Activate Learning and Covid-19

Learn about what we're doing to keep our learners and staff safe and prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Covid-19 safety for students aged 16-18

Testing during the summer and at the start of term

Over the summer, you should continue to test regularly if you are coming onto campus, to ensure you are safe and to help reduce the spread of the Coronavirus.

In September, you will be offered two Lateral Flow Device tests, three to five days apart.  When doing the home test kits, we ask that everyone logs these with the Government’s rapid flow test log.  

You should then continue to test twice weekly at home until the end of September, when this will be reviewed. All tests should be completed at home, with the exception of students who are unable to test themselves at home. 

Students who receive a positive LFD test result should self-isolate in line with the stay-at-home guidance. You will also need to get a free PCR test to check if you have COVID-19. Whilst awaiting the PCR result, you should continue to self-isolate.  

If the PCR test is taken within 2 days of the positive LFD test, and is negative, it overrides the LFD test result and you can return to college, as long as you do not have COVID-19 symptoms. Students with a negative LFD test result can continue to attend college.

Life on campus from September

We will continue to offer face-to-face education from September to help you achieve your best and protect your mental and physical health.

In line with Government guidance, here is some information of how you might expect life on campus to be like in September.

Mixing and bubbles

It is no longer recommended to keep students in consistent groups (bubbles), unless the local situation requires additional measures.  

Face coverings

Face coverings are still advised for students, staff and visitors in communal areas but not in the classrooms. 

However, it is recommended that you wear them in public transport to and from college (unless exempt).

Control measures 

Please help us control the spread of the Coronavirus by:

  • Ensuring you maintain good hand hygiene, using hand sanitiser and soap
  • Following the ‘Catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach to respiratory hygiene
  • Following public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19 when an individual develops COVID-19 symptoms or has a positive test

We will keep classrooms and other spaces well ventilated, in line with Government guidance.

You should not come into college if you have symptoms or other reasons requiring you to stay at home due to the risk of them passing on COVID-19 (for example, if you have a positive test).

Please note that additional workplace guidance may apply for specialist areas, for example healthcare settings or commercial training environments.

Tracing close contacts and isolation 

From 16 August, young people under the age of 18 will no longer be required to self-isolate if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. 

Instead, they will be advised to take a PCR test. Close contacts will be identified via NHS Test and Trace, working with the positive case to identify close contacts. Further details will be announced nearer the time. 

Young people who reach the age of 18 will be given four months to get vaccinated. At this point, they will be subject to the same rules as adults and if they choose not to get vaccinated, they will need to self-isolate if identified as a close contact. 

What to do if you feel unwell

If you feel unwell and are experiencing any Covid symptoms, please book a Covid test via the NHS. Please do not come into college to get a test kit if you are already feeling unwell. 

If you get a positive test result on the home test kit, you will need to arrange for a formal test to be carried out at a testing centre.  

While waiting for the result of this test you will need to self-isolate, and if the test result comes back positive, you will need to continue self-isolating for 10 days and ensure that others in your household self-isolate and get tested should they get any symptoms. 

Likewise, it’s important that you self-isolate and stay away from college if someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19. Where you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, the Government’s guidance is that you need to self-isolate for 10 days and get tested if you get symptoms. 

It’s really important that everyone follows the rules around self-isolation, as it helps prevent the spread of the virus and ensures everyone stays safe. 

Further information

If you have any questions about the above, please contact or call 01865 550401 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. 

Collecting exams results on 10 and 12 August

This year, exam and qualification results that have been generated through the Teacher Assessed Grade (TAG) process are being released across on 10 and 12 August. 

What additional support is available to students? 

 If you need to speak to anyone about anything, our Safeguarding and Student Support team are on hand to support you. There are people there to help you with whatever it is you’re going through, so please do speak to us. 

What online resources do you have to support learning and wellbeing? 

In addition to your learning via ALO and the wellbeing support from the Safeguarding and Student Support team, we’ve also put together the following resources and information online to support your learning and wellbeing: 

How are you going to communicate further updates? 

We will continue to communicate regular updates via email and text alerts to ensure you get the information you need. 

We ask all students and parents to ensure their contact details are up to date with us so that you don’t miss any of these important updates. You can do this in the following ways: 

In addition, you will also get regular updates from your tutors regarding your faculty areas and studies.

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