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Thursday 24th June 2021

Dear Students and Parents/Carers

Last week at the Sixth From College Association (SFCA) annual awards, the College won two awards in the “Covid Above and Beyond” category. The SFCA awards celebrate the past year of achievements and success of colleges across the country. The “Covid Above and Beyond Category” was a special category that was added for 2021 to recognise those colleges that made a positive impact over the past 12 months in a time of disruption and separation. Within this category the whole college won an award for its response to the pandemic.

The work of our IT team and the support they provided to staff and students was also recognised. Alongside these awards, the College was a runner up in the Independent Learning Award, which has been given to Bea Honap-Baker. These awards recognise not only the work of our students and staff, but also recognise innovation and creative ways in which the College has navigated the pandemic.

As per our last bulletins, can we please continue to stress our Covid measures that we have in place at the College, especially as infection rates across the country continue to rise. We have plenty test kits here at College if you are running out. Please also make sure that you are using hand sanitiser and wiping your work areas. Face coverings must still need to be worn on public transport.

Marian Curran (College Principal)

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Remote Working

Students remote working 28th, 29th, 30th June

On the 28th, 29th and 30th June we will be welcoming our September starters to College site for their taster days. This means all current students will be working remotely for these days and will be set work to complete at home, rather than coming in to College.

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Teaching Learning and Assessment

FAO: ATL3 and Year 13 students


Whilst we are working on the planning and logistics for Results Day itself, which will be communicated at a later date when we are clearer on Covid risks and associated actions, we wanted to advise you of the information we do know with regards to how you will be able to access your results on the 10th August (A-Levels/Level 3) and 12th August (GCSE/Level 2).

Your results will be available from 8am on the morning of your results day via your Pro-Portal. The information on the screen will be just the result itself.
We will also be producing more detailed results information that will be printed on paper and able to collect on results day. This information will include a summary of the basket of evidence used, the grade descriptor (as provided by the awarding body) and any specific individual information, as necessary.

Again, details for how and when to come to College to collect this information will be shared in due course when we are clearer on the Covid roadmap. If this more detailed information is not collected on the day, it will be posted to you.

Below is a link to a document which details the instructions for accessing your results on the day. Please ensure you download and save them, so you have them ready for results day.

Click here for logon instructions for Exam Results 2021

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Teaching Learning and Assessment

FAO: Year 12 Students

We wanted to thank you for your recent contribution to the Course and College surveys. Teams are currently reading through the responses to evaluate their courses and ensure their plans for next year respond to the feedback.

A further reminder that Monday 28th-Weds 30th June are New Student Days, and all Year 12 students are to work from home on the work set from your teachers. You will be able to access this work via your class Teams pages. The work is to be completed asynchronously, independently and in your own time, so there is no need to log on to lessons etc.

It is the student's responsibility to ensure they set aside sufficient time to complete not only the work set but their home learning also. These days represent an excellent opportunity to organise course files, putting all notes in to logical order and ensuring you have all notes/revision activities filed.

Careers News

Careers News - featuring the latest apprenticeships, university and college opportunities, career-related events and much more. Highlights of the 23rd June edition include:

  • Work experience opportunities in Digital Forensics, Architecture, Neuropsychology, and many more
  • New Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship opportunity - closing Sunday!
  • Psychology Taster event at Birkbeck, University of London
  • How to navigate and survive the UCAS Clearing and Adjustment process from UWE
  • Access Creative Campus Open Day
  • Competition for Young Entrepreneurs
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Sport Enrichment is back!

Running throughout June & July - everyone welcome!

  • If you don't have a lesson at these times, head to the sports centre (E building) to join in.
  • If you can't make these sessions but would like to play next year, email: to let him know.
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Café Max and Café Min - Important Information!

Good news - both cafes are open!

Opening hours are 8:30 am - 3:30 pm Monday- Friday.

Whether it's breakfast to kickstart your day, a snack at break time or a tasty lunch, the Cafe Teams will be happy to serve you.

BAME at St Brendan’s

Bessie Coleman

Bessie Coleman soared across the sky as the first African American, and the first Native American woman pilot. Known for performing flying tricks, Coleman’s nicknames were; “Brave Bessie,” “Queen Bess,” and “The Only Race Aviatrix in the World.” Her goal was to encourage women and African Americans to reach their dreams. Unfortunately, her career ended with a tragic plane crash, but her life continues to inspire people around the world.

Click here to find out more about Bessie Coleman
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Message from the SU

Hello everyone!

Hope you are all well

To celebrate pride month the SU team have organised a rainbow area to be displayed in Café Max. Students are able to submit their experiences through the below link or the qr code in Café Max to be displayed on the rainbow - either anonymously or named if you wish. We would really appreciate it if you could do this, this will be a great way to celebrate pride month and educate ourselves of experiences people have had. The rainbow will be up by the end of this week. If you have any experiences feel free to share them! 😊

To add experiences or stories relating to Pride or the LGBTQ+ community, please click here:

The SU Team

The Return of Societies!

Society Sessions are continuing to launch!

Sign-up for the coming week of sessions HERE

If you would like to create a new society, just email and we can begin to promote the group to the student body!

New groups and sessions will continue to be added via the bulletin, and all sign-ups will be added to individual Teams channels for each group for more direct information about sessions.

To note, please fill in the form even if you have already previously registered interest- this allows us to manage attendance and numbers at sessions which is still extremely important due to Covid!

Looking forward to some fun sessions 🙂

Student Engagement Officer - Stanford

Click here to sign up
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Get Involved!

Medical Schools Council Summer Schools

Medical Schools Council is working with four leading medical schools across England to offer a series of free summer schools. The initiative is funded by Health Education England and is aimed at young people from areas of England where few students apply to study medicine. There is a particular focus on reaching young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

At an MSC Summer School, students can learn about becoming a doctor or health care professional and whether it would be the right career for them. They will receive the information, skills and above all the confidence they need to submit a strong application to medicine. The summer school will take place during the week of 5 July 2021. Applications for this summer are now open and can be made here

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

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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

Stephen Clayson Vice Principal

Svetlana Bajic-Raymond Vice Principal

Laura Howe-Haysom Head of Support Services

Vicki Haigh Head of Teaching, Learning & Assessment

Kerry Mullinder Head of Learning Development & Safeguarding

Sue Rees Head of Data and Exams

Sarah Hinder Finance Manager

Claire Woodhouse Attendance Officer

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