We know that these are anxious times for all – the decision to reopen schools and colleges is very contentious. The college has taken a measured approach that protects but also ensures that learners who have found remote learning harder are not left behind during this period. The college will fully comply with all guidance provided by Government. Please find below some frequently asked questions – these will be updated regularly, placed on the college website and also emailed to you. (please ensure your email details are correct by checking on our learner and parent portal -Cedar).


When do you plan to re-open?

15th June in line with all other sixth form colleges in the region – this is to ensure that health & safety measures are fully in place. The health and safety of all staff and students is the overriding priority for the college and it is therefore impossible to open earlier without taking additional risks.  The term is provisionally set to end for students on the 10th July.


Will you be open every day?

Yes, but in a different way. We will offer to individual students the opportunity to book into sessions that will last for three hours. These will focus on academic lessons (A Level), progression advice, wellbeing and 1:1 support.


What will be happening in the 3-hour sessions?

Academic sessions (A Level) are designed for therapy or recovery work based on topics previously covered. Progression sessions give support around employment, applications to university or other next steps. Wellbeing sessions give the opportunity for  individualised support with regards anxiety and stress.


How does my son/daughter book a slot?

Follow this link and instructions on the page.


Will there be a member of the Well-being team and a first aider on site every day?



Do I have to send my son/daughter to college?

No. That is at your personal discretion as remote learning will continue to be the main method for course delivery and support.


What if I am a key worker or my child is classed as vulnerable?

Special arrangements are available for those students who are the children of key workers or who are vulnerable. Please contact to make arrangements.


Will my son/daughter be allowed to stay all day?

No. They must come to their session promptly and then leave directly afterwards. This is to limit the numbers on site and to aid with social distancing measures etc.


Will my son/daughter be allowed to come in when they haven’t booked in?



What are the start and finishing times?

A morning session will be 9:00am – 12noon and an afternoon session will be 1:00pm – 4:00pm


What catering faculties are there?

There will be none; no students will be on site for more than 3 hours at a time. Vending machines will be available but we recommend that refreshments are brought with them. If your child is in receipt of free school meals or bursary meals they will receive payments into the bank as they have been doing.


What happens if my son/daughter has a medical condition or suspected condition?

You should follow the advice as detailed within the government guidance on vulnerable people, and educational settings. 


Can they use social spaces, computer rooms, canteen spaces etc.?

No. They must come to their session promptly and then leave directly afterwards. This is to limit the numbers on site and to aid with social distancing measures etc.


Will transport be provided?

No transport will be provided initially. Government guidance suggests that you should not use public transport. Initially, students will have to be dropped off/walk/cycle. We are looking at the opportunities for transport for future weeks. We are working with local authorities on this – currently they cannot guarantee spaces will be available. More information will be published on our website once available.


Where do I drop off and pick up?

Please use the car park across the road from the college where students usually park.


My son/daughter is happy with remote teaching – do they have to come in?

No. Your son/daughter may be strongly encouraged to attend in person should their teachers believe that they  would benefit from face to face support to catch up and consolidate learning. However, this is at your/their personal discretion and no formal attendance record is being taken during this period.


What happens if they feel ill?

Please ensure that your son/daughter does not attend college if they feel unwell. If they become unwell whilst at college, please advise them to make their teacher aware who will direct them on what to do.


What support is available?

We are offering well-being and progression support as well as the academic therapy and recovery support.


How will the classes be set up?

Classes will comprise no more than 7 learners and one teacher. Desks will be laid out to adhere to social distancing guidelines issued by the government.


Will my son/daughter be at a disadvantage if they don’t come in?

No. The college will look at different ways at supporting them and remote learning is currently working well for the vast majority. Feedback from learners is positive over virtual learning; however, for some, it has not been as effective for a variety of reasons.  We will use all methods at our disposal to support learners who do not feel comfortable coming in and are off track.


I’m worried about my child’s progress

We will be offering a virtual parent’s session. Details have been provided. Remember that our information portal ‘Cedar’ is still operational, and you can see all comments by teachers and academic advocates 24/7 in respect of your child’s progress. You can also e-mail teachers directly. If you do not have access to Cedar currently, or if you need the e-mail address of your child’s teacher, please email


I’m worried about my child’s application to university or employment

Specific on-site sessions are being made available to support learners with regards applications to university/employment. Virtual surgeries will also be held in the next few weeks.


What health and safety measures are you taking?

We are operating a one-way system where possible, with 2 metres social distancing, offering hand sanitiser, soap and water (in toilet areas), wipes in classrooms and PPE. A video is being produced for you and your  son/daughter to view to outline required health and safety measures that should be adhered to on site. Numbers attending college are being kept low by the booking system. Different entrances are being utilised to cut down on concurrent numbers entering and posters will be also be visible around college advising of these measures.


What PPE will there be?

We are ensuring that the college complies with every Government guidance statement regarding health & safety. The safety of our staff and students is our number one priority and, as a consequence, the college has decided to put in place additional requirements, over and above government guidance. Face masks will be available for anyone wishing to wear one (staff and learners). This will be a choice and not enforced. These will be available at the entrances to the college.


Are those who are doing BTECs / vocational courses able to come in for support as well? Or get extra support if they cannot come in?

Students on these courses will get the opportunity to attend before the end of the academic year and more information will be provided at a later date. For now, remote teaching and learning is working effectively for these courses to keep the vast majority on track.


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