Ashbourne College takes the health and safety of our students and staff very seriously. We are now preparing to re-open our premises in September, following UK Government guidance and regulations during 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 is introducing a raft of precautionary measures to make re-opening possible and is developing protocols for the everyday running of the college.
There will be a deep clean of all three of Ashbourne’s premises before re-opening in September. Once the college is open cleans will take place twice a day.
Hand sanitiser helps prevent the spread of COVID-19. We will be installing hand sanitiser dispensers at all three premises that will be located:
- outside every classroom
- outside every office
At the entrance of each premise we will be installing thermal imaging cameras that detect whether anyone has an abnormally high temperature. Follow-up temperature checking devices will be located at reception.
We will establish a rota that allows our students to receive lessons in-class and remotely. Each classroom accommodates five 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 are upgrading 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 at the college, however student may wear them if they wish. Masks are compulsory 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.