Fundraising Success for Macmillan

Last Friday we had a very successful ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ in aid of Macmillan, coordinated by Nicky our Sport, Outdoor Education & Public Services Curriculum Assistant.

We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who was involved. In total, we raised an amazing £514.71.

Staff and their families were super busy baking and donating delicious cakes (even bringing freshly made creations in on their day off), purchasing raffle tickets/cakes and kindly making very generous donations.

Both staff and students kindly gave up their time to help sell cakes on Friday. Our fantastic Foundation Studies students were ‘Simply the Best’ at selling the raffle tickets, whilst being supported by some of our amazing members of staff.

Thames Hospice’s Bubble Rush at BCA

Last weekend our nominated charity Thames Hospice held their bubble rush fundraising event on campus.

Here are some great photos from Jennie in our HR team who took part in the day. A great time was had by all, whilst raising funds for an amazing local charity.
Find out more about Thames Hospice, including their future fundraising events, at:

2018/19 Application Deadlines

Please be aware that applications for the academic year 2018/19 will close for all Animal Care/Management and Health & Social Care programmes on Friday 7th September 2018.

For all other curriculum areas and programmes, we are happy to accept applications until Friday 14th September 2018.

WisePay Emails

We’ve received a number of emails from students and parents/guardians informing us that they have still not received an email from WisePay as expected.

We’re sorry that this is the case and our team are working frantically with WisePay to get the issue resolved as a matter of urgency.

If you are awaiting an email yourself and this doesn’t arrive in time for your first day with us, we advise you bring cash or card with you on the day to ensure you are able to purchase food and drink whilst with us.

If you have any further questions, please direct them to:

BCA Acquires Training Provider ‘Landbased Training’

We are delighted to announce our recent acquisition of a specialist landbased training provider. The new division, known as BCA Landbased Training, is already fully operational offering commercial courses in pesticide application, chainsaw usage, tree climbing and aerial cutting, mowers and a wide range of small machinery such as brushcutters and hedgecutters.

BCA Principal, Gillian May explains that “This acquisition will enable the College to extend its course offering to a wider employer base, augmenting our current provision and placing BCA at the heart of the land-based sector in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Hampshire.  We are very optimistic about the opportunities that this specialist provision will bring to our learners and our community.“

This new division will be headed up by DC Vickers, whose background in both Further Education colleges and in the forestry and arboricultural industry means that this new provision can be targeted to meet the needs of local employers. DC commented that “BCA Landbased Training is an exciting development for the College and allows us to provide cost-effective training solutions to ensure organisations meet their health, safety and environmental requirements when using potentially dangerous machinery such as chainsaws.”

More information and a full course list can be found at

‘Soccer Success’ for Level 3 Sports Student

Level 3 Sports student, Harry, who completed his study with us with us this year, has now been offered the amazing opportunity to play men’s football at St. Thomas University in Miami, USA.

Harry was a valued member of our own Maidenhead United Academy during his study so we’re absolutely delighted for him. You can read more about Harry’s achievements & his next step at:

Floristry Students visit Downing Street

Last week, our very own Floristry Lecturer Jane Prodger was asked by the British Florist Association to make and deliver a design on their behalf to none other than 10 Downing Street in celebration of British Flower Week.

After many hours of hard work, Jane, along with four BCA Floristry students and using flowers sponsored by Florismart, finalised a beautiful design ready to deliver. On Wednesday 20th June, the group were driven to Downing Street where they had to go through lots of security checks before having their pictures taken outside the famous door and being invited in for a tour. The display took the very well deserved pride of place position, right inside the front door, ensuring every visitor to the house will see it. Although the Prime Minister was in the House of Commons at the time, the group were greeted instead by Larry, the Downing Street cat!

After the visit, Jane said; “This was certainly not a usual delivery for our Floristry students, but it was one that will be remembered forever. A fabulous experience for everyone involved.” A huge well done to the team from all at BCA, we are very proud!

BCA student wins Regional Rotary Young Writers Competition

Kelly,  an Equine Student here at BCA, impressed the Rotary Club with her creative writing skills, winning the regional round of the Young Writers Competition.

Students were encouraged to let their imagination take over and create a piece of creative writing with the heading ‘A Different Perspective’. The piece had to be around 500 words with the possibility of winning a cash prize for coming first or second. In her entry, Kelly described a young lady who was going through a difficult time in her life and how one act of kindness from a stranger changed everything.

On Thursday 10th May, Kelly was awarded her certificate, plaque and cash prize by Mary Spinks, from the Rotary Club. Mary states ‘Kelly’s presentation was absolutely excellent. The piece was well written and very topical. The three judges unanimously decided that Kelly was the winner and will be progressing onto the international competition.’