Welcome

I am delighted to welcome you to the Hive College website.

At the Hive College we are dedicated to do all we can to help our students develop and succeed in their aspirations, enjoy their time at college and develop the important qualities they need to aid their transition into adult life.

We set high expectations; students must be willing to work hard and are encouraged to take pride in what they achieve.  We have developed a safe college environment where everyone is encouraged to believe in themselves and reach their full potential.

We have developed an exciting and inclusive curriculum to meet the diverse needs of all our students who attend the Hive College.   We have developed outstanding relationships with employers across the Birmingham area and within local communities to assist us in providing the best outcomes to meet our student’s individual needs.

We hope you find our website interesting and informative.  If you require any more information contact the college by telephone or email.

Mrs Kim Everton
College Principal

Recent News

Latest Coronavirus update

Dear Parents and Carers

I hope you remain well and are in good spirits. I’m sure you’ve heard that the government has now issued more guidance about children and young adults returning to school or college. Many of you will have questions about what this means for your child. Firstly, we want to reassure you that the key priority for us is to ensure the safety of your child. The college leadership team is currently undertaking a detailed risk assessment and putting in place a range of protective measures before we will open our doors to students. We are planning for changes that are as supportive as possible for young adults and families, whilst being manageable for our college.

The government has set an ambition for more students to begin to return to school from the 1st June and they have been clear about the priority order of students. However, as an Independent Specialist College we can make our own decisions, and as I have said previously, we will be considering how we move forward very carefully. We will not be able to increase student numbers at The Hive College on June 1st. However, we will be putting all of our efforts in making this happen as soon as we can, but only when we are confident the plans we have made allow us to do this as safely as is possible. When we do start to stagger the increase of student numbers in college we will be monitoring the situation very carefully and will only make further increases when we feel confident this is possible.

Some changes to normal will be necessary. We will be considering different times for the start and end of day for groups to manage social distancing. We are planning to teach in “family groups” that will remain separate at all times in college. As you will know, social distancing will be impossible for many of our students, so staff will have PPE (personal protective equipment) when necessary.

The government has been clear that students who are shielded due to their medical vulnerability or who are at significant clinical risk or who live in a household with someone who is shielded or otherwise clinically at risk should remain at home. We are all responding to new guidance as we get it, but this is often changed at short notice.

We have begun to contact families to discuss their views and concerns about a return to college. We will be starting with very small numbers of students. Clearly, we all share the view that we want our students to be back in college, but this has to be when we and you as parents are reassured that this will be safe. This is why the government is encouraging parents to support the phased return to schools and colleges, but they have confirmed that attendance is not compulsory at this time. In the meantime, if you have questions or concerns then please let us know, either contact me directly k.everton@wsucbpt.co.uk, or talk to the member of staff who is keeping regular contact with you. We will keep you informed of any news or developments as soon as they happen and will give you information well in advance of any changes.

Take care and keep safe,

Kim Everton

College Principal

Mental Awareness Week

This week is the which is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation.  The theme this year is kindness.
During theses socialising distancing times where people are feeling isolated, anxious and alone it couldn’t be a better choice.
To offer out acts of kindness and to receive kindness can and will have a massive impact on our daily lives.  So everyone is encouraged to commit one act of kindness a day and make a difference to someone’s life.
Kindness can benefit us in so many ways. These include:

  • Reducing stress
  • Increase sense of worth
  • Increases emotional resilience
  • Improves immunity system
  • A more optimistic and happier outlook on life
  • A sense of exhilaration and euphoria
  • An increase in energy
  • A feeling of  being healthy,
  • Decreased feeling of loneliness, depression and helplessness

The following link has guides and ways you can support this week.  It is a typing area where it states sleep is the theme.  Let us be kind to them though!https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week

Coronavirus Update

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you and your families are well. We are expecting information about colleges reopening very soon. Can I assure you that we will be looking at these guidelines carefully before we decide what to do at The Hive College.

As a special college we have different challenges to mainstream colleges, and we will need to consider how we will respond to any information. The Hive will not be reopening before we have been able to consider and plan for what is best and safest for our students and staff.

 

We will be talking to all our parents about reopening and will be listening carefully to your worries and concerns. We will take your views into account when making decisions and will make sure we continue to consult with you as this situation develops.

I hope you enjoy your Bank Holiday and VE Celebrations.

Kind regards, keep safe

Kim Everton

College Principal