Cambridge Regional College - Centre of Vocational Excellence

Coronavirus Update

College Coronavirus Safety Measures and Phased Reopening of Campus Facilities

At Cambridge Regional College we have adapted to ensure we continue to support you in your learning goals through online learning. The health and wellbeing of our students, staff and visitors is our first priority and we are do everything possible to support you and keep you safe.

As we begin to re-open our college campuses for face-to-face delivery as well as online learning we have prepared a series of frequently asked questions here for you to help you find the information you need and a video about these measures and what college life will be like from September.

FAQs

The college campuses will remain closed to most throughout June and July. The college campuses are open from 22 June to small number of students who are undertaking practical assessments. The campus is closed to all other students and learning and assessments continue to take place online. Affected students have been directly communicated with via email.

In August there will be limited opening for students and parents to visit Advice Cafes if, when they get their GCSE results, they need to talk through their next steps with our team and cannot do so online. Our Advice Cafes are also running online and by phone, but a drop-in option is available, with appropriate social distancing and measures in place.

Our College sites will open to our students in September, students will have a mix of online and on campus learning, which may vary depending on the course you are studying, exact details for your course will be communicated over the summer. This will mean that the number of students at our campuses at any one time will be limited, to enable easier maintenance of social distancing for all.

We continue to keep numbers on site to an absolute minimum, only bringing students in who need to complete practical and technical assessments to complete their studies. These students have received communications around their visits to site and the particular measures in place.

As a college we have thoroughly reviewed the college’s operations and undertaken a full risk assessment and implemented measures to ensure we comply with government guidelines and more for students and staff.  These include a range of measures to enable the easy maintenance of social distancing, one-way systems, temperature scans on arrival, additional cleaning and use of a specialist antibacterial spray that kills 99.9% of germs on surfaces for longer.

Alongside the measures we have put in place we ask that everyone that comes on site takes an active role in ensuring their safety and the safety of others. Everyone on site is asked to:

  • Not attend college if they have any symptoms of Covid-19 or if members of their household are, until they have been tested and shown not to have Covid-19
  • Adhere to the physical distancing measures in place
  • Regularly, and as needed, wash hands and use hand sanitiser
  • Ensure any sneezes/ coughs are made into a tissue or elbow, and disposing of any tissues
  • Wear face masks if they can, it is not essential on campus but highly recommended
  • Follow all staff instructions.

Yes, applications are still being accepted and processed for all our courses. For more information on how to apply, visit our applications hub here.

Our courses continue to run, so you can apply and start your studies with us.

Our admissions teams are on hand to help you with your application, you can contact the team with any enquiries, at cadmissions@camre.ac.uk 

The college is not open to the general public, during July. In August there will be limited opening for students and parents to visit Advice Cafes when they get their GCSE results and need to talk through their next steps with our team. Our Advice Cafes are also running online and by phone, but a drop-in option is available, with appropriate social distancing and measures in place.

The college will regularly assess the situation based on government guidelines and start to reopen facilities as it becomes safe to do so for the community and staff.

When it is safe to do so and in line with government guidelines we will begin to reopen to the public. This also covers our facilities open to the public including our gyms, sports centre, restaurants and hair & beauty salons.

We are ready. If the alert level goes up again. At any point, we are ready to transition to full online and distance learning and support you in the process to adapt.

We were able to quickly move to online learning earlier this year as lockdown came into full force and in fact our learners have adapted to this online learning well.

Our College sites will open to our students in September, students will have a mix of online and on campus learning, which may vary depending on the course you are studying, exact details for your course will be communicated over the summer. This will mean that the number of students at our campuses at any one time will be limited, to enable easier maintenance of social distancing for all.

Please do not attend the College to collect your results.  The College will email you your provisional statement of results on the morning of the 13th August, for Level 3 (BTEC/ A-Level/ equivalent) and 20th August, for GCSE results. We will also post your results out to you on the same day. 

Please note:  we will email you using your College (not personal) email.  If you have moved recently or will be moving over the summer – please ensure the College has up to date address details for you.

Yes, we will send full details of how you can contact staff in the email containing your provisional statement of results.  We also will be running Advice Cafés on both results days so you can access any support and guidance you need.

Extraordinary results appeals/complaints process Summer 2020

Due to the impact of Covid-19  on this year’s exams and assessments, we have put in place a special results appeals and complaints process for these summer results. This is to ensure there is a quick response in line with the Awarding Organisation’s and Ofqual’s guidance for this set of results.

If you want to appeal your results you have up to 15 working days from receiving your results from CRC to raise your concern. To raise a concern, email QT@camre.ac.uk with full details of your concern.

Access here an Ofqual Students’ Guide to Post-16 Qualification Results Summer 2020 >>

We know that these are challenging times, whether you are struggling with the challenges of lockdown, or have been affected by Covid-19 illness personally or with family and friends, we are here to support you.

During the academic year you can access support from our Student Support Services at CRC both online and in person (from September). During the summer break, we want to ensure that you know about the services that are available to you outside of college. A list of support agencies is available here.

This summer the college is offering a virtual check-in service for those who would benefit from seeing some friendly faces online.  If you would like to know more you can register your interest at www.camre.ac.uk/virtualcheckin  

Exams and Assessment updates  

We know that many students will be worried about how they will achieve their qualifications this year.  The government are continuing to provide regular updates about this. We are monitoring these publications closely and putting processes into place to ensure our students are not disadvantaged.

GCSE exams will not take place this summer, however qualifications will be awarded using marks provided by the college based on work completed, together with other data. Please don’t ask your teachers about these grades because we are not allowed to tell you.

The College will also be providing marks and grades for many vocational and technical qualifications, for example BTEC and NCFE qualifications, and Technicals. We are still waiting for final information about how specialist technical qualifications will be assessed this year.

We are sending regular updates to students, parents and employers when information is available.

 

Further details of how to contact people whilst the campuses are closed will be updated and available on our Contact Us page, click here > 

We are sorry for the inconvenience and hope that you all stay safe and well. We look forward to seeing you all again.

 

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