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Friday 24th September 2021


Dear Students, Parents & Carers,

We are delighted to see that the majority of our students are demonstrating excellent attitudes to learning and are capitalising on the support that is available to them.

We know that many of our Year 13 students will be starting to plan for their next steps after College, looking into applying to UCAS, high level apprenticeships, or employment. Our Careers Team at the College are on hand to offer advice to support their next steps.

Over the next few weeks, we will also be sharing the many opportunities that are available through our enrichment programme, so do look out for these in our future bulletins.

We know that the rates of Covid-19 are currently decreasing in Bristol, and we want to continue to minimise the risk of transmission. It is vital that students keep taking lateral flow tests twice a week, and report the results via the NHS app. Test kits are readily available for students to take home from pick-up points across the college, alternatively additional kits can be ordered for home delivery here

Kind regards

Marian Curran

College Principal


Why did ethnic minority representation then decline until the 1980s?

MPs from BAME backgrounds

When was the first MP from an ethnic minority background elected? It may surprise you to learn that the answer is 1767! Between then and 1922 at least 12 (new research throws up new names from time to time) MPs from a BAME background were elected. But after the election of 1922, the UK wouldn’t elect another BAME MP until the 1980s – despite the extension of the franchise and post-war immigration. Find out more about these early BAME MPs here

Key question: Why did ethnic minority representation then decline until the 1980s?

Parent Handbook

We have published our parent handbook on our website. The handbook contains important information about your young person's time at College and also details for logging in to Pro-Portal so that you can monitor progress and attendance from home.

Login information for pro-portal will be sent by email to all parents and carers on Monday 27th Sept.

Access the Parent Handbook here

Careers and progression

Careers News

Check out featuring the latest apprenticeships, university and college opportunities, career-related events and much more. Highlights of this week's Careers News include:

  • UK University and Apprenticeship Fair Trip
  • UCAS drop in support sessions
  • University Admissions Test details
  • Work experience. Exclusive to careers news section! What you’ll find: Aerospace; Fujitsu (cybersecurity, quantum computing); Colas (design and engineering); Atkins (project management, design, and engineering).
  • Many different events including; Pathways CTM career focused event
  • Apprenticeship opportunities with Deloitte
  • Old Vic Theatre School-Creative and Technical Courses Open D

And much more! Explore now!

This Week's Careers News

UCAS dates and deadlines:

See below for some key dates for UCAS (university applications)

Early applicants (applying to Oxbridge, Veterinary, Medicine or Dentistry)

Closed - Submission of 1st draft of Personal Statement

Closed - Submission of 2nd draft of personal statement

Closed - Submission of Final Draft of personal Statement

24th September - Internal deadline to pay and send UCAS application – (to guarantee application is checked and sent by UCAS deadline.)

All other applicants

Closed - Submission of 1st draft of personal statement

22nd October - Submission of 2nd draft of personal statement

19th November - Submission of Final Draft of personal Statement

3rd December - Internal deadline to pay and send UCAS application – (to guarantee application is checked and sent by UCAS deadline.)

Clubs, groups & activities

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Languages International Buffet

Join us in celebrating the variety of languages and cultures at our college & try some tasty international cuisine, 12:15 - 1:00pm on Tuesday 5th October in D2/D3. You can pick up tickets (food and drinks included) for £1 from A15 in the Language Centre.

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Calling all student ambassadors!

Becoming a student ambassador is a great way to meet new people, learn new skills, and improve UCAS/apprenticeship applications, all with the chance to earn up to £100 vouchers.

We are looking for student ambassadors keen to help out on our Open Day, 9:00am – 2:30pm on Saturday 2nd October. If you are able to help us out on this important day, please sign up using the button below.

Open Day student ambassador sign up

College information & news

St Brendans Main Buildings

Your College Needs You: Become a Parent Governor!

Do you want to get involved in supporting the aims and objectives of St Brendan’s College? The board of Governors is looking for a Parent Governor to promote the interest of the College and its students in the wider community. The deadline for returning a completed nomination form has now been extended until Friday 8th October 2021. Read more about the role and how to nominate here

Wc 20th Sept


You can find our College Chaplain Ann Morgan in room B209, all faiths & no faiths welcome!

If you would like to follow any of the Chaplaincy social media accounts - the links are below.

Chaplaincy Twitter

Chaplaincy Instagram

Chaplaincy Youtube

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Key Contacts

Marian Curran Principal

Svetlana Bajic-Raymond Vice Principal

Vicki Haigh Head of Pedagogy, Professional Development and Innovation

Kerry Mullinder Head of Learning Development & Safeguarding

Sue Rees Head of Data and Exams

Laura Howe-Haysom Head of Support Services

Sarah Hinder Finance Manager

Alison Rayner Exams Officer

Claire Woodhouse Attendance Officer

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