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COLLEGE UPDATE (June 24th)

From: Dr Paul Phillips CBE, Principal and Chief Executive

We know that this is a difficult time for many of you. So, I wanted to personally reassure you that the health, welfare and safety of our students, staff and partners is still the number one priority for the College.

While online learning will continue for all students, the College now has a phased reopening plan, which follows the advice and guidance from both the Government and the Department for Education to minimise the risk of infection as much as possible. This started from Monday 15th June.

Here’s our current plan with some useful FAQs:

 

Remainder of 2019/20 Academic Year (June 15th – July 3rd 2020)

What have you done to prepare the campuses for re-opening?

Your wellbeing and safety are our absolute priority, and no-one will be required to come onto campus if they feel unsafe.

Here’s what we have been doing to make our campuses safe for your return:

  • Social distancing: we have put in place a number of measures, including a one-way system in corridors and classrooms/workshops have been redesigned.
  • Cleaning regimes with cleaners on site all day.

Take a look at my announcement which will help give you the full picture (Add Film) Who’s coming back to campus first?

The College will be adopting a phased approach with only parts of specific campuses being opened.

The first phase will be:

  • Vulnerable learners and the children of critical workers.
  • Learners/apprentices who need to complete assessments to achieve the key qualifications they need to progress to their next stage.

We will contact learners directly should they fall into one of these priority groups. This contact will come from the learner’s faculty and will include helpful guidelines and details on what the learner will need to do when on a learner campus. Please do not attend college unless specifically invited to do so and if you have been asked to attend, please only do so on the day/s time/s you have been given.

Find out about specific programmes here:

Full-time ages 16-19 and adult learners - with adapted or delayed assessments
Part-time 16-19 aged and adult learners - with adapted or delayed assessments
Level 3 final year full time students (other than A Level) - with calculated centre assessments (e.g. BTEC Extended Diploma etc.)
Sixth Form (A Level)
Students with SEND/Additional Needs
Level 1 and 2 one-year full-time students - with calculated centre assessments
Level 3 (other than A Levels) in the first year of their full-time two-year programme
GCSE maths and English resit
Functional skills maths and English
Adult part time learners with calculated centre assessments
Apprentices due to complete their EPA or final framework assessments in the current academic year
Apprentices due to complete their EPA or final framework assessments in the next academic year
What if I am not in phase 1?
I feel anxious about coming back to campus, what can I do?
When will I receive my results?

New learners joining us in September 2020

I have been offered a place for September, what happens next?
How will I receive information about college and my programme?
What is Microsoft Teams and Virtual Bridging Programmes?
When will I start at college?
Specific update for those joining the Sixth Form (A Levels) in 2020
Students with SEND/Additional Needs

New academic year: 2020/21 Academic Year (September 7th – July 9th 2021)

The College is very much planning to be fully open in September providing an environment that has the health and safety of our learners and staff as its highest priority.

We will continue to follow government guidelines and maintain robust and rigorous measures an environment that not only meets guidelines, but that feel safe, happy and supports learning.

We are in the process of finalising our curriculum delivery model, but we anticipate it to:

  • Have a focus on blended learning (split of classroom and online learning)
  • Learners to be in college as much as is feasible and safe to do so with class sizes smaller than previous
  • Continuous access to support services both face-to-face and online.

More information will be released soon, but we can assure you that we are extremely confident that we will continue to provide the outstanding learning experience Weston College is associated with.

And finally, I would like to thank everyone for their continued hard work and dedication to their education.

Via its digital infrastructure Weston College has remained ‘open’ during this difficult time and that unlike some other schools and Colleges across the country we are seeing extremely high-levels of attendance and engagement.

I am extremely proud of you all – it still continues to be our mission to provide you with the essential skills and qualifications to create your brighter future….

Take care and stay safe.

Dr Paul Phillips

Principal and Chief Executive, Weston College Group

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