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Latest information relating to Coronavirus

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The college is now closed until further notice. We will follow the guidance of the UK government and re-open when advised to do so. We will update this page as we receive any new information. 

Contact enquiries@sfx.ac.uk with any queries and your email will be forwarded to the relevant department. For enquiries relating to admissions, contact admissions@sfx.ac.uk.
 

College Response & Online teaching
Staff members will continue to teach students and assess work remotely through electronic means and we have been ensuring that all students have access to electronic resources. This can be achieved, as a minimum, via a mobile phone if there are no other electronic means available at home. Completed work can also be uploaded by a mobile phone to the College network for assessment and students will be receiving reminders and updates through their College email about this.

Examinations/Higher Education Applications
The government have released further details on how grades will be awarded. 

"...Teachers will take into account a range of evidence and data including performance on mock exams and non-exam assessment – clear guidance on how to do this fairly and robustly will be provided to schools and colleges. The exam boards will then combine this information with other relevant data, including prior attainment, and use this information to produce a calculated grade for each student, which will be a best assessment of the work they have put in."

Students who disagree with their final grade will be allowed to appeal their grade, or sit an exams early in the 2020/21 academic year. 

The full outline of how grades will be decided has not yet been finalised.  Universities are expected to be flexible in line with the new grading system.

Bursary and Free College Meals
Any student in receipt of bursary or free college meals will receive a regular, flat rate payment to their bank account. We will update you regularly on the situation and notify you immediately if there are any significant developments.

Helpline
The Department for Education has launched a new helpline. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
  • Phone: 0800 046 8687
  • Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

Mental Health and Wellbeing
We are aware that the spread and impact of the virus is a cause of anxiety and uncertainty. For those affected, these resources from Mind and the World Health Organisation might be both informative and reassuring.

Admission for 2020
We continue to accept applications for September 2020, but have decided to postpone any interview evenings for the time being. We plan to continue with interviews as soon as we can once it is safe to do so, and aim to keep applicants updated as much as possible. This delay will not affect any applicant's chances of gaining a place with us. We thank you for your patience. Click here for more information.

Nightingales Nursery
Nightingales Nursery is closed. We are monitoring government advice daily and should this situation change we will let you know as soon as possible.
 
We apologise for any inconvenience caused but the health and safety of the children and staff is paramount. If you have any queries please contact s.plumb@sfx.ac.uk


Lettings and Space Hire
Anyone with any bookings will be contacted should there be any changes to their booking.