HEREFORD Sixth Form College will be suspending lessons in classrooms from tomorrow (Thursday) due to concerns over coronavirus.

While the college will not be closing, all lessons will be online and students have been told they are free to work from home.

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Principal Peter Cooper said because some students either have symptoms, or family members in their household with symptoms, attendance was "dropping off".

"The college is open but we're moving to an online learning approach," he added.

"Rather than trying to do two jobs at once, we would rather do one properly which would be to provide a really strong service for people to work remotely, with the opportunity for those that do want to come to still come into the building.

"The staff are in, we're all in working, students can come in. But from tomorrow, we're going to say lessons will be virtual, which means to say staff will be interacting with students, setting work and marking work, but so everyone can work from distance.

"It will mean social distancing and it will still mean people can keep the momentum of working towards courses and exams."

Some lessons may be done via video conferencing, and others subjects will set work via email.


Other schools and colleges are starting to be affected by the Covid-19 situation.

Earl Mortimer College in Leominster is closed to pupils in year 8 and year 9, as well as sixth form students for the remainder of this week.

Whitecross Hereford High School has also had to limit how many students are on the campus due to staff shortages.

The school is only open as normal for students in Years 7, 10 and 11.