I hope this message finds you and your families safe and well.
As we approach the end of the first year of your study programme at the College, you will have seen in the news, that next month the lock down is going to be eased a little in terms of educational setting like schools and Colleges.
We are working hard to ensure that any reopening of the College is done with the safety of all as our utmost concern. Many of you have already responded to the remote access survey this week, thanks. If you have not yet responded please do so urgently, check your emails and return asap. We are planning our support for you and need this information to help us get that support right.
We will not be opening our doors to students in the first week of June as I am not satisfied that this is the right time.
I am especially pleased to see that almost all students are working hard remotely and getting on with their study programme effectively. Our College continues to thrive in many ways, although I do know that for some this is not easy and sometimes is not possible.
In order to ensure that we can all continue to work well up to the end of the academic year, and to continue to support you to move forward to your second year of study, we plan to operate some classes in the College later in June for students who are able to get in. These will be open in the first instance to students who have had the most difficulty in working remotely, for whatever reason. They will be recorded where possible & live-streamed so that all students taking the same course have access, and we will continue to set and support remote working as we have up to now.
As we develop our plans further I will get in touch with you again. We do not intend to hold any on site classes at all in the first two weeks after half term. You will not be required to come into college if transport or other concerns affect you and you are working well remotely. Classes will be limited, probably to around 5 students. This will allow the social distancing rules in class and around the College to be implemented effectively.
We expect further and more detailed guidance to come from the Government next week and I will, of course, take all of this into account when planning for our return.
Stay safe, take care and keep in touch.
Peter Kennedy Principal