COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

UPDATE: Wednesday 3 June 2020 // 11:30

Advice for Students / Parents/ Carers:

Dear Students / Parents / Carers,

I’m sure that recent Government announcements around the phased re-opening of schools across England will have led you to consider your own, or your child’s, potential date of start or return to Callywith College.

I am writing today to update you on the latest steps myself and my colleagues are taking at Callywith College and to share some thoughts as we continue to monitor latest Government guidance in parallel with our priority of keeping students and staff safe and well.

Firstly, can I assure you that we are collectively doing all we can to ensure everyone is able to safely return to Callywith College when that time comes. Our deep cleaning programme continues, premises teams are installing social distancing measures and our teaching rooms and facilities are being maintained and readied for all eventualities.

In line with official advice received, there is no general reopening of the College planned from 1st June. Discussions are currently underway on how we can open the College and its facilities later in June to those students who for individual reasons may need to visit or attend. For all other students, our full online delivery of lessons and online support offer remains in place.

Further detailed advice will of course follow, both for current and prospective students, about the reopening of the College for the autumn term.

You may have read recently about the success of our online lesson delivery for current students, combined with the launch of our Digital Campus and virtual Subject Spotlights for our new students. We have received great feedback on these initiatives, with lesson attendance and digital campus enrolment figures showing that students, current and future, are responding positively to our fantastic online provision.

For our current first year students, the ‘Your Future Week’ is still scheduled to go ahead as planned, just online now, from 24 June, allowing one-to-one tutorials with tutors and focussing on advice and resources on the next steps after College. I’m sure you’ll agree that it has never been more important to have these conversations with students.

For our second year leavers, you have worked so hard during your time at Callywith College and we so wish that we could have done more of the conventional things to celebrate your last days at the college. We are working on some ways to celebrate your success and achievements in the coming weeks but we also need to complete some logistical steps of our leavers process. Therefore, in line with all of the guidance about safe return to schools and colleges, we will be having a ‘socially distanced’ leavers process over the last week of term. We hope that by giving you plenty of notice, you will be able to arrange to complete this task as outlined here.

May I take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support in studying from home or in providing help and encouragement to those doing so. We are acutely aware that for many students and their families these are anxious times. I hope this letter not only highlights some of the work underway but also reassures you that everyone at the College remains committed to our values of student welfare and outstanding education for both our current and future students.

Further details on how the College is responding to the challenges posed by Coronavirus and the latest advice and guidance can be found on our website or by following us on social media.

Alternatively, if you have any questions you can call us on 01208 224000 or email enquiry@callywith.ac.uk

I will of course keep all current and future students and their families updated with key dates and measures being taken by everyone at the College as soon as the guidance from Government allows.

Yours sincerely
Dr Jon Grey
Principal
Callywith College


Advice for Staff & Students:

Updates and information on the College's position on the Coronavirus can be found on the College Intranet. This can also be accessed via the Remote Access link at the top of the screen. Use your College details to log in. You will see the current College Alerts pop up on screen after you log in.

College Intranet


Useful Information and Resources: 

Remote Learning Guide

Mental Health Advice and Guidance

Course and Qualification Information

Advice for year 11 students

Year 11 students - Get ready for your next step

Second Year Leavers Process

Online Safety and Advice for Students

Online Safety and Advice for Parents/Carers

Below are some Frequently Asked Questions that we hope will help reassure you:

What do I do if my son or daughter is ill?

If they have a new continuous cough or high temperature they should stay at home and self isolate for 14 days.  You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self isolation. If their symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days, contact NHS 111 online.  If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111.  For a medical emergency dial 999.

Please contact the College through son/daughter’s curriculum secretary in the normal way to inform us of the absence. 

What will happen to exams?

Exams including GCSEs, AS levels and A levels will not go ahead this summer.

The exam regulator, Ofqual, and exam boards will work with teachers to provide grades to students whose exams have been cancelled this summer. Further information on the cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2020 is available direct from the Department for Education. 

What will happen to planned trips and visits?

Following current guidelines, planned trips and visits in England will be assessed on an individual basis.  We respect the right of individuals to withdraw from any such trip. Planned residential visits abroad, planned to leave before March 31st have been cancelled following Government advice on school visits, on March 12th.   Visits planned for beyond this date will be considered individually as things progress.

How can I support my son or daughter?

  • By providing reassurance.  It appears that people under the age of 20 are not as significantly affected by the virus as older people
  • If your son or daughter has any concerns about their College work, please ask them to talk to their lecturers
  • Encourage everyone to properly follow handwashing and personal hygiene precautions
  • Make sure we have the most up to date contact details for you and your son or daughter
  • Stay up-to-date with the official Public Health England and/or Central Government Announcements
  • If you have any specific concerns please communicate them through your son/daughter’s Programme Team Leader

What about my College Interview?

Regrettably we cannot invite students into the college for interviews due to the Government advice received on Monday 18 March to close schools and colleges. All interviews have been postponed and we will resume these after Easter via telephone interview.

Spaces are still available for September 2020, but please ensure to EMAIL application forms to admissions@callywith.ac.uk

If you have any queries regarding your College interview or applications in general, please email admissions@callywith.ac.uk with your email and telephone number and we will be in touch as soon as possible.