07 May


As our students settle back into the norms of college life, it has been great to see our employability groups back in action on placements. We have been lucky to be back in at David Lloyd and AVRO, and we have managed to open up a new placement with the Cancer Research shop in Oldham. Maria has been liaising with the team there and there may also be some paid employment opportunities with them in the future.

Bridging the Gap have been back at Oldham Royal. We have staggered the students’ returns and supported them over the last couple of weeks as they settle into the jobs at the hospital site. We have 2 students working at the café, a student in laundry and also a student in HR which is a new opportunity. Bethany Fletcher, our Senior Job Coach on the Bridging the Gap pathway, has been working hard with the support of the on-site Champion to open more placements. As you can imagine, this has been a challenge during these Covid times. Over the next couple of weeks, I will be asking our Bridging the Gap team to share with you how our students are getting on.

Back in college, the students have been working hard in their English sessions, as Ms Asbury explains..

It’s been an important week in English at New Bridge College as some students have been completing the Speaking and Listening component of their Functional Skills exams. It is not easy to stand up and present information on a topic for five minutes, but our students have proved themselves yet again to be confident, empathetic and motivated to succeed! Paddy told us fascinating tales of Medieval arms and armour..

..Abigail informed us of J.K Rowling’s rise to fame and her journey of triumph over adversity..

..and Jake took us up-to-speed on the latest ‘speed-running’ gaming hacks!

The skills our students learn in English prepare them for life and work in so many ways. Public speaking is an invaluable skill and builds resilience; we are so proud to see our students plan, prepare and demonstrate their abilities. Our students have unique interests and it’s been great to celebrate this through their work in English.

Our next topic is marketing and advertising so we are studying the ways digital marketing is now used through social media. It seems our students know a thing or two about this! Watch out for some amazing adverts coming soon…

The other English groups have also been working hard as Miss Begum explains..

This term in English lessons we have been doing the topic ‘Come Dine with Me’. We have watched a clip of Come Dine with Me and we have done some work around this. Mr Thornton’s group have been doing a presentation based on their favourite food and they have drawn some fabulous posters to add to the presentation. Miss McDonald’s group have been doing a presentation about their favourite hobby and everyone has some amazing hobbies. Some of our students are doing a speaking and listening exam soon and we wish them the best of luck! Here are some pictures for you all to enjoy..

Mrs Sarwar has an update for us on our PHSE sessions..

We are coming to the last part of our ‘Relationship’ unit before we begin our new unit ‘Intimate Relationships’. Students have watched video clips, completed written tasks, engaged in discussions and performed role play on aspects of abusive relationships. They have looked at emotional and mental abuse, coercive control and neglect.

Here are some examples of the fantastic work that our students have taken part in, both group work..

..and role play..


They took their roles very seriously and demonstrated the different features of these relationships as explicitly as they could.. well done Lumenus! 

Bradley even took it upon himself to research the features of an abusive relationship .. see below!

Important warning signs that you may be involved in an abusive relationship include when someone:

  • harms you physically in any way, including slapping, pushing, grabbing, shaking, smacking, kicking, and punching
  • tries to control different aspects of your life, such as how you dress, who you hang out with, and what you say
  • frequently humiliates you or makes you feel unworthy (for example, if a partner puts you down but tells you that he or she loves you)
  • threatens to harm you, or to self-harm, if you leave the relationship
  • twists the truth to make you feel you are to blame for your partner’s actions
  • demands to know where you are at all times
  • constantly becomes jealous or angry when you want to spend time with your friends

Bradley has turned this into a poem which I will share with you in the next PSHE blog!

We also helped Adam celebrate his 18th Birthday (with plenty of cake…..)!

Mr Holland has all the latest news from the Maths department..

The return of all students and teachers to college has seen us becoming even busier with Maths. The main topic for this half term is measurement. We are looking at units of measurement and how to convert from one to another. We are also covering appropriate units to use, how to measure accurately and how to estimate a measurement so that we aware of weight, for example, before lifting, or whether a large item will fit through a doorway.

The group I share with Ms Begum have been looking at accurate measurements using a ruler. All other groups have been looking at choosing and converting between appropriate measurements for a situation and how to answer questions in the correct stated units. We have considered historical measurement and the need for standardisation, so that we all understand how long a metre is, or what a kilogram feels like. The number of weekly lessons has been increased for all students on Employability pathways, with extra lessons which act as interventions to help prepare our students for examinations.

Functional Skills students will still be assessed by means of a formal examination. At Level 1 this becomes more formal, after Entry Level assessments which still take place within a classroom situation. To this end, there will be some mock examinations in the last week of this half term, to allow our students to see how ready they are to sit formal examinations in early June. This will still give breathing space for one more attempt before the end of the college year for anyone who narrowly misses out.

This week in Maths Miss Begum’s group have been looking at measuring! The students have measured lots of different things and have been working hard on their worksheets. Mr Holland has been teaching us virtually and we can’t wait to have him back in our classroom soon! We will be continuing with measuring and start looking at shapes over the next few weeks! We hope you have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Nelson has a new date for your diaries..

Mrs Nelson held our first Parent Group meeting virtually. It was lovely to hear and share experiences from our parents and governors. We very much look forward to engaging with you in the upcoming term and arranging those key services to gain information to support you as a family. If you as a parent would like anything specific to be supported on within the Parent Group, you can email Mrs Nelson on nnelson@newbridgegroup.org. She will try her utmost to support this.

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 30th June on the college site at 1.30pm and invites will be sent nearer the time. Why not come and join us? You can meet other parents, have a chat, a cake and a cup of tea!

If you would like to join the New Bridge College Parent Group you can contact Mrs Nelson who will gladly provide you with more information.

Congratulations to Alan, Dominic and Jojo who have all been presented with ‘Worker of the Week Awards’ – well done!

Have a lovely weekend,


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