Structuring your timetable
Students at St Brendan’s not only study academic subjects, but are also able to attend Tutorial sessions, Academic Improvement Programmes and Religion, Philosophy & Ethics (RPE) classes, and can access a range of enrichment activities throughout the year.
Starting College can be daunting for some, and exciting for others. Academic Mentors will be there to help you settle in and guide you towards achieving your personal best from your first day until the day you leave. They will be a central point of contact for you, and will also be keen to maintain close contact with home. The College encourages parents/carers to contact your Academic Mentor if they are concerned about any aspect of your progress or welfare. Their aim is to empower you to take responsibility for your own learning and they are an advocate between you, your subject teachers and home. They’re also available if you want to discuss any personal issues and to signpost you to other organisations that can help you.
You will be timetabled to meet regularly with your Mentor and your tutor group. During these meetings your attendance, progress and effort will be monitored and you will also be prepared for the next stage in your life, be it university, an apprenticeship, a gap year or the world of work. Attendance at tutor periods will be an essential commitment for you and an integral part of your time at St Brendan’s.
We believe you are a young adult and our tutorial programme, delivered by your Academic Mentor, focuses on enabling you to plan and develop your studies so that you leave St Brendan’s with a much clearer understanding of yourself and the variety of options that are open to you beyond sixth form.
St Brendan's Students in Class
Religion, Philosophy and Ethics (RPE)
The Religion, Philosophy and Ethics programme is a compulsory course which encourages all students to engage in debate and discussion on philosophical, religious and moral issues. The course is taught in one 45 minute lesson per week. There are single written assessments at the end of each module which are based on the lesson content, and experienced tutors guide the students in the evaluation process. There is no homework or exam, but the course is assessed on a variety of criteria and students are awarded certificates for Bronze, Silver and Gold achievement validated by The Clifton Diocese. These awards will be referred to in any College reference, including university.
Faith or religious affiliation is not expected or required, but students are encouraged to have a positive attitude to discussing a wide range of issues which will impact on their lives now and in the future. The College is Catholic in its religious tradition, but this does not mean we impose a set of ideas and values on the students. On the contrary, the aims of the lessons are to introduce students to a variety of ideas and encourage them to analyse and discuss rigorously. As a Catholic College we encourage the widest debate possible because we are enthusiastic for all students to have the opportunity to share their ideas with others from different religious and non-religious backgrounds.
Extended Project Qualification
All students are encouraged to take part in enrichment activities throughout their time at St Brendan's, and one afternoon per week (Wednesday PM) is kept free of lessons for all students to enjoy enrichment. St Brendan's boasts a varied and exciting enrichment timetable which enables all students to build upon their studies, meet new people and enjoy their hobbies. Enrichment activities range from book clubs to sports teams or computing clubs. Students are able to find out more about the many options available to them during the annual Fresher's Fare at the beginning of term 1.
Students enjoying the summer festival
All students will be given the opportunity to develop and accredit communication Key Skills. This should help you to develop your research, oral and written skills.
Additional Education Support
The College has a dedicated team who provide additional learning support. For more information see the Education Support page, or if you have any concerns about specific requirements please contact Bernice Weiss, Head of Learning Development and Safeguarding, via our main contact details.