Covid 19 Update
Government guidance on face coverings – Monday, 17 May 2021
Do I still need to wear my face covering at college?
The government has recently provided guidance that face coverings are no longer mandatory in educational settings, but it was also recognised that Further Education Colleges may want to still adopt a requirement for face coverings based on their specific circumstances.
Our college community is incredibly diverse and consists of young people, adult learners and apprentices accessing the college on day release programmes. Many of our programmes are in practical based areas which do require more circulation and sometimes have less social distancing between students.
With this in mind, and the fact that the health, safety and well-being of our students and staff is always our first priority, we have taken the decision to keep the current measures around wearing face coverings at college in place until further notice.
This means that students and staff should continue to wear a face covering while at college, and while travelling to and from college if using public transport.
To all CAMSFC students and parents / carers Monday, 18 January 2021
I hope you and your families are safe and well.
This week has seen a continuation of remote learning, as well as progress monitoring and consultation events for Y13 students and parents. I realise learning entirely from home presents challenges, but I have been impressed by the level of commitment shown by our students.
However, if you are having difficulty accessing or engaging with your remote lessons, please contact either your House Monitor or your subject teacher.
The Safeguarding Team will continue to contact students to support their pastoral and wellbeing needs and Learning Support will be continuing to provide support for SEND students remotely. If you are a parent/carer of a vulnerable young person and have not yet indicated that you would like your child to still attend college during the lockdown period, then please contact:
(Looked After Young People, Wellbeing and Inclusion).
Can I please remind students that they still need to follow College procedures and report if they are unable to attend a remote learning lesson due to absence or illness.
COVID-19 testing for students and consent form
We are working to keep our college as safe as possible and I have mentioned in my previous messages that we are currently developing plans for the testing of students and staff once we are instructed that the College can reopen for all students.
You may have heard that testing for those without coronavirus symptoms is beginning across the country using new, quicker COVID-19 tests known as ‘lateral flow tests’.
Along with the other protective measures taking, these tests will help staff and students to remain in college safely. Up to one third of people who have coronavirus experience no symptoms. By testing we will help to stop the virus spread and help to keep our College open as safely as possible. The test is voluntary, but I would encourage everyone to take it.
If you and your parents/carers are happy for your to be tested, please click this link:
and read the data protection information and complete the consent statement.
Those taking the test will be supervised by trained staff. The ‘lateral flow’ tests are quick and easy using a swab of your nose and throat.
Results (which take around half an hour from testing) will be shared directly with staff and students participating. This is an important, although voluntary, process. Should you have any questions relating to this, please contact Sandra Dunn (email@example.com).
Cancellation of A Level and GCSE Summer exams
Here is the section of the Secretary of State’s consultation on how GCSE and A level grades should be awarded in summer 2021.
Government decided that schools and colleges must close to most, to limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Exam year students had already experienced disruption to their learning during the 19/20 academic year and many students faced more disruption during the autumn term due to the need to self-isolate. With the loss of at least a further 6 weeks’ face-to-face teaching and uncertainty about when face-to-face teaching might resume the government considers that exams cannot be held
Through this joint consultation, Ofqual and the Department for Education (DfE) want to hear the views of students who were due to take their exams, their parents and carers, their teachers, school and college leaders and others who have an interest, including further and higher education providers, and employers. The consultation covers general and vocational qualifications, with this document focusing on the former.
Proposals at a glance
We propose that in summer 2021 a student’s grade in each subject will be based on their teachers’ assessment of the standard at which the student is performing. In the absence of exams, teachers are best placed to assess the standard at which their student is performing. This consultation seeks views on our proposal, including how teachers should be supported to make their assessments fairly and consistently.
We propose that all students who do not believe their grade reflects the evidence of the standard at which they were performing can appeal. And we propose that students who are not studying within a school or college, for example because they are home educated, must be able to be issued with a grade too. We are seeking views on the options that would enable them to do so. Consultation on how GCSE, AS and A level grades should be awarded in Summer 2021.
This consultation is open to anyone who wants to respond but will be of most interest to students who had been expecting to take their GCSE, AS or A level exams this summer, their parents and carers, their teachers, school and college leaders, exams officers and those who use the qualifications to make selection decisions, such as further and higher education institutions and employers.
The consultation will also be of interest to organisations that understand and represent the interests of students, teachers, exams officers and to the exam boards themselves. There is a connected and complementary consultation on the arrangements for vocational, technical, and other qualifications. That consultation includes questions about other qualifications that are taken alongside or instead of GCSEs and A levels, such as core maths qualifications.
As part of this consultation, we will also invite a range of people, including students, teachers, parents and carers, and representatives of schools and colleges, further and higher education, employers, and exam boards to talk directly to us about their views on the proposed arrangements.
This consultation will be open for two weeks starting on:
Friday 15 January and ending on Friday 29 January at 23:45.
Please respond to this consultation by completing the online response form on the webpage for this consultation.
I would encourage all of you to respond to the consultation with your views and please note the deadline of two weeks. The college will also be responding through the various channels both nationally and locally.
I realise that at this stage there are still so many unanswered questions, and that this will increase students’ anxiety. In particular, we will need to await further detail about what is meant by ‘externally set papers’ and what implications this may have for how we approach this at the College.
I will keep in touch with you as this process continues. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to get in touch with your child’s house monitor/subject teacher if you have any immediate questions or concerns.
Finally, can I wish you all the very best in these challenging times. Stay safe.
Transition Principal & CAO
To all CAMSFC students Tuesday, 5 January 2021
Further to the announcement from the Prime Minister about the implementation of a national lockdown, the College will be moving to full remote learning until February half term The Prime Minister also announced that GCSE and A Level exams will not take place this summer in the normal way.
In the coming days we will get details of what will replace them, but it seems reasonable to expect students will receive grades based on a similar system to 2020 We await further information on this from the Government. January exams over the next few days and weeks are still going ahead as scheduled.
I am aware of the disappointment this news will bring. The government had consistently told students, parents and teachers that exams would happen this year, and we all planned on that basis. However, I would urge you all to consider these three points, as they should provide some reassurance:
- Your hard work will still be recognised. None of the effort you have shown so far, and will continue to show in the coming months, will be wasted and will make a difference to your future exam results
- Your results in the future. You will still be able to progress to the next level course at College, a apprenticeship, employment or University in the normal way. None of your ambitions for the future will be affected by this decision.
3 Your on line learning . Maintain your attendance to your online lessons. This will help you to build on your subject knowledge and complete any assessments that may be required.
Students who are studying remotely will access the lessons via Microsoft Teams. Teachers will send links to each lesson (the links can be accessed via the calendar on Microsoft Teams). You should access Microsoft Teams from home as soon as possible if you haven’t done so already.
You must have device speakers or headphones, so you can hear the lesson. Students can use a smartphone with the Teams app if a laptop, tablet, or PC is not available.
If you are having problems, contact the helpdesk which can be reached by clicking on the Support tile on the intranet page in the Student Teams Portal (see below):
I know it is asking a lot of you all, on top of everything you have been through already, but you must take these points on board and keep going. You may be disappointed that you cannot attend college or take your exam – anyone would be in your position. But in the coming days you will process the news, and in the long run you will be absolutely fine.
Your teachers were aware of this possibility and will guide and support you through the remainder of this year. For now, just turn up to all your online lessons, keep working hard, and know that every piece of work you complete will still make a difference.
Thank you for your support,
Transition Principal & CAO
To all CAMSFC students and parents / carers Tuesday, 5 January 2021
Further to the announcement from the Prime Minister about the implementation of a national lockdown, the College will move to remote learning until at least February half term for all students (except for those who are vulnerable and those who have a key worker parent).
With regards to exams, the Prime Minister said, “it is not possible or fair for all exams to go ahead this summer as normal. The Education Secretary will work with Ofqual to put in place alternative arrangements”. January exams over the next few days and weeks are still going ahead as scheduled.
The Secretary of State for Education is due to make an announcement over the coming days on plans for examinations, and I will update on this when more detail is known In the meantime, we remain focussed on keeping our students engaged during remote learning in order to prepare most effectively for their next steps, irrespective of examinations.
Students who are studying remotely will access the lessons via Microsoft Teams. Teachers will send links to each lesson (the links can be accessed via the calendar on Microsoft Teams). All students have been taught how to access lessons in this way. Students should access Microsoft Teams from home as soon as possible if they haven’t done so already.
They must have device speakers or headphones, so they can hear the lesson. Students can use a smartphone with the Teams app if a laptop, tablet, or PC is not available. If students are having problems, they should contact the helpdesk which can be reached by clicking on the Support tile on the intranet page in the Student Portal Team.
All students will be following the normal timetable regardless of face to face or remote learning. This model will be in place up to the February half term in accordance with Government guidance. I will update you if government plans change. I attach a letter that has been sent to all students for your information.
If you have any questions, please contact your child’s House Monitor or the subject teacher.
Thank you for your support,
Transition Principal & CAO
COVID- 19 Arrangements at the Cheadle & Marple College Network
The safety of staff, students, contractors and other college users is of the utmost importance to us at the Cheadle College and Marple Sixth form college.
To prevent the spread of coronavirus, the Cheadle and Marple College Network will use a range of protective measures to create safer environments in which the risk of spreading the virus is substantially reduced. Sensible measures have been put in place to minimise risks for all college users.
These measures include:
- A one-way system around college (Cheadle), Marple – one way system on stairs.
- Hand sanitising on entry in the mornings
- Sanitising stations at various points throughout college including near toilets and photocopiers
- Doors on corridors kept open wherever possible to avoid touching handles
- Enhanced cleaning throughout the day
- Wipes in IT rooms for cleaning desks and computers
- Classrooms ventilated wherever possible
- New arrangements on arrival at the classroom
- Signage reminding students to:
- maintain social distancing
- “catch it, bin it, kill it”
- wash hands frequently
- Classrooms set up and arrangements in place to minimise transmission of the virus
- Staggered lunch times
- Support for students through the wellbeing team.
- Information sent out to students saying what they need to do and what they can expect from us in order to stay safe.
- COVID control measures for specialist equipment have been implemented in some subjects (such as sport / science etc)
Students and staff will be expected to wear masks, face coverings or visors whilst moving around college and in communal areas.
Arrangements are reviewed regularly and measures revised in accordance with government guidelines. The Management team meets on a weekly basis to review arrangements and update the response plan and the college COVID-19 Risk Assessment.
Please be reassured that all measures introduced are robust and with the best interests of all college users in mind.
Frequently Asked Questions + Further Infomation
What happens in the case of a student testing positive for Covid-19?
If there is a confirmed case of Covid-19 everyone who has been in direct close contact with that person will have to self- isolate for 14 days. This is in line with national guidance that the College is following.
Students who are identified as being a direct close contact will be informed in person if possible. If that is not possible, they will be informed by text. Parents and carers of these students will also be sent an email providing further information.
What is a contact?
The main categories that would lead to someone being identified as a ‘contact’ in an education setting are as follows:
Face to face contact with a confirmed case for any length of time, within 1m, including:
- being coughed on,
- a face to face conversation,
- unprotected physical contact (skin to skin) or
- travel in a small vehicle with a case.
- This also includes any exposure within 1 metre for 1 minute or longer
Extended close contact (between 1 and 2 metres) for more than 15 minutes, with a confirmed case.
Students who are identified as being a direct close contact
Students who are direct close contacts will have to self-isolate for 14 days in order to reduce the further spread of COVID 19 to others in the community.
If the student is well at the end of the 14 days period of self-isolation, then they can return to usual activities. A negative test does not mean that the student can return to College earlier than 14 days.
Other members of your household can continue normal activities provided the student does not develop symptoms within the 14 day self-isolation period.
Please see the link to the PHE Staying at Home Guidance
Students who develop symptoms of COVID 19
If a student develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when symptoms appeared as advised in
Parents/carers should arrange for testing for their child via
or 111.nhs.uk or primary care
All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.
The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.
Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
If it is possible move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of the home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period
Symptoms of COVID 19
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
- new continuous cough and/or
- high temperature and/or
- a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
If a child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at
or by phoning 111.
How to stop COVID-19 spreading
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19:
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- wash your hands as soon as you get home
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
Further information is available at
Learning from home
The student’s teachers will be in contact to arrange online learning during the self-isolation period. They should keep checking their College email accounts and contact their House Monitor if they have any questions.