Wakefield College - Coronavirus

Coronavirus

(COVID-19)
12 June, 2020 - Reopening College

In line with Government guidance, a small number of students and staff have returned to College to continue or complete their studies. Covid Secure measures have been put in place to ensure everyone’s safety and only students and staff who have been advised to return should come into College. We are only inviting in those students and staff who need to be in College for specific purposes and everyone else should continue to work or study at home. Please do not come into College unless you have been asked to attend.

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.

Information for
Prospective Students

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

Updates
Exams Information

Ofqual information on awarding qualifications.

Updates
Open Letter to Students and Parents

Advice for current students and their parents/carers.

Information for
Current HE students

Advice for current HE students.

Information for
Prospective HE students

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

News & Events
School Leaver Newsletter

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

News & Events
Podcasts

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News & Events
Virtual Open Event

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The Feed

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Useful Information
How to Apply

Applications for 2020 - 2021.

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Useful Contacts

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Useful Information
Online Resources

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