Letter from the Principal to Year 10 and 12 Parents

Dear Parents and Carers of Year 10 and 12 students,

As you will be aware, the government have announced that after half term, secondary schools, sixth form, and further education colleges are able to begin to offer some face to face support for year 10 and 12 students. We are currently making preparations at the college to put this in place so that wherever possible students can get specialist support with their home learning. Due to the procedures we will have to implement in order to limit the amount of contact between different groups of students this will be a part time provision.

I am hoping to begin the support from Monday 8th June, providing I am confident that we can meet all the standards published by the Department of Education. We are, however, still waiting for the publication of the Secondary guidance. I will write to you immediately after half term with details of the support and the days when your child can be in college. I will also provide you with the details of what the college is putting in place to protect, as far as possible, the health and safety of our staff and students. This will include our risk assessments and amendments to policies that will be required during this period of partial opening.

I would recommend you read the parents’ guide to school opening published by the government. In this guidance it states that children and young people who are considered extremely clinically vulnerable and shielding should continue to shield and should not be expected to attend school. It also states that children and young people who live in a household with someone who is extremely clinically vulnerable and shielding should only attend if stringent social distancing can be adhered to and the child or young person is able to understand and follow those instructions. Finally, it recommends that parents of children and young people who are considered clinically vulnerable (but not clinically extremely vulnerable) should follow medical advice.

As we are not always aware who falls into these categories it would help us greatly with our planning if you could complete the survey below by 31st May. This would give us some idea of the numbers of students we can expect on site.

Parents’ guidance

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1-june (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1-june)

Detail on clinically extremely vulnerable groups

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19 (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19)

Detail on vulnerable groups

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing)

Link to survey

https://forms.gle/UW3YXv5VzF9wkFiKA (https://forms.gle/UW3YXv5VzF9wkFiKA)

I will keep you updated throughout the next few weeks with the changes we are making at the college. This will give you time to read in advance our new polices and processes so you can make fully informed decisions.

Best wishes

Dr C Ankers


Bideford College