Newsletter May 2018

Woodlands trip

A group of students recently went on a residential trip to Woodlands where they took on activities and challenges such as: canoeing, caving and climbing one of the Black Mountains.

Read here about our students’ experience of the trip…

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Year 13 student secures apprenticeship at leading manufacturer

Year 13 student, Emily Santos has successfully secured an apprenticeship at leading manufacturer, Zeta Specialist Lighting, after embarking on a work placement with them in Year 12.

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KS5 pastoral review

A review of the pastoral provision in KS5 took place at the start of this term. As part of this process we gathered information from students and staff that work within the Sixth Form team through form time observations, questionnaires, assemblies and focus groups. The students responded positively to the majority of themes explored.

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Year 10 student had a great first session at Rebound Revolution, trampoline park last month. This will continue to be their PE session for 5 weeks.




Gaming assembly

Year 10 students ran an assembly this month on the benefits and impact of gaming.

Topics such as the changes in lifestyle and effects on users’ mental health were discussed in the presentation.



Ski trip announcement

We are excited to announce that we are planning a Ski trip to take place in April 2019!

The week-long trip will take place in the French Alps and will include flights, travel, accommodation, food and insurance!

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Art exhibition

Come along to our Art Exhibition next month to see our latest GCSE and A Level artwork on display!

The exhibition will be held on 15 June 2018 from 3-7pm and is open to all with no tickets required – you can just turn up on the day.

We hope to see you all there!





The BTS Discussion/Debating Society

June will see the launch of the Bicester Technology Studio Discussion/Debating Society.

Students have been selected to take part in a weekly Friday BTS DD Society.

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Exam season

Exams are fast approaching and some have already began for our Year 11 and 13 students. Be sure to check out the Revision Timetable and make sure all students and are wearing the correct school uniform in exams.

Good luck!

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GCSE factsheet for parents

Is your child studying for GCSEs?
If so, or if they will in the future, we want you to be aware that GCSEs in England are changing – this started with English and Maths in 2017.

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Miles for MS

Our Assistant Principal, James Kyberd, took on the ‘100km in May’ challenge to help raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Trust.

You can read more about James’ story and donate via his fundraising page.

Open event

Come along to our open event on Sunday 8 July for the chance to see our fantastic facilities and talk to staff about your options for September, as well as the new Entrepreneurship and Enterprise route!


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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: Tuesday 4 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 – Tuesday 15 February
Half term: Friday 18 February – Tuesday 22 February
Spring term 2: Friday 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

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.

Keep in touch

You can also keep up to date with the latest developments of BTS through our website and social media channels:


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!