Information and advice for City College students and staff

Updated: 27th November 2020

College Status:

On Thursday 5th November, England started a new phase of national lockdown.  This time lockdown is more complicated.  The good news is that City College is staying open but not for everyone. 

These changes will start on Monday 9th November and last until Friday 4th December.


Study Programme students and Apprentices will continue to come to College for their normal timetable.  This includes everyone who studies in these classes or is infilled to them. 

Some adult only classes on-site (part-time and higher education) will move online or be taught partially at college and partially online.  This is because the government has asked us to move adult learning online as much as possible. 

Letters have been sent to all students, apprentices, parents and employers.  

These changes will be from Monday 9th November to Friday 4th December. 


External Visitors will not be allowed during the national lockdown.  The only exception are Contractors doing essential maintenance and Support Workers for students. 

City College Commitment Statement

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.

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 through the day.

Face Coverings / Masks

All students, apprentices, staff and any external visitors must wear face masks or face coverings at all times when they are inside.  This means in a corridor, a staff kitchen, an office, a classroom or a workshop.

The only times when you may take your mask off are when you are eating, if you are completely on your own in a room and if you are outside.  The only other reason would be that you are wearing other PPE such as a welding helmet or a dust mask.

Face visors can be worn as well as masks, but they cannot be worn instead of a mask.  Face visors are not as protective as masks.

If you do not have to wear a mask for health reasons, please go to Student Support to discuss this.  We are strongly encouraging those who have not worn face masks to reconsider wearing one for their own protection.

Students, apprentices and visitors must bring their own face coverings.  Masks will be available at the front but you will be asked for a donation of at least 50p for each mask you use.

Anyone travelling to college on public transport must also wear a face covering whilst on a bus, ferry, train or taxi.

Moving Round College

Timetables have been designed to reduce the need for students and apprentices to move round the college, so wherever possible they stay in a regular group and don’t mix with other groups.

When moving round the college everyone is asked to keep to the left of corridors and stairs.  In some areas there are one-way systems, which everyone must obey. 

Lifts should only be used by those who need them, as only one person can use them at a time.


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.

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

If you, or anyone you live with, has coronavirus symptoms do not come to college.

Current coronavirus symptoms are listed here on the NHS website.

Step 1) Report: You must report your absence to us as soon as you decide you have symptoms, even if this is on a day when you are not normally in college. Report your absence via Citybit or by emailing We will call you to check details with you.

Step 2) Test: The person with coronavirus symptoms must book a test on the NHS website – if you cannot get to a testing centre, book a home test to be sent to you. 

Step 3) Result:

  • As soon as you or the person with symptoms gets their result, it is very important that you tell us. 
  • If your test is negative, once you have told us this you may return to college.
  • If your test is positive you must follow NHS guidance and self-isolate for at least ten days from the start of your symptoms or until you are well (whichever is longer).

Keep up to date using Citybit or

Frequently Asked Questions

How will I be taught?

During the national lockdown Study Programme students and Apprentices will be taught at College, part-time Adult and higher education courses may be online, at college, or a mix.  Each course and student will be told how their course is being taught.

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

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

What will happen to work experience?

There will be no work experience in lockdown unless it is a required part of the qualification.

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 digital learning system.

Will the college’s catering facilities be open?

City Kitchen (the main canteen) will be open, with additional health and safety measures in place. Wherever possible, you will be asked to pay with a card rather than cash.

Will the Learning Resource Centre be open?

Our library and Learning Resource Centre areas will be open, with additional health and safety measures in place.

Can I sit with friends around college?

You will be able to sit inside with your friends in your class at lunchtime, but not with friends from other groups.  Your class will have a designated area to eat lunch inside and your teacher will tell you where it is.