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Wednesday 31st March 2021

Happy Easter

Dear Students, Parents & Carers

Thank you again for your support during this unusual period. As we approach the break I wanted to wish you all a Happy Easter. Since Monday 29th of March, we have seen the easing of restrictions from our current lockdown. Further restrictions will be eased whilst our students are on their Easter break and I know for many this will be welcomed. It is important to try to find some time for rest and relaxation over the Easter holidays; spend some time with your family and friends, whilst following the rules still in place.

We will be moving back to 100% face-to-face teaching in College after our Easter break, this will mean that our Year 12, Access to Level 3, and also our Year 13 students will be in both weeks. We will of course monitor this situation very carefully. Can I please encourage all of our students to keep carrying out the twice-weekly home Covid tests. We still have lots of kits available for those who need more. Our students need to make sure they are testing twice a week from now on (all those who can).

We have been advised that students still need to keep testing over the Easter holidays. If you do test positive for Covid -19 please can you inform the College by emailing info@stbrn.ac.uk and we will contact you. Our students need to make sure that they take a test before returning to College on the 19th of April, this can be done either the night before or the morning of, the first day back. If students do test positive, they need to let us know and follow the guidance with regards to isolation and booking a PCR test.

After the Easter break, we will be sharing with students some more information on the key evidence that will be used to inform Teacher Assessed Grades for both our A-level, Applied General, and our Access to Level 3 students.

Take care, look after yourself and your families.

Marian Curran (College Principal)

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Teaching Learning and Assessment

Year 13 and Access to Level 3 Students

We would like to remind you of this item that was in last weeks’ newsletter. If you haven’t already done this please can you declare any special considerations as below.

As part of our ongoing planning and preparation for the summer grading process, students have been sent an email from TAG queries with an attachment.

This attachment must be read EAA and Special Consideration Student Communication

It is quite long as it contains lots of very important information around Exam Access Arrangements and Registering any Special Considerations. Please take time to read through it all.

It is imperative that students read through this document (they only need to read the first section about Exam Access Arrangements if this applies) to ensure they understand how needs are being met and can let us know, if applicable, about any special consideration (that is linked to the list provided within the document) so we can ensure everything is on file.

Feeling worried about grades? Here are some things that may help:


Vicki (Head of Teaching, Learning and Assessment)

Full Re-opening: Expectations of all students

Please can everyone watch this narrated presentation, it contains all the information and expectations you need know when you return to college after Easter.

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Returning to College

Please see narrated slides below with returning to college information.

Please note that if you use college transport to get to and from college and your lessons finish before 16:00 you are permitted to wait on site until you can board your bus/coach for the homeward journey.

Post Easter Timetable Changes Year 12 with narration

Post Easter Timetable Changes Year 13 and ATL3 with narration

Careers News

Welcome to our new look Careers News!

This new format has been created to be more accessible and is compatible with your smartphone, tablet or PC – if you have not used Sway before please see the very short introductory video on the first page.

In this week’s Careers News you will find;

  • Information on how to reply to university offers
  • The latest virtual work experience opportunities including pediatric health care!
  • EY digital and technology degree apprenticeship
  • University of South Wales applying to healthcare professions
  • M&G marketing apprenticeships in Bath
  • And lots more!
This Week's Careers News

Local Elections

Local Elections are just 6 weeks away!

Local elections are happening on the 6th May and if you are 18, it’s not too late to register to vote and have your say. The deadline to register to vote is 18th
April. Find out how to register and why local elections matter by watching this short video: Voter Registration 2021 local elections - YouTube

Instagram Live Schedule:

31st March 19:00 - Jack Haines

7th April 19:00 - Cleo Lake

22nd April 19:00 - Alex Yip

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Live Q&As

Put your questions to the councilors:

31st March - 12:00 to 13:00

19th April - 12:00 to 13:00

19th April - 18:00 to 19:00

After Easter, the SU will be running a Live Teams Event with members of Young Labour, Lib Dems and Conservatives so you can put your questions to them! More details to follow after Easter.

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SU Survey on Food at College

The SU would really like to hear your feedback on what kind of food you’d like to see served at College in the future. So if you’d like to see healthier options; a broader range of hot meals or want to tell us what you think of the prices, please spend 5 minutes to complete this short form:

SU Survey


Bristol City Youth Council

If any students would like to apply to join the Youth Council, please can you complete the application form on the link below. The closing date for applications is Friday 23rd April 2021.

The opportunity will last till February 2022 where by the new Bristol Youth elections will take place.

2021 Bristol City Youth Council application information

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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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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