Changes to working practices at Chesterfield College in response to the Coronavirus

UPDATE: Wednesday 3 June

We would like to give you more information about how we are responding to the latest Government announcement about a return to learning for some of our 16 – 19 year old students.

The Government recently announced colleges can start to provide more on-site learning from 15 June but the majority of learning should still happen remotely. The guidelines state up to 25% of students can attend college at any one time.

In order to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our students and staff we are carefully formulating plans to ensure we can safely engage with a minority of students over the summer for essential reasons only. Therefore the majority of students will continue to learn from home.

We are still carefully assessing our risk assessments and reviewing plans, therefore a further update will follow once we are satisfied the plans are robust and have been appropriately checked and implemented.

I would like to reassure you that your safety and wellbeing is at the forefront of our minds as we move forward.

For those who do return to college at some point, we are putting a range of measures in place including small class sizes, increased facilities for maintaining hygiene and cleaning as well as zoning the college buildings to ensure we can maintain social distancing.

Please continue to work from home and keep in touch with your tutors. Remember we are still here to support you with your learning and your wellbeing.

Contact your tutor in the normal way or email us on

UPDATE: Monday 18 May

You may have seen the recent government announcement recommending Year 12 students to engage in some face-to-face learning in schools and colleges from 1 June.

Although we are carefully considering steps to re-open when it is safe to do so, the safety of staff and students is our number one priority. With this in mind, we will continue to work remotely from home until we are confident that all appropriate plans are in place to return in a safe and measured way.

Alongside our planning and preparation for the implementation of safety measures, we are working alongside awarding bodies to assess work and exams and provide students with the grades they need to progress into work or higher level study.

We will share our ideas and plans for the eventual re-opening of the college over the coming weeks. If our current working arrangements need to change we will update you with plenty of notice and all of the details you will need.

In the meantime, please continue what has been a wonderfully positive participation in working remotely with your tutors. Stay safe and aware of further updates on our website and via our social media channels.

UPDATE: Monday 11 May

Update following Prime Minister’s message on Sunday 10th May:

Chesterfield College will continue to support teaching and learning remotely, with all students working from home.  All college sites will remain closed to students and staff.

Plans are being developed to assess how the college can safely re-open at some point in the future.  The wellbeing and safety of all staff, students and other stakeholders remains our number one priority and we await further Government guidance before further decisions regarding re-opening will be considered.

We will continue to update all of our stakeholders through our website and social media channels.

In the meantime, should you wish to contact the college, please do so via our dedicated email helpline (, phone 01246 500500 or through social media.

UPDATE: Friday 20 March

All exams planned for today are still set to continue as normal. Please ensure you attend these as planned.

UPDATE: Thursday 19 March

Following the Government announcement last night we want to reassure you that we are working behind the scenes to give our students, apprentices, staff and parents a clearer picture of what this  means for them.

We will continue to update our web site with information and to use our social media channels to let you know when we have more information. We also have this set of helpful FAQs.

From Thursday 19 March, we will be restricting access to students at Chesterfield College in response to the growing concerns relating to the Coronavirus.

All students will be given learning to be undertaken from home and tutors will be in contact by the most appropriate means to ensure that learning can continue.  This includes students whose learning is delivered offsite. We therefore ask that students do not attend their normal timetabled sessions after today.

The college will continue with practical assessments and exams in order for students to achieve their qualifications. Students will be contacted by their tutor to advise of when to attend such activities. However, government guidelines in relation to self-isolation should continue to be adhered to and students should advise their tutor of any reason why they would not be able to attend college when requested to do so.


The college will remain open for students to access free school meals as a takeaway service between the hours of 10am-2pm and to provide support services to students in relation to their health and wellbeing between the hours of 9am-4pm.  Students requiring additional support or access to any other student services within college should contact us on 01246 500688 or email  between the hours of 9am-4pm Monday to Friday.

Please be assured that specific additional measures to control the spread of the Coronavirus are in place to protect those accessing the college directly.

Work Based Tutors will contact employers directly to advise of arrangements for remote delivery for apprenticeship provision. Apprentices who normally attend college on a day release model will continue to receive learning remotely and the College Leadership Team will work with employers individually to meet their needs.

Please note that these arrangements are subject to change should there be further directives from central government. We will continue to provide updates via the website and other communication channels as the situation continues to change rapidly.

If you have any queries relating to general education issues should be directed to our dedicated email helpline:

Published by Nicola On 3rd June 2020

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