05
JUN
2020

Update for Parents / Carers

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you and your families are well and that students have settled back into the swing of home learning. I must admit to feeling a bit sad at the start of this half term; the calendar was packed with events, trips and activities that should have been taking place. We will have to make up for it in the future.

The site team have been busy preparing the site for increased numbers of students. As you will be aware from the 15th June we can offer some face to face support for our Year 10 and 12 students. Whilst we are lucky to have a large site, we still have a number of challenges when trying to reduce the mixing of students during the day. Year 10 and 12 parents have received details of some of the ways this is being addressed – https://bidefordcollege.org/dear-parents-and-carers-of-year-10-and-12-students/. Sadly, for all years the education for the rest of this academic year will be predominantly based at home. Dr Butt will be in touch next week outlining the plan for this and how it will feed into a recovery curriculum we will put in place next year. There has been no information released yet about September, but as soon I am aware of any announcements from the government I will share these with you. In the meantime, my message to students remains the same; try your best, keep in touch with your teachers and don’t worry about next year. All the staff at Bideford College are committed to ensuring that this pandemic will not affect your future aspirations and successes.

We are still open daily to students in all years who have an EHCP, a Social Worker or have a parent who has been identified as a key worker by the government. These are roles which are considered critical to the COVID-19 response and are part of the following employment sectors:

* Health and social care
* Education and childcare
* Key public services
* Local and national government
* Food and other necessary goods
* Public safety and national security
* Transport
* Utilities, communication and financial services

More details on the eligibility for places in school can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision . In order for us to ensure there is adequate staffing and resources in place it is essential that parents notify Mrs Everitt (ceveritt@bidefordcollege.org) in advance to discuss their needs. If a place is not booked we cannot accept a student onto site and they will need to return home. If you think you will need a place for your child this half term please contact Mrs Everitt by Wednesday 10th June.

Thank you again for your continued efforts in supporting our students to learn at this time. Please contact us at the college if we can help you in any way.

Best wishes

Dr C Ankers

Principal

Bideford College