Positive Cases – Week commencing 23rd November 2020

The wellbeing of our College community is our number one priority, and we are committed to sharing numbers on Covid-19 cases on all of our 11 sites along with the action we take when someone tests positive.


Main Site – 1 positive case onsite. Investigating 1 case.



Main Site – 5 positive cases onsite and 9 positive cases amongst students who had not been onsite and were isolating at home.

Newcastle – 2 positive cases amongst students who had not been onsite and were isolating at home.

TTE – 2 positive cases onsite.


Update 4th November

Following the Prime Ministers announcement regarding a 2nd national lockdown, we have considered the guidance in detail, along with a review of our extensive mitigating safety measures and we are pleased to confirm that the College will remain open and operational for students as follows: 

  • We will continue to operate at stage 2 of our COVID plan i.e. all students are on site for some or all of their timetable with full mitigation in place. 
  • We will continue to increase the hours that students are on site where it is in their interests to do so. Department heads will make this decision.
  • It is likely that more classes may need to move to on-line learning due to increasing numbers of staff requiring to self-isolate in the coming weeks and we will continue to make these decisions on a case by case basis, informing you directly if your class is affected
  • We may see increasing numbers of students who are required to self-isolate and therefore work on a distance learning basis. Your tutor will work with you where this is the case to ensure you can carry out your work from home. 

Finally, it is with great sadness that we need to once again close our commercial outlets to commercial customers until the 4th December or further notice. 

These include:

  • Gymworld
  • Fitness centre
  • Waterside Brasserie
  • Hair and Beauty salons
  • Sports pitches and facilities

We remain confident in our extensive safety measures and are pleased to confirm that to date, we have no evidence of any students having contracted COVID whilst at College.

We will keep you updated as and when the situation changes.

Update week commencing 2nd November 2020

In light of the Government's announcement on Saturday, we can confirm that the College will remain open as usual during the lockdown period.

Please can all students attend as normal to their scheduled classes and follow the College's guidelines to stay safe.

We look forward to seeing you in your lessons.

Announcement 1st October 2020

Despite the local lockdown now in place in Middlesbrough, the College is unaffected by the changes and we are operating as normal. 

Travel to and from College is deemed as essential travel. Our Covid-19 secure plans are proving to be effective and all students should continue to attend their scheduled timetable of classes onsite as usual.

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

The wellbeing of our College community is our number one priority, which is why we’ve implemented a range of measures following the coronavirus pandemic. We are confident that by working together we can provide a safe ‘socially distanced’ environment for you when you come to our campus.

  • We expect everybody to wear a face covering entering the college premises and they should be kept on in public areas unless there is a reasonable excuse for removing it. 

  • 2m social distancing will be in place in key shared spaces of the College.

  • 1m spacing will be in place in classrooms / workshops and students will remain in the same bubble all day with limited movement.
  • Hand sanitiser is available throughout the building.
  • During the first half term, students will have some (an average of 30%) of their course online. Details of this will be provided during induction.
  • We aim to increase the amount of time you will be on site gradually as the year progresses – aiming for full time on-site tuition as soon as possible (national guidance permitting).
  • The College has adapted its cycle and drop-off facilities.
  • Classes will have carefully staggered start times, lunches and finish times to reduce corridor passing.
  • Students that arrive more than 15 minutes before their class start time will be directed to a socially distanced, supervised, waiting area which will be regularly cleaned.
  • On the main site this will be in the form of a new large marquee with socially distanced seating. This can also be used for lunch.
  • No social areas or social seating will be open during the first half term.
  • The campus has had significant adaptations made to it as well as additional cleaning measures being put in place.

What to do if you think you may have Covid-19

As cold and flu season is also upon us, it is important to remember that there are only 3 official symptoms of COVID-19:

  • A high temperature
  • A new, continuous cough
  • A loss of, or change to, your sense of smell of taste



Get Test

Work from Home (where job allows) / Distance Learningfor student

1. You have had close contact with a confirmed case / or been contacted by Track and Trace


14 days


Unless you develop symptoms



2. You have symptoms– (you must get a test asap)


until test result is known





If able to do so and symptoms are not severe

Positive Test Result

Negative Test Result

Yes (10 days)





3. You live with a household member with COVID-19 symptoms



Until the test result of family member is known



Unless you develop symptoms


Positive test result of household member

Negative test result of household member

See Case 1





4. You have had close contact with someone who is isolating due to their contact/possible contact with a confirmed case


If contact later gets a positive test see 1) above




Unless you develop symptoms


Should be in work/College as no isolation period is required

5. You have returned from foreign travel(please seek advice before travelling)


14 days


Unless you develop symptoms



If you are unable to come into College due to any illness, appointment or isolation for the reasons outlined above in cases 1, 2, 3 & 5 – 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. 


The college and TTE will open in September, and both campuses have been adapted to be Covid-secure.

Learners will also be required to complete some of their studies online from home.

The college has prepared a full risk assessment, action plan, and implemented associated measures to ensure we comply with government guidelines both as an employer and as an education setting. We are also closely following guidelines for other sectors where our specialist facilities meet those requirements and working closely with awarding bodies to ensure that practical assessments can be modified where possible to limit the time required on site.

Whilst we have taken significant steps to adapt how we work, we will be reminding everyone who enters our site of the role we all have in ensuring safety on site. In this regard, everyone on-site will be asked to:

  • Comply with our social distancing requirements
  • Wash / sanitise their hands regularly
  • Cough / sneeze into a tissue or their elbow, appropriately disposing of tissues after use
  • Follow staff instructions carefully
  • We are now requesting the use of face coverings as well as social distancing in all key public / shared spaces of the College. We will be asking everyone who enters our sites to wear face masks when moving around internally and until in their classroom, workshop or lunch area. These can be removed where other protection is in place e.g screens to allow for better communication.

Once it is safe to do so, and in line with government guidelines, we will begin to reopen our community facilities.

New and updated Health and Safety video from 1st September:

Watch video 

Important Documents:

Full Covid-19 Guidance for On-site Provision
Covid-19 Staff Induction
Covid-19 Student Induction

Results and Enrolment Information:

Positive COVID 19 communication policy

Our focus is on ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff, whilst continuing to offer the highest standards in education and learning.

We are closely following Government guidance to education providers on minimising the risk of coronavirus and have implemented a range of measures to protect students and staff, including social distancing, additional cleaning schedules, the teaching of students in bubbles and the wearing of face coverings on all of our sites. We will be remaining vigilant at all times and will react accordingly to any changes in Government guidelines.

Should there be any suspected case, the College will follow the latest Government and Public Health guidelines to ensure that any staff or students at risk are isolated and sent home immediately, and their parents/guardians informed.  Unless you are notified, please be assured that there is no risk to yourself or your son/daughter.

The Middlesbrough College Group has six centres within the North East, employs approximately 1000 staff and has 13,000 enrolled students. As one of the largest Further Education (FE) institutions in the north of England, with students and staff drawn from all over the North East region, it is likely that we will see coronavirus cases amongst the student and staff body over the coming months. However, we are closely monitoring the situation and are confident that such cases can be identified and managed swiftly and effectively.

Individuals will be contacted on a one-to-one basis, as needed. Our priority remains the ongoing safety and learning of our students.

Information for students:

Yes, all of our teams are back in College to give you all the support you need.

If you need to contact our Student Services Team please email studentservices@mbro.ac.uk.

You can also access our learning resource centre online through our website.

If you feel unwell, please notify your tutor and our Student Services Team (studentservices@mbro.ac.uk). 

If you have symptoms of Coronavirus you must self-isolate for 10 days. 

If your symptoms do not improve after 10 days you must contact the NHS non-emergency team by calling 111. 

Find out about our fantastic travel package for all full time students.

Information for Middlesbrough College applicants:

Once you know the course you are interested in, you're ready to apply!

Visit our application process page

If you're still unsure, don't worry - you can find out more about each of our courses via our Career Choice pages!

Alternatively, you can open Livechat to speak to our course tutors!

We have lots of photos and videos of the College on our website and YouTube for you to access where you can see the amazing facilities.

If you would prefer to come in for a tour, please contact the Schools Team.

Of course! 

Email our Admissions Team and they will be in touch with the new details for the course that you want to study.

Middlesbrough College has a fantastic travel package for all full time students.

Whether students live 15 or 50 minutes away, there are a number of bus and train routes available to make the journey that bit easier.

Find out more