Letters to Parents from the Chief Executive of Suffolk Academies Trust
- 6th July 2020
- 30th June 2020
- Re-Opening Guidance
- 8th June 2020
- 1st June 2020
- 19th May 2020
- 14th May 2020
Information Update 20.05.2020
Please note the updates to this document can be found under questions: 5, 7, 16, 17, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30.
Information Update 29.04.2020
Please note the updates to this document can be found under questions: 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 and 22.
Information Update 22.04.2020
OFQUAL student information video found here.
OFQUAL teacher information video found here.
Information Update 03.04.2020
We will update the website as more information becomes available.
Information Update 01.03.2020
Information Update - 31.03.2020
Please be aware that current Bursary students will continue to be paid for the summer term as normal and do not need to apply again for the bursary.
Information Update - 26.03.2020
Update for Parents/Carers - 23.03.2020
I hope you and your families are well and keeping safe at this very difficult time, I wanted to let you know that I will be sending messages regularly to keep you updated on any changes or updates as they occur, please see the link below which answers a lot of questions.
Please can I ask that you encourage your son/daughter to continue to engage with the work being set and the sessions being run by teachers at One, although there will not be exams, as a centre we will be requested to provide information related to internal exams, external exams already sat (in the case of BTEC) and coursework marks as well as internal assessments. I appreciate that motivation for our students will be a challenge and I am seeking your support in trying to keep our students focused for the coming couple of weeks leading up to the Easter break. After the break we will evaluate where we are.
In the meantime please look after each other and please let me know if there is anything we can help with.
Update - 20.03.2020
An email has been sent to parents/carers this afternoon containing updated information from One. Once you have read this information, if you have any questions please contact your PPT or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Update - 17.03.2020
After a great deal of consideration and taking into account the wellbeing of students and staff at One and in light of the number of students and staff who are now self-isolating, we have decided that as from tomorrow (Wednesday 18th March) we will be moving to a ‘guided home learning model’.
The building will be closed from Monday 23rd March and will remain closed until further notice, we will update all students and staff as new information emerges via the website and social media.
This is a very difficult period in all of our lives, and the health, safety and wellbeing of our students and staff is paramount and therefore whilst a difficult decision to take I believe it to be the right one. I wish you all well and please be assured we remain fully committed to the success of our students and will do all we can to support them.
Update - 16.03.2020
I can confirm that the student who was tested for Coronavirus has received confirmation that they do not have the Coronavirus, I am sure you will be very pleased to hear this both from your own perspective but also with reference to the individual.
Update - 13.03.2020
Important information has been released by the government, COVID 19: stay at home guidance for people with confirmed or possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.
With reference to the student who self-isolated earlier this week, they has now been tested for COVID 19. We will update the website with the results as soon as we are informed.
The government have updated their statement on coronavirus and the summer 2020 exam series. You can read it here.
Letter Emailed to Parents/Carers - 12.03.2020
Dear Parents/ Carers
I am writing to update you on how One Sixth Form College (OSFC) is responding to COVID-19 Coronavirus. As you would expect we are following guidance from Public Health England and the Department for Education (DfE) and we are publishing daily updates on our website. The link to the website is www.suffolkone.ac.uk I hope you find this useful and informative.
Can I ask that if you suspect that your son / daughter is feeling unwell please do follow the government advice and guidance by calling 111. If you are self-isolating please inform the College immediately through your son’s / daughter’s Personal Progress Tutor (PPT).
Please be aware that if your son / daughter is required to self-isolate they will be marked in the register as ‘Y’ for attendance which will not penalise them and they will be provided with work from their teachers whilst absent. Please do ask your son / daughter to email their teacher directly for the work if they are self-isolating.
If we are advised to close the college, we will provide updates via the website, email and social media, in this event teachers will provide work for the students to complete remotely via Moodle, our virtual learning environment.
The IT helpdesk support for students will be contactable via the email address; PasswordReset@suffolkone.ac.uk during the closure period only during the hours of 8.00-16.30. The IT team will only be able to assist with password resets as they cannot support issues with personal devices.
During any period of closure we will continue to update the website as new information emerges and with information on timescales in relation to re-opening.
I hope that this period of disruption will not cause you and your families too much worry and if there is anything we can do to either help or reassure please email email@example.com
Update for parents/carers - 11.03.2020
The student who went home yesterday has not been confirmed as having COVID 19. They have been asked by 111 to self-isolate for two weeks and they are waiting for a call back from 111 in relation to being tested.
Please be assured that we will follow due process if a case is confirmed.
For students with complex medical issues e.g. those in a high risk category, you may wish to contact your Doctor; their attendance at college is at the discretion of parents/carers.
Important Information - 10.03.2020
It has been brought to our attention that one of our students who visited Rome over half-term has developed symptoms over the weekend in line with the published COVID-19 symptoms.
As a result, we have instructed them to self-isolate and contact NHS 111.
We have taken advice from Public Health England who have advised that until an individual receives a COVID-19 diagnosis the college should remain open with all its community following the advice and guidance published by Public Health England and Department for Education.
At this point we do not know if the individual has COVID-19. However, for those in a high risk category you might wish to contact your doctor.
Please watch the NHS video on how to wash your hands. For more detailed instructions please go to their website.
The BBC have an informative video supported by the NHS about protecting yourself from Coronavirus. Watch the video here.
With reference to the current COVID-19 guidance, please help us to ensure the safety of all building users by paying close attention to the information below and on posters around the centre. Do note that although hand gels are available in some key areas, hand washing is more effective at preventing virus spread if carried out frequently and thoroughly with soap and water provided in the toilet areas.
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- always wash your hands when you get home or into work/college
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
- try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- try not to touch your eyes, nose and mouth
Contact with others:
Any student or staff member who may have been in contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 (including family members, carers or others who may have had close contact), must not attend the college until advised by medical services that they are permitted to do so.
Those traveling back from affected areas:
Please see the below information on attending college/work. If you have travelled to the below areas;
Category 1: Students/Staff should self-isolate and not attend college/work, even if you are not exhibiting signs of illness, and call NHS 111 to inform of recent travel.
Category 2: Students/staff do not need to undertake any special measures and can attend college/work, but if you develop symptoms of flu you should self-isolate and call NHS 111.
The guidance for Iran, Daegu or Cheongdo (Republic of Korea), Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam applies to individuals who returned from these specific areas on or after 19 February 2020. The guidance for whole of Italy applies on or after 10 March 2020.
Category 1 countries/areas
Category 2 countries/areas
Wuhan city and Hubei Province (China, see map)
Daegu or Cheongdo (Republic of Korea, see map)
Republic of Korea*
*Except areas of the country specifically referred to in Category 1.
Exam preparation and Ofqual advice
We recognise that students, parents, schools and colleges will be concerned about the possible impact of coronavirus on the 2020 summer exam series. Ofqual’s advice at this time is to continue to prepare for exams and other assessments as normal.
Ofqual continues to work closely with exam boards, other regulators and the Department for Education to plan for a range of scenarios, as the public would expect. Our overriding priorities are fairness to students this summer and keeping disruption to a minimum.
It is still many weeks until exams start and we will issue updated advice if necessary, giving schools and colleges as much notice as possible.
The latest updates from Ofqual can be found here:
Department for Education coronavirus helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is now 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)
If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UKPRN) available when calling the helpline.
Where to find the latest information
Updates on COVID-19:
Guidance for educational settings:
Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:
Latest Department for Education information:
This page will be updated with new information. If you have any specific concerns or questions please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org 01473 556600.