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Friday 2nd July 2021

Dear Students and Parents/Carers

I am sure that many of you are aware of the rapid rise in the Delta Variant Covid cases in Bristol. There are now a number of outbreaks in schools in Bristol with an increased number of positive cases across primary and secondary settings. In terms of St Brendan’s we have 3 active cases amongst students and these have had minimal impact on the rest of the College. However, we still need to be cautious and with this in mind, we will be asking all of our students to wear face coverings from the week beginning the 5th of July. Face covering will need to be worn in communal spaces and where social distancing cannot be maintained. Students who are exempt from wearing face coverings will need to bring their exemption card to College. Our aim is to keep this protocol in place until the 15th of July, which is the last day of term for Year 12 students.

Can I please stress the importance of following our College Covid Protocols and also ensuring that our students conduct twice weekly Lateral flow tests. Can I ask students to consider reporting their results to the NHS since this will inform a picture of cases locally.

In other good news, we would like to congratulate James Farmer, who has won the Bristol Education Partnership Photography Award. This is a brilliant achievement, and a superb photograph. James’s picture was chosen from a number of private and state schools locally. The winners and highly commended photos can now be seen on the Bristol Photo Festival site here

A number of our students' art work is also being featured in the SFCA Fake News online exhibition. All pictures can be viewed on the SFCA gallery website here

This is a celebration of the arts and a recognition of the excellence in sixth form colleges, which are, of course, a vital supply pipeline of talented artists. But it also highlights how young people feel about having to navigate the vast amount of news and information that is available in the modern world, and at the same time, to discern what is the truth. Art has always played an important role in social and political commentary, and the students featured in Fake News have shown they have the talent to communicate their feelings in a powerful and effective way.


Marian Curran (College Principal)

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Teaching Learning and Assessment

Results Day Information:

On Friday last week JCQ announced a change to the time we are permitted to release results to students on results days. The time your results will be visible on Portal will now be from 8.30am on the 10th August (A-Level/Level 3 Applied) and 12th August (GCSEs/Level 2 Applied).

Careers News

Careers News' - featuring the latest apprenticeships, university and college opportunities, career-related events and much more. Highlights of the 30th June edition include:

  • Virtual Work Experience in Logistics
  • Semi- Exclusive Accountancy Apprenticeship opportunity
  • Be mentored by a student from the University of Bath
  • Civil Engineering Day from the University of Southampton
  • Do an EPQ & additional A level in Art History for free!
  • Free Mobile Vlogging and stop-motion Amination masterclasses
Click here for the latest opportunities

Year 13 Music Gig 2021

Please see the link below to watch our Year 13's final performance for their BTEC Music Performance course. After the year taking a very unexpected course and countless performances being cancelled, we are very proud of the students for entering the world of pre-recorded performances and rising to the challenge! We hope you enjoy- watch this space for some upcoming Year 12 performances- and hopefully, some live performances coming next academic year!

Click here to watch the video
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WE'RE BACK!

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: Jake.Britton@stbrn.ac.uk 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.

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Bursary & Transport Information

Bursary income threshold increased to £27,000 for 2021-22 – APPLY NOW!

Students are invited to apply for a bursary for the new academic year. We have increased the earnings threshold from £23,000 to £27,000 so more students will qualify.


APPLY NOW for a college coach place in 2021-22

Applications for college coach places are now open to existing St Brendan's students who are returning in September 2021.

Applications close on Monday 12th July. After that date we will confirm your place and make remaining places available for new students. We will not accept any applications from returning students between 13th July and 1st September so APPLY NOW TO SECURE YOUR PLACE.

Click HERE to find out more.

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BAME at St Brendan’s

The Battle of Bamber Bridge

The Battle of Bamber Bridge was an outbreak of racial violence between Black and White American servicemen stationed in the British village of Bamber Bridge, Lancashire in June 1943. The incident, which occurred a few days after the 1943 Detroit race riot, was started when white Military Police (MPs) attempted to arrest several African American soldiers from the racially segregated 1511th Quartermaster Truck Regiment at the Ye Olde Hob Inn public house in Bamber Bridge.

After the arrival of more military police armed with machine guns, black soldiers armed themselves with rifles from their base armoury. Both sides exchanged fire through the night. One Black soldier was killed and several MPs and soldiers injured. Although a court martial convicted 32 African American soldiers of mutiny and related crimes, poor leadership and racist attitudes among the MPs was blamed as the cause.

To read more about this incident, and its long-term consequences for the civil rights movement in America, click HERE

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 swi@stbrn.ac.uk 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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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


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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