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As I am sure you are aware, on 10th May 2020, the government gave further guidance regarding the reopening of educational settings for a minority of students from 1st June 2020, in addition to children of key workers and those who are vulnerable.

See link The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy (FYI - FE Colleges are mentioned on page 30 Step Two of the Government strategy)

In response to this recent government guidance, the management within DCG are now working with key support teams (including Health and Safety/Estates and Facilities etc) in order to undertake a full risk assessment and identify detailed plans which reflect government advice to ensure we can accommodate more students safely.

As I am sure you can appreciate, we need to get this right and as soon as we have our plans in place we will communicate these to you. I am sure you appreciate that our priority is to keep students, staff and parents/carers safe.

I hope you and your families are well.


HE Student Further Guidance

Dear Access to HE students

We have today received further guidance regarding the arrangements for completion of your Access to HE course. Below are the key points that you should read in conjunction with the full guidance from the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)

Communication to Students

Following the government announcement to close schools and colleges, we are awaiting further information regarding how some qualifications will be graded. There has been initial information shared about A Levels and GCSE suggestions and the vocational courses will follow shortly

EVENT CANCELLED - Derby College Information Evening 

Due to advice regarding COVID-19, this event has been cancelled.

4 June 2020

17:30 - 19:30

The Roundhouse, Derby DE24 8JE

College Open as Normal Monday 11th December

College open as Normal Monday 11th December. If you travel to College by bus or train please check the service is still running.

Jim's Blog from the Skills Festival

I think it's safe to say that there is never a really a dull moment for me, but after the relative calm of the summer holidays this week has been mental! 93 new equine students have started at Derby College ranging from Yr 10 & 11 school groups & Apprentices to our full time L2 & L3 students. I know they have come to learn practical, theory and riding skills on the big guys, but it doesn't stop them all from having a snuggle (and a sneaky selfie) with me too! Of course I love it, although towards the end of the week, they had to make do with pictures of me lying down .... I am not being big headed or anything (I can't be as if you have seen me you will see that my head is very small and cute!), but being the star attraction is exhausting!

So, I was apparently at something called The Skills Festival, where Year 11s go to find out about progression options after GCSEs. I was there to represent the big guys back at the stables at Derby College Equestrian Centre ... I heard the word Ambassador being used which made my little chest swell a bit! I couldn't believe what else I saw too .... I know I looked like I was eating but between mouthfuls and through my parted forelock the options for progression are amazing .... Soldiers with Busbies on, a bike which powered a kettle, scrummy smoothies, robots and loads and loads of people offering advice. I must say I rather hope that I might have been enrolled on the Special Effects make up course .... Sounds great, I could practice by drawing injuries on the Big Guys and giggle as the members of staff gasp in horror!Anyway, I was bundled into the horse box and off I went to The Roundhouse where I was settled into a pen on one of the lawns.

Academy Launched to Train Budding Chefs

Derby College has expanded its innovative Employer Academy programme to address the growing demand for skilled chefs. The College has teamed up with The Finesse Collection to launch the Professional Cookery Academy this September.
Business students at Derby College will be working with the UK’s leading designers of triathlon wetsuits, apparel and accessories thanks to a new partnership initiative. Students enrolling on the BTEC level three Business course at the College this September will have the chance to join the new Huub Marketing and Product Development Academy.
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