Important Updates

This webpage contains the latest updates regarding the College’s provision, including College closures and emergencies.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

Current College Status

The College is open with extra precautions in place to keep students and staff safe. (Updated 16.10.20)

How can I contact the College during this period?

You can email contactus@homefieldcollege.ac.uk and a member of our Admin team will respond to you as soon as possible. You can also call Reception on 01509 815696.

Please get in touch with us immediately if you are contacted by Test & Trace, or experience symptoms of COVID-19.

What is the College doing about coronavirus?

We are acting on advice from sources including Public Health England, the NHS, World Health Organisation and the local authority. We are taking proactive steps to contact our students and staff to ensure that everyone has access to the latest advice. We are monitoring the coronavirus situation closely and have made plans to act quickly as and when the situation changes. We will regularly update this page with any new developments.

How is the College protecting and safeguarding the students who are attending in person?

Students are individually risk-assessed to ensure we can provide for them safely at College during this time. Staff are adhering to the 2 metres distancing as much as possible, and using PPE as necessary when administering personal care and medication.

We are following the Government guidance for safeguarding. If you have a safeguarding concern, please contact Reception who will put you in touch with our Safeguarding Officers. The College’s Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Principal Tracey Forman.

What will happen if there is a suspected case of coronavirus at College?

If a student or staff member becomes unwell at College and we suspect they may have been exposed to the coronavirus, we will call NHS 111, alert senior management and contact the student or staff member’s emergency contact. Once the virus has been confirmed, we will then work with Public Health England to assess the situation, deep clean the College and decide on next steps.

About the virus

The respiratory illness COVID-19 was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. It has since spread to over 120 countries and territories, including the UK.

The incubation period is between 2-14 days after coming into contact with someone who has the illness. Symptoms to look out for in those 14 days are a cough, high temperature and loss of, or change to, sense of smell and taste – if you are concerned you may have the virus with these symptoms, please call NHS 111 or your doctor’s surgery for a telephone consult rather than visiting in person.

The most likely way the virus is spread through droplets in coughs and sneezes, and can last on surfaces and objects. 

Preventing the Spread of Germs

Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly for at least 20 seconds, making sure you clean between your fingers and under your nails – always wash your hands after being to the toilet, before eating or preparing food, and after being on public transport. 

Use tissues when coughing or sneezing and then put them in the bin. If tissues are not at hand, cough or sneeze into the corner of your arm. 

Avoid shaking hands with people, especially those who appear to be ill. 

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth as much as possible. 

Disinfect shared surfaces and touch areas such as door handles.

Self-Isolation

You must self-isolate immediately if:

  • You have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

  • You’ve tested positive for coronavirus

  • You live with someone who has symptoms or tested positive

  • Someone in your support bubble has symptoms or tested positive

  • You’ve been told to self-isolate by NHS Test & Trace

  • You arrive in the UK from a country with a high coronavirus risk