Coronavirus Update

Reporting symptoms and a positive covid-19 test

You should notify us using the online absence reporting form of all COVID-19 absences as soon as possible. (Please note there is no longer a separate system for COVID-19 sickness reporting)

Keeping safe

The government has removed remaining domestic restrictions in England, however, there are still steps you can take to reduce the risk of catching and spreading COVID-19:

  • Get vaccinated
  • Let fresh air in if meeting indoors, or meet outside
  • Consider wearing a face covering in crowded, enclosed spaces
  • Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms, and stay at home if positive

Updates

February 2022

There is no longer a legal requirement for people with coronavirus (COVID-19) infection to self-isolate, however if you have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19 or a positive test result, the public health advice is to stay at home and avoid contact with other people. Staff and students are advised to follow this guidance.

20 January 2022

The government made an announcement yesterday that from today, 20 January 2022, face coverings will no longer be required in classrooms or other teaching spaces such as workshops. The wearing of masks must continue in communal areas until 27 January 2022.

Staff and students should still be testing twice a week using lateral flow tests that the College is providing. Visit the NHS website for current guidance on self-isolation.

The College will be using this funding to benefit students aged 16 to 19 in English, Mathematics and other subjects that have been disrupted, including vocational and academic learning.

Students have been selected based upon the eligibility criteria associated with the fund, specifically that they:

  • have not achieved at least a grade 4 or 5 in English and/or Mathematics

or

  • have a grade 4 or above in English and/or Mathematics and are from an economically disadvantaged background (defined as students from the 27% most economically deprived areas of the country based on the index of multiple deprivation)

Eligible students will benefit from additional tuition in small groups (of between two and five students – up to seven in exceptional circumstances) in a range of ways:

  • Additional tuition in GCSE and Functional Skills Mathematics and English to develop essential skills and knowledge in these subjects
  • Additional tuition for examination success in courses for which any final assessments involve formal examination, focusing upon effective revision and examination technique
  • Additional tuition in vocational/technical courses which involve specialist technical skills via access to and use of specialist equipment/resources/facilities
  • Further bespoke tuition based upon identified student needs

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