Important updates for students
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Update on Covid testing for the Autumn Term (Sept 10th 2021)
Staff and Students can pick up home test kits from the main reception at our Queens Drive or North Star campuses. Cases in Swindon are currently rising, so we strongly encourage everyone to test regularly in order to help protect our College and wider community.
Based on the latest government guidance, we do not need to alert students to positive cases within their classes. It is therefore essential for everyone's safety that students and staff continue to test regularly. We will inform of an outbreak (5 cases or 10% of a class).
The college is no longer required to inform close contacts by name, this is now done by NHS test and trace based on the information provided by the positive case. If you receive a message to get a PCR test please isolate until you have the PCR test result.
The advice given is to continue to take a lateral flow test at home twice a week if you are double jabbed you do not need to self-isolate if the results are negative.
If you test positive, students should inform the absence line and staff should inform HR and your line manager.
Update on Covid testing for College return (July 14th 2021)
The College will be following Government guidance for education establishments and will be planning and providing onsite COVID testing of staff and 16-18 students across both campuses for their return in September. Further communication will be emailed to students later in the Summer.
In the meantime, please continue to use the bi-weekly Lateral Flow Tests throughout the break; it is probable that this will continue for the first term.
We hope you all have a good and relaxing Summer break; all of us have earned a well-deserved break after this challenging year.
Update on face coverings (May 14th 2021)
You will have heard that the Government has recently announced that the wearing of face coverings in schools and colleges will no longer be a requirement from Monday May 17th although they are still recommending staff wear face coverings in communal areas.
The wearing of face coverings in communal areas and classrooms/workshops over the past weeks has been extremely helpful in supporting our success in avoiding outbreaks and preventing significant numbers of students or staff from having to self-isolate. Along with home testing and increasing numbers of staff and adult students being vaccinated, we all welcome things starting to feel more stable. This is particularly important as, unlike schools, we are not able to maintain ‘bubbles’ to limit contact and on May 17th we welcome back all our ‘year one’ students for full-time face to face teaching.
Therefore, although it is no longer a Government requirement, we would like to continue to encourage and recommend the wearing of face coverings in all areas of the College by students and staff after May 17th and to continue to encourage social distancing of 1m+ in all areas. We will keep it under review over the next few weeks and take account of feedback from staff and students over the next couple of weeks.
Statement on remote learning (January 15th 2021)
The College moved to remote learning for most students on January 5th, excepting a small group of vulnerable students and young people of key workers, during this period of national lockdown.
We completely understand the uncertainty and frustration that many of our students (and the parents of our 16-18 students), are feeling at the prospect of an indefinite period of completely remote learning and with no clear examination and assessment process in place for the Summer as yet. Our primary considerations are: to ensure that we continue to provide effective and continuous learning; provide the best possible support, resources and encouragement for you all; and look after your health and well being. We are therefore committed to providing a full and engaging student learning experience whilst ensuring that we achieve a sense of balance for all students.
For our 16-18 students, we have already been delivering a Week A/Week B classroom/remote learning model since the beginning of September, so we have already expanded, improved and developed our online and remote teaching and learning provision over several months. We believe that we are therefore significantly ahead of other Colleges and 6th forms in this respect so moving to 100% online delivery is not a challenge for us. We are confident that our students will reap the advantages and benefits of this and will ultimately be in a very good place for achievement and onward progression after this academic year. We will continue to invest times, resources and effort into ensuring that we can deliver the very best provision for our learners.
Please read our complete statement on remote learning.
Hands. Face. Space
The government message has now changed as we must continue to protect each other and remember to wash your hands, cover your face and make space to control the virus.
Information letter for parents from Public Health England (PHE)
Public Health England have produced a letter for schools/colleges PHE - Letter to parents and guardians (PDF, 111KB) to distribute to parents which explains when a person requires a coronavirus test and what the symptoms of coronavirus are. The intention of the letter is to help prevent children being taken out of school/college unnecessarily and answer some of the questions parents may have around testing.
Information for all daytime students (excluding Access/HE)
Term started for all daytime students on Monday 7th September.
Information for students and parents (PDF, 154KB). An email with this information was also sent to all daytime students on Friday 4th September.
There are also useful instructions on how to use Microsoft Teams for online lessons on the College Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) in the section on IT and VLE Induction.
Sodexo - Our catering supplier has produced information about their health and safety procedures:
- Preparing for a safe return to school in September (PDF, 121KB)
- Safe return to school (Infographic) (PDF, 455KB)