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Welcome Students, Parents & Carers!

Thank you for your continued support as we welcome our students back on site. Next week will be Week A which is when we welcome back our Year 12‘s. We have released a number of videos, which can be accessed through the links above and below, with regards to our lateral flow testing and safety measures that our students need to follow whilst on site.

We have also released a video explaining our Teacher Assessed Grades process so far, scroll down to view it.

We are aware of how the current circumstances are challenging for students, parents and carers. Our aim is to review our current Week A and Week B provision before Easter. We will update you on this, as well as any further news on the Teacher Assessed Grades process, as soon as possible.

In the mean-time, take care, keep positive, keep safe.

Kind regards
Marian Curran


College Principal

Teaching Learning & Assessment

Information and a video has been emailed to students re the Summer Assessment Process. It covers what we know to date.

We are set to receive more information from the awarding bodies on 31st March and will communicate this after the Easter break.

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Progress Review Day

Progress Review Day for Access to Level 3 and Year 13 students is on Monday 15th March. The information has been emailed to parents, carers and students.

All teachers and Academic Mentors are involved in this event, which runs from 3.00 pm, so 2.30 pm lessons that day will not take place for any students. Work will be set on Teams for students who would usually have lessons at that time.

Students who use College transport should go to the LRC to study. All other students should leave the College site after their final lesson. All registers will be pre-populated, and your attendance is not affected.

We have set up an email address for students and their parent/carers to ask us any questions they may have about the TAG process: TAGqueries@stbrn.ac.uk

This inbox will be manned during the Progress Review Day between 4.30 and 8.00 pm to answer your queries. After this, it will be monitored twice weekly and responses sent in a timely fashion.

Lateral Flow Testing at Home

Home testing kits are starting to be issued this week to those students who have completed two lateral flow tests at College.


The instructions inside the kits are self-explanatory but the BBC have also put together a useful instruction video which you can watch below.

Careers News

Click the link to have a look at this weeks news from our careers team!

If you would like to book a careers appointment or need help securing work experience email CEIAG@stbrn.ac.uk

This Week's Careers News

BAME at St Brendan’s

Bessie Smith
There’s a fairy tale quality to the most famous anecdotes about Bessie Smith, the orphan who sang for street corner nickels before transforming herself into the “Empress of the Blues”. One legend insists that, aged 17, she was asleep in bed when the blues matriarch Ma Rainey crept in and threw her in a burlap sack, spiriting her away into her travelling revue.

Click here to find out more about this incredible artist

Online Activities

Stanford, our Student Engagement Officer, has gathered together some online activities to promote student wellbeing, fun and connectedness. To suggest ideas or sign up for some that have already been suggested, please use the form below!

Stanford will also provide updates about new opportunities weekly in this newsletter, and any staff-led opportunities will be detailed here too! 🙂

Suggestion Form
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Get Involved!

Summer Schools

Medical Schools Council
Sutton Trust Summer Schools
Apprenticeship Summer School


Improving Wellbeing – A self-study course for students

Dr Iro Konstantinou at The Tony Little Centre for Innovation and Research in Learning (CIRL) has created 8 x 10-minute well-being sessions for school students to do in their own time and at their own pace. The link to the sessions is here


Further Biology talks at Bristol Grammar School

Talks take place on Fridays at 2 pm and last for 30 mins, with a 10 min Q&A at the end. On the 19th of March, Professor Andy Radford will be talking about Behavioural Ecology. You can join the talks here

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Chaplaincy

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 Facebook

Chaplaincy Youtube

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Key Contacts

Marian Curran Principal


Svetlana Bajic-Raymond Vice Principal


Vicki Haigh Head of Teaching, Learning & Assessment


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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