Information for current students
At Askham Bryan College we take the health and welfare of our students and staff very seriously and we continue to monitor the Coronavirus situation closely. Following Government guidance, we suspended face-to-face teaching from Monday 23rd March. All our college sites are currently closed and will remain so until further notice.
Where possible, College staff are now predominantly working from home. Despite our campuses being closed, teaching is being delivered online and via other means. Services remain open to students, all be it virtually, including Student Services, IT and Wellbeing.
Teaching staff will continue to be in contact with you through the remainder of your course and as per previous information, will be preparing to work with Awarding Bodies and Institutions to assimilate grades and assessments.
Please refer to the relevant sections in this section for more information, whether you are a current student or someone who wants to join us in the new academic year.
We have put together some frequently asked questions and information to guide you through this challenging time. Please refer to the different pages 'Information for new students (September 2020 Starters)' and 'Information for current students'.
In the event that your query has not been answered by our FAQs, please refer to the 'Key Contacts' section where we have listed key contact information for the various College departments.
Should the College and its campuses remain closed for access beyond end of April 2020, we will update information to all students regarding our position on site closure, including accommodation, as soon as possible.
General FAQ's for Current Students
Am I expected to continue completing the work I am being set by my teachers?
As a college we will continue to provide access to online learning which you should continue to complete – especially if you are required to sit an exam next year. We continue to believe that continuing in learning is essential to your development and progress and mental health wellbeing.
How are my grades going to be calculated? (GCSE/Vocational/University)?
Ofqual has officially released guidance to schools and colleges on how we should secure grades and award qualifications for students and we are in process of working with our partners and Awarding Organisations to prepare evidence for submission.
Our staff will draw upon a range of evidence obtained up to the point of the college closing – using their best professional judgement as to how they believe you would have performed.
When can I come back to college?
At the moment, we do not know when we will be able to re-open our College sites. We will keep students informed via our usual communication methods, including the website , as soon as we have further information.
What happens about my work placement?
All work placement has now ceased. Students should continue to log hours they would have completed by clearly stating in their log book that they have been prevented from attending their work placement because of Coronavirus. Students will not be able to log any hours they choose to complete during this time as they are not covered by the College insurance.
Employers, parents and students – Please email any queries to email@example.com
Can I still get Careers advice?
Our Careers Advisers are available for advice and guidance online at this time. Please contact them via this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
What should I do about my Employability modules?
Students should continue to access Moodle Plus and complete the mandatory eQual modules as directed by your Employability Coach. Coaches can be contacted either via email@example.com or via their individual college e-mail address directly.
Who do I speak to if I am having IT issues accessing Moodle Plus?
If you have a who have query about IT systems, Moodle and remote working accessibility, please contact our team at IT@askham-bryan.ac.uk.
What is happening regarding my GCSE exam and my grades?
Ofqual has officially released guidance to schools and colleges on how we should secure grades and award qualifications for those students registered for GCSEs in English and Maths.
In response to this, our teaching teams are now working with the guidance to prepare information which will be requested by Awarding Organisations after Easter, ready for submission by the end of May. Our staff will draw upon a range of evidence obtained up to the point of the college closing - using their best professional judgement as to how they believe you would have performed, if you had taken the examination.
However, we will be unable to share with you any proposed grade that is submitted to the awarding organisation and there is no guarantee that the grade we propose will be the grade you are ultimately awarded, following the moderation of all grades submitted nationally. Therefore, please do not contact tutors asking them to tell you what they have submitted.
Students who do not receive the grades they were wishing for will be allowed to resit exams in the academic year 2020/2021.
As a College, we will continue to provide access to online learning which you should continue to complete - especially if you are required to sit an exam next year. We continue to believe that continuing in learning is essential to your development and progress and mental health wellbeing.
What is happening about my vocational grades?
We are waiting for guidance on technical and vocational qualifications, apprenticeship and University Centre courses – we are continuing to work with our partners to determine how we are to proceed.
As a College, we will continue to provide access to online learning which you should continue to complete. We continue to believe that continuing in learning is essential to your development and progress and mental health wellbeing.
When will I be able to come back into accommodation?
At the moment, we do not know when College sites are going to re-open and until such time as we are able to open up as a College, our accommodation will also remain closed to students. We will let you have any updates on this situation as soon as we are able
Will I get a refund on my fees for the period of time college has been closed?
Following Government guidance it is not expected that the College will be able to reopen residential accommodation for the summer term. As a result we will be processing credits and/or refunds for student accommodation and associated catering over the next month. We will credit and/or refund all fees from 21 March 2020, when students were asked to leave College accommodation and will therefore not be seeking payment for residential accommodation for the summer term. Refunds will be made back to the person currently paying the direct debit.
No further direct debits will be taken by the College. If you have already cancelled your direct debit and missed your March payment you may owe some accommodation fees; we will be in touch once we have reconciled your account should there be an outstanding balance.
Should students be able to return to accommodation during this term, pro-rata charges will apply and will be communicated as necessary.
Any refunds processed will not include your accommodation bond. Bonds will only be refundable once our staff can return to site and can check each room, in-line with your accommodation agreement, this may not be until the end of the College academic year.
How do I apply for accommodation for next year?
Please keep an eye on the website, all applications for accommodation will be via an online application process and we are hoping to make that live by the end of April.
I am an Apprentice - how does the situation affect me?
If you are a current College Apprentice please should contact your assessor or Course Manager in the first instance. Alternatively, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Course teams will be in contact with their apprentices and employers for updates. Click here for more information about home learning for apprentices.
I want to become an apprentice - how can I find out more information?
In the first instance, please contact email@example.com
Who do I call if I have a safeguarding concern, either about myself or another student?
The safeguarding of our students of our students is as always of paramount importance. If you need to speak to someone with a safeguarding concern, either about yourself or on behalf of another student, please call our safeguarding line, available 24/7.
For students at Newton Rigg, Middlesbrough, Newcastle – please call: 07971 892692
For students at York, Wakefield, Saltaire and Apprentices – please call: 07773 312617
Or you can email us in confidence at firstname.lastname@example.org
Will I still get my bursary?
The College will continue to make bursary payments to those students actively engaging in college work set by members of staff. It important that students keep up to date with their work in order for payments to be made. Student engagement is being reviewed on a weekly basis so if you have any concerns, please speak to your course manager in the first instance.
If you have any questions about your bursary, please email email@example.com.
I am entitled to Free College meals - will that payment still be made?
Any students normally in receipt of free meals via the bursary will instead continue to receive payment equivalent to the value of their free meals award via a BACs transfer to their bank account alongside their bursary payment . Any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Will counselling and support for mental health still continue while the college sites are closed?
Now that staff at college working remotely our Counselling and Student Wellbeing Co-ordinator services are unable to offer face-to-face appointments.
All current clients will have been contacted and given advice and guidance on accessing external support and self-help strategies until College re-opens. If you have not accessed our services before but are feeling the signs of mental health issues, please look on Moodle for some useful resources. You can also access our staff initially by calling either of our safeguarding lines.
For any students who need emergency support we would advise contacting their GP or to access A&E, but please be aware that these services may also be affected due to the outbreak.
How do I stay safe online?
Staying Safe Online - Gov.uk - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-staying-safe-online
Parents Support - ThinkUKnow - https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/home-activity-worksheets/
Keep Your Child Safe - Unicef - https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/keep-your-child-safe-online-at-home-covid-19
Keeping Children Safe Online - High Speed Training - https://www.highspeedtraining.co.uk/hub/keeping-children-safe-online-during-covid-19/
Useful external links for support:
https://www.kooth.com/ Kooth: Online, free, safe and anonymous online counselling and support.
https://www.giveusashout.org/ Shout: free, anonymous crisis text service. Text SHOUT to 85258.
https://papyrus-uk.org/ Papyrus: Confidential advice and support for young people, families, carers and friends who are at risk of suicide or who have been affected by suicide. Please note: Papyrus Hopeline service is partially open, please check their website for further details.
https://www.samaritans.org/ Samaritans: Call 116 123.
https://www.camerados.org/ Camerados: An organisation who's priority is to get people to look out and support for each other.
https://youngminds.org.uk/ Young Minds: A blog guide on how to look after your mental health while self-isolating or social distancing.
https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/mental-health-services/camhs-information-for-children-and-young-people/ CAMHS: A range of resources and apps to help you look after your mental health.
Finally, we are aware that the spread of Coronavirus will potentially increase anxiety and may be a challenging time for students experiencing Mental health difficulties.
Please use the support we have put in place and keep talking to each other. We want you to do these things to ensure you stay well and mentally active in this period where we do not know how long you might be away from College.
Can I still get Careers advice?
Our Careers Advisers are available for advice and guidance online at this time. Please contact them via this email address : email@example.com