Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope that this message finds you and your families well. It is hard to believe that today is the last day of half term; what a strange one it has been! In terms of updates, there is not a great deal to add. The site team are working hard to prepare the college for increased opening. We are making a range of changes to include one way systems, additional eating places and designated toilet areas. These will all be in place before we welcome our Year 10 and 12 students into college for some face to face teaching next half term. We are hoping that this will commence from Monday 8th June although it will be confirmed when the preparations are complete and I am confident that we are able to meet the guidance published by the Department or Education and Public Health England. This is further complicated by the fact that the secondary school specific details are yet to be released. I will however, keep you up to date with this progress over the coming weeks.
The teaching and support staff continue to work incredibly hard to support students with remote learning. I have been amazed by how quickly they have adapted to a very different way of working. They are now looking towards a new phase of developing the provision offered to our Year 7 – 9 students who sadly we don’t expect to see again this term and a hybrid model of remote learning, supplemented with some face to face lessons for our Year 10 and 12.
As next week is half term, teachers will not be setting any remote learning tasks. It is more important than ever that students and staff are able to take some time to relax and rest. I want to encourage everyone to take some time away from their computer screens and switch off! I will of course continue to monitor the changes that are happening at a national level and update you if any are announced and the implications that they will have for us at Bideford College.
Thank you for your continued support and words of encouragement over the last few months. It is so important that both parents and students remain in close contact with the staff at the college so we can support each other through these challenging times. Finally, if you haven’t done so already, I would recommend reading the first edition of the new Bideford College newspaper ‘The Bideford College Insider’. My congratulations and thanks go to Mrs Bradbury and her team of student reporters and editors for producing such a high quality publication. I cannot wait for the next edition! It can be found here.
Wishing you a lovely half term.
Dr C Ankers