At Plumpton College, the safety of our students, staff and visitors is our number one priority. Since the 23rd of March, in response to the national coronavirus restrictions, the College has moved to deliver its education and learning onto a virtual platform.
Many of us have followed the Government advice and have been restricted from leaving our homes. During this first phase of restrictions, the College has maintained a core team to manage essential provisions for our animals to ensure their wellbeing and that the fabric of the buildings and grounds are maintained.
As the National Coronavirus position starts to improve, there will be a need and a desire to start to relax these restrictions. Plumpton College believes that this must be done in a way that is as safe as possible. This means that although we are never able to eliminate all risk, we will take all reasonable steps to mitigate it.
To enable this, the College Management Teams have consulted extensively with staff and their union to ensure that we are able to deliver a safe environment for our students, staff and visitors to all of our sites. This collaboration requires that we put in place new controls and the College has developed a 'Coronavirus Declaration' that everyone must adhere to. This is a personal guarantee that you will follow the measures that have been put in place and assist the College in ensuring that these measures are followed by others at all times. The College commits to regularly reviewing these measures and updating its risk assessments to ensure we are taking the right steps at the right time to protect the safety and well-being of everyone.
The College will operate within the guidance coming from the Government, but it will also only operate in the best interests of its students and staff and will strive to do what is right and when it is right so that our students, staff and visitors can attend the College safely. To learn in more detail what our student experience will look and feel like please read the following pages we have created for you.
Jeremy Kerswell - Principal
Welcome and thank you for choosing to study at Plumpton College. This year has proven itself to be a challenge, but it is a challenge that we continue to rise to meet. Although we have been partially closed since the Government restrictions were put in place in March, we have also been busy ensuring that we can provide you with a safe place to study.
Never before in our lifetimes has our collective safety been brought into such focus as now. We know that you and your families may be concerned about returning to education, so we want to assure you that we are doing all we can to keep you safe. Our collective safety requires all of us to play an active role in keeping ourselves and others safe.
We feel it's important that our students get a sense of the changes we have made and understand what being a student will mean at Plumpton College. There have been some important changes that are being put in place for your safety, so it's vital that you follow these new measures and adhere to the changes being made.
One of these changes will mean that we will be advising all students that they must have access to their own laptops so that we can remove the risk that shared PC’s present at this time. We understand that this may not be possible for all and we have introduced a scheme that will allow us to provide laptops to students who do not have access to their own.
We hope you'll enjoy your time at Plumpton College and look forward to welcoming you soon.
Download the statement in a pdf document here.
All Plumpton College students will be able to start or resume their studies this September through a mixed-delivery model referred to as blended learning which is a combination of face to face learning and online delivery. Our inclusive nature means that this approach will differ based upon level of study.
Although students will physically attend college less, be assured that the days spent on-site will be rewarding, busy and impactive.
To enable this new timetable, there are a number of measures that have been put in place and explain further including the following:
If you are a student studying within our 14-16 programmes you will find further helpful information here.
At Plumpton College, the safety of our students, staff and visitors is our top priority.
View our dedicated information pages to learn how we aim to keep you safe whilst on and around Campus.