Principal's Update - 26 May 2020
The PM has unexpectedly announced a two week delay to when colleges can begin their wider reopening of campuses to students.
As a college, where appropriate and as required, we have been preparing for 1st June, in line with government guidance.
There new “expected” plan is for sixth forms and colleges from 15th June, this has been released as of today, 26th May.
This means that we cannot begin any “wider reopening” from 1st June.
I have been clear from day one that we will only act on the latest updated assessment of the scientific advice, and the overall approach to the phasing of the relaxation of lockdown restrictions.
We have undertaken planning, including the most detailed risk assessments prioritised to supporting our students to achieve, come the end of the college year. This has been explained in my letter to all and is available on the website, this will not change.
We will continue the on-site support for vulnerable learners and the dependants of key workers.
But across the wider range of courses and students, this cannot be on site now until 15th June.
Our planning follows a very cautious approach with safety as the key factor.
The Department for Education statement remains, colleges will only reopen to more students if the government’s “five tests” are met by 28th May.
More to follow later in the week.