“It’s different, but a good different,” – students on the safe return to College

Staff at Exeter College have been working hard to ensure that students can return to a safe environment, while continuing to provide an outstanding college experience. 

“The one-way system and making sure everyone has face masks on has been good, I feel safe,”

Dom, Exeter College student

As students return to our classrooms for the start of the new term, we caught up with some of them to ask how they are feeling about being back in education after months of being home. 

Matilda, who travels from Somerset and is studying Health and Social Care said: “It’s been different but a good different. I was ready for the change when we finished school to be a bit more grown up. I get the train and it’s been good; I was quite nervous about it, but it’s been smooth sailing and I felt safe.” 

Dom gets the train from North Devon and is studying Sport. He said: “The one-way system and making sure everyone has face masks on has been good, I feel safe. 

When talking about meeting new people with the restrictions in place, Dom said: “It’s still been easy, I find it easy to make friends, so it’s been good.” 

Leah gets the bus to college and is studying Make Up Artistry. We asked if anything has made her feel safer at college and she said: “The one-way system, 110%. Everyone has their own space and because there is a one-way system around the building, it’s just easier for people to get their own space and feel more comfortable.” 

Shar, who is in the same class as Leah said: “I wasn’t initially looking forward to coming back but now that I am actually back, I am really enjoying it. It’s nice to meet new people and make new friends, meet the lecturers and learn new things.” 

Find out about the Coronavirus safety guidance we have in place for all learners.