An Update From The Principal

12th May 2021

It is hard to believe that we are already in the middle of May, with many learners having returned to on-campus learning from early March. Covid-19 advice and guidance, both nationally and locally, continue to move at pace and with recent announcements and updates, we would like to provide confirmation on the ongoing campus safety arrangements that will be in place over the coming weeks.

The Prime Minister confirmed earlier this week that the planned easing of restrictions on Monday 17th May will proceed as outlined in the national roadmap. From a College perspective, one of his key announcements was a change in the national policy relating to the wearing of face coverings in classroom and communal areas, with a recommendation that this was no longer essential. However, as a College, we feel that it is too early to implement this change, as local Covid-19 transmission rates remain higher than the national average.

As a result, from Monday 17th May 2021 all existing rules and expectations on the wearing of face coverings in College will continue to apply until at least the next half term break.  We have identified this as a successful control measure, meaning all staff and learners are expected to continue wearing face coverings in lessons, when moving around the campus and when in communal spaces, unless exempt.

Whilst not mandatory, the College also continues to encourage learners to undertake lateral flow tests before coming into College and we recommend using them twice per week, as an additional safeguard. Testing kits are freely available from reception and all results should be recorded with both the College and the NHS.

College recording can done via this link: Home test results

To record your results with the NHS, you need to visit: www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result

As Interim Principal, I continue to be very proud of the way in which everyone has adapted and continues to adapt in response to the ongoing global pandemic and would like to reassure you that these ongoing safety measures are in place to promote the ongoing safety and wellbeing of all learners and staff.

As we all remain optimistic for the continued gradual return to normality over the coming months, it is important that we continue to follow College guidelines and operate in a safe manner.

Simon Nixon

Interim Principal and Chief Executive Officer.

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