05 Mar

This week I have been working hard with the senior leadership team at college to ensure that the college environment is ready to welcome all our students back onto site. We have made some changes to ensure that staff have the space to teach from. Some of our students who have been classed as CEV will continue to engage remotely from home and access all the teaching taking place at college. I will share again the important information that has been sent home to parents:

Lateral Flow Test
Thank you to all those who have responded. The tests will need to be conducted once per week during the weeks commencing: 8th, 15th and 22nd March, preferably on the Sunday evening prior to coming into college on the Monday. After this date, the tests will need to be conducted twice weekly. Please could you ensure that you follow the guidance sent with the tests for reporting results. We also ask that you email Shanaye (our site administrator) smainoo@newbridgegroup.org with your results so that college can keep a log and record, or complete the log form on our Parent App.

Return to On Site Learning
On Monday we will welcome all students back to college. We are looking forward to seeing everyone return, however we also need to ensure that we continue to safeguard ourselves. We ask that students keep to their designated bubbles and ensure that we continue to follow the staggered arrival and departure times at the start and end of the day. These times are:

  • Bubble 1 – all Activ8 and Lumenus students – arrive at 8.30am and leave at 3pm via the back entrance of college
  • Bubble 2 – both Digit4ll groups – arrive at 8.45am and leave at 3.15pm via the front entrance of college
  • Bubble 3 – all Employability groups – arrive at 9am and leave by 3pm

Please can you ask your child to ensure that they continue to follow COVID safety measures if travelling by public transport.

Face masks (for those students who are able) should now be worn into the building and not taken off until the students reach their classrooms. If students want to continue to wear these in class they are able to do so. Please inform your child’s form tutor.

Again, please can I reiterate the need to follow national and government guidance on Hands, Face, Space.

COVID-19 Symptoms
Please could I reiterate that if your child or someone in your household develops COVID-19 symptoms, you must follow national guidance and ensure that you self-isolate and send for a PCR test to confirm if you have COVID-19.

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

If you have any of these symptoms, get a test to check if you have coronavirus and stay at home until you get your result.

Please can you also ensure that college are notified of any positive test results so that we can continue to follow track and trace and notify PHE.

Holiday Club at Easter
We are really sorry but we will be unable to run a holiday club this Easter. The holiday club for the college always runs jointly with New Bridge School and New Bridge Learning Centre, using the New Bridge School site. As this would mean students and staff from three different sites mixing outside of their usual bubbles, we feel this would not be advisable given the risk of transmission between the sites. We are, however, exploring the use of holiday clubs for May half term and the summer holidays – we will continue to keep you updated with this.

If you have any concerns or worries please do not hesitate to contact myself or any of the college SLT.

Now for an update on our Pre-Internship students, starting with our job coach, Colin..

A little bit of a short and sweet blog this week. For the Pre-Interns, it’s been a challenging final week of remote learning with the excitement around students coming back to college and resuming some normality. As I have said from the start, all students have coped fantastically well and adapted to what has been ‘a different kind of normal’ for the past few months and I seriously can’t praise them enough.

For some students who have been still accessing college, here is a little bit of information by one of our students Kai on how he has found it.

Life has been good in college and at home. Getting to college has been alright but a little bit different by using the taxi and bus. I am trying to get a bus pass so I can use the public transport every day as it’s a little bit faster. Seeing the whole class again might be a bit weird at first but it will be some normality apart from the fact seeing teachers who have been teaching virtually.

Students this week have been accessing Employability, Maths, English and ICT as normal, these sessions have been preparing students ready for the return and have consisted of catching up and finishing work as well as starting new tasks to support the smooth transition of learning when students are accessing the college environment onsite.


  • Before coming back to college, try and get back to your regular sleeping pattern so it’s not too hard getting up when you return
  • Communication is important
  • Be organised the night before so mornings are less stressful and you don’t need to rush
  • If you can, bring healthy snacks to keep your energy levels up throughout the day
  • Bring water or a bottle to fill while at college to stay hydrated throughout the day
  • Most importantly, enjoy your first day back at College!

Enjoy your weekend, keep smiling, stay positive, and we will see you Monday morning bright and early.

Our second Pre Intern group have been working hard at home, as our job coach Tisha explains..

Our Pre-Interns have continued to keep learning remotely from home. Although it can be difficult and challenging learning remotely, students have kept up to date as much as they can with their work. I would like to mention what they have been working on in their Employability and Living Skills sessions.

In Employability our Pre-Interns have been working on a Customer Service unit. Here is an example of their work..

In Living Skills the students have had a go at completing a House Cleaning Checklist that we will in future sessions, discussed cleaning routines they currently do at home and how they can help their families. Looking at this checklist, someone has a very clean and tidy home!


Last but not least we have talked about International Women’s Day coming up on the 8th of March. Tayla has completed a lovely piece of work that she would like to share, it includes her views on Women’s Day and what it means to her. It’s an important week and I’m sure many activities will be taking place around International Women’s Day.

Finally, we would like to say thank you and well done to ALL the students, they have done so well to keep learning remotely in a COVID world. Here are some comments on how some students are feeling on returning back to college life..

Remember the current situation won’t last forever. Try to keep positive and work towards gaining and achieving the skills needed for your future. I understand it can be hard to stay positive but it is important to have hope and develop a sense of excitement, we are here to support you on your return back to New Bridge College life. Have a safe journey back to college and let’s all support each other.

We look forward to welcoming everyone back on Monday.


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