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Friday 16th July 2021

Dear Students and Parents/Carers

We have finally arrived at the last day of this term for our students. As a College, we wanted to thank students, parents and carers for all the support you have shown us, and each other over the past year, in particular during our periods of lockdown. We know for our students that this has not always been easy, however, it has been by working together that we have found a way to ensure that our College supports all young people both educationally and personally.

The Secretary of State for Education has outlined the proposals around stage 4 of the unlocking and the impact on both schools and colleges. The guidance outlines the following:

Dealing with close contacts of positive cases

“From 16 August, children under the age of 18 years old will no longer be required to self-isolate if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact of a positive COVID 19 case. Instead, children will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test. 18-year-olds will be treated in the same way as children until 4 months after their 18th birthday, to allow them the opportunity to get fully vaccinated. At which point, they will be subject to the same rules as adults and so if they choose not to get vaccinated, they will need to self-isolate if identified as a close contact.”

Asymptomatic testing and confirmatory PCR tests

“Over the summer, staff and secondary and college pupils should continue to test regularly if they are attending settings that remain open, such as summer schools and out of school activities based in school settings. All secondary school and college pupils should receive 2 on-site lateral flow device tests, 3 to 5 days apart, on their return in the autumn term. Settings may commence testing from 3 working days before the start of term and can stagger return of pupils across the first week to manage this. Pupils should then continue to test twice weekly at home until the end of September, when this will be reviewed. Staff should undertake twice weekly home tests whenever they are on site until the end of September, when this will also be reviewed. Staff and pupils with a positive LFD test result should self-isolate in line with the stay-at-home guidance. They will also need to get a free PCR test to check if they have COVID-19. If the PCR test is taken within 2 days of the positive lateral flow test, and is negative, it overrides the self-test LFD test and the pupil can return to school, as long as the individual doesn’t have COVID-19 symptoms.”

Clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV)

“All CEV children and young people should attend their education setting unless they are one of the very small number of children and young people under paediatric or other specialist care who have been advised by their GP or clinician not to attend.”

The College will continue to plan for the next term over the summer break. We expect the guidance to be updated further before we start back. This will include guidance about the risk assessment of the College and what this will mean for students. Our plans may need to change as events unfold over the summer, please be assured that we have multiple plans ready should they be required.

I wish our students and their families a very enjoyable summer and a well-deserved break. Thank you again for your support and stay safe.

Marian Curran (College Principal)

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Teaching Learning and Assessment

FAO: ATL3 and Year 13 students

Further to last weeks bulletin we have received yet more updated guidance from JCQ and so have amended the overview document we sent out.

Please click on this link for the updated version.

The key changes are:

Priority appeals: Students are eligible for a priority appeal only for students who have studied A Level or L3 alternative qualification (i.e. BTEC) and have missed out on the conditions of their firm offer I.E. the offer they accepted as their firm choice.

Dates for priority appeals have changed with centre reviews to be submitted by 16th August and Appeals to Awarding Organisations by the 23rd August*

*In all cases, the completion and sending of reviews/appeals will be dependent on whether we need specialist input from our teachers and/or SENCO. We will endeavor at all times to work at speed and come back to you within the set timelines BUT where we need information to complete the review we must ensure we obtain this.

Careers News

Results Day 2021

YEAR 13 Follow the link below for helpful information about your options on Results Day.

Click here for Results Day Platform
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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.

BTEC Music Performance Gigs!

Our Year 12 BTEC Music Performance students couldn’t perform live for friends and family this year, so we’ve recorded their end of term performances for you to enjoy.

We want to say thank you to all of our students who have worked through such a challenging year with professionalism, maturity and positivity- and who have embraced performing more than ever. We can’t wait to see what they get up to next!

Click here to watch our latest gigs!

Go Make Create with Adobe X Netflix

Go Make Create is a FREE online summer school for UK students wanting to get active creating digital stories.

The Great Untold is a FREE short film making challenge from Adobe and Netflix.

Here are three challenges to choose from, all which encourage creativity and getting outside. Students can rummage through their old things, tear up cereal boxes and rope in friends or family to create their masterpiece using our simple tutorials.

The emphasis is on having fun, being creative but most importantly learning how to storyboard, record, add special effects and edit using Adobe’s awesome tools.

Click here to find out more!

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.

Click HERE to find out more.


Message from Stanford

Future Learn

Hey all, for those unaware, Future Learn is an online platform that provides online courses, delivered in an accessible way by Universities around the world. These can be accessed for free!

If any of you would like to broaden your skillset or engage in wider learning, or learning specific to your future interests, then this website may be worth a look over summer: https://www.futurelearn.com/

Have a great break 🙂

Student Engagement Officer - Stanford

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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