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Advice for Parents and Carers

During the coronavirus pandemic, we will be updating this page with advice and guidance for the parents and carers of students.

In line with the Government guidance, all of our Colleges will be reopening from 8 March.

All students should have now received a letter outlining what to expect when they return, and also highlighting our Lateral Flow Testing programme. We are encouraging learners to get tested when they have the opportunity to do so. We have also created the video below to show all students what the procedures are when coming to College. 


All of the Group’s Nursery Provision will continue to remain open as normal.

You can stay up to date with the latest changes via our social media platforms, and also through this webpage.

Undertaking regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing helps reduce transmission of the virus. Parents and other adults in households with students who attend College, who do not have symptoms, can now access regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. This includes childcare and support bubbles.

Tests are fast, easy and completely free. There are different ways for a household, childcare or support bubble to collect their test to take at home, twice-weekly:

  • Through your employer, if they offer testing to employees;
  • By collecting a home test kit from a local test site – anyone aged 18 or over can collect 2 packs of 7 tests;
  • By ordering a home test kit online – please do not order online if you can access testing through other routes, this frees up home delivery for those who need it most

If you have any queries about the tests, and you live in England, please call 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day from 7am to 11pm.

Children of primary school age (and below) without symptoms are not being asked to take a test.

Testing is voluntary, but strongly recommended to all who are eligible. Alongside the vaccine, washing hands, wearing face coverings, and maintaining social distancing, rapid testing plays a vital role in reducing transmission rates. Getting into the habit of regular testing as part of our everyday lives will help us all to play our part and do what we can to protect each other.

We have also created a flowchart to help understand what to do if you or your child/young person tests positive or has had close contact with somebody who has Covid-19.  The flowchart details when students should not attend college and who to contact if a student has a positive test result.

If you have any questions, please contact your local College using the details below:

Watch our animation