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In the interest of the health and wellbeing of our students and staff we have decided to stop face-to-face classroom teaching and this will continue until further notice. This has not been an easy decision, however, the health and safety of our students, staff and visitors is always our first priority. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

The College will communicate with all students and apprentices via their College email or chosen email. All public announcements, such as site closure will also be communicated via this website. Please do not rely on social media or local news for information.

We will operate as normally as possible with the majority of students and apprentices now learning remotely. They will be provided with teaching materials to continue to work remotely and teachers will be available and will continue setting work and checking learning. The precise electronic mechanisms for delivery and learning will vary between subjects and courses, but they will receive regular emails from their teachers to provide further information.

GCSE Exams

We have now heard from the official body Ofqual about how GCSE exam grades in English and maths will be determined. This is explained in this letter from the Principal  and we would encourage you all to read it, and to share it with your parents/carers where appropriate.  

 

Please contact us if you need advice and guidance during site closure. If you are worried about anything please contact your tutor or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you for your continued patience in these unprecedented and challenging times.

 

Vulnerable students and children of critical workers

From Thursday 26 March 2020 Lewisham College will be closing its campus until further notice.

All vulnerable students and children of critical workers have been contacted to ensure arrangements are in place for them to study remotely and receive support. If you have not been contacted or if you believe your child is vulnerable and needs to continue attending College please contact us on 020 3757 3000 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible.

Vulnerable students

Vulnerable students include those who have a social worker and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans as well as children in need, children who have a child protection plan and those who are looked after by the local authority.

Children of critical workers

A definition of critical workers is contained here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision 

Further guidance for parents and carers is available here:

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

 

  • International travel and College trips

    If you are planning to travel to other countries, please follow Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice and consult Government guidance on your return. Please also inform the College before returning to a College site.

    All College trips and visits have been cancelled until further notice.

  • If you feel unwell

    The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or high temperature. Follow the Public Health England advice if you or someone you live with present with symptoms. You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after seven days, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

  • Further Information

    The DfE launched a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

    Phone: 0800 046 8687
    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

    You can also find the latest information updates on COVID-19 here.

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Coronavirus update

Lewisham College is closely monitoring all communications and guidance as it becomes available. This information is for students and staff and reflects updates from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Public Health England (PHE). We are prepared to escalate our contingency arrangements in the event of change.

The government is monitoring the situation closely and will continue to work with the WHO and international community. For staff and students it remains business as usual across our sites and our workplaces.

Please note that, at present, this advice refers only to arrivals from Wuhan, and not the remainder of China. If you have returned from Wuhan you should:

General guidance for those planning visits to Wuhan or other destinations in China

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) maintains updated travel advice for those planning a trip to Wuhan or other destinations in China. This is available at:

www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/china

Note

This advice is derived from The Department of Health and Social Care will be publishing updated data on a daily basis at 2pm until further notice:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public#situation-in-the-uk

Supplementary Q&A for individuals wishing to know more around how the UK is managing the risk:

https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/