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PARENTS & GUARDIANS


Update 24th February 2022

The government have announced their Living with COVID-19 plan on Monday 21st February and the DfE have contacted us with guidelines for schools and colleges. 

To protect our staff and student community, we will continue to follow the recommendations from the DfE and therefore summarise the key messages as: 

  • Students and staff should stay at home if they are unwell and presenting with COVID symptoms 
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you are still advised to take a lateral flow test or PCR test and if you test positive are advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for at least 5 full days and then continue to follow the guidance until you have received 2 negative test results on consecutive days (to a maximum of 10 days) 
  • Please continue to report a positive COVID case via the HR microsite or your area administrator.  
  • If you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive, there is no longer a requirement for fully vaccinated close contacts and those aged under 18 to test daily for 7 days. The legal requirement for close contacts who are not fully vaccinated to self-isolate has also been removed. 
  • There is no longer the requirement for staff and students to undertake twice weekly asymptomatic testing however staff and students of SEND units within further education colleges, are currently advised to continue twice-weekly testing. You can continue to collect testing kits from your area administrator.

General information to help protect the safety of all staff and students. 


Update 19th January 2022

Read our Education and Recovery Plan which outlines how we intend to support learners to catch up on ‘lost learning’ due to the pandemic.


Update 3rd January 2022

The Ashford and Weybridge Campuses will re-open to students on WEDNESDAY 5th January 2022.

Please note key changes to government guidelines following the announcement over the festive period. 

  1. All staff and students should take a lateral flow test the day you are due back to College. If this is positive, please self-isolate and arrange for a confirmatory PCR test. If this is negative you can return to College. If the PCR test is positive, please follow the latest Covid-19 isolation guidelines as outlined below, as well as inform College via the absence line: https://www.brooklands.ac.uk/college-life/student-services/report-absence/
  2. All lessons will continue face to face however, it is now advised that face coverings should be worn in all communal areas, including classrooms by all staff and students (unless exempt). Please bring a face covering with you.
  3.  If you are a close contact of a confirmed positive Covid-19 case you can still return to College but must carry out a LFT for the next 7 days. If you test positive in this period, you must arrange a confirmatory PCR test and follow the latest Covid-19 isolation guidelines as outlined below.
  4. The self-isolation advice for people with coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed. It is now possible to end self-isolation after 7 days, following 2 negative LFTs taken 24 hours apart. The first LFT should not be taken before the sixth day. If you are still positive for either of these LFTs you must continue to isolate until 10 days.
  5. Please do not come to college if you feel unwell or have tested positive for COVID-19.

We look forward to welcoming you back to College to continue your studies and a wish you a successful 2022.


Update on South Western Railway services from January 2022 onward – email received from South West Trains

The onset of the Omicron variant has led to, and is continuing to cause, a shortage of staff across our business – from drivers and guards to engineers and controllers. These staff shortages have inevitably had a significant impact on our services, leading to short term cancellations.

As a result we will be introducing a new, consolidated timetable from Monday 17 January 2022. Our focus is on producing a timetable that is deliverable so that we improve reliability for our customers, and caters for key workers, school pupils and those who cannot work from home. We will be publishing further details on our new timetable online as soon as we can in the new year and will send a further email at that time.

From the beginning of January through to the introduction of the new timetable on 17 January, our services will still unfortunately be subject to short notice cancellations or alterations. Please check to see if your planned train is running as close to your time of travel as possible.

We would like to apologise for any inconvenience this situation will cause.


Update 22nd December 2021

The College Campuses closed to students on Friday 17th December and will re-open on Wednesday 5th January 2022.

We have the following guidelines for the return to site in January – and this page will be updated with any updates over the Christmas period.

Please continue to take lateral flow tests twice a week, throughout the break and on the day you are due to come into College.

Face coverings will need to be worn in all communal areas on return. Please adhere to this, as it will help to keep both staff, students and your families safe.

If you test positive on a lateral flow test at any time, please take a PCR test and follow Government guidelines on self-isolation. If you are due into College, please let us know that you will not be attending by contacting the absence line. https://www.brooklands.ac.uk/college-life/student-services/report-absence/

Wishing you a wonderful festive break and we look forward to seeing all our students in January.


Update 29th November 2021

Further to the announcement on the 27th November regarding the Omnicom variant of COVID-19 and the new guidelines set out by Government, the guidelines for Education settings has changed as follows:
FACE COVERINGS
All Staff and Students must wear a face covering in communal areas – (unless medically exempt ).
It is now compulsory to wear face coverings on public transport and in shops (from Tuesday 30th November)
Learners should be encouraged to wear face coverings in the classroom and/ or workshop/ specialist areas
LATERAL FLOW TESTS
Test regularly, at least twice and kits can be collected from Reception or the Area Administrators
If you feel unwell or have any ‘cold like’ symptoms’ please do a lateral flow test before coming into college
If you test positive on a Lateral Flow, you must take a PCR test and self-isolate while you wait for the results.
REPORTING
All confirmed COVID-19 confirmed cases should be reported via the Area Administrators

Please continue to follow the other guidelines outlined on the 5th November.


Update 5th November 2021

COVID-19 Guidelines Updated

Following guidance from Surrey County Council as a precautionary measure against the rising number of COVID cases in Elmbridge and Spelthorne, schools and colleges in the boroughs are recommended to implement the following.

 As from Monday 8 November:

  • Wear a face covering in communal areas, the wearing of a face covering in the classrooms will be at the discretion of the Teacher
  • Masks are available from reception
  • Frequently wash your hands and use sanitiser
  • Respect social distancing (2 metre distance)
  • Keep offices/classrooms well ventilated and arrange socially distanced if possible
  • Test at least twice a week (test kits are available from Reception)
  • If you test positive for COVID, please do not come into college, but please inform us
  • If someone in your household tests positive, please obtain a PCR test and wait for the results before returning to College

If we all follow these simple steps, we will ensure a safe learning environment for all.

Thank you for your co-operation.


Update 1 September 2021

COVID-19: Arrangements at Brooklands College for the Autumn Term
Welcome to a new Academic Year at Brooklands and one that we hope will have minimal disruption from COVID-19.  

Over the past 18 months, the College has implemented the frequently changing rules, initiatives and working practices, required by the Department for Education to keep our staff and students safe.  At various points along that journey that has included teaching almost all of our students remotely via streamed lessons, creating student bubbles, restricting movement across campus and implementing distancing arrangements to minimise contact.  We have maintained enhanced cleaning and natural ventilation protocols, provided sanitising gel and wipes and also required face coverings in common areas. Not least of our efforts was the roll out of our on-campus lateral flow testing in early part of 2021, an offer that has been mirrored for every returning and new student for this new Autumn Term. 

As you will be aware the government eased most of its COVID-19 related rules on the 19th July and since the 16th August self-isolation for close contacts of those testing positive has only been required for those who are 18 or over and who have not had two COVID vaccinations (with Colleges no longer required to assist with test and trace).

Colleges are still required to “assess risks” from COVID and, where appropriate to settings, adopt good practices and recommendations laid out in government and sector guidance.  This change, and the autonomy it affords different settings, has inevitably lead to inconsistent approaches across the sector and some frequently asked questions from students and their families which we will try to answer here.


Update 17th June 2021

COVID Guidelines: Please find these new guudlines provided by Surrey County Council – Read Letter | View Leaflet


Update 10th June 2021

PCR Tests: Although confirmed cases of COVID-19 associated with the College have remained extremely low since the return to on-campus learning, a new recommendation from Public Health England is that any staff or students who are asked by the College or NHS test and trace to self-isolate, because they are “close contacts” of an individual who has been confirmed to have COVID, should seek a PCR test 5 days after their last contact with the individual or on their 5th day of isolation. Up to this point, close contacts have only been asked to seek a PCR test if they subsequently develop symptoms themselves.


Update 17th May 2021

Face Coverings: In line with the governments COVID roadmap, students no longer have to wear face coverings in the common areas of the College. Whether face coverings are required in classes will be the decision of each individual lecturer on a case-by-case basis and we ask you to comply with these instructions unless you are medically exempt. You are free to choose to wear face coverings in all locations and in some vocational subjects your lecturers will inform you that coverings are still required in class where this is a requirement of the equivalent commercial guidance for that sector – eg catering and hair and beauty.

Brooks Restaurant: Our restaurant will reopen on Wednesday, 19th May 2021 to the general public. Customers are advised to adhere to the rule of 6 government guidelines as well as our new health & safety regulations. Find Out More


Update 24th April 2021

As we return to on-site learning for most areas, please note that in-line with Government Guidance, it is strongly recommended that students continue to test for COVID-19 twice a week through lateral flow home testing kits, supplied by the College. These can be collected from the Curriculum Administrators as follows:

  • SEND – Front office in the Vickers Building
  • Service / Construction – Toni Marsh
  • STEM – Karen Griffiths
  • Digital- Suzy Vinall
  • Apprentices – Ian Carey
  • Ashford students can still access tests from the reception team

Update 23rd March 2021

Thank you to everyone who has either taken part in the on-site testing, or has helped in the Testing Centre.

The amazing team of dedicated staff, student and external volunteers have in 9 days completed way over 1,000 tests, testing over 300 students 3 times and approximately 700 students at least once. To facilitate ongoing testing once we have closed down the testing centre, we have already distributed home testing kits to the students who have completed their three supervised tests at Brooklands but as from next week the College will be making available Home Test Kits for all students, regardless of whether you have been able to access our on-site testing regime.

Kits can be collected from Wellington M1 during the following times where you will be able to see an open kit, ask questions and watch an in-person demo if required and also watch the NHS self-testing video on the projector screen:

Collection Times Pre-Easter holidays: 9.30am – 3.30pm


Update 12th March 2021

Sport Student Sam asks questions to Health & Safety Advisor, Lee Holloway about returning to site.

Watch Q&A


Update 11th March 2021

Testing Centre FAQs


Update 26th February 2021

Returning to on-site learning for students from the 8th March

Following the Government’s announcement on Monday 22nd February, we are very excited to announce that we are starting the process of returning to on-site learning. After such a difficult start to the year, this is very good news and we look forward to welcoming you all back onto campus.

As part of the return to site, the government has now guided Colleges on the way routine, rapid COVID testing will be deployed to help a safe return to site for all and you will have received an email regarding pre-registering for the opportunity to get tested.

The BC Testing Centre is on campus in the Wellington Building at Weybridge Campus and at the main Ashford Campus, it is manned by trained volunteers and staff.

The Lateral Flow Covid-19 tests are easy to use, and involve taking a swab of your throat and nose, and the results are produced within 30 minutes. If your Lateral Flow Covid-19 test is positive, you and your household must isolate for 10 days.

Steps to coming back

Week commencing 8th March
As part of the COVID testing programme your curriculum area will be contacting you to provide you with a date to come into college during this week to have your first test.

We will continue to deliver lessons online during this week, and you will only be expected to attend college if you are coming in for your test.

Week commencing 15th March
A phased return to on-site and face to face teaching will begin this week at both campuses. This will follow the timetable you were given last term and there will be the opportunity for two further tests on campus.

Any student that is clinically extremely vulnerable should not come back into college, even if vaccinated, and if this applies to you then please speak to your tutor so we can make alternative arrangements for you.

Also, if you experience any COVID-19 symptoms or are feeling unwell, you should not return to site and contact the absence line.

Being on campus in the Spring Term
It will be a welcome sight to see students on the campuses once more and the safety of the college community remains our priority.

Therefore, all safety procedures established last term will still be in place including social distancing where possible, washing hands regularly, enhanced cleaning of facilities and hand sanitisation stations. Additionally, it is now highly recommended  to wear face coverings around campus and in classrooms where social distancing is not possible. This is in line with Government guidance to keep everyone protected. Anyone that has an exemption from wearing a face covering must carry an exemption card at all times.

We look forward to welcoming you back and please contact your tutor if you have any concerns.

Please note: SEND & Transition students will be contacted by the curriculum area who will liaise with parents regarding the plans for a return to campus.


Update: 25th February 2021

Following the Government’s announcement on the way routine, rapid COVID testing will be deployed as the education sector gradually reverts back to on-site working and learning, we have contacted all learners and staff with further information and to invite pre-registration for testing at our Testing Centre, based on both Campuses.

To support the roll out of rapid testing, we are recruiting for volunteers to work in our testing centre – would you like to support Brooklands College and the education of our young people? And could spare a few hours per week for the three weeks beginning March 8th? If so, we’d love to hear from you.  Anyone* interested in volunteering (the work is managed thoroughly in line with NHS safety guidelines should contact lee.holloway@brooklands.ac.uk for further information.

*Please note: We cannot accept full-time 16-19 students for this work at the present time.


Update: 23rd February 2021

Government Announcement: Following the announcement last night we are planning a phased return to on-site learning from the 8th March 2021. This will be a blend of remote and on-site learning, we will be writing to all students and contacting them by College email regarding the planned return to site and updating on pre-registration for on-campus COVID Testing. Please continue to check this page for updates and contact your tutor if you have any concerns at all.


Update: 1st February 2021

Surrey Surge Testing: Information on localised surge testing in parts of Surrey. Includes information on the programme, a map of the programme areas and answers to any questions you may have. 


Update: 21st January 2021
 
Test Centre: We opened our COVID-19 testing facility on Friday 15th January for the first wave of student and staff testing. This is a type of testing / screening of asymptomatic staff and students, and testing is available for the small number of staff and students attending campus during lockdown. Getting the facility up and running from a standing start on 4th January has been a fantastic team effort and we are grateful to all our staff who have completed training and are now volunteering in the facility.
 

Update: 11th January 2021
 
External Work Placements: In light of the national lockdown and following updated guidance published on the 08/01/20, the college will minimise work placements, where it is not possible to complete the work placement from home, and follow the stay at home guidance. The college will continue to review this guidance and provide updates.


Update: 7th January 2021
 

Update: 5th January 2021
 
Following the government announcement on 4th January 2021, both the Ashford and Weybridge campus are closed to most students. Lessons will be delivered remotely from Tuesday 5th January until Thursday 11th February 2021. Friday 12th February is Staff Development Day, there will be no lessons on this day. Monday 15th – 19th February is half term, there will be no lessons on these days. Further updates will be given at a later date in regards to the learning structure after half term.

Update: 31st December 2020
 
Following the Government announcement on the 30th December that Elmbridge and Spelthorne remain in Tier 4 we can confirm that all lessons will be delivered remotely from the 5th January until the 15th January. Inspire Academy and Brooks Restaurant will not be open to the public, as per Tier 4 restrictions.
 
We hope to return to the blended teaching method of remote and on-site working from the 18th January, which has worked well during the Autumn term. To sustain a safe working environment for all, we continue to remind all staff and students of the importance of wearing masks in communal spaces, of washing our hands frequently and of course respecting each other’s space by maintaining a safe distance. Together we will work through this period of the pandemic to maintain a good student experience.

Update: 30th November 2020

We can confirm that a confirmed case of COVID-19 has been recorded by the College today, relating to a student.  We have collaborated in full with the Department for Education and Public Health England and have implemented all of the precautionary measures and communications that they have asked us to.  This brings the total number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus affecting individuals who have associations with the College to twenty since the virus was first officially recognised by government in early 2020.  These figures include all cases across all three of our sites and also remote students with little or no physical presence at any site.

We would reassure all staff, students, parents and guardians that we have already contacted all individuals that DfE and PHE have required to self-isolate as a precautionary measure and that staff or students who have not received a notification are not considered to have had sufficient proximity or duration with the individuals in question or to the locational bubbles they were based in to be at any additional risk of contracting the virus and should continue to attend college.

We would encourage all staff and students to remain vigilant however and to isolate and seek a test if they do start to develop COVID specific symptoms.


Update: 20th November 2020

We can confirm that seven unrelated confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been recorded by the College, relating to both staff members and students spanning the period from mid-October to mid-November.  We have collaborated in full with the Department for Education and Public Health England and have implemented all of the precautionary measures and communications that they have asked us to.  This brings the total number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus affecting individuals who have associations with the College to seventeen since the virus was first officially recognised by government in early 2020.  These figures include all cases across all three of our sites and also remote students with little or no physical presence at any site.


Update: 26th October 2020

We can confirm that there have been two unrelated confirmed cases of COVID-19 relating to a staff and student member of our community and that we collaborated in full with Public Health England on 23.10.2020 and have implemented all of the precautionary measures and communications that it asked us to.  These are the fifth and sixth confirmed cases of Coronavirus that have  affected individuals who have associations with the College, since the virus was first officially recognised by government in early 2020.


Update: 21st October 2020

We can confirm that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 relating to a staff member of our community and that we collaborated in full with Public Health England on 21.10.2020 and have implemented all of the precautionary measures and communications that it has asked us to.  This is the fourth confirmed case of Coronavirus that affects an individual who has an association with the College, since the virus was first officially recognised by government in early 2020.


Update: 19th October 2020

We can confirm that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 relating to a student member of our community and that we collaborated in full with Public Health England on 19.10.2020 and have implemented all of the precautionary measures and communications that it has asked us to.  This is the third confirmed case of Coronavirus that affects an individual who has an association with the College, since the virus was first officially recognised by government in early 2020.


Update: 16th October 2020

Brooklands College acknowledges that on Thursday 15th October the Elmbridge district moved into the Government’s new Tier 2 COVID category. Full details of what that means to our neighbouring community can be found here. There are no immediate implications to the College other than requesting that only single household groups now frequent our popular Brooks student training restaurant, however we would use the opportunity to re-emphasise to all of our interested parties the importance of adhering to our College COVID-19 rules including face covering, hand washing and social distancing. We will continue to monitor local news and keep our policies and procedures under ongoing review.


Update: 28th September 2020

We can confirm that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 relating to a student member of our community and that we collaborated in full with Public Health England on 28.09.2020 and have implemented all of the precautionary measures and communications that it has asked us to.  This is the first confirmed case of Coronavirus that affects an individual who has an association with the College, since the virus was first officially recognised by government in early 2020.


Update: 7th September 2020

Read our Principal’s Welcome to the new academic year!


Update: 4th September 2020

Elmbridge Borough Council, COVID-19 statement Click Here to Read


Update: 23rd July 2020

Update for Return to Site in September 2020. Click here to read 


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