Ashbourne College takes the health and safety of our students and staff very seriously. We have now re-opened our premises following UK Government guidance and regulations in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Ashbourne COVID-19 response
Ashbourne started delivering all timetabled lessons live-streamed through our Online Distance Learning Programme from 20 March, when all schools in the UK were required by Government to close to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We very much appreciate the hard work put in by our dedicated teachers and staff to facilitate our online teaching programme and the positive attitude of our students and parents during this challenging period.
Keeping everyone safe at the college is a priority. Ashbourne has introduced a raft of precautionary measures to make re-opening possible and has developed protocols for the everyday running of the college.
We have undertaken a deep clean of all three of Ashbourne’s premises before re-opening in September. Daily cleaning of the college now takes place twice a day.
Hand sanitiser helps prevent the spread of COVID-19. We have installed hand sanitiser dispensers at all three premises that are located:
- outside every classroom
- outside every office
At the entrance of each premise we have installed thermal imaging cameras that detect whether anyone has an abnormally high temperature. Follow-up temperature checking devices are located at reception.
We have established a rota that allows our students to receive lessons in-class and remotely, where necessary. Each classroom accommodates up to eight students at a time with students sitting on their own single tables adequately spaced from each other.
All doors will remain open to avoid unnecessary contact. The doors will close automatically if the fire alarm is triggered, which helps prevent the spread of fire in the unlikely event one should occur.
ID card holders with hooks
Lanyards, or ID cards, are compulsory for everyone at the college, including visitors, as a safeguarding requirement. We have upgraded the lanyards so they have a hook and point which can be used to key in entrance codes to enter the premises without using hands and for use on doors that are closed.
Shared devices such as computers, telephones and water machines will not be in use.
Face masks are not currently mandatory for students and staff at the college, however anyone may wear one if they wish. Masks are compulsory for visitors to the college and on London public transport.
Ashbourne has the facility to organise COVID-19 assessments and procure home testing kits, as well as arranging 24-hour home visits by private doctors where required, depending on the doctor’s availability.
We are planning to expand and improve our suite of audio-visual equipment to enhance online distance learning. This includes better quality cameras and microphones, reducing glare on boards and exploring other learning aids such visualiser cameras for the Art Faculty.
Online distance learning
Ashbourne’s online distance learning programme enables our students to continue their studies at the college if they are unable to come to the UK. Students will still be able to benefit from the expert tuition, high level of individual attention and the outstanding UCAS support and guidance Ashbourne offers.
How to apply
Please get in touch with our Admissions team by email or phone +44 020 7937 3858 now to discuss how we can help develop your individual learning programme and prepare for the coming academic year at Ashbourne.
Ashbourne continues to encourage high levels of vigilance, precaution and hygiene, and follows UK Government response and guidance.
Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has COVID-19 symptoms. Be aware that you can spread the virus even if you do not have symptoms.
Please contact 111 if you need medical advice or assistance; do not go directly to your GP or the hospital.