COVID-19 Update


Guidance for learners  

Update 29 November

Yesterday the government changed the guidance on face coverings. The guidance now states that:

  • Face coverings should be worn in communal areas.  We are asking you to wear face coverings in all corridors, social areas, food services areas etc and only remove them when you are seated and eating and drinking.  
  • Students should continue to wear face coverings on public and college transport.
  • Close contacts of people with the new Covid variant Omicron should isolate for 10 days, regardless of vaccination status. If you have been a close contact of someone with the Omicron variant, you will be contacted directly by NHS track and trace and instructed to isolate. 


Update 14 September

  • There is no longer a requirement for staff and learners to record their home lateral flow test results with the College however Home Testing results should continue to be recorded whether Negative or Positive on the NHS test site which is available at this link:
  • As there is no longer a requirement for the College to track-and-trace, we will no longer be operating 'bubbles'.
  • Unvaccinated young people up to the age of 18 years and 6 months and fully vaccinated adults, are no longer required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19.
  • Children and young people who attend an education or childcare setting and who have been identified (by NHS Test and Trace) as a close contact, should continue to attend their setting as normal.
  • Home test kits shall continue to be available to both staff and learners for collection from the eLearning centres in support of Government advice to undertake twice weekly testing.  These are to be used at home before attending College.
  • There are still testing centres at our Bridlington and Beverley campuses, should students need support to undertake a test.  Ask a member of staff.
  • Additional cleaning regimes are still in place for high traffic areas and hand saitiser is provided across all College campuses.  Screens are still in use in some areas.

Previous Updates

Update 19 July

Many Covid restrictions were lifted on Monday 19th July. Following the updated guidance from the Department of Education specific to Further Education settings the following changes will be made:

  • With social distancing rules ceasing on 19th July the College shall be removing the one way systems from all sites.
  • Whilst plastic screens are no longer necessary, we have taken the decision to retain those already in place at receptions, eLearning centres etc.
  • Similarly, the provision of hand sanitiser stations shall continue.
  • Face coverings are no longer advised for students, staff or visitors in classrooms or communal areas. People may continue to wear face coverings if they wish.
  • The Government is removing the requirement to wear face coverings in law but expects and recommends they are worn in enclosed and crowded spaces where an individual may come into contact with people they do not normally meet. This includes public transport and dedicated transport to College.
  • Education settings will no longer be expected to undertake contact tracing.  We shall still need to report positive cases.
  • Adults will need to self-isolate if identified as a close contact through Test and Trace, and are not fully vaccinated.

Update 13 May

Wearing of face coverings

From 17 May, in line with Step 3 of the Government roadmap, face coverings are no longer recommended for learners in classrooms or communal areas. Face coverings will also no longer be recommended for staff in classrooms but should be worn by staff and visitors in situations outside of classrooms where social distancing is not possible (for example, when moving around in corridors and communal areas).

In our commercial training environments, such as our Inspire salons, restaurants, travel agency and motor vehicle garages, learners and staff must comply with the relevant sector guidance for working safely during COVID-19 in those settings.

Anyone who wants to continue wearing a face covering in College can continue.


General Information

Staying COVID safe

All learners and families are urged to continue to access and follow the relevant online advice and guidance from Public Health England.

Please be assured that appropriate measures are in place to ensure that the College environment is safe to attend and learn effectively.  

See our summary of the steps we have taken

View a copy of our risk assessment


Mental health and well-being support


Working safely online

Here's some links to where you can seek additional support and advice with online safety:

Further resources for parents can be found on our parents page