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The entire country being put on lockdown has not held back Strode’s College student Tara Alkattan in her bid to achieving the Duke of Edinburg (DofE) Gold Award. While staying safe at home Tara’s commitment and determination to continue the highly regarded programme has seen her successfully continue with all three skills elements of the Award. Impressively, she is still on schedule to complete the programme by the end of the academic year.

The five sections of the Gold DofE Award are volunteering, physical, skills, an expedition and a residential. With the aid of both her imagination and technology Tara has successfully continued the three skills element of the programme which are online Arabic lessons for children (volunteering), online personal training sessions (physical) and online piano lessons (skills).

Commenting on her achievement Lawrence Chitty, DofE Co-ordinator at the College said: “Right from the outset Tara has been singularly determined to successfully achieve the Gold Award. Despite the restrictions that lockdown has imposed, Tara has shown her initiative to convert her skills, volunteering and physical activities section so that she can continue with these at home. Achieving Gold is very demanding and she has shown enormous commitment and resolve to overcome the obstacles presented by the restrictions imposed to control covid19. To get to this stage she has demonstrated resilience, initiative and an imaginative application of her IT skills. These are all highly valued skills which will contribute to her employability which is exactly the purpose of undertaking the DofE.”

Strode’s College runs a successful DofE programme as part of its enrichment activities. Each year several groups of between five and eight students each sign up to complete the Silver or Gold Award. The Awards are highly regarded by both universities and employers. Skills and attributes such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication and drive are all valued for their contribution to CVs, university and job applications.

Lawrence Chitty concludes: “At the best of times completing the DofE alongside the demands of sixth form study can be an enjoyable challenge. To continue the programme under the current circumstances shows a whole new level of ingenuity and commitment so Tara’s unwavering resolve is really very impressive indeed.”

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Congratulations to Strode’s 1st XI Men’s Football team who are through to the AoC National Cup Semi-Finals! Read the thrilling match report below:

Strode’s headed to Solihull Sixth Form College on Wednesday 11th March for the AoC National Cup Quarter Final. Having travelled so far for such an important game the Strode’s team were focused and determined to progress into the Semi-Finals. On a pitch bordering unplayable, the host's direct style of play initially caused Strode’s some defensive challenges and with two pacey strikers, Solihull always looked dangerous especially with the uneven bounce and unpredictable roll of the ball. The home side took the lead following a hopeful long ball which did indeed take a slightly awkward bounce allowing the Solihull striker to find enough space to get a shot away at the Strode’s goal which beat goalkeeper Josh Wilson - something many have struggled to do!

Strode’s kept their discipline and continued to try and play football with some excellent passing with the first opportunities created well saved by the host’s goalkeeper. The Strode’s equaliser came as a result of the poor conditions underfoot and the strong wind as the goalkeeper’s poor kick fell to Teddy Williams who beat the recovering defender before slotting the ball into the net to level the scores at 1-1. Solihull then took advantage of a slip by Dom Jones only for Wilson to pull off an excellent save. Strode’s then began to dominate the game as the players became increasingly used to the conditions and following some slick passing through midfield Fin Rose-Davies’ clever pass found Bombourg who finished past the ‘keeper to put the visitors 2-1 ahead.

Strode’s started the second half strongly and after excellent work from Dom Jones and then Ben Vassell, Ryan Porter added a third goal. Strode’s continued to create chances and with 15 minutes to go Dom Jones made it 4-1 as he latched onto a Fin Rose-Davies pass before his initial shot was saved by the Solihull ‘keeper. Jones however quickly got to the rebound and finished from a tight angle.

The home side threw everything they had at Strode’s for the final ten minutes and Wilson again made some important saves, with five minutes to go Solihull did manage to grab a goal back but Strode’s held firm to finish 4-2 winners, booking a place in the AoC National Cup Semi-Finals.

Strode’s team:

Josh Wilson

Fin Rose-Davies

Alex Franklin

Dom Jones

Dan Miles

George Austin

Ben Hobbs

Ryan Porter

Louie Bombourg

Bemi Ogunfiditimi

Josh Beadle

William Smith

Oscar Syms

Ben Vassell

Teddy Williams

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Tuesday, 07 January 2020 10:44

England U20 New Head Coach

Strode’s College Sports Teacher Lou Meadows has been appointed head coach of the England Counties U20 squad. Meadows is the first ever female head coach of an England men’s aspirational side, which she will lead during their tour of Georgia in May in preparation for the World Rugby U20 Championship in Italy this summer.

England Counties is the flagship team of the community game in England and offers players from National League 1 and below the opportunity to represent their country. Meadows is currently busy attending county games across the country as the four divisions (London and South East, Midlands, North and South West) hold final trials. From these they will bring their best players to the England Counties Trial weekend in Derby, where Meadows will select her final 23 for the tour.

When not coaching with England’s most talented U20s, Meadows is part of Strode’s College’s renowned Sports department which has a strong history of sporting success. Commenting on how her England coaching experience will benefit Strode’s students she said: “Being appointed Head Coach is a fantastic opportunity for me and recognition of my hard work for the last 12 years in coaching within the men’s game and gaining my level 4 qualification. I really hope it’s a step forward for the game in recognising coaches for their coaching abilities rather than as a former professional player or their gender and a realisation to the students of what they could achieve themselves.

“Strode’s have been brilliant in supporting me in my own development, whereby now I am able to use my qualification and experience to further benefit the sports students. Whether they are looking at further education, coaching qualifications or professional playing careers, I would hope that they utilise me for advice, support or even contacts in progressing in their careers.”

For the England U20 squad Meadows heads up a team which includes her assistant coach, a forwards coach, team manager, assistant manager, physio and a team doctor. She proudly acknowledges how this new role will hopefully represent to both her male and female students the opportunities within professional coaching. Equally important is also highlighting the work ethic and time management needed to successfully carry out a role of high responsibility in parallel to a busy teaching career.

Alongside having an England head coach on the teaching team, Strode’s elite student athletes also get high level support from the College. The recent accreditation from TASS (Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme) recognised the College’s commitment to supporting students reach their potential in education alongside sporting success.

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Strode’s College’s work with elite student-athletes has been recognised with national accreditation from TASS, (Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme), a Sport England funded partnership between talented athletes, education institutions and national governing bodies of sport. Strode’s is the only college in Surrey and the local area to be awarded the Dual Career Accreditation Scheme for their commitment to supporting elite student-athletes reach their potential in education alongside sporting success.

The College is currently supporting a number of elite athletes including Fraser Griffiths, an artistic gymnast who competes for Scotland, England rugby player Abbie-Louise Bailey and international Irish dancer, Lucy Potter.

Karen Griffiths Strode’s College Director of Sixth Form explains the importance of the accreditation to these students: “Balancing the demands of high level training alongside college study is the equivalent of holding down two jobs and what the TASS accreditation acknowledges is our commitment to helping students balance this challenge. They shouldn’t have to make a choice and by enabling them to do both we ensure that they have a very firm back up plan in the form of strong sixth form qualifications.”

As a TASS accredited college Strode’s recognises the flexibility and support young athletes require. Alongside access to the full range of A Levels and Level 3 BTECs, sporting students can also expect flexibility with regards to their timetable to support their training and competition schedule. As students will inevitably be absent to attend competitions the College also offers catch up schedules and access to learning platforms for remote study. 

Ms Griffiths continues: “Our support goes beyond the practical help with studies. Training at an elite level and sixth form study are both incredibly demanding. We also offer these students personal mentoring and guidance from pastoral tutors who have direct experience and understanding of national and international competitions with particular attention paid to employability, social media, finance and budgeting. We offer workshops on lifestyle, nutrition, physiotherapy, psychology and strength and conditioning alongside free access to the gym and close liaison with coaches to support their overall wellbeing.”

TASS (Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme) is a Sport England funded partnership between talented athletes, education institutions and national governing bodies of sport, all working together to bring the best out of the country’s most exciting young talents.

Strode’s College has long had a reputation for sporting success in the classroom and on the playing fields. The College offers a range of sport A Levels and BTECs and has a strong history of success at county and national level for a number of sports. To find out more go to www.windsor-forest.ac.uk or come along to the next Strode’s Open Day on Tuesday 11 February 2020.

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The newly formed Windsor Forest College’s Group will be launching a new Sixth Form programme at Strode’s and Windsor Colleges forthcoming open days on Thursday 28 June, 4-6pm (Windsor) and Thursday 5 July 5-8pm (Strode’s). The two Colleges bring together academic expertise, outstanding resources and facilities and the largest A Level and BTEC curriculum in the area.

“At 16 students are ready for a fresh start, often keen to go somewhere new and different for the next stage of their education. We find that those who choose college over staying at school are students who are looking for more independence while bridging the gap to university but still within a supportive and caring environment – the best of both worlds” commented Kate Webb, Group Principal and Chief Executive of the Windsor Forest Colleges Group.

And that’s not the only way you get the best of both worlds at Strode’s and Windsor Colleges. Students looking to study both A Level and BTEC qualifications can do so with the Colleges’ Mix and Match option which enables students to build a tailored study programme best suited to their career ambitions.

It’s not just course choice and teaching excellence which the newly merged colleges offer students. Rowan Cookson, Principal at Strode’s College said: “We believe that the richer your time at college the better prepared you are for life after Strode’s or Windsor. Students can immerse themselves in a range of activities all designed to enhance their sixth form experience - from our very active Student Union which is the voice of students on both campuses to an exciting sports programme at Strode’s with teams competing at national and local level.”

Find out more at the Open Days on 28th June (Windsor College) and 5th July (Strode's College). Speak to the expert lecturing team, meet current students, and explore the facilities. For more information on the full range of courses offered at both Strode’s and Windsor visit sixthform.windsor-forest.ac.uk.

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