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
The Hive College Coronavirus Update
There have so far been no cases of coronavirus infection of any staff or students in college. Wilson Stuart School did prevent a member of staff from coming into school last Thursday and Friday as a precaution because her brother had symptoms. It turned out that he was not infected and there was no risk.
We are continuing with our hand-washing, cleaning and all the measures as specified by the health authorities.
We have been informed by nurses that students with a dry cough and/or temperature in college must go home and will need to be collected by parents.
A few parents have taken the decision not to send students into college because they are concerned about the virus in relation to underlying health issues. We are looking at ways we will be able to keep in touch with students who are off college.
The NHS has stopped testing people with any symptoms of coronavirus and is now telling them to self-isolate. This includes people with colds and sore throats, we have a few members of staff who are currently off college for this reason.
The Government, as you will be aware is considering measures including isolating the elderly and vulnerable, this may include consideration of the need to do this for students who have medical issues and who might be at significant risk if they were to be infected. We will have to wait and see what happens and what decisions are taken. In the event of a college closure we will be providing work to be completed at home and are considering what we will do if any closure may be long-term.
We have taken the decision to cancel work placements and community visits. We have also restricted visitors into college to a minimum and will be increasingly using conference calling meetings.
Due to restrictions on purchasing food items, the tuck shop will now be operating a reduced menu. We will not be having a Friday special and if parents could provide a packed lunch for students, this would be appreciated.
I am sure like everyone, you will be concerned about the present situation regarding the corona virus. At college we have been following the advice given by the Department of Health which you can find here:
We are following all the advice given by the Department of Health. This is being updated daily. In school we have already put in place the following things:
All classes have anti-bacterial handwash
We have soap and wash bowls in every class
We have put handwash signs in every toilet and bathroom
We have put “Catch it, bin it, kill it” signs around college
Students are having handwashes when they arrive at college, at breaktimes and at lunchtimes
All door handles and handrails are being cleaned daily
We are limiting physical contact to the minimum
I have also spoken to the NHS officers and made them aware that many of the children here at The Hive have underlying health issues and might be particularly at risk if they were to catch the virus.
If you do have particular concerns about your child being vulnerable because of a medical condition they have, I would suggest you ask for advice from your GP.
It may be that in the event of a greater spread of infection in the coming weeks further measures may have to be considered and it is possible this could include closure of schools/colleges.
We would ask that you follow the Department of Health advice regarding what action to take if members of your family or your child have possible symptoms or fall into any categories of risk, this is very important. We would also request that in the unfortunate event of a member of your family contracting the virus we would ask that you inform us immediately and keep your child off college.
We will keep you informed and updated of any developments or news about this as soon as we receive it. Any information from college will be posted on our website immediately.
A very busy evening for The Hive College as we held our annual Parent and Student information event yesterday. This event is to showcase agencies that are here to support our students and families during and after their time in college. A few agencies that promoted their work were: DWP, Care First, QAC, Derwin College, National Express Accessible Transport and many more!
Strive enjoyed a day full of ‘German Market’ related activities. We had fun making mulled apple juice, chocolate fruit kababs and mince pies along with making our own music on auto rap and a lovely aromatherapy session and sensory time.
Thank you so much to the parents and students of The Hive College for supporting the YMCA Sutton Coldfield with their Young Carers Shoebox appeal.
I was so proud to take along all the lovely donations you bought into college and I know that the people that receive them, who may be finding things tough at the moment, will have some joy on Christmas Day