Covid 19

Latest information for current students, applicants, offer holders & their parents.

On Saturday 27 November, the Prime Minister announced new temporary measures following the discovery of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the UK.

In addition to these new nationwide measures and following guidance from the Department of Education, we are introducing temporary measures at the FRA from tomorrow - Tuesday 30 November 2021. We've introduced these to protect our staff and students, and to slow down the spread of the variant while more information is gathered. We'll continue to review these measures as the situation develops.

Face coverings

  • Face coverings should be worn in all communal areas by staff, visitors and students (unless they are exempt).
  • Students should continue to wear face coverings on public transport (unless they are exempt).

Ventilation in the building

All classroom and communal areas will be well ventilated. This means that open windows will be open, and we advise that you bring warm clothes with you. We'll turn our radiators on to make sure you're as comfortable as possible. In rooms where the windows don't open, we'll switch on our mechanical ventilation systems.


  • Lifts will be restricted to one person at any time.

Temperature checking

  • Please make sure to check your temperature when you arrive, using the wrist temperature monitors in reception. 

Hand sanitising

  • Please continue to wash and sanitise your hands regularly using the sanitiser stations. We've placed these in convenient locations around the building. 


We encourage all our staff and students to test twice weekly using lateral flow device (LFD) tests. Your tutor can give you these tests or you can order them directly to your home.

If you test positive using an LFD, you must take a PCR test.

You should also book a PCR test as soon as possible if you have any of the main COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are mild.

  • A high temperature
  • A new, continuous cough
  • You’ve lost your sense of smell or taste, or it’s changed

Contact tracing and isolation

  • The government is continuing with their current guidance on contact tracing and isolation.
  • In addition, any suspected or confirmed close contacts of the Omicron variant will be asked to isolate for 10 days regardless of vaccination status or age. You'll be contacted directly by the NHS Test and Trace, or the NHS COVID-19 app, and told to isolate.


  • We strongly encourage all eligible staff and students to get the COVID-19 vaccine, including boosters.
  • Vaccines are our best defence against COVID-19. They help protect you and those around you. Vaccination makes people less likely to catch the virus and less likely to pass it on. 


Kindest regards 

Lee Lucas
Principal & CEO


  • You can read more on the Public Health England website.
  • The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and students can contact the helpline by telephone and email:
  • If you are struggling with your mental health during these uncertain times, please visit the following options for support: