Coronavirus: COVID-19: Updates
8 March re-opening - updated 1 March
Plans for student's return to College from Monday 8 March. A crucial part of our preparations for the return to face-to-face learning is the COVID testing programme. We will complete a full round of testing in the week of 8 March, prior to the commencement of in-person lessons on 15 March. Lessons and other activities will continue to be fully remote during the week of 8 March.
Students will be sent an email by the end of the day on Wednesday 3 March with detailed information about the testing process, and their individual appointment time-slot for their first test. Once students have completed three weekly COVID tests on site, the government intends to provide students with home testing kits to allow twice weekly self-testing.
All of our previous mitigations, safeguards and COVID guidance will remain in place for our return to College for face to face lessons. Following the latest government guidance, face coverings will be now be compulsory in the classroom as well as on buses and in other indoor areas.
The safety and wellbeing of our students and college staff is of utmost importance and we are working hard to ensure that we have robust and comprehensive systems in place to ensure the return to the College site goes smoothly for all. Please check your student or parent emails for further information and guidance.
8 March re-opening - updated 26 February
The Government has confirmed that schools and colleges should reopen from 8 March.
We are now planning our approach for returning to College and the mitigations that will be in place to do this in the safest way possible, following the updated guidance issued by the Department for Education. We will communicate the plan to students and parents directly, and this communication will include details on the COVID testing programme that needs to be in place for students and staff before face to face teaching commences.
Whilst there will be some relief that an announcement has finally been made by the Government about how qualifications will be awarded this summer, there will, we are sure, be some anxiety after all the uncertainty the pandemic has brought for our students. The College will provide comprehensive guidance and support through this process and will be in touch with students and parents to provide more detail soon. In the meantime please try not to worry, as we are determined to ensure that all of our students' hard work will continue to be recognised through this process.
Start of Spring Term
From 4th January, all lessons, for all students, will be delivered online as was the case in the final week of term in December. As before, all lessons will be delivered live, at the time they appear on students’ timetables.
All support functions will continue to operate and will be available remotely to all students. You can check how to contact the various support departments on the link below.
January exams scheduled for Cambridge Technical and BTEC subjects - updated 6 January
Following much consideration and discussion we have decided that the only responsible thing to do in the current circumstances is to cancel the January exams scheduled for Cambridge Technical and BTEC subjects.
We appreciate that anxieties will remain about what will replace these exams and understand that this will be disappointing and distressing for many of our students who have been working hard to prepare for these assessments but we have made this decision in the context of high rates of Covid 19 infection, a more transmissable Covid strain and a national lockdown.
There may be opportunities for students to take the examinations later in the year but we do not yet have confirmation of this and will need to wait for further guidance from Government agencies and exam awarding bodies before we can provide further information. Please be assured that we will share this information with students, parents and carers as soon as we are able to.
We are continuing to conduct guidance interviews for applicants and for the majority of students for the foreseeable future these will be conducted online via video conferencing software. You will be contacted with a date, time and log in details for your guidance interview.
If you have any questions regarding your application to the College or your interview please contact the Admissions team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in a Boarding place at the College please contact the Admissions team.