Message From the Principal - covid measures

As we approach the end of the Autumn term – the longest in the academic year – Firstly, I wanted to share how impressed I have been with the positive way our students have approached their studies, both in and out of the classroom, and with how hard they are working to catch up on any missed learning from the previous few years. If they continue in this way, I am confident they will be successful.

Secondly, the Government have put in place new temporary measures following the emergence of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 in the UK.  As part of this, they have tasked schools and colleges with completing mass testing for asymptomatic cases of Covid-19 before students return to the classroom.  This involves all students taking two tests, three to five days apart.

 

TEST 1 : All students should take a lateral flow test on Saturday 1 January 2022.  Tests are available to collect from Student Services.

TEST 2: There are two options for the second test:

Option 1 – The second test can be taken at home.  If this is the preferred choice, the test should be taken on Tuesday 4 January 2022.

Option 2 – The second test can be taken in College.  If this is the preferred choice,  attend on Tuesday 4 January 2022.  This is a non-teaching day, so students will only come in for their test and then leave once it has been done.  Tests can be booked by following the link below:

https://forms.office.com/r/6hGgjUEh26

Please complete this by 4.00pm on Wednesday 15 December 2021, to allow us to make the appropriate arrangements.

REPORTING RESULTS

Results should be recorded at the following links:

Test kits can be collected from the College at any point up to Thursday 23 December 2021.  They are also available at a variety of outlets or to order online at https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests.

Please note that this is a voluntary consent and it is not mandatory to participate.  If a student chooses not to consent, they can still attend their classes as normal when we re-open on Wednesday 5 January 2022.

Finally, I wanted to thank you all our parents for their valuable support this term, it really does make a difference.  .

Best wishes and enjoy the Christmas break

Colin Peaks – Principal