Before classes officially started, students were given the chance to prepare for the start of term by familiarising themselves with the College and meeting their tutors and classmates by attending a socially distanced Induction Day.
Principal Jon Grey was delighted to be able to welcome students back to the College: “The demand for places at the College has increased yet again and it has been wonderful to welcome over 1250 new and returning students to the campus over the past week; to see them meeting old and new friends, starting new courses and learning about new things. We cannot wait to see what the year ahead has in store for our students, they all have such great potential and we cannot wait to help them fulfil it.”
To ensure the safe return of students and staff to the College, things were a little different this year, with a number of Covid measures put into place including wearing face coverings in busy communal spaces, one-way systems, hand sanitising stations and modifying classrooms with all seats facing forward and tables spaced appropriately, but this didn’t stop students from enjoying a great start to college life.
Beth Gribble, who chose to study A Levels in Media Studies, Geography and Sociology at Callywith College this year, is enjoying the start of term, saying: “All my lectures have been really interesting so far which has motivated me to do the homework and create the revision material. The staff at Callywith are amazing! They are all so helpful inside and outside of the classroom.”
Level 3 Childcare Diploma student Mollie Lill is also enjoying life as a college student: “I have enjoyed making new friends, learning new things, and feeling more grown up. I’m looking forward to starting my placement in schools and to do more exciting things being a student representative for my tutor. The staff here are above amazing. If you ever have any issues they will sort them as quickly as they can, to ensure that your experience at Callywith College is as best as it can be.”
Second year student Alfie Branch, who studies A Levels in Business, Law and Psychology, spoke of how happy he is to be back at College: “I’m very excited to be able to see everyone and to get back into a routine. I was a bit nervous at first to return to the college due to high numbers of students, but with the provisions put in place and how well everyone is following the new rules, the transition back into college has been very calm and feels like we’ve never been away”, he said.
Later this month, the College will be launching its 2020 prospectus for students looking to join the College in September 2020. For prospective students wanting to discover more about the Callywith College campus from the comfort of their own home, the College have recently launched their 3D interactive virtual campus tours offering an insight into the campus buildings and their state-of-the-art facilities.
With an excellent start to the term and both new and returning students enjoying college life, Callywith College is looking forward to another outstanding year.