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Coronavirus Hub

Welcome to our Coronavirus Hub. On this page you can find all relevant information for our current students and our Year 11 applying students. Following the latest announcements, we are currently working through the implications for all members of our community, including current students, future students and exam implications. As information becomes available over the course of the next few days, we will be sharing the changes right here on the Coronavirus HUB. 

Latest from Yeovil College

In response to recent government announcements regarding the easing of lockdown restrictions and direction for schools and colleges, we are looking forward to welcoming students back onto campus.  We intend to resume face to face delivery on site from the 8th of March, returning to the blended approach which has kept our campus as a very safe place to learn and served us so well, thus far.   

Testing will commence on site from 1st March for those students who can safely travel to access a test before their first day in college. All tests must be booked. Detailed information here.

If you have any questions, or worries about how this might effect your studies, please feel free to get into contact with our friendly Student and Customer Service team on enrol@yeovil.ac.uk or 01935 423921.

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Current Students - How is this affecting my studies?

We know this situation isn’t ideal for all, but in this time of hardship we all need to pull together and support each other and that is exactly what we are doing at Yeovil College. While lots of things stop, because of rigours planning and innovation, learning doesn’t.

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School leavers - how does this affect me?

It is a time of huge uncertainty, but what we can be absolutely clear about is that all our future students have a secure space at Yeovil College. Despite the situation we are all in, we want to assure you that your onwards journey and future career is absolutely safe at Yeovil College regardless of your exam situation.

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Testing at Yeovil College

From Monday 22nd March we will no longer be running the COVID-19 testing centre in the College’s Sports Hall. The government has now provided us with home-testing kits which we will be making available for learners to collect when you come on-site. The government has advised us that all learners should take a test at home twice a week, with the tests spaced three to four days apart. Please note that test kits are only for use by the learner that has collected them. If other members of your household would like to be tested, kits can be ordered at the following website: https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests.

All test results (positive/negative/invalid) must be reported to the NHS and you can do this on their website at https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result or over the phone between 7am and 11pm by calling 119.

We also need you to tell the College your result if you test positive. This is important so that we can tell anyone that you have been in contact with that they need to self-isolate. You can tell us about your positive result by going to https://learner.yeovil.ac.uk/covid/. This website is noted on the outside of your test kit for easy reference.

Testing is voluntary; however, we would encourage everyone to participate in the asymptomatic testing programme to help break transmission links by identifying those who may be carrying the virus unknowingly.

Read more here.

Contact information

With the Coronavirus effecting the way we operate some of our regular contact information may have changed. If you are looking to get into contact with the college or someone from the college follow the link to our contacts page which is regularly updated.

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What does it mean for Apprentices?

During these times of uncertainty, our apprentices are expected to continue their studies via virtual learning similar to our other students. Make sure you are keeping regular contact with your assessor from the college for further help and support as you normally would. Your teacher may ask you to log onto Moodle to access shared resources and other learning materials. If you have any problems with accessing this, don’t be afraid to get in contact with us, we are happy to help.

Employers

The national lockdown does not stop apprentices from progressing with their work-based learning and training. All sessions have moved to on-line delivery at their normal day/week of college attendance. Apprentices will also be contacted by their assessors by telephone, email or video call to ensure they are clear on their learning goals during the period of disruption. We plan to catch up on the practical delivery once the situation returns to normal and adjust timetables accordingly.

If you have any worries or concerns, don’t hesitate to get in contact with our Apprenticeship team on Apprenticeship@yeovil.ac.uk or with our designated Apprenticeship Co-ordinator.

Latest Employer Communication

Information: increased fraud risk during coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

We have received correspondence from our partners at the ESFA, who have asked us to alert our student and parent community to a potential risk:

Periods of instability, such as during the coronavirus pandemic, bring an increased risk of fraud. Fraudsters will actively exploit these difficult times and will target vulnerable areas for financial gain.

We have been informed by our partners at the ESFA that some learners and parents have received a letter from them asking for personal learner bank details in relation to the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund. The ESFA never ask for personal bank account details. This is a fraudulent letter – please do not respond.

The Yeovil college community has not experienced this and we have zero reports of this happening to any of our learners, so let’s work hard to keep it this way.