In recent weeks, the College has continued to follow both government and Public Health England advice on the Coronavirus pandemic, along with almost every other education provider in the country. Given the pace of change, particularly since moving to the delay phase. Since 12.30pm on Friday 20th March, the College has been closed to students. We believe this to be in the best interests of our learners, staff and their families. Please read the latest update from our College Principal below.
However, we do expect that learning will continue to take place remotely and ask that students continue their studies undertaking revision and completing the work that has been, and will continue to be set for them. Tutors and teachers will continue to make regular contact with students, and tutors will be contacting their tutor groups regularly to ensure that independent study is taking place.
All College events have been postponed, possibly cancelled, from Friday 20th March. This includes the Parents’ Consultation event, the HE fair, GCSE Mocks and Easter revision sessions.
The College will remain closed until further notice is given. These arrangements will be kept under constant review and any changes or extensions will be communicated to students via email and text message, and regular updates will be posted on the website. If you have any concerns or queries please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will endeavour to respond to these as quickly as we can.
Message From Principal To All Students About Plans For The Next Few Weeks
Following the announcement from the Prime Minister last Sunday evening, further guidance has been published for parents, schools and Colleges regarding the planned re-opening. Please click here for full details.
The key point for Colleges from this guidance is that ‘from the week commencing 1st June we are asking sixth form colleges to begin some face to face support with some Year 12 pupils (any student who is planning to continue with us at Gateway next year), although we do not expect those pupils to return on a full-time basis at this stage.’
Over the coming days, the College leadership team will be planning and working with staff as to how and whether or not this can be achieved in a safe and meaningful way before the end of term. Whilst everyone is keen to return as soon as possible, I would like to assure you that the priority at the forefront of all our planning is, and will continue to be, your safety and well-being along with that of our staff.
We will continue to review best practice and Government guidance as I am sure you will understand there are many different factors that we must now take into account to ensure the College is able to re-open safely and follow government guidelines. Therefore, I would like to ask for your continued patience and understanding in this matter. We will communicate our plans to you as soon as we can but until you hear otherwise, College will remain closed. In the meantime, it is important to continue to work at home, under the direction of your teachers and tutors as best you can.
Students who are leaving us this year – we are as disappointed as you are that you have not had the chance to sit your final exams or to complete your last few units. We are also sad that we have not had a proper opportunity to say goodbye to you and to wish you all the best for the future. I hope that you all go on to achieve great things in whatever you do next and that you keep in touch and let us know how you are doing. Teachers have been instructed to complete any remaining topics with you by 29th May.
If you have any worries or concerns, please discuss these with your tutors in the first instance and remember that Monday 25th to Wednesday 27th May is College Half Term break.
Stay safe everyone,
Principal of Gateway Sixth Form College
A notice for students
We know this has been a very difficult and uncertain time for you all. As the lockdown continues, we will endeavour to work with you, following government guidance about how best we can support you, and about how exam grades will be awarded. You will still be worried about how the ongoing situation might affect your final grade and what this might mean for your future plans and progression. Please rest assured we will ensure that we keep you updated. When we have the appropriate guidance regarding final assessment we will make sure that you have full and accurate information to enable you to move successfully forward.
In the meantime we ask you to continue to remain focused and continue to work as though you will sit final exams and/ or submit all work set out for your course. Please click here to read more about remote working.
This continues to be a challenging time for us all, but it is necessary to keep working hard and your teachers and tutors will continue to give feedback to help you improve.
Please continue to check in with your tutors, your Cedar page, and also be alert for further information from the college via email and website updates.
A notice for all Gateway College Staff
As from Wednesday 25th March 2020 the College building will be shut down completely. We will continue to communicate any changes via the website.
If you absolutely have to gain access to the building, please email Denise Wilson (email@example.com), explaining clearly the reasons why you need to have access.
Continued Safeguarding during Gateway College closure
Whilst the college is closed it is important to reassure our students and parents that we will continue to monitor the health and wellbeing of our students.
During this period, teachers and tutors will stay in contact with the groups they teach. Students have been issued with guidance by the Schools Team outlining the safe ways to contact staff. It is important that students are able to contact teachers and tutors with particular questions, and should expect staff and tutors to respond within a reasonable period of time.
If you have Safeguarding concerns during the shutdown period please email firstname.lastname@example.org to disclose your concerns, or call one of the following Safeguarding numbers for advice and guidance from a member of the Safeguarding Team:
If you feel that someone is in immediate danger call 999.