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Exams: Controlled Assessments and External Exams - we have been working with our awarding bodies and have been assured that none of our students will be disadvantaged by not sitting scheduled BTEC and other exams. In light of this and the current lockdown situation, we are cancelling all scheduled exams after today, Friday 8th January until further notice.*

We will continue to follow Government guidance and update you if and when these and other exams are to be rescheduled. We would however reiterate how important it is for students to stay focused on their studies and maintain the highest level of attendance to online lessons and to complete set work, as teachers will use this and other information to decide any recommended assessed grades in the absence of exams.

We thank everyone for their patience and understanding in these difficult and rapidly changing circumstances, and please be assured, that providing safe and the highest quality learning is at the heart of everything we do.

*Access to HE assessments with CAVA have moved online and will be running next week as previously advised.

Self-isolation period reduced from 14 days to 10 days

From today, the self-isolation period for close contacts of a positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed from 14 to 10 days. This change applies to all those who are currently self-isolating including those who commenced self-isolation before today. This means that if you are on the 11th, 12th or 13th day of your current self-isolation period today – you can stop isolating. Any new cases identified for self-isolation will be advised to self-isolate for 10 days.

Replacement Wakefield College bus service for the X32 route

Arriva and Wakefield College are working together to provide a dedicated College bus service for Wakefield College students only, from Monday 21st September. The service is only available to Wakefield College students who must show evidence in the form of a student pass, letter or text from the college, email etc. The cost has been frozen at the previous rate and concessionary fares will still apply. Seating capacity is 70 and as it’s dedicated student transport, Public Transport social distancing rules will not apply. However, a face covering will still need to be worn.

The service will operate on a first come, first-served basis with the following times:

  • Wakefield Bus Station (Stand 13) - Depart 08:05
  • Wakefield College Castleford Campus - Arrive 08:35
  • Wakefield College Castleford Campus - Depart 17:10
  • Wakefield Bus Station - Arrive 17:38

We would like to thank our students for the resilience they have shown over the last weeks with the uncertainty over exam results.

Update on certificates for 2019/20 qualifications
Certificates for results issued:

- Fri 31st July

- w/c 10th August

- w/c 17th August

are due to arrive in centre in late September. Certificates will be posted out to students in approximately 6 – 8 weeks.

Certificates for Summer 2020 GCSEs and A Levels will arrive in centre in early November. Students will be contacted when these are available.

We would like to thank our students for the resilience they have shown over the last weeks with the uncertainty over exam results.

A Level Results
You may be aware of the Ofqual update issued in respect of Centre Assessed Grades (CAG’s) now being the grade that will be accepted by the Awarding Organisations and awarded to students as their result for this summer’s missed exams (or the moderated grade where higher than the CAG).

We are currently awaiting further information and guidance from Ofqual and the Awarding Organisations as to how this will be implemented and how new provisional results will be communicated and issued to students.

In the meantime, we are able to provide you with a statement of your Centre Assessed Grade, so you are able to see what CAG was awarded to you by Wakefield College. New official results are yet to be confirmed by the Awarding Organisation.

Please be assured that we are working with the Awarding Organisations to obtain your official results and issue these to you as soon as possible.

If you still wish to sit an exam in the Autumn A Level exam series, please e-mail exams@wakefield.ac.uk and we will issue you with a resit form for completion.

BTEC Level 1 and Level 2 results
Following an announcement from Pearson late on Wednesday 19th August, BTEC Level 1 and Level 2 results will not be issued to students today.

Following Ofqual’s announcement on Monday 17th, Pearson have advised they will be applying the same principle to BTEC qualifications.

This review will also take place for BTEC Level 3 qualifications. No grades that have already been issued for the Level 3 qualifications will decrease following the review.

These results are currently being reviewed by Pearson. They are working urgently with centres to re-issue grades. No date has yet been provided as to when the revised results will be available.

We will issue a further update when more information is released by the Awarding Organisation.

Please be assured that we are working with the Awarding Organisations to obtain all official results and issue these to students as soon as possible. We thank you for your ongoing patience in these challenging circumstances.

Covid Secure measures have been put in place to ensure everyone’s safety and as we begin the enrolment period this week, we would ask that enrolment appointments are adhered to, so that we can manage the process safely.

As we’ve done throughout the pandemic, we’ll continue to communicate directly with students and staff and post regular updates here and on our social media channels.

Relevant documents are available here.

Following the broadcast by the Prime Minister and the recent release of the Department of Education guidance, we are continuing to develop our plans for a phased re-opening of College provision. However, I would like to emphasise that Wakefield College's priority continues to be the health and safety of our students and our staff. Please be assured that any planning taking place to meet the needs of our students and the government guidance, is happening with this priority at the forefront.

We are putting plans into place with a sensible and phased approach for the return of some students in the coming weeks. This will include those students with classified vulnerabilities as per the guidance and those 16-18 year old students who need to complete their qualification to aid their progression before September. Many of our students will not be physically returning to College in the next few months but will continue to engage with College and be supported through distance learning.

There are a number of steps that we will put into place to safeguard our young people and our staff.

They will include:–

  • Phased return of some pupils in line with DfE guidance
  • Comprehensive guidance for all students who need to physically attend College
  • Staggered start and finish times avoiding peak travel
  • Discrete facilities for learning and breaks to avoid contact with other students
  • Regular hand sanitisation breaks and increased sanitisation facilities
  • Small class sizes
  • Specific entrance and exit points with a clear movement flow system.

These arrangements will be necessary in the short term to provide a safe environment for the small number of students coming back into College. Longer term arrangements will be considered further, and again will be in response to guidance and the national arrangements.

We are expecting the phased return to commence from the week of 1st June with very small numbers. If you are required to attend College, we will contact you directly in the coming weeks with details of the arrangements for yourself and any student group you are attending with. This will include when you are invited to attend and for how long, along with other information you require. The communications you will receive will be very clear about our expectations of any student in attendance to ensure the safety of everyone and this guidance must be followed. If you do not receive an invitation to attend, you must not attend College as there will be no general open access at the present time. We will continue to provide all of our services remotely and the distance learning as required.

Should you be ill or shielding and need to stay at home, you are not expected to attend and when you receive your communications you will need to inform us if you are not going to be attending so we can manage our student numbers. How to inform us will be in the further communications you receive.

The majority of students will not be returning to College this academic year, but if you are intending to progress to a second year or another course in September, you will receive your progression conditional offer and we will be in touch with you in due course about arrangements for enrolment. If you are completing your course this year and will not be returning, we will be in touch in due course regarding results and wish you well for your future. Thank you as always for your continuing support.

Sam Wright,
Principal and CEO

Temporary Closure

LAST UPDATED: Monday, 18th May, 2020

The Government has issued more guidance in the last couple of days and we're continuing to closely monitor developments and the implications for our students and staff. We'll continue to communicate directly with students and parents and carers and staff via letter, text, email and Moodle, as well as posting updates here and on social media. The safety of everyone is central to the ongoing planning currently being undertaken by College staff.

Information from Ofqual on awarding qualifications can be found here and we will continue to provide further details on these and other study programmes as information becomes available.

Our teaching and support teams are working remotely to continue to provide an ongoing service and are in contact with students. Support contacts should be accessed via student Moodle.

Message for Students - in order to access your course resources for learning at home, please search for Wakefield Moodle. Once the site loads, you will need to sign in with your normal username and password. If you have any queries on accessing the resources, please contact your teacher by email. Please check your College email frequently.

Our Admissions Team are working to contact prospective and progressing students in the coming weeks, and please be reassured that your application will not be adversely affected by the closure.

Applications are still being accepted via the online school leaver application form, more information can be found here: How to Apply.

We’ll continue to give regular updates on this page and via social media, and thank everyone for their ongoing patience and support in these challenging times.

Guidance & Updates
The latest Government guidance can be found here: coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

Five Steps to Safer Working Together

We confirm we have complied with the government’s guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19

  • We have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and shared the results with the people who work here
  • We have cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures in line with guidance
  • We have taken all reasonable steps to help people work from home
  • We have taken all reasonable steps to maintain a 2m distance in the workplace
  • Where people cannot be 2m apart, we have done everything practical to manage transmission risk
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Relevant Documents

Covid Secure measures have been put in place to ensure everyone’s safety.

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Remote Education Provision

Information for students.

Information for
Prospective Students

Planning to enrol onto a course at Wakefield College, here’s everything you need to know.

Exams Information

Ofqual information on awarding qualifications.

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Advice for current HE students.

Information for
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Advice for applicants and offer holders applying to the University Centre.

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School Leaver Newsletter

In it, you’ll find lots of useful information and links, including our latest podcast.

News & Events

Listen to one of our podcasts, our latest focused on the lockdown.

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How to Apply

Applications for 2020 - 2021.

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