Last Updated: 14 January 2021
Important Information: BTEC Exams Cancelled
Following our announcement on 6 January (see below) that BTECs are cancelled until the end of the current lockdown, we have been told by Pearson (the exam body) that all external assessments for BTEC Level 2 Tech Awards, Firsts, Technicals and Level 3 Nationals in February and March have now been cancelled, so these will not take place either.
Pearson have said today that they will put arrangements in place for those of you who are now unable to take your external assessments, to ensure you are not disadvantaged. You can read Pearson’s statement here.
If you have questions about this announcement, please contact your teacher.
Announcement 6 January
As the COVID-19 situation in London worsens and we are in a national lockdown, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel all BTEC exams until the end of this current lockdown period. All teaching is currently taking place online. We do not yet know when this lockdown will end, but the government has indicated that it’s unlikely to be until mid-February at the earliest.
To continue with these exams would disadvantage students who, for whatever reason, can’t come to college to sit an exam, and would place those students who do come in – and the members of our staff who must be present at exams – at a greater risk of infection. This is why we’ve decided to cancel them.
We know that our students have worked so hard to prepare for their exams. We are very sorry for the distress and annoyance caused by cancelling them at short notice, but we did not feel we could do so sooner, until we had assurance from Pearson (the exam body that runs BTECs) that students would not be penalised if they didn’t take their exam and that alternatives would be available (such as using assessed grades or re-sits after the lockdown). We’ve had that reassurance now – you can read Pearson’s statement here.
We are contacting affected students over the coming days, as well as students who are due to sit other, non-BTEC, exams in January.
We will update this page with further information as we get it.. Thanks for your patience and please keep safe.
Stay Home – Save Lives – Protect the NHS
When we are open, keeping our staff and students safe is our priority, and we have many safety measures in our buildings – including social distancing, face coverings, one-way systems, extra cleaning and hand sanitiser stations.
We have created a student handbook, which contains further details, including our policy on face coverings and more.
We have also put together a quick and easy reference table for what to do and when you can return to college for some of the most common scenarios in our ‘new normal’:
|What to do if…||Action needed||You can return to college…|
|I have COVID-19 symptoms||• Do not attend college • Get a test • You need to self-isolate for 10 days • Your household needs to self-isolate for 10 days, even if your test results are negative||If your test result comes back negative and you have had no symptoms for 48 hours, you do not need another test and can return to college. If your results come back positive, please see below.|
|I have tested positive for COVID-19||• Do not attend college • You need to self-isolate for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started • Inform the Safeguarding Team immediately on 020 7697 1717 • Your whole household needs to self-isolate from when your symptoms started • Household members do not need to get tested, unless they develop symptoms||After 10 days have passed, you feel well and have not had a fever for at least 48 hours. You can return to college after 10 days even if you still have a cough or loss of taste/smell – these symptoms can last for several weeks once the infection is gone.|
|Somebody in my household has COVID-19 symptoms||• Do not attend college • The household member with symptoms should get a test • Your whole household needs to self-isolate, while awaiting test results • Inform the Safeguarding Team immediately on 020 7697 1717||If the household member tests negative and you do not have any symptoms|
|Somebody in my household has tested positive for COVID-19||• Do not attend college • Your household must self-isolate for 10 days from the day symptoms started (or from day of test if no symptoms) – even if they test negative during those 10 days • You do not need to get a test unless you develop symptoms||When you have completed 10 days of self-isolation (even if you tested negative during the 10 days)|
|Someone in my class has tested positive||•Do not attend college • Teachers will arrange online learning for the class for 10 days • You need to self-isolate for 10 days – your household does not need to self-isolate unless you start having symptoms • You do not need to get a test, unless you develop symptoms||When you have completed 10 days of self-isolation (even if you tested negative during the 10 days)|
|NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 App has identified me as a ‘close contact’ of somebody with symptoms or confirmed COVID-19||• Do not attend college • You need to self-isolate for 10 days (as advised by NHS Test and Trace) – even if you have tested negative during those 10 days • Your household does not need to self-isolate unless they are a ‘close contact’ too, or unless you start having symptoms • You do not need to get a test unless you develop symptoms||When you have completed 10 days of self-isolation (even if you tested negative during the 10 days)|
|I have travelled and need to self-isolate as part of a period of quarantine||• Do not take unauthorised leave in term time • Consider quarantine requirements and FCO advice when booking travel If you are returning from a destination where quarantine is needed: • Do not attend college Contact the Safeguarding Team immediately on 020 7697 1717 • Your whole household must self-isolate for 10 days from the day symptoms started (or from day of test, if no symptoms) – even if someone tests negative during those 10 days||When you have completed 10 days of self-isolation, even if you tested negative during the 10 days|
|I am not sure who should get tested for COVID-19||• Only people with symptoms need to get tested • People without symptoms are not advised to get a test, even if they are a ‘close contact’ of someone who has tested positive||When the conditions listed above matching your situation have been met|