COVID-19 UPDATE: COLLEGE CLOSURE AND THE MOVE TO REMOTE LEARNING FROM WEDS 6TH JAN

5 January 2021

Dear Parents

Following the Government’s announcement of a third national lockdown and the requirement for schools and colleges to close until mid-February, the College will move to remote learning from Wednesday 6 January 2021.  The College site will be closed to students during this time

Teachers will be in touch with their students over the next day or so to outline arrangements for lessons – students must keep checking their Teams account.  Where possible, we will follow normal timetables.  It is vital that students continue to participate fully in their learning.  Whilst the Government have announced that not all exams will take place in the summer, they have not yet given full guidance.  We will update you as soon as we are able to.

Please note that exams scheduled for this week WILL take place, as per Government guidance.  Students should check their Teams account for further information.

We appreciate that learning from home, supported remotely by teachers, will be challenging.  Students should access the support available from the College should they need to.  We have already undertaken remote learning with all students and are confident in this method of delivery.  If for any reason you are concerned that your son/daughter would not be able to access online learning, please email the college.

Support services will continue to be available to students throughout the college closure.

Student Services:

Student bursaries: The college has put measures in place to ensure all students in receipt of the ‘vulnerable group bursary’ continue to receive payments.

Free meals: Students in receipt of a meal card will receive a payment of £15 each week they are working remotely.

Counselling/Student support: Counselling and student support appointments are still available to students via Teams/telephone/email when they are working remotely.  Safeguarding information can be found on the ‘Staying safe’ section of the College website.

Careers/ UCAS: Careers: Careers support is available to students via Teams when they are working remotely.  Appointments can be booked in the usual way.   UCAS: Students can contact their tutors regarding UCAS while they are working remotely.  Applications can be submitted to Kay Pillinger via the UCAS channel in Teams.

Study Support: Study support is available to students via Teams when they are working remotely. 

Tutorial/LPMs: Tutorial and LPMs will continue via Teams during the period of closure.

We really hope that infection rates will reduce during this national lockdown and we are able to welcome students back on 22 February 2021, after half term.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the College by email at enquiries@wilberforce.ac.uk should you have any questions.  In the meantime, please continue to check the College website

Best wishes.

Colin Peaks

Principal