Coronavirus Guidance

Given the worsening public health situation and the new lockdown measures introduced, the College site is now closed for students, apart from those who are vulnerable and the children of key workers. All teaching and learning is being delivered via 100% online lessons. The very serious nature of the current situation seems to have given the Government little choice but to put in place the strict rules to avoid people from becoming seriously ill and dying. The proposed timeline for this closure is until the end of the half-term break, Friday, 19 February 2021.

If you have any specific requests or need resources, please contact your tutor in the first instance.

The situation regarding examinations has also changed. It was announced that GCSE and A-level exams will not now go ahead as planned in the summer, with alternative arrangements to allow students to progress fairly. Similarly, alternative arrangements will be made for summer vocational qualifications such as BTECs.

As we are concerned for the safety of both students and staff, the Senior Leadership Team has cancelled the examinations scheduled for January 2021.

It is important that all students keep going with all aspects of learning in the weeks ahead and remain motivated, engaged and focussed on the future beyond the immediate difficulties we are all experiencing. Participation in online learning and submission of work will form part of students’ assessment.


Department for Education Update – 6th January 2021

Secretary of State’s Statement to Parliament

The Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, has today made a statement to the House of Commons about the closure of schools in England during the national lockdown.

He stated that schools have not suddenly become unsafe but limiting the number of children and students who attend them is essential to curb the escalating cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout the country and prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed.

The key measures to support the education of children and young people during the national lockdown include:

  • early years settings remain open to all
  • schools open for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers
  • clear requirements for schools to provide high-quality remote education
  • stepping up the digital support to schools and parents
  • working with the UK’s leading mobile network operators to provide free data to key educational sites
  • continued provision of free school meals or food parcels for eligible pupils, whether or not they are attending school.

The Secretary of State confirmed that we will not be asking students to sit SATs, GCSEs and A and AS Level exams this summer. Together with Ofqual, we will consult next week on how to fairly award all pupils with a grade to ensure they can progress to the next stage of their lives.

The Secretary of State also confirmed that testing is going to be at the centre of our plans to return children back to school and college.

The Secretary of State thanked all social workers, teachers and other education staff for all they have been doing to keep children and young people safe and learning over the last difficult term.

Department for Education guidance

Our guidance to support education providers, local authorities and parents during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak can be accessed using the links below:

Updated guidance on national restrictions for education and childcare settings

We have updated our guidance on what the national restrictions mean for education and childcare settings to include further information on the provision of extra-curricular activities, sport and physical education in schools and colleges. This update also includes information for further education providers on the provision of remote education and enrolment during the period of national restrictions.

We have also provided information on the provision of children’s services and social care to vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people, including information on access to respite and leaving care. The national restrictions are in force up to and including Wednesday 2 December.

Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) paper on the benefits of remaining in education

The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) has published a paper that provides the latest evidence of incidence and transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) in schools and the benefits to children and young people of remaining in education. This research shows that closing schools would have a negative impact on children and young people’s mental health and development. We are prioritising their education and wellbeing by keeping schools open.

Please see below information received from the Department for Education on 30th October.

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

We have updated the guidance on what parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to include the latest information on self-isolation and shielding, who needs to get a test for coronavirus (COVID-19), face coverings, assessment and exams.

COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection

NHS Test and Trace Covid-19 app: resources for schools, parents and young people

On 24th September 2020 the NHS Test and Trace launched the NHS COVID-19 app. The app has been launched to help control the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). It will do this by alerting people who may have been exposed to infection so that they can take action.

The app is available to download on smartphones for anyone aged 16 or over. This means that our students will be eligible to use the app and benefit from its features.

In addition to the guidance for schools and further education colleges recently published, NHS Test and Trace has published guidance and resources to support the use of the app which are available to download.

Letter for parents about COVID-19 symptoms

Public Health England have produced a letter for schools to distribute to parents which explains when a person requires a coronavirus test and what the symptoms of coronavirus are. The Department would be grateful if you could share and circulate this letter amongst parents at your school.

The intention of the letter is to help prevent children being taken out of school unnecessarily and answer some of the questions parents may have around testing.

You can view the letter here

Parent Guide - Should I send my child to school?

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NHS Test and Trace COVID-19 app – resources for schools, parents and young people

Today, NHS Test and Trace has launched the NHS COVID-19 app. The app has been launched to help control the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). It will do this by alerting people who may have been exposed to infection so that they can take action.

The app is available to download on smartphones for anyone aged 16 or over. This means that some students in year 11, students in years 12, 13 and in further education colleges will be eligible to use the app and benefit from its features. In addition to the guidance for schools and further education colleges which we published yesterday, NHS Test and Trace has published guidance and resources to support the use of the app which are available to download.

Your Health and Safety comes first

OUR PRIORITY is to ensure the safety and welfare of all students, staff, your families, and our local community. When we welcome students in the new academic year, starting in September, we will ensure our facilities at the College meet all the Government guidelines. Covid 19 has had a major effect on our country and the whole world. We have reviewed and amended all our risk assessments, and health and safety procedures, to ensure that we are meeting all the national and local advice, and we are doing everything possible to welcome students back safely. So what measures are in place?

  • We are only inviting students into College when the Government indicates that it is the right time to do so.,
  • Effective infection protection and control, with sanitising stations in all buildings – you will not have to look far to access protection.
  • Cleaning hands more often than usual, and for 20 seconds with running water and anti-bacterial soapwash, ensuring that all parts of the hands are cleaned.
  • Minimising contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who may have coronavirus symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, does not attend College.
  • Providing a one-way system of movement on the campus, and keeping social distancing, for the enrolment system, with hand sanitiser stations and an online enrolment facility that many students can access.
  • Ensuring good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.
  • Cleaning frequently touched surfaces often using standard products, such as detergents and bleach.
  • Minimising contact and mixing by altering, as much as possible, the environment (such as classroom layout) and timetables (such as staggered break times).
  • Supplementing remote education with face to face support for students in reduced class sizes.
  • More online learning facilities and resources, but also face to face (at a distance) teaching to meet the needs of students.
  • A deep cleaned College with many refurbished areas.
  • Ensuring bins are emptied more often throughout the day for tissues and similar.
  • PPE for vulnerable students as required.

Rest assured, each and every detail has been considered and plans implemented to see to it that Stanmore students have returned to education in a safe and healthy environment from both physical and emotional perspectives.

Communication tools for students and staff

Students: we will continue to support you online and focus on communication, access to learning resources, online teaching and virtual learning, keeping you safe online whilst working from home, and ensuring your well-being. We will be keeping you up to date by email and other means during this period. The Stanmore College App can be used messaging between learners and staff. This can be accessed via mobile app stores or a web browser: Stanmore App enables you to view your timetable and other information. The College’s Virtual Learning Environment, StudySpace will be used for delivering online course materials and assignments. Microsoft Teams will be used for virtual classrooms. You can install it on your phone via the app stores, any desktop or laptop computer, or you can access it via the web.More Information on Microsoft Teams.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Applicants for 2020/21 Academic Year

Q: I have not attended an interview. How will I be offered a place?

A: Teachers are trying to contact those who did not have an opportunity to attend an interview before the locked to conduct interviews over the telephone. You should receive a telephone call before mid-May. For those who apply later they will be contacted after receipt of their application.

Q: What is the deadline to accept/decline the offer?

A: We request that you confirm your during the telephone interview.

Q: I also have offer(s) from other school/college(s), what should I do?

A: You can accept offers at more than one college or sixth form to keep your options until you have GCSE results, if you wish.

Q: What should I do if I do not receive a call/telephone interview.

A: If you do not receive a call it may be because the College does not have a correct telephone number for you or it may not have been entered on your application form. You can email your telephone number, full name, date of birth and state which study programme you applied for to and they will update your application. The College will still make every effort to contact you.

Q: If my GCSE grades are not high enough for a Level 3 study programme at Stanmore College can I still enrol and do the subject I wish to study?

A: Yes you will be able to enrol but we will only make the final decision on the level of the study programme you enrol on at enrolment which starts on GCSE results day. If you meet or exceed your GCSE entry requirements and meet any other stated requirements of your study programme, you will be invited to enrol on the most appropriate level for you.

Q: I changed my mind and want to study something else. What should I do now?

A: If you email the College will update your record so the correct subject teacher contacts you to interview you for your chosen subject. If you have changed your mind since being interviewed don’t worry, you can be reinterviewed for the subject you now wish to do at enrolment.

Q: When will I receive information about how I should enrol?

A: You will be sent a letter from the College in July 2020 inviting you to enrol in August and outlining when you should go to the College and what you will need to bring with you. Enrolment starts on GCSE results day which is 20th August and goes on for a number of days.

Q: College day is 9:00am - 5:00pm - do I have to be onsite for all of this time if I do not have lessons?

A: You will receive your timetable after enrolling. The number of hours you do depends on the study programme you are undertaking. This will include English and maths if you did not achieve a grade 4 or above in in your GCSEs. You may also have enrichment, trips, industry placement or work experience on other days too.
In between lessons you will have time for personal study, homework, revision… not “FREE” time! If there is a whole day or half day when you have no lessons then you do not need to be on site.

Q: Will I be required to come to College every day or will there be day(s) off?

A: Yes - your timetable will cover Mon-Fri but not every class of every day; you will have scheduled "classroom" lessons for 15-20 hours per week (out of a possible 25).

Q: Can I progress to university after completion of a study programme?

A: Absolutely! Over 80% of our students progress to universities all over the UK. We also have a partnership with The University of Portsmouth and we offer HNDs in Computing and Business and Foundation Degrees in Early Years which are delivered at Stanmore College itself. Our students go on to fantastic careers. A level 3 study programme is equivalent to 3 A levels.

Q: I have accepted my offer. Is there anything else I need to do?

A: No - stay safe under COVID-19 restrictions. Keep a regular eye on email and we will contact you again when anything changes or to invite you to enrolment.

Existing students

Q: Do I need to continue with my coursework and attend online lessons?

A: YES it is very important that you complete your study programme, attend online lessons and complete and submit all assignments by the deadlines set as this will affect your results and future success.

Q: I want to progress to the next level of my course at Stanmore College. How can I do that?

A: You need to complete your current programme. A letter was sent to existing students stating that, subject to completion of your current programme you will progress to the next level. If you do not wish to progress at Stanmore College you should let your personal tutor know. You will receive a letter in July inviting you to attend enrolment which starts on 20th August – you will be notified of the date that you should attend enrolment.

Q: I have not yet had a conversation with the Careers’ Adviser. How do I arrange one at this time?

A: If you have not chosen to apply to university and you have not had a conversation with the careers adviser we recommend that you email as soon as possible to arrange one.