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Petroc recognises the risk posed by COVID to students and staff and has measures in place to minimise the risk of infection and the transmission of the virus. Should any Government guidance change with regards to life at college, we will notify parents and students accordingly.



Helpful advice for:

We are wholly focused on ensuring the safety of our students and staff and creating the most COVID secure environment we possibly can.

Testing Kits

You can pick up your home test kits at the following locations and times:

Mid Devon Campus: Monday - Friday: 08.30 - 16.30 - Estates Office in D block, room D2

North Devon Campus (Barnstaple main site): Monday - Friday: 08.30 - 16.00 - The Print Room

What to do if you have a positive test

All positive results from lateral flow tests (known as LFT or home test kit), whether conducted at home or at a school or college need to be confirmed with a PCR test within two days of the positive lateral flow test. 

Following a positive lateral flow test, a confirmatory PCR test should be booked immediately either online or by calling 119 or going to www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test​. 

Whilst awaiting the PCR result, you should continue to self-isolate. If the PCR test is negative, provided it was taken within two days of the positive LFT, it overrides the lateral flow test and you can return to school or college, and close contacts and other household members can stop self-isolating.

Social distancing

We ask all staff and students to please try to maintain social distancing, where you can.

Face coverings

Although not compulsory, we would also strongly recommend that staff and students wear a face covering when you are walking around college or in a shared space with others.

The Government has provided a document providing guidance for parents of children at college with regards to Coronavirus.

This includes information about curriculum, online safety, holidays, exams, food, trips and more. You can view this information on the gov.uk website.

Please read the information below and contact the college should you feel unwell.

  1. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of a new continuous cough or a high temperature or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).
  2. If you develop these symptoms, however mild, or you have received a positive coronavirus (COVID-19) test result, then you should immediately self-isolate and stay at home for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started. If you live with others, they might also need to isolate depending on their circumstances. See the NHS 'when to isolate' guidance for more information.
  3. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, you should arrange a test by visiting NHS.UK, or by contacting 119 via telephone if you do not have internet access.
  4. If you are a student and become ill whilst at college, you should advise your tutor straight away.
  5. In the event of any suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases at college, NHS Test and Trace must be informed so that those immediately affected can be advised of next steps.
  6. If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 10 days, then use the NHS 111 online service or call NHS 111.

Petroc is committed to supporting students through these unsettling times.

If you need to speak to someone about how you are feeling, please speak to your tutor, or contact one of the organisations below, who will be able to help:

Young Minds

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