1. Learning is now taking place online

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    The government’s national lockdown announcement means working and learning is currently taking place online. This is because of the rising Covid-19 infection rates and this will allow our college to prepare Covid-19 testing for our students.

    Key changes are below:

    • We have made the decision to cancel all exams to keep our students and staff safe during the Covid-19 pandemic. Students should not attend college for their exams. 
    • Apprentices will be contacted by their tutors/assessors as different arrangements may apply to them.
    • When the national lockdown is lifted, all students will return to college in line with our plans for mass Covid-19 testing.

    We will provide further information, including details of our mass Covid-19 testing plans, once confirmed. 

    If you are a student and have further questions, please contact your tutor.

    Find out more information on Keighley College blended learning here.

  2. Temporary closure of Keighley College

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    We are taking temporary measures to address concerns about coronavirus. Our priority is our staff and students and we have made the difficult but necessary decision to close Keighley College from 3pm on Friday 20 March.

    We will be facilitating the continuation of all learning electronically using Google Classroom and other digital platforms. Your tutor will have provided all the details you need to continue your learning remotely. If you are having any issues, please contact your tutor. Also, paper resources are available in college until Friday 20 March, including maths and English resources. It is important that you keep practising your skills and revise over this time.

    Please keep checking your emails for updates and announcements.

    Some of our provisions have already started working remotely, so if that includes your course, please continue your studies as instructed.

    If you think you might have coronavirus or if you have been in close contact with someone who has, please follow the government and NHS advice. Further information can be found here.

    We understand that this is an unsettling time for us all. Below are some useful links if you are struggling with your mental health:

    Our safeguarding team are also fully operational and can be contacted by emailing

    There is also support available for anyone living with domestic abuse

    While our campus is closed, we will still be available to offer advice and guidance to potential and existing students, parents and members of the public. You can contact us by emailing

    We look forward to seeing you back at college soon.

    Yours sincerely

    Steve Kelly
    Principal – Keighley College

  3. Dame Julia applauds Keighley College on innovative programmes

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    Young people and staff from Keighley College spoke of their hopes and vision for the future during a day-long visit from Dame Julia Cleverdon.

    Members of the council, education organisations such as the Department for Education and the National Literacy Trust, as well as employers that include Gesipa and Airedale Springs, attended the luncheon to discuss key issues affecting the community and the positive work they are doing to promote literacy and apprenticeships, whilst raising awareness of STEM subjects for young girls.

    Principal Heather Whitehead, said: “The students are at the heart of what we do and Dame Julia Cleverdon’s visit is a testament to the work that we are currently doing to offer an inclusive and accessible environment where students receive the support they need to thrive.

    “The college’s wider objectives include promoting innovation. Working in partnership with the local council, key employers and our community, we endeavour to provide students with the skills they need to succeed,” she added.

    Dame Julia, who sits on the Enterprise and Careers Company, a new initiative by the government to try and understand what can be done to raise the employability pathways for young people, said she wanted to find out and understand the great things that are happening in Bradford and surrounding areas.

    “I have always been interested in what happens to young people in some of the most important communities and cities across Britain.

    “I am very keen to hear from them and to understand what they think is working and what we can implement to make their vocational, academic or apprenticeship journey worthwhile,” she added.

    The afternoon consisted of a tour around the college including a visit to the Textile Academy and Engineering department where Dame Julia spoke to students at length, praised the wonderful work they are doing and encouraged them to continue pursuing their career goals.

    As Vice President of Business in the Community and former Special Adviser to The Prince’s Charities where she concentrated on responsible business practice and connecting disadvantaged communities, she continues to promote collaboration among senior leaders from business, government, education and community organisations to build a more robust civil society.

    Mrs Cleverdon also highlighted the National Literacy Service, which she chairs, and the National Citizen Service (NCS). She added that a lot of work has been done so far in engaging and promoting literacy to the whole community but that more work needed to be done.

    Appointed to the NCS in 2018 for a two-year term, Dame Julia spoke of the work that the government-backed programme is doing and its innovation and real concern to do things to help the wider public.

    13% of 16 year old students in Bradford went through the National Citizen Service last year and with the support of its social action element, it continues to empower young people to make a difference in their communities and to foster a sense of social responsibility for the future.

    This year’s summer programme starts on 24 June 2019 and will host a series of business workshops, volunteering and fundraising programmes. Approximately 500,000 teenagers have taken part in the scheme since 2011.

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