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Information for current students 2021

Latest Update (12 April 2021)

Staying Safe Guidance for Students and the ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19) asymptomatic testing-schools and colleges (click here to download)

Teaching, Learning and Assessment guidance (Click here to download)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) asymtomatic testing-schools and colleges (Click here to download)


Student Code of Conduct

The college remains a Covid secure environment with a comprehensive range of measures in place to keep you safe. We are committed to following the guidance provided by Public Health England and the Department for Education. Please remind yourself of the expectations we have of our students when you return - we all must play our part in keeping each other safe. The student Code of Conduct can be found here.


Covid19 testing

IMPORTANT! If you have recently (within 90 days) tested positive for Covid-19, you are likely to have developed some immunity, and therefore a repeat LFD test is unlikely to be necessary within this period. Therefore you do not need to undergo symptom-free testing until that 90 day period has finished. If however you develop symptoms,  you should self-isoalte as normal and book in for a PCR test either online with the NHS or via 119 

We have been running lateral flow testing for staff and students for the last few weeks and we will shortly be moving into the ‘home-testing’ phase for students. Many staff are already undertaking home testing twice weekly.  Students will be supplied directly by college with their own home test kits (your curriculum team will be co-ordinating distribution of kits) .  If wider student households also want to undertake testing, information on how to access that is contained in the Parent Guide (see Important Covid-19 Documents below).

Timing of tests

Like the on-site testing, ideally home tests will be done twice weekly. Students should plan their testing to coincide with their timetable, so, for example, if you are in first on a Tuesday each week, do a test either that morning or the night before and then do the next test 3-5 days later and repeat that pattern each week. 

All participation in testing is voluntary. Once you have understood the testing process and have read the Privacy Notice, if you choose to participate you are committing to self-administer the test and report your results via the NHS Test & Trace digital platform and to college.


Test results:

PLEASE NOTE: As well as reporting your results to the NHS every time you take a test, whether it is positive, negative or void / inconclusive, you also need to report certain results to college. If it is positive, you must use the student Absence Reporting system to let us know (click here). If your test result is void / inconclusive, please let your Course Manager know. You do NOT need to let us know if your result is negative. For further detail on reporting requirements – please click here to see Letter to Parents /Students of 19th March.

For further information about the home-testing lateral flow process please see the documents below:


Important Covid-19 Documents

Letter to Students and Parents March  2021 (uploaded 19 March 2021) Click Here

Covid Test Instruction Leaflet  - Click Here


Covid-19 Home test video - You Tube video - Home testing

Covid Testing Privacy Statement click here.

Parent guide : Regular testing for parents/carers with children at college click here.


Remote Learning Notice - Click Here


Term Dates

Askham Bryan College term dates 

Newton Rigg College term dates 


Questions about work placements:

Employers, parents and students – Please email any queries to


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:


Covid-19 and Isolation

Find out more about Covid-19 procedures, reporting absence and more on our dedicate Be Covid Safe on Campus page


City and Guilds March Exams Update

Following the announcement by The Department for Education on 13th January, City and Guilds Technical Qualification written exams will not be taking place as scheduled in March. This applies only to Level 2 and 3 students. Read more here If you'd like to talk to someone about your exams, please contact your Course Tutor.


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 now revert to having their entitlement loaded onto their food cards. Any questions please email


Residential Students

What’s happening with accommodation?

We have been delighted to welcome our residential students back to campus.
We have resumed taking payments for accommodation in March and will update students/parents as soon as possible regarding the issue of any refunds (or credit as appropriate) that may apply at the end of the academic year.


I am an Apprentice - how does the situation affect me?

If you are a current Apprentice, your Course Manager will be in contact with you, to let you know when face-to-face sessions will resume for your programme. You should continue to access the online learning which is scheduled, until your Course Manager issues you with updated guidance.

I employ and Apprentice - how does this situation affect me?

You should continue to support your apprentice to access the planned online learning until you are contacted by the Course Manager. We understand that you may have concerns about your Apprentice returning to face-to-face delivery, and how that may impact your business. If you have any concerns please contact your Course Manager or, and we will work with you to address these concerns.

I want to become an apprentice - how can I find out more information?

In the first instance, please contact


Student Services

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


Will I still get my bursary?

If you have any questions about your bursary, please email


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


Will counselling and support for mental health still be available? 

Our Counselling and Student Wellbeing Co-ordinator services are still available via face-to-face appointments. 

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 - -

Parents Support - ThinkUKnow -

Keep Your Child Safe - Unicef -

Keeping Children Safe Online - High Speed Training -


Useful external links for support:  Kooth: Online, free, safe and anonymous online counselling and support. Shout: free, anonymous crisis text service. Text SHOUT to 85258. 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. Samaritans: Call 116 123. Camerados: An organisation who's priority is to get people to look out and support for each other. Young Minds: A blog guide on how to look after your mental health while self-isolating or social distancing. 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.

Askham Bryan College,
Askham Bryan,
YO23 3FR
01904 772277