IMPORTANT UPDATE – National Lockdown Measures
All teaching for college and university level students, including apprentices, will now be delivered online until at least Friday 12th February. Should you have any issues or difficulties in accessing classes online, please speak with your tutor/lecturer. Students should follow their timetables for all classes and independent study sessions.
Vulnerable students and dependents of critical workers
The college will remain open for vulnerable students and those who are dependents of critical workers, should they wish to come on to campus. This is strictly by prior arrangement and will be available from Monday 11th January. You can choose to opt in to this service by calling 07795950713 or 07468716210 between 9am Wednesday 6th January to 4pm Friday 8th January. Please be prepared to provide proof of your critical worker status, such as an ID badge or pay slip. This provision will not include formal face-to-face teaching, but will be supervised online learning, following their existing timetable with the remainder of their group.
Please click here for guidance about who is eligible for this service.
Asymptomatic testing is available for students on campus and a time slot can be booked via iLearn.
Transport will be available for these students until Friday 8th January, after which time it will be suspended. From Monday 11th January, anyone wishing to come into college will have to make their own transport arrangements until further guidance is provided by the Government regarding lockdown restrictions.
If you wish to book a place at college and are eligible, please call either 07795950713 or 07468716210.
The DfE has confirmed that the January vocational exam series, which includes BTECs, will go ahead as planned. This means that if you are able, you should come to college for your preparations and to sit exams as timetabled. Social distance measures will be rigorously enforced in all exam settings and around the college - face coverings should be worn where necessary on campus.
If you have not yet had an asymptomatic test on campus this week, they available for all students and can be arranged by booking a slot on iLearn. We urge all students to take a test when first coming back on to campus.
Once exams have been completed, students should continue their studies online following their timetables.
PLEASE NOTE: This information is correct at the time of writing (15:00 5th January 2021). Should the Department for Education make further announcements, we will share information as quickly as possible.
All college transport is still in full operation until Friday 8th January, to support students who are eligible to be on campus.
All college transport will be suspended from Monday 11th January until further guidance is provided by the Government regarding lockdown restrictions. The college will continue full estates operations to maintain central functions on campus throughout the lockdown, but it is our intention to support remote working conditions wherever possible.
The halls of residence will remain open during lockdown, although Government guidance states that students should remain where they are wherever possible. Students who are in residence will access classes online and will have access to the LRC and catering facilities.
Asymptomatic testing is available for students as they arrive/depart halls, although students should keep movement between college and home to the absolute minimum.
Self-funded courses such as Dog Grooming and Royal Horticulture Society (RHS) Level 2 practical certificate in Horticulture are suspended until further notice. Loans payments associated with these courses will be actioned and students will be contacted directly.
Free college meals
Students who are eligible for free college meals will receive funding directly to their bank accounts. Students will be contacted directly about this.
Health & Wellbeing
We recognise that the national lockdown and the restrictions that it brings are extremely challenging. Our Student Services and Additional Learner Support teams are able to offer support, should you need it. If you need support please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit bishopburton.ac.uk/student-support for helpful advice, contacts and stress management modules to support you throughout this time.