Last Updated: 22 July 2021
On 19 July 2021, England moved to Step 4 of the government’s roadmap. This page outlines what this means for you. If you’re a current student you can find out more on the COVID intranet page.
We want to reduce any further disruption to your education whilst ensuring that you and our staff remain safe. Every adult has now been offered a first vaccine and the opportunity for two doses by mid-September. Therefore, there will be face-to-face teaching for all 16–19-year-olds for the 2021/22 academic year and adult courses will resume their normal mode of teaching.
Please rest assured that we will be working closely and following guidance from Public Health England. We will be monitoring our sites closely and if necessary, we’ll reintroduce measures to limit transmission. We will ensure this is for the shortest amount of time and affecting as few people as possible.
If you have COVID-19, you must contact your safeguarding team on 020 8442 3958 to let them know.
Lateral Flow Testing (LFT)
We encourage all staff and students to take a Lateral Flow Test twice a week and record the result every time, whether it’s positive or negative. Test kits are available at all of our centres.
Face Coverings – Think, Agree, Respect
Face coverings are no longer compulsory for students, staff and visitors on site. However, we expect all students to follow the think, agree, respect approach to masks.
Think – Think about the environment that you’re in. Are you in a crowded space? Are you mixing with a large group? Or a group that you don’t usually mix with? In these sorts of situations, you should wear a face covering.
Agree – If you’re meeting in a group, a collective decision should be made about whether you all wear face coverings beforehand.
Respect – We support everyone’s decision to wear a face covering. Please respect others and their choice to do so. If someone feels uncomfortable and would prefer you to wear a face covering, please do so. Remember, although it’s no longer the law, you must still wear a face covering on public transport.
Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
Groups and Bubbles
From 19 July, it is no longer necessary to keep students in consistent groups or ‘bubbles’. Please be sensible when mixing in large groups and stay outdoors where possible.
For students who are receiving results this year, we have set up a special Exams and Results Information page.