Steps are being taken by CArlisle college to welcome back select students by the middle of June.

In a letter issued by the principal, Grant Glendinning, he outlined that a few student that will be able to head back to the college in the middle of June.

The heartfelt message read: "I hope you and your families are all safe and well, and that you have been making good progress with your learning.

"We are planning to reopen the campus to eligible students before the summer break, and this will most likely be sometime in June.

"However, in this initial phase this will only be for students and apprentices whom we know would benefit from attending the college site to complete their qualification, and the number of students invited in will be relatively small.

"The college puts your safety and wellbeing and that of the staff at the forefront of any decision. We can assure you that our management team has been planning for some time to ensure that any return to college can be managed safely, adhering to guidance and social distancing protocols.

"Groups of students eligible to return will only be those whom we believe will benefit from some face to face delivery or practical training and assessments which cannot be replicated at home." Our staff will be in a position to contact those students and apprentices in the coming weeks."

Unsure about opening Robert Ferguson primary school is headteacher, Graham Frost who in a message to parents said: "As you will be aware, schools have been tasked with risk-assessing the possibility of opening to particular year groups.

"The medical or scientific advice on social distancing has not changed. Therefore, we will continue to operate on the basis of 46 as a maximum pupil number until we receive advice which enables us to increase this number. On this basis, once key worker and other priority children are factored in, there is likely to be capacity for not more than the equivalent number of one class of children each school day. Therefore, you will understand that the government’s ambition that we have four whole year groups back in school is simply not achievable at this time.