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Covid Update

On Tuesday 29 March, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, set out the next steps for living with COVID-19 in England from Friday 1 April.

Updated guidance advises:

  • Adults with the symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and no longer have a high temperature.
  • Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can return to college when they no longer have a high temperature, and are well enough to attend.
  • Adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious. For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice is 3 days.

For education and childcare settings from Friday 1 April:

  • Regular asymptomatic testing is no longer recommended in any education or childcare setting, including in SEND, alternative provision and children’s social care settings. Therefore, we will no longer be able to order test kits .

Published 2 months ago

SGS College Alumini and BBC Interior Design Masters finalist, Matt Smith-Wood, inspires students

SGS College's Art and Design department recently had the pleasure of welcoming former student Matt Smith-Wood, a finalist on BBC One's hit show ‘Interior Design Masters’. During his visit, Matt shared invaluable insights from his post-graduation career and his exciting journey on the television series.

Matt, who cultivated his passion for design early, influenced by his father's profession in restoring Japanese antiques, graduated from SGS College with an Extended Diploma in Art and Design. He further honed his skills at Coventry University, studying Interior Architecture and Design, before returning to his hometown, Cheltenham, to work as a bathroom designer.

His recent success on 'Interior Design Masters', hosted by Alan Carr and judged by interiors guru Michelle Ogundehin, has put him on the map in the world of interior design. The show challenges 10 emerging designers to revamp various spaces, with Matt making it to the grand finale where he impressed the judges with his 'elegant brutalist' style.

During his talk, Matt recounted the thrill of the competition, particularly the final challenge of redesigning holiday lodges on the grounds of Blenheim Palace. His design, which included ambitious chandeliers and meticulously painted panels, received high praise from guest judge, Jonathan Adler, who admired Matt's nod to the baroque architecture of Blenheim.

Speaking to current Art and Design students, Matt offered practical advice on navigating the competitive field of interior design and seizing opportunities for career advancement.

Kayleigh Reynolds, Learning Area Manager for Art and Design commented:

“Matt's journey since being a student with us has been fantastic. Having spent two years with us, we had the pleasure of knowing him for a longer time, and everything he articulated validates the conversations we have with students. It was kind of him to give up time and share his insights with our current students, all of whom were a little star-struck and highly inspired by what he had to say. His open-minded and proactive approach to being creative has earned him the excellent reputation he deserves. Matt's humble and personable nature makes him a pleasure to listen to and we can't wait to see what he does next; we're all behind him!”

Matt said of his visit:

“Thank you for having me. It was so nice to come back - I realised how much I miss college - I had the best time there!! Nothing but good memories”.

As Matt looks forward to a future filled with commercial design projects and hopes to engage in more international work, his journey continues to inspire both students and the Art and Design faculty at SGS College.

All episodes of "Interior Design Masters Series 5" are available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

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