Salesian College centre specific impact of COVID-19 on current Year 13 students applying to UCAS for 2021 entry.

– Salesian school and college was closed for all students except children of key workers from 20th March as per national guidance.

– All students in this cohort missed 14 weeks of regular college learning.

– Students received remote learning during this period which took the form of shared resources eg PowerPoints for the first weeks and once we rolled out MS Teams across the school students received one “live lesson” for each of their subjects per week.

– For the last 5 weeks of the summer term we were able to offer students to attend college for one day a week and receive one 100 minute lesson in each of their subjects.  Approximately 90% of our students were in a position to take up this offer whilst the remainder continued to receive online education until the college fully reopened in September.

– Our normal university application provision includes a full day personal statement writing workshop, visits from outside speakers to talk about post 18 pathways and registration with UCAS.  Students instead were introduced to the UCAS process remotely via written information and tasks relating to writing their personal statement, in small chunks over an extended period. Normally 100% of our students will have competed their first draft personal statement by end of June but this year many struggled without the face to face contact with staff.

– Our Year 12 exams in April were cancelled and instead students sat exams in late September. We felt students needed time to readjust to bring in college before they sat their exams in an attempt to cater first and foremost for their wellbeing.

– The biggest impact of the delayed mock exams has been on our Early Applicants who have had to not only make course choices largely before receiving their predicted grades from staff but were also finalising their personal statements and applications during this mock exam period.