The situation regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) changes on a regular basis. Even though restrictions have largely lifted in England, we are still encouraging our students to take precautions to restrict the spread of COVID-19.
Any updates about how this affects the college, our students, visitors and any community users will be available to view here on the website. Parents and students will also be emailed directly.
Over the course of the pandemic, the response required from the education providers has varied in line with the different stages set by the government. College staff have worked hard to maintain as safe a learning environment as possible by adherence to government guidance and the implementation of additional safety measures. At the present time the focus of the government’s strategy is on baseline control measures which has seen the vast majority of control measures reduced and only testing where outbreaks are causing severe disruption and operational issues.
From 1st April the Government implemented what is hoped will be the final phase in its strategy for living with Covid. From this time all testing, both asymptomatic and symptomatic, has ended for the general public.
There is new national guidance for people who have symptoms of respiratory infections including COVID-19 and/or a positive test result. This can be accessed here.
In accordance with revised guidance, the following advice is provided to the parents and carers of students attending College, regarding actions to take if your young person is feeling unwell:
- Students with mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, or mild cough, who are otherwise well, should continue to attend College.
- Students who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and where possible avoid contact with other people. They can come back to College when they no longer have a high temperature and they are well enough.
- If your young person has a positive COVID-19 test result they should try to stay at home and where possible avoid contact with other people for 3 days after the day they took the test. The risk of passing the infection on to others is much lower after 3 days if they feel well and do not have a high temperature.
- Adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days.
- Students attending College who live with someone who has a positive COVID-19 test result should continue to attend as normal.
If your young person is unable to attend College due to ill health please call 02380 514777 to report this to the absence line.
Whilst the College is working in accordance with current guidance to education settings we will be maintaining measures such as ventilation of rooms, encouraging hand washing and providing access to hand sanitisers.
Young people over the age of 16 can now access their COVID vaccination at walk-in centres across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. No booking is required and you don’t need to be accompanied by an adult or have permission from an adult if you are aged 16 or 17.
For more information about booking a vaccination, please visit the NHS website.
covid catch up funding
05.02.2021 by Paul Swindale – Principal
Following the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent closure of education establishments, the government issued an amount of catch-up funding to support with closing gaps in learning.
In deciding how to allocate this funding we have considered many factors to ensure the money is spent in ways which can have the biggest impact on those students who have significantly missed out. We have prioritised catch-up provision to be delivered by staff at the college in the first instance as we believe that they are in the best position to implement these strategies with the students they know and have built relationship with.
Our proposal for the use of funding can be found below.