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Coronavirus Information


FSM Message

If you are eligible for Free School Meals your FBEC Learning Coordinator will be in touch in the next 3 days.

Our aim is to pay Free School Meals allocations directly to parents

If you and your child do not recognise the voice calling you, put the phone down.

Please ask the person calling, facts about FBEC that only the Learning Coordinator and the child would know.

The school are not using email as there are a number of email SCAMS being reported

Only give information to your Learning Coordinator if you are 100% sure that it is them

If you are not sure don’t go ahead and ring the school and leave a message and Mr Brennan will be in touch

Only Learning Coordinators, Mr Pinkney or Mr Brennan are allowed to call parents. NO OTHER STAFF WILL RING.

To confirm that this message is real, parents should be able to see the same message on the Website.

Mr Brennan


*To all Parents* - Our messaging system Parentmail is down at present (due to all the schools using it).
Please keep checking our FB and school website for info regarding school updates.
To the keyworkers who have contacted us, we will be in touch over the coming days.
For these people, school will start at 8.30 on monday.
Please spread the word.
If anyone has not contacted us and may be a keyworker, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with details of your post.


On Wednesday (18th) we are open to all students as normal. On Thursday morning onwards we are only open to Year 11 students. This is due to a significant reduction in available staff. Keep checking back for further updates.


• All students with a medical condition should plan NOT to be in school. This includes asthma, diabetes and heart conditions

• Any student who has been sent home in the last week should stay away for 14 days (updated government recommendation)

• Students sent home by FBEC should NOT be out playing in school time, or in the evening. Self isolation means self isolation

• Any student who lives with elderly relatives should aim to self isolate and not be in school


• Brothers and sisters of FBEC students with symptoms should also isolate for 14 days

• Students with pre-existing conditions are safe in FBEC today, but parents should plan to take them out over the next few days


• As the number of staff in school reduces for childcare and other reasons, we MAY only be able to stay open for Year 11. If this starts to happen you will get further updates via text messages, social media and on our school website.


At FBEC we take the health and wellbeing of our students very seriously and will always do everything to ensure that they are safe within the school environment. Therefore we have taken the decision to ask the students and staff who have been in France on the ski-trip to self-isolate as a precautionary measure. We can all help prevent the spread of the virus and we are encouraging all students to follow these steps:

Use tissues to catch a cough or sneeze.
Wash hand thoroughly and more often than normal.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

If you are worried that you or your child has COVID-19 like symptoms, contact NHS 111.We will follow the Department for Education and Public Health England’s guidance and follow instructions from them should the national picture continue to escalate. Parents and carers will be informed as soon as possible of any changes by text message, through our website and Facebook page. Whilst we are preparing students for the possibility that schools may be forced to close, we are operating as normal which includes preparations for the GCSE and BTEC exams this year. The most recent guidance from Ofqual is:

"We recognise that students, parents, schools and colleges will be concerned about the possible impact of coronavirus on the 2020 summer exam series. Our advice at this time is to continue to prepare for exams and other assessments as normal. We continue to work closely with exam boards, other regulators and the Department for Education and we have met to plan for a range of scenarios, as the public would expect. Our overriding priorities are fairness to students this summer and keeping disruption to a minimum. It is still many weeks until exams start and we will issue updated advice if necessary, giving schools and colleges as much notice as possible."

As such, Year 10 and 11 are being prepared for their examinations in the Summer as usual and will have received their official examination timetable today. As always, we take the education of our students very seriously at FBEC and our staff have ensured we have plans in place in case our students need to learn in their home environment. Students have been given time within college to log onto key websites and have been given resources from classroom teachers so they understand what is expected of them if the need arises. Staff have set tasks using some of the following:-

Class Charts
Seneca (website for all subjects)
Teaching gadget (Music)
Subject specific Work books
Wider reading
Idea (PD website)
Kerboodle (largely Science)
Times Tables Rockstars

We fully understand that parents will be concerned about the education of our students and we have placed particular emphasis on our Year 10 and 11 students who have up and coming examinations. In preparation, we have:
Set key tasks for all GCSE students
Planned YouTube/live lessons
Provided GCSE students with key examination materials
Printed past and sample GCSE Exam papers
Set key tasks using subject specific websites
Prepared BTEC specific resources for students

Whilst it is still business as usual here at FBEC you will no doubt be aware of the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the virus and that guidance to the public, businesses and organisations including schools is changing daily. We therefore ask you to carefully consider the recent travel and health of yourself and your children and stay up to date with NHS guidance as well as taking careful note of any communications we send from school.

For the latest information from the government:

The Eden Learning Trust is an exempt charity. It is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company registration number 10980753. Registered Office Address: The Eden Learning Trust, Ferryhill Business and Enterprise College, Merrington Road, Ferryhill, County Durham, DL17 8RW. © Copyright FBEC 2020.