Covid-19 Updates

Important information for parents, carers and students

Update 16 December  2021 11.21am

Daily testing for contacts of COVID-19 (guidance on 13 December 2021)

From Tuesday 14 December, a new national approach to daily testing for contacts of COVID-19 is being introduced (including until the end of this term). All adults who are fully vaccinated and children aged 5 to 18 years and 6 months, identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 – whether Omicron or not – should take a lateral flow device (LFD) test every day for 7 days instead of self-isolating. Daily testing by close contacts will help to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Daily testing for contacts of COVID-19 will help protect education settings by reducing transmission and will also help keep pupils in face-to-face education.

Once notified by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact, all eligible staff, pupils and students should take an LFD each day for 7 days and report the results through the Online Reporting System and to their setting. If they test negative, they can continue to attend their education setting. Outside of the education setting, they should continue to follow the advice set out in the Sunday 12 December press release. This approach should also be adopted over the winter break and on return in January.

If they test positive, they should self-isolate and order a PCR test to confirm the result. If the PCR is positive, they must self-isolate for 10 days. If the PCR test is negative, they no longer need to self-isolate but should continue to carry out the remainder of the daily tests, and only need to isolate if it is positive.

All staff and secondary aged pupils and students should have access to a box of 7 LFD tests from their education setting. If your setting requires additional test kits sooner than they would be available through the standard ordering process, or will run out of test kits imminently, you can contact 119 to request an emergency replenishment. For primary aged children LFD test kits are available through the usual routes (community test sites, local pharmacies or online).

Anyone over the age of 18 years and 6 months who is not vaccinated, must isolate in line with government guidelines if they are a close contact of a positive case.

For students with SEND who struggle to or are unable to self-swab daily for 7 days, settings should work with students and their families to agree an appropriate testing route, such as assisted swabbing. Information on further support measures will be provided.

Finally, it is important to continue regular twice weekly, at-home testing for all education and childcare workforce and all students of secondary age and above.

Update 30 November 2021 11.55am

On Saturday 27 November, the Prime Minister announced new temporary measures following the emergence of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the UK. The new measures have been introduced to slow down the spread of the variant while Government gathers more information.

Face Coverings

Face covering should now be worn in all college communal areas by staff, visitors and students unless they are exempt.

Exemptions for wearing face coverings are still in place. Any student who has one of the conditions on the exemption list will not be expected to wear a face covering whilst in college. Anyone communicating to someone who relies on lip reading will also be exempt from wearing a face covering.

We also continue to ask that parents and carers to wear face coverings when dropping off and picking up students from college. As always, we thank you for your continued support.

Students should also continue to wear face coverings on public transport and in taxis, unless exempt.

Home testing

We strongly recommend students and staff take a regular LFT  home test for COVID (twice per week) and report the outcome. Testing kits are available in college.


All eligible staff and students are encouraged to take up the offer of a vaccine, including boosters.

Vaccines are our best defence against cOVID-19. They help protect young people and adult, and benefit those around them. Vaccination makes people less likely to catch the virus and less likely to pass it on.

To book a vaccination please visit: Book or manage a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination –NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Arrangements for testing in college upon return in January 2022

Greenbank will test all students on their return to college in the first week of term.

Contact tracing and the Omicron Variant

All individuals who have been identified as a close contact of a suspected or confirmed case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status and age, will be contacted directly by NHS Test and Trace and required to self-isolate immediately and asked to book a PCR test.

We appreciate everything you are doing to help us with this and thank you once again for your continued support.

We wish you a healthy and enjoyable Christmas break.

Update 21 June 2021, 11.28am

Please be aware that all students will be learning from home from tomorrow, Tuesday 22 June until Friday 25 June. The hairdressing department will still function exclusively within Salon HQ so students should come in just for their hairdressing sessions.

This is due to being notified of two positive cases in college over the weekend which has resulted in 17 staff and in excess of 20 students needing to self-isolate.

Update 21 June 2021, 11.15am

In recent weeks, we have seen a rapid rise in Covid-19 cases in Liverpool. Currently Liverpool has rates of 158/100,000 and is on an upward trajectory. The dominant strain of virus in the UK is called the Delta variant and we have seen a steep rise in COVID-19 cases locally. Evidence suggests the Delta variant spreads more easily than previous strains. As a result, we are introducing additional measures at college to help slow down the spread of the virus. Activities such as transition, end of term awards and celebrations may need to be modified and alternative arrangements made.

Face Coverings

On the 21st June 2021, we are requesting staff and students wear face coverings indoors whilst in college, including in classrooms where social distancing cannot be maintained, with the exception of certain lessons such as sport. The purpose of wearing a face covering is to minimise the risk of transmitting the virus to other people if you are infectious but don’t have symptoms. We know that up to 30% of people with COVID-19 don’t experience symptoms, and everyone who has the virus will be infectious in the two days before their symptoms start, so wearing face coverings is one of a range of infection prevention and control measures that have been introduced in schools to protect pupils and staff.

Exemptions for wearing face coverings are still in place. Any student who has one of the conditions on the exemption list will not be expected to wear a face covering whilst in college. Anyone communicating to someone who relies on lip reading will also be exempt from wearing a face covering. We also continue to ask that parents and carers to wear face coverings when dropping off and picking up students from college. As always, we thank you for your continued support.

Home testing

We strongly recommend students and staff take a regular PCR home test for COVID (twice per week) and report the outcome. Testing kits are available in college.

Update 1 March 2021, 1.09pm

From 8 March 2021, it is expected that all Greenbank College students can return to college. This is based on the fact that the most vulnerable adults will have been offered their first dose of the vaccine by 15 February meaning they should have developed some immunity from the virus by about three weeks later; that is by 8 March 2021.

Rapid testing
Rapid testing remains part of the Government’s plan to suppress the virus. This sort of testing means that people who do not have any symptoms of COVID 19 who might otherwise continue to attend educational settings, can be identified and self-isolate. Greenbank will be supplied with such tests by the end of March 2021 which you should administer at home and report the results each week to their tutor. Each student will be supplied with two rapid tests to use each week at home. The home test kits come with clear instructions for use and how to report results.

Prior to this we strongly recommend that students attend a community testing centre each week to get a rapid test.

Safety measures
Teaching spaces in college should be well ventilated, so wherever possible windows will  be opened and any internal doors can also be held open. 

Face coverings should be worn by staff and students moving around Greenbank in corridors and communal areas. For a limited period, we also recommend the use of face coverings in classrooms and teaching spaces unless you are exempt from wearing a face covering as per the government guidance. Face coverings do not need to be worn when taking part in physical exercise during sports sessions or when outdoors.

Greenbank’s COVID 19 risk assessment has been updated to reflect the new guidance.

We ask you to continue to reinforce public health messages to your young people particularly at the point they are entering and leaving college and heading into the community each day.

Update 11 January 2021, 9.37am

Please take a look at the latest letter linked below received from Liverpool City Council regarding home learning and providing on-site learning for vulnerable young people and those whose parents/carers are key workers.

Download letter

Update Tuesday 5 January, 2.24pm

Notice to all students regarding the Delivery of Learning through Lockdown from January 2021

During the current national lockdown, Greenbank will continue to provide education to students according to their usual timetable. All students therefore are asked to remotely follow their normal timetables, unless they have been contacted by a member of Greenbank staff who has confirmed that they fall into the category of Critical Workers and vulnerable children who can access schools or educational settings. If they fall into this category, they are asked to attend college from Wednesday 6th January to receive face-to-face delivery as per their normal timetable. If you have not been contacted but feel you fall into this category, please contact the college.

Students working remotely will be contacted by their tutors with information on how to access their learning through a combination of live teaching, pre-recorded sessions, presentations and other resources as appropriate to the course of study. Tutors and support staff will communicate directly with students at the time of the timetabled session, either via live streaming, one to one video call or other chat facility.

Update Monday 4 January, 7.32am

On 30th December, the government announced that secondary schools and colleges should delay plans for reopening following the Christmas break. Following this instruction, Greenbank College will now deliver teaching remotely to students from Wednesday 6th January 2021. This means that for the vast majority of students, timetabled lessons will be delivered online for the rest of this week. Students should not come into college but must access their classes remotely.

Vulnerable Students and Children of Key Workers

For vulnerable students and children of key workers only, the college sites will be open for students to attend from Wednesday 6th January, as per government guidance. Students, parents and carers will be contacted directly on Monday 4th or Tuesday 5th to confirm arrangements. Parents/carers who are key workers should contact Catherine Elliot on 0151 733 7255

Update Wednesday 14 October, 9.12am

We have been advised by Public Health England that there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 within our college community. Please read the attached letter regarding the steps we have taken.

Download the letter

Update Monday 5 October, 12.49pm

Please see letter below from Steve Reddy, Director of Children and Young People’s Services which reinforces the message about how we can stay safe whilst at college and help to control the spread of Covid-19 in Liverpool.

Download the letter

Update Friday 25 September, 4.13pm

We have issued further guidance on the use of face masks at college, the new NHS COVID-19 App plus notification and recording of absences.

Please read more information in this letter.

Update Friday 11 September, 4.22pm

The current situation in Liverpool, where COVID-19 positive cases have been increasing rapidly and significantly is worrying.

Please read this letter from our CEO regarding the situation.

Update Wednesday 25 March, 4.54pm

We have put together a set of Frequently Asked Questions for students, parents, guardians and carers which you can view here: Frequently Asked Questions

Update Wednesday 25 March, 2.49pm

We are fielding a number of calls/queries from parents, carers & students. At present, Greenbank College can receive urgent calls on Monday-Wednesday only between 8.30am-4pm. Please bear with us as we have extensive work to do to get all students set up with college work at home.

Staff are responding to emails as best they can, but again please be patient.

As previously, the reminder is, to all parents and carers, that unless there is no safe alternative, children are better off at home in the current circumstances.

Update Tuesday 24 March, 3.11pm

An update on our current situation following the government’s announcement about school and college closures. 

“Schools, and all childcare providers, are therefore being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children – children who are vulnerable, and children whose parents are critical to the COVID-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.”

Following this, we ask for students to stay home where possible and access learning resources provided by tutors (Google Classroom/paper packs) and only those who need to attend to continue to. This is to limit the spread of COVID-19. 

As a result, the main college is closed but we are running a limited provision for those students who have EHCPs and are vulnerable/not safe to be at home or their parents/guardians are key workers. 

Students are being set up on Google Classroom and information about accessing this will be provided by their tutors. Students can keep in contact with tutors via Google Classroom and email. We are also looking at further options within online learning to enable video content.

If there are any difficulties accessing online learning, please let us know and paper packs will be sent out. 

The safety and well-being of our students is our highest priority. Please can we reiterate the advice from the government and encourage all our students to be mindful of social distancing during this uncertain time. 

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Update Friday 20 March 2020, 4.57pm

Students, Parents, Carers & Guardians: If you haven’t spoken to a member of staff today regarding next week, please do not come in to college on Monday, instead please phone us Monday morning on 0151 733 7255. Many thanks and take care.

Update Thursday 19 March 2020, 12.35pm

Please be advised we are currently awaiting further information following the government’s announcement last night. We will update once we know more.

Dear Parents and Carers,

I write to you today in regard to the current situation with coronavirus (COVID-19). I wanted to reassure you of the precautions that we are taking here at Greenbank:

  • We have installed additional hand sanitiser points
  • We are actively encouraging students and staff throughout the day, to wash their hands and use the hand sanitiser around the college
  • We are asking any student who displays any symptoms of COVID-19 to self-isolate, the guidance now states for 14 days for the whole household
  • We have increased our daily cleaning routines particularly focusing on door handles and frequently touched areas to minimise risk
  • We have suspended all work placements as a precaution to safeguard learners
  • We are cancelling all non-essential visitors to the college

 We are following the government advice and guidance and will continue to do so, however the advice is being updated daily. Please see the links below for the latest information and advice:

We will also update our website, Facebook and Twitter pages in regards to how government guidance impacts the college. Please check these regularly.

We ask that any students showing symptoms do not come into college and self-isolate for 14 days. Any students self-isolating with symptoms/family symptoms or as a precaution because they are vulnerable as per the government guidance, will be treated as an authorised absence. 

At this current moment, the college is open and will continue to be until we are directed otherwise by government advice or Public Health England.

We are currently preparing online learning via Google Classroom, in the event that we are advised to close or suspend face to face teaching. Please inform us if your son/daughter would have any difficulties accessing work online and we will make alternative arrangements.  

I hope that this provides some reassurance, during these uncertain times. 

Thank you for your support.

 Yours sincerely,

Mary Beaumont

Chief Executive