We're ready…are you?
Dr Paul Phillips CBE,
Principal & Chief Executive
I am delighted to be welcoming you to Weston College’s 20/21 academic year! We are excited to be able to offer you an outstanding education that will help create your brighter future.
We know that the pandemic has meant a difficult time for many of you. So, I wanted to personally reassure you ahead of the start of term that the health, welfare and safety of our students, staff and partners is the number one priority for the College.
We have put in place a range of measures, processes and approaches to ensure you can safely return to learning at the College in September. We have made a range of adjustments to help ensure that contact between individuals can be minimised and social distancing maintained. The following information is designed to help you understand these and signpost anything you need to know and do to be ready for the new academic year.
For students on Foundation Learning courses, the Faculty of Inclusive Practice will communicate the specific start of term arrangements directly with you as these are slightly different to the below information. Please contact SENDenquires@weston.ac.uk if you have any questions.
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Enrolment – securing your place
For everyone’s safety the College has moved its enrolment process online. The new process is made up of two stages:
Stage 1 – Securing your place
All applicants with an offer have been invited to complete their enrolment and secure their place online. You should have received an invite through the post providing you with your college portal and email log-on details.
To secure your place with us all you need to do is complete all fields in the “My Enrolment” via the eILP link found at the top of our homepage www.weston.ac.uk – can we link direct… if so change text.
Once you have secured your place with us you will receive an email in your Weston College email inbox confirming this. This email address will then act as our means of communicating with you, including details on stage 2.
If you have misplaced or not yet received your log-in details, do not panic. Simply contact our College Information Services department:
- 01934 411481 / firstname.lastname@example.org or
- Talk to them via the Live Chat feature on the College’s homepage www.weston.ac.uk
Stage 2 – Pre-induction appointment
When stage 1 is complete, you will receive an email in the week beginning 10th August to your college email address, this will include an invite for your pre-induction appointment. These will take place remotely between 24th August and 4th September (see timetable below to find out when your appointment will be). These appointments will take place on Microsoft Teams or via phone.
If you have not received your pre-induction appointment by Monday 17th August, or do not have access to any of the below please contact the College Registrar via email@example.com
- Windows PC (Windows 8.1 or 10)
- Mac (Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan or later)
- Mobile Phones/Tablet (Android: Samsung, Windows or iOS: iPhone, iPad - requires iOS 10.0 or later)
- Monday 24th August: 6th Form/Computing & IT/Health & Social Care/Sport
- Tuesday 25th August: 6th Form/Computing & IT/Health & Social Care/Sport
- Wednesday 26th August: 6th Form/Health & Social Care/Sport
- Thursday 27th August: Public Services/Business & Travel/Animal Science/Engineering
- Friday 28th August: Public Services/Business & Travel/Animal Science/Engineering
- Monday 31st August: Bank Holiday - no enrolments
- Tuesday 1st September: Art & Design/Computer Game & Animation/Graphic Design/Media/Performing & Production Arts/Photography/UAL Foundation Diploma Art & Design/Hospitality & Catering/Hair & Beauty
- Wednesday 2nd September: Art & Design/Computer Game & Animation/Graphic Design/Media/Music/Photography/Make-up & Special Effects/UAL Foundation Diploma Art & Design/Hospitality & Catering/Hair & Beauty
- Thursday 3rd September: Brickwork/Electrical/Plumbing/Early Years
- Friday 4th September: Carpentry & Joinery/Civil Engineering/Motor Vehicle/Early Years
If you have any questions or queries about the process you should contact the College’s admissions team:
Before your pre-induction appointment please complete the below – please note that we will include in your pre-induction appointment invite is a ‘How To’ guide to help:
- Complete pre-enrolment if you haven’t already
- Upload a photo
- Upload ID
- Upload GCSE results (for those who will receive results on 20th August, please complete this before your pre-induction appointment)
- Apply for bursary if applicable
- Purchase bus pass via college online shop if required
You will be required to stay within consistent groups for the vast majority of your learning. Here’s how this will work:
- Where possible each pod will receive most of their learning within a base room or learning zone. A learning zone is a cluster of classrooms located close together where all learning will take place. You will be required to stay within your assigned pod and learning zone.
- On arrival to college you should go to your base room/timetabled room in your learning zone.
- Lunch and break times will be staggered within faculty areas and on different campuses to minimise learner contact outside of your learning pod whilst in college.
- Food and drink is available on campus, we have introduced a grab and go service in all Bistros. Provision for learners entitled to free meals will continue.
- Apprentices will stay within a day release pod. Where these infill to a college-based programme they will do so with the same tutor group pod each week.
- Free periods have been removed where possible to reduce unnecessary movement of students
- You will be expected to return home following any block of learning.
Blended learning (face to face and online) will form part of your study programme. You will be expected to complete work outside of your timetabled hours. Online resources will be accessed through Microsoft Teams, which is the platform that the College uses as its virtual learning environment. The induction will introduce you to Microsoft Teams and any other online tools that will be used by your teachers to extend your learning and to deliver any virtual sessions that might form part of your timetable.
- You are encouraged to bring and use your own laptop and tablets at College.
- The College will provide guidance as part of pre-enrolment information on recommended devices for learning and any purchase, loan and bursary support that is available.
- Please remember your personal property is your responsibility and the College cannot take responsibility for anything that is lost, stolen or broken whilst on college premises.
Code of Conduct
The College recognises that many of you may have been out of education for an extended period follow the closure of schools during the lock down period. Induction will be used to help you understand the expected levels of behaviour at the College.
Please be aware of the following expectations and come prepared to adhere to this from your first day at College.
- Wear your ID badge at all times so that you can be identified as a College student.
- Follow the rules about regular handwashing and use the supplied hand sanitiser.
- Maintain the prescribed social distancing of 1m+ from all members of the College community.
- Attend college only for the purposes of attending lessons, accessing planned assessments, accessing a study space or coming to safe space. Being on the College site purely for social purposes is not permitted.
- Follow any signs and directions that are on the College campus – this is VITAL for your own safety.
- Only use the specified entrances and exits.
- Leave College once your period of required attendance is complete and make your way home as quickly and as safely as is possible.
- If you or any of your household show symptoms of coronavirus, you should self-isolate and not come to College.
We have been in regular communication over the last two months with both our transport partners, First Bus and Bakers Dolphin, and can now confirm that services will operate with a few adjustments and guidelines:
- At the time of writing, both First and Bakers Dolphin services are operating at 50% capacity to meet social distancing guidelines. First Bus services will run more frequently to meet demand and the First Bus app has live data on the number of seats available on a service
- You must wear a mask on all services. Without a mask, you will not be permitted to travel.
As in previous years, you will have various options when it comes to College bus passes:
- First Bus 5-day Term mTicket @ £75
- First Bus 7-day Term mTicket @ £115
- Bakers Dolphin 5-day Term Pass @ £75
For apprentices we offer the following:
- First Bus 17-week mTicket @ £115
NB – we operate a three-term academic year – autumn, spring, summer
All information including timetables, how to buy passes can be found at https://www.weston.ac.uk/travelling-to-college
For further information including the requirements for other forms of public transport, please refer to government guidance https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers
All student support services will continue to provide high quality support for learners. Services include:
- Welfare and Pastoral Support Services
- Careers Advice Team
- Student Union
There will be a physical presence at each campus and you can book a 1:1 appointment (can be face-to-face or virtual) or access support on a drop-in basis if required. More information can be found on the Student Zone by logging into their eILP via the College homepage www.weston.ac.ukLibraryPlus Services
College library areas are open as normal however learners will need to book a computer or learning space online and will not be able to just ‘turn up’ to use these facilities.
A ‘click and collect’ service will be provided for physical resources (books, journals etc.) on an ‘essential resource’ basis. These resources will require a quarantine period when they are returned.
How you can book and access learning resources will be outlined as part of your induction.
A substantial amount of work has gone into ensuring the College is a safe place to learn. The following details the guidelines and expectation for everyone:
- All staff and students will be expected to adhere to one-way systems that will be in operation at each campus. Line markings will help learners and staff to maintain a social distance of at least 1 metre at all times.
- Learners and staff must use the sanitiser stations each time they enter the College building.
- Learners are asked to use the toilet facilities closest to their base room or learning zone.
- Toilets will be cleaned regularly throughout the day and learners are reminded to wash their hands thoroughly after using the toilet.
- Learners are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitiser.
- Learners using computer suites will be required to follow ‘wipe down’ protocols once they have finished on a terminal. Resources will be provided to do this by the College.
Classrooms and learning spaces are set up to conform to a minimum of 1m social distancing in most cases. Room layouts have been adjusted to avoid learners having close face to face contact and to give teachers sufficient space at the front of the classroom or workshop.
What about PPE?
Teachers may be wearing PPE where there is a requirement for them to work in close proximity to learners to check their work. This is likely to be evident in technical disciplines such as hairdressing.
Any client-based activity will conform to industry guidelines and may require learners to wear appropriate PPE. Tutors will provide the necessary guidance where this is required.