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Coronavirus Information

This page is where any and all information related to Coronavirus and the College will be posted. Please check back for updates.

The College has no confirmed cases of Coronavirus among its population.


Email Updates

All students currently enrolled with us will receive any major updates around the situation automatically via email as we will already have your address. If you are a student and have recently changed email address, or you are a relative/carer/friend who would like to receive major updates, please enter your email address below.

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Update: 25 March 2020 – Studying GCSE maths or English with us?

Please be patient while we await more information from Ofqual on how your grades will be decided. We understand that a lot of students and parents will want this information as soon as possible. Please be reassured that we will be sharing this information with you as soon as we have it. Remember, students should continue to study and attend all online lessons as usual. Please continue to check this webpage for future updates. The examining body we use is AQA. You can read AQA’s current statement on exams here.


Update: 23 March 2020 – Library Information

There are various College Library information resources that can be accessed remotely.

  • e-books, e-journals, journal article databases
  • e-versions of the series of books on a variety of current topics relevant to college courses on Issues Online for 14-18 year olds
  • The A-level Philip Allen Reviews – see our subject guides, details below
  • TV recordings of relevant programmes with up-to-date valuable educational content, arranged in subject categories  on Planet e-Stream

Library staff will be monitoring the Library email Library@farn-ct.ac.uk and will attempt to help with any queries as best we can under the circumstances.


Update: 23 March 2020. From today Stagecoach Bus services will be running to School Holiday timetables across Hampshire, Surrey and West Sussex until further notice. Please check timetables before travelling.


Update: 20 March 2020. Following the government’s instruction for colleges in the UK to partially close amid the Coronavirus outbreak, the College will be closed from 23rd March 2020 to many of our students. We hope that the information below will provide you with the information needed for the coming weeks, but please contact us using the details at the bottom of this page if you have any questions.

The College’s Senior Management Team (SMT) meets on a daily basis and is continuing to monitor developments and manage risks. There have been extensive planning meetings held in previous weeks and the College is now in an excellent position to continue teaching in alternative ways.

Because we offer a wide range of courses to an equally wide range of students, this communication is not comprehensive. We have tried to include as much detail as we can, but please be reassured that students will be contacted individually with important information where it is needed.

We will continue to update you on any developments that affect students, parents or employers via our website, social media, and email.

College Courses for 16-19 Year Olds

Students who match the criteria below are still able to attend college:

  • Those whose parents/carers are keyworkers. See below for the full list of critical sectors and keyworkers
  • Children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans.

Critical sectors and keyworkers:

Health and social care

This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare

This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.

Key public services

This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.

Local and national government

This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.

Food and other necessary goods

This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).

Public safety and national security

This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.

Transport

This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.

Utilities, communication and financial services

This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.

If workers think they fall within the critical categories above they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.

Adults, Higher Education and Apprentices

All classes will now be delivered online (further information below). If you have enrolled on a course due to start in the Summer term, our staff will contact you.

Learning from Home

To ensure that students can continue their learning with minimal disruption during the closure, work and lesson resources will be available through Moodle where a lesson would normally have taken place. Students are expected to complete this work, unless unable to due to sickness or another valid reason. Morning and afternoon registers will be taken for students according to their timetables. We are asking all parents/carers to support us in ensuring their children remain focused while studying at home.

Lecturers will be in direct communication with their students with further instructions, and will be available by email during normal working hours to support students who have any questions or need assistance with lesson content.

A number of resources are already available to students to support their remote working. This includes Moodle and access to Microsoft Office software.

For students who have no internet or computer/laptop/tablet at home, other arrangements are being made and you will be contacted by your tutor who will advise on the next steps. Please contact your tutor if you think that you may have difficulty accessing online resources.

Students will still be able to contact their tutor if they require course-related support and staff will still have access to college buildings. Please do not visit the College unless you are directed to do so by a member of staff for a specific reason.

Exams and Assignments

We appreciate that many students will be anxious about exams and assignments. Exam bodies have been asked for their plans and they have advised that they are reviewing their approach and doing lots of contingency planning. They will ensure a solution is in place that meets the needs of students and ensures fairness.

If you have an exam or assignment due to take place at college, your tutor will be in touch with you with further information.

Returning to College

We would like to reassure our college community that the health and wellbeing of those returning to college from the 23rd March will continue to be a priority for us. The pro-active steps we have taken in helping keep our students and staff safe will remain in place. The College has been closely following NHS and government advice and taken extra steps, such as a precautionary deep-clean of the College, to support high levels of hygiene. We advise all students and staff to follow NHS and government advice during this period and to contact tutors if they have any concerns.

Reopening

At this time, we do not have a date when we expect to fully re-open, however this may change following further announcements and instruction.

Year 11 Students Applying to College

Students currently in Year 11 should follow advice from their school and continue to concentrate on their work as before. The government has not announced details yet, but it is believed that Year 11 students will still be assessed before the end of the academic year – even if this is not through conventional exams.

Because college course are typically at a more advanced level, the skills that students learn at school are vital for the successful transition from school to college. Please do not let one unusual year of studying have a knock-on effect for future courses.

Supporting Mental Health

The uncertainty of the Coronavirus outbreak means that, for many of us, mental health will be an issue that needs some attention. There are a number of useful resources available that are specific to the outbreak, and the College’s Counselling Service will continue during the partial closure. We will update this page with more details soon.

Free School Meals

We are currently making plans to pay students who would normally be entitled to free meals at college. We will be in touch with you soon if you are currently eligible for free meals at college.


Update: 19 March 2020. For those waiting for an update on how the College will be reacting to yesterday’s news, we still have too many unanswered questions from government to provide full information. We appreciate this may be frustrating, but it is far better that we have all the facts first so we can give useful information that isn’t based on assumptions. Please be patient while we await this. Our Senior Management Team is continuing to plan for all outcomes, and with so many different courses and students we have many scenarios to work with. Please be reassured that we will provide information as soon as we have it and hold your questions until we have provided more details.


Update: 18 March 2020. The government have announced that schools and colleges will be closing soon amid the Coronavirus outbreak.

We’re currently digesting the new information and working to clarify what this will mean for our college population. We aim to provide as much information as possible for the morning of 19th March. Please continue visiting this page for all updates and to subscribe to our email updates.

Please note that classes will continue on Thursday 19th March as usual, unless you have been told otherwise by your tutor.

We’re sure many within our college community will have questions, but please wait until we have provided more information before contacting us.


Update: 17 March 2020. Tonight’s Parents’ Evening and Interviews will no longer be taking place at the College, but will happen using alternative means. This could include by phone or web. Tutors will be in touch with everyone affected to arrange this, so please don’t visit the College for the originally-planned Parents’ Evening.


Update: 16 March 2020. We are planning a Remote Working Day on Friday 20 March to test our systems, which will mean the College is closed for the day. Find out more


We have an important role to play in making sure our students, staff, and wider community are protected from Coronavirus as much as possible.

All classes, exams, meetings, interviews, events, salon appointments and restaurant bookings at the College are due to go ahead as usual.

The College’s Senior Management Team are meeting regularly to monitor advice from the government, Public Health England, and the NHS, which had led to new and ongoing measures being put in place.

Find out how to protect yourself or check if you need medical help on the NHS website

Read commonly asked questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) on Public Health England’s blog

The College’s Role in Prevention

We have been making sure all students are aware of Coronavirus and the role they play in its prevention. All students have received a tutorial session on hygiene, messages are displayed throughout our IT systems, and additional hand sanitisers are available at the College. Staff have also increased cleaning processes throughout the College.

Students Returning from Overseas

Students returning to college from high risk areas, or those who have been in contact with those from high risk areas, are advised to self-isolate and avoid contact with others in line with advice from Public Health England.

What Happens if I Can’t Attend College?

Where students are away from college due to self-isolation, work is set for them using our online moodle system, giving them continued access to lesson resources and contact with teachers.

What Next?

As new information becomes available from official sources, we will update our students, parents and staff accordingly.

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