The well-being of our students and staff is of the utmost importance and we are taking all the necessary measures to ensure a COVID safe environment for all who use our college facilities, in line with government guidance.
Stringent measures have been put in place so that our buildings can be as safe as possible from COVID-19. Social distancing signage and floor markings are clearly visible and we have introduced one-way systems in our buildings. Hand sanitisers have been prominently placed at every entrance or exit to the College, in every classroom and at various key points around the buildings. Posters have been placed around the buildings recommending regular hand-washing, to remind everyone of the need to maintain high levels of hand hygiene, to minimise infection through surface-contact. All staff and students are asked to wear face coverings at all times in indoor circulation or communal spaces. ‘COVID-19 Safe’ risk assessments have been carried for all activities in College alongside the standard risk assessment procedures.
COVID curriculum offer
In addition to the physical measures above the College is offering a contact time of four and a half hours a week for each subject. This consists of a blended approach, with a three hour lesson in college and a ninety minute online lesson per week. The longer face-to-face lessons allow for a large amount of detail to be covered in an interactive manner. It allows students to really focus on the richness of learning in each subject and gives super opportunities to develop the depth of study. Homework will be set, with the online session being a great opportunity to review this work as well as affording opportunities for small group and one-to one work.
Arrangements for practical subjects
Each area of the college that needs to offer a more practical approach to learning has worked hard to develop processes which allow this to continue in a safe way. Where scientific experiments need to be carried out, group sizes are reduced for allocated lessons. Workshop areas have limited capacities and students are timetabled to ensure maximum time is available to use larger machinery. In our creative areas the staff are constantly revisiting processes to ensure that all students are able to continue to use our high-class facilities in safe and effective ways.
Our canteens and Starbucks coffee shops are open for students to purchase and take away food. Indoor dining spaces are carefully managed to minimise the risk of infection, through pre-booking arrangements, social distancing and regular cleaning between use.
Study Facilities: the Learning Resource Centre (LRC)
The Learning Resource Centre remains open to our students for completing independent study or accessing their on-line classes. Students are asked to book a space to ensure that numbers using these areas are managed and social distancing is maintained. Work areas are fully cleaned after each use. A ‘click and collect’ service enables students to borrow books safely to support their studies. Students can search for resources using our online library catalogue and reserve them.
We are following government guidelines, sport national governing body guidelines and educational guidelines to make sure that any sporting or physical activity that takes place in College is COVID-19 safe. Social distancing, cleaning and sanitising are our top priorities. All guidance is regularly reviewed and adhered to. We are also offering a wide range of online provision that can be accessed at any time to help keep all our students active, fit and healthy.
We continue to review our processes in line with government guidance and will keep you updated as your application to WQE progresses. If you accept a place at WQE you can be assured that your safety is of paramount importance alongside us providing you with a high quality learning experience.