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COVID-19 updates

Last update: 01/03/2021 


We are now preparing for the re-opening of both the Prep and Senior schools on Monday 8th March 2021.

Senior School Testing

This will take place on Sunday 7th March.  Whilst we appreciate this is a Sunday, it means that not only can our pupils begin lessons with immediate effect on Monday morning and begin to acclimatise themselves to school as soon as possible, but that we can run a full bus service in both directions, including our Prep Shuttle Bus, on Monday 8 March and cause far less disruption to our working parents.  Please refer to Mrs Hayward's letter of 1st March 2021 for details of how to book a time slot for testing as well as completion of the consent form.

  • Pupils should only enter the school site through the Sports Hall gates.
  • No parents are permitted to enter the school site or congregate at the school gates, as per government guidance.
  • The most convenient place for parents to park, if necessary, is the public car park located at the rear of the school site.
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times.
  • Members of staff will then guide the pupils through a one-way system to the Sports Hall.
  • Pupils must maintain social distancing from everyone else at all times. ∙ Pupils will be instructed how to administer the lateral flow test themselves. They will be free to leave following their test and will be notified of any positive test result. Pupils must not await their results and should leave the site when instructed by staff.
  • Pupils will exit through the Sports Hall gate and need to exit the site promptly and may then return home.
  • Boarders should follow instructions given to them by the boarding staff.

Click here for FAQs surrounding Coronavirus testing at Plymouth College

Return of Boarders

We are looking forward to welcoming back as many boarders as we are able to.  The continuing disruptions to global travel for our overseas students means that many won't be back in person with us on March 8th; we are very conscious of the need to support our young people as and when they do return to our community.  Please take a look at the video message sent to you from Mr Byrne on 24th February.

 

If you are currently resident in the UK and are able to estimate an arrival time for return on 7th March then please book a time slot for testing as above. Alternatively please contact Mr Byrne or Mr Wesley from your vehicle for further instructions.

Prep School

Procedures at the Prep school will be the same as last term, with just a few adjustments.

  • Parents and visitors must now wear face coverings in the reception areas.  We also strongly recommend that parents, visitors and staff wear face coverings outside whilst on school grounds, particularly when collecting children as this is the busiest time and sees the most congestion. 
  • Morning care will start at 8am - please follow the signage on the school grounds.
  • As gatherings of people are, for the time being, still not allowed, please may we reinforce the need to leave the playground as soon as you have dropped off/collected your child.

 

Further information

Please refer to the following letters:

From Mrs Hayward - 24th February 2021, 1st March

From Mr Byrne -  24th February

From Miss Newnham - 1st March 

 

If you have any queries then, as ever, please contact us using mail@plymouthcollege.com


The best way to keep up to date with everything we are doing is through our social media channels - see our recent posts below -  

Admissions

We are delighted to launch our new personalised Virtual Visits. Find out more here. 


Our Admissions team is very much operating on a business as usual basis and will maintain the current level of work.

If you are interested in a place at Plymouth College for your child(ren) then please do contact the Admissions team and they will advise you on the next steps. 

Plymouth College Admissions 

Our Virtual Tour

We are delighted to share with you our new virtual tour of Plymouth College. Here you can have an insight into our impeccable facilities from the comfort of your own home. 

We are also offering Virtual Visits which offer video calls with the Headmaster and other keep staff. 

Click here to register

 

Summer exams

Latest news, 3 April 2020

Further to Ofqual’s guidance issued today (detailed here), we continue to work with exam boards in order to comply with the guidance regarding the award of GCSE, ALevel and BTEC grades. Our Heads of Department, Mr Grey, Mr Carr and Miss Venon are working on collating all the necessary information required to send to the examination boards. We will continue to offer pupils the chance to take part in the optional assessments after the Easter holidays and Mr Grey will be in touch about the arrangements for this soon. Whilst we are not encouraged to seek additional pieces of evidence from Ofqual, we feel we would like to offer our pupils the chance to take part in these assessments, should they wish. Rest assured they will not be disadvantaged, if they either chose to take this opportunity, or not. One important point to note from Ofqual’s guidance today is that the information provided to the exam boards must remain confidential and so we as a school will not be able to discuss the information we provide to the examining bodies. I ask both parents and pupils to respect this. Many thanks for your ongoing support in this matter.

Should you have any immediate questions regarding this, please contact exams@plymouthcollege.com.


Home Learning Hub 

Please find our letter regarding the new Home Learning Hub for Year 11 and Upper Sixth pupils 

Letter


Information video from Ofqual 17 April 2020

 


In a statement from Ofqual - 

Our response to Gavin Williamson's statement on summer exams

Published 18 March 2020

From: Ofqual
 
We welcome the certainty that the Secretary of State’s decision not to hold exams this summer provides in these challenging circumstances. We will now work urgently with the Department for Education to work through the detail of this decision and to provide more information as soon as possible.

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ofqual

Our response 

We have written to parents regarding our plans for the summer term and the examinations of our year 11 and year 13 pupils. 

Letter from the Headmaster_23 March 2020

Family Holidays / Travel

Please check FCO travel advice pages for the latest information, including advice on quarantine while you're abroad, insurance and entry restrictions.

Please also be aware that some countries are likely to put the UK as high risk area and flights may well stop to the UK from these countries. These are unprecedented times so we advise you seek clarification before travelling.

Boarding

Supporting our boarding pupils during this uncertain time is paramount and we are doing all we can to ensure we keep in regular communication with our boarding pupils, families and agents. 

We are closely monitoring the latest BSA and government guidance to continue developing our plans for a safe return to school once we are told we can do so. 

For more information about our boarding community, including our new boarding tour - visit our Boarding for September 2020 page. 


Please find below the latest letter from the Department for International Trade regarding the country's preparations for welcoming back all international students - 

Letter 


Please see below the latest message from our Head of Boarding, Mr Byrne -