Re-opening College – June 2020

Dear Parents/Carers and Students,

As you may be aware the Government has advised that Colleges should begin to reopen from Monday 15th June in a phased capacity in order to ensure the health and safety of students and staff.  I am now able to share with you our plans for reopening.

The Government has indicated that some face-to-face contact can take place with students from the 15th June but that remote learning is to continue as the main method of delivery for the remainder of this academic year.  The directive is that we can accommodate at most 25% of our Year 1 Level 3 cohort on the college site at any one time.  We also need to ensure that we adhere to the 2m social distance rule in and around the college as well as in teaching rooms.  In order to achieve this, we have installed a one way system around the college and also reduced the capacity in each teaching room.

Responses from the student survey and progress information from teachers would indicate that remote learning is working well for a large number of students.  We do appreciate that it has been more challenging for some and not all students have made the progress that would be expected if in college receiving face-to-face contact and support from teachers and our pastoral teams.  We therefore will be targeting those students who are not making the expected progress to attend college as well as those who have not been fully engaging online.  Teachers will be contacting students directly to arrange a time when they need to be in college.  

In the last week of term we will also be inviting some students in for re-enrolment interviews so we can ensure you know with certainty what your study programme for September 2020 will be. Therefore it is important that you are able to access face-to-face support at this time.

The following table details the timescales and the type of activity that will take place:

15th - 19th June & 22nd - 26th June College open to students for targeted face-to-face support/small groups (Teachers will be contacting students directly to arrange a time when they need to be in college). Remote learning to continue.
29th June - 7th JulyRe-enrolment interviews conducted where necessary.


Teachers will be contacting students directly as to when they need to come into college. Please only come in on the days / times your teachers have requested you to. 

If you have been facing any barriers to working from home, we will also provide options for students to come in and work independently (e.g. in the Study Centre), but we need to allocate you a time slot to ensure appropriate social distancing is maintained.

If you need access to independent study space, please email the Progress Mentors at to explain the issues you are facing and when you would like to come in. Please only come in once you receive a reply confirming the days / times that you have been allocated a space.

Travelling to college

We would ask students to avoid or minimise the use of public transport and instead cycle, walk or come by car (not sharing lifts with anyone outside of your household) to college.  For some students this may not be possible but with the late start to the timetable, travelling time should avoid peak times.

For PC1/PC2 users, please contact if you are required to come into college or request to come into college so that your travel arrangements can be discussed individually.

If your transport is usually supported by your college bursary and you need assistance with public transport costs should you have no other option please also contact

Catering Facilities in College

At the present time we will be offering a “Grab n Go” service only in our college canteen 9am – 3:30pm. A selection of sandwiches, pasta pots, sausage rolls etc. There will be no full hot meal provision at lunchtimes, as we are unable to safely manage social distancing in the area if it were operating as normal.  Students and staff will be required to respect social distancing when queueing and to follow instructions from Caterlink staff when collecting drinks made behind the counter/making payment.

We can only accept contactless or free meal card payments and vending machines at this time have been taken out of action.

Safety Rules Whilst at College

  • Only come in where you have been asked to or provided with a time slot. Arrive and leave promptly.
  • You must follow the one way system in place at all times. Clear signage will be in place. In some cases you will need to leave the building and re-enter elsewhere. Do not take short cuts.
  • Respect others - maintain a 2m distance from other students and staff at all times.
  • Wash your hands regularly or use hand sanitiser. Avoid touching anything you don’t need to.
  • We are not asking students and staff to wear face masks, but you can if that makes you feel safer.

SEND / LDD students

We will be communicating directly with SEND Parents/Carers in terms of the operation of the timetable for those courses and transport requirements.

We appreciate that these have been challenging times but we are looking forward to welcoming students back in a reduced capacity and our intention is to see you all over the coming weeks for face-to-face contact before the end of the academic year.


Yours sincerely,




Simon Barrable

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