Message From Principal To All Students About Plans For The Next Few Weeks

Dated: 22.05.20

Dear Students,

Following the announcement from the Prime Minister last Sunday evening, further guidance has been published for parents, schools and Colleges regarding the planned re-opening. Please click here for full details.

The key point for Colleges from this guidance is that ‘from the week commencing 1st June we are asking sixth form colleges to begin some face to face support with some Year 12 pupils (any student who is planning to continue with us at Gateway next year), although we do not expect those pupils to return on a full-time basis at this stage.’

Over the coming days, the College leadership team will be planning and working with staff as to how and whether or not this can be achieved in a safe and meaningful way before the end of term.  Whilst everyone is keen to return as soon as possible, I would like to assure you that the priority at the forefront of all our planning is, and will continue to be, your safety and well-being along with that of our staff.

We will continue to review best practice and Government guidance as I am sure you will understand there are many different factors that we must now take into account to ensure the College is able to re-open safely and follow government guidelines.  Therefore, I would like to ask for your continued patience and understanding in this matter.  We will communicate our plans to you as soon as we can but until you hear otherwise, College will remain closed.  In the meantime, it is important to continue to work at home, under the direction of your teachers and tutors as best you can.

Students who are leaving us this year – we are as disappointed as you are that you have not had the chance to sit your final exams or to complete your last few units.  We are also sad that we have not had a proper opportunity to say goodbye to you and to wish you all the best for the future.  I hope that you all go on to achieve great things in whatever you do next and that you keep in touch and let us know how you are doing.  Teachers have been instructed to complete any remaining topics with you by 29th May.

If you have any worries or concerns, please discuss these with your tutors in the first instance and remember that Monday 25th to Wednesday 27th May is College Half Term break.

Stay safe everyone,

James Bagley

Principal of Gateway Sixth Form College

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