How will learning be delivered from September?

Whilst Government social distancing guidelines remain at 1-2m, learning will be delivered either onsite, online or a mix of both with learners and staff being split into two groups – A or B. All English and Maths classes will be delivered online. College staff will confirm individual onsite and online attendance details during enrolment and induction. These details will specify an arrival time, designated entrance, room details or log-in details for online learning. If learners have any queries about attendance expectations then they should in the first instance contact their tutor, teacher, assessor or officer.

Why will we be split into 2 groups?

Learners and College staff with be split into 2 groups to minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distance. The groups will achieve staggered starts with groups being split for onsite attendance. Teaching rooms and workshops will be set to half capacity and all chairs with wheels removed where possible.

What equipment will I need?

To be able to study effectively online you will need access to IT resources such as a good laptop/PC and internet access. We know that not everyone has access to their own laptop or reliable internet and we will seek to provide support through loan of equipment wherever possible.

In addition some of our courses require specific equipment and / or clothing. This information will have been during interview.

What steps is the College taking to protect learners, staff and our community?

The College has remained open and maintained a Covid secure site throughout the pandemic period. The Government requirements below will be fully in place prior to enrolment and remain in place as long as is required.


  1. Minimising contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend the setting.
  2. Ensuring all learners and staff clean hands thoroughly, more often than usual.
  3. Ensuring good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.
  4. Undertaking enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard products such as detergents and bleach.
  5. Minimising contact between individuals and maintaining social distance.
  6. Where necessary, wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).

    Response to any infection:
  7. Engaging with the NHS Test and Trace process.
  8. Managing confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19).
  9. Containing any outbreak by following local health protection team advice.

Numbers 7 to 9 will be followed in every case.

How is the college going to be Covid-19 secure and what social distancing methods have been put in place?

The College has established a detailed risk assessment. This current risk assessment has informed the multiple social distancing precautions which are in place to ensure students and staff who are using the facilities can maintain social distancing. The risk assessment is regularly reviewed against government guidance, and staff and learner feedback. Currently measures include:

  • Staggering arrival and departure times.
  • Using markings to ensure one-way flow at entry and exit points and using floor tape to mark areas to ensure students and staff maintain social distancing.
  • Providing additional hand sanitiser points.
  • Modifying toilet access.
  • All seating has been removed in any areas where people can congregate.
  • A stringent College cleaning programme is in place.
  • Seeking to increase natural ventilation.
  • Restricting access to some areas.

Can I wear a face mask or a covering when I come to College?

Yes. The College supports those learners who wish to wear a face mask or a covering when onsite.

Disposable face masks must be disposed of in red bins which are placed at entrances throughout the College and reusable face coverings must be stored in sealed bags (provided by the learner) at all times if not being worn.

Do I have to wear a face mask or a covering on public transport?

Wherever possible people should continue to avoid public transport and walk, cycle or drive, but for some people this may not be an option. If you do need to use public transport, it is currently the law that everyone must wear a face covering when travelling in England. For more guidance please click here.


What has the College done about toilets?

Following risk assessment it has been deemed not possible to achieve social distancing in College toilets. Therefore toilets have been adapted to have latches on the main entry door so as to only allow one user at any one time. Urinals are being covered so that male toilets will be cubicle use only. Disabled toilets are also available. Toilets that have not been adapted have been locked. Hand sanitiser points have also been established outside of all toilets in use.


What should I do if I think I have Covid-19 symptoms?

Learners must stay at home if they have symptoms or have tested positive for Covid-19 and follow current Government advice which can be found here.

What if I become ill at college?

Learners who become ill at college will be chaperoned to, supervised and isolated in a dedicated room and seek to avoid contact with others. A nominated parent, guardian or carer must collect the learner without delay after contact from the College. If the learner is safe and able to travel home independently (avoiding public transport) then they will asked to exit by the nearest point to their mode of transport.

What is the College doing to ensure that it follows the NHS test and trace process?

All staff and learners will be made aware of the NHS test and trace service. If a member of staff or a learner develops symptoms, they must continue to follow the rules to self-isolate with other members of their household and order a test to find out if they have coronavirus. They must not enter the College and they must inform the College the results of the test. More information can be found here.

I’m feeling really anxious about the current situation, is there anyone to talk to?

During term time if you are finding things particularly difficult and feel you need someone to talk to, our counselling team can help. Contact the counselling team directly on 023 8091 1127 or 07535 056854 or by emailing them here.