Coronavirus Update 17/03/20:

Catch it, Bin It, Kill it!

Help protect yourself and others by:
• Washing your hands frequently with soap and hot water
• Always carry a tissue with you and use them to catch your cough and sneeze.
• Use hand sanitiser as often as possible (especially after touching surfaces and before meals)

Please be assured that our staff are continuing their work in the professional manner you’d expect. We would like to thank our students, parents and staff for the mature and responsible manner in which they are conducting themselves in the face of this pandemic.

We will communicate any updates with students via their college email and provide updates on the college’s website and social media pages.

The Government has entered the country into the ‘delay’ phase of its strategy to deal with coronavirus and it has updated its advice accordingly. Unless the Government guidelines change or we are requested to close by the Department for Education, Wilberforce College will remain open. 

In line with Government advice issued on 16th March 2020, please stay away from the College if you develop:
i) a persistent cough
ii) a temperature.  
More information is available on the NHS website.

Main messages:

  • If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.
  • If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill
  • It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.
  • For anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period.
  • If you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.
  • If you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible.
  • If you have coronavirus symptoms:
  • Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
  • You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home
  • Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home
  • Plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home and consider what can be done for vulnerable people in the household.
  • Ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home.
  • Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
  • If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

We are advising those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures.

This group includes those who are:

Detailed advice is available on these government websites: guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection


If students need to self-isolate, please inform the college as per our normal absence reporting arrangements and state that the reason is ‘self-isolation’. Should students have more significant symptoms, please telephone 111 or use the NHS 111 website: work: As communicated with students, work will be provided for them to complete at home throughout any closure.

Exams: Students and parents are quite rightly concerned about the impact of the virus on the forthcoming exams. There have been no announcements by the Government about this, but we will monitor the situation closely and keep you fully informed of any developments. Students should continue to prepare as best they can.

Trips/visits/work experience and external speakers: As a precautionary measure, all trips and external speakers will be cancelled until further notice.

Student bursaries: The college has put measures in place to ensure all students in receipt of the ‘vulnerable group bursary’ continue to receive payments. Students in receipt of a college meal card will receive a £15 per week payment to support them during any period of closure during term times.