Key Updates

We will use this page to keep you updated with key news and information during this period of lockdown.

Information that is relevant to more than one group will be posted here. Information that is relevant to specific groups will be published on separate pages which you can access via the links at the side of this page.

Please check this page often as we will be updating the content regularly.

PRINCIPAL'S UPDATE (12.08.20)

Message to 3Y2 students and parent / carers

Dear All

We are sorry that this year we’re not able to spend Results Day together as a College community.  We know that this year has been an unusual and difficult year for our students, we wanted you to know that we are incredibly proud of how you have handled everything over the last few months. Over the last few weeks and days there have been changes that impact on you receiving your results. 

Tomorrow you will receive your results electronically to your college email account from 8am onwards.  Your results email will include the following: your final awarded grade, your Centre Assessed Grade (CAG) grade and also your mock exam grade.

As many of you will know, your CAG grades were submitted by the college to the exam board.  In order to reach these grades we used all available evidence of a student’s current and recent past performance and the teachers professional judgement of what the most likely grade outcome would have been if students had completed their examinations and other assessment in the summer.  These went through a rigorous internal moderation process.  These grades were then subject to a rigorous standardisation process using a statistical model developed by Ofqual before the final grade was awarded.  There is more information on this process here.

We are awaiting further guidance from Ofqual with regards to the recent announcement on the role of mock examinations.  We will update you as soon as we know more and the next steps we will be taking as a College. 

We understand how uncertain and nervous you must be and we will do everything we can to support you over the next few weeks. You  will be able to access 1:1 Advice & Guidance, Careers Advice or UCAS support after results have been published.  If you need to access Advice & Guidance, please telephone the college (0117 9777766) after 10:00 am, you will be asked to provide your name and contact number and a brief description of the advice required, and one of our dedicated Advice & Guidance team will call you back.  

Best wishes

Marian

Marian Curran (Principal)

 

PRINCIPAL'S UPDATE (03.07.20)

Dear Parents and Carers

We have arrived at the final day of term for our students. I would like to thank both you and your children for all the support you have shown us over the past year. Throughout this pandemic, we have all had our own personal experiences, but the strength of our Catholic Ethos has shone through.  It hasn’t always been easy, but together as a college community, we have clearly demonstrated what we can do when we put our minds to it.

The next chapter in this story is yet to be written. Our college will feel different in September, but we are hoping and planning for more routine for our students, with a raised awareness of health and safety.

At the time of writing, we are finalising our plans for the next academic year in terms of the site and our approach to learning, teaching and assessment.  Once completed, we will share these with you and our students. Be aware that our plans may change as events unfold, but rest assured, we will have back-up plans ready should they be required.

This will be my last update for the academic year. I will write again with more information later in the summer.

On behalf of everyone at St Brendan's Sixth Form College, I would like to thank you again for your support, your patience and your goodwill. Stay safe and enjoy the summer.

Take care, and look after you and yours

Marian

Marian Curran (Principal)

 

PRINCIPAL'S UPDATE (26.06.20)

Dear Parents and Carers

I hope this finds you and your family safe and well.  Only a few short updates this week.  The College did reopen this week for a small number of invited students and this has gone well.  The College is still working on its wider re-opening plans for September and this will be informed by government guidance. At the end of next week, all of our 3Y1 students/parents will receive an End of Year Progress report. All of our students, by the end of this term, will also have received some form of live feedback from their teachers and will also be set some summer work in preparation for the second year of their studies.

Although next week is the final week of the academic year, we will be updating our website regularly over the summer with regards to our September Opening.

Thank you for everything you are doing to support the College and your daughter/sons at this time.

Take care of you and yours and we will be in contact again next week.

Marian

Marian Curran (Principal)

PRINCIPAL'S UPDATE (19.06.20)

Dear Parents/Carers

Thank you for your ongoing support that you continue to give to the college during this period of lockdown. Our Board of Governors met this week to approve the College’s risk assessment and to agree the date of re-opening as of the week beginning the 22nd of June.  

We will only be inviting a small number of students in the first instance. Our student support teams have been in contact with both parents and students who are involved.

We are asking all other students to continue to work remotely up until Friday the 3rd of July.  Students continue to have access to a vast amount of lessons which are now online as well as live interaction with their teachers.

We will be in contact in due course with regards to what our plans are for the next academic year.  Part of this communication will include an overview of what we have done at the College to make it as safe as possible for their return in September. 

This information will be a simplified version of our risk assessment and it will be important that all students and parents read this information. We wanted you to know that we miss our students and we cannot wait to see them. I am sure that many of them cannot wait to see each other.

Take care, continue to stay safe and look after each other.

Marian

Marian Curran (Principal)

PRINCIPAL'S UPDATE (12.06.20)

Dear Parents and Carers

I wanted to say thank you for your patience over the last 11 weeks. Thank you for the support that you have given the College during this period of lockdown and for the encouragement you have shown to your daughters/sons in engaging with online learning.

A number of subjects have begun online live teaching to support further online learning. This mode of delivery will continue until Friday 3rd of July 2020, the last day of teaching for this academic year. Over the next few weeks, students will receive summer transition tasks to support their learning into their next academic year. 

Our plans to reopen now focus on the week commencing the 22nd of June for our most vulnerable and at risk students. I will keep you updated as to what these plans look like.

Given recent national and international events concerning racism in our society, I thought the following resources maybe useful in keeping this debate alive and answering some of the questions your daughter/son may have: 

  • www.theredcard.org/  is a charity aimed at stamping out racism in sport.
  • www.stephenlawrence.org.uk/ is a charity that works with people aged 13-30 from disadvantaged backgrounds in providing them support to start the career of their choice. It was set up in the memory of Stephen Lawrence.
  • www.blackmindsmatteruk.com/ is a charity that works to narrow the equality gap which currently exists in mental wellbeing support for black people in the UK.

Next week we are asking our students if they are interested in applying to take up a position on the Students’ Union. It’s a great opportunity to be involved in shaping the College experience and represent the student body in a time of great change both nationally and locally. The role of the Students’ Union is more important now than ever. Students can register an interest by following the instructions in their student emails and Tutorial Teams pages.

Best wishes

Marian

Marian Curran (Principal)

 

PRINCIPAL'S UPDATE (05.06.20)

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope that you and yours are all safe and well. 

There have been a number of recent announcements by the Department of Education on the re-opening of schools and colleges.  Year 12 and Sixth Form Colleges have been asked to provide some face-to-face support before the summer break and to consider re-opening from the 15th of June. We have begun our planning for a phased re-opening for our most vulnerable and at-risk students.

It is likely that the week beginning the 15th of June, will be for some of our staff returning to work, with identified students returning the week after. This will depend on the national Covid-19 situation as well as the progress made in securing a safe learning and working environment. I can assure you that the health and wellbeing of our students and staff continue to be the utmost priority and therefore we will only consider re-opening the College when we are confident it is safe to do so.

We are continuing to set and assess work in a variety of different ways, please see the Parent Information Booklet  that is published in the 3Y1 area of this Key Updates section on the website.

It is really important that our students continue to develop good study habits and to make sure that they stay on track. Independent learning skills are an essential component of success for A-levels and Level 3 Applied Courses.  Please could you encourage your daughter or son to continue to complete work set and to continue to engage with our online learning and any live teaching sessions that are run to complement the curriculum.

I will continue to keep you updated once a week with our progress towards re-opening and with any further news and developments at the College. 

Take care 

Marian

Marian Curran (Principal)

 

PRINCIPAL'S UPDATE (12.05.20)

Dear Students, Parents and Carers

I hope you managed to find some time to enjoy the sunny weather on Friday and Saturday over the long weekend.

The announcement by the Prime Minister on Sunday evening posed more questions than offered answers. Some of this has been clarified on reading the updated guidance released by the Government yesterday evening. For school and college opening, a preliminary date of the 1st June has been identified as an ambition for the return of Year 12 students, but this is dependent on the progress made in reducing the number of new infections (Our Plan to Rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Strategy: May 2020).

Please be assured , that at whatever points colleges open to more students, we will do so carefully and sensibly and nothing will be more important that the safety of students, staff and their families. Any return to college will be cautious; it will be very different to our normal pattern and way of working.

Our Senior Team and others are working on plans for our return; these will be shared with staff and students once ready and prior to any date of return.

Best wishes

Marian

Marian Curran (Principal)

 

FREE SCHOOL MEALS UPDATE (28.04.20)

If you recieve Free School Meals you will now be issued with £15 Tesco e-vouchers on a weekly basis.

If you do not receive these or have any questions about them, please email: bursary@stbrn.ac.uk

 

PRINCIPAL'S UPDATE (22.04.20)

Dear Students, Parents and Carers,

As the new Principal at St Brendan’s Sixth Form College I would like to say ‘hello’ to you all.  I hope that you and your families managed to find some time for rest and had a peaceful Easter. The weather has been generous to us all, providing us all with opportunities to enjoy the sunshine and to take care of our wellbeing.  We also know that during the Easter break that we have all been inspired by amazing people doing amazing things, for example ordinary people fund raising for the NHS, our communal clap at the door on a Thursday evening, and also a number of our staff and students who have volunteered to helped the NHS during these challenging times.

Applied General Qualifications Update

Ofqual have released information about the mechanism for awarding grades for vocational, technical and other qualifications.  Our Applied General qualifications (e.g. BTECs), are our technical awards at Level 2 and Level 3 and will use the same methodology as A-level and GCSE i.e. a Centre Assessment Grade( CAG) will be generated to support the awarding of qualifications:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/879019/Summer_2020_results_for_vocational_technical_and_other_qualifications.pdf

This also confirms messages that you have received over the last few days that you do not need to complete and send any outstanding or new work to your teachers.

We are looking into how this will also impact on the awarding of our ATT qualification in Accounting. 

Ofqual consultation

Ofqual have also launched a consultation on the methodology of awarding grades for A-level, BTEC (or equivalent), GCSE and the EPQ for students, parents, teachers and other key stakeholders to complete. This closes on the 29th of April at 23.59. If you have been affected by this process, I would encourage you to respond especially if you have any comments to make.  Your comments will be sent directly to Ofqual: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/exceptional-arrangements-for-exam-grading-and-assessment-in-2020

Awarding of grades

In line with the government’s guidance on 2020 summer grading, we are now commencing the process of calculating students’ grades for A-level, Applied General, EPQ and GCSE qualifications. Please note, as per the guidance, that we have until the 29th of May (at the earliest) to carry out this grading exercise.  Please could I politely request that students and/or their parents/carers do not contact individual members of staff requesting information about grades as we are not able to provide this under any circumstances. Making this request puts unnecessary pressure on our staff and could also hinder the process. Please be assured that we have rigorous quality assurance systems in place to ensure that the process is fair and robust.

Access to Level 3 and 3Y1 students

Access to Level 3 and 3Y1 students should continue to complete work set by their teachers as this is critical to their success next year.  For our 2Y1 students we will be looking for evidence to support their transition from our Access to Level 3 programme to a full Level 3 programme next year.

Results Days

The Department for Education has now confirmed that the 2020 results days will remain as originally planned.  Therefore students will find out their results on the following dates: 

Thursday 13th August: A-levels and Applied General Qualifications

Thursday 20th of August: GCSE and other Level 2 qualifications

Progression Exams for 3Y1

We have received a number of queries about Progression Examinations.  These were going to take place in early May.  It is highly unlikely that there will be any  progression examinations this academic year.  Should the college re-open before the summer holiday we feel it would be more important to spend time teaching students rather than testing them.  We will of course continue work with students to make sure that they are on the right course and our careers team will provide appropriate advice and guidance.

Best wishes

Marian

Marian Curran (Principal)

 

WARNING: FRADULENT EMAIL

The Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) have put a warning out that some parents have received a letter from the ESFA asking for personal student bank details in relation to 16-19 Bursary.  The ESFA state that they never ask for personal bank details and advise that Parents/Students do not respond to these emails. 

 

HAPPY EASTER

We have gathered together a collection of cool online resources which we hope you will enjoy ... these include some mouth watering recipes, workouts for all and even some virtual sightseeing!

Click the Easter Handbook tab above (mobile) or to the left (PC) to get the links.

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