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Coronavirus Update - 15th October - by the Group Principal

Coronavirus Update - 15th October - by the Group Principal

by Alan Green -
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Dear students and families,

I’m writing again as we near the end of our first half-term of the academic year to thank you for all you’ve done to help keep our Colleges safe during this latest phase of the pandemic and to wish you a very happy half-term break if you’re having one.

With your help, we have kept infection rates at our Colleges low and have seen few if any cases where the infection has been spread among our students and staff since we started back at College in September. Thank you very much for being careful and supporting us. We do have vulnerable students and staff among us and need you to continue working with us to keep our Colleges safe.

It is vital that we all work hard at slowing the spread of the Coronavirus. Please continue to:

• Stay away from College if you have any symptoms

• Take up the offer of a vaccination if it is available to you

• Wear a face-covering whenever you are in any circulation space around the Colleges

• Keep your hands clean, washing or sanitising them regularly

• Socially distance where you can

• Comply with requests from College staff

• Take regular lateral flow tests; you can get these from College

We do not want to disrupt anyone’s learning and your efforts to reduce the risk of infection will also allow us to keep lessons going. 

We have attached updated guidance on testing, isolation and other measures currently in place.

Most courses are now starting a two-week half-term break and we will be back together on 1st November, although a few courses will be continuing and there are revision classes for English and Maths GCSE retakes, and some vocational areas, over the next two weeks.

We are also keen to make sure you are thriving in spite of all the challenges brought about by the pandemic. There are wellbeing support materials available on Moodle, but also you can use additional resources available through London’s NHS: https://www.good-thinking.uk/

I hope very much that your learning is progressing and that you are keeping yourself and those around you safe and well. Please take care, follow the guidance very carefully and let us know if we can do any more to support you.

We all look forward very much to seeing you in November and wish you a very happy half-term break.

With best wishes

Peter Mayhew-Smith

Group Principal and CEO

PDF version with updated guidance on testing, isolation and other measures currently in place