18 Dec

2020 has not been the year we all expected and hoped for. The hopes and aspirations that we set out in the new year quickly vanished as the national lockdown in March meant the closure of the college. During these turbulent times, I was ever so thankful to our families, students and staff for their continued work and support. You received calls during the week, were thankful to see our staff – they enjoyed that too! Summer came and I sent the news that we had acquired a new building at Pennine House, a building that I promised would be fit for purpose for all the leaners, a place that would help our students meet their potential.

Even in these challenging times, life at college has continued to be as ‘normal’ as possible. The pandemic hasn’t stopped the learning that has taken place. Lumenus have kept links with Oldham Coliseum and Touchdown Dance, Activ8 have continued to access the community through establishing new links with Mahdlo and AVRO FC and they have continued on their weekly DofE walks. Both Digit4ll groups have set up businesses and have even had an order from a local company to produce 200 mugs! Not bad going. Our Employability pathways including Future Finders have continued to work with our employers and students have accessed placements at David Lloyd, Oldham foodbank, AVRO FC and Scope. Our Bridging the Gap students have even set up their own car cleaning business.

The staff team have worked tirelessly to ensure all our students are safe and well, they are engaged in learning and that even in the pandemic we can continue to see all of them make progress.

Our job coach Nicola has this to say about her Pre Intern group..

What a term it’s been for our pre-interns! They returned to college uncertain and anxious about the future. They had to adjust to new routines, new restrictions, less work placements, new work placements, English and Maths interventions, bubble closures and remote learning. It’s safe to say it’s been quite full on and our staff team are so proud of what our pre-interns have achieved so far.

Here are some comments from our students and some pictures of what the guys have been up to over the past three months:

  • “I have really liked my English lessons and think I have become more confident speaking at work.” ~ Kevin
  • “I’ve enjoyed meeting new people and think I have done well speaking to other pupils.” ~ Tayla
  • “AVRO is good I have worked hard. I have improved my English and Maths and my lessons have been good.” ~ Saaim


I would like to say a massive thank you to our work placement hosts for your continued support with our students. I know our guys are looking forward to being back at work. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Mrs Sarwar is also really pleased with how hard the students have been working..

During the self isolation period, our Lumenus students have done so well engaging in the life skills lessons remotely. We have been working on different ways of borrowing money when renting or buying your first home. They have discussed the advantages and disadvantages of the different ways and the impacts of these. We made some adjustments to their baseline assessments which they started at the beginning of the term and will continue to add the new learning when we complete the unit after Christmas. They have completed some fabulous work and engaged really well in our remote sessions, well done everyone..

I wish them all a lovely and peaceful Christmas and will see them back in college in January 2021!

Ms Asbury brings us a Christmas update from the English department..

It’s officially the week before Christmas so we’ve been embracing the Christmas spirit in English with a virtual Christmas quiz! Using Showbie video, we all got involved with five rounds of fun topics ranging from music and movies to Christmas general knowledge and picture clues. A particular highlight of mine was Bradley singing his heart out with his virtual rendition of ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ in full karaoke mode when he took home the winning prize! He managed to get everyone dancing and put a smile on people’s faces; I think we can all agree that this is truly priceless in our current climate. Thank you to everyone who took part in the quiz and I hope you get to watch some of the featured films at home this Christmas.

Despite the obvious disruptions that Covid has created, we are finishing the term on a high and celebrating the many achievements the students have made so far this year. Wishing everyone a Happy New Year and lots of joy for 2021!  Merry Christmas to all from English at New Bridge College.

I hope you’ve all seen our first newsletter which has gone out to families – you can find it here if you’ve missed it.

Finally, I want to thank each and every one of our families for your continued support during these difficult times. Rest assured that we will endeavour to carry on the work we do to ensure that all those that attend the college have the best possible outcomes.

From all the staff team, I would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas. Even though it is not the same this year, I hope you all have a lovely time with family and loved ones. Let’s hope that 2021 will be better for us all.

Jaina and the Team.

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