College update

COVID-19 safety measures

The following guidance has been issued by the Department for Education and we will continue to follow this until further notice:

On Monday 21 February, the Prime Minister announced the removal of measures put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic as we learn to live with the virus. This includes changes for schools and colleges such as no longer recommending regular testing for pupils and staff without symptoms and removing the legal requirement for people to isolate following a positive test - this includes school pupils, further education and higher education students and all staff in mainstream education and childcare settings.

Here is what you need to know and what this means for education settings.


The latest changes to testing rules do not mean the end of testing altogether. Regular testing is still advised for specialist special educational needs and disability (SEND) settings, alternative provision, and SEND units in mainstream schools or the equivalent in colleges and for those showing symptoms.

All settings may be advised by their local public health team to recommend lateral flow device (LFD) tests to manage an outbreak.

What if staff or students want to continue testing regularly?

Although this will no longer be recommended, staff in education and childcare settings and students and pupils can still access test kits by ordering them online or through their local pharmacy if they wish. The College will continue to supply LFD test kits while in stock for staff and students, which are available from Reception at North Street and South Bank 1.

Self-Isolation Period

The Government has removed the legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive test. In addition, the Government will no longer ask fully vaccinated close contacts and those aged under 18 to test daily for 7 days and routine contact tracing will end.

Adults and children who test positive will continue to be advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for at least 5 full days until they have received 2 negative test results on consecutive days; the College will follow this recommendation and keep under constant review.

Staff, children and young people who are contacts should attend their education settings as usual. This includes staff who have been in close contact within their household, unless they are able to work from home (with line manager’s approval).

Should parents send their child to college if they think they have COVID-19?
If a child has any of the main symptoms or a positive test result, the public health advice remains unchanged and is to stay at home and avoid contact with other people.

Anyone with any of the main COVID-19 symptoms should order a test and is advised to stay at home while waiting for the result.

If they test positive, they are advised to follow the above advice.

Staff and students should continue to report positive COVID tests to the College COVID line until further notice.

View the COVID-19 risk assessment

Reporting a positive test

If a member of staff or student tests positive please call 0113 222 6073 or email

The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a 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)
  • a 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