News and updates

21 May 2020

Important Coronavirus Update

Following a detailed review of the government guidance, at present we are only arranging for first year students at The Bedford Sixth Form in Bedford to return from 8th June (equivalent to Year 12 at school).  If you are in the first year at The Bedford Sixth Form, we will write to you again week commencing 1st June to provide more details. 

We are still waiting for guidance to be published by The Office for Qualifications and Examinations Regulations (Ofqual) so that we can identify which other students will need to come in to one of our colleges to undertake assessments before September.  Once this is published at the end of this month, we will write to these students separately to confirm arrangements.

Therefore, unless you hear from us directly, you should continue with your studies from home – please do not attend our colleges.

We are still welcoming students to Bedford College and Tresham College (Kettering campus) who are classed as vulnerable, on an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan or students whose parents/carers are critical in the COVID-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.  If you are in one of these categories and would like to attend, please email us by 4.00pm on the Friday of the week before (for example by Friday 22nd May to attend the week beginning Tuesday 26th May) to confirm attendance.   

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Finally, you can find the latest information on our response to COVID-19 as new government guidance is published on all of our websites.

We hope that you and your family continue to be safe and well, and enjoy the upcoming bank holiday weekend and half-term.

Do I have to come to College?
You should not attend College unless you have been advised. Many young people of parents/carers who are working in the critical sectors will be able to safely stay at home. However, for those students where this isn’t an option, we are open by request only until further notice.

What should I do if I am unable to get to one of these Colleges?
If you are classed as a vulnerable student and do not usually study in Bedford or Kettering and would find it difficult to travel to one of these locations, we will reimburse you any additional costs incurred to travel to one of these campuses. Please contact Student Services to arrange payment.  They are open Monday to Friday 9.00am to 4.00pm.

If your parents/carers are classed as a critical worker and you cannot get to one of our campuses, please contact your Local Authority who may be able to help.

What facilities will be open?
No facilities will be open for the students except limited classroom areas. Online access to learning and support areas will continue and can be accessed using our FE Moodle or HE Moodle.
If students are attending they must bring a packed lunch as no catering facilities are open. If students are receiving free school meals this will be provided but please ensure you include this when contacting Student Services.

Free school meals payments
If you don’t attend college and you currently receive free school meals, we will pay a free school meal allowance into your bank account.

All students in receipt of a meals bursary (both entitlement and discretionary) will receive fortnightly payments to help them with essential food costs whilst the College remains closed.

Meals bursary payments will be made on the following dates:

  • 18 May 2020 (£40)
  • 01 June 2020 (£40)
  • 15 June 2020 (£20)

If your family’s financial circumstances have changed as a result of the Coronavirus please use our eligibility checker to see if your eligible for any financial support to help you complete your course.

Please visit our other pages for answers to frequently asked questions.