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Congratulations go to Eve Riddle in Year 13, and Maisie Cloke in Year 12, who have won the 16 - 19 age group category in the Black Swan Young Open Exhibition 2018. 

The exhibition, which ran until Saturday 7 April, saw 21 Frome College Art & Photography students enter this year. 

Skye Whitty, Izzy Lakin, Eve Riddle, Charlotte Moore, Melissa Cornick, Maisie Stocker, Felicity Sloane-White, Maisie Cloke, Beth McIntosh, Nick Perry, Matty Thearle, Emily Burkitt, Emma Duston, Evan Parry, Imogen Piper, Isabelle Farrant, Gemma Sivell, Eve Lindley, Amy Diment, Sol Warsop and Laura O'Brien.

Well done to everyone involved!

As the Radio Club grows from strength to strength, recent shows have included some great guests joining the clubs Breakfast Show.  Sue Crisfield from the Frome drop-in centre Routes, at 1a Palmer Street in Frome came along to talk to students about all the different things that Routes can offer the young people of Frome.

The drop-in centre for young people from 11-25 years old, offers support to young carers and families, and welcome anyone to come along to explore ideas or find out about the help on offer. For more information please contact Sue Crisfield on 07813 974314 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

On Saturday 17 March, their special guest was Jayne Archer from Kooth. Kooth is free, safe, anonymous online support for young people. The service offers: Online counsellors 365 days a year up to 10.00pm, through either drop-in sessions or scheduled text based sessions.  They also have self-help materials, co-produced by other young people, and fully moderated peer-to-peer support forums. It is available to all young people in Somerset aged 11-18.

Students have received great praise from listeners for their maturity, confidence and professionalism in hosting the shows. The Breakfast Show is on Fromefm every Saturday from 9.00am -12noon, and the Radio Club host a 4weekly slot.

Mathematics teacher, Russell Cole, and the student led Radio Club will be hosting the Fromefm Breakfast Show on Saturday 14 April from 9.00am-12noon. Their special guest will be Sue Willis, organiser of Frome's annual Sports Festival which will be held on Sunday 29 April, starting with free sports tasters for all in Victoria Park and Mary Bailey playing fields from 10.00am- 2.00pm.  Listen in on 96.6fm or online Frome.fm.

If you are interested in joining the Frome College Radio Club, or would like to be a guest on one of the shows, please email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our annual 'Later with Frome College' concert at the Cheese & Grain is on Tuseday 18 July.

All students and staff who would like to particpate, please contact Mr Nicholls, Mr Hampson or Mr Waterhouse as soon as possible.

We look forward to another outstanding 'Frome College' event!

Further information will follow soon.


If you are still considering your post 16 options, please contact us via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Sixth Form at Frome College has the widest range of A Level subjects in the area including French, Spanish, Law and Computer Science.

We have a great track record of success with Oxbrige and Russell Group universities as well as students gaining higher and degree apprenticeships.

At Frome College there are opportunities for students of all levels and ability including GCSE resit, and a dedicated team with a reputation for strong pastoral care.

Please see our option blocks and 2017-19 Course Guide via http://www.fromecollege.org/sixth-form/join-us

We look forward to hearing from you.


Students from local schools along with 8 Frome College students from Years 9 & 10 entered the Rotary Creative Writing Competition. 

The students were asked to write a style of text of their choice on the theme ‘Reflection’. 
Ms Franklin, teacher of English said:  ‘I am very proud of the efforts of my young writers.  Their work displays talent and confidence and I am sure that it will serve them well in later years.’

All the work was judged by a panel in Bath, and after much deliberation, Abi Thorne in Year 9 won the Intermediate Event.  She will go through to the Regional Final later in the year. 

On Tuesday 21 March, David Gerhardt and Gerry Atkinson from the Rotary Club, presented certificates to the winners at an award ceremony at Frome College.

Daniel Hopkins aged 10, from Springmead School in Beckington, also won his category, and came to the presentation at Frome College. 


Both Abi and Daniel received their awards, and spoke to the Rotarians about what inspired their creative writing, and what their interpretation of the theme meant to them. Principal, Mr Ball said how proud he was of their achievements and how important articulate literacy skills are in all aspects of life. 

Congratulations to them both!

Heads of Houses organised a mock vote today ahead of the General Election tomorrow. All students were given the opportunity to vote and went from indifferent to highly vocal in the preparations before they cast their votes.

Students were heard to debate a range of issues including tax, housing benefit, defence and immigration. The process was a wonderful preparation for their adult life, and next time they will be voting for real.

Click on the table below to see the students’ results:




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.”


Heads of Houses organised a mock vote today ahead of the General Election tomorrow. All students were given the opportunity to vote and went from indifferent to highly vocal in the preparations before they cast their votes. Students were heard to debate a range of issues including tax, housing benefit, defence and immigration. The process was a wonderful preparation for their adult life, and next time they will be voting for real.

The students’ results are as follows:




Interviews for the awards were held at the College before Christmas, where members of the Rotary Club interviewed Holly Braidley, Joe Reynolds, Sebastian Costello, Emma Williamson, Tom Strippel and Alice Daniel from Year 12.


The judges gave great feedback on the candidates and chose Sebastian Costello as the winner.  They said: “Sebastian is a bright student who is very keen to learn. His quiet disposition changes when he speaks on a subject he loves. We all felt he would be an ideal candidate for the course and who would benefit most from the opportunity to develop his confidence, team working and to build his skills.”

Sebastian will attend the winner’s course near Princetown on Dartmoor.

Our congratulations go to him on such an outstanding achievement!

A commemorative plaque to celebrate the work on the Last Tree Dreaming project was unveiled at a ceremony hosted by Mr Ball on Wednesday 17 May, for all the artists, young people and organisers who have supported the project from its conception in 2013.

The 250 year old, 17.3 meter, 11 tonne, Oak tree has been erected at Frome College’s Bath Road entrance. It fell in Turner's Paddock at Stourhead, and was featured in the painting 'View over the lake at Stourhead' by JMW Turner in 1798. The Heritage Lottery awarded the project £40,000 to involve Frome's young people in the tree's historical and ecological heritage. The sculpture signifies the depleted great forest of Selwood, first recorded in 898, which once covered the whole Frome area. The tree is lit up at night to highlight the students hand carved tattoos into the heartwood of the tree making it a beacon of hope for the future.

Sculptor Barry Cooper said “I would like to thank all those who have made this project happen. In particular: My wife Kath Cooper, who initially found the tree at Stourhead in 2013. Gavin Ball, for hosting Last Tree Dreaming at Frome College. Anthony Rogers, for enthusiastically collaborating with me on this sculpture; for carving the tree with Frome's young people. Grant Gellatly, for overseeing the design and engineering of the sculpture; was collaborating with our structural engineer Austen Cook from Momentum in Bath. Azeema Caffoor, who host-directed the project in Young People Frome. Angela Yeoman, our Patron who has supported the project wholeheartedly from the beginning. Kim Portnell, who arranged for the tree to be donated to the Frome community and approached Henry Hoare to provide our initial funding.  Dougie Williams and the core group of Frome College students who led the project. Open Story Tellers, who initially led on the film about Selwood Forest. The Duke of Edinburgh and Selwood Academy students who actually made the film. Matthew Marshall for providing an enthusiastic and active partnership with Somerset Wildlife Trust. Helen Moore for working with young people in poetry, script; Forest School.  Howard Vause who made two outstanding films about the project.

Also, I would like to thank the Frome College staff who have helped us achieve planning, supported the project administratively over the last 3 years, provided all the College support on the ground, and whose idea it was to place the tree in this particular location. Mark Riley who provided 2 cranes for the erection of the tree. Claire Marsland, for facilitating the employment of 60 first school children in carving the tree, and organising a procession for them to replant Selwood with sapling trees. Diana Walker for donating 60 native sapling trees from Barters Farm Nurseries. Ruth Knagg for facilitating the planting of the saplings in Whatcombe Fields. Andrew Hopkins who provided over 50 tons of concrete, to support the tree. John and Allan Brown for their hours of work preparing the tree and making the reinforced structure to support the tree. Pete Aylesbury, who was responsible for getting the tree from Stourhead to the Frome College campus, Julian Height, who is promoting the revival of Selwood Forest, and to Michael McGarvie, who provided the historical perspective on Selwood Forest."  

You can download the films by following the links below:


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