Covid-19

Posted on May 25, 2020 by Kingston Maurward

Hi everyone, I hope you’re having a good bank holiday weekend.

I thought I would give an update regarding what activity will be going on at the College next month.

As you will be aware, the government is encouraging some schools and colleges to return to work, and consider activity for some key groups such as ‘year 12’ who have some key exams next year from June 1st. Following discussions with staff, governors, the unions and further consideration by the senior team I have taken the view that it is too early on balance at this time to reopen the college for large groups of students.

We will, however, be exploring offering some activity from June 8th for those students who are undertaking ‘licence to practice’ courses such as NPTC qualifications, areas where students’ health and safety is paramount prior to employment, or where there are seasonal tasks that could not be done at another time of year (eg horticulture summer tasks). There may be some activity beyond the normal end of term but this will largely be for apprenticeship students.

Students will be contacted individually by academic teams in due course if something is to be run for you.

I would stress that attendance at these is optional; no student is required to attend especially if you are shielding or simply concerned about health issues. The same rule has been applied to staff – we have a strong student and staff family here at the college and we are trying to strike the balance between getting back to some normality, and also looking after each other. There are still a lot of worried people out there and I am determined we work together as a community.

Any activity this summer will be practical, mostly outside, and in small groups. We will not be opening catering and given the government guidance is still to avoid public transport, we will not be expecting buses to operate for the final three weeks of the summer term.

For the most part therefore, we do not expect to see students on site again until September, and online study will continue for those students. For those of you applying for courses in September, you should be receiving updates over the summer including preparatory work. We will contact you later in June regarding how enrolment will operate, and this will apply to second year students on Level 3 as well.

I hope this is helpful – as ever please contact me directly or ask general questions below – more than happy to answer any query you may have.

All the best,

Luke Rake

Principal and Chief Executive

 

Short Courses

To ensure the safety and well-being of our clients and staff, and in light of current Government guidelines regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to deliver short courses throughout April and May. We are keeping this decision under constant review and will announce a new programme of exciting courses once we are in a position to do so.

Open Morning & Open Evening

Open Morning on Sunday 26th April and Open Evening on Thursday 21st May have both been cancelled. Students wishing to start at the College in September can apply in the usual way, either online or by post, and for guidance on our updated processes for interviews and applications please click here for details.

Animal Park & Gardens
In line with many businesses we have now taken the decision to close all facilities on the estate for visitors including shop, cafes and toilets with immediate effect. The Animal Park and Gardens will remain closed for the foreseeable future.

Kingston Maurward Weddings, Events and Equestrian Events
Please note that all events and functions at Kingston Maurward going forward have been cancelled with immediate effect. This will be reviewed in June.

Notice to suppliers regarding COVID-19 and College Closure

During the period of College closure all suppliers are requested to submit all invoices electronically to ensure they receive prompt attention.  Suppliers are requested to send scanned invoices to accounts@kmc.ac.uk.

Current Students

Our students are important to us so please explore this page for helpful information if you are currently studying with us www.kmc.ac.uk/college/current-students/

We thank you all for your continued support – if you have any questions, please contact Marketing@kmc.ac.uk

Please stay in, and stay safe.

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