COVID-19 update – A Message from Principal Chris Nattress

I hope you and your families are keeping safe and well. 

Following the Government announcement that schools and colleges should offer some face-to-face contact with eligible students from June 1, I wanted to clarify our position. 

We understand the importance of our learners and apprentices having this access to their tutors and returning to college to get hands-on experience and we look forward to welcoming them back. However, we are also aware that the safety of our students and staff should come first. 

With that in mind, the Senior Leadership Team have been working for a while to look closely at how we open the college and when the correct time will be. This will ensure any return to college can be managed safely and in line with Government guidance, particularly around social distancing. 

We are carrying out a number of risk assessments to ensure the safety of everyone and will let you know the outcome once we have made firm plans. We will be following the latest scientific advice. 

I envisage that a small group of students – who would greatly benefit by completing practical assessment by their tutors which cannot be carried out remotely – will return to the college the week commencing June 8 at the earliest. 

When these eligible learners do return, they will not be following previous timetables, and their time in the college will be limited. Remote working will continue to supplement the practical tasks. 

If your child falls into this category, we will be in touch with more detailed plans, as there will be strict measures introduced which everyone who enters the college must adhere to. This information will also be on the dedicated COVID-19 section of our website. 

All of our other learners will continue to work remotely from home, supported online by their tutors. I would like to take this opportunity to put on record how impressed we are with the way our learners have adapted to the new way of working under these unprecedented circumstances. 

We value everyone’s patience and understanding during these times, and want to offer our thanks for the continued support of the college. 

We will continue to communicate with you as the situation develops. 

If there is anything we can do to further assist, or if you have any queries, please contact us by calling 01946 839300. 

Take care,

Chris Nattress

Principal of Lakes College