End of term newsletter – July 2018

End of year celebration

On Friday 20 July we held our end of year celebration at BTS for Years 10 and 12. Awards were given out for Attendance; Bronze, silver, gold and Sapphire awards for Eprasie points and Lexia. Well done to all for a fantastic year!

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Science students involved in a range of exciting activities this month

This month, Science students have been given the chance to visit Harwell Science & Innovation Campus to learn about the latest methods being developed to detect cancer cells in humans early. They have also had the opportunity to view rock samples from the US moon landing in the 1970s as well as visualising sound in an exciting demonstration from Oxford University.

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Geography trip to Oxford

There has never been a better or more important time to study geography. With growing interest in issues such as climate change, migration, environmental degradation and social cohesion, geography is one of the most relevant subjects a young person can choose to study.

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Our July Open Event

On Sunday 8 July, Bicester Technology Studio welcomed in prospective students and their families for the final open event of the academic year.

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New course for budding entrepreneurs coming to Bicester Technology Studio

From September 2018, Sixth Form students at Bicester Technology Studio will be able to study Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, a course unique to the local area and only available to students at this Studio School.

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Sports Day

On Wednesday 18 July, we held our annual BTS sports day for Year 10 students, supported by leaders from Year 12.

The day consisted of a wide range of sports, varying from Blindfold Penalties, to Ten Pin Bowling, as well as more traditional track events, and of course the classic Egg and Spoon race!

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Students create their own remote controlled vehicle

On the last week of term, a team of students at BTS researched, coded and built their own working remote controlled vehicle.

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Work Experience

One of the reasons our student’s have said they joined us is for the invaluable work experience they receive when they learn here.

Here are two of our student’s commenting on their latest work experience placements:

“I thoroughly enjoyed my work experience.  It was in a local primary school where I learnt a variety of skills.  It was interesting how the same age groups had different abilities.  I have also gained confidence when talking to adults.”

“It was good fun as I gained experience in different departments within the Sports Centre.  My favourite department was reception as I met lots of different people.”

BTS Debating Club

At BTS, students meet every Friday in the conference room to discuss topical and often controversial subject matter. They are given the opportunity to air their views and listen to others’ point of view.

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Art Exhibition

On 15 June, Bicester Technology Studio opened its doors for the public to come in and see some of the students’ fantastic GCSE and A Level artwork.

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Breakfast Club

From Autumn Term 2018, we will be trialling the Breakfast Club – the most important meal of the day!

For £2 (per student), students can order a choice of cereal, toast and jam, fruit juice and a cup of tea.

The Breakfast Club, held in Recharge, will run from 8.00-8.20am every day.



Stand strong against bullying 

Free Kidscape ZAP Anti-Bullying workshops for children aged 9-16 and parents and carers.

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Uniform for September

At Bicester Technology Studio, it is essential for students to look smart and professional and act as
ambassadors for the school at all times. Students will wear formal business dress that is commonly
worn by staff working in a professional office environment. BTS will also also agree variations to
support a flexible approach for students to dress in accordance with their cultural and religious beliefs.

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Dates for your diary

Provisional term dates for 2018/19:

Autumn term 1: Monday 3 September – Friday 19 October
Year 10 and 12 start: Wednesday 5 September
All start: Thusday 6 September
Half term: Monday 22 October – Friday 26 October
Autumn term 2: Monday 29 October – Friday 21 December
Christmas holiday: Monday 24 December – Friday 4 January
Spring term 1: Monday 7 January – Friday 15 February
Half term: Monday 18 February – Friday 22 February
Spring term 2: Monday 25 February – Friday 5 April
Easter holiday: Monday 8 April – Monday 22 April
Summer term 1: Tuesday 23 April – Friday 24 May
Half term: Monday 27 May – Friday 31 May
Summer term 2: Monday 3 June – Friday 19 July

Inset Days

Monday 3 September 2018
Tuesday 4 September 2018
Friday  19 October 2018
Monday 7/Tuesday 8 January 2019
Tuesday 23 April 2019

Applications for September 2018 

If you are interested in joining Bicester Technology Studio in September, we recommend that you apply as soon as possible.

Please complete our online application form.

Alternatively, if you have any questions or wish to arrange a visit to discuss your options, please get in touch.

Advice and Guidance Days

Around results time, we are running Advice and Guidance Days to give existing and prospective new students the chance to explore their options for the future. We will be on hand to give advice following either expected or unexpected results or prior to receiving them, and just needing some guidance. No bookings necessary, just turn up on the day.

These sessions will be held on:

Thursday 16 August – 8am to 12pm

Thursday 23 August – 9am to 2pm

Friday 24 August – 10am to 2pm

Tuesday 28 August – 10am to 2pm

“Our daughter has spent two years at Bicester Technology Studio and the whole experience has been incredibly positive. The staff and pastoral care have been so dedicated and supportive. Her past experiences at secondary were not positive but the whole ethos at this school has been a completely refreshing approach. Our daughter have thrived in this environment and is off to University in September. We are very grateful to the school and all the staff. It is with sadness she leaves but with the tools that will equip her for the next stage in her life.”

Parent of student at BTS

Keep in touch

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Want to see what's on offer at Bicester Technology Studio? Come along to our Open Event on Thursday 24 January 2019, 5.30-7pm, or to one of our weekly drop in sessions every Monday from 3-4pm Register now!