Please note email, Cedar and the College website and social media will be our ONLY forms of direct communication for updates on COVID-19 to students and their families. Please check these platforms regularly for the latest updates from the College.
You can inform the College of any changes to your contact details via your Cedar portal or by emailing email@example.com stating your name, student ID and date of birth.
We hope you are all keeping well and staying safe. We’d like to thank all students for the way you have responded to the closure of the College due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You have adapted to these unprecedented times in a mature and sensible manner while doing your very best to continue to engage in learning with the support of college staff from home.
Phased and gradual re-opening of the College to Year 1 students
Over the last couple of weeks, the College has been busy planning our response to the Government’s announcement to reopen the College to more students over the coming weeks and we are now in a position to be able to share these plans with Year 1 students and their families.
Firstly, we’d like to reassure you all that our focus as a college remains providing the best possible learning experience for students, keeping you safe and motivated with the support of the whole college community.
Our ambition for re-opening the college to more students is for all Year 1 students to have access to outstanding teaching and learning which will enable you to make good progress in your learning and skills development. This will involve a mixture of classes in college and from home.
Below is an outline plan of how we plan to reopen the College to more students over the coming weeks:
W/C 22nd June
(until Friday 10th July)
- Students will continue to attend College on your two identified days each week and will follow your usual timetable for that day.
- Students who do not have a tutorial on their timetable for their allocated day in College will also attend an alternative tutorial slot where key updates and information will be shared with students.
- All students are to follow your usual timetable online for the rest of the week from home until the end of term.
- Students who are unable to come into college on your allocated day each week will still need to follow your timetable online from home.
- This arrangement will continue until the end of term on Friday 10th July when all lessons (both online and in the building) will finish for the summer break.
- In addition Progress Coaches will continue to contact some students to invite you into College to work independently in the LRCs to support you in continuing to make progress in your studies.
- The College opening time for students this week is 8am to 5pm Monday-Friday.
We fully understand that some students and their families may feel a little anxious about returning to College and some form of ‘new normality’ but we would like to reassure students that we are doing everything within our power to ensure you will be entering a safe and secure building upon your return. Coronavirus is still with us so when returning to the College building we ask that:
- Pay particular attention to hand washing and hygiene advice, washing your hands when you first arrive in College and using hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day
- Pay close attention to important notices around the building and in Reception as you arrive and leave the building.
- Ensure that you observe social distancing measures at all times, both in choosing where to sit and work, and when moving around the College building.
You MUST NOT:
- Bring any form of Latex based PPE (protective equipment such as gloves) into College. We have members of our college community who have severe allergies that pose a significant risk to their health. None Latex PPE if ok.
- Invite any external visitors to site or hold any meetings without proper space for social distancing
- Gather anywhere in the building for social purposes. Government advice about social distancing applies in all settings, so it would not be acceptable for students or staff to gather on for lunch breaks or other purposes at this stage.
- Come into college under any circumstances if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or are at home with anyone who is showing any symptoms. Please remember that a fever, persistent cough, shortness of breath and/or loss of taste/smell are symptoms that require you to self-isolate.
You may want to consider:
- Wearing a suitable face mask or face covering when travelling to work, using (safely) any public transport you choose to use, and when in circulation spaces within College. Face masks may provide some safeguards against the spread of COVID-19 in spaces where social distancing cannot be easily maintained.
- Take time outside of the College building for lunch and other breaks, making sure that you follow advice about use of screens and workstation safety with the difficulties of space within the building.
- Ensuring that you have food and drink for the day. At this stage there will be limited food and drink options in the building and some local food outlets also remain closed.
Our College Mission of ‘A caring community, delivering excellence and inspiring futures’ has lead the way in how the College community has responded throughout the Coronavirus pandemic and as we move into out planned and gradual reopening to more students all staff and students will play have a role in ensuring our unique community spirit and our core values and believes return to building as more students return to learning in a classroom environment. We therefore ask that when return to the College you:
- Only come into the college building on your allocated day and/or when arranged to do so with your Progress Coach (if coming into the building to study independently)
- Continue to uphold the College values and beliefs, and support and respect each other at all times
- Continue to follow your timetable either in the building (on your allocated day) or from home/online learning for all other days.
Please take some time to complete the Cedar Survey to inform the College if they are able to attend College one day per week and to let us know of any concerns they may have in relation to returning to the College to study.
The College will ensure that:
- Students return to the College in small numbers to start with to allow classes to take place with appropriate social distancing
- A blended learning experience is our priority so that students can continue to make progress both from home and in the building
- All safety measures are put into place to create a COVID Secure building for all staff and students
If you have any questions about the plan for re-opening, and how it affects you, please contact your Progress Coach.
We will continue to update you with information about the gradual reopening of the Sixth Form College to more students over the coming days and weeks. In the meantime please check Cedar and the College website and Social Media for more information.
College Mobilisation and Risk Assessment
The college has remained open for staff and vulnerable students following the lockout request issued by the Government in March. These plans are about increasing the number of college staff and secondly students, who are working from the college building.
Please find our Risk Assessment and Frequently Asked Questions documents below:
As released from Ofqual shortly before the Easter break, students final grades will be awarded based on a Centre Assessed Grade (CAG) which will be suggested by the college and confirmed and authorised by exam boards externally.
Unfortunately, the College and teachers are bound by strict confidentiality rules NOT to discuss or reveal students Centre Assessed Grades. We fully understand that these are unprecedented times and it may be a very stressful time for students but we ask that you do not contact your teachers to find out or discuss your CAG under any circumstances. Please be reassured that the College continues to do everything we can to support you to achieve your full potential.
We are still awaiting final clarification from the Government and Ofqual on some points, these include:
- Resits (for all qualifications) – A national process is still to be agreed. Please watch this space for more information.
- BTEC External assessments – the results for external assessments that were completed in last year or in January 2020 have been pre-entered for each student on Edexcel online.
- BTEC Internally assessed units – Teachers will continue to work with students to support the completion of outstanding internal assessments as soon as possible for courses that will complete/certificate in the summer.
As soon as the college has further clarification on these points we will communicate these to students and families.
continuing Learning From Home
Students are being advised on what resources you will need to continue learning from home. Students can help by doing the following:
- Making sure you have access to learning materials on MySFC and/or Google classroom for each subject, and talking to our progress coach team if there is an issue with access to a computer or the internet from home.
- Making sure there is somewhere quiet to work at home. We will be providing learning materials for each subject, each week, to mirror the work that would be completed in class and through independent study.
- Students and parents with any concerns with learning from home or examinations and assessment are asked to contact their Progress Coach via email.
We are committed to ensuring students are not placed at a disadvantage and have access to funds to cover their allowance for Free School Meals. We are continuing to pay students who are entitled to free meals on a fortnightly basis with an allowance in line with Government instruction.
Our advice to students and staff with suppressed immune systems or specific ongoing health conditions is to seek medical advice. They and their families will know best how to stay safe but we will support these groups as best as we can, taking into account advice from the NHS 111 service and government websites.
We cannot predict how the situation will unfold in the days and weeks to come but we will continue to communicate our decisions clearly and quickly to minimise the impact of any disruption. Please continue to check the College website and your emails on a regular basis for updates from the College.
Thank you in advance for your support.