Coronavirus up date 16/7/20

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.

www.wsucbpt.co.uk

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

Best wished

Kim

College Principal.

Latest Coronavirus update

Update 19th June

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you and your families continue to be fit and well.

This week we had a small number of students return to college and I am pleased to be able to tell you that it went very well, all the plans and organisation we have put in place is working well. The students we have in are pleased to be back, as are the staff who are back working in college. Everyone is reporting they feel safe and that the college feels as normal as it can be in the circumstances. We have cleared class spaces to enable social distancing, and a system has been put in place to be able to pass safely when in the corridor. We are of course continuing to provide support for home learning and maintaining contact with our families in an attempt provide all the support we can during these difficult times.

Given how well things have gone so far, it is our intention to increase the numbers of students in college next week and to operate normal working day hours.  Following government guidance, we are limited on the numbers of students we can have in the college in order to maintain social distancing.

At the moment there has been no change in the Governments thinking that parents can choose whether or not they want to send their child to college or not, this remains your choice.

The college will close to all students on the 10th July 2020 for the summer break

Please contact the college if you need any help, support or advice,

Kind regards 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

Coronavirus update

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you and your families continue to remain well. The Easter holiday did not provide the usual opportunities for us all to find rest and relaxation, but I hope you are all bearing up in these very difficult times.

Many of our college staff worked over the holidays to continue to provide support to students and families. I hope this has helped you. We will continue to do everything we can to help. Please contact us if there is anything you feel we can support you with.

I am really hopeful that we will see the end in sight regarding coronavirus over the next few weeks and we can get back to normal when it is safe for us all to do so. We will keep in touch regarding any developments.

Keep safe and kind regards,

Kim Everton

Coronavirus Update 26th March 2020

Apologies for the lack of updates, but we have all been flat out working on arrangements to provide the most effective support we can over the last two days.

We have set up Outreach Teams who will be making regular contact with all our families for safe and well checks and to offer any help and advice we can. If you do need help or advice, please contact us by email and we will do everything that we can to support you.

Finally, can I urge you in the strongest terms to follow the instructions we have all been given regarding social isolation and staying at home. Our main aim now must be to help everyone, students, staff and families to stay safe and well.

Take care and stay safe.

For guidance please go to https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Kim Everton

College Principal