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Ensuring the safety and welfare of our staff and students is our priority. The latest on how we are supporting staff, students and visitors.

Last updated: 20 September

A new normal

We are looking forward to welcoming students back to college in September and returning as close to ‘normal’ as possible. The past 18 months have been unprecedented and challenging, and we can’t wait to welcome the full return of face-to-face classroom teaching with a more normal learning experience for our students.

From Monday, 6 September, most restrictions will be relaxed but we expect everyone to use their discretion in specific situations. In line with government guidance, the following measures are now in place:

  • Face-to-face teaching and learning will resume with classrooms at full capacity and well ventilated. Class bubbles will no longer be in place.
  • Staff will continue to maintain a 2 metre distance from students where possible to reduce the risk of spread between vaccinated and non-vaccinated groups.
  • Social distancing is now based on personal choice but the college recommends that social distancing of 1 metre is sensible in communal situations in order to reduce the risk of spread of the virus.
  • Face coverings will no longer be mandatory but students are welcome to continue to wear them if they wish.
  • Timed entry and queuing systems to maintain social distancing have been discontinued.
  • One way systems in the college are no longer in place although signage will remain for the time being in case its reintroduction is required in the event of an outbreak.
  • Services such as the LRC, canteen and gym will return to normal service.
  • Sanitisation stations will remain in place throughout the college.

Keeping safe

We are committed to keeping our staff, students and visitors safe. In preparation for students returning to the college in September, we are encouraging staff and students to undertake lateral flow tests twice a week at home in line with government guidance. These can either be ordered online or collected from the reception areas at East Ham or Stratford.

The college will be offering on-site tests from Friday, 3 September between 9am to 4pm.

Testing and self-isolation

It goes without saying that you should not attend college if you have any COVID-19 symptoms (high temperature, persistent cough and loss of taste and smell). You should self-isolate at home immediately and order a free PCR test to check if you have coronavirus. Remain in isolation until you have received your results.

If the PCR results are positive, you should notify your teacher and isolate as advised by NHS Test and Trace. If the positive test is from a lateral flow test, you should have it confirmed by a PCR test as soon as possible and self-isolate for 10 days from the date of the positive lateral flow test.

If you’ve been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, you no longer need to self-isolate if you’re fully vaccinated or under the age of 18. Learn more about when to self-isolate and what to do.

Protect yourself and others

Help us to keep Newham College COVID safe by adhering to the following guidance:

  • Wash or sanitise your hands on entry to the college and regularly throughout the day.
  • Face coverings are recommended in crowded spaces and public transport.
  • Socially distance where you can, especially inside. Open classroom windows.
  • Self-isolate at home if you have COVID-19 symptoms and inform the college of your test results.