4 November 2020
Following further clarification of government guidance regarding the new lockdown regulations that come into force from midnight on 5 November.
All students and parents need to be aware that this means that our students will be subject to different rules and regulations depending on whether they are on or off the College campus. While students will continue to come to College, attend classes and move around the campus as per the national DFE guidance and the College’s own COVID code of conduct policy, when off-campus all students will be subject to the national lockdown rules.
Specifically, I need to draw your attention to the following extracts from the latest government guidance published on 3 November.
Meeting others safely:
You can exercise or visit outdoor public places with the people you live with, your support bubble, or, when on your own, one person from another household.
Staying at home:
You can leave home to buy things at shops which are open, for instance for food and medicine, or to access critical public services.
Therefore, from Thursday 5 November all students must ensure they are following this additional guidance in order to ensure they are compliant with national restrictions:
- When travelling to and from College ensure that they are not travelling in a group with more than one other individual. Students walking to or from the railway station must not be in groups of more than two and must maintain social distancing of two metres from other groups.
- Currently we do not wish to ban students on main campus from leaving the site, however students should:
- Only leave campus if absolutely necessary, and preferably only to go directly home.
- Only enter Brockenhurst Village for the purposes of buying food or medical supplies as per national guidelines. We advise students to bring their own food and drink, or use the College facilities, which will remain open, whenever possible.
- In both cases, students must not be in groups of more than two when outside the college campus and must maintain social distancing of two metres from other groups.
It is absolutely essential that all students are taking responsibility for their own actions, and they are adhering to these national rules as well as College procedures. This is to ensure that as an individual they are playing their part to stop the spread of COVID 19, and that the welfare of the local vulnerable community is considered and respected.
We will continue to review procedures on a constant basis, and the College will make changes if it feels this is necessary to ensure compliance and help protect the local community.
Finally, having met with the police today, they have confirmed that from 5 November, there will be increased patrols locally to monitor compliance with lockdown regulations, and there will be an increased policy of prosecution for those in breach of COVID regulations.
Please ensure that all the guidelines are followed to the letter. If the whole of the College community plays its part, then we will be able to maintain a safe and productive educational environment for all throughout the period of increased restrictions.
14 October 2020
Brockenhurst College has received funding for one year from the 16 to 19 tuition fund. This fund will be used by us to mitigate the disruption to learners arising from Coronavirus.
We will offer all our students who are studying English and Maths GCSE or Functional Skills additional catch up sessions. These sessions will be timetabled and will be delivered by our skilled English and Maths teams.
We will also be targeting learners who we believe would benefit from additional catch up sessions to support their vocational or A Level programme due to the loss of learning from COVID.
09 September 2020
Message from the Principal:
As you will be aware, the Government has now announced that social gatherings of more than six people will be illegal in England from Monday 14 September.
Whilst schools and colleges are exempt from the new legislation, the College wants to help support the Government intentions in keeping the number of coronavirus infections as low as possible.
The College is a COVID secure environment with a comprehensive range of measures in place to keep us all safe. This means that we are able to teach you in your normal class environment.
In addition, in communal areas outside of the classroom we also ask you to wear face coverings, unless exempt, and carefully maintain social distancing.
Given the new rule of no more than six in a social gathering now being introduced by the Government, we also want to encourage and support all of our students to develop these safe habits. This will help you inside and outside of College and add an extra layer of safety whilst you are in College.
So we will be asking you to comply with the following additional measures:
- In all social spaces inside or outside our college building to meet in no more than group of six, again carefully maintaining social distancing between each individual or group.
- If you need to go into the village you should go on your own or in a very small group of no more than four, as detailed in the Student Code of Conduct COVID-19, carefully maintaining social distancing from each other and from members of the public.
- As you must wear a face covering if you want to go into a shop in the village we encourage you to wear your face covering at all times whilst in the village. This would be especially helpful for our elderly and more vulnerable members of our local community.
- When walking to and from the railway station to be in a very small group of no more than four, carefully maintaining social distancing between each individual and small group. We would also recommend that you continue to wear your face coverings on that short walk.
The College will be updating the requirements of our Student Code of Conduct COVID-19 to reflect the above measures and I know you will do everything possible to continue to help us keep our College community as safe as we possibly can.
If your son/daughter has tested positive for COVID-19, please call 01590 625503 asap to report this.
But please only call in the instance of a positive test result for COVID-19.
27 August 2020
The government has now issued further guidance:
21 August 2020
Ofqual has now issued further guidance:
19 June 2020
Areas for Covid-19 responses and procedural updates:
Freshers Week 25 June – 2 July 2020
We are delighted to announce that Freshers’ Week will be run online from 25 June to 2 July.
Each day we will release new content for you to enjoy.
This will include:
- A virtual tour of the College, including classrooms.
- A welcome message from each Head of Curriculum.
- Bite-sized online lessons from our teachers.
- Virtual talks on Enrichment, Enrolment, Academies, the Student Ambassador Scheme and more…
- Live Facebook and Instagram Q&A sessions.
We very much look forward to welcoming you online shortly.
Adult Leisure Courses – 8 June 2020
Lymington and New Milton Centres:
All Adult Leisure classes are now cancelled until the start of the new academic year in September.
Centre staff will be contacting students to refund any outstanding tuition fees.
We are planning to restart Adult Learning and Skills classes from September when we will be able to advise you of the options available in line with any Government measures.
If you wish to express an interest in any of our classes, please contact us at email@example.com so that we can keep you fully informed.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
With kind regards,
Di Roberts CBE
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.
Quickstart – Provision for the Unemployed
Courses are cancelled from Monday 23rd March until further notice. 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.
Main Reception: 01590 625555
Principal’s Office: 01590 625503
Student Services: 01590 625555 ext. 162
General student absence line: 01590 625530
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.