Partial Closure Explained

Following yesterday’s decision to suspend Year 12 lessons for the next 14 days, the College wants to clarify the reasons for this, in light of some misunderstandings raised on social media.

This decision was taken for staffing reasons. In line with government advice issued on Monday 16 March, some staff were instructed to work from home. This made staffing both Year 12 and Year 13 lessons challenging. By suspending Year 12 lessons, we now have sufficient staff to cover Year 13  lessons and to support Year 13 students as they prepare for their examinations and final coursework and BTEC/CACHE Unit assessments.

Remote learning plans are in place for Year 12 and these strategies have now been activated. Year 12 teachers who are working from home are still contacting students to support their study at home and all students are expected to engage with this remote learning unless they are not well enough to do so.

Year 13 students are expected to come into College to continue lessons in person. The only exception to this is those who are unwell (who must report their absence in the usual way) and those who have any of the underlying health conditions that Public Health England have specified (who should be remote learning from home instead). These health conditions include the following:

  • chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, e.g. asthma (requiring a daily preventer inhaler or steroid tablets), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
  • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
  • chronic kidney disease
  • chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
  • chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy
  • diabetes
  • problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
  • a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
  • being seriously overweight (a BMI of 40 or above)
  • those who are pregnant

This is a rapidly evolving situation, which is being constantly monitored by senior management. Students are encouraged to keep checking the College website, social media and their personal/College emails for updates.

18 March 2020