31 March 2021

*This update was emailed out on Tuesday 30th March 2021 to our Further Education students studying a Entry, Level 1, 2 or 3 Programme and our University students studying a Foundation, Honours or Masters Degree Programmes.

Dear Student (cc Parent/Guardian) 

Without any doubt the highlight of my year so far was welcoming you back to college earlier this month. In such a disruptive and challenging year, you have all shown great resilience and adaptability and I and all the staff here are incredibly proud of how you have responded.

Thank you for ensuring these last few weeks have been so successful and particularly by the way in which you have embraced our expectations and safety protocols here at college, which all contribute to helping to provide as safe an environment as possible for us all.

Next Term

Your Curriculum and Programme Managers have been conducting audits of your learning so far this year to ensure there can be a clear plan for your teaching for the summer term.

As a result, many of you will come back into college for additional days, replacing some of your virtual lessons. All of you will have enhanced practical lessons throughout the term as we seek to ensure you aren’t just successful in achieving your qualification but are equipped with skills and behaviours that will allow you to progress next year onto another course here on or into work. Some of you will continue with a virtual day of teaching where it has been highly successful and based on feedback from your teachers and yourselves, we feel it is in everyone’s best interests to continue with the delivery in that way for the remainder of the year.

Your Programme Managers will share with you the specific information for your course this week to confirm which days you will be back in college next term.  Please check your course Microsoft Teams page for this.

Bus tickets are already available to purchase for the term: plumpton.ac.uk/student-info/travel/  

All of our safety protocols across the College will remain in place when you return after Easter, until further notice.  Please do continue to adhere to these in the same way that you have done so well in recent weeks.  Please also continue to undertake your home testing using the kits provided, and remember to upload your results using the link below:

intranet.plumpton.ac.uk/Covid/Covid

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable, the Government guidance states that you are no longer advised to shield from 1st April. Please liaise with your Personal Tutor/Progress Coach if this applies to you and we will be happy to agree an attendance plan that suits you.

All residential students will return to college on Sunday 18th April and our Student Services team will be in touch with specific information regarding timings.

Bursary Support

Further information about bursaries can be found on our Bursary Application Page. For any queries, please contact bursary@plumpton.ac.uk or Doug Walsh, Finance Officer on 01273 892102.

Student and Mental Health

Experiencing a complex year of challenge and change has affected all of us in a variety of ways, and for some of us it will take time to re-adjust. We want to remind all students about the Student Wellbeing team who are here to support any student facing difficulty. Plumpton College will be proudly supporting Mental Health Awareness Week 10th to 16th May 2021, with a week of activities and open dialogue on the topic of mental health. So we can start that dialogue right now please ensure you complete the Student Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing Survey for us to hear your voice and gather a clear college wide perspective on our students’ current wellbeing. For further information or support contact the team on studentwellbeing@plumpton.ac.uk.

Assessments

For Further Education students (studying Entry, Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 programmes)

  • The awarding bodies (e.g. Edexcel & City and Guilds) for your qualifications have now confirmed how your grades will be awarded, and without exception, students are expected to continue to complete assignments and now practical work in accordance with their guidance.  Teachers will be assessing you based on a range of evidence that can give an overall picture of your performance
  • Where exams were due to be sat earlier in the year, your teachers will use clear forms of assessment such as mock tests and assignments, to inform your grades.
  • In order to meet awarding body requirements for the upload of your assessment grades in June, we have set a deadline for all remaining student assessments to be completed by 21st May. Please therefore continue to work on your assignments over Easter and your Programme Manager will provide you with a new assessment schedule for the next five weeks as soon as you return from the Easter holidays.
  • Your lessons will continue until the end of term (Thursday 17th June), which will enable your final three weeks to be very much focused on practical work and the development of those all-important vocational skills.

For Higher Education students (studying Foundation, Honours and Masters Degrees)

  • The College has been working with the RAU all year to ensure that assessments modified in response to lockdown restrictions meet all of your module learning outcomes, and this close liaison will continue to the end of the year.
  • Your Programme Manager and individual Module Leaders will keep you appraised of assessment deadlines.  If you have any questions about deadlines or would like to request an extension, then please talk to your Module Leader or the HE Office.
  • Your lessons will continue until the end of term (4th June) apart from those courses where additional practical activity is scheduled. 

End of Year and Next Year

I am hopeful that we will be able to celebrate your achievements this year in a series of awards ceremonies at the end of term, and I expect to be able to share more details of those with you after Easter.

You should all by now have had a tutorial with your Progress Coach or Personal Tutor regarding your plans for next year. I know that many of you will be returning to college to study the second or third year of your course or to study at a higher level or different subject.  We are already starting to plan for the next academic year and for ensuring we can provide you with the best possible experience possible, and with a greater focus on your practical skills development than ever.  If you have not yet decided what your plans are, I would encourage you to speak to your Progress Coach/Tutor or seek further advice from our college Careers team, who can be contacted at careers@plumpton.ac.uk.

So many of the industries that our students progress into require new staff to be trained at the highest possible levels, so continue to stretch yourselves over these last few months, work harder than you ever have and aim high in terms of your ambitions and plans for next year.

I hope you have an enjoyable and safe Easter and look forward to seeing you next term.

Yours sincerely

Jeremy Kerswell

Principal

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