Barn Owl Breeding Success on Site

Over the last few years, Bisham Barn Owl Group have been surveying the BCA estate for owls and providing nest boxes for their use.

We are delighted to announce that earlier this week, four healthy Barn Owl chicks were found while checking our boxes. These owls can typically be seen out hunting at dusk.

We are so pleased that our estate provides a suitable habitat for such a wide variety of native wildlife.

Dr. George McGavin Officially Opens the BCA Zoo

On Monday 5th June, the BCA Animal Management Team were delighted to welcome TV Entomologist, Dr. George McGavin to the College. During his visit, Dr. McGavin helped to officially open the Zoo.

Back in 2015 the BCA Animal Management Centre was officially granted a zoo license and now houses approximately 1400 animals across 140 species.

If you would like to find out more about the species at BCA or join us for an animal encounter, click here:


A Message from the Thames Valley Police: National Terrorism Threat Level Raised to Critical

As you will no doubt be aware, on Tuesday night the Prime Minister confirmed that the national terrorist threat has been raised to critical. This change means that an attack could be imminent.

At this time there is no intelligence to suggest a specific threat to the Thames Valley area.

Our priority is to protect the communities of the Thames Valley and visitors to our area. We have put in place additional armed and unarmed officers at key locations. This is very much focused on crowded places, including transport hubs and shopping centres.

Don’t be alarmed if you see more armed police officers both on foot and in vehicles. For operational reasons we are not confirming details of locations, tactics and numbers of police officers on duty, to ensure the effectiveness of our deployments.

We will continue to work with our partners and event organisers to assess the planned events where we may need to enhance our presence.

Deputy Chief Constable John Campbell said:

“I would like to reassure you that the move to critical is something that we prepare for. We will continually review our deployments and take all possible steps to keep people safe within Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.

“At this time we need everyone to remain alert but not alarmed. We need your help to help us protect our communities and disrupt those who seek to harm us. I would urge you to contact the police straight away if you believe that someone is acting suspiciously.

“Our officers and staff will continue to provide a visible presence in our communities and we have the specialist resources in place to respond in an emergency.”

If you would like further advice regarding this information or to make a report, please contact Thames Valley Police on 101 (or 999 in the event of an emergency).

Public Services fundraise for the SSAFA

Back in March our Public Services students took part in a charity van pull to raise money for the SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity.

On Monday 22nd May 2017, students welcomed Lieutenant Colonel Mike Harding and Sue Pendry from the SSAFA to present a cheque for an amazing £969.15 which was raised through the van pull.

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated for this fantastic cause and a very well done to all of the students and staff involved.

To find out more about the fantastic work of the SSAFA click here:

BCA Wildcats Football Team explore Madrid

The BCA Wildcats Football Team made up of our Foundation Studies students, had the amazing opportunity of travelling to Madrid last week to visit the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu (Real Madrid FC’s stadium) and Calderon (Atletico de Madrid’s stadium).

During the trip the students learnt various skills which can be used in day to day life and were also tasked with leading staff members around the Metro.

We were extremely lucky to have this opportunity which was thoroughly enjoyed by all and an amazing experience for the students, for some it was their first time leaving the UK.

To find out more about our Foundation Studies provision, click here:

Public Services students explore the Brecon Beacons

Our Public Services students recently embarked on their first expedition to Wales last week visiting the Brecon Beacons.

During their time away the students all got to the summit of Pen-y-fan, the highest peak in South Wales. Other activities included caving, gorge scrambling and an obstacle course testing their fitness and teamwork.

Throughout the expedition all students spent at least one night camping and took part in outdoor meal preparation.

Find out more about Public Services at BCA here:


Ofsted 2017 – Consistently ‘GOOD’

Staff and students at BCA are delighted with the publication of the recent report from Ofsted, which once again rated BCA as a GOOD college.

The report highlighted and praised many aspects of the College including the following:

  • Students benefit from very good personal and academic, care, guidance and support
  • The respectful student body value each others opinions and are proud to be students at the College
  • Students develop very good practical and work ready skills

BCA Principal, Gillian May said “We are very proud of our college and our students. Our dedicated team of staff invest so much in the development of the young people who choose to study with us. I would like to say a huge thank you to the students, staff and governors for their wholehearted commitment to our ongoing success.  The inspection outcome demonstrates that our commitment to the development of professional skills for young people is  highly effective. We are especially delighted that the Inspection Team recognised the high-quality teaching and learning we provide and the good progress that our students make.

We are justifiably proud of our inclusivity. Regardless of our students’ starting points, we support them in their journey to fulfil their individual potential and ambitions providing stretch and challenge, support and guidance and expert teaching to achieve good results.

I am sure the community will take pride in this outcome for its local College and will continue to support us to deliver a high-quality learning experience for all of our students.”

You can read our most recent Ofsted report here.