Coronavirus Updates

27 March 2020

Dear students and families

 

We are now reaching the end of our first week of College closure and are very sad that we’re not in our buildings, mixing together and working closely with each other.

 

But learning has continued and so many of you have adapted well to these strange times. Thank you very much for taking the opportunity and turning a tough situation to the good. We’re trying to share good news stories and positive messages across our websites and social media to help us all feel connected.

 

We will continue to run learning into next week, but parts of our curriculum will take an Easter break and then be ready to get going again after that. Your teachers will tell you how this will work and what you need to do.

 

We can confirm that for all FE students, exams are cancelled and new arrangements are being put in place for assessing coursework. For HE students, assessment formats may change, but are likely to continue in some form. We’ve written separately to you with more detail. The latest guidance on GCSEs and other public exams from the Government is available here:

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If you’re struggling with the challenge, though, we do have some resources to help support you and give you the strength to carry on. This site has some useful ideas and links to other sources of support:

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I can’t say how long this will go on for. We have to be ready for a sustained period of closure though, probably months. It’ll be tough, but we’re not going to give up and we will get through this alongside you.

 

Please continue to be very self-disciplined and rigorous about your hygiene and social distancing, isolating yourself if you need to.

 

We all wish you well and hope you’ll take very good care of yourselves,

 

Peter Mayhew-Smith

 

Group Principal and CEO

Coronavirus update 27 March 2020.pdf

 

23rd March 2020

Dear students and families,

 

As you know, our College buildings are now closed. For a very small number of specific students we have opened Merton College in response to the Government’s request. The Government’s approach to this and who the students are that we will admit to Merton College is set out here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-forparents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

 

We hope that most of our students will be able to continue their studies from home and our teachers and support teams are working very hard to provide you with online information, resources and/or work if they can.

 

We would very much like you to continue to study hard. The Government has cancelled all exams and other kinds of assessment. The Government is working with the exam boards to come up with alternative arrangements and as soon as we have the full details of these we will let you know. For HE students, the different Universities are making plans to manage the situation and your course teams will be able to update you.

 

We are also keen to do anything if we can to help keep you safe and sound through this time. If you have concerns about your welfare please refer to your College’s Moodle site which will tell you about the support services available. It will also tell you what to do if you need help. If you are not sure how to access these services talk to your friends, family and carers in the first instance. If you are still not sure after this please try to contact your tutor and they will be able to refer you to the right place to get help if they can, or you can contact Student Support via one of the relevant College site email addresses:

 

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You will know that we have been asked to close our colleges to save lives. You must take your responsibilities very seriously and stay at home unless you have to shop, work or seek medical help. Please do not ignore this advice; we will only beat this disease by being very strict about our behaviour and working together to stay apart. 

 

Please stay safe and take good care of yourselves,

 

Peter Mayhew-Smith

 

Group Principal and CEO

 

Coronavirus update 23rd March 2020.pdf

 

19th March 2020

Dear students and families

 

Our Colleges will be closed for most of our students at the end of the day on Friday 20th March for the foreseeable future.

 

We will be providing care only for the children of key workers and vulnerable students and are working on a plan for how best to do this right now. Further details will follow. If you fall into this category, we are very keen to know if you want to come to College over this period ahead and would be pleased if you could let us know through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

We know this has been a difficult time for everyone and thank you very much for your patience with us while we’ve worked hard to manage events as they have unfolded.

 

For most courses, there will be on-line learning set up and made available to you. Your tutor will contact you and give you access to the materials that have been put in place.

 

We expect you to continue to participate in learning and will keep your course active as best we can over the coming weeks.

 

We are also setting up on-line safeguarding arrangements, which we will send out shortly.

 

We will stay in touch with you throughout this time and look forward to starting our Colleges up again soon. Please do not worry about securing a place at College for next year. We will protect your learning and make sure you have a place ready for you if you wish to stay with us. Whatever happens, we will make sure you have a chance to progress successfully.

 

We wish you all the very best of health; please take care, follow the Government’s advice closely. It is set out through this link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

 

We hope to see you very soon!

 

Best wishes,

 

Peter Mayhew-Smith

 

Group Principal and CEO

 

Coronavirus update 19th March 2020.pdf

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