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Strode's College celebrates its stars of 2019

Strode’s College’s recognised and celebrated its stars of 2019 at their recent annual Prize Giving Ceremony. Academic excellence and success, hard work and commitment and personal achievement and endeavour were all put in the spotlight as the College proudly showcased and cemented its strong reputation for outstanding academic results, progression to top universities and career paths.

Students and their families joined proud teachers, governors, trustees and the Mayor and Mayoress of Runnymede Councillor Parshotam Sohi and Mrs Davinder Sohi. The College has long been associated with the Worshipful Company of Coopers who were represented on the evening by a number of members including The Master, Perry Bousfield. Guest of honour was former Strode’s student Molly Watt who was born severely deaf and lost her sight aged 12. Molly gave an inspiring account of her journey to success and the challenges she faces running her own charity and business.

Commenting on the students’ impressive A Level and BTEC results a very proud Principal, Rowan Cookson said: “Our 2019 results have been sustained at the highest level for a third successive year with a 98% pass rate for A Levels and 100% for all our Level 3 BTEC courses. The improvement in high grades for both is indicative of the high standards of teaching, learning and support which has seen over 70% of our students progress onto selected courses at many different universities. Others have taken the opportunity to move into apprenticeships, employment or take a gap year.”

Before moving on to the presentation of the awards she urged the students to challenge themselves to go higher and further in whatever direction life takes them and to take advantage of opportunities given or created in the future to see where it could lead.

During the evening 33 prizes were awarded. The prestigious Henry Strode prize and the Tercentenary Higher Education Bursary is awarded to the student who achieved the highest UCAS points score of all Strode’s College students in 2019. This year the prize went to Keeley Rose Pears who achieved 200 UCAS points in Performing Arts (Acting), Performing Arts (Dance), Music Performance and English Literature. Since leaving Strode’s, Keeley has won a Vice Chancellor’s Attainment Scholarship at St Mary’s University.

The Bill Skelton Higher Education Bursary was this year awarded to Betsy Holden for her achievement in English Language and Literature, Modern History, Film Studies and Drama and Theatre Studies. Betsy is off to the University of Reading to study English and Film.

The Strode's Foundation Academic Achiever's Award is awarded by the Trustees of the College to a student who demonstrated a very high level of academic excellence. This year the winner of the bursary of £1,000 for three years of university study went to Autumn Clarke who will be taking a gap year, deferring going to university until 2020.

Highlights of the evening also included the Coopers’ Apprentice for 2019 and the Coopers’ Travel Bursaries.

Strode’s College will be holding an Open Day on Thursday 24 October, 4.30pm to 7.00pm. For further information please go to

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