Information and advice for City College students and staff

Updated: 19th April 2022

The government has removed all domestic restrictions in England and has stopped providing free tests to colleges for staff and students to use.

There are still steps staff and students can take to reduce the risk of catching and spreading COVID-19.

  • Get vaccinated 
  • Let fresh air in when inside to keep classrooms and workshops well ventilated
  • Consider wearing a face covering in crowded, indoor spaces
  • Wash or sanitise hands regularly

Everyone over the age of 16 is able to be vaccinated.  We strongly encourage everyone to be vaccinated as this will reduce the risks to all of our college community.

Students are updated on any changes by email and text. If your details have recently changed please let us know.

Students must report any absence related to coronavirus on Citybit by clicking on the absence reporting button on the right-hand side.

Staff must report any absence related to coronavirus to HR.

Student Wellbeing and Support 

We're here to help! If you are struggling please contact your teachers or email Student Support: 

City College Remote Learning Statement

16 to 19 Tuition Fund

The Department of Education announced funding to support students whose learning was disrupted as a result of the COVID pandemic. 

Keeping you safe at City College

Our top priority is to ensure that the College is a safe environment for all. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we have put lots of safety measures in place to keep staff, students and apprentices as safe as possible during this academic year. 

All students, apprentices and visitors must follow our rules – if you do not, you will not be allowed on site.

What to do if you have coronavirus (Covid-19) symptoms

If you have coronavirus (Covid-19) symptoms or a positive test result: Do not come to college.

Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) in adults can include:

  • a high temperature or shivering (chills) – a high temperature means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
  • shortness of breath
  • feeling tired or exhausted
  • an aching body
  • a headache
  • a sore throat
  • a blocked or runny nose
  • loss of appetite
  • diarrhoea
  • feeling sick or being sick

The symptoms are very similar to symptoms of other illnesses, such as colds and flu.

Step 1) Report

You must report your absence to us as soon as you decide you have symptoms or have a positive test result, even if this is on a day when you are not normally in college. Report your absence on Citybit or by emailing We will call you to check the details with you.

Step 2) Stay at Home

Stay at home and try to avoid contact with other people.  Take extra care to avoid contact with anyone who is at higher risk of becoming seriously ill with COVID-19.

Look after yourself 

You should stay at home until you have a normal temperature and you feel well enough to do normal activities. 

 Students: Keep up to date using Citybit.

Face Coverings / Masks

Anyone may wear a face mask when they wish to.

Students, apprentices and visitors must bring their own face coverings.


Good Hand Hygiene

NHS advice is that we all need to wash or sanitise our hands regularly. 

Students and apprentices will enter college through the St Mary Street entrance and will be asked to sanitise their hands when they first enter.  They should wash their hands or sanitise them before leaving college.

Everyone needs to wash or sanitise their hands often, while they are in college.

Bathrooms are available in every building for hand washing and hand sanitisers are on every floor of every building for regular use throughout the day.


More cleaners will be on site during the day, to clean areas that are touched a lot, such as door handles.

There are cleaning materials in every classroom, workshop and practical area for teachers and students to use.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if I have to self-isolate?

It is very important you do not come into college if you have to self-isolate.  You will be able to keep up with your coursework using Citybit, our online learning system. 

Please tell us you are self-isolating by Citybit or emailing

How are practical courses, such as beauty and hairdressing, taught safely?

We are following the Department of Business guidance for sectors such as hairdressing and beauty.

Are the college’s catering facilities open?


Is the Learning Resource Centre open?

Our Library and Learning Resource Centre areas are open, with additional health and safety measures in place.

Has the College conducted a full risk assessment for managing risks from coronavirus?

Yes, the College regularly updates its risk assessment for coronavirus in line with changes in government guidance. 

For the most up to date NHS guidance on Coronavirus visit the NHS website.