Guide Dog Charity from Helen Dobson

A huge thank you to everyone who supported our ‘meet guide dogs’ event. We raised £145 for the  which they can use to help train and support future guide dogs. Enjoy these pictures of the wonderful Echo, Turner and Debbie!

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Study Leave for Summer 2018 Series Examinations from Mita Shah

Arrangements for the summer exams for students are as follows:

Exam Timetable

• You are able to view your own, personalized, exam timetables via CEDAR, listed under ‘Exam Timetable’ on the left-hand menu.
• Please note that timetables are not yet complete on Cedar. All exams dates can be viewed, but room details and seat allocations are not complete. Similarly, not all access arrangements are in place. Therefore, you should continue to check Cedar for further details.
• Please also remember to read your Exams Handbook for important exam information.

Study Leave

• You are only entitled to half a day’s study leave for independent study in the morning prior to an afternoon exam.
• You should therefore attend any afternoon lessons you have following a morning exam.
• CEDAR will show morning Study Leave Sessions as V.
• You are able to view your own Study Leave Sessions via CEDAR on the ‘Attendance – Week Grid’ view.

Lessons & Tutorials

• Tutorials for GCSE and AS students will continue until this Friday 11th May.
• Tutorials for A-Level students will continue until Friday 25th May (last day before half term).
• GCSE lessons will only continue until the last exam in each subject.
• AS lessons will only continue until the last exam in each subject and then resume on 11th June. (Registers will be edited so that they don’t show on CEDAR for marking after the last exam in each GCSE/AS subject up to 25th May)
• A-Level lessons will run as normal until Friday 25th May (last day before half term).
• Lessons will resume on Monday 11th June until the end of term on Friday 6th July for Year 12 students (AS level and vocational).
• Year 12 VOC students will continue with lessons as normal until 25th May, and then resume on 11th June.
• Year 13 VOC students will be marked with X on registers once they have completed all their work and are no longer required to attend classes and tutorials.

Half term, Revision Week & INSET Day

• Friday 25th May is the last day before half term.
• The week after half term (4-8th June) is Revision Week for students.
• No lessons will take place during Revision Week. However, vocational students may have to attend classes – if this applies to you, you will be informed individually by your subject staff.
• Exams will continue to take place this week.
• Revision sessions may also be arranged during this week.
• College is closed Friday 15th June due to a staff INSET day, though exams will continue as normal. Study areas within college, including The Know, will be closed.

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The Know H/T Opening from Corinne Walker

The Know will be open as follows;

Mon 28th May – Bank Holiday Monday – closed

Tues 29th May – Fri 1st June – open 9.30 – 3.30.

Café area closed. No Temp ID cards. No ID Card = No entry.



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New starter

Welcome to Heather Gladrey (HGL) who started on the 23rd April as Administrative Assistant: Exams and Financial support

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Briefing notes 2018.05.02 from Dee Campbell

Briefing 2018.05.02

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Staff Engagement Group from Lewis Entwistle

There is a meeting this week on Friday 4th May, at 1.05pm in room 41
all welcome.


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Manchester 10K Sponsorship from Karen Bennett

Over 120 staff are running or walking the Manchester 10K or half marathon on Sunday 20th May to raise funds for the wonderful Maggie’s Oldham cancer care centre.

Please help raise funds for Maggie’s Oldham using the link below.  Any support you can give would be fantastic and will help Maggie’s to support more individuals and families facing cancer.

There is 1 place available for anyone wishing to join the wonderful Pinnacle Team please contact me

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TfGM Cycle Schools and Colleges project – Staff Survey from Bev Beaumont

The surveys should only take 5 minutes to complete and you have until Friday 25th May to submit your responses.

Oldham Sixth Form Staff Travel Survey

The results will be used to evaluate the impact of this project as well as helping to guide future investment in cycling to ensure that it meets the needs of Greater Manchester’s schools and colleges.

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The Know May Bank Holiday closure

The Know will be closed on Monday 7th May 2018.

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Student anxiety group from Jenny King

Hi all, at the moment there seems to be a large number of students being referred through to the support team for support with Anxiety in the run up to exams. Rather than attempting to see all of these people on an individual basis, Sophie and I are starting an anxiety group to provide support, and to start to develop some coping strategies in the build up to and during exams.

The group started on Monday 30th April, but due to the bank holiday we are looking to run the session on Tues 8th next week at 1pm in room 97.

Please could you really plug this to anyone you feel could benefit; students who have been struggling with anxiety for a while, or who may have only recently mentioned it; and feel it will escalate in the exam period. Maybe a general announcement in tutorials, and a mention to anyone you see 1:1. We are looking to increase last weeks numbers which were disappointing, as clearly there are many students across college who could benefit from this intervention.

Many thanks,


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