Covid 19 Update

COVID- 19  Arrangements at the Cheadle & Marple College Network

The safety of staff, students, contractors and other college users is of the utmost importance to us at the Cheadle College and Marple Sixth form college.


To prevent the spread of coronavirus, the Cheadle and Marple College Network will use a range of protective measures to create safer environments in which the risk of spreading the virus is substantially reduced. Sensible measures have been put in place to minimise risks for all college users.

These measures include:

  • A one-way system around college (Cheadle), Marple – one way system on stairs.
  • Hand sanitising on entry in the mornings
  • Sanitising stations at various points throughout college including near toilets and photocopiers
  • Doors on corridors kept open wherever possible to avoid touching handles
  • Enhanced cleaning throughout the day
  • Wipes in IT rooms for cleaning desks and computers
  • Classrooms ventilated wherever possible
  • New arrangements on arrival at the classroom
  • Signage reminding students to:
    • maintain social distancing
    • “catch it, bin it, kill it”
    • wash hands frequently
  • Classrooms set up and arrangements in place to minimise transmission of the virus
  • Staggered lunch times
  • Support for students through the wellbeing team.
  • Information sent out to students saying what they need to do and what they can expect from us in order to stay safe.
  • COVID control measures for specialist equipment have been implemented in some subjects (such as sport / science etc)

Students and staff will be expected to wear masks, face coverings or visors whilst moving around college and in communal areas.

Arrangements are reviewed regularly and measures revised in accordance with government guidelines. The Management team meets on a weekly basis to review arrangements and update the response plan and the college COVID-19 Risk Assessment.

Please be reassured that all measures introduced are robust and with the best interests of all college users in mind.



Frequently Asked Questions + Further Infomation


What happens in the case of a student testing positive for Covid-19?

If there is a confirmed case of Covid-19 everyone who has been in direct close contact with that person will have to self- isolate for 14 days. This is in line with national guidance that the College is following.

Students who are identified as being a direct close contact will be informed in person if possible. If that is not possible, they will be informed by text. Parents and carers of these students will also be sent an email providing further information.

What is a contact?
The main categories that would lead to someone being identified as a ‘contact’ in an education setting are as follows:

Direct contact:
Face to face contact with a confirmed case for any length of time, within 1m, including:

  • being coughed on,
  • a face to face conversation,
  • unprotected physical contact (skin to skin) or
  • travel in a small vehicle with a case.
  • This also includes any exposure within 1 metre for 1 minute or longer

Proximity contact:
Extended close contact (between 1 and 2 metres) for more than 15 minutes, with a confirmed case.

Students who are identified as being a direct close contact
Students who are direct close contacts will have to self-isolate for 14 days in order to reduce the further spread of COVID 19 to others in the community.

If the student is well at the end of the 14 days period of self-isolation, then they can return to usual activities. A negative test does not mean that the student can return to College earlier than 14 days.

Other members of your household can continue normal activities provided the student does not develop symptoms within the 14 day self-isolation period.

Please see the link to the PHE Staying at Home Guidance

Students who develop symptoms of COVID 19
If a student develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when symptoms appeared as advised in 

Parents/carers should arrange for testing for their child via

or or primary care

All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.

The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

If it is possible move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of the home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period

Symptoms of COVID 19
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature and/or
  • a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If a child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at

or by phoning 111.

How to stop COVID-19 spreading
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19:

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Further Information
Further information is available at

Learning from home
The student’s teachers will be in contact to arrange online learning during the self-isolation period. They should keep checking their College email accounts and contact their House Monitor if they have any questions.