UPDATED NOVEMBER 6, 2020
Following the most recent Government announcement and instructions, we can confirm that Bath Academy remains ‘open’ with staff continuing to operate onsite and remotely with a view to ensuring continuity of education, to answer any queries, and continue our form of blended learning.
We continue to accept applications for both Academic and English courses with flexible options.
OUR COLLEGE IS OPEN
We have put all the required safety measures in place over the summer before our academic year began, so practically, we are continuing very much as we were, with teachers socially distanced and wearing face coverings in public areas, hand washing, and more frequent cleaning regimes within the College.
Masks are compulsory in all public areas and students are obviously permitted to wear them in lessons. We continue to review and refine our procedures to reflect the latest guidance and best practice from the Government, the Department for Education and the Boarding Schools Association and as a result, College feels very safe.
We have followed all required government guidelines, including the BSA Covid-Safe Charter (see below) for safety and social distancing within the college.
For our most recent update from the Principal, Tim Naylor, click here – 4th November letter to parents
CONTINUITY OF EDUCATION
All our courses, including GCSE, A-LEVEL, RESIT, and UFP courses will continue as normal through lockdown in November as government regulations allow, and we foresee a normal January registration and commencement of classes. To see our full Academic Calendar click here.
International students studying English Courses will continue to have flexible start dates as courses will be held all year round with both face-to-face teaching and online options.
WHAT TO DO IF…
If you’re unsure about how to manage Covid-19 concerns, please refer to the guide below that gives you guidance for different situations:
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – COVID-19
Please find below a document answering our most frequently asked questions about re-opening the college and making it safe for students. If your question is not answered here, please do not hesitate to email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01225 334 577 and we will give you more information.
WE ARE GOOD TO GO!
Bath Academy is pleased to announce that we have been recognised by Visit England with the ‘We’re Good to Go’ certificate which means we have put all the UK Government and English UK safety recommendations in place, and we’re ready to welcome students!
What does this mean?
Staying Covid-19 secure in 2020:
- We have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and shared the results with the people who work here
- We have cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures in line with guidance
- We have taken all reasonable steps to help people work from home
- We have taken all reasonable steps to maintain a 2m distance in the workplace
- Where people cannot be 2m apart, we have done everything practical to manage transmission risk
Bath Academy is adopting the Boarding Schools’ Association ‘Covid Safe Charter.’ The Charter confirms that we will comply with all government guidance and rules as well as the additional requirements of the Charter with regard to student safety and welfare.
The BSA Covid-Safe Charter includes measures that schools must implement or undertake prior to reopening. Preparation includes deep-cleaning, testing and medical procedures, staff training, arrival procedures for international students, and clear advise given to students, parents and agents.
When schools are open, guidelines cover many issues such as hygiene requirements, social distancing in the college, new fire evacuation procedures, and clear notices displayed so all information is easily visible for students.
For international students, there will be new arrival procedures following COVID guidelines including confirmation of the arrangements for collecting the pupil from the point of arrival in the country, transport to school and quarantine procedures.
We will continue to offer both residence and homestay options to our students. Please note that both places have very limited availability.
Our residence has to follow strict UK Government guidelines to reduce the risk of Covid-19. We will be working with our homestay hosts to ensure our students are safe in homestays. They will be given clear guidance for keeping their homes clean Covid-19 secure. As the situation in the UK evolves, we will maintain regular contact with them, so they are aware of both our guidelines and the UK Government’s. Guidance on self-isolation will be included in the pre-arrival information and can also be found on the UK Government Website: www.gov.uk/coronavirus.