We will use this page to keep you updated with key news and information during this period of lock down.
Information that is relevant to more than one group will be posted here. Information that is relevant to specific groups will be published on seperate 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 (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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
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 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.
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.
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.
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.