COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

UPDATE: Wed 1 April 2020 // 14:15

Advice for parents/carers/students:

Further to the latest government advice, the College ceased face-to-face teaching for students on Thursday 19 March, at 4.15pm.

As of Monday 23 March, all taught lessons have been delivered online. Students are not expected to travel to College until further notice and should attend their timetabled lessons through our remote servers when they return from the Easter break on Tuesday 14 April.

It is very important that students attend online classes to ensure the College can continue to deliver a consistent and quality learning experience.

We fully appreciate that this move may cause you or your son/daughter/dependant some concern, but would like to reassure you that the College will continue to support and nurture their education as much as possible during what are exceptional circumstances for us all.

The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent UK Government advice has moved universities, colleges and schools across the country to respond in similar ways and I’m sure you will support these measures in the continued support of staff and student welfare.

I would like say how incredibly proud the college is of how well our community of staff and students have worked together in such difficult circumstances to recreate Callywith College online. The commitment and resilience shown by students and staff to not let the restrictions imposed upon us by the coronavirus impact on learning, communication and college spirit has been quite incredible. On behalf of all staff and students, can I also say a huge thankyou to the many parents/carers who have been so supportive in making this unprecedented change a workable reality.

Since switching to online delivery our mission has been simple: to do our best to teach the remainder of the courses students are studying and to ask students to do their best to continue learning and engaging with the college. This has been 100% focused on student wellbeing and our attempt to not leave any student feeling isolated from the college community at this point. Whilst this is not easy for all teachers and students alike I am so incredibly impressed by how many lessons have been attended, how many supportive discussions between students and teachers/support staff have taken place and the positive effects our collective efforts have had. As a college, we are all looking out for each other and doing our best in very challenging times and the fantastic social media posts from staff and students working together on group challenges, sharing tips for remote working and how to maintain mental wellbeing have been inspirational.

Understandably, many college staff will be taking some well-earned holiday over the Easter break. Whilst they will predominantly be stuck in their own homes, they will not be available whilst on holiday. All staff taking holiday will set an “out of office” alert on their email inboxes and will respond when they return to work. So, if you need academic support during this period, you may need to wait a little while. If you need urgent help or support with other aspects of your life, student services will be running online throughout the Easter period during normal College hours 9:15-4:15 Monday-Friday. You can contact student services on 01208 224460 or studentservices@callywith.ac.uk and we will respond as quickly as possible. The College can also be contacted on enquiry@callywith.ac.uk should you require any further assistance.

Once again, please can I say how incredibly proud I am of how the entire Callywith Community have responded to this situation. Please look after yourselves and your loved ones and stay focused on the future when this situation has passed and you will be able to take all you have learned from completing your time at Callywith College into your successful futures.

Yours sincerely

Jon Grey

Callywith Principal

 

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

 

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.