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School and College reopening - latest updates

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This information was last updated on Friday 12th June 2020 at 1:34pm

We plan to begin reopening the College from Monday 15th June.

However, that reopening will be small and gradual. Our top priority will be to keep our students, your loved ones, and our staff safe.

We will do this by keeping the number of students and staff in college to a minimum and for the shortest time possible. Group sizes will be small. We will stagger start and finish times to avoid our staff and students who use public transport travelling at peak times. And we will use our campuses where parking is easiest. At all times we will be following the latest government guidance on the on-going pandemic and its implications for education.

Which students will we open for?

To keep everyone safe we will not be able to welcome back every student.

For those we can’t we continue to provide a broad offer of online learning, tutor support, and set projects.

Those students we are inviting to come back are:

  • Students who need a practical assessment to complete their course and get a job or progress to the next step of their education.
  • Students who are coming back to us next year and who may need help to get ready for next year. These will include:
    • Level 3 year 1 (Year 12) vocational students who will complete a summer based bridging project linked to a unit of study for year 2 in many areas.
    • Level 3 year 1 (Year 12) A level students will be carrying out bridging activities over a two-week period, both in college and online. This will begin w/c 15th June.
  • This bridging provision will be a broad offer of online learning, online Teams workshops, and set projects. Some students will return early in August to begin some element of their second year as part of bridging.

Vulnerable students who need the educational and welfare benefits of college life or who may be safer in college than elsewhere. You will know if your child falls into this category. We have been open and available to these students throughout.

If your child is required to come into college they will be contacted directly by their faculty area after half term (from the 1st June) and invited into specific sessions.

Your child should only come to college if and when they are told to do so.

If your child does not fall into one of these categories then it does not mean they are not important to us.

It does mean that we think that when things become more normal we will have time to help them catch up with the learning they have lost. Right now, the best thing they can do is to continue to work with their tutors online. This will help them return to college successfully when we reopen.

Which sites will be open and when?

The campuses we plan to open for students are:

Phased campus reopening schedule
Campus Subject/course area Date from (week commencing)
Campus: Basford Subject/course area: Construction/Built Environment Date from (week commencing): w/c 15th June
Campus: Clarendon Subject/course area: Initial Teacher Education
Catering
Date from (week commencing): w/c 22nd June
Campus: Highfields Subject/course area: Engineering Date from (week commencing): w/c 15th June
Campus: High Pavement Sixth Form Subject/course area: Year 1 Bridging Date from (week commencing): w/c 15th June
Campus: London Road Subject/course area: Motor Vehicle Date from (week commencing): w/c 15th June
Campus: Maid Marian Way Subject/course area: Dental
Pharmacy
Date from (week commencing): w/c 29th June
Campus: Ruddington Subject/course area: Invited apprentices only Date from (week commencing): Open to students from 15th June following the completion of a risk assessment
Campus: Stapleford (Arthur Mee) Subject/course area: Supported Learning (SLDD) Date from (week commencing): We will continue to offer provision for our SEN students

*w/c = Week commencing (subject to change).

Provision will be available for our vulnerable students at each of our open campuses.

Following updated guidance for the awarding body about the requirements for live models we will await further government guidance and will be unlikely to be able to welcome back our hair and beauty students until early July.

When your child comes to college, before they do anything else they will have a specific health and safety briefing to to ensure that they know what they need to do to keep themselves and the people around them safe. All our staff will be required to complete a mandatory safety training module on COVID-19 before they return to work.

Each campus will also have a Senior Leader on site acting as a campus duty manager. They will maintain discipline, monitor new ways of working, ensure best practice is being followed and record any near misses or incidents that may occur so we can learn and continuously improve our safety practices.

Transport to College for students asked to return w/c 15 June.

Back in March when we were locked down we still payed the 30th March and 27th April travel cash payments to students regardless.

We have however, cancelled any remaining travel cash payments (26th May and 22nd June) on the basis that students will not be returning to College as normal for the remainder of this academic year.

From w/c 15th June a very limited number of students will be invited back into College where they need to complete practical assignments to complete their qualification as well as first year A Level students. The curriculum will provide details of these students and travel costs will be looked at retrospectively at the end of the year for eligible students.

Nottingham City Transport will not be returning to a full normal service until 28 June so if you have been invited back into College from the 15 June, please check the bus times before you travel.

Nottingham City Transport have asked that you take a moment to read their Safer Travel Guidance before travelling at https://www.nctx.co.uk/safertravel. Please note that facial coverings will be mandatory on public transport from Monday 15 June. There are exemptions and there is the possibility that those without a facial covering won’t be allowed to travel or incur a fine.

If you travel to college by other public transport, please refer to their websites for further advice.