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.
Applications will remain open online for all courses with admissions staff processing them using our online systems as normal. Although some exams have been cancelled, we guarantee that no one will miss out on a place at Lewisham College that they deserve. If you have any questions about an existing application or are not sure what to study and need further information, advice or guidance then please contact us.
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.
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.
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:
Further guidance for parents and carers is available here:
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.
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
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
You can also find the latest information updates on COVID-19 here.