1. Mental Health Awareness Week

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    Organised by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week is taking place from 10 to 16 May.

    Founded in 1949, the Mental Health Foundation is the UK’s leading charity for mental health.

    Throughout the pandemic, millions of people across the UK have experienced a mental health problem. This week helps us to understand more about mental health, how it affects us, the different conditions and support available.


    This year’s focus is on nature, as many of us have found the outdoors to be helpful in improving our wellbeing during the pandemic. 

    Over the past year, we’ve seen an increase in people gardening, going on walks and exploring the outdoors – all of which have been essential for our mental health. 

    Research from the Mental Health Foundation revealed that going for walks outside was one of our top coping strategies, with 45% of us reporting how being in green spaces had been vital for our mental health.

    During lockdowns, people have not only spent more time in nature, but have learnt to appreciate and notice it more; highlighting a fundamental need to connect with our outdoor environment.


    Bringing nature into your everyday life can have positive effects on your wellbeing. It can:

    • Enhance your mood
    • Reduce feelings of stress and anger
    • Help you take a break and feel relaxed
    • Improve your physical health
    • Build your confidence
    • Encourage you to be more active
    • Helps you make new connections 

    Getting involved 

    Support the Mental Health Foundation by taking part in half an hour of outdoor exercise each day in May. This can include anything from walking, running, jogging and skipping – and remember to appreciate the nature surrounding you.

    You are also encouraged to share your experiences by taking a photo or video and joining the discussion on how you’re connecting with nature by using the hashtags #ConnectWithNature #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.

    To discover the best walks in the local Harrogate area, have a read of these articles on Visit Harrogate and Walking Englishman.

    You can also follow these useful 5 Steps to Wellbeing from Mind.

    College activities

    At Harrogate College, we’ll also be celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week through our Harrogate College Caring Carnival.

    On Monday 10 and Wednesday 12 May, we will be hosting a range of games, competitions and prizes to raise money for Harrogate Mind

    You can get involved by meeting outside the college from 9am to 4pm on Monday and Wednesday. More information will also be available on the Student Life Google Classroom here. If you have any questions, please ask your Student Relations Officer, Megan Hawkswell or Dan Fabretti, your Student Representative. 

    We are also hosting a ‘Get into Nature’ photography competition, encouraging you to get into the outdoors and take photos of your surroundings. The deadline is 28 May, so make sure to send your submissions to Megan Hawkswell on Google Hangouts for your chance to win. The winners will be featured on the Student Union page

  2. Learning is currently 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 Harrogate College blended learning here.

  3. A letter to parents from the Principal of Harrogate College

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    I hope you and your families are safe and well at this time. I wanted to update you on the progress of Harrogate College since our physical closedown and our expectations of students while studying at home.

    The overarching story from Harrogate College is that staff have been working incredibly hard to adapt to teaching fully online, while juggling the care of children and family members. The levels of student engagement have exceeded our expectations and those who have been struggling have been in contact with our pastoral support staff.

    You will be aware that all examinations and controlled assessments have been cancelled for this summer. The grading for student qualifications will be done on predictions based on coursework completed and mock examinations. Ofqual are still working with awarding bodies on the exact detail for each qualification type, but be reassured this situation will not impact on your child’s ability to progress.

    While learning away from college all students have access to either Google Classroom or online portfolios where teachers are publishing content to support learning and setting assignments to be submitted online. As I explained above, all grades this year will be awarded based on coursework completed and mock examinations, therefore students must continue to commit to their studies in the same way they would in college. Learning online is different to the classroom and our guide to staff and students is designed to support students to achieve their target grades.

    Each student will have access to online learning relative to their timetabled lessons in college. Therefore if your child has 10 lessons per week, then there will be 10 lessons each week for them to complete including their vocational subject area and where applicable English and maths. The expectation is that each lesson will have two activities and one assessment as a minimum. We do not expect the lessons to take up the same real time as a timetabled lesson. In addition to the online lessons students will be set assignments to be complete.

    Interactions with teachers is important, therefore your child’s teacher will be online two hours per day to speak directly to your son or daughter through Google Hangouts. This will be one hour in the morning and one in the afternoon and the times will be published on Google Classroom. In addition, students can leave messages on Google Hangouts at any time, which staff will respond to during working hours.

    Although the use of Google Classroom and Hangouts may be new to you, this is familiar practice for your son or daughter. For students who do not engage, our teachers and pastoral staff will be following up to ensure they do not fall behind with their learning.

    I would ask at this time, you check that your child is engaging with Google Classroom and if they are struggling ask them to make contact with their teachers.

    If you have any questions about the progress of your son or daughter, please email their teachers, using

    Harrogate College will remain closed for the Easter Holidays on Friday 3 April until Monday 20 April. We are encouraging staff to take leave over that period, so the content on your child’s Google Classroom will be reduced over the Easter period. If your child is in need of support at that time, we still encourage them to make contact with teachers and pastoral staff as help will be available. From Monday 20 April, all staff will be working and expecting students to fully engage with their learning.

    I will be in touch over the coming weeks to provide further updates.

    Kind regards,

    Danny Wild – Principal Harrogate College

  4. Temporary closure of Harrogate 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 Harrogate 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 teacher will have provided all the details you need to continue your learning remotely and can be contacted directly via Google Hangouts or email.

    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:

    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 via web chat here or by email at

    If you’re having difficulties at home such as financial issues or general worries, contact your PAL (pastoral staff)  via phone, Google Hangouts or email for help and support.

    We look forward to seeing you back at college soon.

    Yours sincerely

    Danny Wild – Principal Harrogate College


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