Dear Parents & Carers

Dear Parents and Carers,

This letter marks the end of another strange half term and I know for many people this has been a difficult and challenging time. However, the support of all our families has been invaluable and our students have done a brilliant job, thank you. All the teachers and staff at the college have been impressed by the resilience our young people have shown and the quality of work they are producing at home and in college.

We are still continuing with as many of our scheduled activities despite college closure. Last night was our Year 11 Parents’ Evening, which took place remotely. Whilst we were unable to hold our annual KS4 curriculum evening to support our Year 9 option process, Mrs Everitt has worked closely with Heads of Faculty to provide an online version which can be accessed via our website by clicking here.

Parents have been emailed all the information required to help students make these important decisions. If you require any further help or guidance or have not received this information please email Mrs Everitt (ceveritt@bidefordcollege.org). Parents have also received an online Options Form, if you have any queries relating to this, please contact Mrs Everitt.

As I write we still have no further information for our exam students waiting to hear how their exam grades will be awarded this summer. As soon as we have this I will share this with you so please keep checking your emails and our social media channels. In the meantime, it is important that Year 11 are planning for their next steps in education or employment. If you require support in this process please contact Mrs Gilbey (kgilbey@bidefordcollege.org) to discuss applications to our Sixth Form or our careers advisor for general support Mrs Cox (hcox@bidefordcollege.org) or help with applying to other training providers.

Remote learning will stop for the half term break at the end of the college day this afternoon and recommence on Monday 22nd February 2021. Sadly, in accordance with the National Lockdown, college will remain closed to most students after half term and our on-site arrangements for students whose parents are key workers and those who are vulnerable will continue. The government has suggested that schools and colleges may be able to open more widely from Monday 8th March. As soon as the official announcements are made and I have more information on this I will write to you again. All the staff at the college are looking forward to welcoming the students back, so this announcement cannot come soon enough!

Finally, on behalf of everyone at Bideford College I would like to wish all of our students and families a safe and enjoyable half term.

Best wishes

Dr C Ankers


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