Last review: 18 September 2020
We are doing everything we can to limit contact between different groups of students to minimise the risk of spreading Coronavirus. We are monitoring the number of students in college very closely and start times have been staggered to maintain social distancing - a list of course start dates can be found here.
Your timetable has been sent to you by email – don’t forget to check your junk mail before contacting the college.
To help all students to understand what college life will be like from September, we've put together a virtual tour of our Booth Lane campus, to explain the measures we're putting in place to keep all members of our college community safe and healthy.
Assessments in the Autumn term
Students who are unhappy with their GCSE results and returning to college this year may be able to sit exams in autumn, or next summer, instead. Please speak to your maths/English teacher for more information about this.
Self-isolation - requirements for students
If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), you must stay at home (self-isolate for 14 days) and get a test. The main Coronavirus symptoms are: a new continuous cough; a high temperature, and/or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste
If someone in your household has developed Covid-19 symptoms or tested positive for Covid-19 or you have been in contact with someone who has developed Covid-19 symptoms or tested positive for Covid-19, you must self-isolate for 14 days.
Only get a test if you have coronavirus symptoms or have been asked to get tested. Students will only be allowed back on college premises after they have self-isolated for 14 days, or after confirmation of a negative test result.
Staff/students with underlying health conditions
Shielding has now been paused by the Government, which means that individuals with underlying health conditions are no longer advised to shield. As the College is COVID secure, staff and students who were categorised as ‘at risk’ can now safely return to college.
We will continue to support those with underlying health conditions as much as possible, based on any specific advice they have received from medical professionals, as well as general public health guidance.
Assessors will communicate remotely to conduct reviews and continue assessing apprentices. Please refer to your employer/assessor for further guidance.
Work Experience/Industrial Placements
All work experience and industrial placements are currently postponed until further notice.
We hope to offer these opportunities to our students as soon as it is safe to do so, and will keep students informed of our plans.
Planned college trips
We have decided to cancel all organised trips. Our duty of care to students, staff and guests is paramount and this precaution has been taken in the interest of protecting public health and preventing the spread of Coronavirus. We will let you know if any trips are rescheduled.
Lunchtimes/students in receipt of free school meals
Our main canteen will not be open due to the restrictions around social distancing - instead, you will eat lunch in your classroom so please bring a packed lunch. Our cafe (The Lookout Express) will be open from 7am - 11am in the morning so if you arrive early, you'll be able to purchase a takeaway breakfast or snack.
All students should bring in a water bottle from home. Bottled water will be available to be purchased from the Lookout prior to 11am every day at a cost of 20p per bottle.
Students in receipt of free school meals will be able to collect sandwiches or salads from The Lookout Express.
Using the Library
For the latest updates to Library service across all three campuses, please click here.
Student support (mental health and wellbeing)
We know this a difficult time for everyone and the health and wellbeing of our students is extremely important to us. If students need someone to talk to, our Student Services team are just a phone call away and can support with any problems they may be facing. They’re available between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday on 01604 734049.
Further resources to assist with mental health and wellbeing can be found on our ‘Coronavirus – online resources’ page, and on our ‘Useful information’ page.
Keeping up-to-date with the College
We will keep this page up-to-date as the ongoing situation with COVID-19 develops. We will also be in regular contact with current students, parents/carers and applicants primarily by email, so please keep an eye on your inbox, and ensure that we have the correct contact details for you. If you need to update your contact details, please click here.
Updates will also be posted regularly on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – for our social media handles, please see the ‘Useful information’ page.