FAQs for 2020-21

  1. What do I do when I have received my GCSE results?
  2. When does term start for lower 6 students? 
  3. When does term start for upper 6 students? 
  4. What do I do if I have Coronavirus symptoms? 
  5. What if I am anxious about being on the College campus because I have an underlying health condition or someone in my household does?
  6. Will buses be running?
  7. Should I wear a face covering on the bus?
  8. What equipment do I need to bring with me?
  9. Should I ensure that I wash my hands regularly?
  10. Will hand sanitisers be available within College?
  11. Will there be enough toilets to ensure social distancing?
  12. How is the College ensuring that the classrooms and social address are clean?
  13. Will social distancing be possible when moving around the College?
  14. Will classrooms operate within social distancing guidelines set by Welsh Government?
  15. Do I have to social distance at break and lunch time?
  16. Should I ensure I follow the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach?
  17. Will College start and finish times be staggered?
  18. What do I do if my lessons start after the start of the College day and end before the end of the College day?
  19. Will the College Canteen be open?
  20. What do I do if I think I am eligible for free meals?
  21. How do I find out of I am eligible for Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA)?
  22. Will practical sessions in subjects such as Sport, Science and Performing Arts take place?
  23. Should I access the taster materials before I start in September?
  24. Are there any questions that you think we have not answered?

 

 

 


 

1. What do I do when I have received my GCSE results?

You will need to send a copy of your GCSE results (including any from previous school years, such as Year 10 results) to enrolment@stdavidscollege.ac.uk on GCSE results day. We will be contacting all students who have been offered places by phone, and will be unable to so until we have received your GCSE results at this address. The sooner you submit the qualifications, the sooner we can confirm your enrolment.

If you have already applied to the College, a member of St. David’s College staff will contact you, by telephone, when we have received your GCSE results. GCSE results are published on Thursday 20th August. Your enrolment interview will be conducted over the telephone. You will have the opportunity to get advice and ask any questions about your courses.

If you have not applied to the College, you can complete the application form available online following GCSE results day and we will contact you to discuss your options. 

 

2. When does term start for new students?

The Autumn Term starts on Tuesday 1st September. New students will have induction sessions during this week. More detailed information will be provided to all new students during the remote enrolment session.  

 

 

3. When does term start for Upper 6th students?

The Autumn Term starts on Wednesday 9th September for Upper 6 students.

 

4. What do I do if I have Coronavirus (Covid-19) symptoms?

Guidance from the NHS sates that the common symptoms 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 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 of taste or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or states different to normal

 

If you or a member of your household has any of the Coronavirus symptoms or you feel generally unwell do not come to College - follow the self-isolation guidance from NHS.  We actively encourage you to follow the test and trace system and get a test should you show Coronavirus symptoms.

 

5. What if I am anxious about being on the College campus because I have an underlying health condition or someone on my household does?

During your online enrolment interview, the member of staff enrolling you will ask you whether you have any concerns about being on the College campus and will discuss options with you.

 

6. Will buses be running?

College buses from the Vale of Glamorgan and other parts of Cardiff will be operate from September. For those students who live too far away to walk, public transport is available. Cycling racks are available on the College site for students who choose to cycle to college.

 

7. Should I wear a face covering on the bus?

The College highly recommends that all students wear face coverings on buses and other forms of public transport.

 

8. What equipment do I need to bring with me?

During induction, you will be provided with a ‘welcome pack’. This will include basic stationery items such as a pen, pencil, ruler, highlighter etc. It will not include writing paper, calculators or more specialist equipment. We will not be able to loan or share any equipment in lessons, so please come prepared with paper, files etc.  The welcome pack will also include a hand sanitising gel.

Please bring a laptop and headphones, if you have them. These will be very useful at this time.

Students who have decided to study AS Level Art will need to purchase a pack of Art supplies from the College costing no more than £30. If a student is needs financial assistance, we have a Financial Contingency Fund (FCF) to provide support.

 

9. Should I ensure that I wash my hands regularly?

It is very important that we all adopt good personal hygiene and by washing your hand frequently for 20 secondswith soap and water; this can reduce the spread of the virus.  Please use the hand washing facilities in the bathrooms to wash your hands throughout the day. However, please respect the maximum occupancy signs on the doors and wait if there are already people in the bathroom.

 

10. Will hand sanitisers be available within College?

We have been working hard to ensure that the College is prepared for you arrival. We have plenty of hand sanitising stations around the College site and you will have a personal hand sanitiser in the welcome pack to use for the first few weeks too.  You should sanitise your hands when you arrive on site, when you return from breaks, when you change lessons, and before and after eating. Regular and through hand cleaning is very important and will be for the foreseeable future.

 

11. Will there be enough toilets to ensure social distancing?

The College will be providing additional portable toilets to ensure that we meet the guidance outlined by Welsh Government.

 

12. How is the College ensuring that the classrooms and social address are clean?

We have enhanced our cleaning regime by employing additional cleaners to work on the site during the day. They will clean regular touch points like door handles, banisters and toilets. Cleaning will be undertaken in a continuous cycle throughout the College day. We are using a state of the art cleaning product that is used by the NHS and British Transport to ensure that our cleaning regime is thorough and robust.

 

13. Will social distancing be possible when moving around the College?

We want to ensure that you can safely stay distanced from others when moving around the college as much as possible. We have markers on the corridor and stair floors. We have employed chaperones to work with our teaching staff and management to promote and enforce social distancing in corridor and social areas.  

We ask you to be patient and respectful to others in College and give people space.

Please help us by always walking on the left of all corridors and stairways, and space out from the person in front of you.

Students can wear face covering in lessons or in corridors if they feel more comfortable in doing so. 

 

14. Will classrooms operate within social distancing guidelines set by Welsh Government?

We want to ensure that you can safely work in classrooms and IT rooms so we have spaced each workstation out. We understand that the rooms will look a little different and there will be less students in each room, but this is for your safety. The desks will be forward facing in most classrooms. Please help us by not moving any chairs or tables as they have been set up with social distancing in mind.  

We will be encouraging staff to ensure that the windows and doors are open, where possible, to ensure rooms are well ventilated.

Each classroom and each toilet facility will have a maximum occupancy sign on the door.  We have reduced the number of persons allowed in a room to ensure we can socially distance.  Please respect these signs.

 

15. Do I have to social distance at break and lunch time?

Yes, most certainly! Whilst at College we still want to provide you with breaks and time to eat your lunch, but we must still socially distance at 2 metres. If the weather is dry, we would ask you to go outside for you breaks – but please stay apart from each other The College has hired an additional marquee for you to use to increase the social space available to students. We also will be opening up some additional classrooms during break times.

If you want to stay indoor then the ‘Well of the Hall’ has been reconfigured and you can sit 2 people per table.  We ask you to please not to move and chairs or tables as they have been set up to achieve social distancing.

 

16. Should I ensure I follow the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach?

Definitely! This approach continues to be very important. All rooms and social areas will have tissues available. Bins are available in all classrooms and social areas, but please get into the habit of bringing tissues to college with you too. 

 

17. Will College start and finish times be staggered?

In order to reduce the flow of students at peak times to meet the social distancing guidelines, the College will be issuing guidance on staggered starts and finishes before the start of term via email and its website.

 

18. What do I do if my lessons start after the start of the College day ad end before the end of the College day?

We would encourage you to come into college for your lessons only. This will ensure that we have fewer students on site in social spaces and communal areas.   

 

19. Will the College Canteen be open?

The College Canteen will not be open for the first half term so please ensure that you bring a packed lunch, including drinking water. The ‘welcome pack’ will include a refillable water bottle that you will need to fill at home and bring to college on a daily basis. Please do not worry, we will provide free bottled water for the first week.

 

20. What do I do if I think I am eligible for free meals?

Information on free meals can be found under ‘Student Life’ > ‘Support and Welfare’ on our website, or by using this link: https://www.stdavidscollege.ac.uk/support-and-welfare/

Students eligible for free meals should use this allocated money to purchase their packed lunch whilst the College Canteen is closed. When the College Canteen reopens, hopefully after October half term, students will be able to purchase their free lunch from the Canteen. 

21. How do I find out of I am eligible for Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA)?

Information on EMA can be found under ‘Student Life’ > ‘Support and Welfare’, or by using this link: https://www.stdavidscollege.ac.uk/support-and-welfare/

 

22. Will practical sessions in subjects such as Sport, Science and Performing Arts take place?

Further details on practical subjects such as Sport, Science and Performing Arts will be provided at the start of term by your subject teachers. The College is planning for practical lessons to be undertaken in a safe and socially distanced way and we are looking to do some practical lessons outdoors for Sport.

 

23. Should I access the taster materials before I start in September?

Hopefully, you will already have looked at our Taster materials on our website: https://www.stdavidscollege.ac.uk/tasterday2020/  If not, try to use this last few weeks to work through the materials for the subjects you are thinking of choosing. These materials will help you to decide whether the subjects you are thinking of choosing are right for you!

 

 

24. Are there any questions that you think we have not answered?

We care about how you feel and we appreciate this is a tough time, so please feel free to speak up and tell us if you are not okay, or you are concerned about anything.

If you have a question before your arrival at St David’s, you can contact us by emailing admissions@stdavidscollege.ac.uk.

During your induction week, you will be allocated a pastoral tutor who will be there to answer questions and who will support and guide you while studying at St David’s’. Obviously, you can speak to any member of staff at the college if you have a question or are concerned about anything.