Dear Parents / Carers,
I am sure many of you were glued to the TV last night listening to the address made by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. He announced that our primary school colleagues will begin to restart their normal curriculum offer sometime after the 1st June with specific year groups. However, the situation for us at Bideford College was less clear with the ‘ambition’ that our Years 10 and 12 students will receive some teacher input before the summer holidays (https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-address-to-the-nation-on-coronavirus-10-may-2020). This suggests that whilst at some point we may be able to open to our pre-exam years it seems unlikely now that we will be able to offer lessons to Year 7 to 9 in college before the new academic year in September.
Whilst I appreciate that you will have questions and concerns around the education provision for your children I must emphasise that, like you, I am still digesting the information outlined to us last night and have been provided with no additional details. We are waiting to receive more information from the government in the coming days and weeks and when I receive this I will share with you the implications for us at Bideford College. However, in the short term I must stress that nothing has changed. Only children of parents who are classed as key workers, those with an EHCP and/or a social worker are able to attend college. We are of course committed to continuing with the remote education offer being provided by teaching staff.
I hope to be in touch with more detailed information shortly. In the meantime please keep in touch with tutors and teachers, try your best when learning from home and stay safe.
Dr C Ankers