COVID-19 Guidance


For Students, Parents/Carers, Apprentices, Employers & Staff 

At Shipley College, we care about your safety.  All our courses are carrying on using a mixture of online and face to face methods. If you plan to join us, please take a look at our return to College risk assessment and protocols.

September Opening of the College

The College is now open. All our advertised courses will be running and we will make every effort to keep you safe.

We have changed the buildings with one way systems and physical distancing plans for all our rooms and students are taught in bubbles where appropriate. You should wear a mask when at College in corridors and any communal areas. We are making sure that we have the right balance to help you learn and stay safe.

We have contacted returning and new students with details about enrolment and the start of term. Please see our Student Induction Presentation

We continue to provide support and advice to our college community and to anyone interested in studying with us. Please also continue to contact us through email or phone and we will look forward to hearing from you.  

For the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak please check the NHS, Government, and Public Health websites.
Supporting Students through Distance Learning 

Some parts of our courses are delivered with a mix of online classes and study materials. Shipley College expects that all students will continue to learn and will remain in contact with their tutors and Learning Coaches, where appropriate.

Your tutors will explain how you will undertake your learning. They will let you know how you will access key sources of information and assignments. Your tutors will also agree on the best ways to communicate with you and for you to receive feedback on your work.

For full time students and Apprenticeship learners, you will also have access to your regular Learning Coach, who will be available via telephone, G Suite or email to discuss any worries, support needs and to make sure you are able to fully engage with the set work.

Please note that this does NOT affect Apprentices in the workplace, who will continue to attend work as normal.  Any changes to work hours will be up to their individual employer.

If you need to talk to Student Services the team will offer support, advice and guidance by phone on 01274 327281 or emailing

We have lots of helpful information on the Student Portal on the STUDENT WELLBEING & MENTAL HEALTH page.  You will find information on organisations available to offer you help online or by phone if you are in crisis or need urgent help.


We will provide regular updates both here and on social media, in response to changing government guidance.

In the meantime, if you have any concerns for your health or for others in relation to the virus, please follow advice from Public Health England or call NHS 111 to discuss symptoms. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.


Please note, students and staff should follow these reporting procedures if they are unable to carry out their work or studies due to an illness or other type of "absence".  

  • Full-time students - inform your Attendance Officer using the details provided in your induction.

  • Part-time students/apprentices - Inform your tutor/assessor using the details provided in your induction.
  • Staff call - 01274 327249

Staff and students must not attend College if they are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 or have tested positive in the last 10 days, or if a member of your household is experiencing symptoms or has had a positive test in the last 14 days.

The College will liaise with the Public Health England Health Protection Team and Track and Trace. You may be asked to book a test and self-isolate if you are displaying symptoms, provide details of anyone you have had close contact with if your test is positive or asked by NHS Track and Trace, or self isolate if you have had close contact with anyone who has symptoms or tests positive for Covid-19. Your cooperation is appreciated.

People returning to the UK from specific areas affected by Coronavirus can check for information here 

Other useful information can be found on NHS UK or the BBC website.


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