Abbey College In Malvern is Number 1 For Progress Out Of 4470 Schools and Colleges In England
The UK government have asked schools to prepare to welcome all students back this autumn.
While coronavirus (COVID-19) remains in the community, schools and colleges must make judgements about how to balance and minimise any risks from coronavirus (COVID-19) whilst providing a full educational experience for students.
Public Health England and the Department for Education (DfE) have recommended that schools follow the procedures listed on https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools
Therefore, we are writing to update you about the Abbey College approach to ensure the continued safety and welfare of both students and staff. It must be noted that this guidance is subject to change and so we shall keep you informed as new guidelines are introduced.
In order to minimise coronavirus (COVID-19) risks schools must comply with health and safety law, which requires them to assess risks and put in place proportionate control measures.
Schools must thoroughly review their health and safety risk assessments and draw up plans for the autumn term that address the risks identified using the system of controls set out below as a system of protective measures:
- a requirement that students or staff who are ill stay in their accommodation (boarders) or at home (day students/staff)
- robust hand washing and respiratory hygiene
- thorough cleaning of accommodation, canteen, classrooms, toilets, and communal areas
- actively engage with NHS Test and Trace if necessary
- formal consideration of how to reduce contacts and maximise distancing between those in school wherever possible and minimise potential for contamination so far as is reasonably practicable
How contacts are reduced will (as much as possible) include:
- grouping students together (classes/year groups)
- avoiding contact between groups
- arranging classrooms with forward facing desks
- staff maintaining distance from pupils and other staff as much as possible
Therefore, in the context of Abbey College the follow measures will be implemented from the September 2020:
- All buildings will be regularly cleaned and common areas sanitized
- Students must continue to wash their hands before and after any lesson/activity
- Assemblies will be replaced by tutor group meetings held every Monday at 08.30 by the students’ respective form tutor
- Class sizes at Abbey College can be a maximum of 15 students, however, considering the size of the classroom and the necessity to maintain social distancing of one metre between students means there will be no more than 8 students in each class
- There will be a staggered system of breaks, especially at lunchtime
- Weather permitting, sporting activities will take place outdoors. In the event of inclement weather non-contact sporting activities will take place in the sports hall and distancing measures will be implemented
- Students must not congregate in groups of more than eight indoors
- Distancing considerations must be made when using staircases and corridors
- All supervised extra curricula activities will include social distancing measures
- Students will be encouraged to form social bubbles with fellow students from their year or class so that interaction is controlled but not limited. Where possible each social bubble will have a nationality mix
- For prep students must use their form classroom in C block
- Weekend excursions will continue to be offered but places will be limited
- Face masks must be worn when students travel in the minibus and visit any shops or public places of interest
- Students are recommended bring one or more facemasks as part of their school equipment
- Students who do not have a facemask may purchase one from student services
- Day students and staff must inform the school if they or any of their family become ill
- Day students and staff will be required to self-isolate in their own homes in the event of potential infection
- The college has a detached isolated residence should any boarders have to self-isolate
Please note that these procedures are not exhaustive and are subject to change in response to either a relaxing or intensifying of the current measures.
An updated policy and risk assessment will be available on the college website by August 2020.
In the meantime, should you have any further questions pertaining to these safety measures please contact Mr Daniel Booker, the Director of Studies directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Studies
Abbey College in Malvern is Number 1 for progress out of 4470 Schools and Colleges in England (Published by the department of Education January 2020)
Abbey College offers a variety of high quality and flexible programmes, in the academic field, pre-university level and in the English language field.
We are a boarding school with traditional values, and our diverse international student body gives us a very modern outlook. We offer a fully residential package with fees covering the majority of what students need from the moment of arrival to the moment of departure.
Abbey College Mission Statement – To be a learning community of global citizens, helping individuals to achieve their potential and study at the university of their choice.
A Message From The Principal
Welcome to Abbey College in Malvern
Situated in the outstandingly beautiful Malvern Hills, near the stunning and culturally rich town of Great Malvern, Abbey College provides an internationally recognised education and pastoral care you can trust.
Having developed our high quality education and boarding with a family atmosphere over more than half a century, today’s school welcomes students from around the world onto British academic courses as well as onto English language courses. Whether you join us to study IGCSEs and A levels or for a two-week summer course in English, you become part of the Abbey College family.
We are an inclusive school where standards of achievement are high. Our academic courses lead to world-renowned British qualifications. Examination results have been outstanding in recent years.
Our experienced teachers and boarding staff are professionals who go the extra mile to ensure that all students are offered the opportunity to fulfil their potential both in and beyond the classroom. The result is that, whether they are seeking places at top universities in Britain and around the world, or returning to continue their education in their home country, Abbey College students are well-equipped to take the next step in their education.
We are equally proud of our excellent academic performance and of the extra-curricular opportunities for sport and the arts, community service, touristic visits and adventurous activity that are available at Abbey College in Malvern. We take seriously our responsibility to prepare young people to make their way in life as confident, caring and responsible citizens of the world.
The health and well-being of our students remains a priority and despite the prevalence of the coronavirus (COVID-19) the College has implemented measures that aim to minimise the risk of infection for both students and staff.
If you would like to find out whether Abbey College is the right school for you, we would be delighted to hear from you.
Daniel Booker – Principal
Daniel Booker, Principal