Will Southwark College close as a result of Covid-19?
The College will communicate with all applicants, students and apprentices via their Southwark College email or chosen email. All public announcements, such as site closure will also be communicated via this website. Please do not rely on social media or local news for information.
We are currently delivering a normal timetable.
We will continue to take advice from the Government’s Department of Education in order to support our students’ wellbeing and optimise their learning outcomes. Your College is part of the NCG, one of the largest college groups in the country. It is dedicated to providing exceptional learning, even in the current highly challenging situation.
Further information on this website:
- For further updates from Southwark College please visit Coronavirus Information
- For Safeguarding contact details and information please visit Safeguarding
You can also find further information and FAQs from NCG, our parent company, on their website.
Do I need to wear a face covering in college?
Latest Government guidance recommends that face coverings are to be worn by students within classrooms unless you are exempt. This means that you are now expected to wear a face covering at all times within College buildings, including in classrooms.
If you are taking part in a sports lesson or physical activity and wearing a face covering would impact on your ability to take part, this rule does not apply. However, you must put your face covering back on once the activity is complete.
You will be expected to provide your own face coverings, please remember to bring them with you.
What if I am exempt from wearing a face covering?
If you are exempt from wearing a face covering for any reason, the following should please be provided:
Students aged 16-18 – a parent/carer letter to advise why you are exempt from wearing a face covering.
Students aged 18+ - please notify your teacher/tutor with the reason for exemption.
I am a vulnerable student or child of a critical worker; can I still attend College?
The College is currently delivering a normal timetable; therefore all students are advised to attend College.
Vulnerable students include those who have a social worker and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans as well as children in need, children who have a child protection plan and those who are looked after by the local authority.
Children of critical workers
A definition of critical workers is contained here:
Further guidance for parents and carers is available here:
How do I report an absence?
What happens if I receive a bursary?
If you receive a bursary, payments will continue to be made in the usual way.
Are you taking applications for courses at Southwark College starting from September 2022?
What if I get symptoms of Covid-19?
If you develop one of the three main Covid-19 symptoms (high temperature, continuous cough, loss of smell or taste) you should stay at home, self-isolate and take a Covid-19 test.
You must self-isolate if you get a positive PCR test result, even if you have had a recent negative Lateral Flow test – these rules have not changed.
It is really important you do not attend campus after receiving a positive Lateral Flow or PCR test.
What should I do if I am in a high-risk group for Coronavirus?
If you are in a high-risk group, there is specific guidance available on the NHS website.
Assuming you are fit and well, you will be able to maintain your College studies through remote learning.
How should I communicate with my tutor?
You should only communicate with your tutor or other College staff through the College online platforms and emails.
What digital format will I need to use to learn from home?
What if I don’t have access to a computer/laptop at home?
If you don’t have a computer/tablet at home, you should contact your tutor to arrange for alternatives such as workbooks, study guides and portfolio tasks.
What happens if I have an IT problem which prevents me from accessing my studies?
You should contact your tutor who will support you to continue your studies and, if relevant, arrange for you to speak to a member of the IT support team.
I can’t contact my tutor. What should I do?
What do I do if I am worried or don’t feel safe? Or if I am worried about someone else?
If you have any concerns about your safety or that of others, either:
- Speak to your Progress Coach or a member of Student Services
- Contact a Safeguarding Officer on one of the numbers or email address below:
079 1894 1747
077 6923 9029
Further information is also available on our Safeguarding page.
What happens if I have a problem which I would normally take to Student Support?
Our Student Support service will still be operating remotely to help you with any difficulties you are having, whether with your course, career choices, finances or personal problems.
FAQs – Coronavirus (COVID-19)