COVID-19 Coronavirus

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Advice for Parents & Guardians:

Dear Parent / Carer,

Further to the latest government advice, the College ceased face-to-face teaching for students on Friday 20 March, at 4.15pm. 

As of Wednesday 25 March, all taught lessons have been delivered online. Students are not expected to travel to College until further notice and should attend their timetabled lessons through our remote servers when they return from the Easter break on Tuesday 14 April.

It is very important that students attend online classes to ensure the College can continue to deliver a consistent and quality learning experience. For advice and guidance please visit our Online Learning Delivery Page.

We fully appreciate that this move may cause you or your son/daughter/dependant some concern, but would like to reassure that the College will continue to support and nurture their education as much as possible during what are exceptional circumstances for us all.

The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent UK Government advice has moved universities, colleges and schools across the country to respond in similar ways and I’m sure you will support these measures in the continued support of staff and student welfare.

May I personally extend my thanks to all staff and students for the smooth transition to online learning that saw 1,550 successful online lessons and meetings taking place in our first three days.

Please see the top of this page for helpful links to further advice and guidance, and thank you for your continued support and understanding in these difficult times.

The College can be contacted at should you require any further assistance.

Yours sincerely

Martin Tucker

Principal Designate


Advice for Staff & Students:

Updates and information on the College's position on the Coronavirus can be found on the College Intranet. You can access your College intranet either by clicking the button below or the Remote Access link at the top of the screen. Use your College details to log in. You will see the current College Alerts pop up on screen after you log in.

College Intranet


Below are some Frequently Asked Questions that we hope will help reassure you:

What do I do if my son or daughter is ill?

If they have a new continuous cough or high temperature they should stay at home and self isolate for 14 days.  You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self isolation. If their symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days, contact NHS 111 online.  If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111.  For a medical emergency dial 999.

Please contact the College through son/daughter’s curriculum secretary in the normal way to inform us of the absence. 

What will happen to exams?

Exams including GCSEs, AS levels and A levels will not go ahead this summer.

The exam regulator, Ofqual, and exam boards will work with teachers to provide grades to students whose exams have been cancelled this summer. Further information on the cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2020 is available direct from the Department for Education. 

What will happen to planned trips and visits?

Following current guidelines, planned trips and visits in England will be assessed on an individual basis.  We respect the right of individuals to withdraw from any such trip. Planned residential visits abroad, planned to leave before March 31st have been cancelled following Government advice on school visits, on March 12th.   Visits planned for beyond this date will be considered individually as things progress.

How can I support my son or daughter?

  • By providing reassurance.  It appears that people under the age of 20 are not as significantly affected by the virus as older people
  • If your son or daughter has any concerns about their College work, please ask them to talk to their lecturers
  • Encourage everyone to properly follow handwashing and personal hygiene precautions
  • Make sure we have the most up to date contact details for you and your son or daughter
  • Stay up-to-date with the official Public Health England and/or Central Government Announcements
  • If you have any specific concerns please communicate them through your son/daughter’s Programme Team Leader

What about my College interview?

Regrettably we cannot invite students into the college for interviews largely due to staff absence following the Government advice received on Monday 16 March.  Instead we will be carrying out telephone interviews with applicants via their mobile phones (if they have given that information to us) at the same day and time that their interview was planned.  We will communicate this to students via their email addresses.  If we cannot contact the student at the pre-arranged time we will phone them at their home number in the evening.

Are Part Time courses continuing at the College?

All current part time courses have been postponed or where possible moved to online delivery. New courses planned for the Summer term are currently suspended until further notice. Full or partial refunds will be issued where necessary.

I am doing an Apprenticeship? What happens now?

By Wednesday, March 25th the College we will be in contact with you and your manager to explain how we will remotely support your study.

This may include the use of Microsoft Teams, which can be accessed via your student login. Your tutor will be able to send you guides on how to access your College account and how to use Microsoft Teams should these be required. Regardless of the delivery method for your programme, you will still need to spend time studying to develop your knowledge and/ or skills and recording this as part of your 20% off the job. 

If for some reason you are unable to continue working towards your apprenticeship for a period of time, please inform your Training Advisor who can inform you whether we need to 'suspend your learning'. This will depend on whether this extends for a period of over 4 weeks. During this remote delivery period your Training Adviser will continue to carry out your workplace visits and reviews. If for some reason they are unable to visit you, they will meet you and carry out reviews virtually either by phone or using Microsoft Teams. If you are shortly due to undertake End Point Assessment, we will be in touch to advise whether this can be carried out remotely, or whether it needs to be postponed. We are currently awaiting guidance from the different End Point Assessment Bodies.