Update - January 2022
From Tuesday, 4 January 2022, all staff and students were asked to self-test with a lateral flow test before returning to College. In addition, all students who could not show evidence of a negative test were asked to carry out a lateral flow test on-site, before attending classes, and measures were put in place for all students arriving at College to do that. In addition, the Government recommended that all staff and students take two lateral flow tests per week, and to report their results to the College and the NHS.
In addition, the Government recommended that face coverings are worn not just in communal areas but in classrooms as well. This is a short-term measure and this advice will be reviewed by the Government on 26 January 2022. We would endorse the Secretary of Education’s words that “Vaccination remain our best defence against Covid-19 and that is why everyevery child and young person aged 12 and over is eligible to receive the vaccine. It is also vital that all of us…go out as soon as we possibly can to get the booster jab, to protect the NHS, protect our way of life, and protect education and childcare”.
COVID-19 Guidlines re: College Attendance
If you are under 18 and a half years of age, not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons and people who are double jabbed are advised to take a PCR test if they've come into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, but this will not be compulsory. You should still attend Colelge while awaiting the result.
Update to the educational setting status form to reflect changes to the guidance on face coverings and isolation - 7th December 2021
On Tuesday 7 December, existing questions on the education setting status form (EdSet) will be updated to reflect the recent temporary measures introduced in response to the Omicron variant. No new questions will be added to the form. The list of additional control measures that you can implement to manage an outbreak in your setting has been updated, to reflect the new guidance on face coverings in communal areas.
As face coverings are now recommended to be worn in communal areas by staff in all settings and by pupils in secondary schools, their use does not need to be recorded in the EdSet. Only the use of face coverings in classrooms (which are not advised, but Directors of Public Health may temporarily advise for individual settings experiencing an outbreak) should be recorded in the EdSet as an additional control measure.
Reasons for absence related to COVID-19 will be updated to reflect the self-isolation requirement after contact with a suspected or confirmed case of the Omicron variant.
Pupils who are self-isolating after contact with a suspected or confirmed case of the Omicron variant should be recorded under ‘required to remain at home or isolate in line with government guidance’. Pupils required to isolate after returning from abroad or pupils required to isolate because they are over the age of 18 years and 6 months who are not fully vaccinated should also be included in this category.
Staff who are self-isolating after contact with a suspected or confirmed case of the Omicron variant should be recorded under ‘required to remain at home or isolate by NHS Test and Trace or in line with government guidance due to close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19’ either within or outside your setting.
As of 24 August, 87.7% of those aged 16 and older in England have received at least one dose of a vaccine, and 76.9% have received a second dose.
This level of protection means an increasing proportion of the education workforce are vaccinated, protecting both them and, by weakening of chains of transmission, their unvaccinated colleagues and students.
In addition to all over 18's, the following children and young people are also eligible to receive the vaccine
- All 16 and 17 year olds can receive their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
- 12 to 17 year olds with specific underlying health conditions that put them at risk of severe COVID-19 should be offered 2 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
- Those 12 and over who live with an immunosuppressed person should also be offered 2 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
Home Testing in September
What testing is required for staff and students from the new academic year onwards?
- Once students have taken two tests on-site at school or college, it will move to transition to regular twice-weekly testing at home.
- Resume regular twice-weekly testing at home for staff from the start of the autumn term.
Stanmore College continues to follow the latest Government Guidance, which can be found at www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Latest update from the DfE - 30th August 2021
Information on school attendance expectations
School attendance is mandatory and the usual rules continue to apply, including:
- a parent’s duty to ensure that their child attends regularly at school, where the child is a registered pupil at school
- schools’ responsibilities to record attendance and follow up absence
- the ability for schools and local authorities to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices in line with local authorities’ codes of conduct
To promote excellent attendance this term, we expect schools and local authorities to continue to:
- communicate clear and consistent expectations around attendance to families
- identify pupils who are reluctant or anxious about attending or who are at risk of disengagement and develop plans to re-engage them, especially those who are persistently absent or at risk of persistent absence
- use the additional recovery funding, attendance staff, resources and pupil premium funding, as well as existing pastoral and support services, to put measures in place for those families who will need additional support to secure pupils’ regular attendance
- work closely with other professionals to support regular attendance
Important information about clinically extremely vulnerable children and young people
Clinical studies have shown that children and young people, including those originally considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV), are at very low risk of serious illness if they catch the virus. The UK Clinical Review Panel has recommended that all children and young people under the age of 18 should no longer be considered CEV and should be removed from the Shielded Patient List, the national database of people considered clinically extremely vulnerable.
All children and young people should continue to follow the same guidance as everyone else, which can be found at www.gov.uk/coronavirus. For a very few individual children specific clinical advice may be given and this should continue to be followed.
The Department for Health and Social Care have developed an FAQ that can be accessed online. A letter has been sent by the Department of Health and Social Care to the families of children and young people who were previously classified as CEV informing them of this change. Although shielding was paused on 1 April 2021, we know that for some this may be a significant change and they may be anxious about returning to face-to-face education for the Autumn Term.
Testing in schools and colleges to stop the spread of the virus
Over 49 million rapid COVID-19 tests have been conducted by students and staff at schools and colleges across England since Monday 4 January. Building regular twice-weekly testing into routines has been critical in reaching this milestone number of tests and is testament to the dedication of students and staff to keep the virus out of schools and colleges.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said:
*“I am grateful and humbled by the actions that everyone working in education has taken to pull together and deliver this programme. Alongside the wider protective measures in place that we must all continue following, this asymptomatic testing helps break chains of transmission by taking people who are infectious but don’t know it out of circulation.
As we head towards the end of this challenging academic year, please encourage your staff and students to keep testing and reporting.”*
Source: DfE 7th June 2021
Frequently Asked Questions
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Applicants for 2020/21 Academic Year
Q: I have not attended an interview. How will I be offered a place?
A: Teachers are trying to contact those who did not have an opportunity to attend an interview before the locked to conduct interviews over the telephone. You should receive a telephone call before mid-May. For those who apply later they will be contacted after receipt of their application.
Q: What is the deadline to accept/decline the offer?
A: We request that you confirm your during the telephone interview.
Q: I also have offer(s) from other school/college(s), what should I do?
A: You can accept offers at more than one college or sixth form to keep your options until you have GCSE results, if you wish.
Q: What should I do if I do not receive a call/telephone interview.
A: If you do not receive a call it may be because the College does not have a correct telephone number for you or it may not have been entered on your application form. You can email your telephone number, full name, date of birth and state which study programme you applied for to firstname.lastname@example.org and they will update your application. The College will still make every effort to contact you.
Q: If my GCSE grades are not high enough for a Level 3 study programme at Stanmore College can I still enrol and do the subject I wish to study?
A: Yes you will be able to enrol but we will only make the final decision on the level of the study programme you enrol on at enrolment which starts on GCSE results day. If you meet or exceed your GCSE entry requirements and meet any other stated requirements of your study programme, you will be invited to enrol on the most appropriate level for you.
Q: I changed my mind and want to study something else. What should I do now?
A: If you email email@example.com the College will update your record so the correct subject teacher contacts you to interview you for your chosen subject. If you have changed your mind since being interviewed don’t worry, you can be reinterviewed for the subject you now wish to do at enrolment.
Q: When will I receive information about how I should enrol?
A: You will be sent a letter from the College in July 2020 inviting you to enrol in August and outlining when you should go to the College and what you will need to bring with you. Enrolment starts on GCSE results day which is 20th August and goes on for a number of days.
Q: College day is 9:00am - 5:00pm - do I have to be onsite for all of this time if I do not have lessons?
A: You will receive your timetable after enrolling. The number of hours you do depends on the study programme you are undertaking. This will include English and maths if you did not achieve a grade 4 or above in in your GCSEs. You may also have enrichment, trips, industry placement or work experience on other days too.
In between lessons you will have time for personal study, homework, revision… not “FREE” time! If there is a whole day or half day when you have no lessons then you do not need to be on site.
Q: Will I be required to come to College every day or will there be day(s) off?
A: Yes - your timetable will cover Mon-Fri but not every class of every day; you will have scheduled "classroom" lessons for 15-20 hours per week (out of a possible 25).
Q: Can I progress to university after completion of a study programme?
A: Absolutely! Over 80% of our students progress to universities all over the UK. We also have a partnership with The University of Portsmouth and we offer HNDs in Computing and Business and Foundation Degrees in Early Years which are delivered at Stanmore College itself. Our students go on to fantastic careers. A level 3 study programme is equivalent to 3 A levels.
Q: I have accepted my offer. Is there anything else I need to do?
A: No - stay safe under COVID-19 restrictions. Keep a regular eye on email and we will contact you again when anything changes or to invite you to enrolment.
Q: Do I need to continue with my coursework and attend online lessons?
A: YES it is very important that you complete your study programme, attend online lessons and complete and submit all assignments by the deadlines set as this will affect your results and future success.
Q: I want to progress to the next level of my course at Stanmore College. How can I do that?
A: You need to complete your current programme. A letter was sent to existing students stating that, subject to completion of your current programme you will progress to the next level. If you do not wish to progress at Stanmore College you should let your personal tutor know. You will receive a letter in July inviting you to attend enrolment which starts on 20th August – you will be notified of the date that you should attend enrolment.
Q: I have not yet had a conversation with the Careers’ Adviser. How do I arrange one at this time?
A: If you have not chosen to apply to university and you have not had a conversation with the careers adviser we recommend that you email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible to arrange one.