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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!

To celebrate ‘Global Entrepreneurship Week’, the whole of Year 9 took part in an enterprise challenge. The Frome Independent market set them a brief of creating a business pitch for a product or service to sell at the March 2016 market. The students worked in teams within their tutor groups. They had a series of heats to get through before one team was chosen to represent each of the 5 houses in the final.

The final pitch was done like ‘Dragons' Den’ whereby the teams had to face 7 ‘Dragons’ to pitch their ideas.  The judges were the market director Tabitha Clayson, the Frome Independent finance manager, Liz Andrew, Frome Mayor Kate Bielby, market founder and venture capitalist Gavin Eddy, Enterprise coordinator Rose Hiron-Grimes, Sixth Form student business manager, Harry Foreman, and College Principal, Gavin Ball.

The judges were very impressed with the ideas from the students and found it so difficult to choose one winning idea so they chose 3 ideas to go through to the market, 1 winner and 2 runners up teams. Tabitha Clayson said “All the teams displayed great confidence, passion and originality, and the market is very much looking forward to working with the winning teams to help bring their ideas to life in the market”.

The Frome Independent have very kindly given a start-up grant of £150 to the winning team and offered start-up loans of £100 each to the other 2. The teams will be mentored by the market management team and through the ‘Next Steps’ team at College to develop their business idea ready for March.

During the afternoon the Year 9 students also had the opportunity to work with local organisation Edventure, looking at social enterprise and thinking about ideas for the theme 'How can we tackle waste food with entrepreneurial ideas?’ 

Enterprise coordinator Rose Hiron-Grimes said, "We are really proud of how hard our students worked throughout the day. There were some really excellent ideas and they all showed entrepreneurial talent and skills. We are lucky to have many examples of entrepreneurship in the Frome area and would like to thank Edventure, The Frome Independent Market and stall holders and other local businesses for their help, support and inspiration for the next generation of entrepreneurs at Frome College."

Thank you to Harry Foreman in Year 13 for supplying the photography of the judging panel and the winning team.

The intermediate stage of the competition at Standerwick Centre on Thursday 28 January was outstanding, and two College teams from Year 9 successfully took the 1st and 2nd places! 






The students arrived at 5.45pm to present their pieces to a panel of judges throughout the evening.  The College also had a student team from Year 10, who presented their piece at the intermediate stage as practice ahead of the senior competition on 11 February at the Centre.

We would like to congratulate the winning students and the runners up who participated, with all the other students who received highly commended from the judges.

We wish them all good luck in the next round.


A high standard of rhetoric was in evidence when 16 students contested the Frome College English and Media Faculty’s Year 9 Public Speaking Competition.  The competition was being run for the second year and every student in Year 9 was required to develop and deliver a speech declaring what they would change ‘If I Ruled the World’ in a sequence of heats. 

Every contestant was warmly congratulated by the judges and the audience of parents and staff recognised the high quality of the speeches and maturity of the content. 

The judges, Mayor Kate Bielby, Principal Gavin Ball and Aron Schneider, Deputy Assistant Principal for Literacy and English, debated long and hard before confirming the top three speech-makers and confessed that, because of the quality of the speeches had found it hard to single out a winner. 

In the end they awarded third prize to Grace Lindley, who spoke about forming a world council; second prize to Holly Fleetwood, who spoke about making education more inclusive whilst the winner was Solo Candy who spoke about the dangers of social media.

Aron Schneider praised Sarah Henry for organising the event and the competitors.  He said: ‘New GCSEs and the demands of higher education and employer’s means that it is essential that young people are skilful and confident when taking part in presentations.’
Gavin Ball concluded the evening by praising the contestants as ‘brilliant’ and celebrating the achievements of all involved. 

Kodie McCall in Aristotle House, received the winners’ trophy at the National Junior Novice Baton Twirling Competition in Bournemouth with over 500 people watching in the arena.

She competed against a strong field of 10 others and goes forward to the next stage of the competition in Torbay in October. 

Our congratulations go to her, and we wish her good luck for the future.

As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week in November 2015 the entire Year 9 cohort at Frome College had to pitch for ideas of products or services to sell at the Frome Independent Market. There were 5 finalists and out of those 2 winning teams were chosen to have a stall at the June market.

The winning team was ‘Draw it, Wear it’.  Their product was a design your own T-shirts stall. They sourced their shirts locally from T-Shirts & Sons in Westbury, and their fabric pens and stencils were purchased from Ellenbray Press.  This team was made up of Oscar Slade, Ben Underhill, Jakob Seviour and Josh Bond from tutor group 9F2 in Franklin House. 

The runner-up team ‘Pet Stop’ came up with the idea of a pets’ corner. To make it more interactive for children they also designed a word search, quiz and fact sheet to accompany the petting of the animals. This team was made up of just two students – Grace Lloyd and Yazia Stout from 9E1 in Einstein House.  The animals mainly belonged to them; they bought in some tiny chicks, land snails, guinea pigs, rabbits and stick insects. They also hired a European Eagle Owl from Steph who works at Not Just Pets in Frome - his name is Boo and he was a star attraction. 

In the lead up to the market the students have taken part in all aspects of a business start-up from seeking advice, researching costs and materials, and designing ways to market their stalls.  They sourced all of their materials and stock from local businesses and had the opportunity to negotiate and interact with the business owners.

On the day they were all there bright and early by 8.00 am to set up. They worked tirelessly throughout the day in the warm sunshine. They became very busy and had a constant flow of customers which kept them all very busy.
The students did very well to cope with the pressures of a busy market and one of them commented ‘I felt I really gained in confidence doing the market’ and another student said ‘I really enjoyed working with the animals and the children, it was tiring but definitely worth it’.  They also gained valuable business and enterprise skills with one student saying that he felt he learned lots about their target market and ways to effectively sell products.

Alongside this beneficial experience of gaining transferable skills both teams were also able to make a profit of £200 each which they distributed evenly between their team members.

College Enterprise Coordinator Rose Hiron-Grimes said ‘We are very proud of the students for the work that they put into organising their stalls and we are very grateful to all the support and mentoring from the Independent Market.  We would like to thank them and the local community for their ongoing support of the students at Frome College, and to Emma Knibbs for the photogaphy’.

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!

This year our Year 13 Prom was held in the idyllic surroundings of Cumberwell Park near Bath on Wednesday 1 July. The students enjoyed a formal occasion on a glorious sunny evening with a choice menu and two course meal.

The evening continued with dancing and a disco through the evening until late.

We wish them all the very best in their chosen next steps and in their careers paths.

The A Level results will be available on Thursday 13 August in the main Hall at 7.00am followed by the AS Level results at 9.00am.








© Photos by 35mil Photography   

May Schymczyk, has received the funding through the Frome Town Council’s Youth Bank to start a radio news project at the College.  Working in partnership with FromeFM, students will produce and record programmes of 30 minutes to go on air fortnightly. All the recording equipment was purchased locally from Sounds of Frome, and radio training for the students and staff has been provided by FromeFM.




Pictured left to right is Jane Davis, Communications Officer, Adam Baker of Frome FM,  Kim Hyde from Sounds of Frome, May Schymczyk, Mrs Robinson, Head of Einstein House, Ali Edney-Jordan, Kate Hellar from Frome Town Council, Amy Bell, Mrs Smith from Radio FromeFM, Jazmine Carpenter, Principal Mr Ball and Terry Stewart from FromeM.

The Year 11 students celebrated the end of their GCSE exams with a Prom held at Center Parcs on Wednesday 24 June.  The Prom was a huge success with almost 250 students and staff in attendance and a fantastic evening was had by all. The evening began with the Frome All Stars Band and finished with DJ Dill, and the students did not want the evening to end, leaving parents waiting till the very last minute to collect them. 



The students were keen to pass on their comments to staff, “Best night ever – so glad I came!”, “It was amazing” and “Thank you we’ve had an awesome night”. 

The students were a real credit to Frome College and it was a great chance to say farewell to them in style as they take the next steps in their careers. 

Good luck to everyone on their GCSE results day at 11.00am on Thursday 20 August in the main Hall.

© Photos by 35mil Photography

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