Opening College from Tuesday 9 March 2021

At the end of February the government announced plans to exit out of lockdown, starting with the re-opening of schools and colleges from Monday 8 March.

It’s been a very challenging time for most of us but our students and staff have worked incredibly hard to continue their learning and teaching. We’re really looking forward to reopening our doors and welcoming students back to college.

However, we are not fully open for all students from Monday 8 March. We’ve decided to put in place a phased approach to physically re-opening the college, to make sure all our students and staff stay safe.  

Students who are due to return next week have already been contacted with their starting dates and plans for their return.

During next week, tutors will be sharing information directly online with students about the weeks commencing 15 and 22 March. Many of our students will continue to learn online for the time being.

We will also be in touch with all our students via letter and email about their return to college. Please also keep checking our social media channels and our website for more details.

Phased return to College

We will be re-opening the college from Tuesday 9 March in the following ways:

From 9 March

•    14-16 learners

•    Discreet Learners in SEND provision

•    HE with practical elements

•    Continuing with those learners that have been classified as vulnerable and already accessing the college campuses

From 15 March

•    16-18 learners identified as Level 1 priority

•    Adults identified as Level 1 priority

•    Apprenticeships

•    Delayed assessments

 As we re-open our sites we will deliver a mix of online and face-to-face learning.

Staff Development Day Monday 22 March

Please note, the College will be closed to all students on 22 March for a staff development day. For students who have already returned to face-to-face learning, college will reopen the following day.

Attending college

To support the safe re-opening of college, anyone physically attending our buildings must wear a face covering in all areas of the college (classrooms and public areas).

Eating zones will remain set at 2m social distancing to allow for staff and students to eat and drink.

We are implementing a charter to help with and reinforce the re-opening measures, which will be distributed around college and sent to students.

The charter is here.


To make sure everyone remains safe on campus, we will be running a testing service as per the government guidance.  We expect everyone on campus to have periodic Lateral Flow Device tests. By taking a test you will be helping to keep you and your family safe. It will also help to stop the virus spreading and ensure we can return to face-to-face learning as soon as possible.

Testing will be available for the first two weeks of re-opening at the following times and locations. There is no need to make an appointment. After this time, staff and students will be provided with home testing kits:

DHB – Bronte Lecture Theatre

7.30am -3:30pm Daily (Mon -Fri)

Lister – Gallery

7.30am -3:30pm Daily (Mon -Fri)

Trinity Green – Refectory

7.30am – 12pm Daily

Little Germany

1-4pm – Monday and Thursday

Bowling Back Lane

1-4pm – Tuesday and Friday

For the week commencing Monday 15 March, we will be opening our test facilities for additional hours to support our adult students attending evening classes:

David Hockney Building

7.30am – 6pm (Mon-Thur)

7.30am – 3.30pm (Friday)

Further details will be shared but please keep checking our website and social media channels for updates.

Last updated: 10 March 2021

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