26.10.20: We have today notified staff, parents and students of a confirmed case of Covid-19 at St Brendan’s. Student and staff safety is of paramount importance to us. We have stringently followed government guidelines and are working closely with the Public Health Team and the college will be open after our October half term break.

Katy Phillips (Academic Mentor)

Attended St Brendan's 2009 - 2011

Subjects Studied: English Language, Government & Politics, Sociology, Psychology

Previous School: St Gregory's Catholic College

Katy Phillips

Katy Phillips

After St Brendan’s I went to the University of Northumbria in Newcastle to study BSc (Hons) Social Work. I chose a university as far away from home as possible, without leaving the country! Studying Sociology at St Brendan’s was really beneficial for me, as part of my course included a sociology module which I consequently found much easier. I found the overall university experience really great for making new friends and gaining independence.

I worked for a charity in Bath called the Carers’ Centre where I worked with young adult carers aged 17 – 25 to help them to stay in education/employment alongside their caring role. This is the exact field I had hoped to be in - the charity sector is such a pleasure to work in and I love how rewarding the job was.

I undertook some ‘Managing Practice Learning’ training at the University of Bath as part of my role and as of September I will be the Practice Educator and Practice Supervisor for a social work student from the university.

I now work at St Brendan's! I've worked here as an Academic Mentor for about 2 and a half years .

St Brendan’s really supported me to get to where I am today. I had always wanted to study Social Work at university but studying English Language at A-level made me love it so much that I really considered studying it at university. I was supported by my amazing tutor to decide which course was right for me and was then given so much support with making sure my Personal Statement was just right. I got offered interviews and entrance exams at each of the universities I applied to and travel for this proved quite costly. St Brendan’s therefore gave me a grant to pay for my travel to Newcastle for my interview, which I wouldn’t have been able to afford to do without their financial support.

Advice I would give to current students would be to just really make the most of their time there. I can honestly say that despite some of the stress of A-levels, the years I spent studying at St Brendan’s were some of the best years of my life, and they go by so quickly. Some of my closest friends today are friends I met at St Brendan’s. I would also advise current students to really accept any support on offer to them so that they are able to reach their full potential.

In 10 years’ time I hope to have completed a CELTA course so that I am able to embrace my love of English by teaching it to foreign speakers, particularly asylum seekers and refugees. I would like to do this alongside continuing to work in my current field as I am still passionate about supporting young carers.