Current Students

COVID-19 UPDATE

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 cedar@stokesfc.ac.uk stating your name, student ID and date of birth.

If you have any questions about returning back to College we may have answered this already on our College Mobilisation and Risk Assessment Frequently Asked Questions page. If your answer is not here, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

reporting a covid-19 absence

Under no circumstances must you come into college if you display any symptoms of COVID-19 or are at home with anyone who is showing any symptoms

Please inform the College immediately of any COVID-19 related absence. This could be for some of the following reasons:

  • You or a member of your family/bubble are displaying symptoms
  • You or a member of your family/bubble have been tested for COVID-19 and you are awaiting results
  • You or a member of your family/bubble have been contacted by the Government Track and Trace team and have been instructed to self-isolate
  • You can inform the College of any COVID-19 related absence by emailing covid@stokesfc.ac.uk.

To report a non COVID-19 related absence please to use the main student absence line on 01782 854203.

For further guidance on reporting a COVID-19 absence, click here.

covid-19 update

As Autumn/Winter approaches and we spend more time indoors it is vital that we all play our part to avoid a second peak.

Please watch this video below from the Hands, Face, Space campaign which highlights the risk in simple, everyday interactions.

changes to timetables

  • ALL students will now be following an adjusted timetable creating TWO distinct bubbles of students.
  • ALL students will follow a timetable allocating you to attend either morning or afternoon lessons ONLY.
  • Students will attend up to four 45 minutes lessons each day (AM or PM as allocated).
  • The earliest start time of any timetabled lesson will remain as 8.45 am.
  • The latest finish time for any timetabled lessons will be 4.25 pm.
  • Lunchtime will be from 12.00 pm-1 pm for all students (however we expect this time will also be used for students who are leaving after and arriving for their allocated AM or PM timetable).
  • These changes will be reviewed at October Half Term, by which time our new extension opens with additional classrooms and allows for further social distancing.

If you require any assistance with logging into Cedar, please email cedar@stokesfc.ac.uk

why have we implemented these changes?

The Sixth Form College has been planning for such scenarios since the closure of schools and colleges. Following recent local and national guidance the College has taken the decision to implement these changes to timetables now to minimise potential disruption to teaching and learning later in the academic year. These changes will also help to:

  • Reduce the amount of people within the building at any given time.
  • Reduce footfall in communal and social spaces within the building, allowing all staff and students to maintain a 2m social distance where possible.
  • Allow where possible fewer students in a classroom.
  • Allow for the college and all students to be prepared to continue to access lessons and staff in college each week in the event of a local or national lockdown.
  • This adjusted timetable model allows students to have regular contact with their teachers and for a blended learning approach to study to continue.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP TO ENSURE YOU GET THE BEST TEACHING & LEARNING EXPERIENCE?

Although lessons and direct contact time within the classroom have been reduced, all students will continue to receive up to 4.5 hours of education for each subject studied each week. All students will continue to follow a blended learning approach to their studies which will include:

  • Three 45 minute lessons in the building for EACH subject you study.
  • Assignments and tasks will be set by your teachers for you to complete from home.
  • Completing independent study outside of timetabled lessons (we recommend 4 hours per subject each week), your teachers will be able to support you in completing this.

To ensure you receive the best support to achieve your full potential we also ask that you:

  • Follow your timetable from Monday 7th September and only come into college for lessons.
  • We understand that some students may need to be in college the full day, spending half the day in lessons and the other half in the LRC completing Independent study – this will be allowed however, LRCs will be prioritised for students who are unable to work effectively from home and/or are vulnerable learners.
  • Plan your journey into College to ensure you are able to attend all lessons on time. There are many ways you can travel into college including public transport, walking or cycling (the college has secure bike sheds), getting dropped off and picked up someone in your social bubble. For students opting for public transport, the link below is a great tool to plan your journey by bus or train www.travelinemidlands.co.uk

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP TO KEEP OUR COLLEGE AND COMMUNITY SAFE?

We fully understand that some students and their families may feel a little anxious about starting somewhere new as well as adjusting to some form of ‘new normality’ but we would like to reassure students and parents that we are doing everything within our power to ensure you will be entering a safe and secure building. Coronavirus is still with us so when starting at the Sixth Form College we are asking that all students:

YOU MUST:

  • 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. Hand sanitiser, tissues and wipes are available in all classrooms and throughout the building for students to use.
  • Pay close attention to important notices around the building and in Reception as you arrive and leave the building.
  • In class, students will sit in the same place and next to the same person in every lesson for that subject. Where there are small numbers of students in a classroom, students will be able to spread out.
  • 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.
  • Follow the one-way system is in operation around the building.
  • Students will be able to stay in their classroom over break and lunchtime, and those who have lessons in the Science Centre will make use of the college refectory.

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 is ok.
  • 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 for lunch breaks or other purposes at this stage.

covid-19 implications

  • Measures are in place to support social distancing and additional measures are in place where distancing is less than two metres, for example wearing face coverings on the college mini-bus.
  • In class, students will sit in the same place and next to the same person every lesson for that subject.
  • Where there are small numbers of students in a classroom, students will be able to spread out.
  • Hand sanitiser, tissues and wipes are available in all classrooms for students to use as they wish.  Hand sanitiser stations will be located in every corridor.
  • Students will be able to stay in their classroom over break and lunchtime, and those who have lessons in the Science Centre will make use of the college refectory.  
  • It is now mandatory for students to wear a face mask and/or face shield when they are in the college building.
  • A one-way system is in operation.
  • Pinch points like door handles are being minimised by wedging doors open for example.
  • Additional cleaning is taking place throughout the day.

The risk assessment is available here and is regularly updated.  Please make recommendations on how we can continue to ensure the college is COVID Secure.

If you have any other questions we may have answered this already on our College Mobilisation and Risk Assessment Frequently Asked Questions page. If your answer is not here, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Further Information

We continue to follow the latest government guidance. Please continue to check the College website and your emails on a regular basis for updates.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Yours sincerely,
Mark Kent
Principal

HELP!?

If you are unsure what course you think you should choose or what career you would like to aspire towards then contact Admissions:

E: admissions@stokesfc.ac.uk