Phased reopening of Newham College

Newham College will proceed with phase one of a gradual reopening of both East Ham and Stratford campuses.

The wellbeing of our students and staff is of the utmost importance and we have carefully assessed how we should reopen the College in line with the recent government strategy to move forward with the gradual opening of further education colleges in England.

The College has carried out a detailed risk assessment which has informed the multiple social distancing precautions which are in place to ensure students and staff can maintain social distancing when the college reopens. The risk assessment will be reviewed on an ongoing basis in response to feedback and evolving government guidance.

We have also developed a guidance procedure document for students which we expect all students to adhere to. Such guidance will remain in place until the requirement for social distancing is removed.

Subsequently, we will proceed with phase one of a gradual re-opening of the college. All arrangements described below are subject to ongoing government advice and will be in force until further notice.

College reopening

There will be a very limited re-opening of both East Ham and Stratford campuses from Monday, 15 June for selected pre-16, 16-18, SEND, Young ESOL, adult students and specific groups of vocational learners. All community centres will remain closed for the remainder of the academic year. The academic year will end on Friday, 10 July as previously announced.

Eligible students who are required to attend college will be notified by either their college teacher or Head of School.

Our absolute priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of our students and staff, and no-one will be required to come onto campus if they feel unsafe. Attendance at the college will not be mandatory and students will not be penalised if they choose to stay home. However, they must continue remote learning as before.

As we plan to keep the number of people in college to an absolute minimum, all other students must continue to stay at home and complete their studies remotely until further notice. Students who turn up to the college and have not been asked to do so will be sent home immediately.

College hours

The college’s opening hours will be restricted to 9:30 am–4:30 pm on both campuses and have been timed to allow our students to avoid peak times on public transport.

Students attending college will follow a restricted timetable and only be invited in for specific days. All eligible students will be informed of such arrangements during the week of 8 June.

Online learning

Students will continue to access the majority of their learning remotely. Please continue to access the virtual learning environment specified for your course(s). Onsite sessions for eligible students are meant to supplement – not replace – their online learning.

Travel

Please consider all other forms of transport (walk, cycle, scooters, private car etc) before using public transport. Where the use of public transport is unavoidable, students must use a face covering to cover their nose and mouth as this will be compulsory on public transport from 15 June. The college has amended the college day specifically to help students avoid peak travel times.

We must also stress that students must avoid meeting up in groups on their way to and from college.

On campus

We have made our buildings as safe as we can in line with government and Public Health England guidelines. Students will be permitted on our campuses for lessons only and are expected to leave the campus as soon as those lessons are completed.

To minimise interaction between groups and to maximise social distancing, the college has adopted the following measures including:

  • Staggered arrival and departure times for students
  • A one-way system on the stairs and floor markings to ensure students and staff keep a two-metre distance
  • The use of clearly signposted toilets only and the closure of others where social distancing cannot be maintained
  • Access to designated rooms for classes only

College facilities

To maintain a COVID-secure environment, there will be fewer facilities open to students. The following areas will remain closed until further notice:

  • Café and canteen
  • Learning Resource Centres (overdue fees have been waived for the remainder of the academic year)
  • College gyms
  • Student Common Rooms

The I-Learning zones will be open for directed individual study with allocated dedicated seating for named students.

We expect everyone to comply with the stipulations above to enable us to provide a safe environment for all who study and work on campus and to eliminate any risk of onward transmission of the coronavirus. Thank you for your patience and understanding.