Dear Parent / Carer
Following guidance from the government, the college is making plans for all learners to return to further education in special education settings in September 2020 so that they can start or resume their education.
We will keep the governments guidance under review as we continue to monitor the situation over the summer and we will adjust and adapt our approach as necessary, building on the protective measures we already have in place in college to make sure the college is COVID-secure.
We have carried out risk assessments on all the students expected to attend college in September in line with health and safety legislation and guidance on implementing protective measures, which includes information on managing the number of learners in attendance at any one time and how much they mix with other learners.
Please see the college’s Secure Management and Risk Assessment details which will inform you of the measures we have taken to ensure that all students and staff are safe whilst on college premises.
Parents and carers will be receiving letters informing you of when your child will be expected to return to college in September 2020. We have planned a phased return over three weeks to ensure all students have sufficient time to settle into college. We will be carrying out induction activities and will deliver a Recovery Curriculum during these three weeks before moving on to the full curriculum.
On the 15th June 2020 we re-opened the college to students who we felt were safe to attend college. This has been very successful, those students who attended enjoyed meeting their peers and college staff and took part in some fabulous social projects such as painting the wooden benches in the college garden, preparing a plot of land for a new shed to be installed, general maintenance of an outdoor area by the entrance to Wilson Stuart School and making Bird Boxes.
I would like to thank all the staff in college that have worked extremely hard during these difficult times to ensure that whilst we were in lock down our students and parents/ carers received regular calls from our Safe and Well team. Our Home Learning Team ensured that students received regular work to do at home and teachers participated in virtual Group Tutorials, giving face to face support to our students and their families.
Teachers, teaching assistants and all the support staff in college have all been instrumental in ensuring that the college continued to function and came up with some inspiring ways of keeping in touch, this has been so well received by our students, parents and carers.
Finally, to those students who have left the college to transition into employment, volunteering roles or social destinations the staff at the college would like to congratulate you and wish you the very best for the future. Please come and visit us, we will keep in touch to make sure you continue to thrive on your journey into adult life. Unfortunately we are not able to celebrate your successes and the good times you have had whilst being a student at the Hive. Rest assured that as soon as we can meet socially and safely we will be contacting you to arrange an Awards Evening.
Have a good summer and please stay safe