Covid-19 safety

Keeping you safe and reducing the transmission of Covid-19

For clarity, we explain how Activate Learning is helping to keep learners and staff safe on one page on our Activate Learning Group website. Please follow the link at the bottom of the page to keep up to date with the latest announcements from our colleges.

Important information for Reading College students

Due to sustained high levels of Delta variant cases in Reading (including in the 15-19 age range), Reading Borough Council (Brighter Futures for Children) have advised us to take additional precautions on campus to keep everyone safe. These measures will come into effect immediately.   

  • No external visitors will be allowed on to campus: Please note that all external meetings will need to take place online, including: parents' evenings, EHCP meetings, transition events, campus tours or visits from external clients, and meetings with Activate Learning staff based at other sites.  

Please note that the measures will be in place until Monday 19 July.  Although we understand these measures may be disappointing for some at a time when we are looking forward to the end of restrictions, community transmission is high in Reading. These temporary measures will help us reduce the number of cases across the Reading area. 

Please continue to follow the guidance to help us ensure our campuses remain a COVID-safe environment for our staff and students.  

Surge vaccines

Reading college students are eligible for surge vaccines from Reading Borough Council. Students must be aged 18 or over and have not had any dose of the COVID-19 vaccine yet. 

Location: Reading Borough Council Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading, RG1 2LU 

Opening times: The vaccine centre is open 9.30am – 8.30pm every day until Sunday 27 June. 

No appointment is necessary, but they should, if possible, have some form of ID showing they live, work or study in one of the four surge postcode areas. Full details can be found on the RBC website: 

Students should take their personal ID (such as a passport or driving license), college pass and NHS number with them. 

The same national guidance continues to apply in areas where new variants have been identified and education settings can remain open.  

All students should continue to follow national guidance, including ‘hands, face, space, fresh air ‘and take a rapid LFD Covid-19 test twice a week, even if you don't have symptoms.    

If you become symptomatic, please make sure you isolate at home immediately and apply for a PCR test via GOV.UK or call 119.     

Letting us know if you've been affected by COVID-19     

We want to keep everyone safe and so it’s really important that we are told if you are unwell or someone else in your household is unwell and you need to self-isolate. This allows us to track and trace cases in college and keep everyone informed of what’s going on, and more importantly what they need to do to keep safe.      

You can let us know by contacting the Safeguarding team, either via email at or by calling 01865 550401 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. 

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