Government guidance no longer requires students to wear face coverings in schools and Colleges from 17th May. However, this is based on national case rates which now stand around 21 per 100,000. Unfortunately, Wakefield and our neighbouring districts continue to have some of the highest case rates in the country. A significant proportion of these cases are in children and young people and the NHS is only beginning to vaccinate the over 40s, who may be parents of our students and therefore vulnerable if there is an outbreak. Given the situation in the District, the Local Authority has recommended the continued wearing of face coverings in all secondary schools.
In line with this advice, we have taken the decision to continue to require staff, and encourage students, to wear face coverings in College.
This includes classrooms, communal areas and where 2 metres social distancing cannot be maintained. Although this is not mandatory, we would ask that students continue to wear a face covering in College, unless exempt, and that parents and carers encourage their sons and daughters to follow this request to help bring down case rates in our District.
We thank you for your continued co-operation and support in these challenging times.
The Prime Minister has said: “I want to thank everybody for continuing to follow the guidance, and to thank parents and families for the incredible work you’re doing to help test pupils through the Easter holidays and to encourage you to keep testing them twice a week as schools return.”
It is vital that staff and students continue to test twice weekly in order to identify asymptomatic cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) and prevent the spread of the virus.
Re-introduction of confirmatory PCR testing for positive lateral flow device tests
At the end of March, NHS Test and Trace reintroduced confirmatory PCR testing for positive lateral flow device (LFD) tests conducted at all assisted testing sites, including schools or colleges. This means that all staff, pupils and students who get a positive LFD test, whether at home or supervised at their school or college, should get a confirmatory PCR. The PCR test should be booked immediately either online or by calling 119 and should be undertaken within 2 days of the positive LFD result.
Staff, students and pupils who had a positive LFD test result, and their close contacts and other members of their household, should self-isolate immediately in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance and while awaiting the PCR result. If the PCR test is negative, it overrides the LFD test and the staff, pupil or student can return to school or college, and their close contacts can also end their self-isolation.
How A Levels, GCSEs and Vocational & Technical Qualifications will be awarded in Summer 2021
The Department For Education, Ofqual, Awarding Organisations and JCQ, are all working together to ensure that eligible students are still able to get their grades and progress, whether that is continuing with education, training or entering employment.
Following the Ofqual update published on Wednesday 24th March, it has been confirmed how qualifications will be awarded in 2021.
The below infographics provide information on how qualifications are expected to be assessed and graded this year. Please read these carefully.
Ofqual General Qualifications infographic (A Levels/GCSEs)
How GCSEs, AS and A Levels will be awarded in summer 2021.
How GCSEs, AS and A Levels will be awarded in summer 2021.pdf
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Ofqual Vocational & Technical Qualification Infographic
How vocational and technical qualifications will be awarded in 2021.
Information and Guidance
You can also find further information and guidance on how qualifications will be awarded in Summer 2021 in the below resources.
JCQ Student and Parent Guidance on Summer 2021 Awarding - Click here to open in new window.
Ofqual Summer 2021 Awarding Guidance for Students, Parents and Teachers - Click here to open in new window.
Ofqual qualification Explainer tool – see below for a full breakdown on how each course type will work for awarding qualifications in 2021 - Click here to open in new window.
General Ofqual Qualification updates - Click here to open in new window.
A Level Results – will be issued to students on Tuesday 10th August. Results will be e-mailed to students’ college e-mail addresses from 09:00 onwards. You will also be able to see your results on the My Student Record section on Moodle from 09.00am. (We will advise if results will be available for collection from College).
GCSE Results - will be issued to students on Thursday 12th August. Results will be e-mailed to students’ college e-mail addresses from 09:00 onwards. You will also be able to see your results on the My Student Record section on Moodle from 09.00am.
Vocational & Technical Qualification Results (where Teacher Assessed Grades have been applied).
- Level 3 - will be issued to students on Tuesday 10th August. Results will be e-mailed to students college e-mail addresses from 09:00 onwards. You will also be able to see your results on the My Student Record section on Moodle from 09.00am.
- Level 2 - will be issued to students on Thursday 12th August. Results will be e-mailed to students college e-mail addresses from 09:00 onwards. You will also be able to see your results on the My Student Record section on Moodle from 09.00am.
- Level 1/Entry Level - will be issued to students on Thursday 12th August. Results will be e-mailed to students college e-mail addresses from 09:00 onwards. You will also be able to see your results on the My Student Record section on Moodle from 09.00am.
For qualifications following the normal awarding process (no Teacher Assessed Grades applied), results will be issued to students when claims have been made and the qualification has certificated.
Appeals Process – further information to be provided when available.
Lateral Flow testing and the return to face-to-face Teaching
As a College we're supporting the national effort to reduce the spread of Coronavirus and are working on a phased approach to Lateral Flow Testing of all students. Students will be offered three onsite tests; the first one will be ahead of a return to face-to-face teaching. Although the test is voluntary, by taking a test it will help to stop the virus spread and ensure face-to-face learning returns as soon as possible.
For most students testing will begin week commencing 8th March, with the aim of completing all tests before Easter. We aim to notify you of your first test no later than 17th March. You will be contacted directly, by text message and on your student email with your first test appointment and will be notified 2 days ahead of the test. We would encourage you to have a test to support the national efforts.
When attending the appointment, you will come to a registration desk and then be directed to the testing centre, where you will carry out a swab of your nose and throat yourself. More information about the test itself can be found here.
The tests are by appointment only and students should not go directly to the Test Centre but should report to the registration desk when invited in. The whole process will take no longer than half an hour and you will then be able to return home and return to your classes online until face-to-face teaching is resumed for your group.
Anyone who tests positive will be notified and is required by law to self-isolate in line with Government Guidance.
Unfortunately, due to the volume of testing that the College is undertaking we are unable to schedule alternative appointments if you are unable to attend the appointment offered to you, you don’t need to contact us as you will be offered another appointment in due course.
Please look for future communications from College where we aim to set out additional plans for future testing.
We would like to thank students, their parents and carers and our staff for all their support and co-operation during these difficult and rapidly changing times.
In line with the Government announcement on Monday, we will begin to return to face to face teaching during the week commencing 8 March. To protect staff and students the College will continue to closely follow the official advice published by the Department for Education. This means that there will be different arrangements for different groups of students:
16-18 Further Education Students
The College will move to ensuring you receive at least 50% of your main course teaching on a face to face basis, with the remainder continuing online. English and maths course will continue to be delivered online.
Adult Further Education Students
The majority of adult teaching will remain online for the rest of this academic year.
Higher Education Students
The College will move to a mix of classroom and online teaching for all students. The proportion of each will vary depending on the course.
Individual arrangements will be put in place for each of our apprentices.
Please do not attend College until you are invited to do so. We will be contacting students individually over the coming weeks to confirm their arrangements for returning to College.
All students coming into College will be invited to take 3 Covid-19 lateral flow tests within the first two weeks of their return. Details of our testing arrangements will be communicated separately. In addition, all students will be expected to wear a face mask in classrooms and communal areas at all times. These requirements are in line with the latest Government guidance. Regular Covid-19 testing of College staff is already taking place.
Please continue to check our website and social media accounts for further updates.
Dear Student and Parent(s)/Carer(s)
Following the announcement by the Government of an extended lockdown after half term until 8th March at the earliest, I wanted to make contact with you and provide an update. As the Principal at Wakefield College, I would also like to share how proud I am of both our students and staff and their resilience and commitment during these incredibly challenging circumstances. All our teams of staff are working hard to provide the best experience possible for our students whilst managing their own personal situations and we do this as our students are truly at the heart of Wakefield College.
Exams: Controlled Assessments and External Exams - we have been working with our awarding bodies and have been assured that none of our students will be disadvantaged by not sitting scheduled BTEC and other exams. In light of this and the current lockdown situation, we are cancelling all scheduled exams after today, Friday 8th January until further notice.*
We will continue to follow Government guidance and update you if and when these and other exams are to be rescheduled. We would however reiterate how important it is for students to stay focused on their studies and maintain the highest level of attendance to online lessons and to complete set work, as teachers will use this and other information to decide any recommended assessed grades in the absence of exams.
We thank everyone for their patience and understanding in these difficult and rapidly changing circumstances, and please be assured, that providing safe and the highest quality learning is at the heart of everything we do.
*Access to HE assessments with CAVA have moved online and will be running next week as previously advised.
Self-isolation period reduced from 14 days to 10 days
From today, the self-isolation period for close contacts of a positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed from 14 to 10 days. This change applies to all those who are currently self-isolating including those who commenced self-isolation before today. This means that if you are on the 11th, 12th or 13th day of your current self-isolation period today – you can stop isolating. Any new cases identified for self-isolation will be advised to self-isolate for 10 days.
Replacement Wakefield College bus service for the X32 route
Arriva and Wakefield College are working together to provide a dedicated College bus service for Wakefield College students only, from Monday 21st September. The service is only available to Wakefield College students who must show evidence in the form of a student pass, letter or text from the college, email etc. The cost has been frozen at the previous rate and concessionary fares will still apply. Seating capacity is 70 and as it’s dedicated student transport, Public Transport social distancing rules will not apply. However, a face covering will still need to be worn.
The service will operate on a first come, first-served basis with the following times:
- Wakefield Bus Station (Stand 13) - Depart 08:05
- Wakefield College Castleford Campus - Arrive 08:35
- Wakefield College Castleford Campus - Depart 17:10
- Wakefield Bus Station - Arrive 17:38
We would like to thank our students for the resilience they have shown over the last weeks with the uncertainty over exam results.
Update on certificates for 2019/20 qualifications
Certificates for results issued:
- Fri 31st July
- w/c 10th August
- w/c 17th August
are due to arrive in centre in late September. Certificates will be posted out to students in approximately 6 – 8 weeks.
Certificates for Summer 2020 GCSEs and A Levels will arrive in centre in early November. Students will be contacted when these are available.
We would like to thank our students for the resilience they have shown over the last weeks with the uncertainty over exam results.
A Level Results
You may be aware of the Ofqual update issued in respect of Centre Assessed Grades (CAG’s) now being the grade that will be accepted by the Awarding Organisations and awarded to students as their result for this summer’s missed exams (or the moderated grade where higher than the CAG).
We are currently awaiting further information and guidance from Ofqual and the Awarding Organisations as to how this will be implemented and how new provisional results will be communicated and issued to students.
In the meantime, we are able to provide you with a statement of your Centre Assessed Grade, so you are able to see what CAG was awarded to you by Wakefield College. New official results are yet to be confirmed by the Awarding Organisation.
Please be assured that we are working with the Awarding Organisations to obtain your official results and issue these to you as soon as possible.
If you still wish to sit an exam in the Autumn A Level exam series, please e-mail email@example.com and we will issue you with a resit form for completion.
BTEC Level 1 and Level 2 results
Following an announcement from Pearson late on Wednesday 19th August, BTEC Level 1 and Level 2 results will not be issued to students today.
Following Ofqual’s announcement on Monday 17th, Pearson have advised they will be applying the same principle to BTEC qualifications.
This review will also take place for BTEC Level 3 qualifications. No grades that have already been issued for the Level 3 qualifications will decrease following the review.
These results are currently being reviewed by Pearson. They are working urgently with centres to re-issue grades. No date has yet been provided as to when the revised results will be available.
We will issue a further update when more information is released by the Awarding Organisation.
Please be assured that we are working with the Awarding Organisations to obtain all official results and issue these to students as soon as possible. We thank you for your ongoing patience in these challenging circumstances.
Covid Secure measures have been put in place to ensure everyone’s safety and as we begin the enrolment period this week, we would ask that enrolment appointments are adhered to, so that we can manage the process safely.
As we’ve done throughout the pandemic, we’ll continue to communicate directly with students and staff and post regular updates here and on our social media channels.
Following the broadcast by the Prime Minister and the recent release of the Department of Education guidance, we are continuing to develop our plans for a phased re-opening of College provision. However, I would like to emphasise that Wakefield College's priority continues to be the health and safety of our students and our staff. Please be assured that any planning taking place to meet the needs of our students and the government guidance, is happening with this priority at the forefront.
We are putting plans into place with a sensible and phased approach for the return of some students in the coming weeks. This will include those students with classified vulnerabilities as per the guidance and those 16-18 year old students who need to complete their qualification to aid their progression before September. Many of our students will not be physically returning to College in the next few months but will continue to engage with College and be supported through distance learning.
There are a number of steps that we will put into place to safeguard our young people and our staff.
They will include:–
- Phased return of some pupils in line with DfE guidance
- Comprehensive guidance for all students who need to physically attend College
- Staggered start and finish times avoiding peak travel
- Discrete facilities for learning and breaks to avoid contact with other students
- Regular hand sanitisation breaks and increased sanitisation facilities
- Small class sizes
- Specific entrance and exit points with a clear movement flow system.
These arrangements will be necessary in the short term to provide a safe environment for the small number of students coming back into College. Longer term arrangements will be considered further, and again will be in response to guidance and the national arrangements.
We are expecting the phased return to commence from the week of 1st June with very small numbers. If you are required to attend College, we will contact you directly in the coming weeks with details of the arrangements for yourself and any student group you are attending with. This will include when you are invited to attend and for how long, along with other information you require. The communications you will receive will be very clear about our expectations of any student in attendance to ensure the safety of everyone and this guidance must be followed. If you do not receive an invitation to attend, you must not attend College as there will be no general open access at the present time. We will continue to provide all of our services remotely and the distance learning as required.
Should you be ill or shielding and need to stay at home, you are not expected to attend and when you receive your communications you will need to inform us if you are not going to be attending so we can manage our student numbers. How to inform us will be in the further communications you receive.
The majority of students will not be returning to College this academic year, but if you are intending to progress to a second year or another course in September, you will receive your progression conditional offer and we will be in touch with you in due course about arrangements for enrolment. If you are completing your course this year and will not be returning, we will be in touch in due course regarding results and wish you well for your future. Thank you as always for your continuing support.
LAST UPDATED: Monday, 18th May, 2020
The Government has issued more guidance in the last couple of days and we're continuing to closely monitor developments and the implications for our students and staff. We'll continue to communicate directly with students and parents and carers and staff via letter, text, email and Moodle, as well as posting updates here and on social media. The safety of everyone is central to the ongoing planning currently being undertaken by College staff.
Information from Ofqual on awarding qualifications can be found here and we will continue to provide further details on these and other study programmes as information becomes available.
Our teaching and support teams are working remotely to continue to provide an ongoing service and are in contact with students. Support contacts should be accessed via student Moodle.
Message for Students - in order to access your course resources for learning at home, please search for Wakefield Moodle. Once the site loads, you will need to sign in with your normal username and password. If you have any queries on accessing the resources, please contact your teacher by email. Please check your College email frequently.
Our Admissions Team are working to contact prospective and progressing students in the coming weeks, and please be reassured that your application will not be adversely affected by the closure.
Applications are still being accepted via the online school leaver application form, more information can be found here: How to Apply.
We’ll continue to give regular updates on this page and via social media, and thank everyone for their ongoing patience and support in these challenging times.
Guidance & Updates
The latest Government guidance can be found here: coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
Have you tested positive?
Are you a currently a Wakefield College student and have been tested positive for Coronavirus? Then you must inform us immediately, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Five Steps to Safer Working Together
We confirm we have complied with the government’s guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19
- We have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and shared the results with the people who work here
- We have cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures in line with guidance
- We have taken all reasonable steps to help people work from home
- We have taken all reasonable steps to maintain a 2m distance in the workplace
- Where people cannot be 2m apart, we have done everything practical to manage transmission risk
Coronavirus (COVID-19) InformationRelevant Documents
Covid Secure measures have been put in place to ensure everyone’s safety.
News & EventsRemote Education Provision
Information for students.
Information forProspective Students
Planning to enrol onto a course at Wakefield College, here’s everything you need to know.
Ofqual information on awarding qualifications.
Information forCurrent HE students
Advice for current HE students.
Information forProspective HE students
Advice for applicants and offer holders applying to the University Centre.
News & EventsSchool Leaver Newsletter
In it, you’ll find lots of useful information and links, including our latest podcast.
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Useful InformationOnline Resources
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