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As we prepare to return to face to face learning at our colleges in September, we want to assure you not only will we make sure you are safe on campus, we will also make sure you continue to receive a first class education and will not miss out on future opportunities.

We adapted quickly to online learning during the lockdown phase of the coronavirus outbreak, with some exceptional examples of creativity from our teachers and students.

Our campuses are large and spacious and we are utilising them in new ways to ensure ease of movement around the sites, safe space to learn in classrooms and workshops, as well as new timetables and increased use of technology and remote learning.

We are committed to taking care of your future see more details here.


Update on Returning to College

Following government guidance please note, there is no return to face to face teaching for our students before the summer holiday. Please continue with your on-line and set work as directed by your teacher. Please do not come to college unless you are specifically invited.

Support staff are still on hand for information, advice and guidance and the college is still taking applications for September 2020.

Please keep safe and well and continue to follow the government guidance on hygiene and social distancing.


Resources for Yr 11s

We have pulled together some interesting activites for year 11s to help them explore their subject options and prepare them for college in September.

See more here.


Keeping Updated

We will be keeping our key information updated here


Working From Home - Resources

Get information and advice about home working here including valuable resources.


Update about Examinations - Friday 3 April

The government has released the following update outlining how GCSEs, AS and A Levels will be awarded in Summer 2020.

We will be able to provide a more detailed update of what this will mean for you after the Easter break. In the meantime, please enjoy a rest over the next two weeks, keep up with any work set by your tutors, and keep safe and well.


Update about Examinations - Tue 24 March

We hope that you will have had a chance to read and digest the announcement made on Friday when the government announced the cancellation of this year’s summer exam series in order to stop the spread of coronavirus.

The government has outlined the following information:

  • Ofqual and the exam boards are establishing a framework to ensure GCSE, A and AS level students are awarded a grade which fairly reflects the work that they have put in.
  • There will also be an option to sit an exam early in the next academic year for students who wish to.
  • Ofqual will develop and set out a process that will provide a calculated grade to each student which reflects their performance as fairly as possible and will work with the exam boards to ensure this is consistently applied for all students.
  • The exam boards will be asking teachers, who know their students well, to submit their judgement about the grade that they believe the student would have received if exams had gone ahead.
  • To produce this, teachers will take into account a range of evidence and data including performance on mock exams and non-exam assessment – clear guidance on how to do this fairly and robustly will be provided to schools and colleges.
  • The exam boards will then combine this information with other relevant data, including prior attainment, and use this information to produce a calculated grade for each student, which will be a best assessment of the work they have put in.

We believe this is largely good news and is probably the best we could all have hoped for in the circumstances. 

The detail of how this will work, including the process for submitting provisional grades to the exam boards and the opportunity to sit an exam at the 'earliest reasonable opportunity', will, we believe, become clearer as this week progresses.

It is clear that we will need to take an evidence-based approach in arriving at a grade for each student in each subject, but please be assured that we want the best outcomes possible for all of our students. Once the detailed guidance is published, we hope and expect that it will take into account academic progress over the whole course. This is a process that we expect to continue as we move into a remote curriculum delivery mode.

For vocational courses (BTECs etc.) we will be working with the awarding bodies to understand the implications for our courses. We will advise students as soon as we know more. 

We are therefore urging all students to fully engage with online learning and to continue to produce work of their best ability when submitting for assessment – this will all go towards your final grade.

Click here to read the full government guidance.

We will, of course, continue to provide further updates as the detail becomes clear.

In the meantime, please keep safe and well and follow the government’s latest advice on hygiene and social distancing


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