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We will provide regular updates to this page in relation to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and the affects on College wide services. Please make sure you check this page to keep up to date with the latest developments.

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UpdatePosted: Friday 22nd May 2020, 11.40am

Dear Learners, Parents, Guardians and other College stakeholders

We hope that you are keeping safe and well during this different time.

SGS College continues to follow Government guidance and is currently closed to our main student cohort. However, we are still open to vulnerable learners and for children of key workers. If you wish to discuss accessing these services, please email [email protected] This service is available during term-time but will close w/c 25th May and will reopen w/c 1st June.

For all other stakeholders we are still very much open for business remotely and are here to help.

The Government has stated that from 1st June 2020, some educational providers may open to year 12 students and offer some face-to-face support to supplement their remote education. We are hoping to be able to see current first year students, including apprentices, for a personal tutorial and to review progress and progression from w/c 15th June. All learners will be contacted individually during the first week of June. We will confirm with you our approach to social distancing and infection control when we contact you.

Learner welfare and parental / guardian support is still of paramount importance whilst our campuses are closed. Further details of key SGS contacts, online safety advice and external organisations that can help in times of need can be accessed via www.sgscol.ac.uk/studentsupport

We are so very proud of how all learners and staff have responded positively over the last few months and we want to celebrate all they have achieved.

Our current students have been continuing their studies remotely for the last 2 months using online platforms including Microsoft Teams and this delivery will be ongoing. The switch to studying at home is a challenge for most, however the resilience and commitment of our learners has shone through. Tutors have been amazed at how easily learners have adapted to this new way of working.

In the first week of home learning, the College recorded 120,000 chat messages between students and tutors, 1750 webinars and meetings took place, and we have a staggering 5000 active users in Teams. This is equal to the face-to-face provision that is offered as part of a full-time course at SGS and therefore the equivalent of 100% engagement across the college. If you have concerns about delivery of our online learning, please email [email protected]

Importantly, we are also continuing to work extremely hard behind the scenes to ensure all learners get the exam grades they deserve and will be ensuring the grades achieved are still celebrated on the A level and GCSE results days (13th and 20th August respectively).

Due to the uncertainty around how long the Covid-19 outbreak will last, it has also been agreed for the immediate future that we will be offering unconditional places to full-time (not University Level) applicants who apply to SGS College. To take advantage of this arrangement, please apply via www.sgscol.ac.uk/study/fulltime

In further efforts to make sure applicants feel supported in this unsettling time, the institution will be launching the PreparED programme from May 18th. Applicants will have a series of course specific activities to complete, aiming to prepare learners, build confidence and bridge the gap that may have been lost from leaving school early. Please contact us on [email protected] if you have not received details on how to access these materials.

For those who wish to visit the campus prior to starting at SGS, we have unfortunately had to cancel our June 6 Open Day. However, we are planning to rearrange for GCSE results day on Thursday 20 August, should it be safe to do so. We will be holding late information, advice and guidance sessions too from this date until the end of September.

SGS is also still offering a dynamic and innovative selection of university courses. To find out more, please visit www.sgscol.ac.uk/uni

Another initiative SGS is providing is our free online courses, aiming to keep people connected and their brains active. We have various courses and subjects to choose from, including health and care, professional, and computing - something to suit everyone. All participants gain a recognised level 2 qualification on completion, equivalent to GCSEs. To find out more and to enrol, please visit www.sgscol.ac.uk/study/online

Finally, SGS continues to offer a wide range of apprenticeship opportunities. We have very strong retention and overall achievement rates, ahead of national averages. If an apprenticeship is of interest to you, please visit www.sgscol.ac.uk/apprenticeships for more details.

We realise the current situation for everyone is difficult, but please be reassured that the SGS team are fully focused on continuing to support all stakeholders so the impact of closure is lessened and communities continue to be catered for.

Thank you for your ongoing patience and please stay safe - we look forward to returning to normal in the very near future.

Sara-Jane Watkins
SGS College Principal

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We take all allegations of bullying, harassment and discrimination seriously and encourage anyone experiencing or witnessing inappropriate behaviour to report it to the College or to the police in person or by phone. If you need support, please contact the student wellbeing or staff support services.

Useful information from .GOV.UK

The government is closely monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus and is taking action at home and abroad.

More information can be found here (.gov.uk)

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NHS information about how coronavirus is spread and how to avoid catching or spreading germs.

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