Like all Further and Higher Education Colleges we have been following the guidance of the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England. As you will be aware, the Government has announced a move to stop all but essential contact with others and to work from home where possible.
With this in mind, as of end of Tuesday 17 March 2020 we will be implementing a suspension of all adult and higher education studies until Monday 20 April 2020.
The College is currently remaining open, as per government advice, to allow us to build operational models that align with the current international crisis. This includes, where practical and possible, a managed transition to remote learning. During this time, the College will be preparing the resources needed to support a remote learning model should we need to do so after the Easter break.
We are also aware that an increasing number of students are anxious and unable to come on site, with many caring for family or themselves. This is limiting the ability for students to focus on their learning and qualifications. Should we be permitted to keep our Colleges open after Easter, this lesson suspension will be taught at the end of the programme or through additional catch up sessions.
Those students enrolled on a full Distance Learning course will continue as normal.
Currently exams booked to take place up to Easter will go ahead as planned. However you will appreciate the situation relating to the transmission of COVID19 is changing daily. Where an exam sitting is not possible, we will be liaising with the relevant Awarding Body and communicating with you in due course.
We understand that you may have lots of questions, but I am sure you can understand that the College is having to take decisions and plan accordingly.
When we have more information, we will provide further communication. In the meantime I do appreciate your patience and understanding.
We will also be in contact with students during the next two weeks.
Please take care of yourselves and each other.