Many of you will have seen the Prime Minister’s statement on Sunday 10 May 2020. In this statement he explained some of the potential actions we might take as a country, as we emerge from the current set of lockdown measures.
Of note to us, is the signal, that childcare settings, schools and colleges should plan to re-open in a phased way from 1 June 2020. This is the first Monday after what would normally be half term.
In the Prime Minister’s message, he specified a range of year groups. These were transition years for primary settings, and for schools and colleges those thought to be planning to sit exams in the following academic year.
The position for colleges has different complexities to those of schools. The majority of our students do not study two-year programmes with an examination slotted neatly into the summer term of the second year. The types of students, courses and assessment methods are wide ranging. Whilst for schools the vast majority of year 11s and year 13s will achieve their qualifications on the basis of a teacher proposed grade – this will not be the case for a large number of college students; including higher education, apprentices and those students who need a formal assessment of their skills competence, in courses which a large practical content.
We are working hard to put in place plans for a phased return of our students and staff, which will prioritise all of our safety and then those who need our support to achieve their qualifications in the current academic year.
All of this means, it is not yet possible to tell you if you are going to be asked to come back from 1 June. What we can say straight away is that the numbers of people we ask to come back, from that date, will be very small. We will also contact you individually to let you know if it includes you and what special arrangements will be in place.
We will get this information to you not later than Wednesday 22 May 2020.
If you are not contacted by that date, please do not arrive for College on 1 June.
Chief Executive and Principal