St. Brendan's Sixth Form College
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Saint Brendan's was founded by the Irish Christian Brothers as a Catholic school for boys in 1896 in Berkeley Square in Bristol. During the first fifty years of its existence it played a part in developing an educated Catholic laity in and around Bristol. Many of its pupils entered the priesthood as well as other professions.
Direct grant grammar school 
Following the 1944 Education Act, Saint Brendan's became a boys' direct grant grammar school and by the late 1950s had outgrown the Berkeley Square site. The Brothers purchased a house (the Beeches) and extensive grounds in Brislington, built the present accommodation, and moved to Brislington in 1960. The grammar school was wound down over several years, the last of the old grammar school students, some having joined the Preparatory School in 1975, many having joined the senior school in 1978, joined the sixth form in 1983.
Sixth form college 
In the late 1970s, as a result of a reorganisation of Catholic secondary education in Bristol and Bath, Saint Brendan's became a coeducational sixth form college: the sixth form for four 11 to 16 Catholic secondary schools.
In the summer of 2009 a new main facility was constructed and the old was demolished in the winter 2009.
ICT provision 
The college has a system based on Novell for internal email, remote access, a web based forum/file host called "Moodle" and internal server systems. Moodle is used as a place in which students can log in and "enrol" in their subjects and talk in forums, download uploaded files, find homework and find teachers email.
Student Union 
The St. Brendan's Student Union is a large part of the college's community. The union is made up of a committee of students elected by the student body annually which support and represent the students and organises events. The union is closely affiliated with the NUS and regularly send its electorates and students to events like the NUS Annual, NUS LGBT and NUS Black Conference.
Lunch time groups such as People and Planet, help students to be active in promoting Fairtrade, environmental issues and recycling. They regularly campaign on a range of issues and have been instrumental in achieving Fairtrade status for the college.
St. Brendan's Relationships, a society within the college, is inclusive and supportive of LGBT members, and mainly focuses on four key areas: advice, campaigning, support, and social. In May 2009, the group won the National Union of Students LGBT Campaign award "FE Society of the Year".
There are a range of College enrichment activities that run throughout the timetable including sport, drama, art, music, journalism, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and Chaplaincy activities providing opportunities for personal development and skills acquisition.
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