Letter to Parents and Carers

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope that this letter finds you well and that families are settling back into the routine of daily college attendance. It has been truly wonderful to see the buildings being brought back to life this week with students learning in classrooms and catching up with their peers. Inevitably we have made some small changes to the systems we put in place across the college this September in response to the guidance published by the government. We will continue to evaluate daily the operation of the college, the latest guidance from the government and the changing local picture and make adjustments as necessary. Please be assured that we will continue to communicate with you regularly with any significant information.

As we settle back into college life, with staff and students integrating into their new way of working, we will see the return of a number of familiar routines. The use of Class Charts to set homework and make you aware of behaviour awards and sanctions will once again become an important communication method. If you do not have a parent log-in to Class Charts or your child has an issue with their password log-in please email their tutor in the first instance who can help. The email addresses of all our tutors can be found on the college website https://bidefordcollege.org/teaching-faculty-contact-details/

Finally, can I thank you for preparing students so well for the start of the new year. We have been impressed with the way in which they have adapted to the ‘new normal’ and their maturity around the site. It is clear that they understand why we needed to make these changes and have been understanding and cooperative whilst we refine our approach. Can I also remind our young people that from Monday the government have mandated that they can no longer socialise with more than six people unless they are on the college premises : https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-meeting-with-others-safely-social-distancing/coronavirus-covid-19-meeting-with-others-safely-social-distancing . This means that they should not arrange to meet up in groups larger than this to walk to college.

Best wishes

Dr C Ankers