Notre Dame College takes the health of students and colleagues very seriously, and we realise that this is an unsettling time for many in our community. For the latest information and updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit here for daily updates.
We would like to thank all students and staff for their hard work this term and we wish you a peaceful, holy and safe Easter break
3RD APRIL UPDATE: SUMMER 2020 GRADES
Please see below a letter from Ofqual to students who should be sitting exams summer 2020 and guidance for teachers, students, parents and carers.
Thank you message from the Secretary of State for Education
Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Education, has recorded a message for staff across the education and children’s social care sectors thanking you for all the exceptional work that you are doing during this challenging time. The message can be viewed here.
30TH MARCH UPDATE: KEY WORKER INFORMATION
Please be aware Notre Dame can be open to students whose parents are key workers. Should you feel you meet the key worker criteria, and require childcare provision, please email email@example.com to make the necessary arrangements.
If you have applied to study with us in September, don't worry, your place is still secure! We will give you an offer subject to appropriate references.
What are appropriate references?
We are still waiting for more information, but it could be we work with, for example, predicted grades from school. However, we don’t yet know this for definite and we are still waiting for further guidance. We will share any guidance with you once we have it. Please be assured that no matter what happens, there will be a place for you.
Click here for more information: https://www.notredamecoll.ac.uk/applicant-updates
26TH MARCH UPDATE: BE AWARE OF SCAM EMAILS
The DfE have been informed that some parents have received an email stating the following:
‘As schools will be closing, if you’re entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we’ll make sure you’re supported’.
We can confirm that this is a scam email and is not official. We urge parents that if you receive any emails like this, please do not respond, and delete it immediately.
25th MARCH UPDATE: FURTHER USEFUL RESOURCES
Department for Education coronavirus helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)
23RD MARCH UPDATE: NORTE DAME IS TODAY MOVING TO DELIVER COURSES ONLINE.
Whilst the College’s doors are now closed, the College itself remains open online.
A level & GCSEs
The Department of Education has issued some guidelines about the awarding of grades this year. Teacher assessment will play a part in these decisions though we are waiting for more details about this. We ask for your patience in not approaching teachers about grades as they are not in a position to agree any at this stage. We have had reassurance from universities and employers that students will not be at a disadvantage due to this change of procedure. There will also be an opportunity to sit an exam in the autumn if any student is unhappy with this grade. The announcement of this can be accessed here.
In light of this we are asking Year 13 students to complete their courses, where possible, under the guidance of their subject teachers and check their emails regularly. Full support will be available for all students through online resources and email contact with teachers.
The Year 12 courses have all been moved online and all students have been given details on how to complete work. The expectation is that students will continue to complete all work given including any assessment as well as checking emails regularly. Y12s are able to contact their teachers via email to have full support with this.
It is important that all the students, staff and the community stay safe. We ask that all our community follows government guidelines and we will continue to provide information via our website about how to keep physically and mentally healthy.
We ask Mary, Our Lady to continue to prayer for us at this time.
We will provide updates as we receive them.
Over the weekend, the DfE published new and updated guidance:
20th MARCH UPDATE: WE WILL BE SHUTTING AT 4PM AT TODAY
Notre Dame is more than just a college. We are a special community and have cared for one another for over 115 years. During these uncertain times, we will continue to care for our students, parents and staff like we always have. We are still able to listen, support and care for you whenever you need us. You are not alone. Please email any questions to your achievement tutor, and enjoy learning in a new way with the teachers you love. Keep in touch with your friends and let us know how you are using our social media platforms, and keep yourself informed by visiting our website for updates. Most importantly, please look after yourselves, your families and the wider community. 💙
19th MARCH UPDATE: Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College will close after lessons on Friday, 20th March 2020.
Following the latest announcement from Gavin Williamson, the College will close, and therefore, students will not be required to attend their lessons from Friday, 20th March at 4pm. We will now implement our continuity plan which will see all teaching and learning move online. All students have been given information on how they will continue accessing their lessons. Students are asked to continue with their studies remotely and should also check emails regularly for updates from teachers as well as information.
Students are also advised to regularly check their emails for updates from their teachers, as well as information from your Achievement Tutor regarding how to access online lessons and resources.
Further updates and important information will be communicated via the College website including information regarding public examinations.
All of our staff will be doing their best to ensure that there is as little impact on students’ learning as possible, and we ask that the Notre Dame Community continues to stand together as we face these uncertain times. Most importantly, please look after yourselves, your families and the wider community.
18th MARCH UPDATE: COLLEGE IS OPEN. PLEASE WATCH THIS SPACE FOR ANY FURTHER UPDATES.
Applicants for September 2020: Please click here for information regarding applicant interviews.
17TH MARCH 2020 UPDATE: COLLEGE IS OPEN. PLEASE READ THE BELOW.
In light of the latest government information, any staff member or student who is under any of the categories below, please adhere to government advice and stay at home.
The categories include those who are:
- aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)
- under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (ie anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds):
- chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease
- chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
- chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy
- problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
- a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
- being seriously overweight (a BMI of 40 or above)
- those who are pregnant
Note: there are some clinical conditions which put people at even higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. If you are in this category, next week the NHS in England will directly contact you with advice the more stringent measures you should take in order to keep yourself and others safe. For now, you should rigorously follow the social distancing advice in full, outlined below.
People falling into this group are those who may be at particular risk due to complex health problems such as:
- People who have received an organ transplant and remain on ongoing immunosuppression medication
- People with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radiotherapy
- People with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukemia who are at any stage of treatment
- People with severe chest conditions such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma (requiring hospital admissions or courses of steroid tablets)
- People with severe diseases of body systems, such as severe kidney disease (dialysis)
Please phone into HR as normal to let us know. Take care and keep in touch via email or phone with the college. We are advising staff and students who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures.
If you affected by this and therefore need to stay at home, please let college know via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. All subject teachers have communicated with their students how to access resources remotely via Moodle or Microsoft Teams.
Please look at the College website regularly, where we will post the latest information from both the DfE and Public Health England.
16th MARCH 2020 UPDATE
As of 16th March, the Government’s response to COVID-19 remains in the delay phase. The position continues to be for education and children’s social care settings to remain open, and the college will adhere to this recommendation, unless advised otherwise.
We do know that the spread and impact of the virus is changing rapidly. The college will continue to monitor the situation and to follow closely any changes to the Government’s published plan. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan. We continue to remain alert to healthcare information and advice from the World Health Organisation, Health and Safety Executive and Public Health England. This advice currently suggests that the risk to our community at Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College is minimal.
Daily updates from the Department of Education provide advice for schools and colleges and we will implement any recommendations as they arise.
13TH MARCH 2020 UPDATE
The UK government has moved from containing the coronavirus to delaying it. Please take the time to read the latest update below. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-homeguidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection
If you have a new continuous cough and/or high temperature please ask your parent/carer to call the college and inform us that you are self-isolating for 7 days. Further advice and guidance: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ _____________________________________________________________________
MARCH 10th 2020 UPDATE
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updated Information and Advice for Students
Following on from the discussions that have been taking place in tutorial recently, I wanted to update you about the college’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). I know that some of you are feeling anxious about the possible consequences of the virus both on physical health and on your education. It is really important that you access information only through reliable and credible sources. There is a lot of misinformation currently in circulation which is not helpful and is likely to fuel further uncertainty and anxiety.
We do know that the spread and impact of the virus is changing rapidly. The college will continue to monitor the situation and to follow closely any changes to the Government’s published plan.
We will also remain alert to healthcare information and advice from the World Health Organisation, Health and Safety Executive and Public Health England.
This advice currently suggests that the risk to our community at Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College is minimal.
As of 11th March, the Government’s response to COVID-19 remains in the Contain phase. The position continues to be for education and children’s social care settings to remain open, and the college will adhere to this recommendation unless advised otherwise.
We have robust processes and procedures and are ready to put additional measures in place as required. Daily updates from the Department of Education provide advice for schools and colleges and we will implement any recommendations as they arise.
Our hope and intention is that the college will remain open and that the impact on our students’ learning and overall educational experience will be minimised. However, in order to be proactively prepared for the eventuality of having to close, partially or wholly, we will ensure that all courses have made meaningful work available via Moodle/Google Classroom or other remotely accessed platform. Communication with students will be through the college website, Moodle and college email system so please ensure that you check both regularly.
Preventing spread of infection
There are general principles anyone can follow to help prevent the spread of the virus including:
➢ Washing your hands often - with soap and water, or use hand sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport. We recommend that you wash your hands:
• Before leaving home
• On arrival at college
• After using the toilet
• After breaks and sporting activities
• Before eating any food, including snacks
• Before leaving college
➢ Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
➢ Staying at home if you feel unwell
➢ Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
➢ Avoiding close contact with people who are unwell
➢ Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces
➢ Calling NHS 111 if you are worried about your symptoms or those of a friend or relative. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment Please note:
➢ Face masks are not recommended to protect from infection, as there is no evidence of benefit from their use outside healthcare environments.
➢ People who have returned from Category 1 specified countries/areas in the last 14 days should self-isolate. This includes avoiding attending college until 14 days after they return. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas/covid-19- specified-countries-and-areas-with-implications-for-returning-travellers-or-visitors-arriving-inthe-uk
➢ People who have returned from Category 2 specified countries/areas in the last 14 days, are advised to stay at home if they develop symptoms.
➢ If you have been to an affected area/are advised to self-isolate/believe that you may have been exposed to the virus please inform the college immediately: 0113 2946644