Latest information and guidance about COVID-19 - updated 16 September 9.50am

Timetable for 2020/21

We have made plans for all students to return to college full-time from 7 September 2020.  To achieve this safely in accordance with government guidance, we have had to prepare a new timetable. This new timetable will entail staggered starts and finishes for each year group. Whilst we are trying to ensure delivery of our core qualifications can happen on site, we are currently planning to deliver tutorial sessions online.  PTs will conduct one-to-one meetings at college in their new office accommodation in Dr Johnson House.  You will notice other changes, too.  For example, year 12 and year 13 will have separate study, social/eating spaces and each year group will have their own entrance/exit to college.  We will continue to implement and adhere to necessary control measures such as hand sanitizing stations and a strict cleaning regime.  All of the detail, including your timetable and guidance notes for students will be sent to you by email in August.

Start of term - 2020/2021

Term will begin on Monday 7 September.  For exact start and finish times, please refer to the timetable we will email to you in August.

Travel to college

College transport will be operating from 7 September and further details will be sent in due course.  Please be aware that all students using public or college transport will be required to wear face coverings.

Key principles to achieve a safe return to campus

The health, welfare and safety of all members of the college community are of paramount importance; therefore, it is important to acknowledge that these return plans do not constitute ‘business as usual’. The information set out below reads like a list of rules; although this is not our normal approach at King Ed’s, we have had to establish a strict protocol for returning to college because of the virus. We aim to ensure our return is achieved safely, with the welfare of all members of the college community driving the guidelines detailed below. Please take the time to read this important information. We thank you in advance for your co-operation in following these guidelines:

  1. Everyone on campus must adhere to social distancing.
  2. We will restrict the number of people on site and only increase numbers when it is safe to do so.
  3. We will restrict the amount of time people are on campus.
  4. We will regularly conduct a deep clean of the entire campus and will thoroughly clean and sanitise classrooms after each lesson.
  5. Protective measures will be put in place for staff and students, as far as possible, to ensure that the risk of transmission is reduced.
  6. It is everyone’s responsibility to understand the new arrangements and to work together to ensure they are effectively implemented.

Hygiene and cleaning

  1. A very thorough deep clean of the college has been completed.
  2. Additional cleaning will take place throughout the day.
  3. We will regularly clean high contact points, including door handles, desks and tables, keyboards on shared computers, remote controls, etc.
  4. Classrooms will be cleaned and sanitised prior to the start of each lesson.
  5. Sanitising stations are available at key points around campus.
  6. Toilets will be continuously monitored to ensure they are well stocked and that all facilities are working as they should.
  7. Bins will regularly be emptied throughout the day.
  8. Drinking water facilities will be provided; however, you must use your own bottle and not share with others.
  9. In line with government guidance, fans and air conditioning will not be in use. Windows and doors will be opened to ensure maximum ventilation.
  10. You will not be permitted to borrow equipment from other students or staff.
  11. We advise you to carry a small pack of tissues with you whilst on site.

Hand washing and respiratory hygiene

  1. Hand washing advice: it is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain.  Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus.
  2. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.
  3. Wash your hands after you blow your nose, sneeze or cough, and before you eat or handle food.
  4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  5. Avoid close contact with people who have symptoms.
  6. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin.


The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Opening hours:

8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday
10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday

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