Level 2 Apprenticeship Success

We’re absolutely delighted to announce that against national achievement rates for Level 2 apprenticeships, BCA is forging ahead. Our overall achievement rate was 77% with the national average sitting at 72.9%

We’re planning for further success as we move forward with our apprenticeship provision, all of which you can find out more about at: https://bit.ly/2kiPJkN

GCSE Creative Writing Awards

Recently, our GCSE English students had the opportunity to enter a fantastic creative writing competition which was judged for a first, second and third place by esteemed London-based poet and educator, Rachel Piercey.

Rachel, an English Literature graduate of St Hugh’s College in Oxford, kindly gave her time and expertise to read a class-load of short stories, in order to whittle it down to her favourite three – no easy task as all the entries were fantastic.

Huge congratulations must go to the three winners, Joseph, Chloe and Mhari whose stories you can read below, along with the judges’ comments.

1st Place: Joseph Bourke-Smith – Studying Level 2 Animal Care
Judges Comments:

I was really impressed by the pace of this story, how the author draws us into the transformation from human brain to werewolf brain. Joseph narrates the stages of the transformation in gripping detail: first the speaker’s body changes, then his vision, then his movement. Then he loses his sense of fear, then his sense of time, and finally his human morality. There are lots of vivid verbs (swiping, bombarding, gush, flickered, sprouting, plunged, slamming) and powerful phrases such as “spheres of gold which glowed in the shadows”, “bark that looked like it had been chiselled by time itself” and “reckless rampage”. I really like how the village flips from a place of safety to a place of vulnerability – a chilling way to end the story.

Read Joseph’s story here.

2nd Place: Chloe Horne – Studying Level 2 Animal Care
Judges Comments:

I really enjoyed the humour of this story and the finely balanced mix of imaginative detail and vividly realistic characters. The different personalities are very well drawn and their conversation feels very believable: I like the contrast between Dr Snarfa’s urgent, knowledgeable tone and the Captain’s dismissive, informal language. I hugely enjoyed Chloe’s quirky and entertaining extra-terrestrial inventions: the probe ship following the meteor, “the Federation of United Planets”, space pirates being back in fashion, the Captain absorbing his drink through his head… I also admired the way the wry, chatty fourth paragraph is interrupted by Dr Snarfa’s forceful speech, it really enhances the atmosphere of imminent danger.

Read Chloe’s story here.

3rd Place: Mhari Lochhead – Studying Level 2 Agriculture
Judges Comments:

I was really impressed by how Mhairi creates an atmospheric sense of the ancient world but with warmly relatable characters. The story is funny and tense both at once – the brothers have a humorous sibling dynamic but the stakes are incredibly high. Mhairi uses powerful language and imagery to get across the sense of danger: “dominant, ever-looming doors”, “a limp, lifeless, shuddering corpse”, “as if I was a grain of rice in a wheat field”, “glistening dagger teeth”. The story has a clear structure and packs a lot of well-paced action into a short form. I was very glad that Matei and Mytus got a happy ending!

Read Mhari’s story here.

Weather Update – 5:40pm 31/1/19

As we stand this evening, the College is fully gritted and we are prepared to be open as usual tomorrow. However, if something changes overnight and the difficult decision is made to close our facilities, notifications will be made on here before 7 am.
Please keep an eye out for early morning updates.

Adverse Weather Procedures

As the Met Office has issued a Yellow Warning for snow across the South East this week, including the Maidenhead area, we wanted to let you know our College procedures in respect of adverse weather.

During snow (or other adverse weather conditions), it is BCA’s policy to remain open when it is deemed safe to do so. However, in the event of extreme conditions, we may make the difficult decision to close our facilities. If this is the case, official announcements will be made pre-7am on the day/s of closure on here as well as on Facebook: @berkshirecollege and our Twitter profile: @BCA_Maidenhead

Motorsport Success for Level 3 Student, Bobby

We’ve received this fantastic update through from Level 3 Motor Vehicle student, Bobby. He has been announced as part of the latest driver line up at Team BRIT – a team that is revolutionising the motorsport industry.

The team consists of disabled drivers and it aims to be the first ever all-disabled team to compete in the Le Mans 24 hour endurance race.

Read more about Bobby’s extraordinary journey here: https://bit.ly/2FUnsfk

College Open as Usual 24/1/19

At the time of posting (5pm, 23/1/19), we are expecting College to be open to students and staff tomorrow as usual.

If anything changes overnight, announcements will be made on here as well as on the College’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram platforms.

College closed for students today

The College will be closed for students today (Wednesday 23rd January 2019). We are anticipating transport issues for many of our students who travel some distance and hence we are taking this precaution.

The Estates Team have cleared and gritted all of the roads and main paths across the campus. We fully expect that we will be open for students on Thursday 24th January.

The College will be open today, Wednesday for all staff. As per the Adverse Weather Policy should you wish to take a day of leave today then this should be taken as holiday having been agreed with your manager and booked via Cintra.

Any further updates will be posted here.