who are looking to go to university as it seems to bridge the gap between school and degree. This factor is very beneficial in my eyes as I feel that if I stayed at my schools sixth form, the prospect of going to university next year could be quite scary.

Next Steps: After completing of my A-Levels at Strode's I plan to go to university to do a undergraduate joint honours course in English Literature with possibly Portuguese.

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Former School: Yateley

Studying: English Literature, American History, Classical Civilisation, EPQ

Why Strode's: I came to an Open evening and I loved it, I was so impressed with the facilities and the opportunities you get. The location is good and the transport links are very good especially as I travel in from Wokingham.

What stands out the most: My favourite thing about Strode's has to be my teachers. They are all very supportive and have brilliant ideas. I have also loved being able to get involved in the Student Union Executive representing the College and supporting the charity committee.

Next Steps: After Strode's I am hoping to go to Exeter university to study Anthropology

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Former School: Patcham High

Studying: Economics, Maths and BTEC Applied Science

Why Strode's: Strode's seemed like a very friendly place and offered a range of subjects and had plenty of extra enrichment activities like, Young Enterprise and Duke of Edinburgh etc. At the Open Evening all the teachers seemed really passionate about their subjects

What stands out the most: I think Strode's is a good choice for people who are looking to go to university as it seems to bridge the gap between school and university. This factor is very beneficial in my eyes as I feel that if I stayed at my schools sixth form, the prospect of going to university next year could be quite scary.

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Former School: The Matthew Arnold School

Studying: Film Studies, Law, and English Literature

Why Strode's: After attending a few Open Evenings it was clear to me that the students and staff are enthusiastic about Strode's. They all enjoy being there and that I would too. I was impressed with the range of courses available and the chance to study something new, like Law and Film Studies, while continuing with subjects I enjoyed at school. To top it all off Strode's is only a short train ride away from where I live and Egham is a great town geared towards students.

What stands out the most: One of the things that stood out to me was the chance to really be independent, from choosing my courses to joining the student-led production of a video yearbook for last year's leavers. With the added bonus of the LRC I can use my free periods to get my work done and have more free time. The opportunities provided by the teachers are great, too. In my first year I had the chance to take part in a Moot at the Supreme Court, a once in a lifetime experience!

Next steps: I am currently applying to study Law at University.

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Former School: Rydens Enterprise School (RES)

Studying: English Language and Literature, Sociology and Government and Politics

Why Strode's: I chose Strode's because of the great links it has to Royal Holloway University as well as wanting to learn in a more adult environment. I also chose Strode's because of the great facilities and courses it had to offer and mostly, I wanted to be pushed to achieve my best and I knew Strode's would do that.

What stands out the most: Besides from the great deal of independence you get by studying at Strode's and being treated like an adult, the main thing that stands out to me are the teachers. They are so enthusiastic about the subjects they teach and you can tell they genuinely want to help you do your best and fulfil your potential. They are also always there to help you, even during the summer holidays, which is great if you're a bit lost or confused.

Next steps: I plan to go to University and study either a Law or a joint Law and Politics degree.

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Former School: Thomas Knyvett

Studying: Law, Sociology and ICT

Why Strode's: I chose Strode's because I loved the feel of the College from the Open Evenings I visited and it had a wide range of activities and subjects to do.

What stands out the most: I also like the time we had to do independent study and that the teachers are so kind and helpful as well as the older students to help you around.

Next steps: I plan to go to University but I am not sure what I am going to study at present.

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Former School: Thomas Knyvett

Studying: Economics, Mathematics, Spanish

Why Strode's: I chose Strode's because it's one of the closest Colleges from where I live and the transport links by train are really good. Also, I picked Strode's because of the support I get from the teacher's they are always available to help me any time I need it, as at first I found it difficult to manage the change between my secondary school system and college life.

What stands out the most: In my opinion, I believe that independence is one thing that stands out the most for me. As we as students have the freedom to study by ourselves, at our own pace. Also, the opportunity for extra curriculum activities to learn new things as it gives us an insight in to university life and a positive experience as a college student.

Next steps: After Strode's, I am planning to go to one of the top universities in London, London School of Economics, to study Economics and Management. Furthermore, I want to have a successful career as an Economist for an international company and be very successful.

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Former School: Jubilee High School

Studying: Further Maths and Economics

Why Strode's: Jubilee High is a partner school of Strode’s and it has got a great reputation.

What stands out the most: The teachers are really passionate about their subjects and I am enjoying the independence I get in comparison to school.

Next steps: I'm hoping to go to university to study either Maths or Economics and longer term I hope to have a career in finances, maybe an Actuary.