Covid-Secure Guidelines for safe study in the College and classroom

The College will fully comply with government guidance from the 19th July but with added protections in place as outlined below. We may flex these rules depending on local circumstances or local public health advice. We expect to revise these measures in January 2022 or earlier should local circumstances require

Revised COVID protections:
  • Two home lateral flow tests (LFT) will be required of all students before returning to site for the new academic year. Test kits will be given out at enrolment or will be posted out to students. Further information on home testing can be found here

  • Staff are required to carry out LFT at home before they return
  • Thereafter, LFT will be available for home use for all staff and students until further notice

  • One way systems will remain in place in busy communal areas

  • We advise all staff and students to wear face coverings on public transport and require students to wear them on college buses until further notice.

  • Social seating will be available in some communal areas however face coverings may need to be worn in certain busy areas where no eating or drinking will be allowed. Please adhere to signage.

  • There will be provision for socially distanced seating and eating on each site for those who prefer that. This will be provided by a marquee on the main campus

  • Seating plans will be in place in classrooms and workshops but there will be no requirement for masks or social distancing in these areas

  • Ventilation systems have been modified to allow for fresh air movement
  • Hand sanitising stations will remain throughout
  • Additional cleaning will remain in place for high contact areas
  • Door open - fire alarm activated devices will remain installed to limit door handle contact
  • Cashless systems will remain in place
  • Screens will remain in place in public facing areas
  • Industry guidelines will be followed in all our commercial / industrial facilities
  • Staff and students should take personal responsibility to reduce close contacts where possible
  • All staff will transition back to on-site working over the course of the Summer.
  • Timetables will be staggered to spread the movement of people throughout the day

The importance of good hygiene

Frequent and thorough hand cleaning should continue. This can be done with soap and water or hand sanitiser. The ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach continues to be very important to avoid the spread of germs.  

Track, trace and isolation

We will follow government rules regarding track and trance and self-isolation. From 16 August 2021 if you are under the age of 18 you will no longer be required to self-isolate if you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case.

Instead you will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed that you have been in close contact with a positive case and given age appropriate testing advice. This will require you to take a PCR test and self-isolate if it is positive. If it is negative you will be able to return to college.

Anyone over the age of 18 year old will be treated in the same way as those under 18 until 4 months after their 18th birthday to allow them the opportunity to get fully vaccinated. At which point, you will be subject to the same rules as adults and so if you choose not to get vaccinated, you will need to self-isolate if identified as a close contact.

COVID-19 Vaccination

Staff and students are strongly encouraged to take up the offer of both doses of the vaccine, as soon as they become eligible. COVID-19 vaccination is now being offered to everyone aged 18 and over at local sites run by GPs or community pharmacies, at larger vaccination centres and in some hospitals. More information on how to get a vaccine can be found on the NHS website.

 If you are unable to come into College due to any illness, appointment or isolation then please contact your department attendance officer or administration office on the following numbers:



A Levels

01642 333816


01642 333497


01642 333555

Progression Studies

01642 333396

Catering, Hospitality, Hairdressing and Beauty

01642 333426

Sport, Travel and Public Services

01642 333772

Visual and Performing Arts, Fashion and Computing

01642 333307

Access to HE Provision

01642 333826

Adult Community Learning

01642 333378


01642 462266

Outreach Centres e.g. Sunderland, Newcastle, York, Ripon, Darlington, Community centres – please contact your tutor directly

Evidence will need to be provided for absence (in the case of full time students) and where you are well enough, online work will be set through our virtual learning systems for you to complete at home. 

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Government Guidelines for Further Education Colleges:

Please see official government guidelines for Further Education Colleges here.