Ashbourne College takes the health and safety of our students and staff very seriously. The college premises are currently closed in line with UK Government lockdown regulations to reduce the spread of COVID-19. All timetabled lessons will take place through our Online Distance Learning Programme.
Ashbourne COVID-19 response
Ashbourne first started delivering all timetabled lessons live-streamed through our Online Distance Learning Programme at the beginning of the first UK lockdown from 20 March 2020 until the summer holidays, when all schools in the UK were required by the UK Government to close to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
We very much appreciate the ongoing 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.
Ashbourne is online
Keeping everyone safe at the college is a priority. Ashbourne has introduced a raft of precautionary measures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 when the college is open and has developed protocols for the everyday running of the college.
We undertook a deep clean of all three of Ashbourne’s premises before re-opening in September 2020. Daily cleaning of the college takes place twice a day and we have a full-time cleaner to clean frequently used areas on a regular basis.
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 replaced all classroom tables so that students can sit at their own individual desks adequately spaced from each other and the teacher, in line with social distancing guidelines; each classroom accommodates up to nine students at a time.
The college has upgraded all doors with self-closing devices that will permit doors to remain open.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 covering are now mandatory for students and staff when onsite and not in socially distanced settings (e.g. corridors). Face coverings are not required in settings such as classrooms, libraries and common rooms where social distancing is in place. Everyone is expected to wear face coverings when entering the college premises from street level and walking around the building corridors and stairwells. For those who do not feel comfortable wearing a mask, a face shied must be worn instead. For those who have medical reasons for not wearing a face covering please contact Ashbourne’s COVID-19 Team immediately.
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.
Ashbourne’s classrooms have been fitted with new cameras and additional audio-visual equipment that allow our teachers to deliver high-quality lessons online for students unable to attend in person and in the event of future closures or lockdowns.
Online distance learning
Ashbourne’s online distance learning programme enables our students to continue their studies at the college in the event of a lockdown, and if they are unable to come to the UK or are self isolating when the college is open. 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.
Stay at home
Ashbourne continues to encourage high levels of vigilance, precaution and hygiene, and follows UK Government response and guidance.
Please contact 111 if you need medical advice or assistance; do not go directly to your GP or the hospital.