Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates, Advice and Guidance

Latest Update

31 August 2021

The government has asked all schools and colleges to cease COVID-19 restrictions such as social distancing and limiting classroom capacities. We are now offering advice and guidance on how best to protect ourselves and others from COVID-19 and implementing safety measures to help combat the virus.

Below you will find an update on the COVID-19 safety measures that we have in place to keep students, staff, and visitors as safe as possible.

Keeping you safe

We have taken into the account the latest government guidance and the following measures will be in place:

  • Promotion to students, staff and visitors regarding frequent and thorough hand cleaning
  • Sanitising stations available throughout each campus building
  • Appropriate ventilation in classrooms and workshops
  • Enhanced cleaning schedules
  • Face coverings recommended in crowded areas

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers below were last updated: 31 August 2021 at 14:00.

Face coverings are no longer advised for students, staff and visitors inside our buildings however, in line with government guidance, the College will continue to recommend that a face covering is worn in crowded communal areas.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms is required to get a PCR test (click here to book a test) and remain at home until they receive their test result. The symptoms are:

  • A high temperature (feeling hot to touch on chest or back)
  • A new, continuous cough (coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • A loss or change in sense of smell or taste

If you receive a positive result, you must self-isolate for 10 days commencing from the date symptoms started, or, if symptom free, from when your test was taken. If symptoms develop during the self-isolation period, a new 10-day self-isolation period is required from the day following the onset of your symptom/s.

Members of your household are no longer required to self-isolate if:

  • They have been fully vaccinated
  • They are below the age of 18 years and 6 months
  • They are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

Any student under the age of 18, or within 4 months of their 18th birthday, will no longer be required to self-isolate if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact of a positive case.

If you are identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 you do not need to self-isolate if you have been fully vaccinated. However, you should still obtain a PCR test (click here to book a test) and pending the result, limit close contact with other people outside your household, wear a face covering in enclosed spaces and maintain social distancing.

All students are being offered two onsite lateral flow tests with the first test being conducted before they return to the classroom and the second taking place within 3 to 5 days. Students will subsequently be provided with home test kits (Lateral Flow Devices (LFD)) to self-test twice per week during September with the results being reported to NHS Test and Trace either online or by phone.

All young people aged 16 to 17 have now been offered the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Those aged 18+ have also been offered COVID-19 vaccinations. To book a vaccination appointment, please click here.

NHS Advice

Find out how to protect yourself or check if you need medical help via the NHS website:
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19