Last updated: 29th November 2021
On 28th November 2021, the Department for Education asked that Schools and Colleges take several temporary precautionary measures in response to the new COVID variant Omicron. This page outlines what this means for you. If you’re a current student you can find out more on the COVID intranet page.
We want to reduce any further disruption to your education whilst ensuring that you and our staff remain safe. Every adult has now been offered a vaccine, and a booster vaccine programme is underway.
There is face-to-face teaching for all 16–19-year-olds for the 2021/22 academic year and adult courses continue with their normal mode of teaching.
Please rest assured that we are following guidance from Public Health England. We monitor our sites closely and if necessary, we’ll reintroduce measures to limit transmission. We will ensure this is for the shortest amount of time and affecting as few people as possible.
If you test positive for COVID-19, you must contact your safeguarding team on 020 7697 1717 to let them know.
The current guidance on contact tracing and isolation remains in place. In addition to these, any suspected or confirmed close contacts of the Omicron variant will be asked to isolate for 10 days regardless of vaccination status or age. You will be contacted directly and told to isolate by track and trace.
We encourage all staff and students to take a Lateral Flow Test twice a week and record the result every time, whether it’s positive or negative. Test kits are available at all of our centres.
Face coverings should be worn in communal areas in all settings by staff, visitors and students, unless they are exempt.
Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
Students are not required to stay in consistent groups or ‘bubbles’, however please be sensible when mixing in large groups and stay outdoors where possible.
For students who are receiving results this year, we have set up a special Exams and Results Information page.