Frequently Asked Questions for September 2020 opening

We are constantly updating this page with new information, so please check on a regular basis.


Will college be open in September?

Yes, we plan to reopen to learners from Tuesday, September 8. Individual start dates and timetables will be issued to learners beforehand. The planned term dates for the 2020-2021 academic year can be found here


Do I have to wear a mask in college?

Yes. The wearing of face coverings in corridors, stairways and communal areas of all college buildings will be mandatory. Normal exemptions apply to those who cannot wear them for medical or communication reasons.


How will timetables look from September?

All learning programmes this year will consist of a mix of face-to-face and online learning via our Canvas Virtual Learning Programme.

This is one of our control measures to ensure the safety of all our learners and staff by limiting the number of people onsite at any time.

Online Canvas classes will be interactive with teachers and the class actively participating in activities. The classes will run to the usual college timetable and most will be accessible at other times for learners to revisit.


What health and safety precautions will be in place around college?

There will be hand sanitising stations around the college to ensure all learners and staff follow Government advise on regular sanitising of hands. A keep-left system will be in place, with corridors and stairways marked up around the college, along with a one-way system.

Regular cleaning will be carried out, as well as reduced occupancy in toilets.

We are currently working on a video which will explain all of the procedures which are in place, this will be sent to all of our learners before the academic year begins, so they are familiar with the procedures.


What happens if there is another lockdown due to Covid-19?

We will follow Government advice. If we are faced with another lockdown situation, we are extremely confident that we will continue our high standard of teaching and learning which we have demonstrated during the lockdown which began in March.


Will the canteen be open?

An app will be available to pre-order lunch, which will then be collected in a Grab and Go bag. Information about how to download and use the app will be sent to individual learners.


I, or someone in my household, is classed as vulnerable. What should I do?

We will be in touch with all of our new and returning learners to carry out a risk assessment and will discuss the options available to you if appropriate.


What financial support is available?

At Lakes college we offer a wide range of financial support (subject to eligibility criteria), such as bursaries, bus passes, advice on funding etc

Details of the services that we offer can be found here. If you think you are eligible, now is a good time to get your application in.


How will Lakes College keep learners, parents and guardians up to date? 

The best way to keep up to date is to check our website ( as it will be constantly updated with any changes. We are also using other channels (such as text messages and social media platforms) to communicate important messages. 


How do we protect ourselves from Coronavirus? 

  • Keep your immune system healthy by getting plenty of sleep, nutrition, stress-relief, and exercise.  
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitiser (contains at least 60% alcohol) if soap and water are not available. Wash your hands frequently, for at least 20 seconds, and certainly after sneezing or before/after touching your face or a sick person. 
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. 
  • Avoid contact with others who have any symptoms