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Impington Village College

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Public access to the college grounds

On the March 26th I shared an update from our website regarding members of the public coming on to the college grounds.  This guidance was shared onto social media channels.  The guidance clearly stated that college grounds are not public areas and members of the public only have “implied licence” to enter college grounds for the occasions of appointments, attend college events or to pick up their children.  Unfortunately this message has not been followed by a small number of individuals who persist on entering the college grounds.  Over the past three weeks we have had members of the public coming onto the college grounds on a daily basis, and when some of these individuals are approached by a member of staff they have, on occasion, been spoken to rudely and even had an adult spit towards them.  We have remained open during the lockdown to look after the children of keyworkers and/or vulnerable students, it is imperative that we protect these students by preventing members of the public from wandering onto the site.  

As a result, we are now having to purchase signs that will be placed at the entrance to Park Drive just beyond the turning for the Sports Centre, the staff parking area near the library and canteen and also at the front of the college.  These signs will make it very clear that the college grounds are private property and that members of the public who enter the grounds for reasons other than attending an appointment, college event or picking up a child (all three of these require signing in at reception first) are trespassing.   They will be challenged by a member of the college leadership team and required to leave.  If anyone returns to the grounds after being requested to leave or is rude or aggressive to a member of staff then the college will take steps to bar that individual until such time as a meeting with the college Principal can be arranged in order to explain their reasons for being on the college grounds.

We welcome the responsible use of the College site by the community outside of college business hours (7am and 6pm) when this doesn’t pose a safeguarding risk, but we take our responsibilities for safeguarding our students incredibly seriously and ask that the local community support us by staying off the college grounds during college hours.