Vice Principal's Update for Learners, Applicants, Parents and Carers
Updated: Thursday 22 October 2020
Will I be in college during the next two weeks?
The firebreak is from 6pm, Friday 23 October until Monday 09 November. Monday 26 October until Friday 30 October is half term so there are no timetabled lessons. For the week beginning Monday 02 November, all learning will take place remotely. This will minimise travel and the mixing of people which it is hoped will reduce the spread of the virus. From Monday 09 November, you’ll return to college and follow your current timetable.
Will my part time course be affected?
If you’re a part time learner with a course due to run during the firebreak period, please check your emails (including your learner account) for updates. You’ll be contacted if your course is affected by the firebreak lockdown.
Will my financial support be affected by the firebreak lockdown?
No, please don’t worry about this. If you receive financial support, this will not be affected by the firebreak lockdown between 2nd – 6th November.
Can I come into college during this time?
If you’re taking an exam (see below) or you’ve been instructed to come into college to take a specific assessment (for example, a delayed assessment from last year), you should come into college as instructed by your tutor. Otherwise, you should not come into college and follow the lockdown rules. Your teachers will provide you with instructions on how your remote learning will be delivered when you see them in lessons this week.
I have an exam during that time – what should I do?
If you’re sitting an exam during that week, you should come into college as required for your exam and this will continue as planned. Please make sure you know the details of your exam (venue, time) before half term so that you have all the information you need prior to the break.
Can I come into college over half term if I want to?
If you have a pre-planned assessment then you should come into college as instructed by your tutor. Otherwise, please don’t come into college during the half term week and follow the lockdown rules.
I don’t have access to IT at home – can the college help?
We asked when you enrolled and again through the recent learner questionnaire, whether you had access at home to IT. If you don’t have access you may be able to loan a laptop from us. We are in the process of issuing laptops and if you have requested one, you should receive an email shortly. If you have any questions about this, please talk to your Personal Tutor.
Should I just turn up for college from 09 November?
Yes. From 09 November, you will revert back to your current timetable.
Will the canteens and Costa be open when we return?
Yes, our canteens and Costa services will reopen from this date with ‘grab and go’ facilities and you can drop in during your breaks. You will also be able to request drinking water from the canteens. Please adhere to the necessary safety protocols that are in place when using these services.
Please talk to your teachers this week if you have any further questions. Thank you for your ongoing co-operation as we adapt to these changes.
Thank you for your ongoing support as we navigate our way through this unusual situation.
Vice Principal (Curriculum and Quality)
Frequently Asked Questions
If you’ve already applied and accepted your offer, you should have been sent a link to sign up to our CG Connect app. This is an online resource designed to help you to prepare for joining college in September. If you haven’t signed up, we encourage you to do so, but drop us a line at email@example.com if you’re having any problems.
We’ve put all sorts of measures in place to make sure everyone stays as safe as possible and we’re adhering to all Welsh Government protocols. This includes additional hygiene facilities, room capacity safety measures, social distancing indicators and one-way systems. We’re working closely with everyone to make sure that full consideration has been given to keeping everyone safe. You’ll learn more about these as part of your induction.