For a full Year 11 revision timetable for the May holiday, click on the link.

During the extreme heatwave, students do not have to wear their blazers in or out of the classroom.  They should fold them and put them safely away in their bags to avoid losing them.

All students are given updates and advice via their tutors in the morning registration.

Congratulations to Frome’s year 13! This year, with the highest percentage of students achieving the top grades in the facilitating subjects (those desired by Russell Group universities).

We are extremely proud to recognise the individual achievements of all of our students: here are just a handful of examples of the outstanding successes this year:

Ross Windell, A*A*A* who is ‘”really pleased with results and to be top of the year!” and going to Durham to study Natural Sciences, majoring in Physics and Maths:.

Yoel Gil Cobo, A*A*AA who has accepted a place at University of Bath to study Architecture: “Absolutely thrilled…”






Leah Mundy A*A*AA who will be studying  Modern Languages at Exeter University: after a tough year, really pleased to have been accepted to her chosen course.

Molly Parry, A*AA accepted a place at Edinburgh University to study Biomedical Sciences. 






Magnus Jorgensen, A*AA who says he wishes he had been at college to collect his results and celebrate/cry with everyone and will be going to study Biomedical Sciences at University College London.

Peter Greenstreet, A*A*A who was so overwhelmed by his results that he is considering a deferred application at Cambridge:  “results better than I could have expected!”

Toby Kay achieved AAAB and has accepted a place to study Physics and Philosophy at Bristol University.

Harrison Butler-Stroud, who achieved A* English Lit, A in Chemistry and History and is going to Cambridge.

Mary Hurrell has secured a place to study English Language at Aston University.

Katie James has accepted a place at University of Kent to study Biomedical Science.

Sammi Kelly who ‘hasn’t stopped crying’! since she got her results will be going to Goldsmiths to study Education, Culture and Society.

Some truly outstanding combined A2 & BTEC grades were achieved by a large proportion of year 13, including Harry Hitchcock BTEC D*D*D*D* who will be studying Exercise and Sport Sciences at Exeter:

Jazmine Mullane AC BTEC D*M and has accepted a place at London Met to study Criminology and Youth Studies.

In year 12, AS levels (equivalent to half an A level), with Frome’s highest ever percentage of A to B grades. Molly Birch, Freya Caldwell, Ryan Gilroy, Jake Malley, Fynn McLennan and Ailsa Williams with 4 grade A. Bertie Harrison-Bronisnski, Bo Luan, Robert Slater and Oliver Snelgrove with AAAB grades; Emma Whitley with AAB. Alongside these there were some superb achievements by students following level 2 courses who can now follow on to level 3 courses or their chosen alternatives.

These are phenomenal achievements and we are immensely proud of all our students and grateful to their teachers for supporting and challenging them. We also wish to thank students’ parents who work so closely with us to ensure the students succeed.

This year, pass rates at both AS and A2 have improved again on last year’s good results and are in excess of National averages. We have the largest proportion of students going on to Higher Education in the college’s history. This is largely due to the outstanding achievements of the students and the work of their teachers and support staff in preparing them. A crucial part in increasing uptake to Higher Education, apprenticeships and training is the guidance to both UCAS and alternative routes for our year 13 students.  We wish all Frome Future Students the very best of luck in their chosen paths and congratulate them all for their hard work, courage and high aspirations.

 

Congratulations go to Charlotte Leesam in Year 13 for a 'Highly Commended Award' in the senior section of the Rotary Young Photographer of The Year Competition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The competition was on Saturday, 6 February in Weymouth. 

Charlotte produced a stunning portfolio of forest images.

© Photography by Charlotte Leesam

 

 

 


 

Congratulations go to Ben Still in Year 12, who has won the Bronze Medal in the British Schools Judo Championships!

 

Ben who represented Frome College at the national competition held in Sheffield over the Easter holiday, won by throwing his opponent with an ‘ippon’ (a clean throw resulting in the opponent landing flat on their back).

 

 

We all wish him every success for the future.

This year’s Frome College Battlefields of the First World War tour ran between 12 - 15 June. A report by Roland Hurrell, leader of Battlefields Trip below.

"As usual we visited sites in Flanders Belgium and The Somme France. 41 students did a whistle stop tour of significant areas of these battlefields including cemeteries, tunnels, trench lines, mine craters and memorials.  2016 marks the centenary of the infamous Battle of the Somme. On the 1 July and for a further 3 months, the British and the French armies battled to push the German forces back and end the war.

For the British army, the first day of The Battle of the Somme has gone down in history as the one with the greatest loss of life. Lions led by donkeys? 20,000 died and 60,000 were casualties….

As part of our focus on this 100 year anniversary, one of our Year 9 students, Jago Paton, visited the grave of his relation John (always known as Jack) Alexander Hellard who is buried at Serre Cemetery No2 – the largest of the Somme graveyards. He was from Stogumber in Somerset and served in the 1ST battalion Somerset Light Infantry.

The story of 2nd Lieutenant Hellard’s death will not be dissimilar to many brave men who died in that battle. The letters and reports (given to Mr Hurrell by Jago’s family) read out to the Battlefielders, tell how on 2 July this well-loved officer led his men in attack through 3 German trench lines and barbed wire fields, only to be shot dead just in front of the fourth German trench line. He was 34.

 

Jago and many other students walked through the cemetery searching for the grave of John Hellard. Once there Jago had some quiet time just alone in the graveyard beside the grave. He brought back a beautifully scented yellow rose from in front of his relation’s grave.

 

Another focus based around the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme was linked to Tamsin Thomas of the College Art department. Her family were from a very small Welsh speaking village in North Wales. As a child she was always intrigued that amongst the long line of her family’s slate gravestones in the little village graveyard was an empty grave. This grave is in memory of 21 year old Private William T. Jones 21569 of the 3rd Welsh Battalion - a great uncle of hers who never returned – nor has any known grave - Missing in action.  Tamsin showed the students photos of her family graves and talked about the small village and simple farming life of her family to help provide background to this visit. 

Mametz Wood was the site of an attack launched by the concentrated Welsh battalions on 7 July. Private Jones was lost on that day. His name appears on The Thiepval Memorial to the missing, alongside another 72,000 men there who have no known grave. Tamsin found his name on a panel there amongst the very many Jones’ (as had her two children Fin and Sol on previous battlefield tours.)

Mametz Wood was a killing field. The German machine guns did their work and wiped out the flower of Welsh youth. We visited the site of the action – the wood is still very much there - and stood on the battlefield, probably only metres away from where Private Jones died.

There is a wonderful red Welsh dragon monument down that isolated, single track, dead end country lane. It is raised above the battlefield site - a sentinel standing forever guard over its people beneath its feet. It was still and silent apart from the sweet song of the lark above. Tamsin brought a Welsh poppy from her family’s graveyard in North Wales to lay there in memory.

She returned with a blood red poppy picked there in Mametz Wood to place on Private Thomas’ empty grave in her family village."

On Thursday 11 June, former student Lieutenant Tristan Williams, was chosen to represent his platoon, the Royal Welsh at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Her Majesty the Queen bestowed the regiment with new Colours, this has only happened twice before during her reign. Lt Williams presented the Colours to the Queen for her to bless as head of the Church.   

 

 

 

 

After the ceremony the Queen joined the regiment for lunch. Tristan is now based in Tidworth with the Royal Welsh and has been to Kenya, Canada, Poland and Germany in the last year. He remains a keen sportsman and is representing the Army in tennis.
 

Frome College was highly honoured to host the successful English rock guitarist, Neil Taylor, who did an exclusive performance on Wednesday 16 December, for our Year 10 students in the College’s 240 seat campus Merlin Theatre, during tutor time.

 

 

 

Neil, who was a member of ‘Tears for Fears’ and played with Robbie Williams for 10 years, amazed the audience with memorable songs such as ‘Angels’ and ‘Shout’ as well as songs from his latest albums. 

Neil is currently touring with Chris De Burgh and has played concerts around the world, with one in the Ukraine of over half a million people.  He first came to play for College students 3 years ago and we welcomed his return this week to start the Christmas season with a fantastic performance.

We look forward to him returning soon.

© Photography by Paul Gillis @ paulgillisphoto.com

Frome College Radio Club have been given the unique and exciting opportunity to broadcast regular shows, both live and pre-recorded, on FromeFM 96.6fm.

Starting on Saturday 26 November, the Radio Cub has been invited to host the FromeFM ‘Breakfast Show’ every 4 weeks.  Broadcasting live between 9.00am- 11.30am, this fast paced, news, music and chat show is already a popular feature on FromeFM, and will be a real test of the broadcasting ability and knowledge the students are learning in the club aftershcool.

The students will also co-host ‘Teenage Kicks’, an existing teen magazine show, on the same Saturday between 6.00pm – 7.00pm. The show is a mix of music and topics of interest to teenagers, providing the audience with an insight to a 'teen perspective' on life.

As if two shows aren’t enough of a challenge, the students are also producing a fortnightly pre-recorded show which will air after Christmas. ‘Frome College Matters’ will enable students of all abilities to meet, work with, and get to know people within their community; and allow them to have a say in services which affect them. It will feature news and interviews from both the College and the wider community.

Principal, Mr Ball who has been a guest on the radio show said: “I am immensely proud of our students who make these projects happen. Giving up spare time and committing to extra curriculum activities shows great initiative, and helps to develop their leadership and life skills for the future. I look forward to listening to the shows”.

FromeFM Director Matt Sims said “We are delighted to have Frome College students as part of our regular broadcast team. They bring a whole new aspect of Frome life to our airwaves and, from what we have heard so far, present and produce very professional and informative shows.”

Tune in on Saturday 26 November from 9.00am – 11.30am, and 6.00pm – 7.00pm on 96.6fm or online at Frome.fm

If you would like to be a guest on any of the shows, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Frome College have finalised a fantastic 25 entries for the competition this year.  The Exhibition is at Rook Lane Chapel at 6.30pm on Thursday 8 December.

Judging will begin at 5.45pm and the exhibition will be open to the public from 6.30pm until 8.30pm. Prize giving will be held for the winners at 7.00pm.

This year’s theme for the competition is ‘Reflectionand was open to all students at the College to submit 3 different photos, in colour or black and white, exploring this year’s theme with a brief sentence to explain what the photos represent.

The winner will be entered in the district competition, where if successful, will be put through to the national finals.

Good luck to all of our talented students.

 

 

 


Principal, Mr Ball has issued the following statement

After almost five years at the helm of Frome College which has been a wonderful and rewarding headship, it is with a significant degree of sadness that I am writing to inform you that I will be leaving Frome College on 31 August 2017.

I have been offered the Executive Headship of the Wessex Learning Trust based in Cheddar, Somerset – which I take over on 1 September.   This job involves the Headship of a large secondary school [Kings of Wessex] and one middle school and a number of first schools.  

It has been an enormous privilege to lead Frome College and I am extremely aware how fortunate I have been to work with such talented, inspirational and committed teachers and middle and senior leaders, support staff and Governors.  It has been a joy to steer and unlock the potential that the College has always had within it from the Ofsted in my first term in 2012 from ‘Inadequate’’, moving it within fifteen months to an Ofsted ‘Good’ in 2014.

I would like to thank you all and most especially our wonderful students who make Frome College what it is today.  We are committed to providing a high quality education where the focus is the quality of teaching and learning which leads to great outcomes for our young people.  I have led this school to be inclusive so that every student matters and is valued.   There is now active participation for every student through our Careers Cafes and our Participation Fair where employability and business links are made as well as our work experience programme.

Rest assured, for me it will be business as usual until 31 August 2017 with the College remaining my focus so that every student at Frome College gets every opportunity to succeed.   In due course the Governors will be advertising for a new Principal who will lead the College forward and continue to raise standards for all young people in Frome.

The Governors will be writing to you to update you on the progress with the appointment of a new Principal.”

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