Following government advice, we stopped face-to-face classroom teaching in March 2020 and this will continue until further notice for the majority of students.
Since the recent government announcement that schools and colleges could begin to reopen, Lewisham College has made the decision to invite a limited number of students in to the College to successfully complete their qualifications from 15 June 2020. This will be for invited students only and will be reviewed on a regular basis.
This will generally apply to those who are unable to engage in remote learning from home or who need to complete the practical units in their course on site. This will be a relatively small number of learners and we will not be running a full timetable on site. Remote learning will also remain in place for all of our students.
We will be letting students know whether they are invited to attend College by email or phone. Please do not attend College if you have not received an email inviting you to do so.
We realise that we may need to adapt if the government and Public Health England advice changes and we will be putting plans in place to do this if necessary so that we can ensure we continue to offer a great teaching, learning and social experience for all our students. We will review this regularly and will only open if:
- All Government guidance can be met, in full.
- Individuals, College areas and work tasks have been risk assessed and appropriate mitigation measures are in place.
- Full consultation has taken place.
- The Principal, supported by the Executive Leadership Team and the College Board, authorises the action.
Find out more in this letter from our Principal.
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.
All students and apprentices will continue to learn remotely with teachers available to set work and check learning. The precise electronic mechanisms for delivery and learning will vary between subjects and courses, but they will receive regular correspondence 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
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.