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UPDATE - 5th January 2021


The government has stated that it is up to individual colleges whether the scheduled BTEC exams run in January, or are deferred until a later date.

The information was only released at 18h:25 on 5th January 2021, and after speaking with the curriculum management team, I feel that where our students are able and willing to take the exam they have revised for, we should allow them the opportunity to do so. Therefore all exams will go ahead as scheduled over the next few weeks.

Each student will know best their own individual situations and will know how they personally feel about sitting the exam. If any student does not feel able to come into college, there will be no repercussions of non-attendance.

If you do not sit the examination during January, an opportunity to sit the exam, or to be awarded a grade through another means will be offered later in the year; however, at this stage, I cannot say what the alternative to the exam will be, or when this would take place.

Full and heightened COVID safety measures will be in place across the college for all learners sitting exams during January.

If you cannot make your exam please email so that we know not to expect you.


The College has now closed its Arts and Media campuses to all learners. Our Milnthorpe Road campus will remain open for the children of key workers, those who have been invited in and students who are taking their exams. For all our other learners, your teaching and learning have moved to remote delivery and all students will receive online learning from Monday 11th January based on your scheduled course timetable.


From Monday 11th January, the college will offer Covid-19 lateral flow tests to all our staff and full-time students who are on site. The testing centre will be operated by trained volunteers, and you will need to allow up to an hour for consent, registration, testing and results to be completed. If you are taking an examination and wish to be tested we need your consent to take part, and you would need to arrive at college approximately 90 minutes prior to your examination starting.

It is planned that all our full time 16-18-year-old students will be given two lateral flow tests (three to five days apart) when they first return to college (adult learners and apprenticeships are not included in the testing). We will require student consent for this to take place and consent forms and further information will be coming out prior to the full college reopening which is likely to be late February 2021.


If your young person has an Education Health Care Plan or if you work in one of the critical sectors listed, and you cannot keep your young person safe at home then they will be prioritised for the provision of safe space at the College. Please complete this quick form so that we can facilitate this for you:


GCSE results for the November series of resits will be released on Thursday 14th January, unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions, we are unable to give out these results in person. Results will be sent by 1st class post on the day of the results.

We'll post any further updates on our website & social media. If you have any questions, please get in touch.

T: 01539 814700


Kelvin Nash

The FAQs below set out our current plans, which we will continue to review as the situation develops and we will keep this information updated.

If you have a query that is not answered below, please email, and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

If you have any concerns about yours or anyone else's health concerning Coronavirus, please follow government advice. Further information regarding Coronavirus can be found on the NHS England website.

Stay safe & best wishes,