Returning to School

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope that this letter finds you well and that students are looking forward to returning to College on Monday.

Today we have welcomed our new Year 7 to Bideford College for their first day. It has been particularly lovely to hear the college buildings filled with laughter and chatter after standing quiet for such a long period of time. We have also had all our staff on site for the last two days finalising their preparations for the new college year and familiarising themselves with the new systems and operating procedures that will be in place during the Autumn term. To help students prepare for the new year group bubble areas we have made a video that students can watch over the weekend. It can be found on our website (https://bidefordcollege.org/covid-19-policies/ (https://bidefordcollege.org/covid-19-policies/) ). As you will see the site team have worked particularly hard over the summer preparing Bideford College to reopen. Further details of the actions we have put in place to reduce the risk posed by COVID-19 can be found on our risk assessment (https://bidefordcollege.org/covid-19-policies/ (https://bidefordcollege.org/covid-19-policies/) ).

The staff at the college are really looking forward to meeting all our students, old and new on Monday. It is important that they bring with them the equipment outlined on our website (https://bidefordcollege.org/uniform-and-equipment (https://bidefordcollege.org/uniform-and-equipment) ). If you have any issues or concerns about this then please do not hesitate to contact your child’s tutor. All our staff emails can be found on our website (https://bidefordcollege.org/teaching-faculty-contact-details/ (https://bidefordcollege.org/teaching-faculty-contact-details/) ). There will be no PE lessons on Monday so students will not need their PE kit that day so students should arrive in their normal uniform. I do however understand that there have been issues with the availability of ties and some items of PE kit. Please reassure students that there will be no sanctions put in place for those without these items. We will be in touch when we have updates on stock availability. It is also really important that students travelling by public or college transport wear a facial covering. They will be able to remove these when they arrive at college and store it carefully in their bag. We will be not be asking students to wear masks in the college building however we will be monitoring the local situation carefully and will change our position if and when we need to.

All students should by now have received an email informing them of their designated entrance and the location of their tutor group classroom. If they have not received this then please do not worry. They should arrive at the normal college entrance on Monday where they will be directed on where to go. Sixth Form students should arrive via the Royston Road entrance.

Finally, it is really important at this time that we restrict visitors to the college site as much as possible. Please contact us via email or phone (01237 477611) if you need to make contact with anyone at the college. Face to face appointments to meet staff can then be arranged if necessary.

Thank you once again for your continued support over what has been a challenging five months.

Best wishes

Dr C Ankers