Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope this week’s letter finds you and your families well. The term continues to be a turbulent one for those of us involved in education. Whilst we eagerly await announcements to find out how we can open the college in September, our immediate thoughts have been around safely opening for more students from Monday. Many of you will have seen our video showing how the college site has had to change in order to meet the current advice released by the government. Our risk assessment which is updated weekly can be found here.
Parents of students in year 11 and 13 may be interested to read the updated information from OFQUAL published this week. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/awarding-qualifications-in-summer-2020 describes what is taking place as well as changes to the results appeal system and the possibility of an Autumn exam season. There still remains some unanswered questions, but as a college we will continue to support our Year 11 and 13 students despite their official time with us rapidly drawing to a close.
Despite the fact we will be welcoming more students onto the site next week we are still closed to visitors. If you need to make contact with anyone at the college please continue to either phone our main reception on 01237 477611 or contact them directly via email. Details of all staff email addresses can be found on the college website. If a student is being dropped off at the college it is important that parents remain in their cars. We will have dedicated parent parking spaces in front of the main college for this purpose as we need to keep the drop off lane in the front of college clear of parked vehicles. It is also important that any student attending college washes their hands thoroughly before they leave home, on arrival and throughout the college day.
For the time being, students who are attending college will not be required to wear uniform. Although it is worth remembering that we will have all the windows open and, as such, teaching spaces may be cooler than normal. In September students will be expected to return in uniform, I have however made the decision that until we are confident that schools can operate as normal they will not be expected to wear blazers. For ease of cleaning we will instead ask students to wear their shirts with or without a plain black V-necked jumper. We will write again about this temporary change to our uniform policy in due course.
For the majority of our students, next week will involve learning that takes place entirely at home. It is important that everyone remains in touch with us at the college via email, phone or our Facebook page. All the teachers and support staff are missing our students so we really value any form of communication. Next week I face the unenviable task of judging the Bideford College ‘Pets on Parade’ competition; they are all gorgeous! For more information please see our Facebook page. Finally, thank you to you all for the continued support you offer to our students whilst they learn remotely. We appreciate that this is not always an easy task but have been impressed with the way in which they have adapted.
Dr C Ankers