Coronavirus updates during college closure

Message from the Principal – 3 April 2020

Ofqual announcement – grading for A levels and GCSEs

I am pleased to confirm Ofqual has published details of how A Level and GCSE grades will be awarded this summer. This guidance applies to GCSE, AS and A Levels, Extended Project Qualifications and Advanced Extension Awards in Maths.

Vocational courses such as BTEC and Cambridge Technical programmes and other similar qualifications are being dealt with separately. Ofqual is working urgently to develop an approach for these programmes and will provide further information as soon as possible.

Below are the links to the published documents from Ofqual that summarise the process.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/877830/Letter_to_students_-_Summer_2020_grading.pdf 

Summer 2020 grades for GCSE, AS and A level, Extended Project Qualification and Advanced Extension Award in maths.pdf

Although this is an anxious time, please can I ask that you do not contact the College or teachers regarding assessed grades. Ofqual has provided clear guidance to institutions prohibiting interference in the process in order to protect the integrity of teachers’ judgements. We will therefore not be allowed to share the teacher-assessed grades with you at any point.

Ofqual will issue further guidance in the coming months and we will make sure we share any relevant details with you at the earliest opportunities.

With very best wishes,

Di Roberts CBE

Principal

Message for applicants - 24 March 2020

We are still taking applications for 2020-21 and would normally hold face-to-face interviews.  However, as a result of the Coronavirus measures, we are adopting different methods.

We will conduct interviews by telephone once you have successfully submitted your application through the website and booked an interview slot.

Our helpful and knowledgeable Progression Advisors will then contact you at your scheduled time. You will speak with either Steve, Jacqui, Adrian, Lisa, Amanda, Tracey or Wendy. Your parents/guardians/carers are also able to join the interview if you wish.

Please note, the telephone number will not display, appearing as ‘no caller ID’. Your parents/guardians/carers are welcome to join the interview.

Despite the current uncertainty, please be assured that your place at Brockenhurst College will be secure. At Enrolment, we will ensure you receive the correct information and guidance to confirm your study programme for the upcoming academic year.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Message from the Principal - 19 March 2020

As you know, the government has announced that schools, colleges and nurseries will close from Friday afternoon for all children and young people, apart from those deemed vulnerable and those from families containing a ‘key worker’.

Later today, the government will publish a list of roles that fall under the term ‘key worker’. If your parent or guardian is in this category, and they wish you to attend college, please ask them to contact the Principal’s office on 01590 625503 or jgreer@brock.ac.uk.

In addition, the College will contact any young person we feel may be vulnerable, as well as students with EHCPs, to discuss what they would like to do.

For all other students, the College will now support learning remotely. This will ensure everyone can continue to develop the knowledge and skills for meaningful progression.

Remote learning initiatives will serve first year students progressing onto year two next year, one-year students progressing on to the next level next year, and second-year students moving onto university, an apprenticeship or employment.

Please note, we will send out detailed instructions and guidance on remote learning early next week. We will also be available throughout this period to provide advice, guidance and emotional support.

It was further announced yesterday that GCSE and A Level exams, among other qualifications such as BTECs with external assessment, will not take place this year. I understand that this uncertainty is difficult, but please try not to worry.

The government has been clear that students will still be able to achieve their qualifications within a set of rules that will be announced shortly. Once we have been given clear guidance about how this will work, we will explain the detail.

I know this may all feel like an unsettling experience. However, we will do absolutely everything in our power to help and support you to succeed despite these unique challenges.

If you have any further queries, please contact enquiries@brock.ac.uk 

With kind regards,

Di Roberts CBE

Principal

Adult and evening courses

Functional skills, Teaching and Counselling evening courses – Brockenhurst Campus

Classes are cancelled from 23rd March for the foreseeable. Tutors will contact you directly to outline plans for next steps, including providing you with the necessary access to be able to study remotely.

Adult Leisure Courses – Lymington and New Milton Centres

Classes are cancelled from Monday 23rd March to Friday 17th April, unless you have been informed otherwise by your tutor or centre staff. Centre staff will contact you directly with regards to deferring your course and/or refunds, where applicable. Courses that commence in the summer term will be reviewed over the next few weeks and we will update you accordingly.

Quickstart – Provision for the Unemployed

Courses between Monday 23rd March to Friday 3rd April are cancelled. Courses scheduled after this time will be reviewed shortly and we will update you accordingly

Distance Learning Courses

These courses can all be completed on-line and therefore will continue as normal.

Student work placements

Please note ALL work placements are cancelled until further notice.

Useful numbers

Main Reception: 01590 625555

Principal’s Office: 01590 625503

Student Services: 01590 625555 ext. 162

General student absence line: 01590 625530

Further Information

More information about the coronavirus can be found on the Public Health England website, which is being updated continuously.

Information for those returning from travel or visitors arriving in the UK from certain overseas locations, with or without symptoms, can also be found on the PHE website.